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NEWENT. GUARDIANS AND RURAL COUNCIL.-Mr T H Hulls presided over the fortnightly meeting of the Board of Guardians on Tuesday. The Board acknowledge the following gifts :—Tea, sugar, sweets, cake, and tobaoco from Mrs Grafton tea, sugar, cake, sweets, and tobacco from Mrs Thackwell papers and periodicals from Mrs Beechey, Mrs Thackwell, Miss Newbury, Miss Dyke, Messrs Cook and Sons. The Master reported the number of inmates as 55, against 65 for the same period last year tramps relieved during the fortnight 185, as against 205 and 237 the two previous years. Messrs. Arthur Clark's tender for galvanised buckets in two sizes at 138 and 15s per dozen was accepted. Major Thackwell (Chairman), who through illness has not been able to attend the meetings recently, wrote expressing regret that owing to his stubborn illness he had not been able to be downstairs; no doubt whenever ho could his medical adviser would order him away for a change. The Board would remember that in October last he reminded them that he would not accept the chairmanship again he now thanked them for the honour they had done him in electing him for the past three years, and for the kind co-operation in all matters, also Mr C Tunnicliff (Clerk) for the assistance he had rendered him. The Clerk was instructed to express again the Board's sympathy with Major Thackwell, while they were pleased to know that he was making recovery. The Clerk was also instructed to express deep regret at his resignation as Chairman of the Board. The Rev C Whatley, Rev B K Foster, and Mr C Cloke were deputed as delegates to attend the meeting of the Gloucester Poor Lw Association on the Mental Deficiency Bill. The Clerk was instructed to proceed to fill the vacancy by election if necessary of a councillor for Gorsley, in succession to the late Rev Robert Burnard. The suggestion of stopping certain roads in, Redmarley against traction engine traffic was ordered to .stand over. Gloucester County Council wrote re Newent sewage disposal works. and pointed out that purification of matter was necessary before it was allowed to run into the stream. This was referred to Newent Water Committee. The War Office wrote stating that compensation officers were appointed to consider any damage that may be done during the forth- coming Army manoeuvres. Rudford Parish Council wrote thanking the Council for erecting a finger-post at Tibberton. Mr V C Cloke was granted permission to break up the Council's road at Highleadon to lay water pipes across his farm, to be done to the satisfaction of the Council's Surveyor. Mr E Wood, Inspector of Nuisances and Sanitary Inspector, made his monthly statement, which was of a satisfactory BttUOi <■ j f. Ii-





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