The great toy shortage

The parish of Christ Church in Reading had two important notices for worshippers in November 1914.

The Vicar is asked to call attention to a toy factory which is now started at Northfield Road, Caversham Road. Its primary object is to supply the gap in the market which the absence of toys from Germany will cause. But secondly and more important it hopes to give employment to women in their own homes in making toys. Full information will be supplied by Mrs Bowley, Northcourt Avenue or by Mrs Friend, 6 Kendrick Road.

In future the bell of Christ Church will be tolled at 12 noon as a reminder of the Call to Prayer of our soldiers and sailors. When we hear the bell we may not be able to break off our occupation and kneel down but we can lift up our hearts for a moment and say, “Lord, hear our prayers.”

Reading Christ Church parish magazine, November 1914 (D/P170/28A/23)

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