Document of the Month - January
The Tufty Club, Bridge of Allan W.V.S.
The Tufty Club was established in 1961 with clubs set up all over the UK. The main character, Tufty Fluffytail, was created by Elsie Mills. Tufty and his friends featured in the stories and campaigns created by the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA) to teach children road safety. This was to address the concerning increase in children involved in road accidents during the 1950s.
Stirling Council Archives hold records gifted by the Bridge of Allan branch of the W.R.V.S. These include some records of the organisation’s Tufty Club. The RoSPA affiliated the club in 1966.
The Bridge of Allan club had their own songs to open and close each meeting. One child even created their own poem about crossing the road safely.
The photo below shows the club on duty at a special W.R.V.S. Tufty exercise for the County in October 1966. This was a Zebra crossing demonstration performed in front of about 80 W.R.V.S members.