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Quorn Village Hall – ‘Nurseryrhymia’ Christmas Show 1908

This poster was found in the parish council archives and is dated 1908. It is not in pristine condition but tells us that there will be two performances of a Christmas play for children, entitled ‘Nurseryrhymia’ or ‘The Party, The Prince and The Pie’ and it will be given in the hall on Thursday and Friday (hand amended to read Friday and Saturday) Jan. 3rd and 4th 1908.

The principal characters will be represented by the Misses C. Hickling, W. Payne, B. Dakin, N. Case and the Masters C. Backhouse, F.C. White, P. Tunnicliffe and R. Hickling.

The chorus will include the Misses Sarah and Estella Shuttlewood, M. and P. Hickling, Elsie Speight, Elsie Tunnicliffe, Ivy Heggs, Olive and Kathleen Bamber, M. and G. Sanders and Master B. Grain and a miscellaneous entertainment by eminent artistes.

The nett proceeds of both entertainments will be given to the Village Hall Co. towards the liquidation of the debt on the hall.

Tickets: Reserved Seats (body of the hall) 2s, Balcony Front Row 1s 6d, Back of Hall 6d. May be obtained from Mr T. North, Post Office, Quorn, where a Plan of the Hall may be seen. Doors Open at 7. Commencing at 7:30.

Thank you to Dennis Marchant and the Parish Council archives for sharing this poster. It made Quorn Village On-line Museum curator, Sue Templeman smile, not only because it is interesting in itself, but because over the years, many of the names mentioned have become as familiar as old friends! For instance:

Constance and Robert Hickling lived at 80 Leicester Road and were sister and brother of Henry Hickling who died in WW1, Charles Backhouse lived at Raven Cottage on Meeting Street, his father was a plumber and his brother was also killed in WW1, Frank Cuthbert White was killed in WW1, the grandfather of Percy and Elsie Tunnecliffe (sic) left behind some excellent photographs of Quorn from his visits to see his family, Sarah and Estella Shuttlewood were daughters of William Shuttlewood, the chemist in Quorn who was also an accomplished and prolific photographer, Elsie Speight was an aunt of Mike Speight (who lives in Quorn today, 2020), Olive and Kathleen Bamber lived at Four Gables on the corner of Woodhouse Road and The Pingle, Mary and Grace Sanders lived at 27 Meeting Street and their father was a skilled joiner and ran a large woodyard, and Master Bernard Grain’s family lived at 2 Barrow Road and he was the younger brother of Vena Grain who gave a fascinating oral history interview in 1985 when she was aged 90.


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 Submitted on: 2020-12-21
 Submitted by: Dennis Marchant with thanks to Quorn Parish Council archive
 Artefact ID: 2426
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