Fellowship, Freedom, Reform
Two badges bought today from the wonderful Monday flea market in Covent Garden . I bought them 'blind' - I collect political badges, and these looked sort of political but I wasn't sure.
It turns out the top one is from an inter-war temperance organisation, the Fellowship of Freedom and Reform. I should have guessed that a badge in red, white and blue was using 'reform' in a measured manner. Reform of the licensing laws in this case.
There's more about the Fellowship and its splendid badge here.
The bottom one is hallmarked silver, and so was more expensive. It could well be commercial, but if I remember right the Labour League of Youth had at one time a paper called 'Advance' and I wonder whether this was their badge. Anyone know?
The Fellowship of Freedom and Reform was less a "temperance" organisation in the sense that we might think of that meaning today and more a "front" for the brewers, campaigning against "excesses" but also against militant prohibitionists
The Grantham and district bowls league still have an annual team competition for the Freedom of fellowship and reform cup.The charity finished in 1943.
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