Coffee Morning for the Orphaned and Displaced Children of Syria held on 18 October 2013
Thanks to a great team effort we are sending £7,147.96 to Save the Children for this cause. Many thanks to everyone who helped on the day – tea/coffee makers, raffle prize givers, cake makers, everybody who came and all who donated SO generously. Thanks also to Catherine and Chris Rogers for the use of their barn. We hoped and prayed for a good outcome and we got a GREAT one!!
BOOK & MAGAZINE EXCHANGE
A new trial - Book and magazine exchange in the Northend telephone box.
A box for old books and magazines has been placed in the Northend telephone box. The ide is that unwanted glossies and paperbacks might be enjoyed by somebody else. There is no money involved, and the system will rely solely on everyone's honesty. We are trialling this book and magazine exchange box for the summer months, and if it is a success, we will keep the box for everyone's benefit. So, bring in your unwanted magazines, and rummage around!
Following my earlier research into Turville and the Blitz, I am looking at the effect of the Second World War on Turville’s commons as part of the Chiltern Conservation Board’s Commons Project. Thanks to information previously provided by parishioners I have pieced together the following:
The ploughing up of Turville Heath Common under War Emergency Powers and the planting of potatoes.
The use of hedgerows as a source of supplementary food and, possibly, medicines.
Northend school children assembling on the common for gas mask practice.
There are still many questions which I would be grateful for parishioners’ help in answering:
Did ditches and obstructions appear on our commons to prevent parachutists and gliders landing on them?
Were our commons used as military training grounds?
The Dig For Victory campaign encouraged parishes to grow food from gardens and allotments. Were our commons used for this purpose?
Ibstone common was apparently used as holding point for vehicles and troops in the build up to D-Day. Did Turville’s commons have such a direct military role?
I would be grateful for any memories, stories or photos from 1939-45 that could throw some light on the effect of the war on our commons.
In the meantime, if anyone would like to know more about Turville and the Blitz, the Spitfire crash near Balham’s Farm, the Dakota crash at Northend or the V1 flying bomb which fell near Stonor then please let me know.