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| EASTER VESTRIES. (itee also page 7.) ST. OSWALD'S. This vestry was held in the parish room on Wedriesday evening, the vicar (the Rev. E. C- Lowniies) presiding over ago-od attendance. The N,icar., in reviewing the past year, said he never met the vestry meeting with a clearer conscience than, he did tha't nighti. (Laughter). The Sunday congregations daring the year had im- mensetly improved, and on Easter Day they had 544 communicants, which was the largest number they had ever had, and there were 1b9 communi- caiils at .the mission church, thus making a total of 703 He thought that their satisfactory con- dition was due, to the fact that the parish iiad take-n an increased interest in missionary work. Tney had collected £13& 12s. 6d. in support of mis ions,; theirs was a parish where an increase in missionary work resulted in increased parish work. lie also thought that their increased oon- gregations were due to the improvement in tne chdr under the excehent training of Mr. A. E. Lovell, .M.A., and to the work of Mr. Deaji, their organist. (Applause.) The debt on the organ had nearly been wiped out, and with regard w the renovation of the north porc h, they had oveJ"L55 in the bank. As soon as tiio debt on the OLtgau was cleared off they could commence the work without further delay. Referring .to tne scnctus, he said that under tae new Education Ac. they would see tIlcir debts wiped cut. lie hoped they would work amicably with the BOW education authority and that the Act would work well. Tney must not think they had nothing more to (fo with the schools; they had still to keep the fabrics in repair, and they wouJd be calied upon to emarge them. when neces^iry. The Girts' School was uuito full. Thcv nad now lU girls in tile ehoQb and the miss.oll cnurch sci.ooi would want enlarging before very long. He was jglad to say tnat the parish was very near.y free from debt. (Applause.)—Mr. H. S. Biiuain presented the chuicnwardens' statement of acoounts, wh.cn shewed that the total offer- tories ior church expenses amounted to £ 258 12s. lid. at the parish church a-nd i.56 7s. Sd. at tne mission church. On the other side of the accounts it was shewn that the year opened with a balance due to the bank of £ 60 14s. lW. Salaries, etc., amounted to JS90 6s. 4d., and other expenses brought a total of £.)37 8s. 2d., and there; was a balance due to the bank of £ 11 2s. 2d.: Tiie offertory .account shewed that X258 12s. lid.1 had been received for church expenses (peri (churchwardens' acoounts), and the total amount received for parochial objects was £211 7. 2d., ( which, wiih ±i242 los. 6d. for special objects and £ 6 7s. Id. children's offertories, made a total of £ 618 13s. 8d.. The collection for church ex- panses (per chiVrehwardens' .accounts) at the m.s^ion e-nurch .amounted to £;56 7s. 9d., and collections for special objects came to J36 lis. 6d. With 17,e. 10d.9 the amount of tho children's ^offertories, a total was reached of L51 16s. Sd., or a united total for the two churches of £ 671 AOs. 4gd. The offerlories at the parish enureD had increased by X43. Os. lid. compared with tho previous year, and they had had 46 Sunday ocl- lections, against 41 in the previous year. The average oi the collections in 1902 was H5 6s. Id., and m 1903 L5 12s. J?d. The increase at the mission church was £8.0n the motion of Capt. MacGihycuddy, seconded by Major Mcred-th, ti:e .acoouDts were adopted.—On the motion of the V icar, the organist's salary was raised from JB45 ro £ t £ L The Vicar also suggested that as their finances were in such a satislactory oon.dition tho wardens n.ig.:t purchase some new Prayer-books and hymn-books, which were badly needed. He ?a d lie wcUid like to suggeet also the placing of a ventilator in the nave of the church. He drew attention to the nuisance caused by a large quantity of waste paper, etc., blowing about tne churchyard from the road, and suggested t the Improvement Committee ought to be com- municated with.—A hearty vote of thanks was passed, on the motion of the vicar, to the churchwardens, sidesmen, lay delegates, all o; uroh oiffcers and workers, and the ladies who had decorated the church on var;oii.- occasions.