Land Girls were invited to take part in local community events such as attending film shows, musical evenings or performing in amateur dramatics . This bonding was key for women’s integration into the greater countryside community, and was often promoted by the Women’s Institute.
From left to right, top to bottom:
Land Girls entertaining the troops at Thundersley Hostel, Essex. Source: Lorna Cosgrove
A get together after a day’s training. Versatile Iris Joyce types, farms and also plays. Source: Northamptonshire Records Office
Women’s Land Army in Retford in 1949. Source: Catherine Procter
One Saturday afternoon Ipswich Hope House in 1943. Source: Kara Lynn
Lady Godiva played by Brenda Collinge, Hulcote Moors Hostel, Bedfordshire. Published in the Bedfordshire Times on 1st June 1945, p6. Source: Stuart Antrobus
Snelling recounts, there was a rivalry between the different local communities in raising money for tanks and aeroplanes to be used in the war . Land Girls were an important showcase force at these events – a uniformed ‘farm army’, displaying patriotism for their country.