In the 'Alcester Chronicle' of 1903 under the heading of 'Musical Entertainment' it was reported that the object of the Alcester and District United Friendly Societies Committee was to raise money in aid of hospitals by subscription and secondly to benefit members of the Societies and others by the use of tickets which were received -their income derived from a church parade allowed by the rector, together with proceeds of entertainment.
The amalgamation of the Friendly Societies took place in 1891 and they were anxious to enlarge their work and take in the Children's Hospital and the Dental Hospital, Birmingham
PROGRAMME OF ENTERTAINMENT by local people.
Solo (pianoforte). Reverend J. Sumner.
Song - 'The Better Land'. Mrs. B. S. Brown.
Song - 'The Queen of the Earth'. Mr. J. Hancox.
Selection (Instrumental) - 'Alexandra '. Misses Cox and Treadgold and Mr. P. Fenemore.
Song - 'The Last Rose of Summer'. Miss Badger.
Song - 'Dumb, Dumb, Dumb'. Mr. Stanley Parsons.
March -'Hum~resque' - Merry Musicians~ Band.
Song - 'Hearts and Home'. Mr. C. Collins.
Duet (mandolin and piccolo). Miss L. Canning and Mr. V. Skinner.
Song - 'Bally Hooly'. Mr. J. Schumann.
Selection (instrumental) - Up-to-date. Misses Cox and Treadgold and Mr. P. Fenemore.
Song - 'Needles and Pins'. Mrs. B. S. Brown.
Song. Mr. C. Bunting.
Solo (Piccolo) - Egyptian Cavalry March. Mr. V. Skinner.
Song - 'The Butterfly'. Miss Fourt.
Song - Mr. J. Hancox.
Solo (violin) - 'Il Travatore'. Mr. W. Allwood.
Duet (vocal) - 'Gathering Flowers' - Mr. C.and Miss Collins.
Song - 'When the Swallows Homeward Fly'. Mr. Stanley Parsons.
Song - 'Enniscorthy '. Mr. J. Schumann.
Fantasia -'Exoelsior'- band.
God Save The King.
In 1995 I reflected on the article. The songs I had never heard of and would be interested to know if anyone else knew them. The Children's Hospital in Birmingham still relies on money raised by people all over the country. My granddaughter was recently treated there
Before Easter the 'Happy Days Committee' put on a musical entertain-ment evening for the elderly residents of 'Meadow View' and their friends. This committee was formed to raise money to give the elderly a happy time - it was indeed a happy event. Later we talked about the plans for VE Day and various other local events Alcester people celebrated. Indeed it Is clear to me the Community Spirit of Alcester really does live on
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