The Associations of the members of the Council

  • G. W. Jones


THROUGHOUT the period one aspect of the Council members’ extra-Council activities is strikingly constant, their ‘clubbability’. They were always inveterate joiners of Associations, and not merely in a passive role, but as active members, sitting on Executive Committees, and as officers. Initially membership of an Association would assist an individual to obtain a seat on the Council, in that he would be provided with an arena in which to make a reputation, to show his competence at administration and committee work, and to display his powers of persuasion. Success in this field might bring him to the attention of a sitting member of the Council, who would suggest that he too might become a Councillor. During the subsequent election campaign the Association would most likely be a valuable source of help for the candidate. Once elected, he would be drawn into other Associations, either as a result of his own initiative in the quest for further support, or as a result of approaches made to him by the Associations seeking his aid and patronage. A skilful Councillor could capitalise on small initial assets, augmenting them to provide an ever-growing fund of backers. Thus being in an Association helped the man into the Council, and then being in the Council helped him to become a member of more Associations, which in turn further consolidated his position on the Council.


Trade Union Council Member Catholic School Labour Party Party Affiliation 
These keywords were added by machine and not by the authors. This process is experimental and the keywords may be updated as the learning algorithm improves.


Unable to display preview. Download preview PDF.

Unable to display preview. Download preview PDF.


  1. V. B. Beaumont, Record of the Wolverhampton Chamber of Commerce 1856–1956, 1956.Google Scholar
  2. See T. J. Barnett, A History of the Lodge of Honour No. 526 holden at Wolverhampton, 1896, and F. W. Willmore, A History of Freemasonry in the Province of Staffordshire, 1905.Google Scholar
  3. W. H. Jones, History of the Congregational Church of Wolverhampton, 1894, p. 169, and see H. A. May, Queen St Congregational Church. The Story of 100 years 1809–1909, 1909.Google Scholar
  4. L. S. Amery, My Political Life, vol. i, 1953, p. 333.Google Scholar

Copyright information

© G. W. Jones 1969

Authors and Affiliations

  • G. W. Jones

There are no affiliations available

Personalised recommendations