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NEWENT. GUARDIANS AND RURAL COI-NCIL -Major'W P Thackwell (Chairman) pri -ided at the fort- nightly meeting of the Board of Guardians. The Visiting Committee inspected the Workhouse and found it very satisfactory. The Master reported the number of ininatds as 59, for the same period last year 74 tramps relieved during the fortnight 132, for the two years previously 153 and 127. The folio wing gifts were acknowledged Tea, sugar, sweets, and tobacco, Mrs Beechey cake and sweets, Miss Hutchinson papers and periodicals, Mrs Beechey, Miss Dyke, Miss Newbury, Captain Bruoe Williams, Messrs W J Cook and Sons, and local Press proprietors. The supplemental valuation lists for Newent lighting area and Highleadon were signed. The Newent over- iieers wrote asking for a list of the properties alleged to be unfairly assessed. The Staunton overseers wrote to say that they did not see j their way to alter their supplemental valuation lists submitted for approval on the 9th inst. A I communication was read from the Rural District Councils' Association as to the lopping of trees overhanging footpaths. Messrs Brooks and Badham wrote with reference to thel floods on the highway near the Heath Farm, Dymock.— At the conclusion of the business the Chairman wished all present a very Happy Christmas. THE CHILDREN'S lLTNI[O- -Monday evening was rendered memorable in the history of the Children's Union in connection with the Congregational Church by a very pleasing and successful social. At 6 o'clock the schoolroom was well filled wtth eager and gleeful children. The president having accorded a warm welcome to all, the committee of ladies-Mrs Snelling, Mrs Davis, Miss A Hartland, and Miss R M Morgan-served refreshments, consisting of tea and coffee, sandwiches, cakes, biscuits, etc., which were much enjoyed. An appropriate address was given by the Rev W Pontifex, a recitation by Master Wilfrid Bryan, and an interesting reading entitled Sale by Auction by Mrs Snelling. The Welsh National Anthem, The Land of my Fathers," was rendered by the Rev Kenfig, Miss R M and Master Arnold Morgan. A very valuable contribution to the social was the excellent series of gramophone selections supplied by Mr F Green. A number of hymns were heartily sung by the members, accompanied by the gramophone. At the close I the Rev L Kenfig Morgan called for cheers for Mr and Mrs Eves, Mr Green, for the committee, and all who had assisted. Sweets were distributed j' at intervals, and on leaving each member gladly received an orange and a bun. CHILDREN ENTERTAINED.—On Saturday the children of Pauntley School were regaled with roast beef and plum pudding in the spacious ball-room at Walden Court, through the kind- ness of Miss I M Stelfox, the young daughter of Mr and Mrs J L Stelfox. The ball-rpom was prettily decorated for the occasion, and about 50 children, whose ages ranged from three to 15 years, sat down to dinner. Mr Stelfox carved, while Mrs Stelfox and the house party, consisting of Misses Ivy and Gwendoline Lamb (Dawley), Messrs G R Falconor and Arthur Wainwright (Manchester), with the waiters, attended to the wants of the young guests. After dinner crackers were handed ronnd, the the tables were removed, and the room was prepared for a concert by the house party, which was greatly enjoyed, followed by various parlour games. At the conclusion Mr Stelfox spoke a few words to the children on "Disci- pline." The children then gave hearty cheers, and on leaving each was given buns and oranges. The whole of the catering arrange- merits were satisfactorily carried out by Messrs W J Cook and Sons, Newent.

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