Boldron History

Boldron Carnival

Boldron Carnival

Boldron Carnival took place, usually in June every year beginning in 1940 until the 1970's - here are excerpts from articles from the Teesdale Mercury and photos from Carnivals from the past. The aim is to collect photos for them all - If you can help please e-mail the administrator. 



Boldron village, partly in Bowes and partly in Startforth parish, had its gala day on Saturday, an effort being arranged under the auspices of the recently-formed Women's Institute in aid of the village wool fund for soldiers' comforts and the Women's Institute fund for providing an ambulance. Commendable enthusiasm was shown by, the inhabitants and success was the result. The leading part was taken by Miss Barry, the president who was ably assisted by Mrs Naylor, secretary and Miss Potts, treasurer. Proceedings began with a whist drive at "Linden Lea," the residence of Mr and Mrs J. T. Stephenson the M.C. being Mrs Bradbury. There were twenty-eight players, the winners being: Women-1, Mrs J. Lowes, 2. Mrs V. Featherstone; consolation prize, Mrs Stanwick. Men-1, Miss N. Allison (playing as man); 2, Mrs Macdonald; consolation, Mr W. Featherstone. After tea which was also served at Linden Lea, there was a fancy dress procession judged by Mr and Mrs J. T. Winter. Startforth.

Mr G. Macdonald led the procession carrying a Union Jack. The prizes were distributed by Mrs Winter and on the proposal of Miss Barry a hearty vote of thanks was accorded to Mr and Mrs Winter for their kindness in coming and officiating. 

Later a programme of sports was carried out in Mr H. Lowes's field.

Quoits (for the silver cup presented by Mr M. S. Welsh -1. William Thompson; 2. Alfred Mitchell.

While the races were in progress Mr G. Macdonald had charge of an "Aunt Sally." and a stall of sweetstuffs, etc, was under the direction of Mrs G. Macdonald and Miss Macdonald.






On Saturday the Boldron Women's Institute arranged a carnival and sports in aid of the Red Cross and Comforts Fund. The afternoon's proceedings opened with an open-air whist drive, a field being kindly lent by Mr H. Lowes. A tea at 4-30 was provided by the Women's Institute. At 6-30 the fancy dress procession paraded the village, and amid an escort of scarecrows and Herr Hesses, the Queen of the Carnival was crowned by a very small girl, one of the seven of the Queen's maids-in-waiting. Side shows and stalls added to the pleasures of the evening, and the sports provided enjoyment to both competitors and spectators. 

The proceeds amounted to £19.




Boldron had its carnival, and a very successful one on Saturday, The arrangements being as usual made and carried out by the executive of the Boldron Women's Institute. Of whom the President (Miss Barry), the secretaries (Mrs J. Cook and Mrs J Allison), and the treasurer (Miss Potts) were the leading spirits. The day was fine and everything contributed to the unqualified success of the occasion. The programme was a full one, although the main part of it did not begin until Six o'clock in the evening had 'been struck. 

In the afternoon, at the home of Mr J. T. Stephenson, a whist drive was held, the M.C.'s being Mrs J. Cook and Mrs J. Bradbury. The prizewinners were: Men-1, Mrs J. Allison; F. Cook; 3, Miss N. Lowes; lowest score, T. Sayer. Women-1, Mrs Borrowdale; 2, Miss Baillie; 3, Mrs Thompson; lowest score, Mrs N. Cook.  

Promptly at 6 p.m. the procession began, headed by Mr George Macdonald bearing the Union Jack and a brass band under the direction of Mr A. Stuart. It was a great event for Boldron to have a procession led "there and back " by a military band-and such a band; and it was a very fine procession, too, and one that occupied the judges' attention for some time when the awarding of the prizes had to be considered. The judges were the Rev. Arthur B. Bateman and Mrs Bateman. Barnard, Castle, and their awards were as follows: 





What funny thoughts do cross our mind, to be sure. For a moment or two on Saturday we wished most intensely that we Could get war-Mongers everywhere by the scruffs of their ripe-for-hanging necks and, yanking them to Boldron, force them-with hefty kicks if need be-to maim obeisances and solemn pledges (with their. OWN lives at stake if they broke them!) to those whom we saw there-CHILDREN !

Blessings on them all!

Our flight of fancy over, we came back to earth and, in doing so; found Ourselves somewhere near Heaven. For oh did not Dame Nature who had been in sullen moon all day most suddenly relent and smile openly and warmly just when there was staged a lovely, lovely sight?

