Elsie Sluggett (nee Russell), aged 85 of Poughill, recently received a certificate and badge recognising the work she did during the war as a Land Girl. Elsie, originally from Morden, Surrey, worked for the voluntary ambulance service until a 'Doodlebug' bombed them out. She joined the Land Army in Guildford and lived in a Land Girls' hostel in Surrey. A large lorry would pick up the girls early in the morning and would drop them off at different farms. Elsie's work included harvesting, planting and picking potatoes, poultry farming and market gardening. She was discharged on March 30, 1946. She came to Bude on holiday and met her late husband Percy. She settled in the area and had three children, Michael, Philip and Barbara.