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ENGLISH WESLEYAN TEA MEETING AND CONCERT. The annual tea meeting in connection with the English Wesleyan Chapel, Brighton Road, was held on Thursday afternoon last, in the sohoolroom adjoining the chapel and, as usual, the festival was highly successful. These annual gatherings are of the most pleasant nature. Bringing together as they do the members of the church and congre- gation, and friends from other parts of the circuit, they take the form of a happy re-union. On the present occasion the attendance was very large and besides the friends connected with the church and congregation, members of other churches and congregations were present in goodly number. The Schoolroom was nicely decorated with evergreens &c., and by means of curtains hung on the wall, it was made to present the appearance of comfortable drawingroom. Mrs Captain Groucutt had charge of tho decorating work, and its execution reflected the greatest credit on her taste and skill. She was rendered valuable assistance by the Misses Lloyd, Mr and Mrs T. Snowden, Mr Joseph Williams, Mrs Jones and Miss Hughes, Morley Road, Miss Price, Misses Matthews, Gunner, Nichols, &c. The tables, which were also hand- somely laid out, were presided over by the following ladies:—Mrs Hazellitirst; Alrs Foster; Mrs E. Lloyd Jones Mrs Samuel J. Amos Miss Walton Mrs Capt. Groucutt Mrs Morley Jones Miss Foulkes Mrs Hulley; Mrs Sarsons j Mrs Matihews; Mrs Wm. Williams; and the following ladies superintended the arrangements:—Miss Rice; Mrs Joseph Williams (Gas office), Mrs Daniels. In addition to the above-named ladies, the following contributed towards defraying the expenses of the tea ;-Mr Graves; Mr Gunner; Mr John Amos; Mr W. Lewis; Captain Hardinge; Mr Twiston Davies Dr. Raby Mra Buckingham Mr Mills Mr Mudd; Miss Bridgewater; Miss Jehu, Mr Clows Mr Howard. Mr C. E. Hughes, acted as secretary and the way in which he performed his duties is deserving of the highest praise. At seven in the evening a grand concert was held in the schoolroom, which was crowdtd to excess, and a large number were unable to get in. The proceedings were commenced with the singing of a hymn, and prayer after which The Chairman (the Rev. W. Foster, B.A.), delivered a brief address. He remarked that it seemed tc some people inconsistent that they should comnence a meeting of that nature with prayer. Ho had himself at times thought so too. But on the present occasion he thought it was per- fectly consistent. In the first place, because the concert was held on church property, and in con- nection with a Christian church and in his opinion no meeting should be held under such circumstances without b3ing begun andfended with prayer (hear, hear). In the second place, because enjoyment and pleasure -vas truly a part of religion or rather religion W £ .s one life of enjoyment. Many people thought that the Methodists as Christians were morbid and melancholy. Writers to the Times had been trying to make out that John Wesley was so but the Rev. Dr. Rigg in reply had clear- ly proved frcm Mr Wesley's works and correspon- dence that he was not morbid and melancholy, and that ho did ntwisb his people to be so (hear, hear). Then again,le (the Chairman) thought that the Christian church had in the past left music and such intellectual enjoyment too much in the hands of the world. He was glad to think the church was now beginning to realize its duties in that matter, by providing means of enjoyment and pleasure for tie people, such as the entertainment of that evening, which would fit them to meet the sterner duties of life (applause). He ventured to say that the programme for that evening, was second to none lately given in Rhyl, and when the entertainment was over he thought they would endorse its words. However, he would still retain the same opinion (laughter). He would not detain them lotger. He hoped the audience would enjoy the enteriainment as much as they had done who had been getting it ready for them (applause). The first part of the programme was then pro- ceeded with as follows :— Glee Mark the Merry Elves I Callcott Choir. Song The Better Land F. H, Co wen Mrs Davies. Reading. "A Rationalistic Chicken Miss Rice. Song. The Captive's Prayer Guest CELLO OBLIGATO. Mrs Hazlehurst.. Pianoforte Solo "Faust" Miss M. A. Williams. Song "Cheerily Haul Hi! Ho Frank Swift Mr Mudd. Glee Sigh