Sunday, July 22, 2012

January 11-17, 1941

Swindon housewives saved more than 22 tons of kitchen waste since the collection scheme began in December.  But critics who felt that this was a poor show for a town with an estimated population of 70,000 were reminded that some households had very little ‘waste.’ 

And as the government announced a price reducing subsidy, Advertiser readers were reminded of the nutritional value of loose oatmeal and oat flakes.

“There are 3 good reasons why you should eat plenty of oatmeal,” The Ministry of Food advised.  “First for fitness; oatmeal gives you energy, helps protect you from illness, and makes strong bones and healthy blood.  Secondly, it is home produced.  Thirdly, it is economical; you can add it to almost every kind of dish to make it go further and increase its food value.”

Meanwhile women’s war work came under scrutiny as recently released figures revealed there were 276,889 wholly unemployed women and girls.  However Mr W. Blacklock, Principal of the College, praised women who were volunteering for special short training classes.  Speaking to members of the Swindon Women’s Gas Council, Mr Blacklock told how the newly instituted courses qualified women for work of real national importance as fitters and electrical instrument workers.

Instructor Mr F. Hathaway, pictured with members of the women’s Electrical Instrument Fitting Class at the Swindon College.

And Mrs Minnie Lawrence of 13 Lethbridge Road told the Advertiser she thought her house had been hit by a bomb when a cart horse burst through her front door.

The horse had bolted with a load of coal, knocking down iron railings at the front of the house and ripping the door from its hinges.

Once inside Mrs Lawrence’s home it had kicked down a grandfather clock and a hat stand before coming to a halt halfway down the hall.  The horse escaped with only slight injuries, it was reported.

Patriotic Swindonians notched up war savings of more that £1,100,000 during 1940.
  Figures released in January revealed that the thrifty town residents had invested £5,570 in National Savings Certificates; £2,640 in Defence Bonds; £2,095 in savings bonds with Post Office savings deposits amounting to £6,350.

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