Meltham Socialist Party minute book CVL/GV/1/3/6

Dated 1914-1929

Extent: 1 volume

This volume includes minutes of the Executive Committee Meetings and the Annual General Meetings. During part of the time that this volume covers, the Branch, through membership of the Colne Valley Socialist League, was affiliated to the British Socialist Party. On 26 Jan 1919 the Party agreed to become affiliated to the Independent Labour Party and change its name to the Meltham Branch of the Independent Labour Party.

The minutes record that the Party held balls annually over the Christmas and New Year period. On 14 Nov 1914, 24 Dec 1914 and 23 Jan 1915 the Party held balls at Liberal Hall in aid of the Belgian Refugees Relief Fund, while on 17 Oct 1916 the Committee agreed 'to arrange for one ball only (on) 23 Dec 1916, owing to the likelihood of a poor attendance on Boxing Day... due to the young men being taken away to the War'.

The minutes also record that: on the 28 Sep 1915 the Committee agreed to give £1 to the fund for the Relief of Russian Political Prisoners in Siberia; on 27 Nov 1917 the Committee agreed to 'write Comrade Ernest Victor Quarmby, conscientious objector to military service, who has been court marshalled three times and (is) now in the Work Centre, Knutsford Prison, Cheshire, to let him know that though he is at present out of sight, he is not out of mind, and reminded him of the good feeling that still exists towards him at home'; on 16 Mar 1919 the Committee agreed to 'write the local MP, Prime Minister, Home Secretary & Chairman of Parliamentary Labour Party, protesting against the continued imprisonment of conscientious objectors to military service since the signing of the armistice' and they agreed that in response to an advert by the Council, the most suit War Memorial would be the building of public baths with Gymnasium; on 19 Oct 1919 Sylvia Pankhurst spoke at a meeting of the Branch at Oddfellow's Hall.

Minutes and committee papers

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