The "Rising Star" Lodge and "Oaks" Branch of the Friendly Benevolent United Order of Mechanics' Friendly Society have issued a most exhaustive statement of accounts and balance-sheet for the year ending December 31st, 1898.
The sick and benevolent fund shows receipts for the year of £930 1s 9d and an expenditure of £996 19s 3d. A long list of members who have been in receipt of relief is also given, some members receiving as far as £23 8s during the year.
The total paid in sick pay alone during the twelve months was £727 8s.
Management fund shows receipts of £73 0s 10-1/2d, and an expenditure of £65.
The widows and orphans' fund shows receipts of £38 1s 1d, and payments 22 19s.
There was received from other lodges £19 14s 5d, and paid £22 17s 11d; anniversary fund receipts, £73 18s 6d; payments, £13 13s 1d.
The balance of expenditure over receipts for the year was £43 2s 7-1/2d. The assets of the lodge at the close of the year amounted to £1,219 14s 8d.
Number of members good on the books at the beginning of the year, 41. Two deaths have taken place, while 24 have left through non-payment, leaving good on the books at the end of the year 694 members.
The accounts, which have been prepared by the secretary, MR. W. LEWTHWAITE, in a most intelligible manner, have been audited by MESSRS. EDWARD E. ATKINSON and F. J. BIRKETT.
The "Perseverance" Lodge and "Primrose" Branch shows a gain during the year from £208 2s 4d to £225 0s 7d. The number of juvenile members is 273, 25 having been admitted during the year: 14 were transferred to the adult lodge: 23 left by non-payment: and 1 by death, there being a decrease of 13 on the year.
The juvenile acounts were audited by MR. G. A. COWARD and MR. JOHN GRAHAM, being presented by MR. EDWIN HOWDEN, 12, Borwick Rails.