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LEDBURY CHURCH SUNDAYI SCHOOL.

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f CHRISTMAS AT LEDBURY.

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f CHRISTMAS AT LEDBURY. The Christ n-uij holidays passed off, as usual at Ledbury, very quietly, the festive season being treated as a home festival. The church bells rang out merrily on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, and again on New Year's Eve. The Bexing Day meet of the Ledbury Hounds at the Feathers Hotel attracted a large crowd in High-street, and in the afternoon there was a good attendance at the football match between the Town team and West Malvern. I THE POST OFFICE. Christmas and the New Year at the Post I Office is a busy, season, and the mails were heavier than ever this year, but thanks to admirable arrangements and the employment of auxiliary postmen the outgoing and in- I going mails were all satisfactorily dealt with. I THE PARISH CHURCH. The decorations at the Parish Church ¡ were of a most appropriate character, and | consisted of holly, ivy, box and other green- ery characteristic of the yuletide seasoii. A very fine collection of palms, ferns, white flowers, etc., was sent from Ledbury Park by Lord Biddulph, and from the Upper Hall by Mr W A H Martin. The two massive pillars at the west end of the church were artistically entwined with holly and I ivy with an effective garnishing of flowers and berries, the pillar near the north porch I being judiciously set off with pampas grasses. This was the work of Mrs Carnegy, and the artistic treatment of the opposite pillar was the handiwork of Mrs Miles, mother of Mrs Striekland (wife of the Rev. 0 F R Strickland). Miss Richardson and Miss K Underwood were respectively respon- sible for the embellishment of the other pillars. The window sills were also appro- priately treated by Miss Bickham, Miss Croft (Pye's Nest). Miss Martin (Linden House), and Miss Paul. Light and airy were the decorations of St. Anne's Chapel, under the supervision of Miss Masefield. On the chancel steps the flower- ing plants, etc., sent from Ledbury Park, were nicely arranged by Lord Biddulph's head gardener (Mr H Cotton), whilst the chancel was beautified with the profusion of palms, etc., from the Upper Hall, Mr Martin's head gardener (Mr A Mattthews) being responsible for the tasteful arrange- ment. The embellishment of the clergy stalla and choir stalls was carried out by the Misses Smith (Homend Lodge). There were two early celebrations of the Holy Communion, and a third after matins. The processional hymn (the choir and clergy being headed by the processional cross), was Hark the Herald Angels sing," and the other hymns sung during the service were Christians Awake," 0 come, all ye faithful," and Angels from the realms of glory." The preacher at matins was the Rector (Rev F W Carnegy) who took as his subject: Peace on earth, good will towards men." The collections were in aid of the Parish Nursing Fund and the Church of England Waifs and Strays Society. The sum of III 15s was raised, this being about two guineas in excess to that contributed the previous Christmas day. In the afternoon there was a carol service which was weil attended. On Sunday night there was no sermon, but the choir sang five carols, three of them being entirely new, and were mot. effectively ren- dered. The organist, Mr F A Hobro, gave an organ recital. On New Year's Eve a watch night service commenced at 11.30 p.m. THE WORKHOUSE. 1 Christmas at the Ledbury Workhouse is always a great dav with the inmates and the children—especially the latter, who look for- ward to enjoying themselves. The Guardians are always ready to vote extra fare and the numerous friends of the institution do not fail to contribute toward the presents both for the old and young, while the officials, from the Master and Matron downwards, do all that lies in their power to make the festive season an event to be remembered by the inmates. The dining hall and the various wards were decorated with holly and mistle- toe and other evergreens by the Matron and the staff. On Christmass Eve the children had their stockings filled with toys, sweets, oranges and nuts. When they awoks on Christmas morning they filled the room with shrieks of delight, as they sorted out their tovs, and showed their childish appreciation of the gifts which their Santa Claus had provided them with, towards which Mrs Hawker bad so generously contributed. A service was held later in the chapel, when the chaplain (the Rev 0 F R Strickland) officiated. In the morning the men received tobacco and the women tea and sugar. At dinner there was roast beef, vegetables, plum pudding and mincepies with beer or minerals to wash the good things down, and the Chaplain and Dr Harrison attended, and Mrs Strickland entertained the inmates on the piano. In the evening an impromptu con- cert was held in the dining hall, and the Christmas festivities came to an end at 9 o'clock. The following is a list of gifts received :—Toys for the children from Mrs Hawker; jam from Mrs W L Pritcbett; Christmas cards for all the inmates from Mrs Phi'lpot,t; tobacco for the men and tea and sugar for the women from Ladv Biddulph oranges from Mr A J Chadd Christmas cards and toys from Mrs Moore cakes from Dr Wood basket of apples from Mr A G Bunn; tin of sweets from the Misses Wheaton 2s 6d for toys from the Rev F W Carnegy 6 shawls for the women and 30 box-ig of fancy sweets from Mrs Molesworth and Miss Lindner toys from Mrs McKean basket of cakes from Mr G Vincer. THE COTTAGE HOSPITAL. I The Matron begs to acknowledge with thanks the receipt of the following gifts during the last month :—Flowers, evergreens, plants, and illustrated papers, Lady Biddulph; cake, Miss Biddulph Mrs Reiss, Christmas pudding; Mr C Masefield, bon-bons, and chocolates; Mrs Robinson, apples; Miss Lindner, ten boxes of sweets, and two dressed dolls; Mrs Hartland, cake; Miss Cotton, apples; Mias Bickham, Christmas pudding. The Hospital was gaily decorated with evergreens by the staff. WESLEYAN CHURCH. On Christmas morning a service was held | at the Wesleyan Church when the Rev G Dyer was the preacher. This special service is known as the service of the United Nonconformists, and the offertory is always taken in aid of the National Children's Home. A watch-night service was held on New Year's Eve. THE RAILWAY STATION. The excursions were fairly well patronised, the most important of which were those to Birmingham and Worcester where Ledburians went in search of life and gaiety in those two cities, the attractions undoubtedly being the pantomines and the football matches. The weather was fine, though not like Christmas, but suitable to those who went up to Birmingham to witness the fight between Aatcn Villa and Sheffield United.

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