Is there any demand for allotments?

Allotments were still relatively rare during the First World War, but they offered a way for more food to be grown at home.

A meeting was held in the Reading Room, North Street, to consider the question whether there is any demand for allotments. The Vicar, having explained how allotments may be acquired, asked those who were present to give their opinion. A discussion took place from which it appeared that owing to various reasons the demand would not be large.

The names of those requiring seed-potatoes were then received, and Messrs. Aldworth, Belcher, Douglas, Maxwell Williams and the Vicar were appointed a Committee to make the necessary application and arrangements for the delivery and distribution of the potatoes when received. There was a very good attendance at this meeting.

Cranbourne section of Winkfield District Magazine, February 1917 (D/P151/28A/9/2)

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All must help in war time, and none are too young

The people of Bracknell were sending photographs of home to loved ones at the front, while those at Cranbourne were urged to save money by giving children home made jam instead of treacle.

BRACKNELL

SNAPSHOTS

The Y.M.C.A. have a scheme on hand to cheer our gallant Soldiers and Sailors on active service. It is not money they ask for, only snapshots for our men, pictures of their little children, dear friends and relations. Helpers are wanted and wanted at once, so anyone with a camera who is willing to assist should at once communicate with Mrs. Vlasto, Binfield Park, who is Secretary for this district.

Many brave men have gone from this neighbourhood and their relations and friends are invited to write to Mrs. Vlasto, who will then arrange with as little delay as possible for photographs to be taken and forwarded. We know what a joy these pictures of home will be to our men.

CRANBOURNE

The voluntary enumerators for Cranbourne in connection with the making of the National Register were Mr. L. Creasy, Mr. R. Martin, Mr. Maxwell Williams.

We print below the rest of Mrs. Smith’s letter.

As for jam, the little ones need it. Make what you can at home. It is a lot of bother, and is cheaper, but good. Mrs. Dash will lend her preserving pan all along the road, now that it is war time. If you eat the jam quick as it is made, you may skimp the sugar. Boil the fruit till tender. Then add the sugar, and boil short and sharp. If it boils till it begins to brown, that shows it is wasting away.

Treacle pleases most children, but that gain comes from foreign parts, I fancy. Make the children save their half-pence, too. This sounds rather strict, but once taught to save, they are proud of it, and they learn to say “no” to temptation, which is half the battle of life. All must help in war time, and none are too young. Save the odds and ends, pieces of paper and string, jam glasses, old tins, pins, corks. It is true I am afraid that we are a wasteful nation, so let us try and learn our lesson during what will be for ever known as “the great war.”

I am forgetting the tea. Our tea is now so dear, and may be much dearer. When you only want one cup, or a cup for yourself and a friend, at odd times, use a penny strainer. Stand it over the cup, with a pinch of tea, and pour the water very slowly through it. It will taste alright and save half the tea. Cold tea with no milk, very weak, and if you can manage it, a squeeze of lemon, makes a refreshing drink. One of Queen Victoria’s doctors told me of this, to use in sickness or health. You could make this from the tea leaves, and still have them to sweep with. Now I must conclude, from your sincere friend and well-wisher.

MRS. SMITH.

WINKFIELD

Our Choir men have again unselfishly foregone their excursion this year in order that the burden on Church expenses may be lessened and enable more offertories to be given to War funds, and also that each of their brother members at the Front might receive a special present and token of remembrance.


Winkfield District Magazine, September 1915 (D/P151/28A/7/9)

Cranbourne’s working party is highly spoken of

Women in Cranbourne joined the national effort to make clothing for soldiers and refugees. Gian, Lady Mount Stephen (1864-1933), a lady in waiting to the Queen, was a relative of the Glyns who was married to a wealthy Canadian peer. She grew up in Uffington, and was the daughter of a Naval officer.

SEWING MEETING.

The working party, in aid of Queen Mary’s Needlework Guild, has now closed for the summer months. It was started last August under the direction of Mrs. Maxwell Williams. She and Miss Maxwell Williams cut out all the garments- no slight task. The cost of the materials was £55 and was given by the Lady Mountstephen, to whom our thanks are given for affording us the opportunity of supplying some of the needs due to the war. About 1100 articles have been forwarded to the Guild Headquarters, which are at St. James’ Palace. There they are dealt with by a large Committee of ladies, who forward the various garments and other work to our soldiers at the front, our hospitals in England, the Maternity homes for the wives of Soldiers, and the needy Belgians.

Mrs. Maxwell Williams will be very pleased to continue meeting in the early Autumn, if it is still needed, and thanks all the members who have worked so hard and attended so regularly. It is gratifying to hear that the work has been much appreciated at the Headquarters of the Guild and highly spoken of.

Cranbourne section of Winkfield District Magazine, May 1916 (D/P151/28A/7/5)

Making the soldiers comfortable in Cranbourne

A social centre for soldiers in Cranbourne had been using the parish Sunday School, but was now moving to purpose built premises.

SOLDIER’S RECREATION ROOM.
The Y.M.C.A. have built a large Room in Hatchet Lane, and consequently, the Sunday School is no longer needed. The lady helpers, and the members of the Men’s Society are transferring their services to the Y.M.C.A. hut; they have spared no time or trouble to make the soldiers comfortable in the Sunday School. Mrs. Creasy and Mrs. Maxwell Williams undertook the onerous duty of providing refreshments, and their work has been much appreciated. Nor must we forget the Boy Scouts who arranged the Sunday School as a recreation room, ran errands and helped wash up and generally made themselves useful.

Cranbourne section of Winkfield District Monthly Magazine, January 1915 (D/P151/28A/7/1)