Village Clubs Association

Scope and Content

Correspondence with the Village Clubs Association (VCA), policy proposals and related documents regarding the possible amalgamation of the two organisations, VCA publications such as newsletters, memoranda, extracts from minutes, draft legal documents and a copy of the Articles of Association of the VCA, correspondence with Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries and the Development Commission as well as with federations and branches of the VCA.

Administrative / Biographical History

When the NFWI became autonomous and applied for grant aid to help pay for its work, the Development Commission made it a condition that the movement form a standing joint committee with the Village Clubs Association (VCA). This was formed and continued its work for a number of years, supplemented by several similar joint committees at Federation level. They organisations collaborated in a number of cases when community owned and managed village halls were established. However, opportunities for collaboration were limited and differences in policy too marked for the work to continue for an extended period: the Village Clubs Association was primarily focussed on creating mixed clubs while the NFWI remained committed to women-only branches. When the VCA began opening women's section of their own branches, it became clear that the two were now in competition for members in the same villages. Discussions with the Development Commission in 1922 raised the possibility of the amalgamation of the two organisations, but these foundered and the joint committees dissolved. The Village Clubs Association itself came to an end in 1923.