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Walkley Reform Club Minutes

Reform Club first meeting

As part of our research Frances Soar is transcribing the minute books of the Walkley Reform Club.

The minutes detail the events organised by the club, its aims and the issues it had to deal with – from new billiard balls to the First World War. They offer a snapshot of social life in Walkley and Sheffield as well as an insight into the people who put themselves forward as committee members of such a club, and the concerns that both motivated and confronted them. 

Over the next few months we will publish extracts from the minutes. We begin with the first minuted meeting of the Club’s constituted committee on the 26th August 1909. The meeting was held at the Primitive Methodist Institute on the corner of Greenhow St and South Rd, a building still used to convene important community meetings. The Walkley Community Forum currently meet there.

Councillor Walter Appleyard was elected President. Born in Conisbrough, Appleyard was a notable Sheffield Liberal politician and Spiritualist who was Lord Mayor in 1916 who would greatly influence the early history of the Reform Club. He provided the land the club was built upon and gifted the land and premises to the people of Walkley in 1918 to commemorate the victory in the First World War.

[26 August 1909]

At a meeting held at the Primitive Institute Greenhow Street on Thursday August 26th 1909.

Called for the purpose to make arrangements for the Opening of the Walkley Reform Club. Mr A Eadon presiding.  The following gentlemen was [sic] chosen to act as an Executive Committee with powers to add to the various Sub Committees –

Rev D J Lawrence                   A Eadon

Mr J Beaumont                       J Morton

Mr H Scorah                            W H Brammer

Mr Geo E Taylor                     H Graves Senr

Mr J A Greensmith                J H Turton

Mr W Hill                                 W Ainsley

Mr H Worthington                 D Smith

Mr F Chapman                        A Buxton

Mr F Turner                             G H Selwood

Mr J Stringward                      C Bodington

Mr J M Atkins                          R Eagers

Mr W Haycock                         J E Smith

Geo Simpson                            E A Bell

Rev Dolphin                             Counr J W Crowther

Councillor W Appleyard was unanimously Elected President – and it was suggested that Sir Wm E Clegg Sir R Hadfield Sir Jos Jonas Sir Chas Skelton Councillors Neal, Osborn, Fox, Simpson, Ashmore and Crowther with power to add be asked to become Vice Presidents. It was agreed that the Executive be called to gather on the Club premises on Monday the 6th inst to arrange Committees and get into working order.


About Bill Bevan

Bill Bevan is an archaeologist, writer, photographer and heritage interpreter.

One comment on “Walkley Reform Club Minutes

  1. machinestitch
    January 22, 2015

    Have you any information concerning Councillor James William Crowther whose commemorative plaque is in Walkley. He maybe the Great Grandfather of my husband, his name was James William Crowther and seems to fit the bill. The name of his wife was Annie, his son James Arnold Crowther.

    Thank you

    Janet Crowther

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