In preparation for rationing householders had to register with a supplier for certain types of food and for fuel. The administrative task of collating all this information was a huge one for the Ministry of Food.
With the outbreak of war there was immediate concern over the supply of food and fuel. Government plans to ensure supplies and to introduce rationing and price controls were quickly brought forward and everyone was urged to help by producing as much food as possible themselves. Food rationing did not start until January 1940.
An editorial in the Market Rasen Mail in October 1939 puts on a confident front about food supply. It is, however, mistaken about the start of rationing. It didn’t start until January 1940. Market Rasen’s Food Control Committee to administer the wartime regulations.
EVEN THE CHILDREN WERE TO DO THEIR BIT
A School lnspector, Miss McKechnie, visited the Primary School on 21 September 1939 and suggested that the older children should do gardening.
On 23 October the boys of Standard 4 started gardening on a plot of ground at the Public Assistance Institution. However, it was not until 9 January 1940 that the School took delivery of garden tools – 6 spades, 6 forks, 3 draw hoes, 3 push hoes, 2 rakes and 2 garden lines.
Market Rasen Primary School: Log Book Juniors and Seniors 1932-42: LA 730/