Bank Holiday Monday 6 May, went off with a swing at the Community Centre when it hosted a 1940 Family Experience Fun Day. Entry was by ration book and children were given 2oz [approx. 50g] of war time sweets [their allowance for a week then!]. The Centre was decked out with a patriotic theme as befitted the times with posters exhorting the population to remember that, ’Idle Gossip Costs Lives’ etc Volunteers also dressed for the occasion in their 1940 apparel.
On offer was a taste of War Time Britain literally!– trench cake designed to last a long time, carrot cookies, cupboard cake [using any ingredients found lurking there!] soda bread and fig jam.
Visitors also enjoyed a visit to the Air Raid Shelter and being able to touch some of the actual items of the era eg nylons, gas masks, packets and tins [supplied by Tolson Museum] and the various Vintage stalls.
The WI Tea Room manned by suitably dressed ladies, offered a fine array of cakes to eat [no sugar rationing here] and enjoy whilst listening and joining in with our very own singer, Sam Hardcastle singing all the 40’s hits. Children were given their own authentic evacuee name label to wear and were able to have a go at making their own gas mask holder and even ‘digging for victory’. There were also opportunities to try out 40’s style games – hoops, skittles etc, outside until it started to rain and they were encouraged to have a go at ‘Hit Herr Hitler’ with the aid of a mallet.
A 40’s style raffle invited people to win precious bags of vegetables or fruit, packets of loose tea [no teabags then], a lap quilt to keep your legs warm when coal was scarce and a teapot hamper among other things.
On a more somber note there was also a memory tree to remind us all of the sacrifices made by thousands of men and women from all walks of life who gave their lives to save their country.
A good time was had by all from our volunteers to the adults and children alike who came to enjoy their time with us on the day. Approximately £400 was raised which will be put towards improving the Community Centre.
Yetton Together writes A big thank you goes to the Saturday Creative Craft group who organized the day in support of Yetton Together especially June Durkin the coordinator and all the other volunteers who stepped in to help. They did an amazing job.