6 January 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.

07a2This is the Pioneers’ first General Quarterly Meeting of 1845. The first item of business in that the Report passes. There is no other information recorded about what this report is.

They decide that front of the store is to be painted, and the cost of doing so will come out of the society’s funds. It is resolved third that James Tweedale is to act as chairman of the meeting – though this seems like something that should have been decided first! A new President is appointed – after nearly five months in the role, Miles Ashworth is succeeded by Charles Howarth. James Daly remains the Secretary and John Holt, the Treasurer. The Trustees are to be George Ashworth, Miles Ashworth and David Brooks, and the Director, William Williams.

Next, they form a committee to amend the society’s laws, consisting of William Taylor, Charles Howarth, James Smithies, James Butterworth and John Booth. Finally, it is decided that each member will be provided with a copy of the laws and that, unless they pay for it, it will be charged to their account.

This is the first meeting that the minutes have not been taken by Miles Ashworth, possibly because he is no longer the President. The minutes are taken here by James Tweedale, the chairman of the meeting.

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