First I will quote Ernest Bell - from his essay entitled - 'Why Not One Large Influential Society?' - from the August 1921 issue of The Animals' Friend.
~ What we want is a lot of societies - the more the better we are inclined to say. We want one in every town and village, and one against every form of cruelty. We want one as far as possible, in every individual, giving utterance to his own views as far as he can yet see. Mr J. K. Jerome once said: " Five thousand people in one society might do something, but five thousand societies of one member each would be a holy trouble." And that, we think, is the ideal to work towards. We do not want people to hand over their consciences to a society, and think they have done their duty when they have sent half a crown a year to support it. ~ 'half a crown' = £0.125
~ What the cause needs is not fewer and larger societies, but more and more smaller ones which will, if you like, exercise a friendly rivalry among themselves. That is always good from the cricket field upwards, but they must always try to "play the game" and to pull together in all friendliness, as they have lately done on several occasions, where union will always mean strength. ~
Ernest Bell, Jerome K. Jerome & friends planted seeds at the end of the 19th century & the first part of the 20th.
Their seeds have now become forests.
'The Vegan Society', or 'Birmingham' as it is referred to by many vegans in the UK, has had a colorful history of almost 70 years.
'Veganism' can be traced back to the early 1800s.
In the 1840s there was a vegan community outside London - see John Davis' super-excellent free 'book' - http://www.ivu.org/history/Vegan_History.pdf
~ The Alcott House School was opened in July 1838 by James Pierrepont Greaves, a radical educator who had discovered that Bronson Alcott had already had a similar school in Boston, USA. Greaves was sufficiently impressed to open a correspondence with Alcott and to name his school for him. Greaves had adopted the 'vegetable diet' in 1817, and Alcott in 1835, so the school used it from the outset.
In 1841 the school was re-invented as 'A Concordium, or Industry Harmony College', still in Alcott House. The earliest confirmed use of 'vegetarian' was in the April 1842 issue of their new journal,...... ~
'The Vegan Society' needs to be helped to flourish - alongside the, many more than, 'five thousand societies' now promoting the vegan lifestyle & other humanitarian causes.