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TitleRecords of The Grateful Society
DescriptionThe Grateful Society was founded in 1758 and is one of three societies founded to honour the memory of Edward Colston (the others being the Dolphin Society and the Anchor Society). In contrast to the other two, it had no political affiliation.

Its charitable works were based on an annual dinner followed by a collection, and the society devoted its collection to apprenticing poor boys and relieving distress. Since the institution of the National Insurance Act in 1911, it now mostly aids impoverished independent women over 55 with grants and annuities to help them maintain independence and dignity. In addition support has gone to establishing and supporting homes for the elderly and providing mobility assistance.

The annual dinner has been held at the Red Lodge since 1919.
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