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Temperance Band
News & Notes

Wellingborough News, 1st July 1882, transcribed by Kay Collins

LECTUREOn Friday evening the Temperance Brass Band paraded the town, and assembled on the Green, where a temperance lecture was delivered by Mr. W. Bell, of Loudon. Mr. E. Knight presided, and there was a good attendance.

Wellingborough News, 22nd April 1887

TEMPERANCE BAND TEA—On Saturday last the ladies and gentlemen who had rendered assistance at the bazaar held last week, were entertained to tea in the Public Hall. About 100 sat down to a liberal spread, provided by Mr. Martin, after which social games, interspersed with selections from the Band, made up an enjoyable evening.

Rushden Argus, 06 Dec 1889, transcribed by Kay Collins

Notes of the Week

Lovers of music will note with pleasure that the Temperance Band give a concert on Sunday evening, for which occasion they have secured the services of Mr. G. F. Birkenshaw, the eminent soloist, Mr. Geo. Farey, and Miss Ellis, and we would again remind our readers of the performance of the Messiah to be given on Tuesday Next.

The Argus, 13th December 1889, transcribed by Kay Collins

Notes of the Week

Talking of music, our bands do not intend to let the grass grow under their feet. The winter evenings are essentially the period for improvement, and during the past week Mr. Owen and Mr. G. F. Birkinshaw have given lessons to the National and Temperance Bands respectively.

The Argus, 13th December 1889, transcribed by Kay Collins

Notes of the Week

Temperance Band - This band gave a very successful concert on Sunday evening to a crowded audience. The announcement that the services of Mr. G. F. Birkinshaw, the eminent band trainer and cornet soloist had been secured, no doubt had something to do with so large an attendance, and those who attended in the hope of hearing him were not sent away dissatisfied. Mr. Birkinshaw played two cornet solos in such a manner as to earn encores, to both of which he was compelled to respond. His first effort was Cowen's "Better Land" beautifully given, the last verse of which was repeated, whilst his second solo was a most florid and masterly rendering of "My pretty Jane", the final variation being given again in response to continued applause. Mr. G. Farey gave in a most feeling and sympathetic manner two songs, "The soldier's dream" and the lighthouse light", for the latter of which he was encored, and Miss. E. Ellis rendered very sweetly "Gentle words", and "He shall feed his flock".

The band under conductorship of Mr. Birkmshaw played Chas. Godfrey's arrangement of Gounod’s "Queen of Sheba", and Round's arrangement of "Beethoven". These items were well played,and called forth much applause. Miss. E. Farey, and Mr. G. Farey, accompanied the various solos at the piano.

Rushden Argus, 20th Dec 1889, transcribed by Kay Collins

Rushden Local Intelligence

Bazaar and Christmas Tree — The Temperance Silver Band will hold a bazaar and Christmas Tree in the Public Hall on Friday and Saturday, Dec. 27th and 28th.
Mr. Maurice Child's choir of Little Lads and Lasses will assist on Friday in their character pieces. On Saturday there will also be a public tea.

Rushden Argus, Friday Dec 27th 1889, transcribed by Kay Collins

Notes of the Week

The Temperance Band gave another of their successful concerts on Sunday afternoon, receiving the assistance of Messrs. Lawrence and Palmer of Kettering, and as usual they were well supported  by the local lovers of music.

Northampton Mercury Saturday January 4th 1890, transcribed by Susan Manton

Temperance Band Bazaar—The lady friends of the Temperance Band have been very busy lately and the result of their labours was seen on Friday December 27th, when they held a bazaar and Christmas tree in the Public Hall. The proceedings were commenced in the afternoon, but the attendance was small. The various stalls were ranged round the Hall, and in addition to the wares exposed for sale were decked with a profusion of evergreens et enlivened with paper chains and roses. The stalls were presided over by Mrs. Abbott and Mrs. Knight (refreshments), the Misses Abbott, Clayton, and Luck (gentleman’s stall) Mrs. F. S. Knight, Mrs. J. Knight and Miss Kate Bailey (ladies stall). The Christmas tree was attended to by the Misses Robinson and Abbott and the toy stall by Miss West and Miss Knight. An orchestral band, under the direction of Mr. M.A. child of Wellingborough, gave some good selections of music during the day. The Singer Machine Co. also had a stand for their celebrated machines no view, under the supervision of Mr. Summers. But the greatest attraction of the day was the “little lad and lasses” who gave two performances under the direction of Mr. Child. Some disappointment was felt at the smallness of the audience in the afternoon, but at the time for them to commence in the evening the place was crammed. The whole performance went off without a single hitch of any kind, great praise being due to Mr. Child. The songs “Alas those Chimes” “I dreamt I dwelt in Marble Halls” “When other Lips” were well rendered by the little ones. Little Lily Jeffs (aged seven) obtained an encore for her rendering of “Babes in the Wood” and also for the charming manner in which she sang “Have you seen my Dolly” Bertha Bland gave a characteristic version of “Betsy Waring” for which she obtained an encore. The entertainment concluded with a selection entitles “The Little Gleaners” in which all the youngsters took part. Mr. Child then briefly thanked the audience for their attendance and attention. The bazaar was again opened on Saturday, a fair number again visiting it. Business was interspersed with singing and later on in the evening dancing was the order.

