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Summary: The work of the WVS at a fairly late stage in the war.
Description: A sequence of brief shots indicates wide range of activities, then film concentrates on specific services:- first concern is caring for bomb victims, a mobile canteen at the scene, an 'Incident Enquiry Point' is set up - temporary accommodation and help for distributing donations; a meals delivery service to country schools; a 'pie scheme', expanded from volunteer cooks to include local manufacturers, for agricultural workers; 'British Restaurants' in urban areas; hostels for service personnel; a special service provides vegetables for minesweeper crews; escorting evacuee children on journeys; caring for infants at a country nursery school; the 'Good Neighbour' policy - salvage, knitting, ironing and similar 'small kindnesses'; canteens on stations for troop trains etc. Film ends quite neatly with WVS canteen returning to old bombsite with tea for demolition workers.
Production Details: Ministry of Information (Production sponsor)
World Wide Pictures (Production company)
Francis, Mary (Production individual)
Carr, James (Production individual)
Anscombe, Ronald (Production individual)
Viscount, Ada (Production cast)
Personalities, Units and Organisations: Women's Voluntary Service (regiment/service)
Keywords: society, British - charity: Women's Voluntary Service (object name)
society, British - precautionary (object name)
society, British - sustenance (object name)
Physical Characteristics: Colour format: B&W
Sound format: Sound
Soundtrack language: English
Title language: English
Subtitle language: None
Technical Details: Format: 35mm
Number of items/reels/tapes: 1
Footage: 960 ft; Running time: 11 mins
Notes: Summary: see also "WVS" (IWM number UKY 341).