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I DENBIGH GRAMMAR SCHOOL OLD BOARDERS' ASSOCIATION. SECOND ANNUAL DINNER. The second annual dinner of the members of the above association took place on Thursday evening, January 19th, at the Crown Hotel, Manchester. Mr. S. Edwards: M.A., president of the association presided over a good and representative gathering of old boarders. Telegrams and letters of regret at being unable to be present were received from Dr. A. G. Goodwin (Liverpool), Dr. F. W. Allkin (Hooley Hill), Messrs. A. Broome and J. B. Wild (Oldham), F.W. A. Duncan, C. R. Lurring, and L. V. Lurring (Dublin), E. White (Ashton-under-Lyne), R. Mountfield, and F. House (Liverpool), F. White, and F. N. Uttley (Manchester), J. E. Boulton (Much Wenlock), J. W. Williamson (Ripon), W. H. Williamson (Bristol), T. Lloyd Jones (Denbigh), and J. Harrison Jones (Mold). At seven o'clock the company sat down to an excellent dinner. The President in proposing the usual loyal toast of The Queen and Royal Family,' re- ferred incidentally to the fact that a former boarder of the Denbigh Grammar School (G. Granville Loch), had recently attained his captaincy in the Royal Scots Guards at an exceptionally early age. The cloth was then removed, and the remainder of the evening was devoted to songs, toasts, and social conversation in which reminiscences of life at the old school found a prominent place. Mr. E. Hopkinson (Newark), in proposing the toast of The Old Boarders Association,' said he had been ably described by the chairman as the 'long distance champion' inasmuch as had travelled the longest dis- tance (90 miles) to be present that evening. He heartily approved of the establishment of the association, and wished it every suc- cess. Mr. A. A. Crabtree (Manchester), in sup- porting the toast, pointed out that the large number of letters received from members unavoidably absent, was proof of their con- tinued interest in the association. Mr. Geo. E. Seville (hon. secretary), in responding to this toast, gave a short history of the association since its com- mencement, and stated that the member- ship for the present year, showed an increase of seven over last year. Referring to the prospects for the coming year, he said that amongst the subjects that would engage the attention of the committee, was the suggest- ion that the association should arrange for an open social evening' or dance-a propo- sal which had been favourably received by many members. Mr. H. W. Stewart (Altrincham), in a humorous speech, gave the toast of The Old School.' Mr. W. G. Rhodes, M.Sc. (Gorton), propo- sing the toast of The Absent Members, ) referred in feeling terms to the loss the association had sustained by the recent decease of one of its most active members I (Mr. J. H. Hampson), and expressed a fervent hope that no names would disappear from the roll during the present year. Mr. W. A. Young (Royton) the hon. trea- surer, proposed The Denbigh Press,' and referred to the uniform courtesy extended to the association by the editors of The Free Press and THE N ORTHW ALES TIMES. Mr. Ivie Mellor (Oldham), chairman of the committee, in proposing 'The President, Mrs. Edwards and family,' said he felt honoured in being chosen to propose what he considered to be the most important toast of the evening. The presence of their president, and former headmaster in the chair that night, gave a sort of distinction to the gathering. He (Mr. Mellor) should always look back upon his six years stay at Denbigh Grammar School with pleasure and with feelings of thankfulness and res- pect towards Mr. Edwards, and he believed he was also expressing the sentiments of all who had had the good fortune to be pupils, of such an able, careful, and hard-working tutor. Since their last dinner, an impor- tant event had taken place in the history of their president-he had, as they were all aware, retired from the headmastership of the Denbigh Grammar and County School, after a period of nearly twenty years arduous work in school teaching. Every one would agree that it was a retirement well and honourably deserved (applause). Mr. Mellor then referred to the presentation made to Mr. and Mrs. Edwards by pupils an colleagues in August last, and the great pleasure he had had in taking part in the proceedings of that memorable day. He concluded by wishing Mr. and Mrs. Edwards and family, long life, health, and happiness in their new home in Manchester, and quoted the couplet— That sunshine may follow them all through life, And peace and comfort free from strife' (applause). Mr. G. E. Seville in responding on behalf of the president, who had to leave the meet- ing before che conclusion of Mr. Mellor's speech, thanked all present, for the cordial manner in which they had received the toast, and added that he was commissioned by Mr. and Mrs. Edwards, to say that they would be very pleased to see any of their old pupils at Heath Bank, Whittington, whenever they liked to call. In the intervals between the speeches, songs and recitations were given by Messrs. Ivie Mellor, H. Hyde (Ashton-under-Lyne), and A. Kendall (Manchester), also a num- ber of selections upon the Grammaphone by Mr. F. C. H. Hampson (Romiley), all of which were loudly applauded. The singing of Auld Lang Syne,' and the National Anthem, brought a very pleasant and successful gathering to a close.


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