Rodney and Otamatea Times, Waitemata and Kaipara Gazette , 22 August 1917, Page 2
Bobbie Burns never wrote truer words than "The best laid plans o'mice and mon gang aft agley." About three weeks ago Mr Murphy, our Public School teacher, called a meeting in his house for the purpose of forming a Social Club in Dome Valley. A good number put in an appearance and it was decided that such a Club be formed. A Committee consisting of Mrs Murphy, Miss E. Rayner, Miss E. Phillips,"and Messrs C.I. Murphy, and R. Powdrill wa« elected. To these the name of Mr J. M. Hudson was afterwards added, it was arranged that a preliminary social be held on Wednesday, August Sth, and tho committee set to work with a will to make the necessary arrangements and get up a programme. Miss E. Rayner and Mrs A. S. Uarrau coached the young people for three Action Songs, and a good programme of other selections was arranged ; but when the eventful day dawned it was certainly not one to cheer the spirits of a Social Club Committee ; and as there was no improvement as the evening came on it was decided to postpone the social. Friday night was finally decided on as the toost ' Friday dawned beautiful and fine, and hopes again rose, hut towards mid-day, clouds again gathered round, and some rain fell; but as the afternoon advanced v the
clouds again cleared away, and a beautiful evening came on and with it came a goodly number of young and old beut on having a good time. The
school was nicely decorated with ferns and flowers ; a platform and dressing room were put up, and looked first rate, Mr C. I. Murphy occupied tho chair. Tlie following was the programme which was well rendered, and enjoyed by all: —
National Anthem ; the Chairman, a few words of welcome ; instrumental duet, "Larboard Watch," violin and cornet, Mrs Murphy and Mr A. Morris*; song, "Blue Bells of Scotland," Miss E. Rayner : action song in character, "You shan't play in our yard," Misses D. Rayner, and Pearl Flay ; recitation, " The bush Christening," Mr T. Blair; flute solo, "The Englishman," Mr N. Phillips; gramaphone selections, Mr R. Grimmer ; vocal duet, "Woodman spare that tree," Mrs Murphy, and Mr T. Oakes; recitation, "War time in Streamlands," Miss Edna Phillips ; organ solo, Miss Joyce Petherick; song, "Asleep in the deep," Mr L. Phillips ; Comic action song, "I hear the Hoodoos Calling." This was performed by several young ladies in character, and was well acted : recitation "The Burning of the Prairee Belle" Chairman; instrumental duet from "Norma" violin and cornet, Mrs Murphy and Mr A. Morris ; reading Mr H. Phillips: Cheer up, Molly," Mr T. Oakes ; recitation, "Bulford Camp," Mr E. V. Phillips : gramaphone, Mr R. Grimmer ; recitation, "Papa's letter" Miss Joyce ; "Waterloo," round in character ; "Good night to you all," by a-company of girls ; chorus by the company "God save our splendid men." Tea, coffee and the more substantial viands were then handed round, and social chat was engaged in.
Mr T. Oakes proposed a vote of thanks to the ladies who had provided the supper, and to those who had come long distances through the mud in order to make the gathering a success. It is expected that another social will be held before long.