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Llanidloes National School 18
Whinberrying in wartime, 1941

  Local enterprise
A couple of interesting and unusual entries from the time of the Second World War are shown here. These extracts from the School Log Books show local enterprise in action at times of food rationing, and also reveal price inflation between 1941 and 1942 !
National School
Log Book
School log book entry 
  The entry above was written on 1st August 1941, and reads:
"The attendance for the week ending today is only 70.1%. A large number of children, in some cases, whole families, go whinberrying to Tylwch, three and a half miles away. It seems that dealers, on the spot, buy all whinberries at 1/3 [one shilling and three pence] per pound".
County Archives
School log book entry 

One year on, and this entry from 14th July 1942 shows that the price of whinberries has gone up substantially !
"Several children are absent. There are a few cases of mumps, but the great majority of the absentees are at Tylwch where the whinberry harvest has started. Pickers are given 2/- [2 shillings] per pound for those collected".

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