WOMEN'S WORK FOR SOLDIERS AND SAILORS.—
The Lindley sewing parties for 1917 have been very well attended, and the committee are glad to report a very successful year's work. One thousand seven hundred and thirty three pairs of hospital slippers and surgical boots have been made and over 800 woollen comforts knitted including many welcome gifts from friends who work in their own homes. The sum of £50 has been paid over to the bureau, Ramsden Street, including £20 raised for the special effort week. This is in addition to the summer garden party at Briarcourt when the sum of £87 was raised for the cause.
[I have included this because it is very local to me. Briarcourt is a large house in Lindley designed by the architect Edgar Wood.
There must still have been similar sewing parties, and groups making comforts for the troops, all over the country, following on from the burst of activity in 1914 at the start of the war. There were probably fewer women available for sewing and knitting, though - by the end of 1917, many women were working full-time, in munitions factories and replacing men who were now in the forces.
I haven't been able to find out what the 'special effort week' was.]