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A BREEZE ON THE BENCH. 0 For some time past, owing to the presence on the Cirencester Bench of magistrates of justices of rather recent appointment of teetotal principles, there has been some friction on the subject of granting extensions of hours to inn- keepers in the division, and it has been noticed that when the teetotal justices were in a majority extensions that had been granted for several years without complaint on such occasions as village flower shows, were fre- quently refused, while when they were in a minority the applications were granted as formerly. This led to a protest by the Cirencester Licensed Victuallers' Association, who, at the last licensing meeting, asked the Bench to lay down some general rule, so that inkeepers might know what was expected of them. Among the rules then laid down was one requiring innkeepers to produce some evidence that the organisers of the events for which the extensions were desired supported the applications. Last week, Mrs. Bubb, landlady of the Coles- bourne Inn, applied for an hour's extension on the occasion of the flower show, as she had had it granted for the last seven years. She produced no statement from the committee, and the temperance party being in the ascendant on the bench, the application was refused. Mrs. Bubb renewed her application on Mon- day, the magistrates present being Messrs. Wilfred Chupps (chairman), A. E. Leatham, C. Bowley, A. W. Leatham, A. J. James, W. H. Cole, and the Rev. J. P. Foster. Mrs. Bubb produced a memorial in support of the applica- tion, signed by the officials of the flower show and the bulk of the residents of the village. Mr. H. J. Elwes, a magistrate for the division, gave evidence in support of the application. He said there had been no complaint during the last seven years, the extension was for the public convenience, and those gentlemen who compelled a widow, conducting her premises under some disadvantages, to travel fourteen miles twice to make that application were not furthering the interests of peace and good order. The Chairman pointed out that on the last occasion Mrs. Bubb did not comply with the rule of the Bench. This she had now done, and he should treat it as a fresh application. This he did, and the application was granted. Upon this the Rev. J. C. Foster said he desired to protest publicly against the decision of last week being over-ridden by magistrates not present on the former occasion, and he should bring it before the authorities. Mr. E. A. Leatham warmly repudiated this remark, which he described as most improper. The Bench had a perfect right to deal with the application on fresh evidence being tendered, and for a justice to address such a complaint as Mr. Foster had done to the public was not in harmony with the traditions of that Bench.

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