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Jan 012017

As a new initative for 2017, Stuart Antrobus and I will be replacing the ‘Farming Activity of the Month’ with ‘Land Girls and Lumber Jills At Play. We will try to reflect the range of ways Land Girls and Lumber Jills spent their leisure times at different times throughout the year.

Do you have photos of Land Girls and Lumber Jills in their free time? If you do, send them across, and we can include them in our monthly collages

Land Girls, Cars & Trucks

  • Land Girls taking refreshments from YWCA tea car, most likely in the Satterthwaite, Cumbria, England, 1941.
    Source: Satterthwaite Parish Community Website
  • Land girls from the nearby WLA hostel at Wrest Park Lodge, Silsoe, Bedfordshire, having a laugh in the snow-covered village. Camaraderie was the most important factor which hostel girls shared. THis helped them cope with the often harsh conditions in which they lived and worked in wartime agriculture. Isolated land girls billeted with farmers sometimes missed out on this.
    Source: Stuart Antrobus
  • Betty Dugdale in Land Army truck with her fellow Land Girl colleagues, either in Cumbria or Hertfordshire.
Jan 032016
Betty Dugdale in Women's Land Army truck with friends

Betty Dugdale in Women’s Land Army truck with friends

If by chance there is someone out there whose mum is called Beryl who may have served in the Women’s Land Arrmy in WW2.  My mum is coming up to 90 years old just before the New Year so be nice to hear if Beryl or a family member right is out there.  My mum comes from the Lake District but moved with the Women’s Land Army from Cumbria to Hertfordshire. Stayed in the Totteridge Hall in north London using the local pub the Rising Sun.

Here is a photograph of my mum Betty Dugdale in the middle with her pals from the land army. The lady on the left of the photo was Irish my mum said and Beryl Head is the lady to the right of the photo as we look at it but to my mum’s left.

My mum joined the land army in the Lake District on 1.7.194 and transferred in 1946 to Hertfordshire where I think this photo was taken. She resigned from the Land army in 1947. Beryl Head is the lady my mum would love to hear from in particular. My mum said they had an initial exchange of letters when they both left – they both had a child.

I have been to the National Archives and retrieved my mum’s registration microfiche which was lovely to hand a copy of to her on her 90th – she had joined in 1941 in Ambleside where she worked for a few years before the transfer to Hertfordshire.

Betty Dugdale

Betty Dugdale