Reference MAF 59/49
Title Women's Land Army. Minutes of Committees. Essex Welfare Committee
Government Department Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries
Themes Domestic Life, Rationing and Supply
Subthemes Entertainment and culture, Labour supply and relations, Health and welfare, Agriculture and food supply
Document Types Meeting Minutes
Civil Defence Regions Region 4: Eastern (Cambridge HQ)
Locations Chelmsford, Essex, Laindon, Waltham Abbey
Organisations Council for the Encouragement of Music and the Arts, Shelter Welfare Sub-Committee, War Agricultural Executive Committees, Women's Land Army, Women's Voluntary Service


A file of documents relating to the Welfare Sub-Committee of the Essex Women's Land Army County Committee. Subjects covered in the file include the provision of a welfare fund for the volunteer girls; issues in the working conditions of volunteers, including wages and the practising of overtime on a mushroom farm; the provision of treatment for sick and injured volunteers, including payments for hospital fees and medical supplies; the poor behaviour and hygiene of some volunteers; and the organisation of rallies to boost morale. Other subjects discussed include the provision of evening entertainment, including library books, music, games, puzzles, sports, and competitions; the provision of education for volunteers, including health lectures, cooking demonstrations, and first-aid classes; accommodation provisions, including billets and hostels; the provision of wool for knitting; sanitary provisions, including sanitary towels and field lavatories; clothing provisions, including haversacks, jumpers, gloves, belts, and aprons; and entertainment provisions for Christmas.


accommodation, administration, agricultural production, agriculture, aircraft, aliens, allowances, ambulances, bicycles, billeting, books, charity, Christmas, clothing, committee members, communal feeding, conferences, culture, discipline, discrimination, disease, domestic equipment, domestic trade, education, elections, emergency procedures, employment, entertainment, family, farmers, female labour, finance, first aid, food preparation, food supplies, fuel, German nationals, government committees, government departments, healthcare, holidays, hospitals, hostels, housing, impetigo, insurance, internment, labour supply, land usage, law, libraries, local authorities, medical supplies, mothers, music, national health insurance, newspapers, parents, periodicals, petrol, postal communications, prisoners of war, public demonstrations, public health, public morale, publicity, radio, recreation, recruitment, regional newspapers, resignations, retail, rural areas, sanitation, scabies, standard of living, students, Supermarine Spitfire, taxation, textiles, theatre, transportation, tuberculosis, vocational training, voluntary organisations, volunteers, wages, welfare, winter, wool, working conditions, working hours, youths

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