Nov 012017
 

Some Land Girls and Lumber Jill’s spent some of their free time reading, whether it be books, or the latest edition of The Land Girl magazine. Here, the collage shows how women could read in the comfort of the hostel or rest home, or out in the forests in the case of the Women’s Timber Corps. As with many photos, we need to question whether this really was a true representation of reading, or posed photos for the camera, showing women using their free time in a productive way…

Land Girls and Lumber Jills Reading

From left to right, top to bottom:

  • Reading at a hostel in Doncaster. Source: The Land Girl, May 1943, p.9
  • Enjoying a quiet spot on a bench under the trees in the garden of the rest break house in Torquay are Miss Ann Royne (WLA gang work forewoman) and Mrs Joan Hart (timber corps crane driver). Source: IWM, D27011
  • Land Girls read, sew or write letters in the lounge of the WLA rest break house in Torquay. Source: IWM, D20722

  • Lumber Jills reading in the forest, c.1940s. Source: Fox Photos
  • Land Girls reading at Pawston Hostel in Northumberland. Source: The Land Girl, February 1941, p.13. 
  • Lumber Jills reading in the forest, c.1940s. Source: Fox Photos
Aug 272016
 

Ermanno is looking for information on Marietta, most likely a Land Girl in Skipton who knew his grandfather, Italian Prisoner of War, Congedo Cesare Antonio during the Second World War. Marietta might have been a pet name. Please do get in touch if you recognise the woman in these photos, or know of a Marietta who worked in the Women’s Land Army.

Marietta and child

Marietta and child

Marietta

Marietta

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Marietta and child photo 2

Marietta and child photo 2

Marietta and child photo 3

Marietta and child photo 3

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Jun 142016
 

Common Ground Theatre present The Lumberjills by Hannah Davies and Tom Cornford

Common Ground Theatre present The Lumberjills by Hannah Davies and Tom Cornford.

Come to Dalby, The Great Yorkshire Forest, and experience theatre in a beautiful and atmospheric natural setting. The Lumberjills takes place in a woodland glade and tells the stories of the women who worked in Britain’s forestry trade during the Second World War. We invite you to step into a 1940s world of gramophones, tree felling and tea dances. This is a poetic and dramatic celebration of the lives of the unsung heroines of the forest’s past.

Praise for previous work:

‘Storytelling at its best’ D&S TIMES  ‘A delight throughout’ THE PRESS

‘What art can and should be’ THE SCOTSMAN

‘Davies does justice to a truly remarkable story’ THREE WEEKS ìììì

‘Shot through with moments of exquisite beauty’ TIME OUT

Dates: 20 – 31 July 2pm and 6pm

Tickets: www.cgtheatre.co.uk

PERFORMANCE SITE: The show is performed in a woodland glade at the end of the fully accessible Ellerburn Trail in Dalby Forest. Picnics welcome (no glass). This is an outdoor event, please remember to dress for the weather!

PARKING: The nearest parking is at the Dalby Forest Visitors Centre Car Park (YO18 7LT). Discounted parking on the day of your performance when you show your e-ticket on entry to the forest. There are some disabled spaces available close to the performance site (access half an hour before show start time). Please email hello@cgtheatre.co.uk with details of your booking and specific requirements.

Oct 122014
 

Marjorie Haigh

Marjorie Haigh

General Information

First Name(s): Marjorie

Unmarried Surname: Haigh

Date of Birth: 27/09/1901

Place of Birth: Sheffield

Date Joined WLA: 1943

Life After War

Return to pre-war occupation: No

Stayed on the land: No

Further Information

Previous occupation before WLA / WTC: Steelworks / clerical? 

Newspaper Article on Marjorie Haigh celebrating her work as county organiser.

Newspaper Article on Marjorie Haigh celebrating her work as county organiser. Please click on the article for an enlarged version.

Reasons for joining WLA / WTC : Open air life / organising

Type of work undertaken:

  • Secretary (Yorkshire) – 1943 – 1945?
  • County Secretary (Lincolnshire) – 1945 +?
  • Country Organiser (Derbyshire / Nottinghamshire) – 1947 +

Contributor Details

Name: Richard Haigh

Relationship to Land Girl: Nephew

Engraved tray presented to Marjorie Haigh for her work as county organiser.

Engraved tray presented to Marjorie Haigh for her work as county organiser.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Engraved tray presented to Marjorie Haigh for her work as organising secretary.

Engraved tray presented to Marjorie Haigh for her work as county organiser.