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Mandolin Band

Manolin Band
The leader of this Band was Rose Holmes.
Members names included (in alphabetical order) D Clipson, M Knight, E Neal, M Percival, D Rawlins,
Florence Simpson, E Upton, E Whitby, Ms Young.

Rose Holmes
Rose Edith Annie Holmes, daughter of Charles Henry and Elizabeth Holmes, was born in Rushden in 1896 and the family lived at Beaconsfield Place.

Charles was born at Lavendon and Elizabeth at Ridgmont, and they took in Herbert Panter, also from Lavendon, as a boarder.

Rose was leader of the Mandolin Band, and after a serious illness in 1919, she married Joe Maddams at the Independent Wesleyan Church, on 24th May the following year.

Rose E A Maddams died in 1921 aged 25, and was buried at Rushden Cemetery (Grave C.227).

Rose Holmes - the leader of the Mandolin Band

Rushden Echo, 11th February 1916, transcribed by Gill Hollis

Belgian House

A concert was given to the refugees on Tuesday by the Mandolin Band, assisted by Miss Pettit and Mr. Chas Bailey. Mr. J. S. Clipson presided. Programme: March, Camp Parade, Band; song, Songs of home, Miss F. Pettit; mandolin solo, Intermezzo, Miss E. Young; song, The Rosary, Mr. Bailey; selection, Medley March, Band, pianoforte solo, Miss M. Percival; mandola solo, Calma Della Sera, Miss E. Upton; song, Miss F. Pettit; quartet, Mrs. Knight, Misses R. Holmes, L. Neal and E. Upton; mandolin solo, Miss Ivy West; song, Roses, Mr. Bailey; mandolin duet, Darkey’s patrol, Misses Holmes and Neal; National Anthems of the Allies, Band. M. Vanbush, one of the refugees, expressed thanks to the chairman and artistes, and said that such concerts helped them to forget the deprivations they had suffered.

Rushden Echo & Argus, 25th June 1920, transcribed by Kay Collins

A Garden Party was held on Saturday at “Eastfields” by kind permission of Mr. and Mrs. G. Denton, the object being to raise funds for the renovation of the Queen-street schools. A large number attended, tea being provided on the lawn, the Rev. C. J. Keeler presiding. Selections were played by Mrs. Maddams’ Mandolin Orchestra. In the evening croquet, competitions and other amusements were indulged in, and refreshments were served. An informal vote of thanks was accorded Mr. and Mrs. Denton on the motion of the Rev. C. J. Keeler. Mrs. J. Cunnington (secretary) and the Young Ladies’ Institute made the arrangements.

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