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The Vegetarian Society (UK) and IVU, 1950s



The following reports are from the Vegetarian Messenger (VSUK magazine):

Extracts from reports of th 1950 IVU Congress in Holland:

TUESDAY, 11th JULY.
8.0 p.m. Welcome by International Vegetarian Union President, W. A. Sibly, in the Congress Hall, and brief speeches by delegates.
WEDNESDAY, 12th JULY.
8.0 p.m. Lantern Lecture by W. A. Sibly: " A Vegetarian Wanders Around the Commonwealth." Mr. Sibly will deal especially with Australasia.
FRIDAY. 14th JULY.
2-30 p.m. Lecture by Roy Walker: "The Coming World Famine."

THE CONGRESS AT OOSTERBEEK AS THE PRESIDENT SAW IT.

THE International Vegetarian Union Congress, held at De Pietersberg, Oosterbeek, was a strenuous affair, for our Dutch hosts had arranged a full time-table.

The first thing which impressed me was the peaceful beauty of our surroundings. Less than six years ago the storm of war descended from the skies on Arnhem and Oosterbeek, but time and the astonishing energy of the Dutch have effaced most of the scars. De Pietersberg stands in its own wooded grounds on a bluff above Rhine, and its wealth of trees and flowers made a most appro-priate setting for a Vegetarian Congress.

full article: http://www.ivu.org/congress/wvc50/index.html

THE 12th CONGRESS OF THE INTERNATIONAL VEGETARIAN UNION - HOLLAND.


Miss M.Large and Mr James Hough, both GB, on an excursion from the Congress.

THE 12th Congress of the International Vegetarian Union was held from the 11th to the 18th July, 1950, at The Pietersberg, Oosterbeek, Arnhem, Holland, under the Presidency of Mr. W. A. SIBLY, M.A.,J.P. (England). ...

... Mr. SIBLY, as President of the Union, thanked Mr. Fischer and the Dutch Society for their warm welcome to Holland. He felt that in the adoption of vegetarianism lay the best hope for the future mankind, and he expressed the wish that the work of the Congress -during the following days might be a turning point in the history of the Union and an inspiration to all. ...

... followed by ... H. H. Jones (England), G. Henderson (The Vegan Society), Mrs. D. Horsfield (England) A. Reid (Scotland), ...

... Brief reports of work accomplished in the various countries -given by delegates from ... Gt.Britain, ...

... The following applications for membership of the International Vegetarian Union were confirmed: ... The Vegetarian Catering Association (Gt. Britain), ...

... The officers of the I.V.U. were elected as follows--President: W. A. Sibly, M A. (Gt. Britain), Vice-Presidents: .. James Hough (Gt. Britain), ... Acting Secretary: H. H. Jones, BA. (Gt. Britain). ...

...The President announced that through the generosity of Mrs Gasque it would be possible for the I.V.U. to appoint a paid Secretary, with Headquarters in Gt. Britain,* and that such an appointment would be made by the officers of the Union by the end of 1950. (*The Headquarters were sanctioned in Gt. Britain on account of the present difficulties in transferring currency from one country to another.) ...

... The first lecture was given by the President, Mr. W. A. SIBLY, MA. (Great Britain) who described, with lantern illustrations, his recent visit to Australia and New Zealand. By means of a remarkably fine series of slides, taken from his own photographs, Mr. Sibly imparted much of the atmosphere in various parts of Australia and New Zealand, interspersed with the many personal contacts he had made among vegetarians and others two countries. ...

... Mr. ROY WALKER (Great Britain) lectured on "The Coming World Famine." This address is obtainable in pamphlet form under the title of Bread and Peace." (*Price ½, post free. From The Vegetarian Society). ...

... Although not included in the programme of the Congress, Mr. G. Allan Henderson led an informal discussion on the vegan aspect of vegetarianism on the Sunday morning. ...

... A delightful and progressive feature of the Congress was the Youth Camp, which was attended by representatives from ... England, ...

... The following resolutions were accepted by the Congress for circulation throughout the world: ... ( see: http://www.ivu.org/congress/wvc50/index.html for full list from UK)

... Mr. HANWORTH WALKER (Gt. Britain), in response to a request from the President, briefly outlined the excellent work which was being done at the Vegetarian Home for Children, at Rainhill, near Liverpool. He said they had been criticized for not being sufficiently practical. Their whole life, where they were working with non-vegetarian doctors, schools, etc., was an answer to this charge. If they were to be judged by the spirit which was put into their work then they would not be disappointed, for in the Vegetarian Movement were the foundations of the brotherhood of man and the lasting peace of the world. ...


 

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