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1st September 1939 Meldreth School opened to receive 55 evacuees and again the following day to receive evacuated mothers and children under five.


Most of the evacuees were girls from the Oratory Girls’ School at Stewarts Grove, Chelsea. A few of the girls had younger brothers and sisters who also attended the school.


At the time, the school had


only 39 children on roll and could not accommodate an additional 55 children at the same time. Therefore two shifts were operated, with the Junior School opening from 8.45am until 12.30pm and the evacuated school from 1.00pm to 4.45pm.


September 1970


The following article appeared in The Ogden Standard-Examiner in Utah on 26th September 1970:


Women passengers at the nearby Meldreth and Melbourn Station have complained because the ladies' room has been rented to a private firm. The women are directed to the men's room while a porter stands guard outside.


Rex Emery, a local councillor, said, "With its Continental-style mixed lavatory, Meldreth will go down in history for being the first British Railway station to turn European when we join the Common Market".


You may be astonished to learn that this was big news in America in September 1970 with reports of this momentous event being carried by newspapers in a number of states across the country!


More details on both of these items are available at www.meldrethhistory.org.uk.


Kathryn Betts Meldreth Local History Group 8


A billet sheet from the school’s admission register


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