Godolphin Sale Day – Summer Term 1917

Lady Radnor, having been asked by Miss Douglas to open the sale, said that for many reasons it was with the greatest possible pleasure that she accepted the invitation. Everyone knew the objects of the sale-the British Red Cross branch, which worked in Salisbury, and Queen Mary’s Needlework Guild; both working, as they knew, for one and the same object in different ways, one occupied in the actual care of the wounded, and the other providing gifts for their care in the way of bandages, clothing and work of all kinds. The branches of these two societies had been at work in Salisbury practically ever since the outbreak of war. She did not think: it needed any words to commend them, either to people in Salisbury or to visitors from the neigh­bourhood. Many of those whom she saw before her had worked, not day by day, but year by year for these objects. They had worked in an unobtrusive and unadvertised way, and had gone on persistently and quietly doing their utmost for this great cause. A cause like this could not be supported without moneys, and sales and entertainments were held with that object in view. She hoped that those present would be able to spend money and reward the ladies who had under­taken to provide three articles which she saw set out upon the stall. From a personal point of view also she had particular pleasure in attending, as it had been her privilege to have a hospital for a certain part of the time during this terrible war, and she knew, perhaps in a more intimate way than many of them, what the work of these societies had been, and how generous their help was, to those who were working for wounded. She knew that no appeal of hers to the British Red Cross Society had ever failed to bring a response, and that the ladies who had worked for Queen Mary’s Needlework Guild had been unsparing in the supplies which they had given in response to the requests coming from hospitals like hers and others. The grounds in which the sale was being held had been lent by Miss Douglas. who had placed all the resources of the School and her own great organising power at their disposal. She would like to say that old pupils of Godolphin School had worked for her. She had had many nurses passing through her hospital, and nearly all of them were old pupils of the Godolphin School. Their work was an example to all girls who were growing up, and who in future might have to work as the old pupils are working now. Theirs had been unselfish work in the most heartfelt, open-handed way; they had not stinted themselves of time or trouble, and she really could not say too much for the work they, were doing. For all these reasons it was a great pleasure to have been asked to open the sale. She congratulated them on the weather, on the arrangements, and on the prospect of the entertainment that lay before them.




2.30 p.m. THE COUNTESS OF RADNOR will open the Sale in the School Grounds (one day only). Entrance 1s.
Stall-holders-Lady Sclater, the Hon. Mrs. Skeffington Smyth and Mrs. Hope Johnstone, Mrs. Leys, the Godolphin School.
3.30 p.m. CONCERT in School Hall.
Singer: Miss Judith Alcock. Cellist: Mr. Purcell Jones. Orchestra Conductor: Miss Nellie Harding.
(Tickets 2s. 6d., at Messrs. Foley, Aylward and Spinney, Canal).
4.30 pm. RATION TEA, under the direction of Mrs. Bingham.
5 pm. JUMBLE SALE. Entrance to Grounds 6d.
8 pm. CONCERT (Second Performance).


8.30 to 9.45 p.m. HISTORICAL SCENES (XV. and XVI. Centuries).
Elizabeth Woodvil in Sanctuary. A Conversation with Queen Elizabeth. Songs from Shakespeare.
(Tickets 2s. 6d. from Messrs. Foley, Aylward and Spinney, Canal).



Symphony No, 35 Mozart ” Allegro con spirito”
(a) “Requiem” S. Homer
(b) “The Roadside Fire” Vaughan Williams
” Waltz” from Serenade Op. 48 Tschaikowsky
La Veillee de L’Ange Gardien” Pierne
Violoncello Solos
(a) “Legende Pastorale” B. Godard
(b) ” Papillon ” David Popper
” Lento” Handel
(a) “To Daisies” Roger Quilter
(b) “O Mistress Mine”
“Mock Morris” Percy Grainger


SCENE I ELIZABETH WOODVIL IN SANCTUARY. (Adapted from Sir Thomas More’s “Pitiful Reign of Edward V.”)
Characters: Elizabeth Woodvil, the little Duke of York, the Cardinal Archbishop, Lord Thomas Howard, and other Lords of the Council.
The Protector, Richard Duke of Gloucester, desiring to obtain control of the little Duke of York, as well as of his brother, Edward V., sends the Cardinal Archbishop with some Lords of the Council to the widowed queen, Elizabeth Woodvil, who, because of the troubles following the death of her husband, has taken refuge with all her household in Sanctuary at Westminster. Filled with foreboding on hearing the purpose of the Cardinal’s visit, the mother uses every argument at her command to retain the child, and finally, fearing that resistance is useless, she surrenders him with a pathetic appeal to the Archbishop for the safe keeping of both the children.

