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Saturday 22 February 1918 – Badsey, for the Soldiers’ Fund

Category World War I: The Home Front
The Evesham Journal
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About a fortnight ago it was thought in the village that something more should be done for our local soldiers, and therefore at once a small committee was formed to talk the matter over, with the result that it was at once decided to hold a concert and mock auction, and right well did the villagers respond. This was held on Thursday week in a barn kindly lent by Mr. Wheatley, before an audience of nearly 200. The gifts consisted of large quantities of fruit, vegetables, furniture, tools, etc. The proceedings opened at 7.30 with pianoforte solos and songs. Shortly after the bidding commenced it was seen that a goodly sum would be raised, and excitement ran high when the big prices were being bid and gifts were being sold again and again. One basket of fine apples realised alone £31.

During intervals refreshments were handed round, which were kindly provided by Mr. Wheatley. The proceedings lasted till midnight, and eventually at the close it was found that about £140 was realised. The committee wish to thank all purchasers and senders of gifts, and also those who wished their purchases to be handed over to Abbey Manor and Evesham Cottage hospitals. These were kindly taken by Mr. E. Stanley.

It is proposed to send the money individually to every soldier instead of parcels. Where all worked so well it is not necessary to mention names, but Mr. F. Salter, who kindly officiated at the piano deserves special thanks.