December 31, 2018

Buy a bomber

WHAT I KNOW…

From 1940, and for every subsequent year of the war, there was a national drive to get the population to save their money.  People could buy war bonds or put their money into other savings schemes, with the aim of putting more cash into the hands of the government rather than individuals or businesses.  The government would then spend the money on the war effort.  Each year had a different focus and schemes were based locally, often leading to neighbouring towns competing as to who would pledge the most savings.

1940 was all about saving the equivalent amount of money to buy a bomber for the Royal Air Force.  For the Brandon scheme this meant £10,000.  Below are a few details of how it went.

AUGUST 1940 – Local organisations have been notified of the ‘Buy A Bomber’ scheme. Mr F.W. Gentle, Avenue House, is the Treasurer and Mr A Kidd, 2 Manor Road, is the Secretary.

SEPTEMBER 1940 – Following house to house collections the bomber fund now stands at £63 7s 1d and the committee raising the funds are hoping to reach £100.

The following individuals have given donations so far:

  • Messrs F.J. Mount & Son – £5 5s
  • Dr E.V. Beaumont – £5
  • Messrs F.W. Gentle & Sons – £5
  • Mrs Beales (Weeting) – £3 15s
  • Miss H Owles – £3 3s
  • Mr S Chapman and family – £3
  • Mr & Mrs George Whitta – £2 2s
  • Mr & Mrs William Green – £2
  • Mr G Morse – £1
  • Mrs C.T. Knight (Sidcup) 10s
  • Mr & Mrs A.E. Malt 10s

House to house collections equated to:

  • Thetford Road – £9 2s 6d
  • London Road – £3 16s 11½d
  • London Road – £3 12s 10½d
  • High Street – £3 9d 9s
  • Market Hill, George Street & Bury Road – £2 10s 8d
  • Town Street – £2 1s 9d
  • Mile End, Park View & Coronation Place – £1 5s 6d
  • Manor Road & Church Road – 16s 3d
  • Ram Hotel (collection box) – 16s 4d
  • Secretary box number 1 – £2 0s 7½d
  • Secretary box number 2 – £2 8s 10½d

The contributions to the ‘Buy A Bomber’ fund are continuing and the total now stands at £88 11s 3½d. The following have also recently given donations:

  • Mr Grady – £10 10s
  • Brandon W.I. – £5
  • Brandon Hall – £3 2s
  • Messrs Moss & Potter – £2 2s
  • Flintknappers (collection box) – £1 18s 2d
  • Santon Downham – £1 6s 6½d
  • Rev Tyrell H Green – 10s 6d
  • Miss Davies – 10s
  • Mrs Dyer – 5s