Many British people felt the need to help those parts of France and Belgium which were still suffering after the war ended. Worcester held a Peace Carnival in June 1919, when a mock-up of a ruined Flemish village was built in Birdport, then being cleared of slums. The exhibit excited great interest and sympathy and helped Worcester people to understand the terrible conditions in which many in the war-torn areas were living.

'Ruined Flemish Village' - a mock-up of a village ruined in war.
An exhibit in Worcester's 'Peace Carnival', June 1919
By kind permission of Berrows Worcester Journal

Those wishing to help could not provide for rebuilding homes, although these were badly needed as the French government insisted that this was paid for by Germany through ‘reparations’. They had to find other ways to show their generosity.


The Mayor (of Worcester) said that he had been approached by the British League of Help, who desired the City to adopt a French town or village.


Heroism of 2/8th Worcesters Recalled


£1000 to be raised in 3 months

In connection with Worcester’s adoption of Gouzeaucourt, the Committee appointed to make the final arrangements met at the Guildhall on Monday.

Garden Fete at Perdiswell in Aid of Gouzeaucourt

Fine weather on Thursday afternoon favoured the opening of the fete at Perdiswell Park, the proceeds of which are to go towards relief of Gouzeaucourt...