|Rushden Argus, 7th May 1915, transcribed by Kay Collins
A Village Play - Newton Bromswold Children and the Troops
The children of Newton Bromswold School, assisted by Mr. Ginns, gave a patriotic concert to rake money in response to an appeal from the Y.M.C.A. to the children of Britain to provide ten recreation huts for our soldiers. This is the third concert given by the children of Newton School, and that their efforts are appreciated is borne out by the fact that each time a larger building has been provided for the accommodation of the audience, and always packed to the utmost limit.
Miss Hollis and Miss Craddock, the organisers of the concert, must be congratulated for the way in which they trained the children, who responded most heartily to their teachers' efforts, and gave a most delightful performance. Mr. Ginns captivated the audience with his very amusing songs, sung in capital style.
The dresses, which gave a very pleasing effect to many of the items, were mostly made in school. The programme included:Soldier chorus ("Faust"), children; song, "Good-bye, daddy," S. Barnett and infants; action song, "Kitchener's Boys," children; recitation, "Grandma," D. Bird and infants; part song, "O, who will o'er the downs?" Miss Craddock, D. Wildman, and W. Law; song, "The recruit," A. Turner; song and dance, "Scotch melodies," infants; duet, "Are you going to dance?" D. Wildman and W. Law; song, "The school teacher," Mr. Ginns; musical sketch, ''The jumble sal," children; song, "The drummer boy," E. Law and infants; song, "Your King and Country want you," D. Wildman; song and tableau, ''How England keeps the seas," children; recitation and dance, "Buttercups," D. Bird and infants; march and choruses, "Patriotic selections," children; song, "The village pump," Mr. Ginns; song, "I should like to be a soldier," M. Mortimer; song and hornpipe, ''Boys of the ocean," W. Law and boys; song, "Daddy," D. Wildman; recitation, "A Royal King," R. Croot; playette, "The fairies at war," children, a picture of which we print in this issue.
The financial success was due in a great measure to Mr. Harris lending a barn large enough to accommodate so many people. Thanks are also due to the many friends in the village who so kindly supplied the piano and seating accommodation, and assisted in the arrangements for the concert. After defraying expenses, the Y.M.C.A. Fund benefits to the amount or £3.