|Rushden Echo, 12th November 1915, transcribed by Gill Hollis
Lantern Lecture at Rushden
A lantern lecture. “The Haunts of the Vikings,” was given in the Co-operative Hall, Rushden, on Tuesday, by Mrs. C. Cross, in aid of the Rushden Red Cross Society and the French and Serbian War Victims Funds. The organisation of the evening’s entertainment was effectively carried out by Mrs. Walter Robinson. The platform had been artistically decorated by the Misses Clipson with plants kindly lent by Mr. Fred Corby. There was a crowded attendance.
Mr. T. Swindall, J.P. (Chairman of the Rushden Urban Council and Superintendent of the Rushden Ambulance Division), presided, and in opening the proceedings said he was even more pleased to preside as associated with the Ambulance Society than as chairman of the Council, for in this war the Red Cross Society was working with the Ambulance Brigade. At the present time there were 17,000 ambulance men and women on active service. (applause) – And 60 members had fallen victims of wounds and disease. The Red Cross Society was passive in peace times, but such was their power of resuscitation and organisation that within five days of war being declared one Red Cross party of doctors and nurses went out to Belgium, to be speedily followed by others, and now there were hospitals in all the theatres of war. In the United Kingdom there were 1,129 hospitals worked by Red Cross nurses and doctors. Speaking of the War Victims Funds he explained that they provided huts in France, Serbia, and parts of Belgium for the homeless. These huts were moveable, so that when the war was over they could be taken to the devastated countries and used as homes during the rebuilding of the houses. Two more worthy objects than these could not be found. (Applause.)
Mrs. Cross then gave her lecture, describing Norway, with its fiords, waterfalls and mountains. Over 100 lantern slides, mainly taken by the lecturer, were shown in an exceedingly effective manner by Mr. W. H. Marriott.
During intervals Mrs. Ripley (wife of Colonel Ripley) sang in delightful style the songs “Wait till the sun is hot upon the head” (encore, “Mary Fawcett”) and “I don’t seem to want you when you’re with me” (Encored).
An amusing sketch, “Miss Honey’s treasure”, was given in a charming manner by Miss Bridges (sister of Mrs. A. H. Sartoris) and Miss Whistler, the audience being delighted throughout. The stage was fitted up very effectively by Mr. A. Gramshaw.
At the close the chairman voiced hearty thanks to Mrs. Cross, Mrs. Ripley, Miss Bridges and Miss Whistler. In reply Mrs. Cross expressed gratitude to the Chairman, to the ladies who sold the tickets and decorated the hall, and to Mr. Gramshaw for the generous loan of the stage effects.