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Quorn aids Belgian refugees - 1914

Loughborough Herald - 29th October 1914
Belgian refugees in Leicestershire

A large and enthusiastic meeting was held in the Village Hall, Quorn, on Thursday evening. Mr J D Cradock presided, and was supported on the platform by Mr Sydney Gimson (chairman of the Leicester Committee), Rev H H Rumsey (vicar), Rev F E Payne, Messrs Wm Wright, E W Hensman, G E Ellis, J A Hartopp, G White, E C Laundon, T Shenton, and Dr Unitt.

After the Chairman had explained the objects of the meeting, Mr S Gimson gave particulars of what was being done to relieve the distress of the Belgians in Leicester and other parts of the county. He appealed to the Quorn people to do their share in this noble work, and from he knew of Quorn he felt that they would not be backward in helping. Rev G E Payne proposed the following resolution, which was seconded by Mr Shenton, and carried unanimously: "That this meeting expresses its sympathy with the Belgian refugees who have been driven from their country owing to this terrible war, and forthwith resolves to provide hospitality in Quorn for as many families as possible."

Mr J A Hartopp proposed that a committee of six ladies and six gentlemen be appointed to raise the necessary funds, and carry out the work, with power to add to their number. The following committee was elected: Mrs John Clarke, Mrs Bamber, Mrs Payne, Mrs Cooper, Mrs Wm Wright, and Mrs Hawkes Woodward. Messrs Hartopp, J W Taylor, T Shenton, H Facer, G E Ellis, and the vicar. Mr Hensman proposed a vote of thanks to the speaker and chairman, which was seconded by the Vicar, and carried, after which the Chairman made an appeal to the audience for promises which met with a most enthusiastic response, upwards of 150 being promised in donations and over 4 a week towards maintenance.

Messrs Wright and Sons promised to lend two cottages, furnish them, and maintain two families of Belgians as long as it was necessary. Gifts of furniture and other necessaries were also promised. The committee afterwards met and Mr J A Hartopp was appointed chairman.

   
 Submitted on: 2010-12-07
 Submitted by: Kathryn Paterson
 Artefact ID: 1011
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