Held AtGloucestershire Archives
Alt Ref NoD12436
TitleCirencester Friendly Society; Lee-Midland Benefit Society of Stratford-upon-Avon
DescriptionThis collection consists primarily of records of Cirencester Friendly Society, including records of meetings 1892-1966, contribution books 1891-1931, benevolent fund ledgers 1897-1982, records of members' investments 1899-1953, general accounts 1894-1974 and nomination papers 1899-1914 (see series D12436/1-7). It also includes some records of Lee-Midland Friendly Society of Stratford-upon-Avon which amalgamated with Cirencester Friendly Society in 1974. These comprise sickness fund ledgers 1940-1974 and cash books 1930-1970 (see series D12436/8)
Admin HistoryCirencester Friendly Society was established in circa 1890 as a mutual benefit society. Mutual benefit societies (also known as provident or friendly societies) were membership associations for the provision of benefits such as insurance, ill-health financial support, pensions, savings and investments. The societies were established in a time prior to modern insurance and welfare support and were formed by groups of individuals for their common financial benefit. Cirencester Friendly Society was originally known as Cirencester Conservative Benefit Society and had separate divisions for Men, Women and Juveniles. It had multiple branches across Gloucestershire and further afield into Warwickshire and Oxfordshire. It is apparent that it amalgamated with Lee-Midland Benefit Society of Stratford-upon-Avon in 1974. However, further research would need to be undertaken to establish a full organisational history. Cirencester Friendly Society continues to function to this day (as of September 2011) and provides income protection for workers across the United Kingdom
Custodial HistoryDeposited by Cirencester Friendly Society, per Paul Hudson (Chief Executive), 28 June 2011
Related MaterialFor other records relating to Lee-Midland Benefit Society please contact the Shakespeare Centre Library and Archive, in Stratford-up-Avon, regarding collection DR303
Access ConditionsThese records are open for research
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