Sheffield Evening Telegraph – Saturday 09 August 1919
Wombwell’s Unfortunate Position.
Feeding The Children Already Commenced.
The intimation that yesterday’s negotiations had failed to produce a settlement of the coal strike was received with intense regret in Wombwell and district, where 90 per cent, of the population are employed the mines. Moreover, Wombwell is feeling the effects of the strike probably more acutelv than any other township the Don Valley.
The complete failure of the gas supply, the impending failure of the water supply and the closing down places of amusement have produced a feeling of many families are the end of their resources, and the fear is entertained that children of large families are not getting sufficient food.
To meet this danger the committee of the Station Road W.M.C. has to-day distributed soup to 2,000 children of their members. It is estimated that the soup will cost 6d. per head, and will be served out three times a week. In addition 1.000 loaves will be given out each of the three days.
The club is negotiating for a soup kitchen