The Mission Treat – Christmas 1917

Miss Lucy has asked me to tell you about the treat, and no-one will be able to correct me, for no-one else was there all the time, so I set out with a light heart. This year the Mission Treat presented two new features. Miss Gillman, who, as usual, made all the arrangements, was faced last term with the problem “What would console for the absence of a tea?” but the solution “The presence of a conjuror” was a most happy one, especially when supplemented by at least the semblance of a meal-but this is to begin in the middle. I was out at Chorley Wood, where the supply of cakes is extremely limited, so in answer to a demand from Miss Gillman for ten shillings worth of buns, I rose early on the first of January and caught an express to Aldersgate ­street and set out on my quest. I took up a suit case with me, and spent the morning roaming about Ludgate Hill, the Strand, and other delightful hunting grounds, gathering in gingerbread, wondering all the time whether, if my case burst open, and scattered its contents, I should be able to get witnesses to prove I was not really food-hoard­ing. In the afternoon, laden with my prizes, I met Miss Gillman with hers at the Elephant and Castle, and we went off to St. Andrew’s together.
It was very dull not to have any of you with us this time, but we hope very much that there will be a double number next year, as you could not be invited this.
We found Miss Chittenden and Mrs. James, who do so much in the Sunday School, had everything ready, and that the usual crowd was assembling outside. This year more children came than we have ever had before, about one hundred and eighty, and, as a large space was taken by a platform and curtains for the conjuror; when they were allowed in, the room was packed. They all settled down very quietly, squeezing themselves up, and the last comers forming a row along the platform. Then Mr. Luscombe, the new vicar, came, and he was followed by the conjuror, who was a veritable magician. Very early in the proceedings he asked for the best-looking boy in thee school to be his assistant on the platform, and you may imagine the nudgings, and elbowings and delicious remarks of the boys before Ben Russell, an old friend of ours, was pushed out from among them. To add to his confusion, and the joy of the assembled company, the conjuror would not believe he was quite the best-looking boy (privately, I may say, he is very plain), and when he did accept him as helper, insisted oil the most elaborate, of bows to the audience. Then we all went to Wonderland. Coins flew about and appeared in all sorts of Impossible places, and burnt handkerchiefs, shaken out, were seen to be large Union Jacks with no trace of harm. The paper famine apparently has not yet penetrated to the Magic Realm, for both Ben and the con­juror had paper mines in their very mouths, yards and yards all different colours strewing oil the ground, but the most wonderful bit of magic I am almost afraid to tell, for all the House Mistresses will want this magician, and I want him myself. After remarking that now that eggs were twopence each – derision of his knowledge of prices on the part of the assembly-he thought conjured eggs were the best, he then and there caused Ben and others to put their heads in a soft bag that both he and Ben had stamped on, and to crow loudly. One crow was quite enough, an egg appeared at once at the bottom of the bag. Six eggs were produced in this fascinating manner. N.B.-The address of the magician will not be given to applicants.
But time will run away so. After a most joyful hour, Ben said good­bye, with another elegant salute, and the conjuror departed with his magic box, to delight another audience. Still packed like sardines the children waited patiently while we brought them buns and ginger­bread. It was impossible to let them roam round, it was such a crowd even seated, but excellent manners made it quite easy to take the plates round.
I started off with a plate of buns in one hand and gingerbread in the other, and, as I had rather feared, they all said “bun, please”, gingerbread being, I suppose, an unknown quantity. When the bun plate was empty there was nothing for it but to face the ginger-bread, but it was taken with evident regret. only politeness (St. Andrew’s manners) preventing refusal. We had enough for two cakes each, so I soon started out again, this time with buns only, for the gingerbread was all eaten. Can you imagine, lily amusement when I was asked by the very boys who had taken it so unwillingly, “Isn’t there any more of the other, Miss?”
When the last crumb had disappeared Mr. Luscombe spoke to them about New Year’s Day, and new efforts to be more regular and punctual at Sunday School. He spoke too of our work for them and thought of them at Salisbury, all through the year, and I wish you could have heard the great clap of thanks they gave you. I said I should tell you about it, and all about thee treat as soon as I came back, and that you always wanted to hear about them, and they clapped us again. Then they came up, one by one, to receive gift, and “silently stole away” to hurry home through the darkness. This year they were very quiet, except just while the conjuror was cracking his jokes. They are so often up at night and must be so tired! If only we could share the beauty and the safety and the peace of our dear hill-top with them! Well, it was good to think that, even for one brief hour they had laughed in entire forgetfulness of that grey reality that daily presses upon them, life in wartime.
Presents for the Mission treat:
27 shirts, 34) dresses and skirts, 8 blouses, 32 petticoats, 9 boys’ knickers, 7 dolls, 21 scarves, 10 mittens, 4 pairs gloves, 9 pairs socks, 3 bed coven, 2 caps and mufflers, 9 bonnets and caps, 4 girls’ knickers, 1 nightdress, 1 chemise, 34 pinafores, 3 stays, 1 petticoat bodice, 2 baby vests, 5 baby bonnets, 1 woolly belt, 4 baby woolly things, 41 toys.


