The nation is living on its capital

Newbury people opposed to drinking alcohol heard how expensive the war was for the nation.

The Rev. Dr A J Carlyle, Vicar of All Saints Oxford, and lecturer on economics, gave a most instructive and inspiring lecture in the Temperance Hall on January 20th, his subject being: “Total Abstinence During The War”. He pointed out the urgent need for the nation and all its members to practice economy, and especially in the matter of those things which are unnecessary, and he informed us that, in spite of the apparent present abundance of money, the Nation is now living on its Capital, and is likely to have spent between one fifth and one quarter of that, if the war continues another year.

Newbury parish magazine, February 1916 (D/P89/28A/13)

Wonderful generosity at a time of rising prices

Longworth fundraising for Belgian refugees amounted to what was then a substantial sum. The latest element of war work was the making of cakes for wounded soldiers.

The Longworth Belgium Fund is now closed. £42 has been sent to the Committee in Oxford, and we give below the letter of thanks addressed to Mrs. Crum as Treasurer. Further gifts may, of course, be sent to the address given on the letter.

29, Holywell
Dear Mrs. Crum,

Thank you so very much for all you have done for us. Will you very kindly express to the people of Longworth the warm gratitude and appreciation of their efforts felt by the Oxford Committee. To subcribe and to continue subscribing so long, so regularly and so large a sum is really wonderful, specially as we know and realize how the cost of living has risen and how that makes itself felt at once by all villagers, and to all who have no large incomes. Please tell your people how much we feel indebted to them and express our sincere thanks.

Our best thanks to you yourself.
Yours very sincerely,
Monte Carlyle.

Cakes are wanted for the wounded soldiers in Red Cross Hospitals. Will any who would like to provide one regularly, give their names to Mrs. Illingworth, and she will tell them when they are wanted, and collect them for Lady Hyde, who will send them to the Hospitals.

Longworth parish magazine, June 1915 (D/P83/28A/10/6)