Salcombe History Society

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Newsletter – Issue 27 – November 2023


The Women’s Land Army – In Salcombe & beyond
Tuesday 28 November 2023, 7.00pm for 7.30pm start … Everyone Welcome

An illustrated talk by Becks Pearson about The Women’s Land Army (WLA) in Salcombe & beyond.

The WLA increased Britain’s food production in WW2. More food and cultivated land were needed to feed the country. With men away at war, women were first asked to volunteer and from December 1941 could be conscripted into the WLA. By 1944 over 80,000 women had joined up. Women from towns and cities as well as the countryside, housed on farms and in hostels, they wore a uniform, a quarter were employed on dairy farms. And they were paid less than men for the same work.

Salcombe RFC, Twomeads, Camperdown Road, TQ8 8AX. Bar open, refreshments available. Members free, non-members £4.00.

Newsletter ISSUE 27

Newsletter ISSUE 27

‘Land Girls’ probably near Bowringsleigh, courtesy of Salcombe Maritime Museum