DIGGING IN ON THE HOME FRONT: ALLOTMENTS

November 28, 20162:41 pmDecember 12, 2016 10:08 am

Did even the Government in 1914 believe ‘it would be over by Christmas’? For two years it lamentably failed to address our greatest strategic vulnerability – the dependence on imported food for 60% of the nation’s diet. In 1914 we produced 19% of our wheat (today 83%). The Germans had imposed duties of 33% on cereals […]

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CONSCIENTIOUS OBJECTORS IN DITTON PRIORS

November 21, 20161:02 pmDecember 12, 2016 10:44 am

 The ‘Home Office Scheme’ in July 1916 offered conscientious objectors, whose reasons for objection were considered genuine, an alternative to prison.  This would be a Work Camp where they would live communally, wear civilian clothes, and undertake ‘arduous work’. Ditton Priors Camp dates from March 1917, and was largely forgotten both in the village, and […]

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Shropshire War Memorials and the Historic Environment Record

November 18, 20162:38 pmNovember 30, 2016 11:52 am

On 11th November 2016, volunteer John Haynes, together with Shropshire Council Historic Environment Record (HER) officer, Giles Carey, observed the two minutes of silence at the estate War Memorial erected on the Willey Estate by the 6th Baron Forester, in memory of the men of Barrow and Willey Parishes. A 3D model of the Willey […]

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