Saturday, December 01, 2007


Eight local halls have been placed at the disposal of Hayes & Halington Urban District Council for use as refuges for people rendered homeless in the event of air raids

the Halls are
St Jerome's Dawley, Salem Baptist Hayes End, Congregational Hayes Town, St Anselms Church Botwell, Methodist Hayes End, Harlington Parish Church, Harlington Baptist, Botwell House Club Hall

Red Cross Society providing parcels to prisoners of War in German prisons
Mr B. J Adderley 12 Mount Road, Hayes Honorary Secretary

The Hayes Citizens Advice Bureau at Uxbridge Road opened soon after the outbreak of war (circa 1939) has proved to be such a vibrant addition to the services of the town that another branch is soon to open (Jan 1940) at junction of Bourne Avenue/Dawley Road

Some idea of the work that has been carried out at the Uxbridge Road office was given to the Bureau council by Reg Neal, the staff representative on the Council (Jan 1940)

The Hayes bureau is also dealing with letters to persons in enemy countries

The Hayes CAB had dealt with 155 cases since it opened of which 36 related too allowances for soldiers wives

On the question of service men's pay Reg Neal said

"a woman with one child could not live on 17s allowance, with 7s from her husband and 5s for her child (29s a week) The work of the bureau was to obtain extra allowances to which they were entitled...people were frightened of filling up forms and the help the bureau was able to give them made all the difference to their lives"

Reg Neal was at this point a prominent member of the Labour Party (later joining the Communist Party after serving WW2 in the RAF.

No CAB in Hillingdon today

Hillingdon Legal Resource Centre, based in Hayes
(in the 1980's funded by the GLC)