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Nottinghamshire Coalfield

Alan


Midland District Miners Fatal Accident Relief Society


The Sheffield & Rotherham Independent

Monday, May 25, 1885

The Midland District Miners Fatal Accident Relief Society. The report of the Finance Committee of this society for the past year shows that the number of members was 13,000. During the year there has been 19 deaths from accidents, and 11 widows and 30 children have come upon the funds. The sum standing to the credit of the Benefit Fund account amounted to 4993. 19s. 2d. The amount paid for funeral allowances and legacies was 200, and by way of annuities to widows and orphans 130. 2s. The Duke of Devonshire is president of the society, and Mr. Saunders, of Derby, the general secretary.


The Sheffield & Rotherham Independent

Wednesday, June 08, 1887; page 2

From Derby I have been favoured with a copy of the annual report of “The Midland District Miners’ Fatal Accident Relief Society” for the year ending December 31, 1886. The society was established in June 1883 and according to the report has now 14,863 members good upon the books, showing an increase of 841 for the year. The payments for benefits during the year were:- Funerals 187. 10s.; annuities to widows and orphans, 971. 2s. 6d.; making a total benefit disbursement during the year of 1158. 12s 6d., the capital at the end of the year being 9859. 0s. 11d. The accounts are set forth in a very lucid manner so that “he who runs may read” And if I may be allowed to venture on a suggestion, which in my humble opinion would be calculated to benefit the society, it would be to publish yearly an account of the total amount received and paid by the society since its establishment.

The large dimensions of some of the Affiliated Orders almost dwarf the smaller ones, although these smaller ones are doing a good work amongst which I may mention the Leeds United Order of Oddfellows, the 53rd annual meeting of the Movable Committee of which Order took place last week, at the Cambridge Arms, Batley Carr. The report of the corresponding secretary (Mr J. Rhodes) was to the effect that the number of lodges was the same as last year 55; but they had lost three lodges during the year. The loss had been more than counter balanced by three new lodges having been opened in Leeds, which returned in all 254 members. The total number of members now was 4029, as compared with 3854 last year, or an increase of 175. This was only a slight increase, considering that 541 new members had been initiated during the year. The order had lost 71 members by death, or exactly the same number as last year; 79 by the loss of the three lodges referred to and 287 members had run out of compliance. The returns from 36 lodges, representing 2975 members, showed a total worth of 9776. 9s. 10 d or an average of 3. 5s per member. The sum of 2366. 15s. 5d. had been paid for sick and funeral expenses, and 228. 3s. 7d. for management. The financial position for the Grand Lodge showed an improvement on the year. The Widows and Orphans’ Fund was making headway. The number of members belonging to the fund last year was 787, and this year it was 1138. The juvenile society would, it was believed, prove a great benefit to the Order. Mr. William Bowfield was elected Grand Master, and Mr. Samuel P_ was chosen as Deputy Grand Master for the ensuing year. The following were also re-elected:- Grand Treasurer, Mr Charles R Teale; and corresponding secretary, Mr Joseph Armitage Rhodes. I hope this Order may have a more prosperous year than that last year.
CAXTON


The Derby Mercury

Wednesday, August 24, 1887

The quarterly meeting of the Board of Management of the Midlands District miners Fatal Accident Relief Society was recently held at Derby, when a most --- factory report was presented to the meeting, which comprised representatives from most of the principal collieries in the counties of Derby, Nottingham, Leicester and Warwick. It appeared that the society has now nearly 16,000 members. The income is over 4,000 a year and the society has already invested this year a sum of 1,555.5s making the total amount invested to the present time upwards of 10,000 available for the widows and orphans of the deceased members. There are now 41 widows and 109 children upon the find of the society receiving regular allowances varying from as much as 1/- per week. The contribution is only one penny per week, and for such a small payment we cannot but think that every workman connected with the collieries ought at once to become a member and so make provision for his wife and family in case of accident; and although the society has already the large number of nearly 16,000 members, it ought certainly to embrace the whole of the 50,000 miners employed in the Midland district.


Leicester Chronicle and the Leicestershire Mercury

Saturday, May 03, 1890; page 6

 

Midland District Miners Fatal Accident Relied Society. - The annual meeting of this society was held on Tuesday, when the officers were elected. The Finance Committee, of which Mr. J. P. White is president, in their report congratulated the members on the continued success of the society. At the end of 1888 there were 15,040 members on the books, and on the 31st of December, 1889, there were 16,745 being an increase of 1,705 members for the year. There were 24 deaths from accidents, making a total of 142 deaths since the formation of the society in June, 1883. Fifteen widows and 25 children were placed upon the funds during the year. Four widows had re-married, 15 children had gone off the funds by arriving at the specified age; and there were now remaining on the funds 60 widows and 174 children, some of the families receiving as much as 1 2s. 6d. per week.
The sum standing to the credit of the benefit fund, available for the widows and orphans of the deceased members, at the end of 1889, was 16,141 8s. 1d., as compared with 13,349 4s. 8d. at the end of 1888. 324 15s. 11d. has been transferred from the management fund to the credit of the benefit fund account.


The Derby Mercury

Wednesday, August 6, 1890

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The Derby Mercury

Wednesday, August 5, 1891

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Leicester Chronicle and the Leicestershire Mercury

Wednesday, October 31, 1891; page 8

 

 

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