Win a traditional afternoon tea on us to celebrate 180 years of Foresters Friendly Society

Monday, June 30, 2014

At 180 years old, we practically qualify as a British institution - so what more appropriate way to celebrate than with (another) great British tradition: afternoon tea for two?

180th Logo1834 was, for obvious reasons, a significant year for us, but it was also an eventful year in many other ways. Here are just five of the most memorable moments:

  • HMS Beagle was roughly halfway through its famous expedition with Charles Darwin on board as a naturalist. His experiences and work on the five-year voyage contributed to his theory of evolution by natural selection, as well as
    his well-received book, The Voyage of the Beagle.
  • The UK had four different Prime Ministers - Charles Grey, William Lamb (who was dismissed by William IV shortly after taking office), Arthur Wellesley, The Duke of Wellington (who acted as caretaker) and Sir Robert Peel!
  • Slavery was abolished in the British Empire with the passing of the Slavery Abolition Act - the result of one of the most successful reform movements of the 19th Century (but not before British merchants had transported an estimated three million slaves across the Atlantic).
  • The Palace of Westminster burnt down in the 'Burning of Parliament', which started when a number of tally sticks (pieces of wood used to record numbers and accounts) were being destroyed in a stove.
  • Do you remember the Tolpuddle Martyrs from your history lessons? They were six farm labourers who set up a forerunner to modern day Trade Unions - 1834 was the year they were arrested and sent to an Australian penal colony for their troubles.

Phew. With so much going on, it's amazing that the The Ancient Order of Foresters, as we were then known,  managed to flourish, but flourish we did!

Now, 180 years later, Foresters continues to offer a range of savings and investment plans for all the family and our members are still enjoying the benefits of our core traditions and values. As is traditional in this country, we imagine that many cups of tea helped to fuel the founding members as they established the principles that make the Society what it is today.

With that in mind, it seems apt to offer you the chance to win a traditional afternoon tea for two - in a stunning venue of course.

The afternoon tea competition has now closed.

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