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FESTIVITIES AT MALPAS. 0 On Monday, in accordance with a time honoured custom, Malpas Wakes were held in fine albeit threatening weather. There was, as usual, a large number of visitors in the town during the week end, and at the several places of worship on Sunday there were crowded con- gregations. During the day the annual soiree in connection with the Malpas Social Club and Institute was held. In the afternoon tea was partaken of in a spacious marquee in the Wyvern Croft. In the evening dancing took place on the Castle Hill to the strains of the Nantwich Brass Band. There was a large company present, and the proceedings were kept up with much spirit until late in the evening. The 58th anniversary of the Loyal Clutton Lodge, Independent Order of Oddfellows, M.U., was also celebrated on Monday. The members met at the lodge room, the Jubilee Hall, during the morning, enrolling new members and making the usual preliminary arrangements for the day's proceedings. At noon the members mustered with their banners and, wearing their regalia, they formed into procession. Headed by the Chester City Brass Band they proceeded to church for divine service, in con- junction with the members of the Grand United Order of Oddfellows. The service was conducted by the Rector (the Rev. and Hon. A. R. Parker) and the Rev. F. B. Wale, the latter preaching an excellent sermon. After the service the clubs returned to their respective meeting places. The Clutton Lodge went to the Jubilee Hall, where dinner was served. The rector (the Rev. and Hon. H. R. Parker) presided, and he was supported by Dr. Jordison, senior medical officer to the society, Messrs. G. S. Morgan, W. H. Edwardes, C. Price, J. W. Wycherley (treasurer), and C. Tomlinson (secretary). Upon the removal of the cloth the Chairman proposed The Queen.' In proposing The Prince and Princess of Wales,' the Chairman said they all wished they could see more of the Prince in Cheshire, but they must remember that the Queen's age necessitated a large amount of work on his part. He was particularly dear to Cheshire as one of his titles was Earl of Chester. There was no more loyal county in England than Cheshire. (Applause.) 'The Bishop and clergy and ministers of all denominations' was proposed by Mr. G. S. Morgan. Personally he had a great regard for the Bishop inasmuch as he was not only a minister of the gospel, doing his best for the spiritual interests of the diocese, but was a social reformer in the way he (the speaker) was himself most interested in. (Ap- plause.) As regarded the clergy, they were most fortunate and happy in having the rector in their midst. It had been his lot to reside in Malpas for 16 or 17 years, and he could truth- fully say he never remembered a time locally in which there had been such a kindly and liberal spirit manifested among' all people and all denominations of Christian folk. This arose very largely from the largeness of heart and liberality of view shewn by Mr. Parker, and his giving the right hand of fellowship to all who were doing good in whatsoever way. (Applause.)—The Rector, in reply, said he would himself always hold out the right hand of fellowship to any man, be he Churchman or Nonconformist. As a clergyman of the Church of England he would try to do his duty, and try to benefit all with whom he might come in contact who happened to be in need or necessity from any difficulty in life. (Hear, hear.) All of them were more or less obstinate and self- willed, and each one thought his own particular view was best and right. As a clergyman of the Church of Eugland, he maintained that he was in the right, and he did not mind telling them so. (Laughter and applause.) As long as he was rector of Malpas he should do all he could for them in things temporal and spiritual, rejoice with them that rejoiced, and sympathise with them in their trouble.— The Navy and Army' was proposed by Mr. C. W. Jordison in a spirited speech. The Navy and Army had been very much to the fore during the year, and the Navy bad been shewn to be equivalent to all the Navies put together. It bad been his great pleasure to see the Jubilee procession, and it was a sight that made one feel proud to be an Englishman. (Hear, hear.) The Chairman gave 'Success to the Loyal Clutton Lodge.' Speaking of the success of the club, he said he had just heard that 20 years ago there were very few members, but now they could muster 475 adults and 100 juveniles. He trusted that its present flourishing condition might continue. He urged them to stick well together, re- membering the motto on the banners that 'Unity is strength;' and to pre- vent any discord creeping in among them.- Mr. J. W. Wycherley (treasurer) responded, and said it had been a successful year from the financial point of view, though the sick pay had been somewhat heavy. They had received from contributions E369 9s. 5d., and paid in sick pay R308 Os. 2d. They had had only the death of one member, but the members' wives had not been so fortunate, there being five deaths. The death rate was very low, probably the lowest in England. The juvenile branch had increased very much.—Mr. Tomlinson also responded.- Mr. Wycherley proposed 'The Medical Officers,' Dr. Jordison and Dr. Leigh. Their duties during the year had been heavy, and every attention had been shewn to those who had unfortunately been on the sick list. Dr. Jordison, in responding, said the changes which had been introduced in the rules of the society since he had come among them were very beneficial to the club. He referred to the physical examination of candidates for admis- sion to the society. If they admitted people whether they were healthy or unhealthy, the club would soon go to the wall. He regarded it as the most essential thing for their financial prosperity. The juveniles should, he suggested, be also examined when they were transmitted from the branch to the club, and where they were unsatisfactory should be admitted on a special scale of charges, such as was used by insurance societies. He could quote instances of people who had been submitted to him for examination, and he had rejected them, though he had to suffer much unpleasantness from it, yet these people had died, and he concluded it he had passed them, the Club would have been the losers financially. He also suggested that before the young men got married, their intended wives should be sent for medical examination; for if they were to have five wives dying every year it would sap the means of the club very considerably. As in the past so in the future would he do his best for all of them.ITr. Tomlinson proposed the f Honorary Members in a humorous speech, and exhorted those who had children to put them in the ?I? ? ?r^nc'1' and thus keep up the stability of the club. Mr. G. S. Morgan responded, and ur. Jordison proposed the health of 'The Chairman in felicitious terms.—In the evening dancing took place on the Jubilee Hall Green to the strains of the Chester Band, there being a good attendance. The Crown Lodge met at the Wyvern Hotel, where, after attending divine service, headed by the Nantwich Band, they sat down to dinner. The Rev. F. E. B. Wale presided, and he was supported by Mr. J. Tomlinson (secretary), and Messrs. J. Allen, T. Hopley, and P. France. Upon the removal of the cloths the Chairman proposed the usual loyal toasts. 'The Bishop and clergy of all denominations' was next pro- posed by Mr. T. Barlow Edge, and responded to by the Chairman. Subsequently Mr. P. France proposed the Navy and Army,' and Mr. J. lomlinson responded. 'The Lodge' was then ^airman, who said, as a former • continued to take a great interest in Oddfellowship, and knew they were doing a good work, and Mr. T. Hopley responded.—Mr. J. Allen next proposed I The host and hostess.' This club has a membership of 102, and a juvenile branch numbering 19 members.






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