Eh waiter, excuse me a minute,
I'm not finding fault - but dear me,
Taties is lovely and beef is alreight,
But what sort 0' puddin can this be.
It's what! - Yorkshire pudding? Now cum, cum, cum, cum,
It's what! - Yorkshire Puddin yer say?
I'll grant yer it's some sort 0' pudding, owd lad,
But not Yorkshire Puddin, nay. nay.
Now reight Yorkshire Puddin's a poem in a hatter.
T' mek it's an art, not a trade,
So just listen t' me and I'll tell thee,
How t' first Yorkshire Puddin's were made.
HOW FIRST YORKSHIRE
PUDDINGS WERE MADE
A young angel wi't day off from 'eaven,
Were flying abaht o'er Ilkley Moor,
When t' angel, poor thing got cramp in a wing,
An' come down at an owd woman's door.
T'owd woman said "eee - it's an angel,
By heck, I'm fair capped to see thee,
I've noan seen one afore, but than welcome,
Cum in an' I'll mash thi some tea".
T' angel said "By gum, thank you kindly",
Though she only supped one mug o' tea,
Ate two drippin slices and one Sally Lunn,
Angel's eat very lightly yer see.
Then t' owd woman looked at clock - saying,
"Ey-up, t'owd fella's due ome soon from t'mill,
You gerron wi yer tea, but please excuse me,
I'd best go an mek puddin for Bill".
Then t' angel jumped up and said,
"Gie us it 'ere, flour, water. egg's. salt an' all,
An I'll show thee how we meks puddin's,
Up in 'eaven for Saint's Peter and Paul",
So t' angel took bowl and stuck a wine, in,
Stirring it round, whispering "Hush",
An' she tenderly tickled t' mixture.
Like an artist ed paint wi a brush:
Then t' owd woman asked "'ere, wor is it.
T secret of puddin' made up above?"
"It's nowt l' flour or watter" said angel.
"Just mek sure that yer mek it wi love".
When it wer done, she popped it in t' oven.
"Give it no but ten minutes" she said,
Then offt' angel flew, leavin' first Yorkshire Puddin',
That ivver were properly med.
An' that's why it melts in yer gob just like snow,
An' as light as a maiden's first kiss,
As soft as the fluff on t' breast of a puff.
Not elephant's leather like this.
Joe Raybould's latest publication is for sale at Newstime sear Tescos) for £1, in aid of Cancer Research. The above
being an extract. Published by kind permission of WATMOUGHS PRESS.
PAYING OUR RESPECTS
Following the death of Mr Norman Watson in March, several members of the Society attended his funeral at Barnburgh church. The funeral, according.o his wishes, was conducted using the old order of service, and was very much a celebration of his life. The church was full and the hymn singing was second to none! His body was later interred at Mexborough Cemetery.
The Committee suggest that a memorial fund should be set up and a collection will be made at the current meeting. Mr Watson spent his life raising money for the British and Foreign Bible Society and this could be one idea for a donation. Another suggestion is, if enough money could be raised, to donate a seat with an inscription for the churchyard, since the church was always dear to his heart. This would have to be agreed by the vicar. Any further suggestions please?
Mr Watson's local history papers and archives, many of which belonged to his uncle, Leonard Harrop, have been donated to the Society. There is a massive job to be done in sorting and cataloguing these, but in the meantime we shall try to use extracts for the newsletter.
THE BOER WAR
A hundred years ago the country was involved in the Boer War in South Africa. The following extracts from Leonard Harrop's diaries for 1899 and 1900 are of interest and are followed by further information. The notes are written in small diaries, approximately 6"x3", in very small handwriting.
6th November 1899 - Vessels arriving in Transvaal. Guns 10,000 yards range. Armoured Trains. Wireless Telegraphy. Carrier Pigeons. Lyddite Explosive 50 pound shells cover 12 acres.
10th December 1899 - (Sunday) Collection for widows, orphans etc of soldiers taking part in Transvaal Campaign.
26th January 1900 - Went to see the soldiers in khaki previous to their going to South Africa (this was in Sheffield). Set sail on Sunday afternoon from Liverpool 'Winfredian'.
