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On a week past Monday, April 4, we heard a very interesting and informative talk on the life of Sir William Beveridge: The Man, The Report, and The Berwick Division, by Mike Fraser.

Monday, 18th April 2016, 8:00 am

Sir William Beveridge is best known for his ‘Beveridge Report’ and being the architect of the welfare state.

He started life as a journalist, then became a very important civil servant.

Among his achievements before becoming an MP, he was a director of the London School of Economics (LSE), was a social scientist, and became a Master of University College of Oxford.

As a civil servant he rather exceeded his brief in writing the ‘Beveridge Report’ and suggested that workers should pay National Insurance contributions to help give benefit out.

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He maintained that there were “five giant evils” – want, disease, ignorance, squalor and idleness.

He wanted to make a much better society.

Although he was considered to be rather arrogant by his fellow MPs, he proved to be very popular with his report – not just in this country, but throughout the world.

The Labour Party approached him to join, but he was more suited to the Liberal organisation.

When Berwick’s sitting MP, George Charles Grey, was killed in the Second World War, Beveridge put himself forward as Liberal MP for Berwick in his place, and won the seat quite easily.

Ten months later, however, in the General Election he lost his seat, but certainly not the memory of him.

The Historic Villages Group is having as its next outing, on Monday, April 18, a visit to Duns. Please note that the group is meeting at the earlier time of 10am at The Parade car park in Berwick. If anyone wishes to go, they should contact either Anne Horne on 01289 309136, or Martin Rowell on 01668 213565, by tomorrow (April 15).

The Art on the Stairs display will continue during the summer.

The first change-over day is next Monday, April 18.

Anyone can bring in a picture for sale, framed and not too big.

For those who would like to try working outside, Drawing on the Quayside re-starts on Friday, May 6, at 10am. All you need is paper, a pen, or pencil. It is a friendly group so why not give it a try?

Members and non-members can check up on the majority of our activities, and details of group leaders to contact, on our new website at