To a Place of Greater Safety


New East Leake History Book Published

We are pleased to announce the publication of the new book from East Leake Local History Society. “To a Place of Greater Safety” tells the story of the 200 or so children who were evacuated to the village from Sheffield, Nottingham, Birmingham and London during the Second World War. The book includes stunning photographs of the children in transit and some personal accounts of their stay here (and later- some stayed in touch for the rest of their lives). There is finally an analysis of the effects of this massive migration on the lives of their hosts, the village and other people concerned both here and elsewhere. The “Pied Piper Programme” was of course a prelude ( almost a rehearsal) for greater state involvement in the welfare state itself after the war was finally over. So was the disruption worth all the effort, and the cost? Read on…

“To a Place of Greater Safety” is now available from East Leake library, the local card shop (“Something Special”) and from our website, eastleake-history.org.uk , at £8.50

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