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#1: Hobbies - Junior Middles Author: CatherineLocation: Newcastle upon Tyne PostPosted: Thu Feb 14, 2008 11:27 am
What sort of hobbies did the Junior Middles (towards the end of the Swiss books) have? Apart from fretsaw or whatever it was!

#2:  Author: Alison HLocation: Manchester PostPosted: Thu Feb 14, 2008 12:45 pm
Hmm .. the heyday of the Hobbies Club and making things for the Sales seems to've been over by then: they don't get mentioned as much and the Sale plans seem to've been more about dressing up.

Presumably the usual things like collecting things (?What did CS-type people collect in the late 1950s? Can't imagine them collecting cigarette cards or football stickers or Elvis posters!), drawing, maybe sewing/knitting? And they - although possibly more the Senior Middles - seem to've been into amateur dramatics.

#3:  Author: RóisínLocation: Ireland PostPosted: Thu Feb 14, 2008 12:49 pm
Things they collected: postcards (in different themes eg Alps, England), quotations they liked that they wrote down in copybooks, biographies of music composers (if they were into music)/ pictures of music composers, prints of famous pictures, paper dolls, jigsaws, buttons, coins...

#4:  Author: JeneferLocation: London PostPosted: Thu Feb 14, 2008 6:11 pm
Stamps, postcards and autographs

Apart from the Hobbies Club which seems to be compulsory, there do not appear to be any other clubs or interest groups to join. What did they do in the little free time they had?

#5:  Author: CatherineLocation: Newcastle upon Tyne PostPosted: Thu Feb 14, 2008 6:13 pm
They had a choir ... but I don't know when they ever practised!!

#6:  Author: Alison HLocation: Manchester PostPosted: Thu Feb 14, 2008 11:46 pm
People sometimes played tennis out of lesson time, but presumably that was only in the summer/when the weather was good. There was a school orchestra but they only ever seemed to practise together just before the pantomime, although some people did a lot of individual music practice.

There's never any mention of any clubs other than the Hobbies Club, and there were no Guides in Switzerland, but between lessons, prep, tidying their cubicles, compulsory walks, compulsory attendance at church, organised "entertainment" like paper games and dancing, sports/music practice, writing letters home, Hobbies Club, having to sit and rest for half an hour before afternoon lessons Rolling Eyes and of course mealtimes they can't have had much time for anything else!

#7:  Author: MiriamLocation: Jerusalem, Israel PostPosted: Sat Feb 16, 2008 8:49 pm
I have no idea where, but I'm sure there i a passing reference somewhere to a debating society. And just because something like orchastra practice isn't mentioned, doesn't mean it didn't happen somewhere in the background.

#8:  Author: PatLocation: Doncaster PostPosted: Sat Feb 16, 2008 9:05 pm
There's a passing mention in Jane that she'd joined the clubs that were open to her age group, but what theya re aren't mentioned.

#9:  Author: JoyceLocation: Hong Kong PostPosted: Sun Feb 17, 2008 9:28 am
There doesn't seem to be any clubs apart from hobbies, and if there was wouldn't there be a clubs prefect or someone to oversee them?

We do hear of the choir and orchestra being take away to practise before a big event like the play. And in the days when they had guides, perhaps other interests would have been submerged with that.

But it does seem strange that they don't seem to have had more clubs to join.


#10:  Author: JayBLocation: SE England PostPosted: Sun Feb 17, 2008 10:55 am
I suppose finding the time is one problem. One evening is already Hobbies, Saturday evenings are given over to some kind of entertainment, Sunday possibly wouldn't be considered appropriate.

And then a mistress and/or prefect would be needed to supervise, and their time is already quite full. Remember Kathie's reaction to the idea that she should give up her free time to teach the Middles how to drive motor boats?

(Although this has just given me an idea for a plot bunny I'm nurturing.)

#11:  Author: jenniferLocation: Taiwan PostPosted: Mon Feb 18, 2008 4:44 am
Hobbies mentioned include sewing (clothes, stuffed animals, dolls clothes), knitting, weaving, embroidery, lace making, raffia weaving, bead weaving, tapestry work, basket making, knitting, painting, drawing, decorating and painting wooden items like picture frames, making picture books and scrapbooks, painting china, stencilling, papier mache leatherworking, woodworking, treadle fretsaw, chip carving, pottery, making dolls furniture,

Collections include postcards, dolls, paper dolls, crests, shells, information (like on composers or Napoleon), shells, tiny animal figures, stamps, quotations, autographs, leaves, rocks, famous pictures and feathers.

There are actually some extensive mentions of Hobbies in later books - particularly Two Sams and Redheads.

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