From the North Bucks Advertiser May 9th 1902


On Saturday last, the annual May Day Festival was held in the village, and passed off very successfully, not withstanding somewhat unfavourable weather, a heavy thunderstorm occurring during the morning, which however cleared off, and the afternoon kept bright and fine, though very cold.

The proceedings commenced with a procession of school children round the village, headed by the Yardley Gobion Prize Band. After parading the village, the procession made its way to the field, lent by Mr. A. J. Masom, where the remainder of the programme was carried out, which consisted of the crowning of the May Queen, Maypole dances, Morris dances &c. Owing to the threatening weather, the attendance of visitors was no so large as in former years, but among those present were Mrs Fitzroy (Yardley House), Rev. W. and Mrs. Plant, Rev. E.A. and Mrs Lloyd, Mrs. And Miss Grounds (Passenham Manor), Mr W. and Misses Weston (Hartwell), Mrs Chas. Weston and Miss E Weston (Yardely Gobion), Mr. Arthur Hall and Miss Hall (Stony Stratford), Mr. and Mrs. Arthur Smith (Yardley Gobion), Mr. and Mrs. W. Knight, Mr. and Mrs. F Knight and Mr. and Mrs. Pagnes (Wolverton). &c.

The proclamation by the herald and the crowning of the May Queen were very pretty items in the programme, and the songs, “Our lovely Queen,” “The call to the flowers,” “The Queen’s Guard,” were all well rendered. The quaint Maypole dances were all very nicely performed, “The spider’s Web” being capitally executed. The children had evidently been very well trained, for which great credit is due to Mrs. Arthur Smith and Miss Roe who trained the girls, and to Mrs. Eales who trained the boys. Tea was provided at 4 p.m.after which the programme was resumed. The principal characters in the festival were as follows :- May Queen, Eva Weston ; Fairy, Hilda Smith ; Red riding Hood, Clarice Hyde; Bo Peep, Sarah Evans ; Violet, Bessie Anderson ; Buttercup, Ethel Atkins ; Poppy, Jessie Smith ; Page, Ted Warren ; Herald, Joe Gray; Forget-me-not, Winnie Yates ; Rose, Nelly Evans ; Italian Peasants, Edith Lambert and Lois Wilson. The seasons were represented by the following children :- Spring, Lizzie Warren, Lily Bonham, Hilda Swain, Alice Gear, Hazel Weston, Lizzie Johnson, Fanny Smith ; Summer, Katie Lambert, Elsie Swain, Elsie Atkins, Florry Johnson, Helen Weston, Edith Allen, Ethel Yates ; Autumn Amy Glenn, Lotty Smith, Gladys Coe, Maggie Gear, Kate Lambert, Olive Thomas, Lily Mackay ; Winter, Charlie Allen (Father Christmas), Ethel Cadd, Ethel Wilson, Aggy Brassett, Emily Norton, Ethel Atkins and Annie Atkins. The arrangements were well carried out by an energetic Committee, and Mr. S. H. Hardwick the genial honorary secretary.


May Festival 1902