Market Lavington Museum

A newspaper report – 1924


Recently, we have been following the progress of the 1924 Hospital Week from Preparing the 1924 Hospital Week events, details of the planned events and the proceeds made. At Market Lavington Museum, we have the pages from a local newspaper –

– which contains further details of the success of the week’s events and the financial accounts.

We have already recorded the income from the Hospital Week efforts, but the newspaper article also includes the expenses incurred (in £.s.d – pounds, shillings and pence).

These included several items of printing costs – for posters, tombola tickets, whist drive score cards and so on. There were costs of the prizes purchased for the whist drive, carnival entry and sports winners (although we know that some of the prizes, such as the handbag, had been donated). We learn that the bowling for a pig competition winners in two pubs did not actually receive animals, but rather £1 in lieu of each pig.

We know that the piano provided the music for the dance and a cost was incurred for getting it tuned for the event. These accounts also inform us that a police constable was present, presumably at the Saturday carnival events and maybe the fete afterwards. It cost twelve shillings and six pence to hire his services.

Market Lavington Prize Silver Band had provided the music for the procession and the dance music for the fete afterwards. They also gave a concert on the previous Sunday, at the start of the week’s events. They were reimbursed for the cost of hiring a car and for hiring assistance and they had also received refreshments, which implied a cost for the committee to pay.

We do not know much about the fete events after the procession, but assume there was a coconut shy as the list of expenditure includes ‘coker-nuts’. There was also a military display from the RFA (which we believe stands for Royal Fleet Auxillary, which came into existence in 1905 and is based in Portsmouth).

We have ‘met’ Arthur Walton before. He owned the emporium based in shops at the crossroads in the centre of the village. One shop sold clothes and the other sold food. The committee had to pay Mr Walton for bread, buns and treacle. We would be fascinated to know what the treacle was used for,