Christmas Celebrations at the School
School Concert, Thursday 9th December
The following was reported in the Royston Crow on 16th December 1910: “A most pleasing and successful concert was given in the Council School on Thursday December 8th. The weather was wet and rough, but this did not prevent a large number being present. Although the artistes were all local, with the exception of Miss Tuson, the programme was an excellent one. The proceeds are to be spent in providing a Christmas treat for the above-named school children. At the close of the programme, Mr Aldridge heartily thanked the performers and others who had kindly helped in any way, for the support he had received from them. The children will be entertained at the school at 4pm on Friday December 23rd.”
The newspaper report (pictured right) also gave the programme for the concert.
Christmas Party, 30th December
According to a report in the Herts & Cambs Reporter & Royston Crow on 30th December 1910, a Christmas party was held at the school on Friday 23rd December, when the inside of the new school presented “a lively appearance”.
“The treat was the result of a concert which had been given a fortnight beforehand, together with a Christmas tree, kindly given by Mr and Mrs H O S Ellis; sweets give by Mrs Stearn and apples given by Mr Pepper. Mr Gus Hale took the all-important part of Father Christmas, and delighted the children with his original jokes, etc. Among the managers present were Messrs. A R Fordham (Chairman), W W Clear (correspondent), G W Bindloss, H O S Ellis, P Elbourn, A Howard and G Palmer. The following ladies and gentlemen kindly rendered assistance: Mesdames Bindloss, Ellis, Aldridge, Stearn, P Elbourn, Misses E and A Adcock, Elbourn, Medlock, Messrs. G and L Hale and P Howard. Games etc. were indulged in until 7.30 when the party broke up by singing God Save the King and giving ringing cheers for all helpers, for Mr Aldridge and the teachers.”