Powys County Archives Office
Societies and Organisation Records
Reference code(s): GB 0223 B/SOC
Title: Societies and Organisation Records
Short title: Societies and organisations, records
Dates of creation: 1839-2001
Level of description: Fonds
Extent and medium: Information to be supplied
Name of creator(s): Brecknock Rural Community Council; Breconshire Association of Parish Councils; Brecknock Association of Community Councils; Welsh Agricultural Organisation Society; Builth Wells and District Heritage Society; Union and Construction Allied Trades and Technicians; Brecon Ministers Fraternal Society; Breconshire Girl Guide Association, Sir Harry ab Gwilym Friendly Society, Builth Wells Community Arts Society; Brecknock Association for the Welfare of the Blind
Administrative and biographical history: Records relating to different societies in Brecknockshire, the Brecknock Rural Community Council, the Breconshire Association of Parish/Community Councils, and the Welsh Agricultural Organisation. There are records relating to the Builth Wells and District Heritage Society. The Welsh Agricultural Organisation Society was founded in 1922 to promote and develop agricultural and horticultural co-operation. It seeks to provide business and marketing services to farmer-controlled businesses and cooperatives in Wales. Friendly Societies date back to the the 18th and 19th centuries. They were acting as a benefit club in times of sickness and death. Some had halls which they had built themselves for social and educational facilities. Other Friendly Societies lent money for mortgages. Working class men were provided with their first opportunity to hold public office. The majority of the Friendly Societies were affiliated to national organisations such as the Independent Order of Oddfellows or the Ancient Orders of Foresters. There is material relating to the Sir Harry ab Gwilym Friendly Society. The Girl Guides Association was formed by Robert Baden-Powell in 1910 as a female counterpart to the Boy Scouts Movement. The Guides have Local Associations, such as the Breconshire Girl Guide Association. There is material relating to the Union of Construction Allied Trades and Technicians, the Brecon Ministers Fraternal Society, the Builth Wells Community Arts Society which is entirely run by volunteers and is interested in the promotion of the heritage of Builth Wells. It works with manuscripts, artefacts, photographs and maps. The Brecknock Association for the Welfare of the Blind became Visual Impairment Breconshire in 2004. On 1 July 1971 the Amalgamated Society of Woodworkers and Painters and the Amalgamated Union of Building Trade Workers, amalgamated to form the Amalgamated Society of Woodworkers, Painters and Builders. In 1971 the union changed its name to the Union of Construction, Allied Trades and Technicians.
Scope and content: Minutes and other records relating to various societies, Brecknockshire, 1839-2001, including the Brecknock Rural Community Council, 1957-1974, records relating to the Breconshire Association of Parish/Community Councils, 1951-1980; records and correspondence relating to the Welsh Agricultural Organisation, 1950s-1970s; papers and photographs relating to the Builth Wells and District Heritage, 20th cent; records of the Union and Construction Allied Trades and Technicians, 1933-1990; records relating to the Brecon Ministers Fraternal, 1949-1984; records relating to the Breconshire Girl Guide Association, 1966-2001; records relating to the Sir Harry ab Gwilym Friendly Society, 1839-1962; records relating to the Builth Wells Community Arts, 2002; and records relating to the Brecknock Association for the Welfare of the Blind, 1957-1999.
ACCESS AND USE
System of arrangement: Arranged into the following: Brecknock Rural Community Council; Breconshire Association of Parish/Community Councils; the Welsh Agricultural Organisation; Builth Wells and District Heritage; Brecon Ministers Fraternal; Breconshire Girl Guide Association; Sir Harry ab Gwilym Friendly Society; Builth Wells Community Arts; and Brecknock Association for the Welfare of the Blind.
Conditions governing access: Some of the Brecknock Association for the Welfare of the Blind material that relates to individuals is closed. Welsh Agricultural Organisation are closed for 30 years after date of creation.
Conditions governing reproduction: Usual copyright regulations apply.
Finding aids: A hard copy is available at the Powys County Archives Service.
Appraisal, destruction and scheduling information: All records have been retained
Accruals: Accruals are not expected
Immediate source of acquisition: Brecknockshire Rural Community Council, Breconshire Association of Parish Council and Brecknock Association of Community Council records deposited by Powys Rural Council, 1986; Welsh Agricultural Organisation records transferred from the National Library of Wales, 1985.
Related units of description: Further papers are Powys County Archives Service, GB 0223 M/SOC/11; Anglesey County Record Office, GB 0221 WDAAO.
Note: Title supplied from contents of fonds
Archivist's note: Compiled by Annette Strauch for the ANW project. The following sources were used to compile this description: Powys County Archives Service, Societies; Hey, David, The Oxford Companion to Local and Family History; Girlguiding UK website (www.girlguiding.org.uk), viewed 10 March 2005; Builth Wells website (www.builth-wells.co.uk), viewed 10 March 2005; Leslie M. Wood, A union to build. The story of UCATT (London : Union of Construction, Allied Trades and Technicians, 1979); Sylw website (www.web-org.uk), viewed 10 March 2005).
Rules or conventions: This description follows ANW guidelines based on ISAD(G) second edition, AACR2, and LCSH
Date(s) of description: March 2005