Secretary (Salaried) 1950-56
12th IVU World Vegetarian Congress 11th to the 18th July, 1950 -
English visitors included . . . Mr. Hanworth Walker. . . .
We congratulate the I.V.U. on their appointment of Mr. Hanworth Walker
as Secretary, and we extend to Mr. Walker the good wishes of the Society
in the heavy task which lies before him, of establishing a London headquarters
of the I.V.U., and we assure him of our keenest interest and support
in its successful establishment. [this report must have been written
some time later as Mr Walker was not appointed until October]
Mr. HANWORTH WALKER (Gt. Britain), in response to a request from the
President, briefly outlined the excellent work which was being done
at the Vegetarian Home for Children, at Rainhill, near Liverpool. He
said they had been criticized for not being sufficiently practical.
Their whole life, where they were working with non-vegetarian doctors,
schools, etc., was an answer to this charge. If they were to be judged
by the spirit which was put into their work then they would not be disappointed,
for in the Vegetarian Movement were the foundations of the brotherhood
of man and the lasting peace of the world.
Minutes of Executive Meeting held at the Grand Hotel, Manchester,
at 2.30pm on the 22nd October 1950.
SECRETARYSHIP OF THE I.V.U.
The following applicants for the post of Secretary to the Union were
carefully considered -
Baker, Ivan (St.Albans)
Battersby, J.L. (Southport)
Just, Emil (Bournemouth)
Morgan H.L. (Christchurch, Kent)
Shrigley Mrs.E.B. (Croydon)
Smith, Rennie (Clitheroe, Lancs)
Trueman, Kenneth (London - N.B. - to be kept confidential)
Walker, Roy (London)
Walker, Hanworth (Rainhill, Lancs)
Having regard to all the circumstances involved it was unanimously
That, subject to the confirmation of Mrs.Gasque, Mr.Hanworth Walker
of Rainshll, Lancashire, be appointed Secretary of the Union at a
salary of £600 per annum, to be raised by annual increments
of £50 to £750 as the work develops. Termination of the
appointment to be subject to three months notice on either side. The
Secretary to work under the direction of and subject to the conditions
laid down by the I.V.U. Executive Committee, an office in London to
be opened as early in the New Year as may be practicable.
of the Executive Committee Meeting held at Mercury House, 43 Lancaster
Grove, London, NW3. On 17th July 1951 at 11a.m - various items relating
to Mr. Walker, referred to formally as 'The Secretary'.
of the Meeting of the Executive Committee held at Bloemendaal, near
Haarlem, Holland over Easter 1952 - includes various items from
13th IVU World Vegetarian Congress 1953 - Sigtuna, Sweden
OF THE EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE OF THE INTERNATIONAL VEGETARIAN UNION TO
BE HELD IN LONDON AT 2.30 PM ON SUNDAY THE 18TH OCTOBER 1953 - various
items from The Secretary, who was present despite not listing himself
EXCECUTIVE COMMITTEE MEETING - MAY 1st/2nd 1954 - PARIS - various
items from The Secretary
14th World Vegetarian Congress 1955 - Paris, France
Meeting of the Executive Committee at the I.V.U. Offices at 24 Binney
Street, London W.1. on the 30th June, 1956
Notice to General Secretary - it was resolved that this meeting of
the IVU Committee, consisting of five representatives of Great Britain,
Denmark and Germany, with the agreed support of the President (Mrs
Clarence Gasque) the Hon.Treasurer Mr Josef Pedersen (Sweden) and
Committee member Dr Jean Nussbaum (France) regrets that owing to unforseen
circumstances it has become necessary to give Mr Hanworth Walker (General
Secretary) six months salary in lieu of notice, as from this date.
Resignation of Mrs Gasque - The Committee received with deep regret
Mrs Gasque's proferred resignation and it was resolved that in the
interests of the I.V.U. she should be asked to reconsider her decision
to resign as President and that the Committee should place on record
its deep appreciation of her many services.
Appointment of an Honorary Secretary. The following were empowered
to appoint an Hon.Secretary for the time being. Messrs W.A.Sibly,
James Hough & G.L.Rudd.
EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE MEETING - FRIDAY THE TWENTY SEVENTH OF SEPTEMBER
Report from the Honorary Secretary
to: Officers, Principal Correspondents and Affiliated Societies
Following the termination of Mr.Hanworth Walker's employment as paid
secretary of the International Vegetarian Union, I have been asked
by the President, Mrs Clarence Gasque, to act as Honorary Secretary
for the time being, so that the work will not lapse.
