In the summer of 1943 Youth Service volunteers held an agricultural camp at Nunney Catch to help local farmers.
The organisation behind the Nunney Catch youth camp during World War II was Concordia. It was founded in 1943 to encourage young British people to help with the war effort by harvesting fruits and crops from the fields.
Participants benefited from a holiday and were able to earn a modest amount of money at the same time. The scheme proved so popular that after the end of the war there was a big demand for it to be continued.
In keeping with the atmosphere of international reconciliation prevalent after the war, it was suggested that young people from all nations be invited to take part to increase understanding, and make a contribution to peace among nations.
In 1949 the charity’s name was change to Concordia (Youth Service Volunteers) and since that date it has given the opportunity for people from over 50 nations to participate in the agriculture scheme.
Today, the scheme is known as the Seasonal Agricultural Work Scheme (SAWS) and offers foreign students the opportunity to do paid seasonal farm work in the UK.
Young people from all over the world can still take part in Concordia volunteering projects abroad. For more information, visit www.concordiavolunteers.org.uk.
Nunney during World War II
The story of the Youth Service agricultural camp of 1943 is part of the exhibition Nunney during World War II, first displayed in Nunney Church during the 2012 Nunney Street Market and Fayre.
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