From the category: Behind the Lines

Supporting the War Effort: Fund-raising in Meldreth during the Great War

In August 1916 the Herts and Cambs Reporter carried an account of a very successful jumble sale held on the lawn at the Meldreth School House which raised the sum of £20 1s 0d to help those who had been wounded, the money being distributed between Melbourn and Meldreth Nursing Association, Addenbrooke's Hospital, Shepreth Auxiliary Hospital (illustrated here), Royston Cottage Hospital and Royston Soldiers' Hospital.

On 6th July 1917, a concert, arranged by Miss Marr, was given in the school, also in aid of the Shepreth hospital. Convalescing soldiers attended. The Reporter records that "After paying expenses the sum of £8 was realised. Miss Marr desires to thank all the kind friends who assisted in the concert and in other ways helped to raise this amount for such a deserving cause."

Further details are available on the Meldreth Local History Group's website: