Conisborough people have taken full advantage of the magnificent weather, with which we have been favoured during the whole of the Whitsuntide holidays. The storm of Saturday, which did so much damage to our neighbours on the outskirts of Sheffield, entirely missed us, though the low rumbling of heavens artillery was heard during most of the afternoon. We have had therefore, no disturbing influence of any kind, we have basked in a week of sunshine, unclouded, and brilliant.
Passing around the streets on Saturday evening one could not fail to notice that the shopkeepers were doing good business. Extra fare was undoubtedly the rule in the majority of homes on Sunday, and one is thankful that improved trade makes such purchase possible.
Many people came to see us on Monday and Tuesday, and the grand old keep an the wooden cliffs were visited by hundreds. Time was when Good Friday was the great day for visitors, and we still have thousands, on that day, generally of the class which finds more attraction in a roundabout than landscapes; but every year now more and more people come on Whit Monday, Conisborough is a beautiful place naturally. It is not the prettiest town in Yorkshire – that title is claimed for a neighbouring place, and that claim does honour for the local patriotism of the claimant. One would wish however that the feeling which prompted the claim were more universal. There was expressed in the claim desire of pleasant surroundings.
I would that those who so wantonly through down paper, orange peel, banana skins, and so on, would take a walk round the streets on Sunday morning early, and see the untidy appearance which such messages to the town.
People who come from well-kept places often remark upon Conisborough’s untidy streets. A few wire receptacles attached here and there to the lamp posts with a notice indicating their use might have a good effect.
The services on Sunday at the Wesleyan Chapel were well attended. The resident minister the rev. W. Owen was the preacher. The afternoon address was most interesting, being interspersed with anecdotes illustrating the points upon which the speaker touched. The Sunday school children were most attentive, and there singing was most effective. Mrs Owen presided at the organ. The collections were in advance of last year, amountingto £26.