no more Ladies Stevens Choir. The second part)f the programme was opened with an address by The Rev. E. Llopd Jones, who, on rising, .p received with cheen. Mr Jones said he did know that it would bo possible to put him into a more likely position to fail than to try and make a speech that would be in harmony with mat j meeting. Harmonj was what they all expected in music, but as a rule lie was not able to speak for five minutes without rising the indignation of some who heard him (laughter.) However, he would try but he was sure to fail (renewed laughter.) Fifteen years ago be had visited a phrenologist, :mÚ he asked tho rian what he would recommend him to be. The phrenologist, having examined his head, said he woull make a lecturer or a preacher but, he added, yoir head is of the wrong shape to be very harmonicus" (loud laughter.) Only the other evening, a friend had gone to him and said Mr Jones, try to be a littlo more mild, don't be so hot" (laughter.) 3ut he thought that when there were so many cold ones, somebody ought to boil over (laughter and applauso.) But tho meeting that evening was one where harmony was to be supreme. He was thoroughly in harmony with the chairman, in reference to the duty of the Christian churoh to provide means of pleasure and it was the supreme purpose of music to give pleasure There was the same difference between speaking and singing as there was between prose and poetry. The purpose of prose was to convey thoughts, and.,poetry was intended to convey thoughts in a manner that would give pleasure. Speaking was a means of couveying thought, singing was also the means of oonveyiug ci i ar pleasure (hear, hear.) .tio was glad that there was something that would say hush" to the irritation, and care, and trouble of life (applause), and he hopod that during ilio entertainment that evening they would all L, able to say, Begone, dull care," (hear, hear.) lie was very glad to find that the Christian church was extending her arms a little bit, and not drawing things too tightly. The other day he saw the words Christian and drama printed on a bill. There was only a space of four inches between them. He re- membered the time when there used to be twenty » miles (laughter). He attended that meeting, and j he said people there enjoying excellent recitations -who would never have been present if they had thought it was a dramatic entertainment (hear, hear, and laughter). Theie was a grat deal of blind prejudice in this matter (hear hear). He never was at a theatre but once. On that occasion he met his ild friend Oliver Cromwell (laughter), and saw him get into a temper with a royal person. He (Mr Jones) was so affected that he lost his senses, j and shouted out, "Give it him, Oliver" (loud laughter). He was thankful for something that would make him forget the care, and anxieties, and troubles of life. He would like to see the day when the drama was sojpuiified that it would be as safe to go to a theatre as to a*chapel (applause). That was his theory; and they wanted so much pure pleasure for body and mind as they could possibly get in this world. Mr Jones resumed his seat amid applause, and the second part of the programme was proceeded with as follows :— Glee. "Hark to'the Rolling Drum Bishop Choir. Duet Peace to thy Spirit Verdi Miss Maggie Amos and Mr. Mudd. Song. Mrs Davies, (encored). Reading Lullaby I Miss Rico, (encored). Song.The Children's Home" F. H. Cowen Miss Maggie Amos, (encored). Four Part Song, To the Woods Mendelssohn Mrs Hazelhurst, Mrs Foster, Mr Mudd and Mr Hazelhurst. Song "Waiting for the King" Moir CELO OBLIGATO, Mrs Hazelhurst, (encored). Glee The Bells of St. Michael's Tower Knyvett Choir. The entertainment fully justified the chairman's assertion in his opening remarks was thorough- ly enjoyable and a source of refined pleasure to all. All the performers without distinction executed their several parts most creditably, including Miss Hughes, St. Asaph street, and Miss Hughes, Morley House, as accompanists. But the singing of the choir was a prominent feature, Mr Hazel- hurst, the able conductor, having evidently devoted much time and labour in order to bring it to such perfection. At the close, Mr Joseph Williams proposed, and Mr Daniels seconded, a vote of thanks to all who had in any capacity whatever assisted the day's proceedings. It is needless to add that I the proposition was heartily carried. [