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SOMERSET’S FRIENDLY SOCIETIES
Founded in the late eighteenth century, the Westbury Friendly Society is one of the five surviving Friendly Societies in Somerset, the others being at Langport, Long Sutton, Priddy and Nether Stowey (a female Friendly Society, details of which can be downloaded by clicking here).

Parade02.jpg (58020 bytes)COMMUNITY SUPPORT
The societies were originally formed to provide an early form of social security - long before anyone had thought of state welfare benefits.

For example, they would help when members hit hard times, and provide assistance with funeral expenses on the death of a member.

Some of the traditions live on. When a member dies, we still make a small donation to the bereaved family. At the end of each Club’s five year existence, annual subs are returned to members with interest.

The charitable tradition is maintained by making donations to village good causes (to download details click on guidelines and application form).

For a full list of events organised and donations made by the 1999-2004 Friendly Society, click here.

THREE YEARS AT A TIME
In the past, the Society ceased to exist for a short period (’the club break’). A village meeting then convened to decide whether to re-establish it for another five years. Under the recently adopted new constitution, future club breaks will take place every three years.

So far, the decision has always been in favour of carrying on, at which point a new committee is elected to lead the Society for for the next few  years. The present club was formed in autumn 2004, and will break in 2007.
CLICK HERE FOR NEW CONSTITUTION
CLICK HERE FOR OLD CONSTITUTION
 

A full list of events and donations during the 1999-2004 club can be found in the online version of this month's PEW.

ANNUAL CLUB DAYRoll_call.jpg (44252 bytes)
The biggest event of the year is the annual Club Day on Spring Bank Holiday Monday. The day begins with a children’s fancy dress competition, followed by a parade through the village led by a brass band.

After the award of prizes and a roll call of members at the Westbury Inn, there is a special service at the village Church. Lunch in the Village Hall is then followed by an afternoon of events and attractions on the village playing field.

These include children’s sports, skittles, a tug of war contest, a coconut shy, bingo and various other side shows. The Club then lays on free teas for village children in the marquee.

COMMITTEE 2004-07
John Field - President
Sue Reece - Chairman
Max Atkinson - Vice-chairman
Martin West - Secretary
Peter Bright - Treasurer
Lesley Hill - Raffles


Barbara Calverley, Barbara Chorley, John Crickett, Mick Fletcher, Liz Hamblin, Sue Isherwood, Lesley Julien, Mike Love, Pavla Love, Ewan Macpherson, Tom Mains, Malcolm Mogford, Steve Penfold, Dickon Pollard,  Tony Shepherd,  Chris Willoughby, Robert Willoughby.

CONTACT:
Chairman: E-mail
Tel: +44 (0)1749 870618
Secretary: E-mail
Chairman: E-mail
Tel: +44 (0)1749 870009

EVENTS 2006
14 January: Wassailing
17 March: Easter Egg Hunt
29 May: Club Day
2 September: Barn Dance & BBQ
17 September: Senior Citizen's Outing
1 Dec: Quiz Night & Raffle Draw
20 Dec: Carol Singing

EVENTS 2007
13 Jan: Wassailing, Old Ditch Farm, 6.00 p.m.

EVENTS 2005
10 January: Enrolment night
15 January: Wassailing
28 March: Easter Egg Hunt
30 May: Club Day
10 September: Barn Dance BBQ
25 September: Senior Citizen's Outing
2 December: Quiz Night & Raffle Draw
22 December: Carol Singing

FRIENDLY SOCIETY ARCHIVES
Club Day 2000
| Club Day 2001 | Club Day 2002| Club Day 2003 |Club Day 2004 | Club Day 2005 | Club Day 2006 | Club Day Fancy Dress 2006 Events 2001 | Events 2002 | Events 2003 | Quiz Night 2002 | Quiz Night 2003
Quiz Night 2004 | Wassailing 2005 | Wassailing 2006 | Senior Citizen's Outing 2005 | Senior Citizen's Outing 2006 | Carol Singing 2005 | Wassailing 2006

DOWNLOADS:
Constitution
Old Constitution 

Membership Form

Donation Guidelines
Application Form

CLUB DAY PARADE VIDEO 
(
Made available by James Kenny-Levick)
Right click on picture, and select 'Save Target as' to download to disk. This is a smaller file than the one originally posted here, and should download more quickly than before (29 seconds via a 56Kbs modem).

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