1940 and refreshments for the troops

The September 5 issue of the Banbury Guardian reported how on Monday of that week a new refreshment hut, 
organised by the YMCA, was opened on the up platform at the GWR station , ‘by an 
arrangement which had been under consideration for some time for the benefit of men and women on active service’.

The paper told how the Mayoress, Mrs HE Lester andMrs EA Bagley were jointly in charge and each day a number of ladies were assisting with 
relays.

The new hut was built of corrugated iron and lined with beaver boarding.

It was, ‘filled up with the conveniences of a kitchen, gas stove, porcelain sink, shelves for crockery and facilities for serving tea, coffee and 
cooling drinks for people on active service, and there is a useful serving hatch’.

The report went on to say how the ladies involved worked in shifts of four hours and were, ‘ready to serve 
refreshments to all and 
sundry in uniform’.

The new initiative was 
described as part of the ‘scheme of enlargement of the work of the YMCA recently inaugurated at Oxford, as 
reported in our columns’.