Monday, 27 February 2017

Haslingden Arts Club and Haslingden Operatic Society



Issue No.1 and No.2 of The Haslingden Arts Club "Spotlight" Magazine from c1947 (Click over to enlarge)
Kindly shared to us by Chris Kirby


A  well documented history of HASLINGDEN ARTS CLUB between the years 1944 and 1974 and written by LISBETH ALDRED can be seen on Peter Fisher's site by CLICKING HERE


"Spotlight" The Journal of The Haslingden Arts Club (Click over to enlarge)
Kindly shared to us by Chris Kirby



The 21 Show performed on the 21st birthday of Haslingden Arts Club (Click over to enlarge)
This is the cast photo and to check out the names see list below.  The show took place at the Public Hall in 1965 probably May.
Photo: kindly shared to us by Marie Finney on 26th February 2017

The 21 Show performed on the 21st birthday of Haslingden Arts Club (Click over to enlarge)
This is a list of the cast who took part.  The show took place at the Public Hall in 1965 probably May.
Photo: kindly shared to us by Marie Finney on 26th February 2017

The Arts Club "Lord of the Amber Mountain 1968 (Click over to enlarge)
The Arts Club produced a children's play most years and this is the 1968 production "Lord of the Amber Mountain".  I am the witch and would love to know if any of the "children" recognise themselves -Marie Finney



This cartoon is from the very first edition of "Spotlight", the journal of the Haslingden Arts Club, published 70 years ago, in 1947.  It was drawn by S.R. Good (Sam Good) and caricatures many of the leading lights of the Arts Club at the time.  
It also shows Roland Haworth, described as "Fishing For Films" in the cartoon.  Roland Haworth was proprietor of the Chemist and Photographic shop at the top of Lower Deardengate.
At the stern of the Ship is John T. Haworth ("The Quizzer").  Is this the same Lieut-Colonel John Thornley Haworth (Jonty) who was Headmaster at St. James School?  He died in 1952 - five years after this cartoon was published.
There are also members of the executive committee in the cartoon. Eric Gaskell ("On the Wings of Carpets"), Fred Hildred, the Arts Club's Secretary, ("The Ship's Writer"), and Miss Molly Hill - who was in charge of the Club's House Committee.  The House Committee were responsible for making and servng tea.  In the cartoon, Molly is the "Ships Steward"
But w3ho may be "The Skipper" who must have his "Cup of Tea", and who is the person referred to as "No Comment"?
The President of the Arts Club in early 1947 was Mr. George Waddington, J.P., however in the second spotlight (also published in 1947) Mr. J.C. Whittaker who lived at Danesmoor was President.

Our thanks go to Chris Kirby for kindly sharing the above caracture and information with us.

Also you may wish to check out programmes for the shows by the HASLINGDEN AMATEUR OPERATIC SOCIETY

"Pirates of Penzance" performed 1930 CLICK HERE

"A Country Girl" performed 1933 CLICK HERE

"No No Nanette" performed Feb 20-25 1939 CLICK HERE

"Rose Marie" Feb 4th to 9th 1935"

"The Desert Song" Nov 11th to 16th 1935

"The Maid of the Mountains" - Feb 7th to 12th 1938 CLICK HERE

"Virginia" Nov 9th to 14th 1936 CLICK HERE


(Thanks to Peter Fisher for kindly supplying all of of these links)



Programme for the Arts Club 1970 production of "Oh What a Lovely War" (Click over to enlarge)
Programme kindly shared to us by Marie Finney and now also archived under the Arts Club Blog.