Penny Ellis who provides the Thoralby through time website has provided transcripts of two articles about Thoralby Band of Hope, which was based in the Wesleyan chapel but also involved the Primitive Methodists in the village. The first brief report from the Northern Echo of 23rd June, 1899 comes courtesy of the Mary Brown collection. Mary Brown was a local and very keen Methodist at West Burton. She had the first two volumes leather bound and they were her prized possessions: where did they go after her death?
NORTH COUNTRY NEWS.
Yesterday, the second annual picnic in connection with Thoralby Band of Hope took place at Newbiggen [Newbiggin].
The second reports a Band of Hope entertainment held in Thoralby in March 1907. It comes from the Wensleydale Wesleyan Monthly, courtesy of the DCM, Hawes.
MARCH, 1907 THORALBY BAND OF HOPE
An entertainment was given in the Cross Lanes School (kindly lent by the managers), on Friday, Feb. 15th. Although the weather was very unfavourable, a good company assembled, and a very successful evening was spent. Mr. F[rancis]. Sayer of Myer’s Garth presided. After a very practical and helpful address by the chairman, the following programme was well rendered: – Duet, “The Drunkard’s Folly,” Misses M[ary] Dent and M[ary]Gould. Recitation, “Our Opening Address,” Geo. D[ent] Willis. Solo, “Little Johnny,” Nelly Heseltine. Recitation, “A little girl’s speech,” Maggie Heseltine. Song, “Childhood,” Six Girls. Dialogue, “Blighted Buds of Promise,” Adult Members. Recitation, “Jimmy Davy’s Heaf,” Matt. Heseltine. Song, “Whither, Pilgrims,” Nellie Heseltine, Christian Routh, Rebecca Heseltine, and Florrie Saddler. Recitation, “The Last Shilling,” Rebecca Heseltine. Duet, “No one cares for me, Misses A[nn] J[ane] Furnish and M[ary] Gould. Recitation, “Leave off before you start,” Matt. Heseltine. Solo, “Was it a dream?” Miss E[leanor] Dinsdale. Dialogue, “Norah’s Forty Winks,” Adult Members. Song, “Joe Perkins,” Four Boys. Recitation, “Buying Beef instead of Beer,” Grace Dinsdale. Solo, “Cling to the Cross,” Miss M[ary] Gould. Musical Dialogue, “Band of Hope,” Five Girls and Five Boys. Mrs T. [Annie] Sayer ably presided at the organ, and great credit is due to her for the way in which she trained the children. A collection in aid of Band of Hope Funds concluded a very enjoyable evening.