Cosgrove Concerts

Wolverton Express 12th May 1903



A very successful concert was given in the Schoolroom on Friday evening in last week, the chief attractions of which were the several items contributed by the junior Choir and a very amusing sketch by Miss J. Bull (Cosgrove) and Miss E. H. Bull (Newport Pagnell). The Misses Bull are becoming quite popular in the neighbourhood for their very clever performances, and it is quite needless to say that the audience was delighted, the interest being maintained to the end. With reference to the Junior Choirs, whose Share of the entertainment consisted of action songs, duets, and round, never have children's performances gained more enthusiast( applause, and this deservedly, as. their five successes at the recent competition at Northampton proved. The other items were contributed by the Senior Choir, and by Mrs. Hollowell, Mrs. Whitlock, Miss J. Bull, Miss L. Wildman, Miss E. Keen, Mr. Dormer, and Mr. Keen. The pianist was Miss Bull, whose interest in these choirs never wanes, and the conductor was Mr. Keen. The latter gentleman, during the evening, was presented with two volumes (Stainer and Barret's Dictionary of Musical Terms and Professor Prout's edition of "The Messiah "), as a token of appreciation and esteem from the Junior Choirs. All the performers acquitted themselves remarkably well. Mrs. Whitlock and Miss Wildman, who are now well known at Cosgrove, had quite an enthusiastic reception. A most enjoyable evening was spent, both by the obliging entertainers and an appreciative audience, amongst whom we noticed Mrs. F. D. Bull and Mr. H. Grant-Thorold, J.P., and others. Several of the audience remained after the singing of "God Save the King" to personally compliment and thank those who had contributed to the evenings amusement.

Wolverton Express 17th March 1916

Patriotic Concert

In order to help the Soldiers’ and Sailors’ Fund a grand patriotic concert was given in the Old Schoolroom on Saturday evening, under the directorship of Mr F G Bavey. The program, which was of a varied description, was in the capable hands of the Magpie Party, and they did justice to the sixteen items that appeared on the “bill of fare”. The room was packed with an appreciative audience, and the program was thoroughly enjoyed. A band of willing helpers was found in Messrs. H W Willison, M Beasley, T Jelley, R Brown, S Williams, W Wise, G Noble and Mr J Cawthorne, of the Royal Naval Air Service, who helped in many ways towards the success of the concert.

During the interval a guessing competition of seeds in a vegetable marrow took place – a sovereign being realised. The winner was Mr J Cawthorne, with 375, the number of seeds being 371. The winner kindly refunded the prize for the benefit of the cause. The room was beautifully decorate, a screen being lent by Miss H Willison and the scenery round the platform was painted by Mr F G Bavey.

The following was the program:- Opening chorus, the Party; song, Miss L Chapman; song, Peter Stevens; comic stories, Sammy Gordon; “A little bit of Heaven”, C Benson; Territorials Song, Sammy and Peter; song, Miss M Chapman; equilibrist, Sammy Gordon; sketch, “The Tale of a Shirt”, the Party; conjuring, Gus Norton; “Paper Bag Cookery”, Peter Stevens; “The Sunshine of your Smile”, C Benson; “Old Folks at Home”, the Party; “Anchored”, Peter Stevens; patriotic song, the Party; sketch, “Wait and See”, the Party.