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The Fernhurst Society

Memories of Fernhurst: gymnasium

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In 1912 a scheme was afoot to convert the Vicarage Barn into a Village Gymnasium. The idea was well received by the villagers and carried through. The cost of altering the building and fitting it up with the necessary apparatus was to be about £50. A committee was formed to make the club self-supporting and Mr Dudley Paul promised to provide an instructor, etc for three months. This gentleman was the chief supporter and other local people promised generous help. The Village Gymnasium was a great success and people who remember say the social contacts and healthy exercise made wonderful recreation periods. Miss Russell also gave much pleasure by teaching country dancing in the barn, such good old favourites as ‘We won’t go home till morning’ and ‘Sellinger’s Round’.

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The Fernhurst Oral History Project was supported by the Local Heritage Initiative. The Local Heritage Initiative was developed by the Countryside Agency and was funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund and Nationwide Building Society.