Song … “Lawn as white as driven snow” … Traditional
Song … “Blow, blow thou winter wind” … Arne
Song … “Under the greenwood tree ” … Arne
Song and Chorus, “Come unto these yellow sands ” … Purcell
Song … “It was a lover and his lass ” … Morley
Song … “Who is Sylvia?” … Schubert
Song … “Willow song ” … Sullivan
Unaccompanied Trio, “O happy fair” … Shield
Trio … “Orpheus with his lute” … E. German
Duet … “O Mistress mine” … Brewer

(Adapted from the Diary of Sir James Melvil).
Queen Elizabeth, Sir James Melvil, Ladies-in-Waiting.
Mary Stuart, Queen of Scots, desiring to know the true mind of her cousin, Elizabeth, dispatched into England Sir James Melvil, who remained for ten days, holding frequent interviews with the Queen and writing a full report in his diary for the Queen of Scots. In the present scene the conversation follows the original strictly, with the exception of one or two connecting phrases; but for stage purposes. one interview has been arranged from several.
The Pavane which closes the scene is danced to the old song, “Belle qui tient ma vie.”

After weeks of preparation on the part of Mistresses and girls in spare time, in the evenings, on Saturdays, in the Easter Holidays and in Studio hours, a great collection was ready of beautiful needlework and of illuminated mottoes and lettering, done under Miss Prosser’s direction; of charming frocks, blouses, and of embroidered white linen; of carpentry and of photography; of toy-making and basket­ making, and framing and of many other things. I think all readers of the School Magazine will be much interested to hear in detail in what particular way every single member of the School, both Mistresses and girls, and three or four Old Girls who happened to be here, helped to make the events announced in the poster the great success they proved to be. During every moment of the day of the Sale everyone shouldered the responsibility of making each part of the whole thing work smoothly and happily, and I can only say that my own part of just looking on was also “shouldered,” but with complete comfort and ease, and a feeling of assurance that the large number of people who came into the School grounds were going to meet us more than half way in trying to do something that may temporarily relieve the strain of carrying on week by week the great work of supplying, as far as may be, what is so sorely needed in this day of necessity. Salisbury is a small City, surrounded by 100,000 troops, and however ready the response to the many calls for help, a small effort on the part of 1000 people or more on one day does bring in a substantial extra bit of support. The clear gain from the sale, the tea, the gate, the games, the jumble, the competitions, the button-holes, the auto-­chromes, the concerts and the scenes from history, has amounted to £784.
A copy of the plan which was posted up in the School is given below.


