Canadine, Sybil (Part 6 of 7). National Life Stories
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Coaching and teaching sports; Swimming
Canadine, Sybil, 1897- (speaker, female)
Abrams, Rebecca (speaker, female)
Part 6: Dinner party for 200 of the 400 British Guiders and Scouters at San Antonio. Mrs. Mark Carr was present (very active woman in Girl Guides) and Chief Guide and Chief Scout and a representative of the Pope. How to identify the different status symbols of the guests from the cockades they wore. Obstructions to establishing Guiding in Malta; going to Rome to get the Pope's blessing in 1923. Husband's attitude to her activities. Also a keen tennis player and swimmer - elected to swim for Great Britain in Berlin Olympics in 1936, but declined because couldn't leave the children. 1935-38: Living in Portsmouth, organised County Rally for the Guides in 1937. 1938: Move to Alvescot in Gloucester. 1939: Took on five evacuees, and later on in the War, three more children and their mother. Ideas about importance of child-care provision and rights of women to work if they want. Red Cross Award for wartime emergency work. Life during War; running a household with 10 children; daily routine. Diet. Chores. Dealing with nits, darning and babies. reactions of her own children to the evacuees. Reactions of the evacuees to their new home. Sybil Canadine's own feelings about these children, and how she coped with the enormous responsibilities.
Interview with Sybil Canadine