Rushden Argus, Friday 4th April, 1890, transcribed by Kay Collins

Rushden Local Intelligence

Musical — The Temperance Band journeyed to Luton last Sunday, and gave a good programme to a large audience. The National Band go to Peterborough next Sunday.

Notes of the Week. (about 1890)

The Rushden Bands attended the contest at Leicester Last Saturday, and though unsuccessful in the matter of prizetaking, yet they did themselves credit by their fine performances. The awards of the judge (Mr. H. Nicholson) were as follows:- First prize, Leeds Forge; second, Hanley Town; third, Hucknall Torkard; fourth, Derby United. As is usual the decisions of the judge did not give universal satisfaction, and much surprise was expressed that Wyke Temperance and one or two other well-known bands were quite out of it. The Rushden Temperance men, too, were much disappointed, and the competing bands gave vent to strong expressions of dissent when the awards were made known, the Mayor failing to obtain a hearing when endeavouring to justify the decision of the judge.

But whatever views may be held respecting the judge's decision, there is not the slightest ground for discouragement to either of the local bands. They are both admitted to have made a good fight of it, but when the difference of circumstances between bands in this county and the north country "cracks" are taken into consideration, the Rushden men came out very satisfactorily. With our local bands the members, generally speaking, are born and bred in the place, whereas...........
[notes taken from an incomplete page of the Argus c 1890]

The Argus, 24th September 1897

Rushden Temperance Band—Two concerts on Feast Sunday. First, on the Green at 2.30 ; second, on the Station-road, at 4.45. Note.—In case of inclement weather the concerts will take place in the Public Hall at 2.30 and 8 o'clock. Dance in the Public Hall on Monday, 27th, from 7 to 11, 6d. each.

Rushden Echo, 17th April 1908, transcribed by Kay Collins

A New Instrument—a B flat enharmonic bass—is this week being ordered by the Rushden Temperance Band from Messrs. Besson and Co. This is a new patent instrument, and it is necessary if the band is to keep abreast of the times. This purchase—the cost is £31/10s/—will bring the band’s liabilities up to about £90, and they will have to trust to the concerts during the season to pull them through.

Rushden Echo, 15th October 1909, transcribed by Peter Brown


The editor of “The Rushden Echo” has pleasure in acknowledging the receipt of the following subscriptions in aid of the Rushden Temperance Band:-

Mr James Hilton, 14, Newton Road, Rushden 5 0
A Well-wisher 1 1 0
Mr Lane, Kettering 5 0

If the band is to be saved from its serious financial position, it is imperative that other subscriptions should be received. We shall be pleased to acknowledge further amounts.

The Argus, Friday 30th September 1910, transcribed by Kay Collins

Rushden Feast click here for full report

...... The Temperance Band, under the conductorship of Mr. C. H. Baker gave their two annual concerts. The first one was in the Council Field in the afternoon, and the second in Mr. Marriott’s field in the evening.

Rushden Argus, 27th March 1914, transcribed by Kay Collins

"The Temps" - Mr William Noble will undertake the secretarial duties of the Rushden Temperance band, in place of Mr Charles Ashby, who is retiring after 21 years of valuable service. Mr Ashby has been a member of the band for 28 years.

click here to read about the members of the band
who joined up together in October 1917
with Harry Shrives

Rushden Argus, 16th October, 1914, transcribed by John Collins

A Fine Time
Mr. Ben Hinde, late drummer of the Rushden Temperance Band, who is now in camp with the Royal Irish Fusiliers, writes Mr. Page, of the Orchard, Rushden: “I am in the pink of condition, and having a fine time at a village about fifteen miles from London.”

