Ian Everest was the speaker at our February meeting and his subject was the Land Army, which turned out to be a very interesting and at times amusing talk. He brought along lots of pictures of the “girls” in there uniforms and many of us could remember them (although some of us were too young). The trousers started off looking more like jodhpurs, but later they were given more ordinary looking trousers which were probably a lot more comfortable and practical. Ian’s own mother had been a land army girl and he had photos of her and her work mates, many of whom kept in touch with each other for many years.
There was a real comradeship between them. These ladies worked very hard carrying out all sorts of jobs, from digging and planting, driving tractors and bringing in the crops, sometimes with the help of elephants who picked up the sheaves of corn with their trunks and tossed them up to the ladies on the trailers - hard to believe unless you’d seen the pictures. They worked up to a 52 hour week for a wage of 7 old shillings - less than 50p a week in todays money and many of these ladies had probably got families to look after as well whilst their husbands were away fighting. Not something they’d do nowadays and we all admired them for what they did for our country.
Ian received a good round of applause at the end of his talk. A few more details were giving out about the holiday to Somerset in August and names were taken for a trip to Rye market and a cream tea in Burmarsh on April 7th. The holiday is fully booked with a waiting list, but we do have some seats available for the trip to Rye if any readers would like to join us. Please ring 842946. We look forward to our lunch at The Star at Norman’s Bay in March and the next meeting will be our AGM and Fish and Chips lunch. This meeting begins at 1.00pm and members were asked not to arrive too early because the people who get the tables laid need space to get around
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