In the Autumn of 1939 the Odney Club prepared for the arrival of over 100 evacuees: Partners families seeking sanctuary from the anticipated wartime bombing of London and other target cities. 80 evacuees spent Christmas 1939 at Odney and this number was increased when the fathers of each family were able to join them.
On Christmas Day over 100 people sat down for a traditional lunch. In the evening a special tea was served for the children and Mr Ronnie Ryall, manager of central despatch at Clearings, took the role of Father Christmas. Every youngster was given a present, courtesy of the Director of Trading.
Photograph of Partnership evacuee children, Odney 1939