At the back of Devoran Village Hall is a framed certificate for the National Savings Group in WW2 from 1940 until 1964. Certificate of Merit presented to Devoran Village Savings Group in recognition of notable service given to the National Savings Movement 1940 – 1964. Signed by Mackintosh of Halifax, Chairman National Savings Committee. Looking through newspaper articles we can trace a little about this patriotic village group:
National Savings – Mr J. Kerr a barrister is voluntarily undertaking a campaign with a kinema van on behalf of the National Savings effort and is now touring the towns and villages of Cornwall. On Saturday he visited St. Newlyn East, Zelah, Chacewater, Devoran and Feock … Taken from the Western Morning News 5 August 1940.
Devoran’s newly formed National Savings Group has 115 members including 17 from Carnon Downs who in a fortnight have brought National Savings stamps to the value of £9, 6 shillings. Taken from the Cornishman, 17 October 1940.
Devoran National Savings Group during the year have saved a total of £1659, 12 shillings and 6d (pence). Of this £603 was saved during War Weapons Week in March and £372, 18 shillings and 6d (pence) during the months of July to September, when the aim was £300, the cost of a light ambulance. Western Morning News, 7 October 1941.
Devoran Village, Point and Penpol War Savings Group saved during Truro and District Warships Week, a total of £1493, 16 shillings. The Devoran Council School Group saved £55, 5 shillings. Miss G.A. Edwards as secretary. Western Morning News, 26 November 194
On 6 October 1942 the Western Morning News article gives further background: Devoran Village National Saving Group was formed in September 1940. The membership now numbers 174 and the total savings amount to £2970, 10 shillings and 6d (pence). During the ten weeks of the Tanks for Attack campaign, this group invested £303. Two efforts organised as a gift to the nation amounted to £47. Mr G.T. Langdon is the Group Secretary.
1943: Devoran Village War Savings Group, assisted by Mrs. W. Dunn, closed the Wings for Victory Campaign Week with a concert in the Village Hall on Saturday. Proceeds realised £15. Taken from the Western Morning News, 25 March 1943.
The Devoran Savings Group continued until 1964 but no further press cuttings have so far been found.
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