May 2nd, 1906

Council Meeting, Wednesday May 2nd 1906 7.30pm


Present Miss A. Amy Bulley (chair), Miss Emily Cox, Miss Hesse, Miss Margaret Ashton, Miss Gaskell, Miss Reilly (Telephonists), Mrs. F. E. Ashwell Cooke, Mrs. Findlay, Mr. H. V. Herford, Mr. H. A. Crick (Bakers), Mrs. O. Aldridge (Secretary)

Apologies. Apologies for non-attendance read from Miss Crompton, Mr. Marr, Mr. Johnston, Mrs. C. E. Schwann & Mr. W. C. Anderson.

Minutes of Council Sub-Committee. Minutes of previous meeting read & passed. Miss Cox reported there were no Sub-Committee Minutes as the usual meeting had not been held.

Mrs. Swanwick & Organisation of Domestic Servants. Mrs. H. M. Swanwick met the Council for the purpose of placing her views re-organisation of domestic labour before the members. Mrs. Swanwick had no definite scheme to propose but urged that a useful start might be made along the lines of better training & organisation of out workers or day girls. With efficient organisation a better type of “day girl” might be induced to enter domestic service. The discussion was quite important & no resolution taken or decision arrived at beyond asking Mrs. Swanwick to report again to the Council at any time she thought proper to do so.

Women’s Local Government Society. Miss Leigh Browne of the Women’s Local Government Society wrote thanking the Council for their action re- Local Government (Qualification of Women) Bill. The Treasurer then reported on the month’s finances.

“Sweated” Goods Exhibition. The Secretary reported that the Council had the first refusal of the “Sweated Goods exhibition” for the month of October in Manchester. That the “Daily News” would be willing to lend all the “exhibits & stalls, lantern slides etc” free of charge. Cost of carriage & all local expenses of hall etc would need to be met by the Council.

Manchester Organisations invited to cooperate with Council. Miss Ashton moved & Miss Cox seconded that the Secretary being instructed to invite the following organisations to cooperate with the Council: Manchester Trades Council, Women's Trades & and Labour Council; Women Workers, University Settlement; Citizens’ Committee Christian Social Union; Lancashire College Settlement; Cooperative Wholesale Society; Cooperative Union; Women's Cooperative Guild; Women's Industrial Council (Liverpool); Manchester Sanitary Association.

Next meeting. Miss Ashton moved Mrs. Cooke seconded that the next Council meeting be held on Wednesday, May 30.

Margaret V. Ashton May 30th 1906