16th Oct 1915. Cakes for Rugby Territorials



With a view to obtaining a number of cakes for the members of the Rugby Territorial Units, a cake-making competition was arranged by local ladies and the Territorial Comforts Committee, in conjunction with McDougalls, Ltd, of London. Considerable interest was evinced in the venture, and 138 competitors entered for the handsome prizes which were offered by the firm mentioned above, who also supplied the recipe by which the cakes were to be made. The competition was held on Saturday, in the St Andrew’s Girls’ Schools. Miss Pocock, the Warwickshire County Council cookery instructress, judged the exhibits, the greater number of which were of a high quality. In addition to the cakes entered for competition, 121 were sent “ not for competition,” so that there was a total of 260 cakes to be dispatched to the front.

A large number of persons visited the schools during the afternoon, and the sum realised from the small charges for admission went towards paying the carriage of the parcels to France, which was somewhat heavy.

Shortly before eight o’clock Captain West (of the Women’s Volunteer Reserve) presented the prices as follows :—1st (tea set), Nurse Jay, 53 Hillmorton Road ; 2nd (eiderdown quilt), Mrs Ballantyne, 1 Cromwell Rd ; 3rd (silk umbrella), Miss Prosser, 51 Hillmorton Rd ; 4th (handbag and purse), Miss Slack, 35 Sheep St ; 5th (two) Mrs Beeton’s “ Family Cookery,” Mrs Molcher, 1 William St, and Mrs Cobb, 2 St Matthew’s St. Consolation prizes (three), Mrs Beeton’s “ All About Cookery,” Miss D Jackson, 25 Claremont Rd ; Miss Fox, G.C.R Station ; and Mrs Hedges, Newbold Road.

Miss Fox was also awarded the prize “ Mrs Beeton’s Family Cookery,” for securing the most entries (27) for the competition. The following competitors were highly commended : Miss Lines, 79 Manor Road ; Mrs Newman, 126 Wood Street ; Miss C E Dean, 58 Hillmorton Road ; Nurse Wishey, 58 Hillmorton Road ; Miss Watkins, 17 Caldecott Street, and Miss Ethel Fortnam, 127 Oxford Street.

In presenting the prizes, Mrs West mentioned that the first prize and two honourable mentions went to the same house, but the Judge was quite certain that they were all three of different mixing and were cooked by different people. In the name of the Territorials at the front, she would thank all who had sent cakes. She knew where the Territorials were ; they were ten miles from the nearest town, and had nothing to eat but bully beef and biscuits, so that the cakes would be thoroughly appreciated. She was sure that in making those cakes they all liked to feel that they were helping by doing their bit, and those who had not secured prizes had done their share as much as those who had. She was certain that all the cakes would be very much appreciated, because the men would not know the difference. It might be a rude thing to say, but she had never known a man who knew a good cake when he had eaten it, at least they did not know the difference between a good one and a bad one (laughter).

Mr ADNITT, as secretary of the Territorial Comforts Committee, heartily thanked Mrs Abercrombie and the committee who had so kindly organized the competition. They must have gone to a great deal of trouble to obtain such a fine show of cakes. He thought the men to whom they were to be sent would heartily appreciate them.

The ceremony over, members of the Women’s Volunteer Reserve, who, under Captain Moss (Adjutant) and Captain West, appeared in public for the first time, assisted by a number of members of the Rugby Company of the V.T.C, commenced the task of packing the cakes into parcels, each containing eleven pounds. The work was very expeditiously carried out.

Among those who kindly collected promises of cakes were :—Group 1, Girls’ Clubs of Rugby and friends ; Group 2, Mrs Colbeck, Mrs G Eaton, Mrs Findlay, Mrs Frost, Mrs Hogg, Miss Walton, Miss Watson, etc ; Mr James (Castle Street) and James and Taverner (Cross Street). Others who assisted in various ways were : Mrs Abercrombie, Miss Booth, Mrs Astin, Miss L Fortnam, and Miss D Fox. The door stewards were : Mrs J W Marvin, Mrs A Lines, and Mrs E Astin ; and members of the W.V.R and H.W.C took charge of the exhibits.

The idea of holding the competition originated with several members of one of the Girls’ Clubs in the town, and other small groups, on being approached, promptly fell in with the proposal, with the satisfactory result recorded above. The competition being held on Saturday morning, a number of persons were unable to send their cakes in early enough for judging. Entries were received from several of the villages, and New Bilton sent cakes through Mrs Frost and Mrs Corbett. About 620lbs of cake were received, being about 1lb for each man, and this was packed into 61 parcels and despatched on Monday morning, 23 parcels going to the Rugby Howitzer Battery, 23 to the Rugby men of the 7th Royal Warwicks, and 13 to the Ammunition Column. The balance of the cost of carriage and packing was paid by the Rugby Territorial Comforts Committee, and this body, of which Mr Adnitt is the secretary, would be pleased to receive further subscriptions towards their work. Money is urgently required for meeting the heavy charges for carriage, and also to buy articles required which are not sent in by the public, such as pants and under-vests.



