Person NameOxton Friendly Bovial Society; 1839-
ActivityOxton Friendly Bovial Society was founded in 1839 and celebrated their 150th anniversary with a dinner dance in 1989. Members made half-yearly payments. Friendly societies existed in the 17th century but reached their peak in the 19th century. They were originally organisations that provided a mechanism for ordinary people to save or make provision for infirmity, old age, death or burial and are mutual benefit societies owned by their members. They were encouraged by the Registration of Friendly Societies Act 1793 (33 Geo. III, c.54). The Friendly Societies Act 1855 (18 & 19 Vict., c.63) established the Registrar of Friendly Societies. Some friendly societies also acted as social clubs and organisations and included the Free Gardeners, Oddfellows and Shepherds Friendly Society.
Corporate NameOxton Friendly Bovial Society
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