Timsbury Secondary Modern School built up a reputation over the years for the excellence of its orchestra under the leadership of Mr. H. Wyn Davies. In 1958 the Timsbury Youth Orchestra travelled to Backwell to play at the area drama festival. There were 35 members in the orchestra and they were accompanied by Mr. Brian Robbins.
Later in the year Sir William Grant, Chairman of the Engineering and Allied Employers Association, was the speaker at the Secondary School’s Speech Day. He said that he was very impressed by the work being done there and the Headmaster Mr. Pullen reported that it had been a very happy year. He paid special tribute to the school choir and orchestra and revealed that one member (Sheila Taviner) who performed a cello solo had gained a distinction in her exams.
Musically 1958 was part of the Skiffle Group era and Timsbury could boast of its own talented performers. The Bluejean Five took part in heats of the National Skiffle contest at the Bristol Hippodrome with the winners being invited to appear with Jim Dale on the B.B.C. programme “6.5, Special”. Meanwhile the Rustlers Skiffle Group took part in a Bath competition and said that they were hoping for a T.V. audition. Barbara Deacon had just joined the group and she was backed by Brian Jeffery (Leader and electric guitarist), his brother Michael on the double bass, Chris Gregory on guitar and Mervyn Barnes on the washboard.
Beauty contests were another popular pastime in 1958. Joan Bennett who had been Timsbury’s representative in the previous year’s Midsomer Norton Carnival Queen contest was chosen as Miss Welton Rovers at a ball at Bob’s Palais in Midsomer Norton. The Carnival Queen for Timsbury Football Club’s Summer spectacular was Margaret Poole who was attended by Valerie Curtis and Joan Bennett. At this event there was an impressive Fancy Dress parade with Timsbury Women’s Institute portraying “Old Kentucky” on their float. Grace Wyatt was selected as Timsbury’s representative for the 1958 Midsomer Norton Carnival.
Garden fetes were a real village event in 1958. The one held at Timsbury Rectory raised over £73 for Church funds. Rhona Moxham and her helpers gave pony rides to the children. Timsbury Sports clubs used to hold their fetes on the field in Lippiatt Lane which is now home to bungalows. In 1958 a demonstration of boxing and judo was given by members of the Percy Boys Club from Bath. In the evening a dance was held in the Churchroom to the music of the “Spatones”. Meanwhile Timsbury Horse Show held its second event at Emlett and it proved very successful. As well as the jumping there was an obedience demonstration given by the Bath Alsatian Training Club.
Finally the main item on the Parish Council agenda in 1958 was discussion about possible sites for bus shelters in the village while plans were afoot , if that is the right expression, to stop buses using the High Street.