Society of Poole Men admits women to ranks ... but will not change name

Poole group admits women to ranks after 90 years to ‘recognise equality’

Poole group admits women to ranks after 90 years to ‘recognise equality’

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THE Society of Poole Men is celebrating the approach to its 90th year by admitting women to its ranks.

Founded in 1924, it was responsible for saving and restoring Scaplen’s Court, arranges ancient ceremonies such as beating the land and sea bounds and supports local charities.

“The society has made a change to bring itself into the 21st century and recognise equality,” said president Ian Andrews.

“It represents all residents in the borough wherever they live and is the only non-religious, non-political body to do this, liaising as we do with other organisations like residents organisations.”

However, while women are welcome to join – and application forms are available at the Central Library – the name of the society will not change.

“It was decided to keep the traditional name because we don’t wish to throw away the number of things we have done in the past,” he said.

And the society, which starts its 90th year with its AGM on St George’s Day, April 23, has big plans for the future.

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10:48am Sat 12 Apr 14

elite50 says...

What a strange decision.
Something like.
I am Gay to be Homophobic.
Or.
I am a left wing Nazi.
Or.
I am a Republican Royalist.
It just does not make sense.
If you are going to change the rules, change the name.
What a strange decision. Something like. I am Gay to be Homophobic. Or. I am a left wing Nazi. Or. I am a Republican Royalist. It just does not make sense. If you are going to change the rules, change the name. elite50
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12:12pm Sat 12 Apr 14

Major Futtock says...

God help Poole Men. They will never reach their centenary unless the 'management' is changed.
I'm surprised the AGM is not being held on 'ST ANDREWS' day
God help Poole Men. They will never reach their centenary unless the 'management' is changed. I'm surprised the AGM is not being held on 'ST ANDREWS' day Major Futtock
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12:13pm Sun 13 Apr 14

Ebb Tide says...

Guess with Men losing sole relevance it will become The Society of Poole.
Guess with Men losing sole relevance it will become The Society of Poole. Ebb Tide
  • Score: 1

3:57pm Sun 13 Apr 14

60plus says...

They do good work in and around Poole so don't knock them.keep up the good work.
They do good work in and around Poole so don't knock them.keep up the good work. 60plus
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