17th January 1941 -
War Weapons are Wanted Yet
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 -
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
February 1941 - Pontefract Squadron of
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.
February 1941 - Pontefract Allotment
A new importance attaches to the annual
meeting tomorrow of the Pontefract Allotment Holders Association.
February 1941 - Mothers Thanks for
Help in Evacuation
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
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.
February 1941 - Searchlights in Air
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.
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..
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.
June 1941 - A Pontefract Week of
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
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.
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
June 1941 - The A.T.C.
The A.T.C. in Pontefract has formed and is
rehearsing its bugle band, under Bandmaster Evans.
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
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
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
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”.
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
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
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.
July 1941 - Rangers Company
A Company of Rangers has been formed in
Pontefract, which is open to girls over 15 years of age.
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.
July 1941 - Pontefract Ready For
“Pontefract is ready for Hitler”, says the Acting A.R.P. Organiser
for the Joint Area, Police Inspector T. Downhill.
July 1941 - Civil Defence Services
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
in Focus is researched by Maurice Haigh and reproduced with the kind
permission of the Pontefract and Castleford Express.