One hundred years ago funds were being raised across South Holland for many war related causes.
The Vicar of Whaplode Drove, Rev Old, chaired a well attended meeting held in the church room to consider the best means of raising cash for the Belgian Refugees Fund at Spalding and the Red Cross.
The vicar was elected secretary of the relief funds at the meeting and subscriptions amounting to £24 were promised for the Belgian refugees and £5 and 6 shillings for the Red Cross Society.
In addition, it was decided to canvas the parish, with proceeds collected to be divided between the two causes.
A social was held in Long Sutton to raise money for the Belgian refugees at the Exchange Hall by Fletcher and Sons.
Around 200 employees were at the event, as were the refugees who would benefit from the social, and they were able to enjoy a night where they could forget trying times, as well as helping a worthwhile cause.
The programme of the event was said to be a “happy combination of delights”, with around 40 engaging in a “whist war” (card game) in the council chamber, with the winners being given a bon-bon dish, a scent bottle, a tobacco pouch and a penknife.
Around 150 others passed the hours dancing and enjoying entertainment from Mr T. Pinder, who was at the piano with his “accustomed ability” and was accompanied for the musical programme by many others, and refreshments.
The committee made all arrangements, decorating the hall and also succeeded in the difficult task of “begging all refreshments” – and were very grateful to those who donated them. A great deal of honorary labour was put into the project in order that the refugees might profit as much as possible.
In Crowland a concert was held at the Foresters’ Hall to raise money for Queen Mary’s Needlework Guild, who made “comforts” for the soldiers and sailors fighting in the war and £28 was raised.