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HF History

The HF's origins can be traced back to 13-16 June 1891, when T. Arthur Leonard took some 30 men from the Social Guild of Colne Congregational Church, at which he was the Minister, for a holiday at Ambleside in the Lake District. The weekend was a success and further holidays for people from other areas were arranged in subsequent years culminating in 1913 in the formation of the organisation which became known as the Holiday Fellowship.

Various groups were formed around the country and the Oxford Group had its inaugural meeting on 21 January 1932 at Rewley House, Wellington Square, with the Rev. Raymond Holt in the Chair. The annual subscription was 1/6d. The Oxford group continued to meet until December 1941, when there was a break, but it started again in 1945 after the Second World War and has continued its activities ever since.

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