Entertainment - a few notes


Tilting the bucket

From a photograph taken at Leyburn during Coronation celebrations.
Competitors are in pairs, with the one in the wheelbarrow being armed with a pole, with which, while being pushed, he has to place through the hole in the board. If he makes an error and hits the board, the bucket will tip its contents over him.


Cheesegatherers at Redmire c 1908. Ident welcome.


Wensleydale Advertiser.
13 Feb 1844
                A great deal of excellant sport has been lately  offered to the gentlemen in the neighbourhood, who are fond of hunting, by the clearence of Bolton Park near Wensley of the deer. which have been it's inhabitants since time immemorial.  Some splendid runs have been enjoyed by a few true sons of Nimrod, and especially the last,  when the animal was captured near Cliff Lodge, Leyburn after a most severe run of upwards of 20 miles.  We hear it is perfectly true that our vale possesses a pack of hounds which will follow any animal from a Jack Weasel to an Elephant

30 Aug 1867
Kisdon Force - Keld Literary Institute
On Monday last a tea party was held on Birk Hill; near Kisdon Force, on behalf of the Keld Literary Institute. The weather was all that could e disired. The prospect of the adjacent hills and dales was unusually fine, and the alternate lights and shadows brought out the beauties of the varied and extensive landscape in a manner which called forth the admiration of the hundreds of visitors who, scattered in animated groups on the mountain sides, or in the valleys, or surveying the numerous waterfalls which abound in the rocky bed of the Swale, or amusing themselves on the rock immediately overhanging the principal waterfall, spent several hours in evident enjoyment of the glorious scenery which everywhere met the eye, and the strains of music which added greatly to the pleasure of the day. The Gunnerside and Reeth bands were in attendance all the afternoon, and played most industriously and satisfactorily. Tea was provided in a large tent belonging to the Richmond Temperance Society. About 570 persons sat down to tea and in the evening a public meeting was held in the tent, when George A. Robinson Esq. of Hill House, Reeth, presided. The meeting was addressed by the chairman, and also by the Revs. G.G. Waddington, of Keld; R.W. Broomfield and Matthew White, of Reeth; J.P.Nicholson and J. Watkinson, of Gunnerside. A vote of thanks was passed to the ladies who had presided at the tables, and especially to those friends who had furnished tables gratuitously, and to mr. Hilton, who kindly sent a box of provisions from Barnard Castle.


Ripon Gazette
June 29th 1871

Temperance Gala at Preston. On Monday, the old and romantic village of Preston became unusually excited be being honoured with the Middleham Circuit total Abstinance Society holding their annual temperance Gala at Scarthnick. At an early hour of the day gigs and conveyances came rattling into the sequestered village from various parts of Wensleydale, Swaledale, and other places more remote. ……………………..920 sat down to tea

Sept 21 1871

A pic nic came off on the 4th of September, on Preston Scar, got up by the young ladies and gentlemen of the village. Preston Scar is one of those delectable mountains almost unrivalled for scenery, more especialy when the atmosphere is clear. The rich meadows and lawns, together with a most splendid view of Aysgarth and Redmire Forces, and all the windings of the river Yore, renders the prospect truly enchanting. The day was exceedingly fine, and the villagers were all cheerful and gay. The Redmire Brass Band was in attendance during the afternoon and played some sweet and lively airs. A rich and splendid tea was prepared and served upon the green sward, and upwards of one hundred guests did ample justice to the spice loaf, cheesecakes and tarts. After tea all were actively engaged in some recreative sports, such as “Jolly Miller,” whilst others danced several country dances to the music. Thus the day was spent, and at the close of the evening all dispersed to their respective houses, in contentment.

Jan 9th 1873

The Annual Wesleyan Sunday school tea Festival came off on Christmas Day in the Town Hall, Redmire. The tea was on the tables about half past four, and all did ample justice to it. After the juveniles had indulged in the sumptuous repast, about one hundred and fifty adults partook of the “cup that cheers but not inebriates”. The weather was not unfavourable, but notwithstanding this drawback, there was a very comfortable and pleasant gathering. After tea a public meeting was held, when Mr J Horn of Preston, occupied the chair. He spoke of the benefits of Sunday School training and the moral culture which he enjoyed from a privilege so great. He then called upon Mr Canon to address the audience, who wished all a happy new year when it came, and he also spoke of what kind of characters Sunday School teachers ought to be. Mr Kitson was then called upon. He said he was astonished to see such vast groups living together in these dales. He also spoke of man’s duty to try to rise his fellow men. The Chairman next called on Mr Duncan, who read over a brief report of the school: from which it appears there are eighty eight scholars, now in the school, which is a decrease of eight. The cost is about £5, and in order to meet the expenses, Mr Other gives £1 annually and Mr Davidson 5s; and with what is obtained from collections, the cost is met.

Sep 17 1881
Musical Fete and Band Contest at Hawes

On Saturday a fete and brass band contest was held in the gounds adjoining the far-famed waterfall Hardrow Scarr (by the kind permission of the Right Hon. Lord Wharncliffe). Upwards of £50 was awarded in prizes. There were seven entries, but only four bands put in an appearance. They played in the following order;- No.1, Northallerton Temperance (15 performers), No.2, Black Dyke Mills (24 performers), No.3, Dewsbury "Old," and No. 4, Trawden. There was also a solo contest, with several entries, but only three competitors came to the fore. ............ On the completion of the playing, the judge (Dr. Spark, of Leeds) mounted the platform, and gave his decision. After a few introductory remarks on the general excellence of the playing of the bands, he awarded the premier position of the day to No. 2 Band (Black Dyke). .......Considering the unsettle state of the weather, there was a large attendance. Excursion trains were run by the Midland and North-Eastern Railway Companies from all parts.

........by 1893, reports say the contest was attended by over 7,000 people.

Out of Dale Visits

In 1857 there was a massive Exhibition of Art Treasures in Manchester. It still remains the largest ever held, possibly in the world.

One visitor to this, was Edward Broderick of Summer Lodge in Swaledale

In 1866 he went to the Yorkshire Fine Arts Exhibition at York and reported seeing a number of other people from Gunnerside there too.