Our next meeting and talk will take place on Monday 10th December in the Lifford Hall, Lower Green, Broadway, starting at 7pm. During the meeting Dr Alan Wadsworth will be giving an illustrated talk on “Farmsteads and Buildings: Recording the past for the future”.
‘Spelling bees’ or spelling contests are a great American tradition, however, as early as 1876 there were newspaper reports of ‘spelling bees’ across towns and villages in the United Kingdom.
In the 1890s regular ‘spelling bee’ competitions were held in the village of Broadway in Worcestershire. One such competition took place on Saturday 12th January 1892 during a meeting of the village’s Congregational Guild. Held in the British Schoolroom, Reverend S. Clarke, conducted the ‘spelling bee’ and members of the Guild were divided in to two classes. In class 1, eleven entered the competition and they were given 20 words that had appeared in a recent copy of the ‘The Daily News’1. Miss Ida Morris spelled the most words correctly and was awarded first prize. In class 2, there were five competitors and the words were selected from the opening chapter of ‘Genesis’. The prize for that class was awarded to the winner, Mr Arthur William Folkes2.
Broadway History Society
- The Daily News, founded in 1846, is famous for its founding editor, Charles Dickens, who remained in the post for only 20 days but continued to write occasional columns for the paper.
- Arthur William Folkes (1871-1905) was born in Broadway, son of William Smith Folkes and Alice Folkes (nee Parker). He married Rosina Ellen Frances in 1897 and died. aged 33, in 1905. His brother died in the First World War and is commemorated on the Broadway War Memorial (see Broadway Remembers).
The next meeting of the Broadway History Society and the first of the 2018/19 Programme of Events, will take place on Monday 17th September with an illustrated talk by Richard Johnson from the GWSR. Richard will be updating us on Broadway Station which reopened in March.
The meeting will start promptly at 7pmand will take place in main hall in the Lifford Memorial Hall, Lower Green, Broadway. Refreshments will be served at the end of the meeting.
During the meeting Hon.Treasurer Mary Smith will be collecting subs for the 2018/19 year, £10 for individual membership and £15 for a couple (cheques payable to ‘Broadway History Society’).
Guest speaker, Jon Goldswain, a recipient of the Elgar Society Certificate of Merit, will give his second illustrated talk to members on ‘Elgar’s Women’ with excerpts, both orchestral and vocal, of Elgar’s music. Sir Edward Elgar (1857-1934) was greatly influenced by the intensity of his relationships with women, and in particular four women: his mother, Ann née Greening; his wife, Caroline Alice née Roberts, whose poems Elgar set to music; Helen Weaver, a close friend and Elgar’s first fiancée who ended a nine month engagement in 1884, and his daughter, Carice who was born in 1890.
The talk starts at 7pm and will be held in the Community Room at The Court, Russell Square, Broadway. Refreshments will be served at the end of the meeting. Non-members welcome (£3 on the door).
Our 2016/17 year of meetings starts on Monday 19th September with a talk by Paul Harding on ‘St George and Worcestershire’ in the Community Room at The Court, Russell Square starting at 7pm.
All welcome. Non-members £3. Tea and coffee will be served.
Our first Annual General Meeting will take place on Monday 16th May 2016 in the Parlour in the Lifford Memorial Hall, Broadway.
During the meeting our Treasurer, Mary Smith, will be giving an illustrated talk on ‘Broadway’s High Street’.
All welcome. Non-members £3.