It is not easy to describe the wonderful Godolphin Sale day and all the events that helped to make it the great financial and sympathetic success that in truth it was. From early yesterday morning (I arrived at the School at 9.30) the members of the Staff and all the School were working for all they were worth to help to make everything go with real Godolphin dash and spirit. The weather became kind to us about 11 o’clock, and a cool breeze and hot sun made a perfect summer’s day. The Stalls, with the hedge as a background, looked beautiful in their red and white trappings, and in their different ways they were all full of beauty and interest. The Stall filled with antiques and curios, many of them of great beauty and value, added largely to the decorative effect of the garden scene, and it was most artistically and tastefully arranged by its holders. Lady Sclater’s Stall appealed greatly to all of us with its goods made by wounded and disabled Soldiers, and with its comforts for those who are in the fighting ranks to-day. Mrs. James Leys’ Provision Stall was lavishly supplied with flowers, vegetables, eggs, cheese, butter, strawberries, goose­berries and bottled fruits, &c., and did a roaring trade from start to finish. I hope I may be allowed to say that the Godolphin Stalls, in a way, were to me the most vividly pleasing of all, brimming over as they were with beautiful specimens of applied art done in the Studio, and of plain needlework and French embroidery, both perfectly executed. The Special Objects Stall (also Godolphin) was full of interest, with its delightful and ingenious toys, made by members of the Staff. The competitions were of the most varied character; I personally tried to get eight balls into a basket (one only reached it!) to guess the united ages of the whole School, the weight of a cake, and how many beans were in a bottle, with the awful possibility before me of winning my own fur rug on a hot summer’s day if I guessed rightly. The basket and ball competition, and the clock golf, &c., afforded great amusement to the large party of wounded Soldiers (many of them badly wounded), whom Miss Douglas had invited to the Garden Sale. They were a touching reminder of the objects for which the Sale was held, and their presence was felt to be an honour by the whole School, all the members of which have worked so readily and faithfully for our fighting men since the first days of the Great War, which is still taxing our resources to the utmost, and is daily demanding of us fresh sacrifices and fresh endeavors.
The Jumble Sale gave great pleasure to a large number of our friends, who secured good bargains of a varied character. The tea arrange­ments were admirably carried out, and would not have drawn adverse criticism from the Food Controller. A very delightful Concert was given ill the afternoon and repeated in the evening by the Orchestra, under the direction of Miss Nellie Harding, with ‘cello solos from Mr. Purcell Jones and songs front Miss Judith Alcock. The historical scenes given in the evenings were most striking in their artistic excellence and admirable rendering and the delightful singing of contemporary songs by the Special Singing Class gave the greatest pleasure to all who heard them. In fact, I felt that from beginning to end the Sale, and all events connected with it, can be looked upon as a great and unqualified success, and one person, most certainly, connected with the School, derived real and heartfelt pleasure from observing the keen and enthusiastic way in which every single member of the Staff and of the School helped to gain the splendid sum which resulted from their endeavors.


On Thursday and Friday evenings, July 28th and 29Th, a performance was given in the Hall by the girls of two historical scenes, and some songs from Shakespeare, delightfully sung.
Of the Scenes, the first flare us the interview in Sanctuary between Elizabeth Woodvil and Cardinal Bourchier, when, with other Lords of the Council, he came from Protector Richard to demand the sur­render of the little Duke of York. The Queen makes a moving appeal for the guardianship of her child, but finally, fearing that evil may befall further resistance, she delivers him into the Cardinal’s hands and passes weeping from the stage.
Scene 2 was a conversation between Queen Elizabeth and Sir James Melvil, emissary from her cousin, the Queen of Scots. They talk of divers matters, from State marriages to Italian gowns and Melvil is not allowed to retire until he has seen Elizabeth dance a Pavane with one of her Ladies-in-Waiting.
The peculiar interest of the Scenes lies in their historical nature. Both have been adapted from original sources, the one from Sir Thomas More’s Pitiful Reign of Edward V., the other from Sir James Melvil’s Diary. The first is not, of course, contemporary, but more, who wrote it in the early part of Henry VII’s reign doubtless, had the whole story from the lips of Cardinal Morton, and has given it to us in his own beautiful English.
Melvil’s Diary, on the other hand, is a contemporary and full report of his interview, with Queen Elizabeth during his ten days’ visit, and gives the very words in which that remarkable woman displayed the characteristics with which her history has made us so familiar.
So dignified a performance could not have been given without careful study and serious work, and all the girls who took part deserve our hearty congratulations.


