Thursday, December 22, 2011

Yiewsley & West Drayton Co-operative Society

Yiewsley & West Drayton Co-Operative Society opened a Co-operative store at 31 and 32 Windsor Street, Uxbridge on Thursday 10th March 1910.

This was the Societies second store, having built up "Splendid business" at Yiewsley.

The Yiewsley & West Drayton Co-Operative Society reported it had over 500 member in 1910, most of whom were women

Mrs Gasson (Mrs M.A. Gasson of Acton ?) from the Wholesale Co-operative Union speaking at a Societies Hall in Yiewsley meeting in 1910 stated "many men were afraid to join the Society, for by doing so they would be endangering their position, and yet they called their land free England"

1909 Officers

President: H.J. Chilton
Secretary: E.Cox

Mr Edward Johnson
Mr Mullett
Mr Thomas Johnson
Mr James Kew

Messrs Hillier and Cook scrutineers

Henry J Chilton 1901 census - Postman aged 27

Mr C. Heron was heavily involved with
the establishment of Yiewsley and West Drayton Co-operative in September 1893

Was this Charles Heron a school master (St Matthews) born at Sowerby, West Yorkshire aged 37 at the time of the 1901 census.

In 1930
Yiewsley and West Drayton Co-operative merged with West London Co-Operative Society


Caroline Ganley 1879-1966 (later MP for Battersea) was also one of the most active women in the co-operative movement and was elected director of the West London Society in 1918.

The West London Society merged with the London Co-operative Society in 1921 and in 1942 she became the first woman president of the London Co-operative Society, at the time the largest retail society in the country with 792,000 members in that year and therefore a staggering achievement for a women.

She was an experienced and respected guildswoman, knowledgeable on such diverse subjects as tariffs and the consumer, married women's nationality rights, and the supply of milk to schoolchildren all themes close to the Guild’s campaigning heart since Margaret Llewelyn Davies. Ganley’s knowledge earned her the place as the only woman to represent England on the Cost of Living Inquiry Committee of 1936. In June 1943 she was honoured by the guild as one of the speakers at its diamond jubilee demonstration at the Royal Albert Hall.