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WEDNESDAY'S MEETING.

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WEDNESDAY'S MEETING. THE PROPOSED NEW SHROPSHIRE DIOCESE. ITS EFFECTS UPON ST. ASAPH DIOCESE. THE BISHOP'S STRONG PROTEST. APPOINTMENT OF OFFICERS AND COMMITTEE REPORTS. Wednesday (yesterday) morning w devotee? to the business of the Conference, and a. discussion on "The proposed new Diocese 01 Siforopshire as it affects the Diooe > of St. Asa.ph," when the principal sneakers were Mr R. Lloyd Kenyon and Mr Ali-ivxl Wynne Cor- rie. The Bishop off St. Asaph presided over a re- presentative gathering, and he was accompan- 2Iecl on the platform by Chanoellor Trevor Par- kins, Dean Archdeacon Tnoraa?, ROIV. T. Redfern, .j.rctad!eacon W yrmo-Jones, Mr Wynne Come, Mr Ll Hugh-Jones, Rev. C. Leefiie Jones, Mr W. y. Hargreavcs, Col. Cora- wallis West, the Record or (Mr R- LhDyd Kanvon), and Mr P. P. Pennant- ST. ASAPH CLERGY SUSTENJATION FUND, The Council presented their tenth annual re- port in reference to this fund, and expressed tibeir pleasure in finding thai for the fourtn year in succession they had a balance of over £2000 to hMid over to the executive committee for distribution- "Since the close of the continued the report, "the fund has sustained a severe J'oas by the death of Lord Penrhyn, who was a gieoerous subscriber to it The Council have also to mourn the loss of the late Mr Charles Howell, who, for five years in succession ga.ve £100 to the fund- The last .Hutatment, which •waa unpaid at the date of his death, was moat jpefaerously given by his sisters, the Missea ■Howell, to whom tihe Council tender their meat hearty thanks. "The Deaneries of Denbigh and Lknu-w&t, Pendlyn and Mold all show substantial aaVanoea —'botih in the amounts subscribed, and in the munbor of subscribers. "Bv the kindness of Mr Basil Phillips, Col. Daviee-Cooke, and Mr J. Eldon Bankes, KG., garden meeting's foir the narash of Gw&rna- Bieiid, Llanieffrea and Northop ware heid and too was provided1- ira Johnson Jones crgan- i&od a similar meeting for the parish of Holy- ■weli, and a meeting was also held at Bryn- ford. All these meetings were wejl attended, and have greatly advanced the cause. In Mold Rural Deanery, the pain is reprcsonted py j355, and 80 new subscribers. Such local racberingB are the surest way of extending the fiijid on a broad, permanent basic—;by in- sulating in each individual Churchman his duty fco contribute something, however email, to the support of the ministry- Mrs Wynne Dorrie organised a. sale of work at Pa.rk Hall lor the fund whioh resulted in a very substan- tial addition to the fund. In October last the President of the Council invited the energy of Oswestry R.D. to a conference at Oswestry— an invitation which was readily responded to— and it ia hoped that good results may follow in the current year. "The personnel of the Council has suffered Borne important, losses durin.<? the year by the resignations of Mr Charles Wynn of the chair- manship of the Edeyrnao* Deanery, of Captain tBeat of that of Llangollen, owing to ill-health, of Dr. Brooks of the secretaryship of Rhos Deanery owing to his removel from the dis- trict,of Mr Cleaver d. the secretaryship of St. Deanery- The Council tender them their hearty thanks for their past services- Steps are being taken to fill the vacancies- Mr W. Bernard Lucas has kindly accepted the teoretaj-yahip of the Rhos Deanery. "Mr J. Watkinaon has once lf-oro evinced tie practical interest in the mnd by giving 1£100 for endbwrnieiit, which will be allocated to a poor benefice in due course. His last year's donation haa been offered to Bettws Caedewei and aooepted by that living, the btrasent value o* which is £128- To meet this, Jjord Joioey haa geoerouclv given £100, and •ppJication is being made to Queen Arone's Bounty few a grant of £200. wihkrti if successful wiU raise the value to £141. The total amount available for distribution this year is £2097 as compared with £2039 last year, when grants were made to 74 benefices- The Council reiport with eatia.aetiom that the grant from the Q.V.C.F. in London was raised' to £800; for this they tender the Q.V.C.F their foearty thanks, and tlhey feel encouraged by thria recognition of the necessities of the Dio- cese, and of the sacrifices and exertions made in the past &nd continued in the present by suibecribeira and workers far the fund. "PAST AND FUTURE. "The considerable decrease in the total from Rihos Deanery-a. regrettable feature of the present report-is partially accounted for by the non-receipt of the Colwyn Bay returns prior to making up of the accounts, also to the previous year having included some large special receipts. Whiie the total amount of the receipts and the very satisfactory increase of nearly 600 in the number of subscribers are evidence of the wide and increasing support extended by all classes ridh and nootr, to this most vital fund the Council desire to toint out that this support pe- Bcmts some striking anomalies in its distribution, as a reference to the subjoined tabte will show- In thbs corimeotion the Coun- cil desire to emphasise the paramount iniport- tunoe of inoroasing the number of individlual eubecribers- Parochial secretaries are asked to use their best endeavours to prooure as many subscribers as posenble-howùver small the amount of the individual subscription may be— and to be careful to forward the names of every contributor to their run-decanal secretary- "The IlfLJ of the fund1 is severe. To be can- did, the pressure on the beneficed clergy of inr crease-d' oemands on their purSes unaccompan- ied by any increase in their receipts, is caus- ing girave anxrety and driv-ation in mamy par- Btxnages where its existence is undreamt of by the laity. The Council warmly thanks aU, whether secretaries, collectors, or contributors, for their exertions in the nast. They confident- ly anticipate a continuance of this in the cur- rent year, and truey invite a more atreoiuous co-operation from those