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Most of the lectures and talks are only referred to briefly, but they give you a good idea of the wide interests of the Boots and Spurs members.


Shown opposite are extracts relating to lectures on:


Life in The Royal Navy 1900

Invisible flowers

O'er hill, dale and moorland

Wild birds

A gradeley Lancashire neet

Ambulance work

Map reading

Work of William Morris

The 'circle'



Life in the Royal Navy, Lecture by Mr A.Wilson, 15th February   1911

Was very much enjoyed by the members of the assembly who were present.  Comrade Wilson gave a lucid account of the work and routine of the life when he first joined, about 12 years since , and certainly opened our eyes as to the poor state  in which the navy was 10 years since; then he went on to say “that with the coming  of Admiral Fisher a great change took place he turning the Navy from a more or  less monumental concern, into what it was intended for, namely a fighting machine”
Then he wound up by giving us the present strength of the British Navy. Comrade  Wilson’s humorous references being much appreciated.


Invisible Flowers, Lecture by Mr E. Snelgrove B.A, 18th February 1911

Mr Snelgrove’s  lecture proved exceptionally interesting to about 70 people who  braved the elements and turned up at the High Wincobank Council School. The  title of the lecture ’Invisible Flowers’ seemed somewhat of a puzzle to a great  many of us who ,had not made  a study of botany but Mr S. Snelgrove speaks in such a simple and plain manner leaving out the technical names that all of us were  able to follow him with great interest. The lecture started by showing us the  flowers of wheat, grasses and such like plants and explaining the process of fertilisation then went on and showed us the same process in connection with ferns and mosses.It was a pity the weather turned out so very bad as I believe with a fine night we should have had a crowded room. However better luck next time.


“Over Hill , Dale and Moorland “, Lecture by H. H. Diver, 22nd  October 1910, held in the Council School,  High Wincobank.

About 120 present. Fine lecture with some beautiful slides of views round Sheffield and the Peak   Very enjoyable evening. Much appreciated by everyone  present


Wild Birds

Very interesting chat on “Wild Birds” their haunts, and life by Mr Whittaker (introduced by F.J.Brookes).  About 25 present…Mr W. is an enthusiast and has  followed the subject for many years, having visited the Scilly Isles in quest of the“Stormy Petrol”.  Scotland for the “Golden Eagle” , Wales, Flamboro etc. In addition to local excursions in the country.


‘A Gradeley Lancashire Neet’, Lecture by F. Garside

F.Garside gave us a real treat on the Lancashire dialect, and as he called it ‘A Gradeley Lancashire Neet’    He told humorous stories, and the selections were grave and gay….Most of them had been given before but Sheffielders, like Frank and his pieces, and never tire….A good send off


Ambulance Work, Lecture by Mr Reynolds

Comrade Reynolds was at his best in ‘Ambulance Work’….For over an hour he dissected us, broke bones,  bandaged,  traced the flow of blood thro’ the   body,  allowed us to faint,  brought us round and so on….then he found he had  hardly started, and 6 hours would be better !….with hearty thanks  we hoped another night would be arranged.


Map Reading, Lecture by Eric Brookes

Eric Brookes entertained the company in  ‘map reading’  devoting the time to ramblers, and hints on map reading and compass….with the aid of ordnance   maps passed round we were able to follow his remarks, covering main roads  and others, paths,  woods,  rivers,  railways,  contours, all worthy of attention for the rambler.


The Works of William Morris, Lecture by Mr. Jack Jordan

After business was despatched Mr Jack Jordan gave a paper on ‘The  Works of William Morris’,  with special reference to the ‘Defence of Guinevere’  and the ’Dream of John Ball’. It was a small company,  but the paper and readings were entirely delightful, and greatly enjoyed. A very animated discussion on Poetry, and the reading of Poetry followed


The Circle, Lecture by Charlie Howe

Charlie Howe instructed and highly interested us, with an exposition of the ‘Circle’,  it’s development and application to science and  art of which he promised more at some future date.

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