Mormons in London must have been pleased to read this friendly article in the Streatham News of 21 September 1934:
THE LESSON OF THE BEEHIVE
Mormon Scheme for S.W. London
Many Girls in S.W. London are to Study Beehives.
This does not mean that they are going to run the risk of being stung with a view to preparing honey. Not at all. It means that they are going to learn to be something like the Girl Guides, the theme of their work being drawn from Maurice Maeterlinck’s classic, “The Life of the Bee.”
The originator of the scheme is the S.W. London branch of the Mutual Improvement Association of the Church of Jesus Christ and Latter Day Saints.
If it works properly, the “Spirit of the Hive” will be instilled in the girls – to have faith, seek knowledge, safeguard health, honour womanhood, love truth, taste the sweetness of service and full joy.
The Mutual Improvement Association met in Gideon-road School, Battersea, on Thursday of last week, for a social evening, when a programme of singing, dancing and games was presented under the direction of the recreation leader, Mr. Louis Tarr.
The organisation is not limited in its membership to adherents of the Mormon faith. while it is sponsored by the Church, its objective is to develop the talents of all young people for the constructive use of leisure time. A comprehensive programme, covering activities for everyone over eleven years of age, has been outlined for the coming season.