U.G.S.S. Appeal – Christmas 1917

The Old Girls’ Settlement, 19, Peckham-road, London, S.E.

The settlement is going through a most anxious time, and a special appeal has one to Old Girls asking them most earnestly to come to the rescue. If every subscriber would give some extra donation according to her means, the difficulty of keeping it going would be overcome. There has been a great shortage of workers just when they are most needed, so that there is the double anxiety of continuing the many branches of most necessary work, and of maintaining the Settlement itself. If every Old Girl who reads the Magazine will take this matter practically to heart, very much may be done.


Miss Fanny Davies’ Recital – Christmas Term 1917

(Dec. 10th, 1917).

Miss Fanny Davies gave her Annual Recital to the school, and was, as always, greatly appreciated. On the previous Saturday Miss Mixer kindly gave a short illustrated lecture, which was most helpful and interesting. The programme was as follows:


Prelude and Fugue in G major and B flat minor Bach
Fantasie C minor – Mozart
Sonata Op. 27. No. 1 – Beethoven
Variations Op. 21. No. 1 – Brahms
Three Romances Op. 28 – Schumann
Impromptu F sharp major – Chopin
Etude F minor – Chopin
Etude C sharp minor – Scriabine
Tone Poem Op. 1. No. 8 – Metner
Fragment Lyrique Op. 28 – Metner
Spinning Top – Rebikoff
Souvenir d’Enfance – Moussorgsk

It is not too much to say that we look forward to Miss Davies’ coming throughout the whole year, and when the great day does arrive the only drawback is that it is over so soon. It is impossible to des­cribe in any words the playing of so great an artiste, but judging by the appreciation shewn by each member of the audience, one felt they did realise the great delight and privilege of listening to music so wonderfully interpreted.


Miss Davies’ Inspection – Christmas Term 1917

On December 11th, in the morning 14 girls played in the hall to Miss Davies to compete for her prize. The result is as follows: ­Nannie Figgis, the winner of the prize last year, has proved by her work and performance that she was worthy of it. The winner of the prize this year is:

Price: Betty Buxton (Miss Ward).

Award of Merit:
Margaret Walker (Miss Ward)
Lil Taylor (Miss Lavender)
Catherine Harrison (Miss Atkinson
Lettice Jenkins (Miss Mixer)
Frances Frood (Miss Mixer)
Mary Dalston (Miss Awdry)

Highly Commended:
Fay Monier Williams (Miss Lavender)

Ivy Moon (Miss Coombs).
Frances Aitken (specially for MacDowell), Miss Ward.

Colour (A Sketch) – Christmas Term 1917

It was almost dark as he climbed the hill, the clouds overhead were black and threatening, the boulders stood out black and ghostly against the grey of the hills.
He wrapped his plaid shawl closer round his shoulders to keep the biting wind from chilling him to the bone. His boots were worn almost to the round, and here and there a white patch on his leg showed where the stocking no longer held to-ether.
As he reached the top, he straightened himself, and stood still gazing down into the valley below; the white mist was beginning to rise from the river, and the lights in the cottage windows twinkled cheerily, and shone out into the greyness of the evening; lie turned and with a sigh proceeded on his way, there was no cheerful fire or hot meal waiting for him, only the night, and darkness. Suddenly he night descended upon him, thick and black, it seemed to envelope and shut him in or every side, it had come so quickly, as it does sometimes in Scotland, that he seemed to have no time to find his bearings, and he plodded on through the darkness, his eager eyes searching for some gleam of light to show him the way.
Then suddenly out of the stillness came a rumble, low and threaten­ing at first, then louder and deafening thunder-a flash of lightning brilliant and vivid, illuminated thee scene, and was gone, leaving it blacker than before.
There was no shelter on that wide bare moor, and he stood still, lost, what use to go further? The lightning flashed again across the sky, seeking something to strike, and found him. Without a cry or a struggle, he fell.
The storm rolled on, the rain beat down on that white upturned face, and then ceased as suddenly as it had come, and a pale water moon came out from behind a cloud and shone over the floor, making the rocks, glistening with the rain, look ghostly and unreal in its light.
The night wore on and the first faint rays of the dawn appeared in the east, a pale pink, gradually deepening into scarlet and crimson, orange and gold, the edges softening into mauve, pale yellow, and pink again, and from the centre, strong and glorious, rose the sun in all its splendour, flashing on the rocks, glinting on the pools, and setting a thousand dewdrops sparkling on the grass; higher it rose, and rested at last on that huddled form, which had about it the dignity of death, it lit up the old plaid shawl, the white face and glassy eyes.
There is nothing in this brilliant day, so full of love and colour, to recall the night and its handiwork, nothing save that lone figure, waiting for someone to find and carry it away, nothing to show that the struggling soul has reached its goal. He was only a lonely man who would hardly be missed in this world.
Was it an accident that he fell with his feet towards the Dawn?

