Places of recreation for soldiers in 1917

We hear on all hands of the splendid work done by Army Huts at the Front, and how much they are appreciated by our men. But it is not only abroad that these huts are needed. In our own county of Kent alone are number of men, some engaged in guarding our shores, others still in training: men of the Royal Navy, men from all parts of the United Kingdom, men of the Canadian Expeditionary Force, the Royal Flying Corps, and the Royal Naval Air Service. It is among these men that the Church of England Temperance Society has, during the first three years of the war, opened 80 places of recreation and camp chapels. In town or village, where men in large or small numbers are billeted, there is found a C.E.T.S. Room, where simple refreshments are provided at lowest prices – a place for quiet letter-writing, games, and very often a concert. “The nearest thing to home I’ve struck,” is Tommy’s description. Quiet rooms and camp chapels are provided, where celebrations of the Holy Communion, Confirmation, and Bible-classes.
The work is not yet completed. Eleven more rooms are urgently needed this winter and a novel effort to raise funds for this purpose is to take place on Wednesday, January 2, is Mason’s Hill Schools, from 3 to 5.30 p.m. There will be a musical drill display, progressive games, and a competition stall, for which contributions are invited. The cost of the material for each article must not exceed 3d. A war-time tea is provided for 3d. Any contributions will be gratefully received by Miss n G Simpson, Rosefield, Widmore Road.

CET Recreation Room

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