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Letter: Your Say - Send your memories of WRVS.

Byline: Pippa Nash

I HAVE been commissioned by WRVS to produce a pictorial history to celebrate its 70th anniversary in 2008. I would welcome information from readers who have personal experience of the help given by this organisation, either during the war or since 1946.

This remarkable organisation has tirelessly contributed to the care and welfare of the population since its somewhat humble beginnings in 1938.

Formed as the Women's Voluntary Service for air-raids precautions, the organisation was deemed by the government as the best mechanism to harness the skills and dedication of women for tasks other than those on the front line of home defence.

At the outbreak of war, it was WVS which organised and managed the task of evacuating about one million mothers, children and disabled people from major towns and cities.

At the end of the war they helped with the repatriation and resettlement of servicemen and women and provided clothing and knitted items for refugees in Europe.

Now as WRVS, it has taken a leading role in the provision of welfare services, care of elderly people and emergency support including that given during the recent floods.

Any information is welcome and can be sent to me at the address below.

Pippa Nash, WRVS, Garden House, Milton Hill, Abingdon, OX13 6AD.
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Publication:Coventry Evening Telegraph (England)
Date:Sep 10, 2007
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