Thanks to Audrey Fisk, archivist with The Ancient Order of Foresters who has kindly provided the following information.
There were five Courts (branches) of the Foresters in the Stockton-on-Tees District. It is possible that the picture may be of the Committee of Management of Court Royal Alexander, No. 4442, in Norton which opened in 1864. The picture might record that Courts amalgamation with a Court in Stockton in 1909. The imposing gentleman in the centre was probably the Trustee of the Court. I also think that from the style of dress (trousers and knee socks) the man in front row 2nd from the left was a gamekeeper; also the younger man (?his son) 2nd from the right. The rest of the men look like estate workers. It was never a very big Court 37 members in 1885 and 40 members in 1909, but had a steady membership year on year. They just ran out of sufficient funds. Information from Cliff Thornton.