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Malvem Counoll And an Address.

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LEDBURY URBAN COUNCIL. I

IMONTHLY AGRICULTURAL REPORT.I

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I HEREFORDSHIRE FARM LABOURERS'…

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COLWALL PARISH COUNCIL. I

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LEDBURY BOARD OF GUARDIANS.

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LEDBURY BOARD OF GUARDIANS. The fortnightly meeting (If the Ledbury Board of Guardians was held at the Board-room of the Uniin Workhouse on Tuesday mom- ing. There were present-Mr W L Pritchett (Chairman), who presided, Mr J A Thompson (vice-chairman), Revs A G Jones and A H Koapp, Miss Holland, Miss Lake, Alderman J Riley, Messrs S H Bickham, A G Bunn, J C Davies, E T Lane, J Parry, T S S Gardner, T W Holds, H Weston, H Cowell, T A Pedlingham, with the Clerk (Mr R Homes), the Relieving Officers (Mr A G Smith and Mr T Thompson), and the Master (Mr J Kendrick). Mr E B Wethered (Local Government Board Inspector of Workhouses) was also present. THE WORKHOUSE. I The Master reported the number of inmates in the house last waek as 82 against 72 for the corresponding period last year, an increase of 10. During the fortnight 90 tramps were relieved as against 78, an increase of 12. He also .reported the gifts of papers for the inmates from Miss Martin, Linden House. FINANCE. I Mr Thomson stated that the balance in the bank was £ 508 12s 4d. The cheques signed that day amounted to £1,089 4s 6d and if those were all signed there would be an overdraft at the bank of E530 12s 2d, but one or two of the cheques would have to be held over. They would not be in this position if all the parishes bad paid in, and there was 2450 due that ought to have been paid in three weeks ago. Ash per- bon. Munsley, Wellington Heath and Yarkhill had not paid in and he would suggest that the overseers be written to and notice given them that unless they paid in by Saturday summonses would be issued. This wes agreed to. ANNUAL POOR LAW CONFEKENUJii. I Mr Thompson moved that they sanction the Chairman's expenses as their representative to the Poor Law Conference in London. He had previously represented them with great credit to himself and the Board. Mr Bunn seconded and the resolution was agreed to. The Chairman said he would be very glad to represent them at the meeting and he was very much obliged to then for the opportunity of adding to his Poor Law experience. Attending the conference gave one some idea of how better to conduct the business and kept one in close touch with the various matters that kept crop- ping up. THE MENTAL DEFICIENCY ACT. Mr Thompson reported that Miss Holland, Mr Holds and himself attended the conference at Worcester on the Mental Deficiency Act. They heard a very interesting discussion and personally he gathered a very considerable amount of enlightenment from that discussion. If the resolutions were adopted by the County Council they would be asked to appoint one member of the Board to represent them on the Committee. He thought it was desirable that that line should be adopted in Herefordshire, where the County Couucil had decided to appoint three members to represent the Boards of, Guardians in the county. He thought there was a great deal yet to fully understand what they were to do and what would be the ultimate result. The idea among some was that they would have more to do than the Act con- templates. The Act was no doubt meant to bring in many who were not under control at the present time. When the Act got in real working order they would be able to make use of the institution ultimately provided by the I county. There was a meeting at Hereford on the following day (Wednesday) of Boards of Guardians in the county on the question. He thought there should be a representative from each Union in the county on the committee, but the County Council had decided that three members should represent the whole of the Boards of the county. He hoped whoever was appointed would urge the County to give the Boards of Guardians fuller representation on the Committee than was suggested. He moved that the relieving officers supply the County Committee with information of all mentally deficients on their books. This was seconded and agreed to. Miss Holland was appointed, in addition to the Chairman and Vice-Chairman, to represent the Board at the meeting at Hereford on Wednesday.

LEDBURY RURAL DISTRICT I COUNCIL.

THE ARMY MANOEUVRES.