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LEDBURY WOMEN'S LIBERAL -ASSOCIATION.

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LEDBURY WOMEN'S LIBERAL ASSOCIATION. Annual Meeting, Tea and Concert. The annual meeting, tea and conoert of the Ledbury Women's Liberal Association was held at the Town Hall, Ledbury, on Thursday. The association was formed after the defeat of Mr Whitley-Thomson at the bye-election in January, 1908, and has done consistently good work for Liberalism in the spread of Liberal principles since that time. The proceedings opened with a tea, at which there was a large attendance, about 150 sitting down. The ladies presiding at the various tables were Mesdames A Warren, H Hodges, E Hodges, W J Bray, Franklin, J Chadd, T Lane, senr., W G Davis, W Taylor, and Misses L Hodges, D Croad, and Drew (Wellington Heath). At the conclusion of the repast the meeting -at once proceeded to the business of the annual meeting, Mr Andrew Warren presiding, in the absence of the President (Mrs Fred Ballard, of Colwall). The Chairman said he was sure they would all agree with him that they regretted the absence of Mrs E H 'Hopkins, and they re- gretted, too, the reason of her absence. He was sure the members of the Association would wish to pass a vote of sympathy with Mrs Hopkins in the critical illness of Mr Hopkins, whom they wished a speedy recovery. (Hear, hear). Mrs W J Bray proposed and Mrs H Hodges seconded the vote of sympathy, which was unanimously carried, and the hon. secretary (Mrs A Warren) was instructed to write to 'Mrs Hopkins conveying the sympathy of the mem- bers of the Association. Mrs W J Bray then read the balance-sheet ,for the year -1913-14, which showed that the income was JS21 8s 3!d, made up of 21,1 3s 8Jd balance from 191213,£B 15s lOd members' -subscriptions and donations, and £1 8s 6d bank interest. The principal items of expenditure were :âRent of rownHall for meetings M 10s, subscription to National Women's Liberal Yedeyation 15s, delegate to London to meeting, :10s 9Jd, subscription to Midland Union Women's Liberal Association 2s 6d, other -expenses, including postages, etc., £1 ,3s2d, leaving a balance in hand of 217 6s lOd. (Loud applause). The balance-sheet had been audited and found correct by Mr W G Davis and Mr W Taylor. On the proposition of Mrs W J Bray, -seconded by Mrs Franklin, the balance-sheet was adopted. The Chairman read the report of the hon. >8ooretary (Mrs A Warren) as follows :â" This report completes the sixth year since the Association was formed. We have held six socials during the winter, which have been well .attended and much appreciated, the programmes 'being of an interesting character, and at each one we have had good speakers and instructive addresses. On Wednesday, January 14, a f-ancy-dress ball was held at the Royal Hall, which was a great success, both in numbers and an every way, there being a substantial balance to the good, which was paid into the funds of the Association. Our membership has been well sustained throughout the season, and we are anticipating a somewhat livelier time in the coming year, which will see a General Election, when we hope to see Mr C W Parish elected for South Herefordshire." (Loud applause.) Mrs Davis proposed the adoption of the report. Mrs Austin Maddox, ici seconding, said the best thanks of the members were due to Mrs Warren. No one in the Association could have carrie d out the work as ehe did it, and she hoped it would be many a year before she gave it up. (Apptause.) The report was adopted and Mrs Warren heartily thanked for her work. Mrs Fred Baillard was elected president on the proposition of Mrs Warren, seconded by Mrs Austin Maddox. Oa the motion of Mrs Warren, seconded by Mrs Hodges, the vice-presidents were re-elected as follow :âMrs Harry Webb, Mise A Williams, Miss Winifred Parkh, Mra Homes (Gold Hill), and Mrs W G Davis. The Chairman said the hon secretary bad ,okpresged a wish to give up her post. She had held the office for six years and it was quite ttime some of the younger members tried their atand. There was any amount of talent in the Association. A Voice Keep the oid one. (Hear, hear.) On the motion of Mrs H Hodges, seconded by Mrs Bray, Mrs Warren was re-elected hon meoretary. Coding to the office ef hon. treasurer, the Chairman said Mrs Hopkins had expressed a wish to be relieved of her office, and it would benecelisary to elect a new treasurer. Before doing so he thought they would like to express their thanks to Mrs Hopkins for her services during the past six years. She had been treasurer of the Association since its formation, and had served it extremely well. (Hear, hear. ) On the motion of Mrs Warren. seconded by Miss Drew,, a hearty vote of thanks was accorded Mrs Hopkins.. Mrs Croad proposed, Mrs Franklin seconded, and it was carried, that Mrs W G Davis be elected hon. treasurer. Mrs Davis, who was received with applause, said she would do her best for them. They eould not but feel very sorry for Mrs Hopkins in the illness of her busband, whom they hoped would be restored to health in dae coarse. (Haar, hear.) The following were elected on the committee, theoflleers being ex-officio membersMesdames H Hodges. W J Bray, E Hodges, Mayo, Allen Maddox, J Chadd, Franklin, Evans (Parkway), Austin Maddox, J Smith, and 0 R Croad, and Misses Drew (Wellington Heath), L Hodges and 1> Croad. I i

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