Independent Order of Free Gardeners*
The Guiseley branch of this Society held their seventh
anniversary on Monday last at Mr Bateson's, the New Inn, Guiseley, where the
members partook of an excellent dinner provided by the worthy host and they
also went in procession to the Parish Church of Guiseley where full service was
performed and an appropriate discourse was delivered by the Rev. J H F Kendall.
The members afterwards passed a resolution to meet again
and go in procession to the church on Whitsunday.
This highly favoured society
consisting of 78 members, the greater part of whom are married, have had not
one single death, either member or his wife since the society was formed.
Image courtesy of the British Newspaper Archives, research by Edwy Harling
Additional text by Christine Lovedale
The Order of Free Gardeners* was a fraternal society
founded in Scotland in the mid 1600s and later spread to England.
It was one of
a great number of mutual benefit societies which existed to give members
assistance when needed.