VILLAGERS DUG THEMSELVES OUT – Hold-up in delivery of Food Supplies
Badsey – Milk was delivered on sledges on Thursday last week when huge drifts blocked the main road at Johns’ Bank. The lower part of the village, however, was the worst hit and the residents in Sands Lane and Brewers Lane had to dig themselves out through drifts which formed both in front and behind the cottages. Thursday was a milkless day for those who received their supply from Evesham, but on Friday priority supplies for children were got through. For two days the village had no newspapers and the weekly beer supplies failed to reach the hostelries which kept open with a limited supply of cider. Bowers Hill was entirely cut off and members of the local troop of Boy Scouts trudged across market garden ground to deliver much needed bread supplies. Throughout Sunday German prisoners of war worked to re-open Blackminster Lane and the main Birmingham Road. Badsey Lane was perhaps the worst blocked road and only single-line traffic was possible from Badsey to Wickhamford, the top of Bullybrook Bank being partly blocked by a huge drift.
Wickhamford – The villagers turned out to help clear a way through drifts which barred the road between the Sandys Arms and Mrs Dean’s garage. Schoolchildren were unable to get through to Badsey School. Not until the Saturday could beer supplies be fetched from Broadway.