Collection AR181 - Croydon Social Union Records

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Croydon Social Union Records


  • 1904 - 1909 (Creation)

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2 vols

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The primary object of this society is the consideration and discussion of Social and Religious Questions in the light of the best thought of the day, with a view to the furtherance of the principle of Brotherhood in all the relations of life. For this purpose, meetings open to all, were held weekly with invited speakers. Walks, a reading circle and social gatherings were also held.

In addition, the society took up active social work, in various directions.

Appeal were made in the local press for assistance in providing treats for the poorest children of the borough. These included outings such as a trip by special tramcar to Gardners pleasure resort , Riddlesdown, free admittance to the matinees at the Theatre Royal Christmas Pantomime and a new year treat for children in Croydon Workhouse.

Meetings were held at Tamworth Hall, Tamworth Road on Sundays at 7pm and later at the Gymnasium Hall, 117b, High Street, Croydon. Members contributed a minimum of sixpence a year towards the necessary expenses. Its affairs were managed by a committee which was democratically elected and subject to retirement annually. The society had a motto; Every Social Question is at bottom a Religious Question.

The society was founded in 1904.

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Donated by F.G. Bing, former Hon. Sec. of Croydon Social Union, 14th April 1942. Transferred from Local Studies Library collection, qS70 (306) CRO

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Accession Number: A398

Croydon Social Union records

Volume of clippings and programmes, with ms index, 1904-7; secretarys minute book 1904-9

Item date: 1904-1909

Depositor's Name: Bing, F G

Accession date: 14.4.1942

Custodial history: Donor was the former Hon Sec of Croydon Social Union. Transferred from Local Studies Library collection.

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The collection consists of one volume of clippings and programmes, with ms index, 1904-7 and the secretarys minute book, 1904 - 9

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