Blinded soldiers turn to chicken rearing

Berkshire County Council and its committees dealt with several war related matters. One was the registration of the multitude of independent war charities which had sprung up.

Report of School Management Sub-committee, 14 October 1916


The following Head Teachers have rejoined the Army since the last meeting: Mr Mills (Childrey), Mr Hunt (Cold Ash), Mr Bird (Priestwood), Mr Andrews (Mortimer St Mary’s) and Mr Verrall (Brimpton). Their places have been filled temporarily by the appointment of the Certificated Assistant (Woman) of their respective schools, or by the transfer of a teacher from another school.

Report of Smallholdings and Allotments Committee, 14 October 1916


Enquiries were made on behalf of the Blinded Soldiers’ and Sailors’ Hostel, St Dunstan’s, as to whether any assistance could be given in finding locations near Reading for Blinded Soldiers who have been taught chicken rearing. They require a cottage and about an acre of ground at a rent not exceeding £30 per annum.

The agents in the Reading district were asked if they had any suitable properties available, but from the replies received it appeared that no suitable places were available for renting, and only three or four were put forward for sale.

It was stated by St Dunstan’s that at present only leasing could be considered.

Report of the War Charities Committee, 14 October 1916

The following applications for registration under the War Charities Act, 1916, have not been approved, and the Clerk instructed to issue certificates and to notify the Charity Commissioners:

Name of Charity Applicant
Royal Berkshire Regiment Prisoners of War Relief Fund Mrs Mount, Wasing Place
Emergency War Fund organised by the Ascot Women’s Suffrage Society Miss Violet Hanbury, Ascot
Faringdon Branch of Voluntary Organizations Mrs Eyston, Buckland
Berkshire Branch, British Red Cross Society C J Haviland, Bradfield
Ascot War Hospital Supply Depot Lady Longman, Windlesham
Sunningdale Ladies’ Golf Club Edward Villiers, Sunningdale
Twyford & Ruscombe Red Cross and Soldiers and Sailors Help Fund Mrs Acworth, Twyford
Bradfield Branch of Berkshire Voluntary Organizations Mrs Haviland, Bradfield
Woodley General Purposes Committee Rev. F F Penruddock, Woodley
Streatley Branch, British Red Cross Society Mrs I M J Edwards, Streatley
Crowthorne & Neighbourhood Branch, Vegetable Products Committee Mrs Thorowgood, Wellington College Station
Faringdon Branch, Vegetable Products Committee Rev. W Boldero, Great Coxwell
Easthampstead Branch of Voluntary Organizations Lady Haversham, Bracknell
Hurst, Winnersh & Bearwood Branch of Voluntary Organizations Mrs Roupell, Hurst
Maidenhead Serbian Aid Fund Lady Young, Formosa Fishery
Sunninghill & District Xmas Parcel Fund for Men on Active Service Mrs Cordes, Sunninghill
Bracknell & Easthampstead Belgian Refugees Rev. Herber Salwey, Easthampstead Rectory
Crowthorne & Sandhurst War Hospital Supply Depot Miss Armstrong, Wellington College
Sandhurst Patriotic Club Joseph Mee, Sandhurst
Wargrave Surgical Dressings Emergency Society Miss Choate, Wargrave

An application has been received from Miss Tritton for exemption from registration of the Sunningdale Soldiers and Sailors Parcels Fund but the committee have replied that in their opinion the charity should be registered and comply with the statutory conditions.


Applications have been received from certain branches of the Vegetable Products Committee for, in some cases, exemption, and in others registration, and the committee understand that the Head Office have decided that only the larger branches, which collect funds by public subscription, need register independently; and that a general authority to collect fruit and vegetables for the Fleet will be issued by the Head Office to the smaller branches, but should there be a desire on the part of the latter to raise funds by a bazaar, entertainment, etc, the branch would have to obtain specific permission from the Vegetable Products Committee to do so, and afterwards to furnish the Head Office with a statement of funds collected and the method of expenditure.

The committee have concurred in the arrangements proposed by the Vegetable Products Committee and have decided to forego registration of the following branches, viz:
Remenham Branch – Hon Sec, Wilson Noble
Mortimer Branch – Hon Sec, Miss Ludlam
Bisham Branch – Hon Sec, Lady Vansittart Neale
Yattendon Branch – Hon Sec, Carey P Drake

Letters have been received from Mrs A M Peach, Lawrence’s Stores, Ascot, stating that she wished, with the help of one or two friends, to make mascots and sell them at a small price (say 2d each) and to devote the proceeds to the Red Cross Society or other War Charity and asking if registration were necessary. The Committee were of opinion that it was an appeal to the public within the meaning of the Act, but … they have granted a certificate of exemption until 7 January, 1917.

Arthur E Preston, Chairman
14 October, 1916

Berkshire County Council minutes (C/CL/C1/1/19)

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