Well, that was fun! Thanks to the efforts of many people, the Society ended its 70th birthday year with a 1948-style Christmas, including handmade decorations, an exhibition of period toys, some beautiful Christmas lights and tree decorations and a ration-based afternoon tea. Apparently, some of these morsels were considered tasty enough for the recipes to be asked for, so here they are (click on the Festive ration recipes link below), together with some photos of the exhibits.
Members gave generously to the Forest food bank in memory of rationing and post war food parcels.
Festive ration recipes
The Society’s last meeting of the year goes back to Christmas 1948, as the last in our series of 70th birthday celebrations. Exhibits of toys and decorations, a tree, display and reminisces … all welcome £2 non-members.
To commemorate the days of rationing, and in memory of WW2 CARE packages and food parcels from the colonies generally, we are asking for non-perishable festive fare to go under the tree, which will be donated to a local food bank. Be generous as others were to the British!
Members are already aware of this well-deserved accolade for former Chair and highly active committee member of the Society, Ron Beard. Attached is the article from the BALH newsletter which talks about some of the work Ron has done for the Dean's local history over the years.