11 February 1900 - Very deep snow. 3 feet deep in Adwick Road. War intercession.
15th February 1900 - Relief of Kimberley.
15th March 1900 - Bloemfontein surrenders. War loan of 30 millions, £30,000,000, open this week. Very largely over subscribed.
18th May 1900 - Col. Baden Powell. Mafeking Relieved (218 days. Oct. 4th 1899 - May 18, 1900). Col. Mahon.
30 May 1900 - Lord Roberts enters Johannesburg.
Following are extracts from - 'Chronicle of the 20th Century' (Longman 1990) Thy Boer War 1900
Britain rejects Boers' surrender offer
March 14 - In the wake of recent Boer defeats at the hands of British forces, it has been disclosed in London that the two Boer presidents, Paul Kruger of the Transvaal, and Marthinus Steyn of the Orange Free State, have put forward a proposal for peace "in the sight of the true God".
They suggest that both sides should withdraw their armies to positions within their own borders, and that the Boer republics be given full independence. These terms have been summarily rejected by British ministers who argue that the re-emergence of the republics would simply revive the threat to the British position in South Africa that had existed before the war.
The Boer overtures became known to the British public the day after the burghers of Bloemfonteia surrended the Free State capital to Lord Roberts, whose troops were greeted by cheering crowds and decorated streets. President Stevn escaped by train before General French's cavalry could cut the railway line.
Rejoicing : Mafeking relieved
May 20 - At last, the comparative calm of Sunday has descended or London after two tumultuous nights and a day of celebrations foi the lifting of the seven month siege of Mafeking, the small town on the railway line to Rhodesia.
At times the entire metropolis seemed given over to the surging crowds, singing and dancing. waving flags and setting oft coloured flares. The enthusiasm spread up the provinces, where brass bands turned out and factory sirens wailed. Not even a War Office refusal to confirm the news could dampen the people's mood.
It appears that late on Friday evening a portrait of the Mafeking commander, Colonel Robert Baden Powell, appeared outside the Mansion House, with a placard saying in large letters: Mafeking is Relieved. The news spread rapidly, hut in the House of Commons Arthur Balfour, speaking for the government, said it was unconfirmed.
However, the source of the sensational intelligence became known when special newspaper editions appeared with a Reuters news agency message. At Covent Garden the news was shouted from the gallery as the curtain came down on Lohengrin; in his box the Prince of Wales beat in time when the audience broke into song.
The relief of the town, on the evening of May 16, was effected
by a flying column riding up from Kimberley and joining forces with a second one, reinforced with Canadians, and pressing south. Boer resistance was quickly broken.
On the central front Lord Roberts continued his march across the Free State, forcing President Steyn to flee his new capital, Kroonstadt; Boer prisoners of war were disarmed and allowed to return to their farms. The frenzied scenes witnessed in London are seen as a spontaneous response, not only to the news of Mafeking, but also to the realisation that a war that had brought such humiliations for Britain was now going well.
British deaths in Boer War top 11,000
Dec 12 - Over 11,000 men have died in South Africa in the first fourteen months of campaigning, according to War Office figures issued today. Little more than one-third of the deaths were caused by enemy action; over 7,000 men died of dysentry, enteric fever and other diseases.
This pattern has persisted, despite the changed character of the war, with the Boers avoiding pitched battles and resorting to guerrilla tactics. Their commando raids are beginning to reach down into the Cape Colony, to the alarm of the British there, who fear an uprising of Dutchmen, as the Boers are referred to in the Colony.
The great majority, however, remain loyal to the Crown, though Dutch newspapers in Cape Town daily publish stories of alleged British outrages.
Lord Kitchener, who succeeded Roberts as C-in-C last November, has sent an urgent demand to London for 30,000 new mounted troops. In response, practically every trained soldier in Britain is being shipped out.
ENLISTMENT IN MEXBOROUGH
DURING FIRST WORLD WAR In April 2000 I received letters from a Mr Comely of Northampton, requesting information concerning the enlistment of men from Mexborough during WWI. The query came in two parts, as follows: What was an Attestation Certificate? and Where did the men of Mexborough enlist during WW1?
