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Temperance Band Competitions

Wellingborough News, 10th November 1883, transcribed by Kay Collins

CERTIFICATE OF MERIT—The Rushden Temperance Brass Band has been presented with a certificate of merit, by the adjudicator at the band contest held at the Crystal Palace on July 10th last.

Wellingborough News, 8th July 1887, transcribed by Kay Collins

ANOTHER SUCCESS—A brass band contest was held at the Jubilee Exhibition at Manchester, on Saturday last, when the Rushden Temperance Band (Mr. W. Skinner bandmaster) attended, and was awarded third prize, value £10. Fourteen bands entered, and twelve put in an appearance, the first prize falling to the Wyke Temperance Band, and the second to Nottingham. The playing was very good all round, and the Rushden Band are to be congratulated on being amongst the successful competitors, especially as they had no professional aid, in which respect they differed from nearly all the competing bands. We understand the Rushden Band have entered for the Champion Contest at Belle Vue in September.

Sent in to us by a visitor to Kettering Museum:

There was a silver cup on show at Kettering Museum on 31st Jan 2011 with the inscription:

C.C.C. [Champion County Challenge]

Competed for the First Time at the B.B. Contest held at Stanwick August 1890, and won firstly by the Rushden Temp Band. Secondly by the Rushden Temperance band August 1891. Thirdly by the Kettering Town Band August 1892.

The Rushden Echo, 24th June 1898, transcribed by Kay Collins

RUSHDEN TEMPERANCE BAND - One More Success

The Rushden Temperance Band had a rare outing last week end—one of the best they ever had— at Gravesend. The first item on their programme was a contest promoted by the Gravesend Town Band. The contest was held on the Football Ground and was divided into two sections, Rushden taking part in the first section, together with Luton Red Cross, North London Temperance, Northfleet Temperance, and Walthamstow Temperance. The bands assembled at one o’clock at the Jubilee Clock Tower and played to the contest ground. Rushden chose the selection "Meyerbeer" (Round), which was also selected by Luton and North London. Northfleet and Walthamstow played "Maritana" (Wallace). After the contest, the adjudicator (Mr. G. Hames, of Nottingham) said that the paying had been, on the whole, very satisfactory, though some of the bands had aimed at too much tone. In the first section he had the slightest difficulty in awarding

The First Prize

(£15) to Rushden Temperance. (Loud cheers) He considered Rushden were easily first. Luton had given a good performance, but were far behind the winners. (Cheers) The judge’s decision was a very popular one, and the Mayor (Mr. G. M. Arnold) in presenting the prizes, took the opportunity of congratulating the Rushden players on their win that day and their past successful career. After the contest the Rushden band played “Beauties of England” and their performance was enthusiastically received.

On Sunday the band gave two first-class concerts on the promenade, and these were so

Highly Appreciated

that the sum of £10 15s. was netted. The programme in the afternoon was:- March, “Challenge” (Anon); overture, “Caliph of Bagdad” (Boldieu); selection, “Halevy” (Round); trombone solo, “Death of Nelson” (Brahms), Mr. A. Abbott; Austrian Hymn, “Vari”; selection, “Lucrezia Borgia” (Donizetti). In the evening the programme was:- March, “Avondale” (Anon); grand selection, “Meyerbeer” (Round); hymn (with variations) “Rousseau’s Dream” (Round); euphonium solo, “The Village Blacksmith” (Weiss), Mr. E. G. Groome; grand selection, “Maritana” (Wallace); cornet solo, “Holy City” (S. Adams), Mr. H. Baker; chorus, “Hallelujah” (Handel).

In the morning the band paid a visit to Chatham, and derived considerable pleasure from listening to the strains of one of the big military bands located there. Mr. H. Baker conducted Rushden Band both on Saturday and Sunday, and their success following on their last contest redounds greatly to his credit as a conductor.


A postcard commemorating a concert given for London County Council in the Victoria Embankment Gardens, and the "70 First Prizes at the principal Contests in England and Wales".

The reverse of the postcard is a note from C Crick for Mrs J T Colson to attend a Committee Meeting. It was posted on July 15th 1907 - Monday - at 11.15am - the meeting was the same evening!


