“The knowledge that it is a little portion of ‘our bit’ will repay our efforts”

The Ascot soup kitchen was a success.

The following report has been received from the Teachers who have organised the Soup Kitchen with so much energy and success.

“This attempt to cope with the food difficulty has now been at work for about a month, and owing to the kindness of many friends has met with considerable success. In spite of the fact that on four occasions one school has had to stand out because of the small capacity of our boiler, the average number of children partaking of the soup is 140. Our sincere thanks are due to those who have made this effort possible, to those who have given help by sending vegetables, cereals, etc., those who give of time and labour in making and preparing for the soup, and in serving it. The appreciation of the children, and the knowledge that it is a little portion of ‘our bit’ will repay our efforts.”

Ascot section of Winkfield and Warfield Magazine, April 1918 (D/P 151/28A/10/4)

Help in these difficult days

Food shortages led to a soup kitchen being set up in Ascot.

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 these 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 of the Rector.

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

Soup kitchens and food tickets

Food shortages meant the schools spearheaded efforts to feed Britain’s children.

Ascot Heath
February 26th 1918

A soup kitchen has been opened in connection with the Schools, and on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays will be open to all children.

White Waltham
February 26th 1918

Special lesson given from 1.35 to 2.5 p.m. on how to fill up an application form for a food ticket.

Ascot Heath Boys’ School log book (C/EL110/4, p. 93); White Waltham CE School log book (D/P 142/28/3/2, p. 256)