TitleSheffield Equalized Independent Druids Friendly Society, Oughtibridge branch
AdminHistoryThe Independent Druids seceded from the Ancient Order of the Druids in 1858. The Order was then instituted as a Friendly Society. The Sheffield District was the strongest in England, having 84 lodges by 1936.

The Sheffield Equalized Independent Druids Friendly Society (later Druids Sheffield Friendly Society) is a mutual friendly society aimed at helping members with their financial welfare. There are no shareholders and profits are shared among members. The group are a non-sectarian, non-political organisation.

At a Special General Meeting held on 14 Mar 2015, the Society’s delegates voted in favour of a transfer of a merger between Druids Sheffield Friendly Society and the Independent Order of Odd Fellows Manchester Unity Friendly Society (the Oddfellows). The transfer was completed on the 30 Apr 2015 and the Druids Sheffield Friendly Society is now part of the Oddfellows Group.
Description1. Minutes, 1904 - 1907
2. Accounts, 1902 - 1915
3. Membership, 1902 - 1910
4. Contributions, 1902 - 1912
5. Accident compensation reports, 1904 - 1907
6. Miscellaneous, [early 20th cent]
Date1902 - 1915
Extent11 items
RelatedMaterialSheffield Archives:
List of Trustees of the Sheffield Equalised District of the Order of Druids Friendly Society (1899 - 1951), 1957 (CA778/8300)

Sheffield Local Studies Library:
Sheffield Equalized Independent Druids, Programme of business for the annual meeting, 27-28 May 1974 (PAMP 836 S)
CustodialHistoryThese records were deposited in Jan 1980, by the Rev. R. R. Judkins, of Sheffield (Methodist) North Circuit, who found them in the attic of his home.
AcquisitionSourceThese items were deposited by a private individual in 1980.
ArchNoteTypescript list typed up by Joanne Gawthorpe; catalogue prepared by Cheryl Bailey, May 2017.
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