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HAWARDEN FLOWER SHOW. 4

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HAWARDEN FLOWER SHOW. 4 LACK OF RAILWAY ACCOMMODATION. A committee meeting of the Hawarden and Buckley Horticultural Society was held at the Town Hall, Hawarden, on Monday, to consider the accounts and other matters. The Chair- man (Mr. C. B. Toller) presided. Messrs. T. Darbyshire, T. Bailey, William Jones, G. Butler, A. Potter, Thos. Ricketts, R. Dutton, and the secretary (Mr. E. R. Jones) were also present. The Secretary read a statement of accounts, which, he said, the treasurer had not yet verified. The receipts amounted to JE142 3s. ld., and payments JE114 9s. 8d., leaving a surplus of £27 13s. 5d. from the annual show held on Monday, August 2nd (Bank Holiday). The gate money reached £123 23. 7d., and the prizes given amounted to JE56 4s. 6d. The balance from 1896 was JE84 14s. 6d., which with £27 13s. 5d., made a total of JE112 7s. 11¥!. to the good. The Chairman said the cricket club had intimated that a larger subscription would be gladly accepted, and he suggested an increase on the 10s. given last year for the hire of the cricket tent.— Mr. T. Bailey thought the workers in the gardens should have extra prizes.—The Chair- man They have received their prizes.—Mr. Potter said there were many entries in the cottagers' class and few prizes, and he would suggest that a fourth prize be added where there was a large number of entries.—The Chairman agreed that this should be raised when the schedule came before them. He thought there was about 50 per cent. increase in the prizes compared with 12 or 13 years ago.—Mr. Darbyshire proposed that the cricket club be paid 10s. for the hire of the tent, and also a donation of 10s.—Mr. Bailey seconded, and it was agreed to. The Chairman pointed out that the balance of JE112 was too great, and the society ought, as far as it could, to reduce the balance. It had occurred to him whether they should make a donation to the Voluntary schools in Buckley, which were in low water at present.— The Secretary: Why not give it to the Hawarden Schools.—The Chairman Because the Hawarden Schools are not pres&ed at this moment, and they have spent the money called for in enlarging their schools.—Mr. Bailey The society is for Buckley as well as Hawarden.—The Chairman: The £10 donation is given to Mrs. Gladstone to do what she likes with, but it is a fact that it has always been received by the Hawarden Schools, and it is evident that there is no pressure. But, he added, he was not certain as to the British School, which might be included in the donation to Buckley.—Mr. Bailey proposed "That £10 be given to the Buckley Voluntary schools." — Mr. T. Darbyshire seconded, and said that the question of the British school, Ewloe, had been settled, and whatever was required they had intended to raise the money. The committee, however, felt that if the British school was not joining with the Buckley schools a sum of £2 would be voted. The Secretary read a letter from Mr. Geo. C. Alletson, Ewloe Wood, Northop, dated 14th August, offering to give a number of prizes for carnations in the cottagers' class. The com- mittee agreed to accept Mr. Alletson's kind offer, and will include the prizes in their next schedule. The Secretary read the following letter:— "66, Eastbourne-street, Liverpool, 4th August, 1897. Dear sir,—I am obliged for yours of the 3rd inst. Those of us who visited the flower show were delighted with the park and with the opportunity of hearing Mr. Gladstone, but unless the railway company make "better arrangements for the convenience of passengers, I do not think any of U8 are likely to visit Hawarden again on a Bank Holiday. Not- withstanding the many hundreds of passengers booked to return from the station, the trains came up nearly full, some of them crowded, and no empty carriages were supplied even for parties like our own, who had previously engaged them. The station was left with only three officials in charge, and the platform was allowed to be densely packed with people, standing for hours unable to secure places. In the end several people were crushed between the platform and the carriages in trying to secure places in the 9.10 train (the last on the time table) and injured. I am writing to the railway company strongly as to the state of things at the station, and I should be glad if your committee would take it up with them too, as I think coming from you it would have more effect.—Yours truly, CHARLES WARNER, JUNR."—Several of the committee confirmed the bad arrangements at Hawarden Station, and it was decided to lay the matter before Mr. Haig Brown, Manchester; also that in future the society should be informed as to the number of specials and times of departure from Hawarden Station.—A vote of thanks was accorded to the Chairman on the proposition of Mr. Darbyshire, and seconded by Mr. T. Bailey.

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