The Rushden Argus May 12th 1922, transcribed by Susan Manton
Presentation of Prizes at the Rushden Evening Classes
Each year at the close of the winter season, the Evening Continuation School, which plays so great a part in the education of Rushden’s Young People, holds an exhibition of the pupil’s work. This year’s exhibition, held last Friday and Saturday, revealed that the standard of training given by Mr. Leonard Perkins, BSc. and his staff is as high as ever. The exhibits range from clever work with brush and pencil to ingenious domestic articles, as for instance, a child’s cradle made from an orange box. Our picture shows some of the exhibits of the woodworkers.
The distribution of prizes at the Rushden Newton Road Evening Continuation School
took place at the School on Friday evening.
Mr. S.J. Lloyd, J.P. C.C. (chairman of the Northants Education Committee) made the presentations. There was a big attendance of pupils. Mr. F. Corby presided, supported by Mr. S.J. Lloyd, Mr. A.H. Sartoris J.P.,C.C., Mr. B. Vorley, Mr. E. Freeman, Mr. C. Cross, C.C. and Mr. L. Perkins B.Sc. (Principal of the School)
The Chairman said that what they had learnt at the evening school would be of far greater value to them in after life than the prizes they were to receive, though these were of a carefully selected type. He expressed regret at the absence of Mr. J.T. Colson (chairman of the Rushden Educational Sub-Committee) who was unwell, and also referred to the late Mr. John Claridge, who had been a valuable member of the Local and the County Education Committees.
Mr. Lloyd said that he had been on the County Education Committee for several years, and he had always been interested in Rushden. Mr. Perkins, he said, was a personal friend of his, had done much for education in the county, and had devoted a great deal of his spare time in this direction. He thought the assistant teachers, as well as Mr. Perkins, ought to be congratulated on the splendid success of the exhibition he had just been over. The great success of the School was due to the zeal and untiring energy of Mr. Perkins and his staff of teachers, who did not mind giving much of their own time for the benefit of the scholars. The future of Rushden, he said, was in the hands of the boys and girls, and he thought those who attended the evening classes realised, and were preparing for their responsibilities. Referring to the enormous crowds which attended football matches, and the modern tendency of young people to go to watch these gladiators, Mr. Lloyd said he would much rather see the young fellows play than watch. They ought to be using their limbs and brains, instead of merely their eyes.
After the prizes had been presented, Mr. C. Cross proposed a hearty vote of thanks to Mr. Lloyd , and Mr. Vorley, having seconded, it was carried amid applause. Mr. Lloyd briefly replied.
Mr. Perkins urged the first year pupils to carry on, and get used to the night school habit. He reminded them that when they bought sweets and went to the pictures they paid tax. Let them get their money’s worth back by attending night school. They must bear in mind that there was a great deal of talk of economy nowadays, and a good many people actually in authority had the idea that economy meant preventing other people spending money they would like to spend themselves. If they stayed away from night school it would give the authorities the right to say that education was not demanded by the masses. They had attended very well last session, and he hoped to see the pre-war attendances regained.