— The vicar again nominated Mr. F. B. Mason as his warden, and on the proposition of Mr. Hart Davic-i, seconded by Mr. Goppack, Mr. A. B. Dye was elected people's warden. Fourteen sides- men were elected, their names being as foilows: Messrs. G. Day, J. S. Latham, H. S. Brit.tain, W. Pringle, Hart- Davie-s, John Davit-3, T. H. Howard, E. A. Thwaites, T. Hughes, J. Arkle, A. L. Birch, H. Morris, W. E. Brown and J. Rowiey. Tho sdesmen of the mission church, Messrs. J. Davie^, S. Beard. J. C. H. Hankinson and were re-eieeted..Messrs..Kirch and Holme were appointed lay delegates.—After the business was concluded, Capt. MacGillycuddy mentioned that some years ago there was an extension made to the Vicarage, and a sum of something like J6500 or JB400 was borrowed for the work. He learned that the vicar was paying this mcncy back, and it appeared to him that it was a. very wrong thing that the vicar had to pay for the house they were supposed to ghe him. The church was now in a strong financial posi- tion, and he thought the time had come when it was quite a reasonable thing that they should get up some kind of a subscription to pay ths surplus debt on the Vicarage, instead of tiie vicar's paying it. Tne amount was about. JE120. and it would not be a difficult thing to rai '-o that sum. He nlnuei' was willing to undertake the work of canvassing from the parishioners.—Mr. Hart Davics, Major Meredith, Mr. G. Day ard Mr. F. B. Mason spoke in support of Captain MacGillycuddy's suggestions, and expressed willingness to ,subi-cjibe, and to canvass if neces- sary.—On the moon of Mr. F. B. Mason, a committee, bimpo^ed of Capt. MacGillycuddy, aid Messrs. J. Dsvles, Hart Daiies, and Major Meredith (with pi>whr to add to their number) was appointed to take the matter in hand. Al r. John Davies offered to take the po-.t of treasurer to the new committee, and he was appointed ?cn vener as well. The Vicar oordiaily thanked these present for taking the matter UD, and expressed the wish that nothing should be done for himself until the organ debt was wiped out; he. war anxious to see that dqne. ST. MICHAEL'S. There was a good attendance at the annual vestry meeting, which was held on Wednesday evening, the vicar (the Rev. A. Radford; pre- siding. The Vicar nominated Mr. Jackson as his warden. Referring to the work which had been carried out during the year, he said the work ol repairing the tower had been carried to a satis- factory conclu-icn, and paid for. The tower, however, was a question which would be raised in the future, as it was not in a satisfactory state <)ii tho w-i.cle. They wouid ail be gi&d to welcome the vicar-designate (the Rev. F. E. Hicks;, WHO had come over irom Rock Ferry in order that he nnght be present at that meeting. He hoped he had many happy years of work before lmu. He was quite certain he aud Mrs. llick.- wouid never find greater kindness than he (the speaker/ and Mrs. Radford had found during the twelve yeaa-s they had been there. He had aiways leit the deepest gratitude for what Chester had done for hem. lie wished to thank them, especially for the very handsome way in which they had s hewn their regard for him in the presentation that was mado through the hon. treasurer, Mr. Parkes. He was deeply indebted to tho officers, and he took that opportunity of saying that both he and Mrs. Radford were extremely grateful to them all. He expressed his hearty thanks to the wardens and ofifcers.—Mr. Jackson proposed Dr. Cuife as people's warden. Mr. J. Grmdley seconded and Mr. A. Parkes sucDorted. Tne resolution was carried. The following were ap- pointed sidesmen:—Messrs. R. E. Griffiths, J. Brickland, J. Grindley, G. Lloyd, J. W. Beckett, W. Tillman, J. G. Hawley and A. Parkes. The auditors, Messrs. G. Crawford and W. Tait, were re-elected, as were also the lay delegates, Messrs. Parkes -and Griadley. Dr. Cuffe presented the accounts. The receipts wero shewn to be J6116 18s. Id., last year, and the expendi- ture JE116 17s. 7d., against JS115 in the preceding- year, leaving a deficit- of 6d.—Mr. A. Parkes thought the church gave more than its quota. to special object-.—Mr. J. Grindley pointed out that they received only £ 36 from the collections, and if it was not for their property they could not pay their way.—Mr. Parkes considered that tho offertories were not. up to what they ought to be. Ho could not think why they were so small. They were not equal to the attendance, and he was not sure whether the open p:a-te was not botlier than tho bag system of collecting, which he considered was an objectionable one.- Mr. Jackson agreed that the offertories wero too .1 1 I small, and suggested that pew rents snouia De I established.—Dr. Cuffe: That is the only way of increasing the receipts.—The Rev. A. Radford I A very bad way of increasing them.