Mexborough and Swinton Times January 15, 1886
Co-operative Conference at Denaby Main
a conference of delegates from societies in the South Yorks District Co-operative Association was held in the schoolroom, Denaby Main.
The following representatives of the executive committee were present: Messrs W Llewellyn and W Knowles (Sheffield), G Wheelhouse (Barnsley), D Jennings (Masborough), T Fearnley (Kilnhurst) and C Wightman (Doncaster).
Mr W Bates, a director of the Wholesale Board, also attended, and all the delegates also attended from Barnsley, Carrboro, Doncaster, Halifax, Kilnhurst, Mexborough, Masborough and Sheffield. Mr W.H.Chambers, manager of the Denaby Main Colliery, and president of the local society, was voted to the chair.
The subject for discussion was “The advantages and disadvantages of joining and trading with the Wholesale Society,” the paper being read by Mr H Sylvester, of Denaby.
On the motion of Mr Knowles, Mr Sylvester was thanked for his paper, and the conference then adjourned for tea which was provided in an adjoining room.