Woodborough’s Heritage

Woodborough, a Sherwood Forest Village, recorded in Domesday

Church Band of Hope

The CHURCH BAND OF HOPE held its second meeting on Monday 6th May [1895]. After prayers and a hymn the Vicar gave a short address impressing upon the children that they were about to make a solemn promise to abstain from all intoxicating drinks: they would drink no beer, wine, spirits or home-made wines; it was a solemn promise which must not be broken; if they did not mean to keep it, they had better not make it; but having made it they must keep it; if they were tempted to break it they must pray for God’s help to keep it; it was not to be kept for a few years, they should keep it all their lives. They would never miss what they had never learned to want, and they would be saved from many temptations.

Thirty-six children then took the pledge, and seven under-eight years were admitted as probationers. Six elder girls were appointed Captains to work under the Superintendents, and a number of elder boys wished to join the Drum and Fife Band for which weekly practices will be held in the School. Other children have subsequently applied to join, which will bring the numbers up to sixty-two.

June 1895

Note: Many early editions of the Newsletter are missing, from those available no other reports have been found so it is not known for how long the Band of Hope survived. [Ed 2015]



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