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LEDBURY BOARD OF GUARDIANS. j The fortnightly meeting of the Ledbury ?oard of Guardians was hei? at the Board-room of the Union Workhouse on Tuesday morn-! ing. There werelpresent-Mr W L Pritchett (Chairman), who presided, Mr J A Thompson (Vice-Chairman), Revs Father Lynch, A E Green-Price, and A H Knapp, Miss Holland, Alderman J Riley, Messrs S H Bickh?m, J Parry, H Weston, T S S Gardner, L J C Riley, A G Bunn, F Innes, F J V Hamilton, H Bray, J J S Powell, W S Lane, T A Pedlmgham, J C Davies, H Cowell, A A Yapp, with the Clerk (Mr R Homes), the Master (Mr J Johnson), and the Relieving Officers (Mr A G Smith and Mr T Thompson). THE WORKHOUSE. The Master reported that the inmates in the House the last week numbered 98, against 01 for the corresponding week of last year, an inorease of 7. The vagrants relieved during the fortnight numbered 73 against 131 last year, a decrease of 58. He reported the receipt of gifts for the inmates' Christmas treat, as given in our last week's issue, also that the Rev 0 F R and Mrs Strickland entertained the children to tea and a Christmas tree on Boxing Day, and the Rev F W Carnegy entertained the children to tea on New Year's Day at the Church Room. He had also received 5s. from the Rev A E Green-Price towards the inmates' annual new year's treat. The annual new year's treat would be held on Wednesday next, January 14, at 6-30 p.m. The Rev Father Lynch said there seemed to be a very beautiful spirit and feeling amongst the people towards the inmates of the House, and he moved that the thanks of the Board be tendered for their kindness. Mr Thompson seconded, and the motion was carried. I FINANCE. Mr Bickham reported that the balance in the bank amounted to f,745 13s lOd. The cheques signed that day amounted to £ 1,128, and if those were all paid they would be overdrawn about j3580 to £400. He suggested that cer- tain of the cheques, such as for lunatics, £378 for Hereford, and j528 15s for Worcester, be deferred, and also one or two of the larger tradesmen's bills until they got a sufficient amount paid in to pay for them. The Ledbury Urban call was due on the 15th and amounted to about J5600, and when that was paid in they would be able to meet all the cheques. THE HOT-WATER SYSTEM. Toe Clerk read a letter from Mr R G Gurney, surveyor, enclosing his certificate for JB68 13s 8d, for the installation of the hot-water system. In reply to questions, the Master said the system was working very well. CHILDREN'S CARETAKER. The Clerk announced the receipt of two applications for the post of children's caretaker and needlewoman, as follows :—Miss Letitia Timbrell, 30 years, of Upton Park, London Miss D Bearman, 26 years, recently engaged as needlewoman at Hemel Hempsted Union. It was decided that neither applicant was suit- able, and to advertise again. THE TEA DIETARY. I The Chairman reported that the House Com- mittee met that morning, and took into con- sideration the recommendations of the Ladies' Committee as regards the alteration in the dietary table ia relation to the inmates' tea. They came to the conclusion that they could very well vary the tea, and decided to recom- mend that cake should be substituted for bread and butter on two days in the week. In the cise of children they recommended that on three days in the week they should have bread and butter, two days in the week bread and jam or bread and treacle, and for the other two days cake. The weight of eike allowed by the Local Government Board in the dietary table was not so much as the bread and butter, which was 8 ozs. for men and 6 ozs. for women, and cake was 6 ozs. and 4 ozs. respectively. Mr Thompson In the case of large children it would be 6 ozs. of cake, and for small children 4 ozs. The Chairman said the cost would be practically the same. If they carried out the suggestion of the House Committee the difference would only be 3d per meal for the whole house. Mr Thompson proposed that the recommenda- tions of the Committee be adopted. The cost was practically the same, and the variety and change for the inmates would be a considerable treat. There was a specimen of the cake (pro- duced) which was provided for the children's treat for New Year's Day, which cost-3d per pouud, and anyone who like to sample it would agree it was very suitable for anybody to eat. It was suggested at first that tenders for the supply of the cake should be asked for, but as they could procure it at 3d per lb; they thought it unnecessary to advertise for it until the next contracts were entered into. The Rev A H Knapp seconded. He believed Miss Holland raised the question of the provision of uniforms for the indoor staff at the same time that the tea dietary was raised, and he asked if the question was likely to be gone into or was it in abeyance. lie would vote against it if it did come up. The Chairman You had better let sleeping dogs lie. The question was not gone into. The recommendations of the House Committee were adopted. A NEW ORDER AND A NEW ACT. I The Clerk reported that he had received copies of the new order to Poor Law Guardians, and as it was rather important he suggested that it would be advisable to procure a copy for each member of the Board. The Clerk was instructed to do this. Miss Holland mentioned that the Mental Deficiency Act weuld come into force in April and it would be advisable to procure copies of the Act for the members. This concluded the business of the meeting.

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