Quilts for vic­tory

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - What’s On -

A dis­play of Cana­dian Red Cross quilts made dur­ing the Sec­ond World War will go on dis­play at a crafts fair in Pluck­ley next week­end.

The patch­work quilts were made by vol­un­teers to sup­port evac­uees and home­less fam­i­lies who lost their homes dur­ing the Blitz.

Event or­gan­iser Ju­dith Pool said: “Women all over Canada gath­ered to sew quilts for bombed-out fam­i­lies in Bri­tain. Con­sid­er­ing the labour in­volved, the act of mak­ing bed­ding that was both colour­ful and cozy went be­yond pro­vid­ing the merely prac­ti­cal.

“Their benev­o­lence through wartime quilt mak­ing can­not be un­der­stated. For ex­am­ple in just a six week pe­riod in 1944, Canada sent 25,000 quilts to Bri­tain and Europe for the Red Cross re­lief ef­fort.”

They were dis­trib­uted around Bri­tain by the Women’s Royal Vol­un­tary So­ci­ety, the Red Cross, and the Sal­va­tion Army.

There are 20 quilts on dis­play, which have been loaned by Anna Mansi from the Cana­dian Red Cross Quilts Re­search Group.

The ex­hi­bi­tion takes place in Pluck­ley Vil­lage Hall on Satur­day, Septem­ber 26 and Sun­day, Septem­ber 27.

Pic­ture: Matthew Walker FM2459673

Jean Gar­diner looks round the dis­play of Cana­dian Red Cross quilts

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