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A War-time Christmas at Metheringham by Max and Cameron

On Tuesday 15th November, Owl and Kingfisher classes went to Metheringham Aviation Centre to learn about what it would be like to be a child in World War 2.

On the way, the bus stopped at Woodhall Spa, so some of the older children could look at the memorial to Bomber Command.

On arrival at Metheringham, the volunteers, who run the centre, introduced themselves and explained to us that we would be taken back in time and experience Christmas festivities as they had been during the war.

Making carrot cookies. Not much sugar but still yummy.

At lunchtime, one of the volunteers told a story about an airman, called Norman Jackson, who climbed out of a Lancaster Bomber, while it was flying, to try and put a fire out in one of the engines.  Exciting stuff!

During the afternoon, we danced to war time music and sang the war time song ‘Run Rabbit Run’, which had lots of actions ! We finished off on a high, dancing the ‘Hokey Cokey’, each group trying to be louder than the other.

After a final story and a last look at the Dakota it was time to go home.  Both classes agreed it had been a fantastic day and had learnt lots about a wartime Christmas, but were glad to get back to reality and preparations for Christmas as it is now.

Max and Cameron

Learning to dance was a great way to pass the time in the war.

First, we made carrot cookies, exchanging coupons from our ‘ration books’ for the ingredients.  Next we got the opportunity to: make friendship bracelets using finger knitting, make and decorate paper lanterns, make peg angels, decorate Christmas cards and write letters home, pretending we were evacuees.