Malhamdale Local History Group
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Malham Tarn School 1943, the teacher Miss Smith with Bernice and Harry Beresford, Margaret Carr and Robert Harrison holding the cup for National Savings.
Malhamdale at War
At Airton in the event of an alert, the old
mill bell was rung and the children, complete with gas masks, were hustled
down the hill to crowd under the stone river bridge for extra protection.
School trips were cancelled because of lack of petrol, so school outings
were limited to nature walks and picnics. Many children were expected
to help out on the farms because of lack of labour, and a holiday was
given in October to enable children to help with potato picking.
Primary school children were encouraged to collect things to help the
war effort such as rosehips which were made into rosehip syrup, a rich
source of Vitamin C, jam jars for re-cycling, sheeps wool caught
on the hedges and fences and sphagnum moss used for dressings. Nothing
was wasted. National Savings Groups operated through the schools, and
children took money every week until sufficient had been saved to exchange
for a Certificate, 15/- or £1. Cups were presented to schools which
did well in these collections.
At this time most children completed all their education at the village schools, although a few children from the Dale went to Ermysteds Grammar School or the Girls High School for their secondary education, travelling daily by bus. Small groups of girls from the High School went to the Food Office on Otley Street to help with the allocation of ration books. Children of every age were expected to contribute to the war effort in some way.
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