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News Flashes December 1949

More news from around the country, originally these stories were submitted by Centre Organisers on the back of the Narrative Reports and selected by the editors of the Bulletin for publication. These are just a few activities from December 1949.

GLASGOW - The mobile canteen lent by Scottish Headquarters was taken inside the Customs barrier at the docks for the sailing of the emigrant ship Cameronia. The canteen operated for many hours, serving not only those going abroad but also friends who had come to see them off. W.V.S. escorts at the station were on duty from early morning until late afternoon.

HAMPSHIRE COUNTY - Services Welfare, An ex-regular soldier of the Indian Army telephoned an urgent request for help. He explained that, with his family, he was to have embarked for Australia within the next few days. His wife had that morning been admitted to hospital, could we find someone to care for the triplets aged 3 years, in order that he could get to London and cancel all his arrangements with the Emigration Authorities? A member came to the rescue and undertook the care of the three boys.

HORNCHURCH - This locality is fortunate in having a landmark in a windmill over 160 years old. Up to 20 years ago it was owned by a baker who milled his own flour, but it was neglected during the war and has been falling with slow decay. Now, through the interest of the Ancient Order of Preservation of Windmills Society and Essex County Council, voluntary workers go every weekend to restore the windmill to working order. W.V.S. supplies teas to the volunteers and hopes to make a profit on the transaction. This profit will become a donation to the Windmill Fund.

NOTTINGHAM C.B - A message was received one day that a young German boy from Bremen was arriving the next night at Fenchurch Street Station. Could W.V.S. meet, feed and escort him to the train for Nottingham. London W.V.S. as always, came to the rescue. The Boat Train was late in arriving; consequently the Nottingham connection was missed. W.V.S. took the child on a tour of London, found accommodation for the night and saw him off on the first train the following morning.

MITCHAM - Dumb Friends League.-W.V.S. have obtained a regular supply of dog biscuits to be sent through the Dumb Friends League to an old age pensioner who found it impossible to feed his dog.

RUTLAND COUNTY - The County Organiser walked into the office one day to be told that she need not worry about the Home Help for Mrs. So-and-So's baby as it had been cancelled! A Home Help on her first maternity case told the Organiser when she went along that the family were destitute and there were no napkins for the baby. A small supply was produced and later one appeared on the table as a table-cloth. The woman who went in as Home Help came out as Godmother to the infant.

READING C.B - W.V.S. Children's Specialist in addition to her other work, devotes Thursday afternoons to the Babies Home at Battle Hospital and regularly takes the babies out in the large hospital perambulator!

ST. PANCRAS - Fifty-three members from our Kentish Town Darby and Joan Club were taken by coach one evening to see the “Lights of Southend." Had tea and cakes at the end of the Pier and arrived home 11.00 p.m.

WESTON-SUPER-MARE - One afternoon the police rang through to say that they had two boys aged 15 and 13 at the Station, who had run away from their home in Bristol on stolen bicycles. They had slept out all night in heavy rain and were found wandering in Weston soaked through. The police asked whether we could supply them with clothing. We feel rather proud of the fact that we fitted them both out with shirts-pants-sports coats-mackintoshes-pullovers -shoes, and last but not least long trousers.

Posted by Jennifer Hunt, Deputy Archivist at 09:00 Monday, 05 December 2016.

Labels: Bulletin, WVS, December, 1949