Civil Service Voluntary Land Club
Evening Gazette August 1942
HELPING THE FARMERS.
Volunteers making good the Labour Shortage.
APPRECIATION of local farmers for Lytham St.Annes branch of the Voluntary Land
Club is proved by the fact that there has always been too much work for the 175 volunteers to cope
Each week they have received fresh invitations to go back to various farms and
work has been coming in all the time. They have not been idle for one single hour and complete
co-operation between everyone has been the keynote of their success. In the harvest time their
services will be of great value.
The club was formed in June of this year when only a few of the members had
experience of farming. Now, it is a different matter. They are experts at weeding, hoeing and
digging. No job is too tough for them.
Most of their work incurs doing this type of job. Often it has been monotonous
and more than often back-breaking, yet there have been no complaints as it is work that is vital to
SPARE TIME WORKERS.
Throughout the summer members have worked during their spare evening and on Saturdays and Sundays,
on week-days from about 6-30 till 10-0 and at the week-ends as long as they could. Now evening work
will be curtailed a little because of the end of double summer time.
For this work they get an allowance paid to them by the farmers. They hand this
in to the treasurer and it is then given to deserving charities. A sum of money is to be sent
the Agricultural Red Cross Fund. Doing this work members benefit two causes at once, that of the
farmers and of various charitable organisations.
There is no boundary to hamper them in their choice of farms, though a distance
of ten miles is considered far enough when a hard day's work has been done, and a long cycle ride
has to be faced. As often as possible they try to catch buses or trains, but if the farm they are
sent to is off the beaten track then it is up to them to cycle there. No special transport is
provided for them.
The problem of meals is easily solved. At week-ends members take sandwiches
themselves, and if it is fit sit down in the fields and eat them. If not they go in the
Of the 175 members most are from the Ministry of Agriculture. It was through
this Ministry that the club was formed in this district. However, there are a few members from
various other Government departments, and some residents from St. Annes.
For this strenuous work, old clothes are most suitable. Slacks, sweaters, old
riding breeches, which have been discarded, sports coats and such like. There is no special
uniform. Only one thing distinguishes members from ordinary civilians. That is the blue and gold
metal badge which is issued to members throughout the country. It is fashioned like a shield and a
sheaf of wheat surrounded by the words, " Voluntary Land Club," forms the design.