If she did not find it lovely, then all we can say is that she could not see properly because it. was Queen Mary Aislabie with all her retinue around her, sitting in unruffled majesty, cynosure of a hundred pairs of admiring eyes, all for a bravely- shouldered, trebly-good cause-aid for the Red Cross, funds for Local Comforts, and funds for Boldron's very own and well- deserved Village Hall.

But there-will little Boldron race big Barney in getting a halt of its own ?-lest we get too carried away in ecstasy, let us calm ourselves and take things in their logical sequence.

We managed along in good time, and, looking around the tiny. peaceful place that Boldron is, felt ugly war was far away. Yes! And found something else too, of which we are not ashamed-that we love them all: the children! Boldron with share of bonny ones, and how, with their mummies and daddies-as the good folk in other villages of the Dales also do-they wholeheartedly enter into the spirit of things that are undertaken for them all.

We venture to doubt whether Veteran Home Guard- Mr George MacDonald has ever carried a banner more proudly than he did on Saturday at the head of the fancy dress procession; and we are perfectly certain that Mr Michael Welsh has never before, in the whole of his career, been more desirous of keeping step than he was as, in Civil Defence uniform, he marched by Mr MacDonald's side . . . . To music !

Good for Boldron; thanks to Mrs Preston, and Mr V. Atherton of Barningham, and their accordeons! Did our last week's report of the music-less Scout's sing-song suggest them or was it just a case of somebody else feeling as we do-that music makes a world of difference?" It doesn't matter: it does

The procession was delightful to watch. especially when, to give it the right sort of dignity as it entered the field so kindly loaned by Mr H. Lowes, it made a wide right wheel and then a sharp left one so that it could march straight down and in to where the judges, the Rev. N. C. Leece and Mrs Leece, were waiting to perform their difficult task- In due time: when they too had paid their homage to the Queen that was to be. Truly we have never seen a lovelier sight than was presented by the Royal Group on their specially erected stage, and when Mr Welsh mounted it to make his very happily - worded proclamation, there was wrapt attention.

"Let it be known," he said. " that Audrey of " the house of Bainbridge, our Queen for the past year, is about to abdicate and hand over her Crown to Mary of the House of Aislabie" And to Mary, their new Queen, continued, they would all be loyal subjects for a year: they would not cross any fields of growing crops; they would always close gates behind them. As for the boys of the kingdom, they would never hurt hens of any other birds; much less steal their eggs.

It was all a delight, and was made more so when in placing the Crown she had so proudly worn on the head of Queen Mary, ex-Queen Audrey, sending our minds back many years to the time when our own sister Agnes was very much like her, frizzy hair and all, momentarily forgot the pretty lines that accompanied the crowning ceremony that she so capably performed. That Queen also did not forget her equally pretty lines of reply as as it should be.  And as for Mrs Leece's greeting too was altogether right. She indeed was charming, like all in attendance on her. In addition to ex-Queen Audrey Ba!nbridge they were : Maids of Honour-- Joyce Hutchinson and Moira Lowes; Flower Scatterers-Doris Brown and Marion Bainbridge: Attendants-Joyce Alderson and Sheila Robinson ; Crown Bearer--Maurice Brown

For such a grand occasion as this coronation there simply had to be regal presents, and it struck us as we saw these that whoever had chosen them showed remarkably good taste. With the exception of Crown Bearer Maurice's gift a book appropriately entitled "Mistress Mary's Nursery Rhymes,'' and a sweet little rosette brooch ex-Queen Audrey had, they were in crystal, gilded glass. Queen Mary's was a candlestick; ex- Queen Audrey's other gift was a bottle of perfume; and the others had loving cups inscribed 1943. 

Proud children? They could not, we feel sure, have been prouder than their parents, their mothers especially, whose loving fingers had dressed them so beautifully. 

And how, when the grand occasion was over those royal little' ladies became just good girls and doffed their finery for fear of spoiling it. That thought crossed our minds as we saw Queen Mary and ex-Queen Audrey' once more just happy pals in neat print dresses, run a very close second in a three-legged race. 

What an evening! And if we have missed any names we do- trust we shall he pardoned. To all we may have missed we shall be only too happy to make amends in next week's issue if they will just let us know.

Mrs H. Lowes was President; Mrs Cook and Mrs Allison, Joint Secretaries: and Miss Potts, Treasurer And, of course, with others, whose names we'd like to have, Mr H. Lowes joined Messrs MacDonald and Welsh in rendering yeoman service. 

