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|Burton Latimer had many clubs and societies into which their members paid a small amount of money weekly or monthly. Several of these were organised by the Church or Chapel but pubs and working men's clubs also ran schemes. Mentioned in the newspapers and parish magazines were such schemes as: the Goose Club, the Helping Hands Club and the Clothing Club and the Old People's Welfare was a joint Church and Chapel scheme which organised Christmas and New Year parties and other outings. Friendly Societies like the Foresters, Oddfellows and Royal Antediluvian Order of Buffaloes (R.A.O.B.) were well represented in Burton Latimer and played an essential role in providing financial relief for the sick before the creation of the National Health Service.
This is an extract from the Kettering Leader & Observer dated 31 May 1895:
HELPING HAND CLUB - On Monday night a meeting was held in the club room at the Red Cow Inn for the purpose of forming a Helping Hand Club. Mr. A.E. Ayres was elected as chairman, and upwards of 20 members enrolled. The election of officers resulted as follows: President: Mr. A.E. Ayres; vice-president , Mr. W. Lawson; secretary: Mr. W. Cook; committee: Messrs: W. Wilks, J. Pywell, S. Panter, W. Ayres, F. Whiteman and Thos. Whiteman. Several names were received from persons wishing to become members at the next monthly meeting.
How long this club continued or whether another one was formed is not known but in November 1901 this item appeared: On Monday evening, members of the Band Club met with Mr. W. Meads in the chair. It was decided that a Helping Hands Club be formed. Mr. J. Shrive was elected President. Vice-president Mr. W. Meads, secretary Mr. G. Stickler and treasurer Mr. G. Lines."
THE FRIENDLY SOCIETIES' FESTIVAL - The amalgamated Societies observed Whitsun Day and the Monday for their annual gathering. On the Sunday a special service was held at the
In October 1895, the Kettering Leader & Observer reported the following:
ODDFELLOWS JUBILEE - Also in 1895, the Kettering Guardian reported the Revival Lodge of Oddfellows, Burton Latimer, celebrated its jubilee with a sports day at which there was a proccession made up of officers of the local lodges of Buffaloes, a detachment of Foresters and the officers of the Oddfellows, followed by the Britannia Brass Band. The report goes on to say that "last came the general members of the friendly societies of the village numbering about 200" which proves that that friendly societies were popular here.
THE INSTITUTE GOOSE CLUB - This has now become a permanent thing and is most popular. Twenty-eight members subscribed and 18 geese, 10 turkeys and 30 ducks were bought for them in
From the Burton Latimer Baptist Church Magazine “Home Messenger” June 1917:
NATIONAL HEALTH INSURANCE - Parents are reminded that at the age of 16 their children, if employed, must become insured under the National Insurance Act. Every information and assistance will be provided by: Herbert Ayres, Secretary to the Foresters’ Court
The age of 16 is also a favourable one joining the Court (Adult Section) for private insurance against sickness and accident and also for funeral benefits, the rates at this age being very low. The Foresters’ Court has special rates for females. For particulars apply to the Secretary.