My appointment has since received the approval of Messrs W.A.Sibly,
J.Hough and G.L.Rudd who were asked by the last I.V.U. Executive Committee
to find an Honorary Secretary.
I trust that, in this difficult situation, I may have your kind co-operation.
It is understood, of course, that the arrangement will be re-considered
at the next General Meeting of the I.V.U. In the meantime Mrs Gasque
has generously agreed to maintain the Offices at 24, Binney Street,
May I assure you of my desire to help the International Vegetarian
Union in every possible way. I shall be most grateful to have your
news for publication in order to keep our contacts up to date with
It was unanimously agreed that in view of the splendid work done
by Mr.Harry Harris during the past fifteen months in successfully
re-establishing the I.V.U. in all parts of the world, he be asked
to continue as Honorary Secretary for the time being, and be given
an honorarium of £500 for his work during the last half of 1957.
Miss Edna Harris was appointed assistant until the end of 1957.
The question of the notice to quit the offices was discussed, and
the General Secretary was asked to make the best arrangements he could
with the Landlord.
It was unanimously agreed that the offices be transferred, for the
time being to 5 Lydford Road, Willesden Green, London N.W.2., Telephone
WILlesden 0096, and that the new address be advertised in the next
issues of World Forum, The Vegetarian, and Vegetarian News.
From a History of IVU by W. A. Sibly, Past President - published
in the Souvenir Book of the 1957 Congress, but clearly written at least
a year earlier:
"It was during a visit to 'De Hoge Veluwe', north of Arnhem,
 that the present structure of the I.V.U. was born, and a great
extension of its works made possible, for in conversations there Mrs
Gasque, the well known leader of the international Mazdaznan Movement
and now our President, most generously offered to give a large annual
donation to the I. V. U. This with the much smaller contributions
from the individual Societies which constitute the Union has made
it possible to appoint a full-time Secretary, with an office in London
and so to co-ordinate and extend the work in many lands.
"The choice for this position fell upon John Hanworth Walker,
whose drive and enthusiasm have taken him to most European lands,
and also through the United States of America and through the new
State of Israel in Western Asia, where economic causes have helped
to create a wide-spread interest in vegetarianism. Mr. Walker has
been instrumental in bringing about the formation of several new National
Societies. He has secured the recognition of the I.V.U. by F.A.O.
and U.N.E.S.C.O., and has helped vegetarian travellers through arranging
for the provision of special vegetarian meals by some of the principal
steamship, railway, and airline companies."
Report from Toronto - also published in the Souvenir book of
the 1957 Congress
"During the past year, the Toronto Unit has been inspired by
such eminent visitors as Hanworth Walker,"
Report from Italy - also published in the Souvenir book of the
The Italian Vegetarian Society began at Perugia, on 14th September
1952 at a meeting organized by the "Centre of International Co-ordination
for Non-Violence'' (c/o Aldo Capitini, Palazzo Communale Perugia,
Italy). The gathering was not a large one, but the Italians and their
friends from other nations were all full of inspiration and enthusiasm
for work. The presence of the international secretary, our friend
Hanworth Walker, especially brought us the contributions of his accurate
and well-judged observation, his invaluable advice and his faith,
and was in itself the expression of solidarity with thousands and
thousands of vegetarians throughout the world.
From The Vegetarian Movement in Britain - by James Hough - also
published in the Souvenir book of the 1957 Congress
"All the work of the International Union from 1908 to 1950 was
done by honorary officials, busy men and women engaged in full time
occupations. In 1950, Mrs, Clarence Gasque, an active world leader
of the Mazdaznan Movement, generously made herself responsible for
the establishment and maintenance of permanent Headquarters in England,
with Mr. J. Hanworth Walker as paid Secretary. There are now so many
talented, keen and influential workers in the international movement
that we hesitate to add to the individuals already named. Suffice
it to say that that the I.V.U. is making a major contribution to bringing
about universal vegetarianism."
From a History of IVU, written by Geoffrey Rudd in 1965:
"A wealthy American, Mrs. Gloria Gasque, became interested in
the Union in about 1950, becoming President three years later, and
through her generosity it was possible to establish an office in London
with a small paid staff until her death in 1959. The first two full-time
Secretaries were Mr. Hanworth Walker (1950) and Mr. Harry Harris (1956),
who retired at an advanced age in 1958. The writer was asked to keep
matters moving in an honorary capacity and has been struggling against
impossible odds with the temporary appointment ever since, . . ."
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