The Rev. N. C. and Mrs Leece, as we have said, judged the fancy dresses.  The prizes (all competitors got something) were distributed by Mrs Leece, to whom Mrs Lowes proposed a vote of thanks seconded by Mrs Cook. And whilst the sports were on, ably supervised by Cpl. Powell, Mr Frank Anderson, Mr Collins, Mr H. Lowes, and the Rev. N. C. Leece we looked around. 

Hoop-la was run by Miss Potts and Miss Eileen Shewin, with Mrs J. Alderson as a most capable tout; and Aunt Sally by Mr George MacDonald all alone. We do hope he got somebody to help him pick up those balls and save him as much stooping as we saw him do. Quoits went well in charge of Mr Fred Cook and the humdrum but all- important work of taking the gate money was happily performed by Messrs J. Peverley. J. W. Naylor and H. Coates.  

As a result of all the joyous activity the handsome sum of £63 16s. was realised. 



They Crowned Her Victory Queen

Child Pageantry At Boldron

Set midst England's green and pleasant fields, the village of Boldron, a peaceful cluster of cottages complete with Methodist Church and hostelry, seldom makes headlines, yet on Saturday the charming pageantry of the ceremonial of crowning the child Queen of the village at the annual carnival was worthy of the pen of our good friend Sydney Walton.  He could have taken us along the winding road from Barnard Castle, and give us the scents of the hedgerow wild rose and the field of new mown hay.  He could have given us the cry of the corncrake that still dares to visit our dales.  He would have etched the village pageant with words for memory and cloaked the Queen with Abbey majesty.

It chanced that my first question "Do the children choose their own queen at school?" was right off the mark.  The reply told me they had no school at Boldron and the queen was not balloted for.  It just went around the village children.  And so each young maid of Boldron is either past queen, queen or queen to be.  A happy thought.

Saturday's effort had glorious sunshine and there was a full programme of entertainment.  During the afternoon collections of wild flowers were on exhibition by the village children.  They made an interesting and colourful display.  The exhibition was judged by Mrs T Langstaff, Barnard Castle.  The awards were: Boys 1. B Lawton, 2. John Brown, 3. Jimmy Hall.  Girls 1, Joyce Hutchinson, 2. Moira Lowes, 3. Doris Brown.  A whist drive resulted as follows: Ladies, 1. Mrs Pennock, 2. Mrs Lowes, 3. Mrs Angel.  Gentlemen 1, Mrs E Coates, 2. Mr welsh, 3. Mrs Stanwix.  The MC was Mrs TB Harker.  Tea was served by members of the Local Womens Institute under Mrs H Lowes, President.

In the evening a fancy dress procession preceded the ceremony of the crowning of the village queen.  It was led by a band of the C.L.B. under Mr W Gibbons, standard bearer (Home Guard George MacDonald) and Mr MS Welsh (Chairman of the Parish Council).  There was also adult and children's fancy dress on parade.  On the sports field, before a fairly large attendance, the crowning ceremony took place.  Mr Welsh acting as Chairman of proceedings.  The queen was Miss Joyce Aldersonand she was crowned by her predecessor, Miss Mary Aislabie.  The crown carrier was Miss Iris Elliot, train bearers: Miss Irene Brown and Heather Parker: maids of honour Miss Sheila Robinson and Miss Doris Brown: flower scatterers Shirley Parker and Mira Lowes. 

Mr Welsh, in a short address, said that this day saw the crowning as queen of Boldron of Joyce the second.  There had been a first of the house of Aislabie.  The feeling was that the newly-elected queen would see us into victory.

The day's effort raised the sum of £79.




Boldron Fete

Boldron village fete, in aid of the Red Cross and the Village Hall, organised by the Women's Institute, of which Mrs Coates is President, on Saturday, was most successful.

The ceremony of crowning the Rose Queen, Sheila Robinson, was undertaken by the retiring Queen, Joyce Alderson, after the Rev. F.C. Giddens had read an impres­ sive declaration. The Queen looked very charming, and she was attended by quite an imposing retinue. They were Sheila Parker, Irene Brown, Doris Brown, Heather Parker (Maids of Honour), Joyce Hutchinson and Moira Lowes (Flower Strewers), and Gwen Lowes (Crown Bearer).

