1929 Ban on socials, dances and whist drives in Schools


No schools controlled by the Mitcham ( Surrey) Education Committee are to be let for socials, dances or whist drives. This decision was made on Monday night by the Committee in reply to a request from two Ratepayers’ Associations. “We had so-called social gatherings,” said Dr. Henry Love, but we found that drink was brought in after the public houses closed, and our schools became a perfect pandemonium.”

Councillor Field said it was reported that cups of tea and coffee were poured into the pianos and other wilful mischief committed.

Source: Shepton Mallet Journal – Friday 08 November 1929 from the British Newspaper Archive (subscription required)

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