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Hospitable Raunds
Rushden Argus, 6th November 1914, transcribed by Kay Collins

Belgian Refugees

Refugees arrive
Photo by T Sharpe
The good inhabitants of Raunds have made arrangements for receiving a number of Belgian refugees in their midst, and about 30 in all will be accommodated in the district. Thorpe House, a commodious farmhouse, placed at the disposal of the committee of the Raunds Co-operative Society, has been furnished throughout, and adequate preparations made for the comfort of the guests. The party of refugees shown in the photograph arrived on Friday in charge of the Rev J Burrows and Mr John Adams, C.C.
Rushden Argus, 11th December 1914, transcribed by Kay Collins

How Thirty Belgian Refugees are Being Cared For

Photo by Vorley – Refugees at Thorpe House
At the present time there are some 30 Belgian refugees at Raunds, who are guests of the Raunds and Stanwick Committee. One half of this number have found a comfortable home in Thorpe House, and old and commodious building which has been very nicely furnished for their us. The photograph given above shows those refugees who are in residence there. The party consists of nine adults and six children. The latter are attending the Council Infant School, and it is remarkable how quickly the little ones are picking up the English songs and nursery rhymes, and seem quite happy in their new surroundings. The above group comprises Maria Vliegen, Alice Vliegen, Martha Stroobant, M. and Mme. Morel and four children, M. and Mme. Pfeiffenschneider and two children, and M. And Mme. Stroobant.

Rushden Echo, 30th March 1917

Belgian House—On the application of the Raunds Urban Council, the Thrapston Bench on Tuesday excused (for the fourth time) the rates on the house at Raunds occupied by the Belgian refugees.

Rushden Echo, 15th June 1917

For failing to notify a change of address, Marie Fallart, a Belgian refugee, of Raunds, was on Tuesday fined 2s.
She said she went for a holiday, and did not know that under such circumstances she had to notify a change of address.

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