Bring a pound of anything

Even the numbers of clergy had been reduced at home with many younger men leaving their parish work for a role as an army chaplain. Women mostly had to contribute to the war effort at home. Some joined Voluntary Aid Detachments as untrained nurses. Those in Wargrave undertook to open a small hospital for the wounded.

The Clerical Staff
It has not been found possible as yet to fill the vacancy on the Staff. A great number of the younger clergy have been allowed to go as Chaplains in the Army: Their brethren count them fortunate and wish them every blessing in the great work. It is only natural, therefore, to find that there are not as many as usual for home work. The Vicar has been in correspondence with a few clergymen, but in each case the curate has had relations dependent upon him, and the stipend offered has therefore been inadequate for his needs in these expensive times.

Harvest Gifts
Many messages have been received from those on the sea and across the sea thanking the people of Wargrave for their gifts of tobacco and cigarettes. And very nice letters have been written to the Vicar by Corporal Reginald Over and Privates George Gregory, Arthur Haycock, Edward Tarry, William Bradford, Christopher Brown, Charles Critcher, William Larkin, and James Pithers, saying how pleased they were to receive the gifts and asking him to convey their thanks to the friends at home.

V.A.D. Hospital
The Wargrave Voluntary Aid Detachment Berks/58 received orders to mobilize as soon as possible and to prepare a Hospital for the reception of wounded soldiers. After carefully considering ways and means, they approached the Trustees of Woodclyffe Hostel as to the possibility of using their premises.

The Trustees met on October 14th, and on the same day communicated with the tenant of the Hostel and with the Working Men’s Club. The Trustees stated that they received the request with much sympathy so long as the rights of the tenant could be satisfied.

The Working Men’s Club Committee then met, and expressed the desire to fall in with the wishes of the Trustees if the Hostel in the furtherance of so good a cause.

In due course an amount of compensation was arranged which was acceptable to the tenant and was paid by the V.A.D.

A General Meeting of the Working Men’s Club was also held and suitable arrangements were made for the loan of their billiard table and other furniture to the V.A.D.

During the last fortnight the Members of the Detachment have been busily employed in converting the Hostel into a Hospital for 20 beds, under the direction of the Commandant, Mrs. Victor Rhodes, and the Quartermaster, Mrs. Oliver Young.

It is now near completion and it is proposed to hold a Pound Day just before it is opened, when all who are interested and who would like to inspect the Hospital before the patients arrive, will be asked to bring a pound of anything which will help to stock the larder or store room. The date will be announced later.

Wargrave parish magazine, December 1915 (D/P145/28A/31)

Wargrave D/P145/28A/31

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