Fancy Dress Dance and Fetes 1921

The Bucks Standard 12 February 1921

FANCY DRESS DANCE. The Hanslope and Castlethorpe Nursing Association, under the presidency of Mrs. Courage, of Hanslope Lodge, held a very successful fancy dress dance in Castlethorpe Council School on Saturday, Feb. 5. Most of the arrangements were made under the skilful directions of Mrs. J. E. Whiting, of Castlethorpe. Many visitors were present from Hanslope, Wolverton, Cosgrove and Yardley Gobion, consequently the room was crowded. A good proportion of the dancers were in fancy dress and many of these were so good that the Judge (Mrs. Nickson) had great difficulty in deciding upon the prize winners. The prizes were awarded as follows: Ladies 1st for best costume, Mrs. W. Markham, “Britannia;” 1st for most original costume, Miss Hurst (Cosgrove), “I’ve got the sack.” Gents, 1st for best costume, Mr. S. Markham, “Highlander;” 1st for most original costume, Mr. Brown (Cosgrove), “Charlie Chaplin.” Girls, 1st prizes, Bessie Panter, “Dorothy Perkins Rambler Rose;” and Miriam Tompkins. “Gentleman of 1830” Boys. 1st prizes Reginald Panter, “A tramp;” and Harry Middleton, “A Coon.” The prizes were generously given by the following donors: Mrs. Courage, Miss Watts, Mrs. Cannon, Mrs. Beasley, Mrs. Nickson, and Mrs. J. E. Whiting. The following members of the committee took charge of the refreshment stall: Mrs. Whiting, Mrs. J. Evans, Mrs. J. Marsh, Mrs. F. Clarke, Mrs. Beasley, and Mrs. Lansbury. Mr. H. H. Middleton, the treasurer of the association, played for the dancers. This has been one of the most successful efforts made by the Nursing Committee, and as it was so well patronised a very substantial sum should be the result.

The Bucks Standard July 16th 1921



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Established some three or four years ago the Castlethorpe and Hanslope Nursing Association has done very successful work in the two villages and has proved a great boon to the working classes. In Nurse Rogers the Association has a very efficient officer who carries out her duties in a conscientious and painstaking manner and is very popular. In order that the operations of the Association might be carried on successfully weekly voluntary contributions are made and to augment these a fete is held annually and in the winter months dances, concerts, and whist drives take place. The fete held in the pretty grounds of Hanslope Lodge (kindly lent by Capt. and Mrs. Courage) on Saturday last, July 9, was quite a success. The arrangements, which were in every way excellent were made by the committee of the Association, as follows: Mrs. Jos. Whiting (Castlethorpe), Mrs. Fred Tompkins, Mrs. S. Beasley, Mrs. Lovell Branson, Mrs. Willingham, Mrs. Clarke, Mrs. Marsh, Mrs. Evans, Mrs. Maltby, Mrs. Lansbury and Miss Crick. Mrs. Courage is not only President of the Association but also acts as its secretary, but being away from home – she arrived back from Eton and Harrow cricket match in time for the dancing – Mr. H. H. Middleton (treasurer) carried out the secretarial work in a very satisfactory manner. The fete was hardly on so large a scale as in some former years, but every opportunity was afforded for villagers and visitors to spend a happy time in helping a good cause. There was a jumble stall in charge of Mrs. Willingham, Nurse Rogers and Miss Crick; houp-la at which Mrs. Jos. Whiting presided; clock golf where Dr. Hinde and Mr. Tullett did a good business; a weighing machine in charge of Mr. Willingham; skittles in charge of Mr. John Evans and Mr. Frank Mills; and a bran pie worked very successfully by Miss Miriam Tompkins. Flowers were sold by Miss Stella Tompkins, Miss Lily Marsh and Miss Rene Maltby and the Misses Clarke. Teas and refreshing summer drinks were served under the shade of the trees by Mrs. Beasley, Mrs. Marsh, Mrs. Evans, Mrs. Lansbury, Mrs. Lovell Branson, Mrs. Maltby and Mrs. Clarke. There was a competition for guessing the contents (other than ingredients) of an iced cake, and by which means Mrs. Tompkins raised £1 16s. Correct guesses were made by Miss Murphy (Northampton), Miss Vickers (Wolverton), and Mr. Herbert Penn (Wootton). After a cut the cake was won by Mr. Penn. In the afternoon and evening excellent concerts, for which Mrs. Tompkins was responsible, were held, Mr. H. H. Middleton presiding at the piano. Songs were contributed by Mrs. Tompkins, Miss Penn (Wootton), Messrs. Archer (Wolverton), and Tomlin (Woburn Sands); and there were pretty dances by Miss Kathie Vickers and Miss Agnes Barley, of Wolverton. In the evening there was dancing to capital music by the Hanslope Band. Mr. Quixley acted as gatekeeper, and his services were much appreciated.