STALL I. ANTIQUES AND GURIOS (These were many of them very valuable gifts from Lady Hulse, and the Stall realised over £200).
The Hon. Mrs. Skeffington-Smyth and Mrs. Hope-Johnstone S. Hope Johnstone, J. Carey, B. Du Buisson, J. Buckle, M. Godson, M. Luckman and M. Walker.
STALL II. WORK BY SOLDIERS. BASKETS, &c. Lady Sclater, Palgrave, B. Douglas, L. Taylor, F. Pinckney. K. Taylor, E Birney, L. Lock and M. Wood.
STALL III. PROVISIONS Mrs. J. Leys. Y. Lees, D. Turner. V. Leys. Al. Leys, D. Leys, J. Douglas, B. Medlicott and D. Sargent.
STALL IV. Miss L. Douglas, Miss Prosser and Miss, Pope (leaders), Miss Awdry, Matron. Mrs. Carver. H. Elworthy. M. Blackett. F. Wethered. M. Paton, P. Kempe, I. Usher, M. Fairclough. G. Chambers, G. Rigden, L. Box and S. Dimsey.
Miss Westlake (leader), Miss Fussell, Miss N. Harding, Miss Eastgate, Miss Waller, Miss Cranmer, P. Clarke, M. Ainslie, M. Chilton, J. Eason, V. Hinkley, J. Chapman. L Rennie. S. Wotton. N. Clive-­Smith, M. Eppstein, M. Sinclair and K. Hurst.
STALL VI. ILLUMINATED MOTOES AND LETTERING. Miss Parson (leader), Miss M. Powell, Miss Ward, Miss Falwasser, Miss Derriman, Miss Oliver, M. Dalston, V. Greene, C. Fletcher, S. Lister, P. Blunt, M. Du Buisson, P. Du Buisson, H. Theodosius, H. Poynton, J. Carter, B. Fagge and P. Turner.
TABLE A. MR. DOUGLAS’ PHOTOGRAPHS OF SCHOOL GROUNDS AND HOUSES. Miss Gillman (leader), Mrs. Bacchus, Miss Adey, M. Godley and N. Richards.
TABLE B. CHINA. Miss Atkinson (leader), N. Maude, G. May, L. Plunket, C. Harrison, H. Phillimore, and M. Waters.
TABLE C. MATCH-BOX TOY-MAKING. Miss Powell, (leader), D. Fanner, J. Elling, M Bennett and M. Figgis.
TABLE D. GLASS AND CHINA. Miss S. Powell (leader) C. Mack­worth, L. Gossage, P. Malony, N. Stow, N. Trafford, N. Panting, and F. Denny.
TABLE E. WOODEN TOYS, PAINTED CRADLE, DOLLS’ BEDS. Miss E Jones (leader), Miss Young, Miss Maunsell, N. Northcroft and B. Niven.
TABLE F. BOOK STALL. Miss Wallich (leader), M. Hill, N. Henson, H. Finch and C. Squire.
VICTORIAN DOLL’S HOUSE. Miss Young (leader), B. Kitching, F. Aitken, K. Gordon Duff, M. Johnston, I. Moon, M. Cole and S. Chennels.
TEA. Mrs. Bingham K. Bulteel, G. Taylor, D. Bingham, R. Fawcett, M. Constable, M Kingdon, J. Mackworth, H. DuBourg, A. Beevor, N. Preece, M. Rouquette, M. Rose, M. Newson and M. Ilbert.
JUMBLE SALE. Mrs. Marlow, Miss Bagnall, Miss Steer, Miss Hancock, Miss Mitchell, Miss Young, Miss Wallich, Miss Fison and Miss S. Powell.
AUTOCHROMES. (lent by Mr. Messer). M. Paton, L. Box, H. Barnett, H. Wethered, K. Birkett, K. Carpmael, D. Hinds, P. Lee, H. Richards, S. Dimsey and C. La Trobe.
BUTTON-HOLES Forms III., II. and I. sold lovely button-holes.
GAMES AND GUESSING COMPETITIONS. Miss Mixer, Mrs. Paulley, P. Seal, J. Dewe, E. Douglas, K. Sargeaunt, J. Elling, K. Pollock, N. Clive-Smith, Miss Lavender, Miss Combes and Mdlle. Cornellie.
TENNIS. Miss Pinckney, Miss C. Ashford, Mr. Douglas and Mr. Rule.
GATE. Mr. Bayley, Mr. Moon, Mr. Osmond, Mr. Rigden and Mr. Sargent.
STEWARDS ON THE GROUNDS. J Hinxman, E. Lea and M. Sim led a large party of girls; who acted as Guides all the afternoon from the gates to the sale, and then to the grounds and collected people for the concert, &c.
STEWARDS IN THE HALL. Another set of girls acted as Stewards at the Concert.
FAGS. V. Arnold, K. Beach, P. Wilson, M. Allan.

The following girls took part in the Historical Scenes, and in the singing of the Old English Songs:
Helen DuBourg, Helen Theodosius, Gwen Rigden, Sylvia Robertson, Cynthia Fletcher, K. Chilton, N. Northcroft, Kettrin Carpmael, Betty Buxton, Nancy Preece, Frances Frood, Joyce Hinxman, K. Sargeaunt, Phyllis Clark, D. Powney, Margaret Chilton, May Osmond. Yvorne Leys, Hester Phillimore, Peggy Seal, Betty Aldworth, Betty Medlicott, Joan de Coetlogon, Jean Chapman, Eleanor Lea, Margaret Gunner, Joan Gunner, Phyllis Kempe and Dorothy Gubbins.