Hard to maintain schools and staff in wartime

The Knowl Hill section of Wargrave parish magazine reported on the latest efforts of the church and its people to support the war effort.

On September 5th the Collections will be for the Church Missionary Society. We must not let Mission work suffer, more than we can help, because of the War.

The Vicar has written to the Berks Education Committee for … a new ‘Supply Teacher’ to take the place of Miss White, who is engaged elsewhere. There has been no application for the vacant Assistant-ship. School staffs are very difficult to maintain in these war times.

After much trouble had been taken by the School Managers and Messrs Dulley and Lowe a letter was received from the Education Committee at Reading with an order that the re-decoration of the School was not to be done this year, on account of war expenses. The School buildings have, however, been disinfected and cleansed.

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

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Making dressings for wounded soldiers

20 women in Wargrave set up a working party to manufacture dressings to treat wounded soldiers.

On April 27th, in connection with the Wargrave Emergency Surgical Dressings Society, a Branch was opened at the Working Men’s Club by Miss Sinclair; in the unavoidable absence of Miss Choate.

Mrs. Bulkeley has kindly consented to be President. The Working Committee consists of Mrs. W. Dulley, Mrs. Hawkins, Miss Lovett, Miss Oliver, Mrs. T. Whitbread, and Mrs. Wrigley.

At present there are about 20 members. Three boxes of dressings and linen for the wounded have been sent to Headquarters, at Wargrave, to be sterilised and sent to the Front.

Thanks are due to the Club Committee for the use of the room, to Mr. and Mrs. Wrigley for a Social, which realized £1 7s. in aid of the fund for materials; to Mrs. Bulkeley for materials for Respirators and a subscription, and to Mrs. Baker, Mrs. Barham, Mrs. Brunsden, Mrs. Dell, Mrs. Hawkins, Mrs. Marshall and Miss Maskell for linen; to Miss Sinclair for a subscription.

New Members will be gladly welcomed. The Meetings are on Thursdays, between 3 and 6.30 p.m.

Old Linen, Collars, etc. will be greatly appreciated.

M. Firbank, Hon. Secretary.
May 22nd, 1915.

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

Fancy dress for prisoners’ comforts

The people of Knowl Hill had fun and raised money at the same time (for the benefit of locals who had been captured by the enemy). The “most original” costume may perhaps raise eyebrows today.

Knowl Hill

On April 7th, a Fancy Dress dance was given in our School, in aid of the Fund for providing comforts for our prisoners in Germany.

It proved most successful, as £5 was made after all expenses were paid. This success in great part due to the kindness of several ladies, who gave refreshments or money for expenses. Of the £5, £3 has been sent to the Royal Naval Division Comforts’ Fund and £2 to the Church Army Fund for soldier prisoners. It has been arranged that two local men, Private Warren and Trooper Geeves shall receive help.

Dancing commenced at 8 and was kept up until 12, Mr. Warner proving a most capable M.C. Prizes were given for the prettiest dress, won by Miss K. Charlton (Britannia); the most original, won by Miss D. Prior (Gollywog); Gentleman’s costume, won by Mr. Goodall (Huntsman); Children’s dress, won by Hilda Dulley (Sunflower). Mrs. Allwright kindly gave the prizes to the winners, who were chosen by votes of the onlookers.

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

Red Cross training funds raised

The Red Cross class in Wargrave raised funds to keep going by playing cards.

On Thursday February 11th, a Whist Drive was held in connection with the Red Cross Society Class now being delighted with the arrangements made for them. The prize winners were Mrs. Baxter and Mr. Murkett, for the highest; Mrs. Prater and Mr. J. Brant, mystery number; and Mrs. Goodal and Mr. Roberts, for Bridge, respectively. The arrangements were carried out by a Committee of Class, including Mrs. Butterworth, Mrs. Firbank, Mrs Dulley, Mrs. Mead, Miss Lovell and Miss Oliver, and Mr. Butterworth, assisted by Mrs. A. Whitbread, Mr. Wrigley, and Mr. T. Whitbread. It is expected that the funds will be augmented by over £2. 10s. 0d.

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