Bazaars, garden parties, together with
sales of work were an important, largely middle class, female
activity, usually associated with church and chapel. The belief
that all recreational activity should be of a moral and
improving nature focused their time, dedication and energy
towards charitable work and fundraising for missionaries or
their church; however, some activities were not solely related
to church and chapel: many raised funds for local causes or
In Tickhill, the Castle grounds, Sandrock
House and The Friary were popular venues for such events, which
offered an enjoyable day for all.
Bazaar at Tickhill
Castle: July 8, 1909
On a glorious summer’s day in 1909, the
grounds of Tickhill Castle were the venue for a bazaar to raise
funds for the restoration of the exterior of St Mary’s Church.
The Foljambe family of Osberton Hall in Nottinghamshire had been
connected with the living of St Mary’s for many years, and it
was, therefore appropriate that Lady Gertrude Foljambe,
accompanied by her husband, the Hon. Francis Foljambe, perform
the opening ceremony.
Tickhill ladies manned a variety of stalls
including fancy goods, flowers, china, cakes, toys, sweets and
refreshments, and entertainment was provided by Tickhill Choral
Society, a quartet party from Doncaster and Deakin’s String
Band, together with recitations and duologues.
The following year, the January issue of
the Church Magazine reported that the money raised had paid
towards the restoration of the South Porch.
Tickhill Conservative Club Bazaar & Garden Fete: July 7,
Electioneering during the January 1910
General Election campaign had left a huge deficit in the funds
of Tickhill Conservative Club: it was £40 in debt and money had
to be raised ‘to place the Club on a sound financial basis’.
Several months later, a fund raising bazaar
was held in the grounds of Tickhill Castle, the home of the Club
Chairman, Sir Archibald White, and was opened by Mr Charles
Whitworth, the recently defeated Conservative candidate for the
Doncaster Division of the West Riding.
The event was well supported by the local
gentry, together with Mrs G.H. Peake of Bawtry Hall, Mrs
Skipworth of Loversall Hall and the Misses France-Hayhurst of
Wilsic Hall, and attracted a large number of visitors. Lady
members manned the stalls selling crockery, sweets, plain and
fancy goods, toys, refreshments and ices. Mr Dyson and his
concert party from Doncaster provided the musical entertainment,
augmented by Tickhill Jubilee Brass Band and a drum and fife
band; children under the direction of Mrs C Flowitt and Miss C
West of Doncaster also entertained with songs and dances. The
event proved to be very successful, raising between £80-£90 for
Conservative Club funds.
Tickhill Cricket Club Bazaar & Garden Fete: July 7, 1921
By the end of the First World War, Tickhill
Cricket Club was a well respected and celebrated club in the
Doncaster area; however if it was to maintain this status,
improvements needed to be made at its ground. The Club proposed
to strengthen surrounding fences, and renovate and extend the
pavilion, or – if finances allowed – rebuild it, to help raise
funds for these improvements, a bazaar and garden fete was held
in the grounds of The Friary on Thursday, July 7, 1921.
Admission to the event, which was extremely
well attended, was one shilling and threepence; visitors
arriving by car, motorcycle or bicycle could park their vehicles
at nearby Friars Farm.
There were numerous attractions including a
variety of stalls, a bran tub, decorated pram and cycle parades,
skittles, croquet and fortune telling by palmist, Madame
Jeannette Girondi. Cheese guessing and hat trimming were amongst
16 competitions on offer and a tennis tournament attracted
competitors from miles away. Girls from The Grove School at
Maltby gave a display of country dancing under the watchful eye
of their teachers, the Misses Ellis. Musical entertainment was
provided by Messrs Deakin & Son’s String Band, a pianolo and a
gramophone. In the Tea Café, pastries, pies, custard, cream and
ices were all on offer to tempt the appetite.
Sandrock Church Garden Fete
From the 1920s until the early post-war
years, the beautiful gardens at Sandrock, the home of Mr & Mrs
Hugh Brooksbank, provided the perfect setting for St Mary’s
annual summer garden fete; local gentry mingled with villagers
to raise money towards the upkeep and maintenance of the Church.
As well as the attraction of the usual stalls, pupils from
Tickhill Infants’ School entertained visitors with songs,
dancing displays’ and dramatisations of playlets; however the
highlight of the event for the children was the crowning of the
Queen of Summer.