To discover information on an event which involved a whole generation, and occurred within living memory, I believed would be comparatively easy. But what a mistake I made. Firstly, the machine which enables us to look at hack copies of The Mexborough and Swinton Times was broken and so my' greatest avenue of research was blocked to me. I therefore had to consult the War Records of soldiers who's families had donated their Army Papers to the archives of our society. I also got in contact with an old gentleman of Mexborough who joined the Coldstream Guards prior to WW2, to see if he could throw any light on the problem.
I discovered that enlistment came in two parts. Firstly came the Attestation. The recruit would raise his right hand and swear an oath of Allegiance to King and Country, a document was then signed by the Recruit, a witness and a Justice of the Peace or Magistrate, to
state that this had been done, this was the Attestation Certificate.
It is believed that at Mexborough there were two establishments where Attestations took place, one being at the Register Office within the old Market/Town Hall, and the other was to he found at the old Labour Exchange, this being situated on the south side of Bank Street between the Montagu Cottage Hospital and the Bank.
For the second part of the query I discovered that the vast amount of Mexborough men enlisted at Sheffield.
Mr Horne, who was a teacher at Doncaster Road School, Mexborough, enlisted at Sheffield and became a Major in the Sheffield Pals. The men of the Carr family also enlisted at Sheffield as did the Rownsleys who joined the Yorks and Lancs.
As research on the subject is limited, could anyone who has more information on the subject please get in contact with me (Julia Ashby).
St Aidens Hall
This, an outpost of St John the Baptist
Parish Church, was demolished on 7th April 2000.
It was situated at the junction of Adwick Road and Princess Road, on land to the rear of the clock and electric sub-station, and will be remembered for its Guide and Brownie Meetings as well as the raucous good natured Youth Club. Others will remember the Sunday Morning Services, Whist and Beetle Drives, and Jumble Sales.
It became unsafe, and therefore the unhappy decision had to be taken to demolish it.
As this is the last newsletter of the season may I take this opportunity to thank you all for your support during the winter. We hope you enjoyed the speakers and we will try to arrange an equally interesting programme for next year. The attendance has been consistently higher than expected giving us quite a few new members and encouragement to carry on trying to improve the Society.
The day trips have proved successful, they have been fully hooked for some time, the first time for a couple of years the Society have not made a small loss on trips!!
Don't forget the evening visits:-
A guided tour of Denaby Main by member Bernard Pearson, this is to include a visit to the Miners Chapel. Meet at the New Masons, Monday 5th June at 6.30pm.
The next visit is to the museum at Cawthorne, Barnsley. I don't know much about this museum but I believe Fred and Vera have visited previously. Meet at the New Masons, Monday 26th June at 6.15pm.
The final visit is to Epworth Old Rectory, home of the Wesley family, founders of the Methodist Church. The visit includes a 20 minute audio/visual presentation, then a tour of the house lasting approximately 50 minutes. Meet at the New Masons, Monday 31st July at 6.75pm. Admission charges for the Old Rectory are £2.50 adult, £2.00 Senior Citizen and £1.00 per child.
The CD Rom continues to create interest. The latest long distance enquiry comes from Ken Graham. Eastleigh, Hampshire. He somehow saw a copy of the South Yorkshire Times which included the article about the CD Rom and wishes to purchase one. He was horn in Swinton, moved to Mexborough at the age of 7, where he lived before joining the RAF in 1940, attending Swinton Bridge School, Home Guard Adwick Road School, Doncaster Road School and Mexborough Secondary School in 'College Road in 1933.
He kindly enclosed two photographs for our archives, neither of which we have. The first is of the Mexborough Secondary
School Junior Team of 1936-7 season, champions of the Mexborough and District schools league for that season.
The second photograph is more interesting as it shows Mexborough Home Guard marching back from the War Memorial after the Remembrance Day Service, 11th November 1940. The photograph is taken at the bottom of Adwick Road. Ken's fondest memory of his time in the Home Guard is of standing guard on a shot down Messerschmitt aircraft in a field called "The Cabbage Patch" at the bottom of College Road, Mexborough, fully equipped with rifle, fixed bayonet and no bullets! Does anyone else remember this?
The CD Rom is on its way. I hope he enjoys it.