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The period around 1875 was a time of depression and grinding poverty, with virtually nothing to lighten the pervading gloom and misery. Remember, there was NO radio, television, cinema, telephone, Sunday football, supermarkets or motor cars (did I hear a faint 'hooray'?). For interest, Daimler was experimenting with a new manufactured substance called 'petroleum'. Enter John Blackham, a deacon of Ebeneezer Congregational church, West Bromwich with an initiative to provide a little relief in the Midlands by providing a regular non-denominational Sunday afternoon meeting with something of interest. The meetings were to be "Brief, Bright and Brotherly", and became a 'brotherhood'.

Not to be outdone, the ladies later formed a 'sisterhood' in 1912.

A series of 'crusades' spread the movement to France and Belgium in 1908 and to Canada in 1911, then on to Switzerland, Australia and S. Africa. A 'World Brotherhood Federation' was established with a Secretariat based in London. By affiliation we are part of the National Brotherhood & Sisterhood Movement (Inc).