- 1963-1987 (Creation)
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The Church of England Men's Society was established in 1899 by the amalgamation of the Church of England Young Men's Society, the Young Men's Friendly Society and the Men's Help Society, with the intention of 'devoting itself to all kinds of work amongst men'.
Parochial branches were encouraged and each Diocesan Union was represented on a National Council which, together with the Executive Committee and Chairman, oversaw the administration of the Society. The Society held an annual conference and from 1902 members could also subscribe to a quarterly periodical, the Men’s Magazine. By 1909 the magazine had a circulation of 65,000 copies.
After a period of moderate success, the Society suffered a steady decline from the 1940s onwards as its place and role within the Church of England came under question. As a consequence of a 1985 report entitled ‘A time to be born and a time to die,’ the Society was wound up with effect from 31 December 1985.
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