Castlethorpe & Cosgrove Hospital Fete 1922
Front & reverse of cards sold for the 1922 Fete

Castlethorpe & Cosgrove Hospital Fete 1922
The Bucks Standard 27 August 1921



Castlethorpe and Cosgrove combined in a laudable mission of mercy last Saturday, when the second fete to raise funds for the Northampton Hospital was held in the fields which adjoin the Navigation Inn, and proved an unqualified success. Last year the two villages contributed a cheque for £100 to the hospital, but on present occasion Mrs. Bavington, who was the moving spirit in promoting the fete, and also carried out the secretarial duties in a most able manner arranged a more ambitious programme, with the happy result that a sum of no less than £176 10s. 11½. was realised. The sum included a handsome donation of 320 from Mr. and Mrs. Agar (Cosgrove). £ 3. from Mr. Waydelin, £2 2s. from Mrs. Fergusson (Cosgrove Hall), £1 1s. from Mr. A. Masterman (Castlethorpe), £1 from Mr. H. Cook, 10s. from Mr. Anderson, and other generous contributions from residents in the two villages. Captain Fergusson was the president of the fete, and the vice-presidents were Messrs. R. Whiting (Cosgrove) and J. Whiting (Castlethorpe), Mr. Malcolm Jelly was chairman of the Cosgrove section and Mr. H. Dollings filled a like capacity at Castlethorpe. Mr. R. Bavington was treasurer of the fund.

A varied and interesting programme included a flower show, athletic sports, fishing competition (for which there were more than 200 entries), various side shows, an auction sale conducted by Mr. P. C. Gambell, of Newport Pagnell, and dancing in the evening. A number of young ladies from the two villages sold roses both on Friday and Saturday and paid £10 9s. 11. to the fund, and by the sale of scented cards £4 9s. 11d. was raised. There was a large attendance of the public gate receipts amounting to £12 8s. 9d. Mr. C. Harding, of Castlethorpe, gave his services as gatekeeper. Entries for the fishing tournament brought on £11 7s.

The fete was opened in a brief appropriate speech by Mrs. Fergusson, whose services were fittingly recognised by the presentation of a bouquet of choice flowers by little Miss Markham on behalf of Mrs. Bavington.
Mr. S. Williams was secretary of the flower show, and was assisted by the following committee; Messrs. G. Williams, -. Lord, T. Lord (Cosgrove), H. Maltby, H. Cook, F. Sawbridge and H. Bruce (Castlethorpe).

The prize winners were :

Kidney beans. 1 R. Pettifer 2 W. Wise
Carrots 1 S. Lord 2 G.F. Haynes
Celery 1 G. Haynes 2 J. Horn
Cauliflower 1 W. Wise 2 M. Carter
Peas W. Wise 2 F. Sawbridge
Marrows 1 H. S. Giles 2 J. Bearman
Shallots 1 F. Hall 2 R. Pettifer
Spring onions 1 G. Haynes 2 W. Wise
Autumn onions 1 W. Wise 2 A. Childs
Tomatoes 1 S. Lord
Potatoes white round 1 W. Wise 2 G. Haynes
Red round 1 W. Wise 2 R. Pettifer
White kidney 1 R. Pettifer 2 W. Williams (Whittlebury)
Red kidney 1 G. Haynes 2 G. Williams
Plums 1 R. Brown 2 W. Williams
Cooking apples 1 T. Lord 2 M.Carter
Dessert apples 1 T. Lord 2 T. Payne
Hardy flowers Mrs. S. Williams
Bouquet of flowers 1 Mrs. Childs 2 T. Lord
White eggs R. Brown
Brown eggs R. J. Stewart
Duck eggs Mrs. R. Bavington
Collection of vegetables, also onions W. Wise
Collection potatoes 1 J. Williams 2 A. Childs 3 R. Pettifer
Heaviest marrow H.S. Giles
Bouquet of wild flowers 1 Iris Lord 2 B. Panter, 3 Lizzie Williams
Highest aggregate W. Wise

The sports section under the direction of Messrs. R. Panter (secretary), A. Bavington, H. West (Castlethorpe). W. Wise, M. Beasley and Dicks (Cosgrove). The sports judges were Capt. Fergusson, Messrs. R. Whiting, W. Markham, W. Clarke, A. Masterman and Mr. J. Whiting carried out the duties of starter.

