Reports from Everywhere - July 1964

In an expansion of our series of blogs from the WVS Bulletin we’ll be bringing you some REPORTS FROM EVERYWHERE from the WVS Bulletin in the current month, 70, 60 and 50 years ago.

Our first is from July 1964.

Draught-free wards
The Door for the Pantomime Ward which WVS is paying for out of profits from the trolley, which it runs for the War Memorial Outpatients Canteen, Wrexham consists of opaque white plastic overlapping flaps which do not need to be opened. You just push the trolleys through and they close quietly afterwards; this does away with screens and keeps the ward draught free. The canteen operates six days a week.

Putting rhythm into life
Our ‘Beat’ nights at the local mentally handicapped hospital are much enjoyed by audience and Golborne WVS members. We now have a splendid rota of members going weekly to sing, play and talk to inmates.

Unusual service
The ancient Parish Church of East Farleigh, Kent, was filled to capacity on Whit Sunday morning for the monthly family service. But this was a very special family service, for it was also a clothing gift service. The Vicar, the Rev C J Caley, had appealed for children’s clothing for the WVS, and what a wonderful response he had. The children arrived with bulging parcels of all shapes and sizes, many of them containing half a dozen or more garments. During the singing of the second hymn the children walked in a procession round the aisles and handed their parcels to the Vicar at the chancel steps. WVS members in uniform were kept very busy stacking them into the Lady Chapel. It is difficult to estimate just how many garments were handed in, but it was at least 700, probably nearer 1000.

Putting them up
One Saturday night at the end of May, Lymington Police rang up the WVS Centre Organiser to say that a coach load of 41 old age pensioners from Eccles on their way to a holiday at Sandown, Isle of Wight, had missed the last ferry. Where could they spend the night?
Lymington is lucky in having a famous community centre, and the Warden readily gave permission for it to be used and came with his daughter to help the caretaker and her son to prepare for the party. Blankets were urgently needed and the local hospital came to the rescue. Two WVS members went to the centre to see the old age pensioners settled. After a meal in a restaurant they were soon fixed up in ten beds and 31 armchairs, in five different rooms. The Deputy Warden spent the night there and at 6:30 WVS were back to make tea before the party set off again.

Effort for WVS

WVS were most impressed when one of the mothers in Banstead brought in a large bag of wool which she had unravelled and washed from garments the children had outgrown and were not good enough to hand on. She thought WVS were helping her and it was just something she could do to help them. It was very welcome for squares as stocks were getting low.

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