FOOD RATIONS

1915 9th November Market Rasen collected 207/2259 eggs sent to hospitals.

1916 The adverts for May 1916

great scarcity of meat; wanted 20,000 pigeons; new taxation of beer; gates and hen houses; harvester and binders; sale-on aprons and housemaid caps

1917 EGGS and CHICKENS

Egg collections still in operation, a list every week on how many eggs collected by different people and villages. Often there are letters in the paper –

from wounded soldiers in Lincoln hospital, thanking the children for the eggs.

The Wesleyan Day school has decided that the vegetables grown in the school garden should go to the Navy Local Vegetable Deport. In the past the children have taken them home, but they agreed that the Navy should have them. 10.3.1917

Exhibition on food economy was held in the Liberal Institute over 2 days.

FOOD

…Next month bread will be down to 9d the 4lb loaf (with the aid of a Government subsidy)

Sugar Calender. Important dates that should be remembered.

The sugar tickets which are shortly to be issued through local committees, will be ready for the printer this week……

More Tea coming Government Arranging for shipment

The Government are making arrangements for shipment of some of the larger stocks of tea available at Eastern ports…….                                     MRM 25.8.1917

Market Rasen butchers hold a meeting to discuss prices and that Lincoln prices are higher.                                                                                                                        MRM 15.9.1917

October

Food Control Committee- sugar, flour, meat, milk and potatoes.

Adverts for local shops, knitting parties, tennis competitions, birth, marriages and deaths, and Red Cross Fund now up to £135.

November

Wesleyan Day School children collected 7 cwts of acorns.

A Report reminding readers to watch their food intake. U boats causing problems with shipping and food supplies.

7 packages of fruit & vegetables sent to Naval Vegetable Deport from the town.  MRM 10.11.1917

National School children had collected 1 ton of chestnuts.      MRM 17.11.1917

1 hundredweight of chestnuts were worth 7s 6d. They were collected to be made into cordite. Which was used for explosives in shells and billets. 3,000 tons were collected in the Autumn of 1917, but Most were left to rot as they were not as good source of cordite as it was hoped.     (BBC school website)                                                                                                        

More acorns and chestnuts collected.         

1918 An advert for the concert on 26th at the town by Market Rasen Amateur Operatic Society.

Monday 18th February- The Food Battle and how to win it, a Lantern Lecture to be held in the Liberal Institute, no children.  Also, at the Liberal Institute on Wednesday 20th there will be a Lantern Lecture called War Pictures.

No gooseberries can be picked in England and Wales until 1st June.

September

There were reports on the food shortages, some foods were restricted such as the Blackberry order. Reminds about looking after and reordering ration books.

December

14th MRM-Ministry of Food

1919

Egg Collections will still continue but the MRM will no longer list the numbers of eggs. Miss Dorothy Wright, Mrs Smith and Mrs Bygot were thanked for their services during the war- overseeing the dispatches to Lincoln and use of their homes for collecting depots.

February

February 1st MRM reported that Private Atkin (POW) had returned home in November.  Last egg collection.

August 16th MRM reported that the issue of new Ration books by Market Rasen Food Control Committee.

August 30th MRM reported that the total number of eggs collected in Market Rasen during the war was 46,779, a grand total of 86,918 when all the local collection points were included.

October 11th MRM reported on Rationing orders for Margarine, and Bacon and Ham.