An end to afternoon tea

The war effort and the German’s attacks on civilian shipping combined to restrict many goods. Among those economising as a result were the Sisters of the Community of St John Baptist.

12 January 1917

Special notice sent to all the Houses about economy to be practised during the war in obedience to the appeal of the Government to the nation. Mother directed (1) that all afternoon teas were to be stopped, (2) care was to be taken that every railway journey should be strictly necessary, (3) every effort was to be made as to clothes, to make them last as long as possible. This was important on account of the difficulty in getting materials.

Annals of the Community of St John Baptist, Clewer (D/EX1675/1/14/5)

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