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Frenchay National School Christmas 1913

A school concert given in November 1913.

"Five Little Birdies"


Left to right:

Cecil Gay,

Norman Davey,

Jack Vicary,

Irene Fidler,

Ian Pederick.

"Beauty and the Beast"

Left to right: Beatie Baker, Cecil Palmer, Jack Sharpe, Phyllis Hutton [the Beauty], Alec Hutton [the Beast], Walter Fidler, Olive Guy and Gertie (Louise) Powell.

An extract from the Frenchay Parish Magazine, January 1914...

It would be difficult to say who were the better pleased, the performers or the audiences, at the two entertainments given by the infants, on November 24th and 29th, to raise funds for the beautifying of their school.

The stage was prettily decorated and the dresses charming, though not costly. The programme was the same on both occasions, the first part being made up of costume songs, dances, and recitations, by squads of small, and ever smaller, "kiddies"; the second being devoted to a little pantomime, "Beauty and the Beast."

The result spoke volumes for the proficiency, patience, and pains of their teachers. Miss Crouch would most heartily thank all who by help in the production, the loan of furniture and decorations, and in many other ways largely contributed to the great success of the effort. She gratefully acknowledges the ready aid of the parents, several of whom gave of their time and means in preparing the dresses

 The incidental music was provided by Miss Gladys Powell, the accompaniments played by Miss Winstone. Many beautiful pictures have been given by Mrs Robertson and Miss Robinson towards the becoming adornment, in accordance with HM Inspector's wish, of the Infant School.

The proceeds of the entertainments will allow not only of these being suitably framed, but also for the provision of a cabinet for the children's handicraft.