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Evacuees — Eastfields Nursery

Extract from the NCC Medical Officer of Health Reports 1940-45

Eastfields, the former home of the Denton family, became a Residential Nursery for under 5s evacuees during the war.
There was accommodation for 36 children.
Children at the Agnes Parr Babies Home in London were evacuated to Rushden on 20th February 1941.
During that year there were 41 admissions and 35 discharges.

[No further mention found in the reports]

The Rushden Echo and Argus, 29th December, 1944

Happy Christmas for Little Londoners
Stockings Well Filled at Rushden Nursery

  The 33 small children at the “Eastfields” L.C.C. nursery, Rushden, spent an enjoyable time on Christmas Day.  They received Christmas cards and toys from the Alfred-street and Boot and Shoe School children and a huge illuminated Christmas tree, which held most of their presents, from the Alfred-street scholars.  These gifts had been arranged by Coun. W. E. Capon, who was also responsible for the distribution of material for Christmas stockings.  Miss W. M. Clipson helped in the same way.

  The children awoke in the morning to find stockings filled with gifts from American Red Cross sources – combs, tooth powder, tooth brushes, etc.

  Mr. Capon paid a visit in the morning, as also did Major La Viollette and two other American soldiers with some lovely gifts of children’s chairs and tables, wooden toys, sweets and biscuits.  The soldiers stayed for an hour and took photographs of the children.

  Dinner included Christmas pudding, and for tea there was jelly and an iced cake.  Presents sent by the parents were handed out.

  The staff then had their Christmas dinner in the evening.

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