West Yorkshire market town of Pontefract
Pontefract Years in Focus 1941



17th January 1941 - More War Weapons are Wanted Yet
With a rousing rallying call from the Mayor, Councillor T.W, Hill, and the Vicar, Reverend A.P. Morley, Pontefract’s War Weapons Week was launched on Friday in the Market Place.

24th January 1941 - Pontefract War Appeal Helped by Soldiers
The Pontefract War Appeal, which provides comforts and necessities for local people in the forces, will benefit very materially from a concert given in the Alexandra Cinema, Pontefract, on Sunday

7th February 1941 - Pontefract Squadron of A.T.C. 
New Work for Youth in Preparing to Help Their Country

The first step was taken in Pontefract on Tuesday to form a Pontefract Squadron of the new Air Training Corps, which may be described as a cadet corps of the Royal Air Force.

21st February 1941 - Pontefract Allotment Holders Association
A new importance attaches to the annual meeting tomorrow of the Pontefract Allotment Holders Association.

21st February 1941 - Mothers Thanks for Help in Evacuation
A copy of a letter from an evacuee mother staying in Brotherton, sent by the Ministry of Health, was read during a meeting of the Osgoldcross Rural District Council at Pontefract, on Saturday, by the clerk and District Billeting Officer, Mr. G.W. Hobman

21st February 1941 - Women's Conservative and Unionist Meeting
Mrs Dickinson presided at a meeting of the Association yesterday week and introduced the speaker, Mr. Thornton of the Economic League, who enthralled his listeners with his vivid and realistic account of the work of the Merchant Navy.

21st February 1941 - Searchlights in Air Defense
Dotted about all over the country and even in the most inaccessible places, one finds searchlight units out on their lonely vigil as sentinels of the sky.

4th March 1941 - Young People also help the Pontefract Infirmary Effort
A number of efforts to help the funds of the Pontefract General Infirmary have been recorded in ‘The Express’ in recent weeks. On Sunday, a Young People’s Effort, arranged by Miss Agnes Scott..

21st March 1941 - Shortage of Billets for Evacuees
Evacuee billeting difficulties in the Osgoldcross Rural District were discussed at a meeting of the Council in Pontefract, on Saturday, and local Billeting Officers are to be invited to a special meeting to investigate the question.

2Oth June 1941 - A Pontefract Week of Events
A Variety Entertainment was given at the County Institution, Pontefract, yesterday week, arranged by the Reverend E. Sunter, of Knottingley, and the Secretary of the Young People's Fellowship Council

20th June 1941 - 2,000 Bobbins
Over 2.000 bobbin's have been collected by the Pontefract District Girl Guides and Brownies, as a result of an appeal from the Air Ministry.

20th June 1941 - New Canteen
A new canteen was officially opened at the Pontefract branch of Messrs Wilkinsons [Bradford] Ltd., cabinet-makers, on Wednesday, by the serving of a free meal to the employees

20th June 1941 - The A.T.C.
The A.T.C. in Pontefract has formed and is rehearsing its bugle band, under Bandmaster Evans.

20th June 1941 - Dances
Two dances were held in Pontefract during the weekend. At the Crescent Ballroom, yesterday week, the staff of Messrs Dunhill liquorice manufacturers, organised one in aid of the British Red Cross Fund

20th June 1941 - Death of Former Mace Bearer of Pontefract
An intimate association with the public life of Pontefract over a long period has been closed by the death on Monday, of Mr. John Francis Baxter of Love Lane, Pontefract, who was 65 years of age

27th June 1941 - Brownies
Over 180 Brownies of Pontefract, Knottingley and Ferrybridge, enjoyed a picnic in the grounds of Whitley Lodge, the home of the Divisional Commissioner, Mrs C.G. Lyon, on Saturday

27th June 1941 - Rationed Food
A striking example of thought for others is shown in the response given to two annual events on behalf of the Pontefract General Infirmary; ''Pound Day'' and ''Egg Collection”.

27th June 1941 - The Real Thing
Cadets of the Pontefract Squadron of the Air Training Corps are to visit an R.A.F. station on Sunday for an insight into the practical side of their training.

4th July 1941 - Mothers Visit
The Vicar of Pontefract, Reverend A.P. Morley, last week entertained about 50 members of the branch of the Mothers Union in his former parish, St. Peter's, Sowerby

4th July 1941 - Great Enthusiasm
Great Enthusiasm was shown by 40 cadets of the Pontefract Air Training Corps when they visited an R.A.F. Station on Sunday.

4th July 1941 - Rangers Company
A Company of Rangers has been formed in Pontefract, which is open to girls over 15 years of age.

4th July 1941 - Another Pontefract Record
Family records of service with the Forces have been published in The Express from time to time recently. This week there are details of another.

4th July 1941 - Pontefract Ready For Hitler
“Pontefract is ready for Hitler”, says the Acting A.R.P. Organiser for the Joint Area, Police Inspector T. Downhill.

4th July 1941 - Civil Defence Services Strenuous Night
The civil defence services of Pontefract spent a strenuous evening on Saturday. It is difficult to imagine what more comprehensive test could be devised of their training and work

Years in Focus is researched by Maurice Haigh and reproduced with the kind permission of the Pontefract and Castleford Express.

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