At Alderly, MR
met novelist and anti-suffragist Mrs Humphry Ward
, who attended Alderly Church and who admired Shaw. She was later to disagree publicly with Ward over the latter's anti-suffragism. Another friend, Constance Todd Coltman
17 September 1917
, later Constance Coltman, became the first woman to be ordained to the ministry (of the Congregational
Church) in England.