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THE THURLOW NURSING INSTITUTION, MALPAS. This excellent institution, founded some 12 years ago as a memorial to the late Chancellor Thurlow, for many years rector of the Higher Mediety, of Malpas, has resulted in such good service being rendered to the poor and others that its advantages have become more and more appreciated year by year, and to such an extent that the managers have been compelled to confront the necessity of either providing an additional nurse, or making other arrange- ments to enable them to cope with the present demands. The scheme of the founders extends to the limit of the ancient parish of Malpas, representing an area of 45 square miles, over which the managers were required to send their nurse. The difficulties of satis- factorily dealing with the requirements of this extensive area was discussed at a recent meet- ing of the managers, and among the schemes put forward that of decentralisation appears to have obtained the greatest favour, there- by severing connection with Bickerton, Tushingham, Cholmondeley, and White- well, who would provide a nurse them- selves. A public meeting convened to con- sider the matter was held on Tuesday, under the presidency of the Rev. the Hon. A. R. Parker. There were present Mrs. Wolley-Dod (lady manager of the Nursing Institution), Mrs. Rasbotham, Mrs. A. Parker, Mrs. Green- shields, the Revs. C. Wolley-Dod and J. B. Wale, Col. Barnston, the Hon. G. Ormsby Gore, Messrs. G. S. Morgan, A. D. Callecott, W. E. Shuttlewood, G. Lewis, &c. The CHAIRMAN explained the object of the meeting, and gave a resume of the arguments which had been advanced for and against the proposed alterations at the committee meeting. He read a letter from Mr. Sandbach, who was at Caithness, objecting to Mr. Dod's proposal because it was unnecessary, and would tend to break up the Thurlow Institute, and leave Malpas in a position that he felt confi- dent was not intended by the founders. Mr. Dod proposed, the writer went on to say, to pay annually to the other districts the sum they were entitled to, in proportion to the population whether they require it or not. At present by one of the rules each district could draw E4 a year, which would be about as much as they would obtain under Mr. Dod's scheme. Hitherto Iscpyd was the only district which had claimed the full amount. These might, therefore, accumulate reserve funds of their own, instead of it being in the hands of, and controlled by the Committee of the Thurlow Institute. Mr. Dod's proposal would leave Malpas with only about half the income derived from the Thurlow fund, and a supplementary fund of about X40 a year would be required to be raised at once in order to maintain the nurse. That was a state of things which was not intended by the Thurlow family who meant the money they gave should be primarily for the benefit of Malpas. If the outside dis- tricts were not content with the present arrangements, then let the Thurlow Institute provide a second nurse in Malpas. There was at present a reserve fund of X125 saved out of the income, and a balance in the treasurer's hands of JE37, which was ample to fall back upon in case of a deficiency, for a time at any rate. There would also be an increase of income from the rectorial and local charities. He did not intend that the outside districts should draw JE4 a year in the event the second nurse was engaged, as her services would be at their dis- posal. He thought this plan might be adopted at present without any further subscriptions, and it would be quite time enough to ask the people of Malpas to subscribe when the money was really wanted. Mr. DOD had listened with respect to the letter of Mr. Sandbach, but it failed to convince him that what he proposed was not desirable. He proposed the following resolution :—" That this meeting considers it desirable to maintain for the sick and infirm poor a nurse whose duties shall be strictly limited to the area of the ecclesiastical district of Malpas." He said the nurse had complained of the strain from overwork in moving about from place to place, and he felt that very useful power was running to waste, which might be better employed in nursing. It was found very difficult to adjust the claims of the different districts fairly, as the nurse would sometimes be called suddenly away to such places as Bickerton or Whitewell, which were widely apart, while attending cases at Malpas, and who was to say which was the most urgent. As regards the remark that two nurses could be maintained at Malpas he said the fund was not sufficient to maintain one. They had to draw upon the reserve fund accumulated during the early years of its existence, when the services of the nurse were not so largely appreciated as now. The total income from all sources was only R65 a year, and the cost last year was 970, and this year the expenses would be still greater-say, X75 at least. The income from the Thurlow Institute was not more than half the cost of the nurse, the balance being made up of private subscriptions. He proposed that the income derived from the Thurlow fund should be distributed pro rata according to the population between the parishes, namely, Malpas, Cholmondeley, Bicker- ton, Tushingham, and Whitewell. Malpas would thus receive about JE18. The loss in private subscriptions from these outlying districts, which would, of course, be reserved to each district respectively, would be about 99. The whole income to the Malpas district would be about 240. There were, how- ever, other sources of revenue in the local and rectorial charities which may be tapped. He desired to make it clear that no preferential claim either as regarded paid or gratuitous services would be granted to subscribers. The nurse was essentially for the poor and needy, though he regretted that the trust deeds did not stipulate that. Somebody had told him that somebody else had said—(laughter)—that there was a movement on foot for handing over the management to the Parish Council. (' No, no.') Parish management of that sort was the very last he would like to see intro- duced into the management of a nursing fund. Anything which rendered the management liable to change, anything which introduced the principle of parochial voting, would go con- trary to his idea of what would really be for the benefit of the nursing institute. There were at present fourteen members of the management committee, but it so happened that only one- the rector—belonged to Malpas. The constitu- tion of this committee would remain the same under the revised scheme. It would meet once a year to apportion the fund and to see that the work was being properly carried out, and the fund expended according to the scheme. An additional committee appointed from the subscribers would be elected, and for Malpas he suggested 10 or 12. He did not fear that the generosity which had dis- tinguished the people of Malpas in subscribing to charitable objects would be found wanting, 9, but if a scheme conducted on the broad lines he had indicated here established he would guarantee any deficiency during the next year. He did not think that such a worthy object as nursing for the poor should be allowed to lack funds, and in making this offer he felt he should not be losing anything. Mr. GEORGE LEWIS seconded the resolution, and Mr. G. S. MORGAN supported it. The motion being put to the vote there were only two dissentients, Mr. Gore and Colonel Barnston. Mr. Gore said while he could not vote against the scheme, he was not at all clear in his mind as to what extent the outlying districts would have claims upon the Thurlow fund. Mr. Dod explained that the apportionment of the fund would be entirely in the hands of the Committee of Management. The objections were withdrawn, and the resolution carried nem. con. The Rector intimated he would give from the rectorial charities a sum of at least 915 a year.

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