Here are a few snippets published in the November 1914 additions of the Nuneaton Chronicle. There’s even a recipe for a Christmas Plum Pudding!
November 6th 1914 – Monies raised for Belgian Refugees
For the Belgians – a collection made at Messrs. Lister & Co.’s factory, Attleborough, last week, in aid of the Belgian Relief Fund, resulted in the excellent total of £10 6s 9d.
Bulkington and the Refugees – the parishioners of Bulkington have practically guaranteed £4 a week towards supporting the Belgian refugees that are to be sent to the Parish.
November 20th 1914 – Meeting of Nuneaton Citizen Corps
“Splendid Muster last night…in the Drill Hall. Town councillors, solicitors, schoolmasters, tradesmen, manufacturers and workmen all standing side by side and fraternising in the common interest of preparing for home defence.” They divided into five companies; St Nicholas, St Mary’s, Coton, Attleborough and Stockingford – a total of 234 men.
November 20th 1914 – The “Warwickshire Star” Tobacco Fund – Tommy’s Xmas Box
Details of the contents of the box – 50 Cigarettes, 2ozs Smoking Mixture (in pouch), 1 Rubber Lined Pouch and 1 Briar Pouch.
“In each box a postcard is enclosed addressed to the donor so that the soldier or sailor who receives it knows whom he has to thank and can acknowledge its safe arrival.”
November 27th 1914 – Plum Pudding Recipe
“For the benefit of our lady readers we give them the best recipe we know for their Christmas Plum Pudding. Take three quarters of a pound of flour, 2 heaped-up teaspoonfuls of Borwicks Baking powder, two ounces of bread-crumbs, one and a half pounds of suet, two pounds of raisins, one pound of currants, ten ounces of sugar, two ounces of almonds, one pound of mixed candied peel, salt and spice to taste. Mix the ingredients well together, and add six eggs, well beaten, and three quarters of a pint of milk; divide into two, and boil eight hours.”
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Nuneaton Chronicle, 6th, 20th & 27th November 1914, courtesy of Warwickshire County Record Office.