Posts Tagged ‘Sunday School’

A Sunday School Treat in 1921

September 18, 2016

This event took place 95 years ago and could just remain in the memory of a centenarian. For others it represents a past and very different age. In fact it is hard to imagine what life was like 95 years ago. This was six years before electricity came to Market Lavington – there were none of those electrical items we take for granted these days. These are things like refrigerators, vacuum cleaners and washing machines, not to mention radio, TV and all the countless electronic gadgets we rely on now. Life must have been simpler and slower but probably no less happy. It just meant that events like a Sunday School Treat were much looked forward to, hugely enjoyed and became something to talk about afterwards.

We have here a news cutting about the treat in 1921 which, for the first time, saw church and chapel unite to provide one joint treat.

image002 It comes from the Wiltshire Advertiser for August 25th 1921.

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Transcript below.

United Sunday School treat. – Yesterday (Wednesday) afternoon the scholars attending the Market Lavington Congregational Sunday School and the Church Sunday School held their united Sunday School tea and sports. Some 200 children assembled at the top of the village at three o’clock and, headed by the Market Lavington Brass Band marched to the Drill Barn where a sumptuous tea was provided, to which the children did full justice. After the wants of the younger generation had been supplied, the parents and friends of the children sat down to tea, A vote of thanks was accorded Miss Bouverie for the loan of the barn, and to the many friends who had helped make the tea a success, and the company adjourned to one of Mr Walton’s fields where sports took place many novelty races being included in the programme. Football, cricket etc. were also much enjoyed and swings had been erected on the trees for the younger children.

This united Sunday School treat was an innovation and the success which attended the first venture fully justifies carrying out the treat on similar lines in the future.

Amongst the workers who made the function such a success were the Rev. J. A. Sturton, Mr Peters (pastor of the Congregational Church), Mr G. Pike, Mr G. Price, Mr V. Osmond, and Mr H. Merritt, Miss L Pike, Mrs G Davis, Mrs Burbidge, Mrs Eldin, Mrs Elisha, Miss Curtis, Mrs Potter, Mrs Giddings, Miss Gale, Miss B. Pike, Mrs Smith, Miss Wiffen, Mrs B Cooper, Mrs S Hopkins, Miss D. Draper and Mrs Price

More Church Life

September 5, 2013

Here’s hoping you have your tickets for the Museum Miscellany which is at 7.30pm on 14th September. You can get tickets from the Post Office in the village.

One section will be about the people of both church and chapel. These organisations made up what was once a truly central part of rural life – and still does for many. The people were the ordinary village people, some rich and some poor, old and young. Today we look mostly at youngsters although they’ll all be over 60 now, for the photo dates from 1955.

It features members of the church Sunday School, out in the village for Rogation Day.

Market Lavington Church Sunday School celebrate Rogation Day in 1955

Market Lavington Church Sunday School celebrate Rogation Day in 1955

This merry band of youngsters, all wearing Sunday best clothes, are under the watchful gaze of their Sunday School teachers. At the left is Daphne Arnold. In the middle at the back we have Gwen Cooper and second right at the back, half hidden is Miss J Saxton.

We seek the names of all of the children – maybe you can help us.

This and many other photos will be on display at the miscellany and between the two halves of the show we will have our famous museum food for the audience to sample.