ANCIENT ORDER OF FORESTERS - LAPEL BADGE - SCARBOROUGH - 1971

ANCIENT ORDER OF FORESTERS - LAPEL BADGE - SCARBOROUGH - 1971.

In the early 1800’s a number of members became disenchanted with the movement and decided to set up another section. The Ancient Order was formed, almost readymade, by seceding from the Royal Foresters in 1834. This was a period characterised by widespread demands for universal (male) parliamentary democracy. The 1834 secession itself was a result of a drive for democratic decisions on the general rules governing the Royal Foresters.

Meanwhile, migration to the United States and into the then colonies of the British Empire had taken Forestry overseas to the US, Canada, the West Indies, Australia, South Africa and New Zealand, the administration of these Courts becoming eventually independent of the parent body in the UK.

In Britain, the formation of ordinary Courts slowed after 1890, but the admission of women in 1892 produced a wave of Courts for Females only, permitted at first to meet only in non-licensed premises. Catering for mostly young, single women, these Courts enjoyed only a modicum of success, membership falling away on marriage. In addition, by 1899, women were allowed to join the previously all male Courts, leading to many amalgamations of Female Courts with their sponsoring male equivalents. The Foresters still operate under the
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