14 August 1845

2014 marks the 170th anniversary of the Rochdale Equitable Pioneers Society.  To celebrate this special anniversary the Pioneers 170 blog will guide you through the Pioneers’ first year.

15a3This meeting is the last of the Pioneers’ first year (dating from August 15, which the Pioneers considered to be their official founding). At this meeting, it is decided that Charles Howarth and James Daly are to be responsible for organising the painting of the store front. James Daly is also in charge of getting 200 copies of the amended laws printed.

The Pioneers have come a long way in a year – their membership has grown, they have opened their shop and begun a successful business, and are continuing to evolve as a society. Their legacy and principles are still with us today, and the minutes from this first year show why – they reveal the beginnings of a strong movement by committed members, and their model of co-operation will remain with us for many years to come.

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You can also find out about the Pioneers 170 Christmas Celebration on Wednesday 17 December 2014