Rural Life Centre reports – George

Our trip to the Rural Life Centre

On Tuesday 26th March our class AS went to the Rural Life Centre for a school trip, the Rural Life Centre is based in Tilford on the edge, near Farnham. It takes an estimate of forty minutes to get there.

In the morning we started by going to the school, We had to use these weird ink pens which were really scratchy and ran out of ink halfway threw a letter or word, we had to sit in rows, four to a row, After the writing we did the eight times tables and after that we learnt the money that they used.

Next we went to the home guard, there we got to go onto a Morrison shelter. After that we went outside and got to squirt water at a tree that was burning down with a special pump called a stirrup pump that was used by the Home Guard.

Just before Lunch we went around this model museum, the models were of shops and what they used to look like, there were wax models in there.


When we had finished that we went back to the welcome room and had lunch and met up with the other group. We even got to play with some children’s toys from that time.


 In the afternoon it was our turn to do some work, we had to go up to this new Polish building where this man called Wies Rogalski talked to us about how his mum and dad got captured and taken to Germany then escaped to Italy.

His parents were fighting for Poland an ally of Britain. The Polish had made a secret alliance but what they didn’t know was that the Germans and the Soviet Union had made one too. The Germans attacked the left side of Poland and the Soviet attacked the right, Poland was taken down in about a month. The Germans captured the Polish and took them to Germany where they were made to be slaves. After a long time the Nazis and them if they would like to join their army but you can guess what they said ‘no’. Finally they managed to escape, they got all the way to Italy and were just ready to fight when the war ended. The English asked them if they would like to come back with them but the Polish said no when the English tried again they said they could have free water, food and shelter. After that offer they said yes so the Britain took the Polish back to Britain.


Wies proceeded to tell us about his life in camp, he didn’t have much but he had a happy life, his mum would go into the woods and collect berries to make Ribena to do this they would put all the berries in a big jar add a spoonful of sugar and place the bowl in the sun, she would also make mushroom soup by going into the woods to collect mushrooms, which she would put on a stick to dry and them chop them up into chunks to make it into a soup. He lived at number 39 of his camp with another family who had one child, a girl. He lived with his mum, dad and brother who was two years older than him, he lived at that camp until he was six. Their family kept chickens which they used to get eggs and meat but mainly just as pets.


Overall, I had a great time there and would like to go again, the volunteers were really good especially the teacher as she had to act in the teachers’ fashion.

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