We are asked to state that, the Lord Lieutenant’s appeal on behalf of this fund has met with an inadequate response, and the result is that Colonel Grundy, of the Royal Warwickshire Regiment Old Comrades’ Association, is in great anxiety as to how to continue the parcels to the prisoners. It is obvious that the appeal must have escaped the attention of the generous and patriotic inhabitants of the county or the response would certainly have been much better. Donations should be sent to Mr. S. C. Smith, Lloyds Bank, Warwick.


Gifts of small games and packs of cards, not necessarily new, also second-hand clothing, will be much welcomed, and may be left at the Rectory.

A further list of subscribers is published on page 5, making the total received up to about £150. This will not enable the committee to carry on the work very far, and they hope more subscribers will come forward. Many people are sending in a certain sum monthly, and the committee hope to see this system extended.


The committee wish to thank the following ladies for promising to send puddings :—Mrs Mulliner, Miss Mulliner, Mr W Brooke, Mrs Pyne, Mrs J Gilbert, Mrs E Howard, Mrs Steel, Mrs Fabling, Mrs West, Mrs Ewart, Mrs Hidden, Mrs Hartwell, Mrs C Nickalls, Mrs C Dukes, Miss D Biggs, Mrs Dewar, Mrs Hawkesworth, Mrs Peddell, Mrs Adnitt, and Mrs Jackson.

Up to October 14th no less than 78 parcels and hampers have been sent off.


Company Q.M.S Alf Tomlinson, of the Rugby Infantry Company, in a letter of thanks to Mr Arthur Adnitt for a box of games and magazines, says :—“ These arrived about a week after my return from England. I distributed them as widely as I could, and I don’t think there were many Rugby men who did not participate more or less in the things you sent. The games were a great source of pleasure, especially the draughts. A few further small sets of these would be deeply. appreciated. . . . You kindly ask for our wants. I am sure you cannot do more for our comfort than by sending warm under-clothing in the shape of shirts, pants, vests and socks. Sweaters and gloves will soon be eagerly sought after. Although the weather is fairly open now, it is bitterly cold at night on sentry duties in the trenches, and a dug-out is not the best place in the world to recover from two hours on the listening post or motionless sentry work in the traverse of a trench. Will you please convoy our deep and grateful thanks to the T.C.C and all friends who so kindly think of Rugby’s ‘Terriers.’”

Acknowledgments of a hamper of fruit and a parcel of underclothing have also been received from B.S.M George Hopewell, of the Rugby Howitzer Battery, who, speaking of under-shirts and pants, says :—” I am sending half of each back to the horse lines for distribution among the drivers, and I can assure you that they will be keenly appreciated, note that the cold weather is coming on. . . .I should like to suggest that towels would be very useful, as the Government allowance is one per man, and whilst this is being washed it is rather difficult to dry oneself after washing. Am thankful to say we all came out of the bombardment safe and sound, and are eagerly looking forward to the next round. Hearty thanks to the committee.”


Mr F Tillyard, Birmingham, presided at a sitting of the Coventry and District Munitions Tribunal at the Labour Exchange Office on Friday afternoon. There were present for the employers Mr T Hancox, for the workmen Mr H Dexter (Rugby), together with Mr P E Wilks (clerk) and Mr D G Bolland (assistant clerk).


What was described by the Chairman as a case of a somewhat unusual character was then considered by the Court. John Allen Northfield, Old Manor House, Lilbourne, a mechanical engineer draughtsman, complained that his employers, Messrs Willans & Robinson, Ltd, Rugby, were unreasonably withholding a certificate. He wished to accept a post with another firm, at a higher salary than that which he was receiving. He had been in a drawing office for five years. He was not a workman within the meaning of part two of the Insurance Act, and submitted that he was not a workman within the meaning of Section 7 of the Munitions Act. He submitted the following letter from the Minister of Munitions :-

“ I am directed by the Minister of Munitions to refer to your letter of August 31st, respecting the position of the draughtsmen and other salaried employees, as distinct from workmen, with regard to leaving their employment and obtaining other engagements elsewhere.

“ I am to refer you to the enclosed copy of Section 7 of the Munitions of War Act, and of the order made thereunder by the Minister. From the latter you will see that the provisions of the section apply to workmen employed in all establishments of the classes named whether controlled or not. The Minister is advised that the terms “workman ” should be construed in its ordinary sense as meaning a person who, substantially does his work with his hands or at all events by physical exertion. I am to add that if any employee of the class to which you refer was unable to obtain employment owing to his being unable to produce the necessary certificate under Section 7 he could by applying to a Local Munitions Tribunal obtain a decision as to whether a certificate was in his case necessary.”

In giving his decision that applicant was not a workman within the meaning of the Act, the Chairman said he not wish to create a precedent as they might possibly have a number of young men who were not so highly skilled as applicant, making a similar application. In this case the certificate was not necessary. Applicant’s services might be of more use to the country in the post to which he wished to go.


ABSENT WITHOUT LEAVE.—Pte Harry Ingram, of the 2nd Royal Warwicks, was brought before A E Donkin, Esq, at the Rugby Occasional Court, on Friday last week, on a charge of being absent without leave from the regimental headquarters at Parkhurst, Isle of Wight.—P.S Sharp arrested defendant at Brinklow on the previous night.-He was remanded in custody to await an escort.




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