|Wellingborough & Kettering News, May 28th, 1881, transcribed by Kay Collins
THE VILLAGE READING ROOMA very pleasing and popular entertainment was given in the Schoolroom of this village, on Thursday week, by the members of the choir of the Parish Church, assisted other friends, in aid of the above reading room. In the absence of the vicar (the Rev. E. Templeman), the Rev. Mr. Smith, rector of Yelden, took the chair. There was a good and highly respectable audience present, comprising most of the leading inhabitants of the village and hamlet of Caldecot, as well as some from neighbouring villages. The proceedings opened with a pianoforte duet by Miss R. Eady and Miss Knight, and was followed by a glee admirably sung by the choir, entitled, "Spring's bright glances." Mrs. Simpson, of Higham Ferrers, then sang "Two little lives" in capital style, and was much applauded and recalled for an encore verse. The song “Sunny hills " was next given by the Rev. G. Oakley, but his singing, though good, lacked force of expression. Mr. H. Simpson then gave a reading about a Mormon bishop and his many wives and children, which excited much laughter. "Turnharn Toll” was the title of the next song, which was sung by Miss R. Browning with such grace and non chalance as to call forth a vociferous encore, which she gave in another song, which was equally sweetly rendered, and much applauded. Miss B. Baker then appeared and exhibited her manipulating talent in a pretty selection on the piano, and was followed by Mr. B. Hill, who sang "The Village Blacksmith," and a glee by the choir, entitled, "O who will o'er the downs," which was nicely rendered. "Jamie" was then sweetly sung by Miss R. Eady, who was encored and bowed her acknowledgment. The singing was now relieved by some extracts from "Mark Twain," which were read by the Rev. R. S. Baker, of Hargrave, and much appreaciated. This was followed up by Mr. F. R. Eady, who sang of his love for "Mistress Prue," and a gracefully executed touch on the piano in the shape of a selection by Miss B. Baker. The "Midshipmite" was then sung with much taste and good effect by Mrs. Simpson, and encored, and she responded by singing the last verse of the song amid much applause. The glee, "Fays and Elves," having been nicely sung by the choir, Miss R. Browning now appeared and sang "Summer Showers." The grace and ease, combined with the pleasing and jaunty manner, and popular style of Miss Browning quite captivated the audience, so that she was encored amid deafening plaudits, and her encore song was equally well received. Mr. B. Hill then sang "Three jolly Sailor Boys," and Mr. W. D. Knighton then gave a reading true to nature about "Mr. Pigetts visit to his mother," which was followed by a song from the Rev. G. Oakley, entitled, "She wore a wreath of roses," and the "Vesper Hymn" by the choir. Votes of thanks having been accorded to the chairman and the performers, the proceedings closed with the National Anthem. Miss R. Eady and Miss B. Baker presided at the pianoforte.