On Monday evening a very successful concert was given in the Blue Schoolroom. The programme was arranged by Mr. F. Osborne, and the object of the entertainment was to assist the Grammar School sports fund. This department of the school work has of late years taken into a very bad way, but thanks to the efforts of Mr.Osborne, which are ably seconded by Mr. E. Belener, the assistant master, things seem to be improving. Last term a football club was started. and considering all things, the old school did not come out badly in this branch. It is now desired to bring cricket up again, and if traditions go for anything the school should be more successful in the summer than in the winter game.
There was a very good audience on Monday night and the results of the enterprise is that about £6 will be handed over to the fund.
The following was the programme: – Prologue spoken by H.R.Reynolds, school captain; pianoforte, ‘Grand March’. H.Sheldon; ‘Three Sailor Boys,’ A.Haydon & very many more. (The EJ not only listed each performer but members of the audience too!)
The following is the prologue, which was composed by the reciter, H.R.Reynolds.
We gladly come all our friends tonight,
And, one and all, shall feel intense delight
If by our efforts we can pleasure bring
To those who listen while we speak and sing.
Not without peril I have journeyed here,
The pavement of our streets for many a year
Hath been, to to jeering friends, a laughing stock,
Which neigh’bring towns may all most justly mock.
But for the present we must grope our way,
Until improvement come some happy day.
The paving has been urged, but some have deemed,
That though it may be bad,there long hath seemed
Far greater need to have a union placed
Within this far-framed town, that those may rest
Who, thinking work too hard, and life too low.