Sports prizewinners:

Under 10 girls 1 Violet Williams 2 Louise Gascoyne 3 Kitty Willison
Boys 1 B. Symons 2 F. Copson 3 A. Dolling
10 to 14 girls 1 Doris Willison 2 May Willison 3 Dorothy Jelley
Boys 1 W. Luck 2 A. Jelley 3 L. Dunkley
Ladies egg and spoon 1 Miss L. Jelley 2 Mrs. Stewart 3 Mrs. Spencer

Mr. C. Bywater (Castlethorpe) is deserving of hearty congratulation for the excellent arrangements he made for the fishing contest which took place in the waters of the Grand Junction Canal. His committee comprised Messrs. W. Ward, A. Beasley, A. Jelley, M. Carter and F. Key.

The competition established a record for the district. Altogether 182 fish were caught by six prize winners alone, making an average catch of 30 fish. The winning anglers were: - 1st prize, given by the Mayor of Northampton, W. Singlehurst, 2lb. 15¼ozs. (62 fish); 2nd pair of boots given by Mr. Oakshott, Done, 2lb. 1(illeg)ozs. (44 fish), 3rd. fishing rod given by Poole, F. Earl, 2lb. 10ozs. (13 fish), 4th, fishing bag, H. Bason, 2lb. 5ozs, (25 fish), 5th, bait bag, F. Jarrett 2lb. 2¼ozs. (26 fish), 6th, pipe and pouch, E. Tolley, 1lb. 13½ozs. (9 fish). The “lucky ticket,” No. 195, was drawn by Mrs. Waydelin on the field, and the prize of 15s. was won by Mr. H. Herbert of Cosgrove.

Various side shows were in charge of the following: Hidden treasure, Mr. R. Penson; ground skittles, Messrs. R. Brown, jun., and Egglesfield; table skittles, Messrs. H. Barby and J. Knight; coconuts, Messrs. R. Pettifer and M. Jelley.

A fruit and sweet stall was under the supervision of Mrs. Maltby and Misses Maltby; jumble stall in charge of Mrs. Harding and Mrs. Panter; bran tub, Miss I. Harding and Miss B. Panter; and splendid teas and refreshments were served by Mrs. Bavington, assisted by Miss Waydelin, Mrs. Pate, Mrs. Barby, Mrs. Beasley, Miss V. Harding, Miss P. Bavington, and Miss I. Maltby.

There were many competitions, including guess the name of the doll, worked by Miss Wise, guess the weight of cakes kindly given by Mrs. Jelley, Mrs. Childs and Mrs. Carter, and supervised by Mrs. Penson, Mrs. Copson and Mrs. Carter; guess the weight of the marrow, Mrs. Stewart; Mrs. Knight sold artificial roses, and flowers were sold by Mrs. Copson.

The auction sale proved a big success. Among the gifts were a ton of clover given by Mr. W. W. Dickens (Old Stratford) which realised £10; a ton of coal given by Messrs. J. K. and B. W. Gobbey (Castlethorpe), £3 10s.; a lamb given by Capt. Fergusson, £4; a calf given by Mr. Whiting, £6, a ton of coal given by Mr. John Hall (Stony Stratford), £3 8s 6d. and poultry given by Messrs. B. Nicholls, F. Amos, Carter, Pettifer, Bonner, Ratledge, Harding and W. Clarke. A bag of soot given by Mr. Nicholls (Yardley Gobion) realised 5s. The Auction sale realised £54 10s. 6.

Other amounts paid in addition to those mentioned were: - Hidden treasure £3 10s.; table skittles, £2 19s.; ground skittles, £3 0s. 6d.; paper roses, 16s. 2d.; fortune doll, 19s. 7½d.; cakes, £2 13s. 10½d.; guessing doll’s name £1 17s. 3d.; guessing weight of marrow, £1 11s. 11d.; fruit and sweet stall, £5; jumble sale, £3 7s. 7½d.; teas, 311 12s. 8d.; bran tub, £1 7s.; coconuts £7 1s. 3d.; flower show entries £1 7s. 6d.; prizes won and returned £1 2s.

During the afternoon the Stony Stratford Boy Scouts, under Scoutmaster T. Dicks, gave a very clever display.

The fete was finely organised and Mrs. Bavington and her committee are to be congratulated on the splendid financial success which attended their labours for a good cause. With other events they have yet to be brought off the committee feel confident that the contribution of the two villages to the hospital this year will be quite £200.