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This charabanc transported women from Oulton and Woodlesford to the Barnbow munitions factory near Crossgates during the First World War. The fare was 3d.


Rothwell Courier and Times. August 11th 1917.


The Oulton and Woodlesford War Committee, in conjunction with other organized war workers, have succeeded well in the various efforts made for raising funds for war purposes.


Fortunate in having energetic officials, with outstanding initiation, the committee have been backed by a sympathetic local community, and considerable sums of money have been raised from time to time.


During the holidays these local workers have carried through another praiseworthy undertaking in the shape of a garden fete, which took place on Monday and Tuesday in the grounds of The Woodlands (by kind permission of Mr J. Farrer, J.P.). There is a large element of risk in an undertaking of this description for wet weather would almost inevitably have spelt loss, whilst even a slight shower might mean pounds less in the aggregate takings.


Save for a sharp shower or so on the evening of the second day the weather was propitious, and fortunately for the large crowd in attendance a large marquee gave the desired shelter. The well kept grounds of The Woodlands well repay a visit by those interested in floral culture.


An up-to-date fair ground, with all the deceptive devices for extracting money from the pockets of the patrons, had the usual charm fro the crowd, whilst an open-air whist drive was another of the principal features of the first day’s programme. In this contest the first prize went to Miss Dannett on the ladies’ side, with 93 tricks, Mrs Fozzard taking the booby prize. The respective winners on the gent’s side were Mr J.H. Rawling 91, and Mr. Dolphin 68.


The fair ground comprised some twelve stalls, including hoopla, jam and flower pots, walking sticks, darts, cocoa-nuts, and Aunt Sallies, the latter on original lines. At these stalls over £60 was taken on the two days - all in pennies. Mr Fred Sharpe, the hon. Treasurer to the Fete Committee was the fair proprietor, and with the assistance of Mr F. Ellis, organised and superintended this important and attractive side of the fete. The band of helpers, in the way of stall-holders, was a big one, all working willingly together to one end.

Miss Laverack, assisted by the workers of the Sewing Committee, had a stall in the grounds, and did brisk business.The Oulton Brass Band discoursed music during the afternoons and played for dancing later.On the second day the principal attraction was a Red Cross auction sale, conducted by Mr J.C. Bartle, of Garforth, with Mr T. Murtland as auction sale secretary.


By kind permission of Major Defries, Commanding M.T. Repair Park, N.A.R.D., R.F.C., an alfresco concert was a feature in the evening, a merry party of airmen giving a capital programme of vocal and instrumental music. Mr Boothroyd and Mr Smith ably carried out the arrangements for this visit of members of a popular corps.

The hon. Sec. (Miss E.M. Laverack) and hon. Treasurer (Mr A. Sharpe) put a great amount of energetic work into the undertaking, and gratifying success was secured.

Although the details of receipts are not yet obtainable, the following rough figures give some idea of the work involved and the general support given by the holiday makers from far and near: - Voluntary contributions at the gate (no entrance fee being charged), £20 6s. 8d.; Miss Laverack’s stall, £17 10s.; whist drive (which was worked by Mr H. Burnett and Mr T. Caine), £2 15s. 1d.; auction sale, £25; concert, £4 5s. 4d.; fair ground, £60. Other receipts bring up the total to the highly gratifying figure of over £130, most of which will be forwarded to the British Red Cross Society.


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