MEMORY LANE WWI: Glimmer of hope for Peak trade

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With trade in the Peak in serious decline, there was a glimmer of hope for residents of Chinley, Bugsworth and the surrounding districts with the reopening of the Messrs Welchs’ Bleach Works.

The works had been closed for several weeks, one of many in the area to struggle as a consequence of the war overseas.

However the news was cautiously received by the Buxton Herald, which reported “it is not likely that they will work anything like full time during the present crisis.”

While emphasis continued to be placed on the Buxton War Fund, this was not the only appeal to feature in the columns of the town’s newspaper.

One read: “Persons having material for making garments are requested to complete them as soon as possible, and send them to the Buxton Royal Exchange.

“The committee will be glad to receive newspapers and periodicals of every description to be sent to our sailors and soldiers.”

There was also the appearance of an article informing readers of the daily rations each British soldier on the fighting line would draw - “a pound and a quarter of bread, a pound and a quarter of fresh meat, a quarter of a pound of bacon, four ounces of jam, three ounces of cheese.”

Elsewhere, the Buxton Chrysanthemum Society was forced to postpone its show until November.

The paper reported an offer by the chairman of the committee managing the Devonshire Hospital and Buxton Baths Charity to take ten convalescent soldiers or sailors at nearby Reaseheath Hall and “defray all expenses”.

Burbage Prize Band received praise for a performance on The Slopes in aid of the Prince of Wales’ National War Fund: “Right nobly did the Burbage Prize Band take their part in discoursing sweet and inspiring music to the hundreds who filled the seats and crowded the Slopes.”