December 31, 2018



Reasons for rationing – War has meant the re-planning of our food supplies. Half our meat and most of our bacon, butter and sugar come from overseas. Here are four reasons for rationing:-
1. RATIONING PREVENTS WASTE OF FOOD – We must not ask our sailors to bring us unnecessary food cargoes at the risk of their lives.
2. RATIONING INCREASES OUR WAR EFFORT – Our shipping carries food and armaments in their raw and finished state, and other essential raw materials for home consumption and the export trade. To reduce our purchases of food abroad is to release ships for bringing us other imports. So we shall strengthen our war effort.
3. RATIONING DIVIDES SUPPLIES EQUALLY – There will be ample supplies for our 44½ million people, but we must divide them fairly, everyone being treated alike. No one must be left out.
4. RATIONING PREVENTS UNCERTAINTY – Your ration book assures you of your fair share. Rationing means that there will be no uncertainty – and not queues.
YOUR RATION BOOK IS YOUR PASSPORT TO EASY PURCHASING OF BACON AND HAM, BUTTER AND SUGAR.  An announcement by the Ministry of Food, Great Westminster House, London, S.W. 1


Coronation Place – The Mildenhall Rural District Council has named the new cul de sac opposite the church Coronation Place. Other suggestions included Croft Place.


Distribution of gas masks – Mr H Edwards and Mr R.J. Woodrow, Brandon A.R.P. have given details of the distribution of gas masks, helmets and children’s respirators for residents in the town.

Whist drive – A whist drive, organised by Mrs F Edwards and Mr J.W. Norton, raised £2 12s 6d and will be used to provide parcels for those Brandon men serving abroad.


Collection points – Mrs G Clarke, of the Brandon Women’s Institute, has offered the use of her shed in Lode Street for the collection of old paper. A dump will be located, also in Lode Street, for the collection of bedsteads, cycle frames, etc.

Brandon ambulance report – A recent report has stated that Brandon’s ambulance has travelled 2,644 miles and carried 34 patients to hospital.

Fossil egg – Mr Vic Edwards, of the Coach and Horses in Thetford Road, has claimed that one of his hens has laid a ‘fossil’ egg. The egg was encrusted in lime but did still have a good yolk.

Petty sessions – John William Norton, Pine Villa, was fined 10s for keeping a dog without a proper licence.


W.I. – Brandon’s Women’s Institute have decided to approach the West Suffolk Education Committee to have air raid shelters erected for the children attending the town’s school.

D.F.C. – Flying Officer Gerald Bernard Warner, an Irishman well known to the residents of Brandon, has been awarded a Distinguished Flying Cross by the King. He had displayed exceptional skill and courage when attacked by a superior number of enemy aircraft. It seems he destroyed an enemy 109 and damaged a 110.

Wedding – The marriage has been announced of Mrs Phyllis Mary Norton, 1 Town Street, daughter of Mr and Mrs E Norton, to Mr Leslie Turrington, of 73 High Street, Lakenheath.

Cricket – Brandon vs Buckenham Tofts
Brandon 28 for 5 – P.C. Gough 0, G.A. Gill 0, H Smith 1, H.J. Underwood 19, A.R. Tuck 2, B Beckham 0, J.N. Norman 2, Extras 4
Buckenham Tofts 90 for 9

Cricket – Brandon vs Attleborough, hosted at Heath House, Brandon.
Brandon 37 for 9
Attleborough 121 for 9


Mildenhall Rural District Council – The question of a mortuary for Brandon was raised at the M.R.D.C. and it was agreed to give the Sanitary Inspector power to hire any suitable building.   Some Council tenants have been asked to cultivate their gardens.

Petty sessions – Three people have been fined for black out offences, such as windows not blacked out. One man was fined for showing light from his bicycle after he missed the last bus home to Feltwell and had to cycle instead.
Mr S., of Santon Downham, was fined 10s for displaying a light from his home during the blackout on May 30th. PC Aldous said both of the living rooms’ windows were not blacked out and an oil lamp was burning in the room. When questioned the defendant said, “I did not think it was time.”

Vehicles banned – A new order has been made which prohibits cars and motorbikes from within 5 miles of the Suffolk coast.

Flag Day – Miss W Neep arranged an ‘Emblem Day’ and raised £8 7s for the British Sailors’ Society.

Missing – Mrs J.W. Brown, of 75 London Road, has been officially notified that her husband, Private J.W. Brown, Suffolk Regiment, is missing.


Petty sessions – Brandon Councillor and butcher, Mr F.W. Gentle, appeared at the Petty Sessions for showing light at the entrance of his home, Avenue House, at 11.30pm, 18th June. He claimed his wife had pressed the wrong button and he paid 4s costs and the case was dismissed.
Two domestic servants, Joan Davy and Edith Shaw, were each fined 5s, with 2s 6d costs, for displaying a light at Kenilworth House, Thetford Road, on 5th July.

Bank holiday cancelled – A Bank Holiday, planned for Monday August 5th, has been cancelled throughout the UK and will now be a usual Monday of trading.

Burglary – A door at the International Stores was forced open and 28 farthings were taken from the shop.

