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1943 Flaxley Miss Red Cross competition

The Mount Barker Courier and Onkaparinga and Gumeracha Advertiser (SA: 1880-1954)
Thurs 5th Aug 1943

For the final function of the Miss Red Cross competition a very successful amateur hour was organised by Messrs Eric Pearce and Keith Magor on Saturday, 24th ult.

During the interval, voting for the three queens took place, and an excellent entertainment was provided for the huge audience present. By voting, which augmented the funds, the winners of the amateur hour, were decided as Miss M Nicol and Mr R Pearce, with an instrumental duet.

At the conclusion of the programme the members of the Macclesfield Red Cross aids formed a guard of honour for the queens, Misses Joyce Willis, Ann Johnson and Gwen Eckert, all members of that unit.

Mrs G L W Smith (president of the local circle) thanked all who had helped to make the competition an outstanding success and announced the winner as Ann Johnson; £40 7/9; followed by Gwen Eckert, £35 18/4; and Joyce Willis, £35 16/.

Posies were presented, and each girl handed a gift by Mrs Smith, while certificates from headquarters were presented by Mrs G Nicol (vice-president). The total amount raised was £123.


1954 Macclesfield School Concert

The Mount Barker Courier and Onkaparinga and Gumeracha Advertiser (SA: 1880-1954)
Wednesday 1 Dec 1954, page 8.

Note: This may be of interest to the many locals who were in Primary School at this time.

THE Macclesfield Institute was packed to capacity for the School Concert. The Headmaster, Mr J H Lynch, announced the items and Mrs Eric Pearce was accompanist.

The opening item was a bracket of songs presented by the upper grades.

Grades IV and V presented the play Little Red Riding Hood and principal parts were acted by Bronte Pearce, Daphne Simmons, Pam Mattiske, Lindsay Davis, Bruce Bowey and Barbara Magor.

Joylene Davis was "Sally" in the action song Sally and the Rabbits by Grades I and II.

Lynette Edmonds, Roger Magor, Dennis Pearce, John Wade and Russell Davis of Grade V presented the mime Get Up and Bar the Door.

Grade V girls sang two Aboriginal songs and these were followed by the sketch Aniseed Balls by Grade VI, parts being taken by Jeanette Dubois, Daphne Bartlett, Valmai Willis and Heather Kuchel.

Grades I and II presented the singing game Sleeping Beauty with Patty Kilsby as the "Princess", Fay Harvey the "Wicked Fairy" and Jim Crouch the "Prince".

The play Jane's Toys was acted by Margaret Minne, Christine Davis, Lindsay Davis, Philip Harriett and Brenton Handke of Grades III and VI. This was followed by a recitation by Douglas Plaisted, and then the song The Railway Man was presented by the boys of Grades III, IV and V.

The Percussion Band by Grades I and II was perhaps the most popular item of the night and the 40-odd children kept really excellent time under the baton of the conductor, Leigh Tonkin.

During the interval the children were given raspberry drinks and biscuits by members of the School Welfare Club.

The pianoforte duet The Blue Danube was presented by Valmai Willis and Glenys Magor.

Lesley Burt, Kay Ingerson, Lynette Shobbrook, Douglas Plaisted and Jeanette Fry took the leading parts in the play The Three Bears by Grade V.

The song Christopher Robin is Saying His Prayers was presented by Grades III, IV and V.

Helen and Bruce Gallasch, Lorraine Minne, John Pearce and Wayne Murphy had leading parts in the play Tale of a Turnip by Grades I and II. Several members of the percussion band provided music for The Sun and Rain.

Girls from the upper grades presented two songs Henny Penny and The Wild Rose and these were followed by a mime Sneezles by Grades III, IV and V. Boys from the upper grades then sang Mermaid.

Judith Plaisted, Warren Boothby, Ian Anderson, Reg Handke, Edwin Schneemilch, John Burt and Bill Simmons had leading parts in the playlet Chicken-Licken by Grades l and II. This was followed by an action song Little Nurses by the girls of Grades III, IV and V.

Grade VII presented the play Silly Willy with "Reader", Raelene Anderson, "Lady Silverlocks" Enid Booth(by?), "Mary Ann", the maid Glenys Magor, "Silly Willy", Geoffrey Peterson, "Waggly", the dog, Ian Davis.

The song The Toymaker’s Dream was attractively presented by Grades III, IV and V, and the final item was a song by girls of the upper grades.

Mr. Lynch announced the splendid takings of £32/17/—, and thanked the doorkeepers, Messrs A B Davis and L E Fry and the Welfare Ladies, who helped dress the children and provided the refreshments, and asked Maxine Pearce to make a presentation to Mrs Pearce for her help as accompanist.

The concert was really excellent and congratulations are extended to Mr Lynch and his assistant teachers, Miss A R Gellert and Mr B Fagan for their splendid efforts in training the children so well.











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