Dovenby WI August 2016
The August meeting was a trip over the Border to the new state-of-the-art "Devils Porridge" Museum at Eastriggs. Everybody was able to experience life in a World War One trench and explore the factory to discover what life was like for the thousands of munitions girls who flocked to work here.
For centuries, the quiet, rural area around the tiny hamlets of Eastriggs and Gretna lay undisturbed with only a few farms and small settlements dotted about. Then in 1915, soon after the start of World War One, the men from the Ministry of Munitions arrived and everything changed.
By 1917 the factory was producing 1,100 tons of cordite per week, more than all the other munitions plants in Britain combined, providing much-needed ammunition or the troops fighting on the front line.
Within a period of 12 months the government had taken over the farms and in their place was one of the most remarkable factories on Earth.
Stretching for nine miles, HM Factory Gretna employed 30,000 workers, at its height, to manufacture RDB Cordite, a new type of munitions propellant.
It's near Gretna Gateway Factory Outlet Village - less than an hour's drive from Cockermouth, this museum has a top rating from Trip Advisor, an excellent shop and tea room. Something for all ages.
Meetings are usually held at Bridekirk Dovenby School on the second Thursday of the month at 7:30pm. More details and a programme are to be found on http://www.bridekirkparish.org.uk/wi
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