St John's Band of Hope: April 1902

Our numbers, we are glad to say, have greatly increased, which we think is partly due to having separate classes for the boys and girls. We have 60 girls and 50 boys on the books.
The girls, managed by Mrs Marshall, have been very busy this last session; several have been dressing dolls, others making garments of various kinds, the very tiny ones woollen balls, and the Misses Maunders have very good-naturedly undertaken the music and have taught them some very pretty songs.
Great praise is due to Miss Bedford, who has superintended the knitting and the little ones in general.
With regard to the boys, we have had to turn their meeting into a sort of boys’ club, where we have all kinds of games, which are thoroughly appreciated. We have a class of boys, too, that it is very hard to get hold of, and to show how glad they are to get clear of the streets, we have several times had the whole 50 there on one evening.
Surely this is a proof that a boys’ club is badly wanted in our midst. If we had one we would answer for its success.

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