1926

The general tone and behaviour of the boys during activities and club meetings was consistently good, with ‘evidence of a growing sense of helpfulness and responsibility among the older members’ that was owed to a large measure of inspiration and effort from the Warden and his team. The Warden arranged ‘parties for the boys’ which consisted of theatre visits to enjoy Gilbert & Sullivan operas, and a further four B.N.O.C. operas, which came as a generous gift from Carnegie Trustees.

‘Hobby’ classes such as woodwork, printing and tent-making were established this year as part of the activities programme. Further efforts to expand activities took place with the revival of the Cricket Club and Summer Camp to Wales and Heswall, under the supervision of Mr R.A. Threadgold, in an effort to retain boys’ attentions throughout the summer months. There was also the successful introduction of a Male Voice Choir. A Dramatic Society was considered, but ultimately deemed too expensive.

The Institute members continued to flex their sporting muscles; senior gymnasts winning the Temple Shield, and four boys from the boxing club enjoying a weekend in London, where they took part in a prestigious competition.

The Dental Clinic, which offered free treatment to boys who otherwise would not be able to access it, continued its good work.

Financially, tensions grew as a result of the War that had accumulated a huge deficit of £467 11s. 4d. Luckily, an anonymous donation of £500.00 was made to pay this off, leaving a small balance that was credited to the end of year accounts.

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