Craig Fees writes:mrsroosevelt

Recording my neighbour recently about her life, she began talking about her time as cook for a wartime nursery run by the Waifs and Strays Society in one of Gloucestershire's big houses, Wormington Grange, the home of General and Lady Ismay; and in particular about the day Eleanor Roosevelt visited. Her story of the nursery, the visit, and how she came to be the cook at the Grange is given with Mrs. Dones' permission, and shows that recording child care history really does begin at home.


General Hastings Ismay was Winston Churchill's Chief Military Assistant during World War II, and was the first Secretary General of NATO afterwards.

Wormington Grange, then the home of General and Lady Ismay, began receiving children in July 1940 and was one of the first War Nurseries to be established by the Society. A total of 30 children under two years old were accommodated there. The Nursery closed in February 1946 - does anyone else have any memories of the nursery?

The Children's Society was formerly known as the Waifs and Strays Society. The Children's Society website is at Their Facebook page is at


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[Mrs. Julia Dones, who died at the end of January, 2016]


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