Rushden Temperance Band 1933
Winners of the Daily Sketch Cup - Sept 1931
Daily Express Challenge Shield - Oct 1932
County Challenge Shield - Nov 1932 & March 1933
Temps in 1933
Back row: W Abbott, J Wildman, C Griggs, E B Smith, F Perkins, W Wood, W Seamarks, F Abbott, J Hobbs,
E Abbott, J Sugars
Middle row: S Denton, H Denton, L Sears, A Jones, W Clayton, H Turner, G Sayer, K Wright, W Burt.
Front row: F Dawson, C Denton, E Webster, T Young (conductor), C Tew, A Griggs, J Panter.

Photo by Edgar Linnitt

Rushden Echo & Argus, 27th July 1934, transcribed by Kay Collins

Rushden Bands Sweep the deck - Temps " On Top at Banbury
Mission Take Two Cups and Five Medals
Euphonium Solo Award

Rushden Temperance Band headed Section I., and Rushden Mission Band headed Section II., at the fourth annual contest at Horton General Hospital, Banbury, on Saturday. The Mission also secured second place to the "Temps" in Section I.

The best piece of Section I was "A Souvenir of Shakespeare" (for 24 players), and the "Temps," by taking first place, secured £13 and gained the "Norris" Trophy. They were under their own conductor (Mr. T. Young), who piloted them through the preparatory rehearsals.

The Mission Band had been prepared by their bandmaster, Mr. M. Clark, and he conducted them on the day. They took away £8 as second prize. Medals for the best soloists in this section were awarded to J. Wildman, cornet (Temperance), H. Benning, trombone (Mission), and A. Underwood, euphonium (Mission).

The only previous meeting of these two Rushden bands was at Northants Borough Quick-Step Contest in 1933, when the Mission gained the premier award, so this new fight was watched very closely.

Little Difference

In the draw for positional play, the "Temps" drew second and the Mission third. The adjudicator was Mr F J Mortimer, conductor of the world’s champion brass band, Foden's Motor Works, and when he declared the result he said: "I have heard today, among the five bands competing, two outstanding and fine renderings of a classical selection, and there is so little difference between them that I hardly knew how to place them in order of merit. So close has been their performances that minute scrutiny of my remarks has been exercised. There was hardly any difference whatever in the performances."

Mr. Mortimer awarded the Boosey and Hawk's Cup (held for one year) and the old English engraved silver tankard (won outright) to Bandsman Albert Underwood (Mission’s euphonium player) as the best soloist of the day.

Towcester Studio Band were placed third in this section.

Magnificent rendereing

In announcing a clear-cut decision, the adjudicator said that the winning band (Rushden Mission) gave "an outstanding performance right ahead of any of their contempories. This Second Section prize-winning performance was the best of the whole day's contests. It was a pleasure to listen to every bar of a magnificent rendering."

He had no hesitation, he said, in awarding the Mission Band the "Reid" Trophy (which they won last year), and the three soloist medals—cornet, euphonium and trombone.

Thus the Temperance Band brought home the "Norris" Trophy, one medal and a cash award of £13, and the Mission Band two Cups, one Tankard, five medals and cash awards amounting to £16. Many friends accompanied the two bands to the contest, and their enthusiasm over the decisions picked them out from the hospitable Banburians.

Towcester Studio were second, and Bradwell United third in Section II.

Rushden combinations entered Section III, which was won by Luton Public Band, with the euphonium and trombone medals. Campden Town being second, with the cornet medal, and Boxmoor Silver third.


Rushden Echo & Argus, 22nd October 1948
Temps in 1948
Near the Albert Memorial, London, on Saturday, Rushden Temperance Band, who had the honour of being among the sixteen finalists in the “Daily Herald” National Brass Band Championship at the Albert Hall. The “Temps” who played fourth, were unplaced.

Rushden Echo & Argus, 10th March 1950, transcribed by Kay Collins

Prize for Rushden Quartette
RUSHDEN Temperance Band's quartette, Messrs. Denton, Roberts, Perkins and Sayer, won second prize at a Leicester contest on Saturday. Mr. Ron Benning conducted in the absence of Mr. William Scholes. From an entry of 14 parties the first prize was taken by Foden's Motor Works.


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