Posts Tagged ‘jazz’

The Ladies Jazz Band

February 5, 2014

Lavington Ladies Jazz Band was a carnival creation. In the 1930s a group of local ladies formed up, many with unlikely instruments, and entered carnivals. In 1933 they won first prize at Devizes.

Lavington Ladies Jazz band in 1933

Lavington Ladies Jazz band in 1933

We see them on parade here in Market Lavington – the Market Place and they have attracted a goodly audience.

It’s a sad fact that in fancy dress and with instruments in front the ‘performers’ are hard to recognise. Maybe it is more sad that one of the ladies is always recognised. Mrs Hurkett stands next to the bass drum at the back. She was without teeth and this gives her a distinctive look.

We always hope that a blog post will bring information to us. Do get in touch if you can name any of the players – or the audience.

Hospital Week – mid 1930s

August 2, 2011

Hospital week was carnival week in Market Lavington. It gave a chance for fun and games, yet with the purpose that money was raised for health care. This, of course, pre-dated the National Health Service in the UK.

A regular feature of the week was a jazz band comprising local ladies. They obviously relished the opportunity to dress up and have fun.

Ladies’ Jazz Band at a 1930s Market Lavington and Easterton Hospital Week event.

This picture was taken on Church Street. Mr Hayball, the draper, had premises there at that time, but later he moved to the corner of White Street and High Street. If you’d like to know more about this shop, then visit the museum and ask to hear the oral history in which Mr Hayball’s daughter, Rose, describes her life at the shop and in the village.

Women in the band above include: Margery Stiles, Mrs Hurkett, Vi Gingell Lotte Cook, Mrs Hargreaves and Annie Buckland (in the top hat).

A close up on some of the ladies, including Annie Buckland

If anybody really wants to know, the notice on the door only says, ‘Sorry, we are closed’.

Onlookers in the photo  are Bert Mundy and Ken Buckland.

Further information about people in this photo would be greatly appreciated. Please contact the curator