Posts Tagged ‘poster’

A Hospital Week poster

March 1, 2015

We are really fond of our Hospital Week posters at Market Lavington Museum. They remind us of so many things.

First and foremost they were charity events for both villages – Easterton and Market Lavington. The procession on Carnival Day always started in Easterton and marched to wherever the fete was held.

Secondly we are reminded that we are so lucky to live in the age of the National Health Service which means the whole demeaning business of having to beg for money when ill has been abolished.

And thirdly we are reminded of an age when communities were much more reliant on self-made fun.

Here is one of the posters – this one is less bright than some being black printing on white.

Hospital Week Poster for Market Lavington and Easterton. Probably 1925. Click to enlarge

Hospital Week Poster for Market Lavington and Easterton. Probably 1925.
Click to enlarge

The most annoying thing about these posters is that they don’t give the year. We believe this dates from the 1920s and the only Saturday August 15th in that decade was in 1925 so we expect this poster advertises an even that took place 90 years ago.

The gates opened at 2.30 and adults had to pay 6d admission. Sixpence, in 1915, had the purchasing power of about £1.25 today but we are all richer these days. In the time taken to earn those six old pennies, a typical worker will earn over £6 today. So a 6d entrance fee was really quite a significant sum to have to pay.

But prizes can be similarly upgraded. The guinea (£1-1-0) prize for best horse and harness in terms of income would be much the same as £260 today.

And what entertainments you got for your money – many provided by the 6th Field Brigade of the Royal Artillery. Musical Chairs on Horseback sounds like a sight to behold and we are assured that Nobby the Clown and his Human Horses are worth the entrance fee all on their own.

There were races to be run, and won by somebody who would have felt suitably rich. Fairground type rides and side stalls had been brought in. Excisable (alcoholic) beverages were provided by Mr Greetham of The Green Dragon and the good old Ladies’ Committee were serving teas.

The venue was the Home Field – behind Shires Close which was regularly used as the village recreation ground.

This lovely poster is something like A1 size

The Village Fete in 1959

December 21, 2014

It may be close to Christmas and we may be enduring that dreary December weather – so why not remember happy days in June. In this case it was Saturday June 27th 1959. This was the day of the Market Lavington fete in that year.  We have quite as collection of fete posters at Market Lavington Museum and this is one of them.

Poster for Market Lavington Fete in 1959

Poster for Market Lavington Fete in 1959

Perhaps the first thing to note is that the posters were sponsored by an insurance company. That’s quite a nifty way of getting their name in the public eye – and associated with fun and happy times.

The fete was in the grounds of Clyffe Hall and was officially opened at 3pm by Mrs D Davies who was the Vicar’s wife.

The attractions for visitors to watch included a judo display by a local club, a fencing display by pupils at Dauntsey’s School and country dancing by Market Lavington school children.

There was a comic dog show and a lady’s ankle competition.

The band of the Royal Wiltshire Yeomanry played during the afternoon.

Visitors to the fete were promised all the fun of the fair. It was, of course, a country fete so there was clay pigeon shooting and bowling for a pig plus other competitions.

1959 was 55 years ago as this is written. Most householders would have had a TV by then but many would not have had a car. Village events were still big – a chance to get out, have a bit of fun and meet people.

Calling up the older men

November 10, 2013

The First World War took a dreadful toll on the lives of soldiers. By 1918 all the younger men had been called up and even with the huge help of the allies – Canadians, Australians, New Zealanders and other ‘Empire’ peoples, not to mention the Americans, there were still not enough men. In the UK it was time to call up, or rather ‘call out’ men approaching the age of fifty who had served in the forces before. We have a poster about this call out at Market Lavington Museum. It is large and quite hard to photograph due to a reflective, protective covering. But here it is.

Poster calling out reservists born in 1870/71 for First World War Service

Poster calling out reservists born in 1870/71 for First World War Service

Presumably such notices were posted prominently in every community. The wording is couched in very legal jargon, but the message is clear. Former soldiers born in 1870 and 71 were being called up and would have to serve, like it or not. These were man aged 46 – 48. In terms of fitness they were getting on a bit.

But maybe they made the difference for of course, later that year the allied forces prevailed and the war ended.