Market Lavington Museum

Please tell your friends

Nowadays, we take it for granted that we can publicise events in many ways including on Facebook, in the local press and on posters. In wartime it was deemed necessary to avoid letting the enemy know what was going on. We have heard about signs being removed or painted over to confuse any invaders, but this little piece of paper, typed in 1940, gives further proof of wartime restrictions

The band of the Wiltshire Regiment was going to be present at a service in Market Lavington’s St Mary’s Church, just across the graveyard from our museum. They were then going to play music in the Market Place and raise money for the village Welfare Committee and that of the regiment. (See Welfare and Comforts in WWII for further information about the village efforts to support local folk in need during the war.)

Whilst the organisers obviously wanted the event to be known about, they were not able to display notices about it in public and had to rely on word getting around verbally.

It’s surprising that this little notice has survived for eighty years and we are pleased to have it in the museum as yet more evidence of wartime privation. (See also Rationing.)