A fund raising ‘Whist drive, social and dance’ was held at St. John’s Institute in 1915 to raise funds to send a Christmas parcel to every local soldier and was reported to have been a great success.
Fifty nine tables were taken for ‘Whist’ and several prizes were donated by the local community including: a clock (donated by Mrs Brassington); a handbag (donated by Mrs Rock); a shoulder of mutton (donated by Mr Goodwin) and a couple of rabbits (donated by Mrs J Turner).
Mr Jervis, Proprietor of Heath Hayes Picture Palace, donated the whole of one nights takings (£3 8s 6d) to the fund, which raised over £70.
The parcels were very gratefully received and in 1916 one local soldier, Private T Norris of the Salonika Force, wrote to a local newspaper saying:
‘I would be greatly obliged if you could allow me space to thank the Heath Hayes village for the receipt of two parcels, which are very much appreciated. It shows the boys from home are not forgotten’.