After deliberation and consultation with Parish constables, the Bailiff has rejected a requested local fundraising day in support of Britain’s wartime women workers. In Sir William Vernon’s view, Jersey has already sanctioned more than enough ‘flag days’ raising money for patriotic causes, with the public becoming weary of continued events.
The request to hold a fundraising day initially came to Lady Wilson, the Lieutenant Governor’s wife. Pointing out that Guernsey had recently held such an event, Lady Selby-Bigge from the organising Young Woman’s Christian Association hoped Jersey could respond in a similar fashion. The overall aim was collecting £100,000 in aid of a ‘Women Wartime Workers’ Fund’. Monies would be spent on setting up ‘huts, hostels and clubs’ for women engaged in Britain’s war effort.
Pointing out that Jersey was already doing far more than Guernsey when it came to fundraising, the Bailiff declined to support the YWCA’s cause, citing there had already been four ‘flag days’ held locally in 1918, with permission for six more given. In addition, the public has supported numerous fêtes and fairs, auctions and raffles. There was, he explained by letter, little appetite for any more.
A/D1/W6 contains correspondence on the matter of holding a fundraising day in Jersey in support of women wartime workers.