From the opening of the hospital an effort was always made to make Christmas a special time. Extra food was provided and entertainment was organised.
This is the programme for an event held on Boxing Day 1887 which was part of the Christmas entertainment for patients.
The programme consists of dances which were popular at the time and songs performed by Attendants (Nurses), Mr Roscoe a clerk and the Medical Superintendent Dr Llewelyn Cox.
The notes on the side are details of attendance and what was to be provided.
The following is my interpretation of the programme and notes.
1 Country Dance
5. Song “Oh say not a word to my Laddy Att. Cath. Jones
10. Song with violin accompaniment “Fiddle and I” Dr Harold Cox
12. Song “Far Away” Att. Kate Boulton
13. Song “John Peel” Dr Cox
17. Song Comic “The young man over the way” Att. C M Humphreys
19. Song “I would not be an Emperor” Mr Roscoe
20. Sir Roger de Coverley
God save the Queen
Under Time they indicate which events would take place between 7to8pm, 8to9pm and 9to10pm
The notes on the side say :-
Remarks – patients present at Dance – Males 80 females 97 Total 177
Atts. (Attendants) Friends one each
Xmas dinner – Roast Beef – Plum pudding – half pint beer each
One slice of bunloaf to each patient at dance
Programme of dances and songs 17 events sufficient to adapt to the 3 hours 7 to 10