Thursday, May 17, 2012

November 14-21, 1940

Housewives were asked to save stale bread, vegetable and fruit peelings and table scraps in an old bucket beside their other rubbish as the Borough Council announced the latest of their recycling schemes.  The first collection of the food scraps or pig swill would be made on November 25.

Meanwhile employees of the Great Western Railway became official “salvage spotters,” on the alert for every single disused nail, nut or bolt.

“Under the inspiration of local salvage leaders and as part of their ordinary duties, they will constitute a large salvage corps,” reported the Advertiser. 

A number of special salvage vans would collect from across the GWR network delivery the scrap to one of five depots.

Military uniform was the order of dress at four Swindon weddings this week.  Private Donald Stanley King married Laura Gladys Hill at the Bath Road Register Office while Able Seaman Gunner Arthur William Gobey, wore naval uniform for his wedding to Dorothy Musto at St. Barnabas’ Church.  And at Christ Church Private Raymond Orpwood married Margaret Tewkesbury and Aircraftman Leslie Boughton Knight married Mabel Dorothy Trueman.

Mr H. Byett of Ferndale Road donated to the town’s museum a collection of documents belonging to Swindon’s Hammerman poet, Alfred Williams.

Included in the family archive were Alfred Williams’ birth, baptismal and marriage certificates, a letter from the Prime Minister’s secretary notifying him of a grant from the Crown, further correspondence notifying him of the King’s approval of a civil pension in recognition of his literary work and also a letter from the Poet Laureate Dr Robert Bridges.

Mr Byett, a close personal friend of Alfred Williams, had previously written an account of the writers’ life, first published as a serial in the Advertiser.

 A mobile canteen, one of six to make the long journey from the US to the South West arrived in Swindon this week.

The canteen vans would be put to use in heavily bombed areas to feed both the homeless and civil defence workers.  Other proposals for the mobile canteens included feeding evacuees, meeting trains and helping with communal feeding programmes.

Presented to Swindon by the London headquarters of the WVS, the canteen from Newport, Rhode Island was opened by the Mayoress, Mrs. F.E. Allen.

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