Subjects closely connected with the War

Food shortages had led to a soup kitchen for children in Ascot.

The Lantern Services in the Parish Room on Fridays at 7 p.m. are being taken by the Rector and deal with subjects closely connected with the War. There was a very fair attendance at the first service, and it is hoped that it will increase as the services become more generally known.

By the effort of the Teachers a Soup Kitchen is being started as the Schools for the benefit of the children, and we are sure many parents will be most grateful for this help in this difficult days. The Managers have made a small grant towards utensils, and gifts of vegetables, or offers of personal help will be welcomed by the Teachers ….

At a War Savings Conference held at the Reading Rooms, Sunninghill, on Wednesday, February 20th, it was resolve to form a local War Savings Committee for the district to be known as “The Sunningdale and Ascot District War Savings Committee”, its chief object being to establish as many new Associations as possible in the neighbourhood, the ladies and gentlemaen elected being Mr. Percy Crutchley (Chairman), Messrs. H. J. Whitehead and A.J. Merton (Hon. Secretaries), Col. Blackburn, (Hon. Treasurer), Mrs. Ninian Elliott, the Hon. Miss Gordon, Mr. E. Wolseley, Heresy Marchioness of Linthgow, Mr. G. J. Francis, Mr. F. J. Patton, Mr. C.W. Searle, Mr. J.W. Abbott, Mrs. Trotter, Mr T.A. Woods. The Committee was given power to add to its number, and it was intimated that if Sunningdale cared to join up with this Committee, the inclusion of this parish would be cordially welcomed.

The Ascot War Savings Association has just completed one year’s working. The total number of certificates sold during that time being nearly 1000.

Ascot section of Winkfield District Magazine, March 1918 (D/P 151/28A/10/3)

Hoping to establish as many new War Savings Associations as possible in the neighbourhood

Ascot and local aristocrats contributed financially.

At a War Savings Conference held at the Reading Rooms, Sunninghill, on Wednesday, February 20th, it was resolved to form a local War Savings Committee for the district to be known as “The Sunningdale and Ascot District War Savings Committee”, its chief object being to establish as many new Associations as possible in the neighbourhood, the ladies and gentlemen elected being Mr. Percy Crutchley (Chairman), Messrs. H. J. Whitehead and A.J. Merton (Hon. Secretaries), Col. Blackburn, (Hon. Treasurer), Mrs. Ninian Elliott, the Hon. Miss Gordon, Mr. E. Wolseley, Hersey Marchioness of Linlithgow, Mr. G. J. Francis, Mr. F. J. Patton, Mr. C.W. Searle, Mr. J.W. Abbott, Mrs. Trotter, Mr T.A. Woods. The Committee was given power to add to its number, and it was intimated that if Sunningdale cared to join up with this Committee the inclusion of this parish would be cordially welcomed.

The Ascot War Savings Association has just completed one year’s working. The total number of certificates sold during that time being nearly 1000.

Ascot section of Winkfield and Warfield Magazine, March 1918 (D/P 151/28A/10/3)

Appeal to the obstinate hens

Ascot people supported their servicemen in various ways, including an appeal to increase giving of eggs for wounded soldiers – even if this meant what looks rather like cruelty to the hens.

ASCOT HOSPITAL EGG LEAGUE.
Eggs are needed, greatly needed for the patients at the Ascot Military Hospital. Former donors are once more asked to remember the wants of our wounded and invalided soldiers, fresh donors are appealed for. Eggs (dated), may be left, as formerly, every week (not later than Thursday evenings) at the depôts:- Mr. Taylor (Grocer), New Road, Mr. Skelton, Fernbank Road, Mr. Charlton (Baker), London Road, Mr. John Abbott, Course Road, and the Rectory. They may also be sent direct any day to the Hospital, where the Gate Orderly will receive them till the Hospital re-opens in March. Do not be put off by the obstinancy [sic] of your hens (as to laying eggs) if they turn a deaf ear to all your appeals, even on patriotic grounds. But keep a cabbage or such like savoury morsel tied up just out of reach. This is an appeal to their senses that seldom fails to make their beaks water, and to engender a constant jumping exercise most efficacious to an abundant production of eggs. It is specially suitable where the runs are small and consequently space is cramped. Names of fresh donors will be thankfully received by Miss La Trobe-Bateman, Ascot Rectory.

The Ascot Sailors and Soldiers Committee report that they have now on their list 92 Ascot men who are serving their Country either in the Navy, or in Regiments at the Front in France, or in the Mediterranean. As there are a good many more who are still on duty at home, this number will be considerably increased from time to time, and the Committee would be greatly obliged if information regarding those transferred to the Front may be given as soon as possible to any member of the Committee, or sent to Mr. Tottie at “Sherlocks.”

It has not so far been found necessary to send parcels to the men in a general way, as so much is being done for them from other sources, and it has been rather the aim of the Committee to ascertain the special needs, and to endeavour to satisfy them. In this way some 20 parcels of different articles were sent out at Christmas, and further parcels will be sent out as they appear to be required, and it is hoped shortly to send a present to each man at the Front from the “Boys of Ascot” as a result of their concert.

Correspondence with all those who wish it is being carried on, and many letters have been received, all showing that the men are in excellent spirits and health, and they are all glad to receive news of Ascot.

The Committee also wish to do anything they can to help the wives and families of men serving in any difficulties they may have arising out of the war, and they hope that they may be informed at once if assistance in any way is required.

A special fund is available for prisoners of war, but fortunately there are only two from Ascot.

Ascot section of Winkfield District Monthly Magazine, March 1916 (D/P151/28A/8/3)