M. TRAFFORD. Lower Vb,

Games – Christmas Term 1917

Cricket: Fawcett won the cricket Cup after a very excitig match against Nelson. There were 4 minutes to play and Fawcett got the last wicket in that time or Nelson would have won on the 1st innings and won the Cup.
The 1st XI. played a match against the Chafyn-Grove Boys’ Preparatory School and beat them on the 1st innings by 9 runs. G. Rigden took 6 wickets for 9 runs. We hope to make this an annual match.
1st XI. Y. Leys (captain), E. Hudson, D. Turner, P. C. Clarke, K. Sargeaunt, N. Northcroft, V. Greene, J. Chapman. J. Hinsman. G. Taylor, G. Rigden.

Leys made top score-25 runs.
Leys won the Running Cup.
Lea won the Senior Ball for throwing but being last year’s winner passed it on to B. Medlicott.
Fanner won the Junior Ball.
Lea 60 yards 2 feet
Medilcott 50 yards 1 foot
Fanner 49 yards 2 inches.


Nelson House won the Lacrosse Tournament.
On the whole Sarum had the best team, and the match Nelson and Sarum was very good. Methuen could not hold their own this year, but made a good start and played the game between.

School House – P. Wood
Sarum – J. CarterSt. Margret’s – P. DuBuisson
Nelson – S. Wotton
Fawcett – M. Sim, F. Frood
Hamilton – NT. Blackett, M. Thursby
Methuen – E. Muir


Results of the House Matches:

1st         Sarum               5 Rounds
Fawcett            4 Rounds
School              3 Rounds
Nelson             2 Rounds
St Margret’s      1 Rounds
New Forest       0 Rounds

1st        Fawcett            5 Rounds
Nelson             3 Rounds
Sarum              3 Rounds
St Margaret’s    2 Rounds
School              2 Rounds
New Forest       0 Rounds

Lower Vb. beat Upper IV by 11 matches to 7 matches.
Upper IV. beat Lower IV by 15 matches to 3 matches.
Each Form played a 1st and 2nd six and the matches gave very good practice to the Forms that were beaten.

July 22nd Staff v. 1st Six:­

STAFF                                                     1st Six.
Miss Pinckney                              Y. Leys
Miss C. Ashford                           V. Leys
Mr. Douglas                                    E. Hudson
Miss Westlake                              G. Rigden
Miss Parson                                    M. Sim
Mrs. Paulley                                    G. Taylor.
M. Sim and G. Taylor were the pair who did best for the School, getting, a set off the Staff’s third couple and running; each of our other couples into a set in which 5 all was called before the set was decided, Mr. Douglas and Miss Westlake did best for the Staff; they only lost 10 games during the afternoon, while Miss Pinckney and Miss C. Ashford only lost 12 games.

 The Championship. As Eva, Hudson was not allowed to play in the championship, it looked like Yvorne and Vera Leys meeting in the final, and that eventually turned out to be the case. Until the sisters met Vera’s hardest match was against Gertrude Taylor 6-5, 6-5. Yvorne had hard matches against K. Sargeaunt 6-4, 6-5; E. Lea 4-6, 6-1, 6-2; and P. Kempe 4-6, 6-5. 6-2. The final took place on Mil­ford before the School. It was an excellent match, Vera just winning at 6-2, 2-6, 9-7, owing, perhaps, to her being a little more active than her sister. Yvorne has the prettier style and with a little more activity the match might have gone the other way. It was a great disappointment to us all that Eva Hudson could not play.

The Second Sixteen. This was won by J. Filing, whose hardest match was against N. Figgis 3-4, 4-0, 4-2, in the second round. Her other matches were easy. Her style is good, which gives her a great advantage over some in the Second Sixteen.
I hope the whole School will again observe that these two events have been won by the players with the better style.

V. Leys
Y. Leys
E. Hudson
G. Rigden
M. Sim
G. Taylor

The last three won their tennis brooch for the first time.
Yvorne Leys has won the certificate for teaching tennis, which shews that she uses the, “Standard” or “Doherty” grip, and that she has learnt the following strokes: “Forehand drive, both ordinary and putting “top” on ball; backhand drive ditto; the Standard overhand service; overhand smash, forehand and backhand; volleys forehand and backhand; low volleys ditto.” We congratulate her heartily on being on the playground staff of St. Paul’s Girls’ School, and if Yvorne can impart her own style of play to her tennis pupils, we shall congratulate her again.