Conisborough Cricket Club’s Annual Dinner

November 1897

Mexborough and Swinton Times November 19 1897

Conisborough Cricket Club’s Annual Dinner

The annual dinner in connection with the Conisborough Cricket Club was held last night, at the Red Lion Hotel, Conisborough.

A good number sat down to the most sumptuous repast provided by host Nesbitt.

The “menu” consisting of cod fish and oyster sauce, boiled mutton, roast mutton, roast beef, roast fowl, roast duck, rabbit pies, cauliflower, peas, potatoes, cheesecake, jellies, etc. Etc.

Among those present at the dinner or at the after proceeding,  were noticed the following:

Mr Godfrey Walker, J.P., W.W. Norwood, F Ogley, G Woodhouse, S Whitfield, T Booth, T Nesbitt, (the host), Arthur Wilson J Appleyard, J Crossland, G Downing, Hydes, Briggs, A.Wilson, H Wilson, E.Lawton, Hawley  (Hooton Roberts),A Worrell, S Wilde, Keyes, Brooke, Badger, Belk, Smith W Twibey, H Guest, Horace Marshall, Brownlow, A Wheatley, Tyson, Gillett, Turner, Goodlad and Greathead.

After the cloth had been removed Mr Godfrey Walker, the president, was voted to the chair, and Mr F Ogley, one of the vice president, the vice chair.

The chairman proposed “The Queen.” Her Majesty’s health was always drunk to cordially, and he thought it would be drunk with more enthusiasm, seeing that they had so many sporting gentlemen present. They had hunting men, he saw that at the other end of the table there are some pigeon shooters. (Laughter) he had great pleasure in submitting “The Queen.”

The toast was a most heartily drunk.

The Chairman proposed “The Prince of Wales and all the Royal Family.” He did not know whether the Prince of Wales was a good cricketer or not, but he knew he closely associated himself with all kinds of sport. Referring to the Prince of Wales, the chairman said he did not know much with regard to ladies so he would leave the Princess for Mr Norwood. (Loud laughter and applause.)

The toast was drunk heartily.

The Vice Chairman (Mr Ogley) proposed “Success to the Conisborough Cricket Club.” He was very sorry indeed to say it was not in a flourishing condition. He did not know was to blame, whether it was one of the players that did not turn up or not. He hoped they would turn up, and that they would have a more successful season next year. (Applause)

Mr Woodhouse the secretary also spoke on the doings of the club.

Other toasts followed.

During the evening songs were sang by Mrs Arthur Wilson, S Wills and others.