Conisboro’ Notes – Band of Hope – Smallpox at Burcroft

March 1905

Mexborough & Swinton Times, March 25th, 1905.

Conisboro’ Notes.

A very interesting entertainment was given in the Church Sunday school on Monday evening, by the young people who compose the Band of Hope. This is an organisation which has for its leading feature the inculcation of principles of temperance, and our good Vicar gives up an hour or two of his valuable time weekly to this worthy object. The concert on Monday evening consisted mainly of a cantata, entitled ‘Five steps to ruin,’ and ‘Five steps to honour.’ Solo parts were taken by Misses M. and H. Brealey and J. Ford, and Masters W. Hargrave and E. Laughton. Miss Saragan ably accompanied. The audience was most appreciative. Mr E. P. Sherwood of Rotherham, gave an interesting address on Temperance work, and the Vicar gave a short opening speech.

There are several cases of small-pox in the village, mainly in the Burcroft neighbourhood, where a fairly large contingent of navvies is lodging. The medical officer for the Rural Council has issued a handbill, strongly recommending re-vaccination as the best means of escaping from attack. All the cases have been removed to the small-pox hospital, and measures taken for isolation.

The interesting letter in last Saturday’s issue, from Mr. Barnard, the hon. sec. of the Denaby Main Rifle Club, has been widely read. I hope at some not distant date to see a similar club to that at Denaby formed for Conisboro’.

The glimpses of Spring have awakened interest in the great Summer game of cricket.
A general meeting of subscribers to the Conisboro’ Cricket Club Sports Fund was held on Tuesday evening, and the annual general meeting of the Cricket Club followed.
The Cricket Club dinner was held on Thursday evening.
A very enjoyable social was given by the members of the Conisboro’ Musical Society, on Thursday evening, in the Conisboro’ schools. The ladies had made ample provision for refreshments, and music and games of various kinds made the evening pass most pleasantly. The society intend giving another concert before the close of the season, when the ‘Song of Praise’ and other compositions will be given.

A jumble sale was held at the Baptist Church on Thursday evening.
The beautiful singing of Madams Strathearn, at the Wesleyan Church, has been much talked of. This gifted singer is shortly to visit Denaby, where she will sing in the large hall of the splendid schools there.