The Ipswich Junior Eisteddfod Society Inc.
IJES was established in 1945, having celebrated 70 years in 2015.
A special moment during these celebrations was having 2 of the competitors from the First and Second Eisteddfod, perform on the Final Night of the Music Section.
(Mr George Hogg OAM, sang the Welsh National Anthem, Accompanied by Mrs Blodwyn Whitehead OAM, on Piano)
From the first event held, each of the sections has been well patronised and supported by a wide network of hard-working Volunteers, Committee Members, Teachers, Competitor's and guests.
Known originally as the Ipswich Juvenille Eisteddfod, the event was held in the first 2 weeks of September on an Annual basis.
The input from many was required, and as listed below, the Management and the appointment/nomination of formal places on the various Committee's was much higher than today.
The Office Bearers in 1945 were:
PRESIDENT: R. Lulham, Esq.
VICE-PRESIDENTS: Hon. D.A. Gledson. M.L.A Hon. Jos. Francis, M.P. Ald. F.L. Foote Ald. V.Noble
Ald. A. Wright Inspector Brannelly Rev. Kestell Cornish Dr. H. Wilson
Rev. W. Wilson Smith Rev. Gray A. Parker
Messrs R.G. Andrew S.J. Millar H.L. Grover V.M. Drough
H.G Simpson H.G. Neilsen E.M. Scott G. Treagin
W.J. Johnson W.M. Fox R.W. Hurford D.S. Whyte
E.F. Badke S.H. Hancock T.H. Parker G.B. Reason
W.D. Jones H.C. Arter Mrs. W.V. Martin
Treasurer: W. Baird, Eso Joint Secretaries: Charles E. Tongue & Hazel E. Perry
The President (Mr. R. Lulham, ESQ), Mr. F.E. Willesden, Rev. Kestell Cornish, Mr. Walsh, Mr. J. Raymond, The Treasurer, The Joint Secretaries.
Mr. F.E. Willersden (Chairman). Mesdames F.J. Goleby, Mr. Ray Jones, Misses R.E. Robson, H.E. Perry, Gladys Payne.
LITERARY and ELOCUTIONARY SUB-COMMITTEE
Rev. Kestell Cornish (Chairman), Mr. A.E. Adams, Mrs. Maibry Wragga, Mrs. Cornish, Miss. Lyndal Johnson
Mrs. M. Marshall, Mrs. A. Mayes, Miss. B. Simmonds
Preliminary Programme Sub-Committee - 5 members
Fund-Raising Committee - 17 members
Hall Arrangement Sub-Committee - 5 members
General Committee - 9 members (plus members of the Executive Committee and Sub-Committees)
Adjudicators - 1945
Music: Percy Brier, Esq
Art of Speech: Mrs. Edith Innes
Dancing: Miss Elsie Seguss
Hazel Murray, Mona Walters, Mrs W. Cooney, Peggy Pilgrim