Remembering Evacuees of WW2 all local groups, clubs, schools, organisations, residential homes take part and place displays into the church with an Evacuee theme
OP PIED PIPER 80 marks: • The 80th Anniversary of the Kindertransport. In 1938 -39 the British government allowed 10,000 Jewish and other ‘non-Aryan’ children from occupied Europe to come to Britain and some of these children were re-homed in our part of the Country. • In the first four days of September 1939, nearly 3,000,000 people were transported from towns and cities in danger from enemy bombers to places of safety in the countryside. Most of the children allocated to Bromyard came to us via Leominster Railway Station. • Boarding Schools were seconded to this area, e.g. Westminster School, London to Buckenhill on the Downs, Whitbourne Court and Fernie Bank. • 20 Pupils from Ostler School, Birmingham settled with two teachers at Whitbourne Hall. • Hospital patients and pregnant mothers were moved out to rural hospitals. Special Needs persons were found safer accommodation in rural hospitals and residential homes. • Elderly persons were evacuated from the cities to towns in Herefordshire. • Circus animals were moved to safety onto our farms. Elephants, bears. • POWs stayed here post the war being displaced persons and they too became evacuees. • Works of art were moved from London via our County to places of secrecy and safety in Wales. • Domestic pets, racing pigeons, greyhounds were moved to places of safety in the countryside.