parishes which are at present lagging behind in their efforts." Tro report was adopted. THE CONSOLIDATION OF PARISHES- "The oommitttY) apoointed to deal wlith this question presented their report- They had met æveral times and oonsidfored the different as- pects of the subject entrusted to them, and had drawn up their recommendations under the three heads of (1) union of benefices; (2) con- solidation of districts; (3) new district or mis- sion centres," reported the Chairman (Aroti- deaoo:i D. R- Thomas). "Your committee do cot expect to effect appreciable financial economy by these means, the parishes are too poor for that; but they Confidently anticipate what is more important, a rreat economy in the work and efficiency of the living agents by the rearrangement of bou.nd.ariœ. Soma of the recommendations they think might be car- ried out with advantage at once; but others are more complicated and reouire local con- sideration of details- They request therefore that they should be considered' carefully by the parishes concerned, and they invite their critic- ism and suggestions- Tlie commutes recommended that the follow- ing suggestions be considered —1-—Union of benefices: That (a) Llanyohan be united to lilanynvs, with the condition that a curate be kept and a service given at Llanycban and at Rbewl at least every Sunday; (b) Liangwy- fan be united to Llandyrnog; and that under 1 and 2 Vie. c. 106 s. 17, the income and glebe should be exchanged so as to produce an equi- valent amount for some poor and populous dis- trict, such as Broughton or Southeea; (c) Gwaenysgor be united to Newmarket; (d) Efeneohtyd be united to Llanfw: c on the con- dition of a curate being kpt; and (e) Froa- gooh be re-united to its mother-parish of Llan- for. II—Respecting consolidation, by re-ar- rangoment at boundaries: That (a) Bettws Gwerrfvl Gooh bo enlarged by additions from Gwyd-dehvern, Llanfihangel G -vi-, and Cor wen; (b) Knockin by the transfer from Kinnerley of the T- of Osboston; (o) Alaesbrook be trans- renred to and worked1 from Lfeinymynooh; (d) LLangedwvn be enlarged bv the townships of Oai-thwyr and Banhaola lia from Llanrhaiadr M. (el Llanliugan, by the T. "f Dohrynfelyn and part of Dwyriew from Mana;on; (fj Aber- hafesp, by the western porticin of Llanllwch- faaiarn; (g) Manafon, portion of BerriQw; (h) portions of LJennefydd be trarrsferred to Cefu and Henllan; (i) Burton T- be transferred from Grecord1 to Rossett; (j), Mcchdrc T. to Llan- gystenvn; (k). part of Tre--non to Bettws- III—Regarding new districts and mission cen- tres: That (1) Beree and Soutsso.. be formed into a consolidated parish: (2) Maosbury. As- ton and YVootton be formed into a oonwojidated parish; (3) Trevor formed into a district with & new church near the Stat ion • (1) Fron in Llangollen, a.r"1 Pentre in Chirk be worked together; (5) Gobowcn. that a wnv ohtuch be built here as ttlie Parish Church of cngoed and bmd; (6) Llaruhos, that Deganwy be formed into a separate district, that a church be built .r Pernrhyns.de and a curate let;itl U-^ere; that a curate reside f rear St. Paul's; (7) LLan- ga-dwaladr, in lieu of the present services that the Im!1 Churoh be transferred from Fron- to Moelfre-, (81 EifaiLfhyd, a mission roam be erected bore for Llan.silin and* rhaiadr; (9) Pant. that a M.R. be provided and worked from Morton; (10) that nl"-on rooms be provided at Pent,robeirdd in Guild- field and Cxyfronyd<J in WehshpooL ARCHDEACXJN THOMAS moved: "That the committee be re-appointed, and that tlie report be submitted for conwide rat ion, sugges- tion or amendment by the several paru^es; that the parishes concerned be represented at a conference, and that their report be .sent to the Chairman of this committee before May 1st, 1908, and then oonsicfened by this commit- tee who Shall report to the next confer-enee." The Archdeacon added that though the com- mittee had gome oarefully into the question there were details the consideration of which could be better left to the parishioners them- selves- Tho first thing they should take into consideration, of course, was that the result would prove an improvement upon that obtain- able from the present machinery- COLONEL OORNWALLJS \VEST seconded, and said he had brought that question before the Conference held at Rhyl in 1892, since when it had mado no material progress. He thought the scheme would open up a very much larger field of usefulness for clergymen because at pre- sent there were some parishes which were so small that very little work existed for the c.ergy in charge of them. The REV. DAVID JONES (the Proctor) caid that provided he would not be stultifying him- self he would offer no objection to the step sug- gested in the motion provided the matter came up for definite consideration at a later date. He would, however, warn them that the Diocet=c of St. Asaph was the very last which could afford to adopt that scheme. They should re- member that not many years ago two-thirds of the income was in the hands of one family. It was after a great fight that the Pluralities Act had been pad, and he must further remind them that the g.n7at cry of the present was the dearth, of clergy (hear. hear). The BISHOP pointed out that as the details were to be discussed by the parishioners, it was undesirable that anything other than the general principle was dealt with at that meeting. MR P. P. PENNANT urged the meeting to adopt the report. The matter was put to a division, and de- clared carried unanimously. THE PAN-ANGLICAN CONGRESS. The REV. C. LESLIE JONES, the local secre- ta.ry, submitted a brief report of the work accom- plished in the diocese by the way of preparing for this Congress, and made a strong appeal for the complete support of Churohmen, especially in the matter of providing a thank offe-rin-- whioh will be presented by the Bishop on be- half of the aiocer.e—whioh would be worthy of the See of St. Asaph. The BISHOP emphasised the appeal in a few striking sentences.

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