Following this the fancy dresses, the wearers of which had previously paraded through the village, were judged by Mr and Mrs J.W. Collier. Some extremely grand costumes were in evidence. Their awards were as follows: Children: Girls-1, Norma Banner; 2, Pat Mclver; 3, Dorothy Parr and Rose Macdonald. Special, Audrey Bainbridge. Boys-1, Herbert Lawton; 2, Ronnie O'Neill; 3, Geoffrey Winter. Comic -1, Sheila Atkinson; 2, Doreen Atkinson; 3, Muriel Bellas; 4, Ann Mutum.  Adults- 1, Mrs Donald; 2, Miss Laycock; 3, Mrs E. Harrison; 4, Mrs Howson. Tableau-Mrs Whittaker and party.



Boldron En Fete

Cheerful Sunshine Carnival

Boldron celebrated its annual carnival on Saturday in glorious weather. It was run by the Women's Institute, of which Mrs TB Harker is President and Mrs Lowes Secretary. Proceeds will be divided between the Women's Institute and the Village Hall. 

The procession marshall was Coun MS Welsh ad the standard bearer Mr G MacDonald.

The carnival was opened by the Rev FC Giddens who paid a brief but very welcome visit. He said he was pleased to be able to be present on Boldron's gala day and in such ideal weather. He wished success to the effort and a "record crop for the till". The Rev Giddens then called on the reigning Rose Queen Sheila Robinson to crown the new Queen, Doris Brown, who with her retinue of little girls made a really charming picture. The new Queen was presented with a beautiful little silver cup suitably inscribed by the President, Mrs TB Harker, who also presented each little attendant with a purse. These were Joyce Hutchinson and Moira Lowes; flower scatterers Eileen Brown and Shirley Parker; train bearers Anne Bainbridge and Irene Elliott; crown bearer Anne Mutum.

During the afternoon a whist drive on the village green attracted eleven tables of players. Tea was served as usual in the Chapel and it was up to Boldron standard. 

For the fancy dress procession Middleton Silver Band was present. It assembled in the Garth and then paraded the village before judging by the Rev and Mrs W Oliver of Rokeby.

The stalls and sideshows, which were presided over by WI members, did a flourishing trade and the lemonade and ice cream stalls were soon sold out. 

At the end of a perfect day Mr Collier who took charge of the treasurer's table counted £91 - "a nice full crop".

The President and members of Boldron WI wish to thank all those who helped to make their gala day so successful.



Boldron's Beautiful Bairns

Crown Carnival Queen

Boldron in bright sunshine provided an increased attendance at the annuall gala on Saturday evening. It started as usual with a fancy dress procession which if small was delightfully chic. Headed by Barnard Castle Band and Mr G McDonald with the Union Jack it proceeded through the village to the sports field with Coun MS Welsh as marshall. There the new Queen, Moira Lowes, was crowned by the ex-Queen Doris Brown. Both welcomed the assemblage in pretty poetry composed by Coun Welsh who in a choice speech aptly referred to the democratic usage of the village of Boldron where each year the Queen abdicated and a new one took her place.

The Queen was attended by a bevy of charming little maids of honour- Sylvia Lowes. Irene Brown, Gwen Lowes. Ann Bainbridge. Joyce Hutchinson, and Marion Bainbridge, with a diminutive page, Eric Cook.

Fancy dresses were amazingly good and novel, particularly a sweet little Mary with a real lamb, Buttercup, a sturdy little Scotch black-face, who seemed to enjoy the notoriety he achieved.

Preliminary Happenings.

Much work had been put in by the comittees in which Miss Potts was president. Mrs Lowes, secretary and Mrs Naylor, treasurer

There was a whist drive, of which the winners were: Ladies-1, Mrs Innins; Mrs J. Lowes; lowest Mrs Simpson. Gents- Mrs Scrafton ; 2. Mrs Etherington; lowest. Mrs Petrie.

Selection of wild flowers (judged by Mr; F. Nevison and Mrs H. Jackson): Girls- Joyce Hutchinson; 2, Moira Lowes: 3. Gwen Brown. Boys-Bertie Lawton; M. Brown; 3, J. Brown.

Teas were served by Mrs Macdonald, Mrs Bousfield. Mrs Bradbury and Mrs Feather- stone.

The gate was in charge of Messrs Bradbury. Cook, Naylor and Laurie.

1949 Carnival

Joyce Hutchinson was crowned Carnival Queen by the retiring Queen Marian Bainbridge. 

The Queen's Attendants were Anne Bainbridge, Irene Brown, Sylvia Lowes, and Anne Mutum.  Gwen Lowes was the Crown Bearer and the pages were Eric Cook and Brian Featherstone.