|Rushden Echo & Argus, 9th January 1948, transcribed by Kay Collins
The Buffs Came on 12th Night - Gifts and Party for Hinwick Boys
Members of the R.A.O.B., Northants Province, which embraces Wellingborough, Rushden, Irthlingborough, Finedon, Earls Barton and Bozeat, visited Hinwick Hall on Tuesday afternoon to give the lads gifts of books for the New Year in connection with their Twelfth Night Party.
The whole of the party was arranged by the R.A.O.B., and consisted of games, competitions, etc., and a tea.
In the evening the crippled boys and staff at the Home enjoyed a concert, in which the artistes were Mr. W. Foxwell (Coventry), ventriloquist and comedy juggler, who also compered the show, the Versatile Trio (Kettering). Mr. Billy Murdin (Wellingborough), conjuror; Zena, who showed the possibilities of the piano-accordion; Mr. Jack Willis (Wellingborough), baritone; and Mr. Billy Munns (Earls Barton), pianoforte solos.
Miss Joan French was the accompanist, and also played popular numbers to lead community singing.
A number of Wellingborough ladies acted as helpers, so that the staff could enjoy the party.
The novelty feature of the entertainment was a quiz, conducted by Mr. F. March, of Wellingborough. In this the members of the RA.O.B. and helpers came on to the plat-form and, much to their surprise, they found the boys were asking them the questions, and it was often with difficulty that they found the answers: in fact sometimes they failed in their task. Each boy who beat the experts received a prize.
The questions asked by the boys showed great intelligence, and the educational standard was a credit to the teaching staff.
Mr, A. E. Streeton, Past Prov. Grand Prime of Earls Barton, presented the books, and thanks were voiced by the Master, Mr. E. Riding.
There was never a dull moment during the whole of the five hours' show.