The Rushden Echo Friday 30 March 1917, transcribed by Nicky Bates

Rushden Musician Killed - Temperance Band Player Dies in His Comrades Arms

The one-time famous Rushden Temperance Band has lost one of its most valued members in the death in action of Rifleman John D Webster, London Regiment, which was unofficially reported on Wednesday. The young bandsman, aged 25, was a son of Mr and Mrs Fred Webster, of 86, Washbrook-road, Rushden, and the sad news is sent by Bandsman Odell, who says that at about 8.30 last Friday a shell burst just against Rifleman Webster and he turned to Odell saying "I'm hit" and died in his arms.

Rifleman Webster enlisted in -- County of London Regt, in 1915, with a company of other players in the Terrance Band. Last year he and all those who were fit were detailed for foreign service as stretcher bearers.

The deceased soldier was well-known in Rushden, and was formerly employed at Mr C W Horrell's shoe factory. He passed through the Sunday school of the Rushden Congregational church. At Christmastide, 1915, shortly after he joined up, he was married in London and his wife came to reside with his parents.

Mrs John D Webster and Mr and Mrs Fred Webster desire to return their grateful thanks to the many kind friends for their expressions of sympathy with them in their great bereavement.

The Rushden Echo Friday 12 October 1917, transcribed by Nicky Bates

Rushden Musician Killed - Bandsman Arthur Odell - Formerly of the Temperance Band - Tribute by Mr Charles Ashby

We deeply regret to report that Mr and Mrs John Odell, of 54 Queen-street, Rushden, have received official news that their only son, Bandsman Arthur ("Jack") Odell, of the - London Regt., was killed in action on September 13th.

The first intimation Mr and Mrs Odell received of their son's death was a letter from Bandsman E Webster, of Rushden, who wrote:-

"Dear Mr and Mrs Odell - Please accept my deepest sympathy and may God help you to bear your burden. Your dear son was laid to rest at Y Wood tunnels, near Ypres. I put this little text above his grave 'Greater love hath no man that this, that a man lay down his life for those he holds dear'. I must close, tendering the deepest sympathy of his section chums."

The late Bandsman Odell, who was 28 years of age, leaves a widow and three little children under five years of age. He had been a member of the Rushden Temperance Band from boyhood, commencing with the cornet. Late, he played the E flat bass. Mr Chas. Ashby, for many years secretary of the band, and who now resides at Blackpool, writes, "I have no hesitation in saying that he was one of the best of bandsmen, always ready to do his bit, and when I came away from Rushden he had the ability of making one of the finest bass players the Temps have ever had."

Bandsman Odell joined up about two years ago with the late Bandsman John Webster, of Rushden, who was killed about seven months ago, dying in Bandsman Odell's arms. These soldiers were staunch pals, always together in the Temps, and on their military duties after joining the Forces. The deceased soldier had been in France about 14 months, when he met his death from a shell. It is a mercy that he was killed instantaneously, so that he suffered no pain.

As a lad he passed through the Sunday school of the Independent Wesleyan Church, Rushden, and was a member of the Rushden (Myrtle) Lodge of Free Gardeners from boyhood. Prior to enlistment, he was employed by Messrs. Morris & Sons, stonemasons Rushden. Much sympathy is felt throughout the town and amongst the remaining members of the Temps, with the widow and bereaved parents.

Rushden Echo, 26th August 1921 , transcribed by Kay Collins

Mr. C. A. K. Green has been elected president of the Rushden Temperance Band in succession to the late Mr. John Claridge.

Rushden Echo & Argus, 3rd October 1947

Practice Room as Studio For Rushden Broadcast

RUSHDEN Temperance Band's own practice room in George Street proved satisfactory as a "studio" when the band broadcast from it on Monday evening.

A 20-minute concert for the Midland Home Service was conducted by Mr. William Scholes and was distinguished by a good performance of "Henry V" (Maldwyn Price), which was the test piece at the recent Belle Vue contest. "Old Chelsea," a selection from Tauber's popular theatre music, was another enjoyable feature.

In the summer of 1952 - they played:
Sunday June 1st at Rockingham Road Park for Kettering Borough Council giving two concerts at 2.45pm and at 7.45pm, playing 22 different pieces,
And twice in London:
Sunday June 1st at 7pm at Clapham Common and
Sunday July 27th 7pm at Horniman Gardens - both concerts for London County Council
(noted from programme sheets)

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