December 2020, Oldham Branch Monthly talk
... our first to be given on zoom
In September 1914 the Failsworth sub-division of the Red Cross was formed.
Their remit was to:
(i) provide extra 'Comforts' for East Lancashire soldiers in time of war.
(ii) provide equipment for hospitals at home and field hospitals overseas.
Women all over the country, would gather together, in War Comfort Groups to provide the 'Comforts' which, to 21st century eyes, appear to be the bare essentials.
This is the story of one such group.
In 1913, 8 women, representing Oldham Women's Suffrage Society, joined the NUWSS Plgrimage to a nationwide Rally in London. The Oldham contingent travelled in two horse-drawn caravans.
'HAIL SMILING MORN ... Whit Friday in Saddleworth.
The Whit Walks in the morning and the annual Saddleworth Band Contest, from late afternoon and into the evening ... as long as it takes!
Saddleworth Morris Men and the Annual Rushcart celebration held each August.
The annual commemoration in August, in Manchester,
of the Peterloo Massacre which took place on Monday the 16th of August, 1819,
at the Reform Meeting on St. Peter's Field.
Women's Suffrage and Parliamentary Reform .... a brief introduction :
Visual bullet points covering over 800 years of its history and crammed into 8 minutes!