Bowls – Brandon Ouseside hosted Brandon Railway Hotel and beat them by 46 shots. Ouseside 95, Railway Hotel 49.
Ouseside – W.J. Murrell, J.W. Norton, G Whitta = 37.  Railway Hotel – E Leatherdale, W Edwards, E Bullock = 6.
Ouseside – S Lingwood, E.J. Mount, F Ridsdale = 24.  Railway Hotel – R.H. Fowle, J Cater, W Pettit = 13.
Ouseside – W.A. Murrell, L Dick, W Lewis, R Harrington = 20.  Railway Hotel – T Sanders, J Carter, J Bullock, R Zipfel = 14.
Ouseside – R Stebbing, A.E. Osborne, J Ashley = 14.  Railway Hotel – W Mortimer, J Wells, J Beckham = 16.


The use of torches during black out hours –

“Torches may only be used if dimmed by two thicknesses of tissue paper, or the equivalent, and they must be directed downwards. Torches must be immediately extinguished when the air raid warning sounds.”

In case of invasion –

“In the case of invasion being attempted by the enemy it will be necessary to limit drastically the number of vehicles using the road so that movement of military or other essential traffic is not hampered. The movement of private vehicles, e.g. doctors, is likely to be prohibited, and in some areas vehicles will have to be made incapable of movement by the removal of essential parts of their mechanism.”

Slaughter house – Brandon butcher Mr F.W. Gentle has been granted a slaughterhouse license so he can slaughter animals injured in air raids.

Reasons for rationing –

War has meant the re-planning of our food supplies.  Half our meat and most of our bacon, butter and sugar come from overseas. Here are four reasons for rationing:-
RATIONING PREVENTS WASTE OF FOOD  We must not ask our sailors to bring us unnecessary food cargoes at the risk of their lives.
RATIONING INCREASES OUR WAR EFFORT  Our shipping carries food, and armaments in their raw and finished state, and other essential raw materials for home consumption and the expert trade. To reduce our purchases of food abroad is to release ships for bringing us other imports. So we shall strengthen our left out.
RATIONING DIVIDES SUPPLIES EQUALLY There will be ample supplies for our 44½ million people, but we must divide them fairly, everyone being treated alike. No one must be left out.
RATIONING PREVENTS UNCERTAINTY  Your Ration Book assures you of your fair share.

Rationing means that there will be no uncertainty – and no queues.



“Go to your local Food Office or your District Nurse for a form for free, or cheap, milk if you are an expectant mother, or have a child under 5.

Do not open new tins of fruit or vegetables this month – use fresh ones and preserve some for Winter.

Try new ways of cooking rice.  It is plentiful.  Order a week’s supply at once.”

Ministry of Food.  THIS WEEK’S FOOD FACTS.
Do you throw away scraps of food rather than bother to make them up?
Do you have odd snacks during the day?
Do you eat just a little more than you need at mealtimes?
In peacetime these indulgences matter not.  In war time they matter vitally.  We must save the Nation’s money and free the cargo space which is needed for munitions.  Remember that this is not only a war in the air and on land and sea, but a war in the kitchen as well.  On the kitchen front save sugar.  Stew apples with chopped figs – it’s a new way, a nice way, and you’ll need less sugar.
THICK SOUP.  Use the remains of to-days rice pudding to thicken to-morrow’s soup.
EAT MORE PLUMS.  Plums are in season now.  Make full use of them and less of the tinned fruit, which should be kept for winter use.
REMEMBER. That if everyone in Great Britain wanted ½oz of bread daily we should be wasting 250,000 tons of wheat a year, and that 30 wheat ships would be required to carry that amount.  Listen in at 8.15 every morning for Kitchen Front news.

RECIPE FOR CAULIFLOWER CHEESE.  Divide a medium-sized cauliflower into small branches.  Steep in salted water for fifteen minutes.  Steam until tender, about 15 minutes.  If you have no steamer put in a saucepan with a teacup full of salted water, cover with the lid and cook steadily until tender, about 10 minutes.  Arrange in a shallow dish and if steamed season with a little salt.  Sprinkle with one tablespoon of breadcrumbs mixed with three heaped tablespoons of grated cheese.  Brown in the oven or under the grill.  Serve piping hot.  Stale bread baked in the oven and grated is excellent for this dish.  If you boil the cauliflower, serve the water for soup or gravy.

A grand use for stale bread.

Cut the stale ends of your loaves into neat pieces and bake them in the oven whenever you happen to have it on.  They make crisp, delicious rusks, excellent for the children’s teeth.


Remembrance Parade – At 3pm, on November 10th, the Remembrance Parade went ahead as normal, although it was perhaps more poignant than some previous years. It was marshalled and led by Mr. L. G. Yates and General H. G. J. de Lotbiniere and led by a band and also featured the Civil Defence, Home Guard, the British Legion, Odd Fellows, Red Cross and the Brandon A.R.P. Wardens.
Gen. de Lotbiniere read out the names of the dead and the Rector read the names of those Brandon men held as P.O.W.s or missing.  A record collection of £11 18s 6d was collected for Earl Haig’s Fund.
The total money collected for the annual Poppy Appeal was £62 11s 10d.


To 1941–  “With Sure Faith that by the resolute courage and endurance of our race we shall win through to happier days” –  THE BURY GAS COMPANY