THE WEEKLY NEWS
EVERY DOG HAS HIS DAY!
Hastings Shoppers Contemplate Disorder
THE blow has fallen – and I went to the meeting all about the Hastings half-holiday. What will happen remains to be seen. Three-quarters of Hastings town intends to close its shop doors on Saturday and the balance on Thursday – and there you have it – so I must be busy with my notes to try and avert the ruin that Thursday supporters are conﬁdent awaits me. It’s been a grand free advertisement throughout the country though, and its not often you get that for “sic a muckle fash aboot naething.”
The long looked for play, “The Shining Hour,” by Keith Winter, acted by the Hawke’s Bay Little Theatre Society, and produced in the Municipal Theatre, Hastings, by Miss Elizabeth Lee, was a very creditable performance, though opinions would certainly differ as to the ultimate working out of the plot. Too many of us have been reared in the old faiths to take kindly to the destruction of a young life that two middle – aged neurotics should satisfy their lust for possession; but apart from that the audience was certainly held and the play “put over.”
IN THE CAST
In an exceptionally strong cast Mrs. Beryl Whitlock who is strengthening her own art by the experience which she is gaining as judge at drama festivals, stood out with her portrayal of Mariella, and her frocks were a feature of every act. Miss Julia Herrick, though young and inexperienced, did very good work as Judy, and Mrs. John Kelsey, in the character part of the spinster sister, was very satisfying. Allan Maxwell, John Kelsey, and Mick Clifton ﬁlled the men’s parts and gave good interpretations of the varying characters. ‘
In accordance with the latest ideas on play production, no “curtains” were taken at the end, and though “the play’s the thing” when an audience has been sitting tense for some hours watching the development of a plot, it is almost a relief to see the cast on the stage at the end and really know that they are alive and well and able to accept the few bouquets that they have so well earned. The audience is out for a “night out” too, a fact which is sometimes overlooked by those who seek to uplift and educate! A party was held at the aerodrome afterward however, and there Little Theatre members and their friends had the opportunity of bestowing congratulations.
With Miss Hull and Christchurch having jubilee celebrations, free kindergartens seem to be well in the limelight. Hastings Free Kindergarten Council felt specially pleased with itself when the annual street collection surpassed all previous efforts now totalling over £60. Mrs. Bauchop (president), Miss Ford (secretary), and Miss Jeanie Shaw (treasurer), expressed themselves as well pleased with the result, and smiles ﬂoated round the turret room of Roachs’ where the thousands of threepenny bits were totted up to pounds. Now everyone is dressing dolls to charm the hearts of the bairns at the show as the ﬁnal effort for the year toward their own Hastings Free Kindergarten.
BROUGHT TO NOTICE
At a literary circle of the Napier Townswomen’s Guild held in the Nurses’ Club room, an entertaining afternoon was spent listening to original paragraphs by the members, and a review of the life of Harold Williams, of New Zealand and the book of his life, “Cheerful Giver,” written by his Russian wife Ariadna Tyrkova-Williams, given by Mrs. Lovell Smith, a members of the Hastings Townswomen’s Guild. Mrs. Bruce Barnett presided, and when presenting a bouquet to the speaker thanked her for bringing to their notice a man who had served with such honour his day, and generation.