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Knitting for Troops 1940-45

Rushden Echo & Argus, 2nd February, 1940, transcribed by Gill Hollis

Over Fifteen Hundred Knitted Comforts For Troops
Splendid Work in Wellingborough and Rushden Area

Details of knitted comforts for the Forces being made by ladies in the Wellingborough and Rushden area are forthcoming from Mrs. A. S. Campbell, of Wellingborough, who is the area correspondent and representative on the Northants committee of the Red Cross Society.

Up to the present time 1,768 knitted articles have been forwarded, as follows :-

642 pairs of mittens;

190 pairs of gloves;

308 pairs of socks;

271 scarves;

316 helmets; and

41 pullovers.

In addition a large number of other things have been made, such as hospital supplies, day and night shirts, knitted blankets, mine-sweeper gloves, and seamen’s stockings.

Those who are engaged in this work are primarily the Women’s Voluntary Services, assisted by a number of other ladies’ organisations. They are located in Wellingborough, Rushden, Higham Ferrers, Irthlingborough, Finedon, Raunds, and many villages. Besides ladies, school children are included in the workers.

The knitting scheme came into operation early in December, and of late the result of weeks’ work is seen in the flow of articles to Mrs. Campbell’s home in Wellingborough.

Here the garage is used as a receiving station, and the articles periodically are passed on to the Northampton depot for distribution to the troops.

The wool for the articles is provided from the depot, though some workers are good enough to purchase their own.

The need for such articles was again stressed by radio appeals during the weekend, and no lady willing to help forward the work need fear that her assistance will not be welcomed.

Rushden Echo & Argus, 18th February 1944, transcribed by Kay Collins

Knitters—Since September 1943, the Rushden Street Savings Groups Working Party have sent to the Comforts Committee of the R.A.F. 120 scarves, 36 pullovers, we pairs of mittens and 18 pairs of gloves. Many letters of appreciation have been received by the knitters from the men serving in the R.A.F.

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