Posts Tagged ‘health care’

A Tombola Ticket

March 3, 2015

It was back in 2011 that we published a list of tombola winners for the Market Lavington and Easterton Hospital Effort of 1923. The first prize was a fat lamb offered by Mr Watts.

The same event was offered again for the 1924 effort. This is being written at a time when the British National Health Service is being criticised for long waits in accident and emergency centres, bed blockers, giving the wrong kind of flu jabs etc. It’s worth reminding ourselves that until the formation of our NHS, most people relied on somebody else contributing to a charity if they needed health care of any kind. If you needed your GP it cost money. If you needed an ambulance it cost more. If you needed hospital care it was even more expensive. The truth is we are lucky to have a very good health service paid for by national taxation of one kind or another so that we get free treatment when needed.

Back in 1924 to get a bit of help with the cost of medical treatment people bought tickets for a tombola. They hoped to win a good prize and all profits were administered by a charity to assist ill people in need. And here is one of those tickets.


1924 Tombola ticket for Market Lavington and Easterton Hospital Effort

1924 Tombola ticket for Market Lavington and Easterton Hospital Effort

It’s called a tombola but it sounds much like we’d call a raffle. The first prize was that fat lamb – one imagines butchered, but still a problem in 1924 with no freezers for storage.

The prize draw must have been a lengthy process with about a hundred prizes. Presumably notices in the village told hopeful prize winners what time to turn up at the Parish Hall.

That’s an interesting little relic of times past.

Oh! One good thing about those old days was that people had a lot of fun raising money.

The Jam Factory at a carnival

April 24, 2014

Time was when carnival in Easterton and Market Lavington meant raising money for health care. If you are aged 66 or more then you entered this world before the UK had a National Health Service. If you were not rich, then using the doctor meant relying on charity. Now that’s something most folks hate. But if a fund could be raised out of people having fun, then it didn’t seem so bad. Carnival week in our two parishes was also called Hospital Week. The money raised could be allocated to those in need. What a blessing it must have been, in 1948, to be able to use a doctor as a matter of right.

For local companies, the carnival procession was two edged. Not only were the companies clearly supporting local people, but they were also advertising their wares.

Easterton Jam Factory carnival entry in the 1920s

Easterton Jam Factory carnival entry in the 1920s

This entry was by Samuel Moore Ltd – the Easterton Jam Factory whose final buildings have recently been demolished.

No effort has been spared in making the van pretty. It is covered from roof top to wheel in something. It would take a more knowledgeable expert than we have at the museum to identify the make of van. We wonder if it is a Crossley (but don’t take that as fact, it is only speculation) and it probably dates from the mid 1920s. We’d expect a commercial company to be aiming to show themselves as modern and with it so the picture itself probably also dates from the 1920s.

The decoration on the side of the van says ‘Golden Sunset Jams. Was this a brand produced by Samuel Moore? Or was it just a slogan for a carnival?


Can anybody name the driver?

All information and suggestions will be gratefully received.