—Mr. Prkas: We have some nice, suitable platen, and It is a tima when a Utle change might be introduced without friction.—Dr. Cuffe: I should second that suggestion.—The Rev. A. Radford said there were two sides to the question. If a rnan gave 2s. 6d. instead of a penny because his neigh- bour saw him, it wa; bad from the high religious point of view. It might be contended that if a man did not give when he ought to do he should be shamed into it. It was an offering in the house of God, and they ought not to lose sicr'nt of the high religious point of \iew. Personally, ho objected to the plates.—The Rev. F. E. Hicks thought the matter was one for the vicar and churchwardens.—Mr. A. Parkes said the offer- tories did not represent more thaa one-halt what they should be.—The question was left to the vicar and churchwardens..—Votes of thanks were warmly accorded to the vicar for presiding., to j Mr. Parkes for his past services as churchwarden, and to the c-hoir and organist- for their service". At the of the meeting Mr. Tillman ad- dressed a few wets of welcome to the new vicar I (tho Rev. F. E. Hicks). j I ST. JOHN'S. I THE SAYING OF THE GENERAL CON- FESSION. The vstry meeting for St. Johns W(1S hdd on Tu?sd&y CTfnin?. The Vic-ar (the Rev. Canon Coop?r Scott) orp?id?. and the sttendajior in- I dnded the ?p. G C, Bn?s-s and C. A. ?r?n. VT. Taylor, H, Bull VV.shop,, W H, ^V0»„ ten hall, J. Davies, and Wilfrid Scott. The Vicar expressed his hearty thanks to the outgo ng ciitirchwa-de,is, Mr. J-Iin Taylor as his wiii-den.—Mr. H. Bull proposed Mr. James Bavies as people's wLr(Te-.i -Tr. Bishop <econd< d eud it was carried -Tip following were elected sidesmen: —Dr. Archer, Dr. n. Dobie Messrs. H. Beswick, J. H. ITonley, W. Occleston, Bishop. W. E. LJg-ndt. H. Bull and J. E. Haswell.—-Messrs. Bishop and Taylor were elected lay delegates.— It was reported that the voluntary church rate last year realised £19 13s l]d.. as against. JBlH 15.3d in the previous year.—The Vicar threw out the suggesron that the hot k in the parish should contribute to the rai e, Tho old church was a great attraction to the city, and visitors had the advantage of seeing it.—Mr. Taylor propo"<ed. Air. 131'shoP sec43D( 3, d ??nd il Bishop seconded and it was agreed to levy a vol- '4 the E. T l?e V i c,,qr. untary church rate of 3d. in the £ .—The Vicar, jn divine- a statement as to the charity accounts, I explained that they were under the rupervision of t Chajity Commissioners. The income of the charities was about. £ 120 a year. They began the year with £ <0 .n. the.bank, and they now had JE53. The bulk of the money went to the sick of tho parish. Referring -to the churchwardens' accounts, he said the collections during the year amounted to £136, as against J3124 in the previous-yeajr. Tiie total illeIGM43 for the year was £ 173. The year was commenced with a deficiency of £ 34, and that had been reduced to L14. They were Jiving a little above their income.—The Rev. G. C. Briggs ex- presssd very great sorrow at the death of Mr. C. H. Teuniers, who was a. very long &nd true friend to St. Barnabas's. Mr, Tenniers .had attended tho church ever sinoo it was opened in 1877; ho was a niemlwr of the cOO; r aiad a teacher in the Sunday schooL Proceeding, .Mr. Briggs proposed the elsction of the following sideeiaen:-—Messrs. J. Ms^yere, WiJdman. G. Pritchard, C. Miihngton, G. J. Wilson, S. Savage, R. Hey-es and Brunton. Mr. Wottenhall seconded, and it was carried.- Mr. Briggs explained that the .total income for the year for St. Barnabas s was 192 8s. &I.. and there, was a balance oi £ 1 14s. lid. to the good on the year's working. The. offertories for church expenses amounted to L54 and they had had offer- tories for other obj-ec.ts amounting to JE8 5s. Id. They had a reserve fumj of £68 JJl the bank.—Tiie acoounts W(\I\8 passed, and on the proposition of Mr. Wetterdiall, seo«aidod by Mr. Davies, a vote of thanks was accorded the -treasurers of St.. Barna- bas &—Canon Cooper Soott and Mr. George Dick- son.—Mr. Bishop, in proposing a vote of thanks to Mr. Sherwjzi, spcloe of his work as treasurer of the schools, and expressed regmt that he was leaving them.—Mr. Taylor seconded, and tiie Vicar supported the proposition, which was car- ried.—The Vicar, in supporting a vote of thanks to the choirs of St. Jabn's and St. Barnabas, spoke of the loss they had su .ta ned in their choir by the I death of poor Will Staeyer, a very kind friend- whose removal was a very great sorrow to them alt. lie- also expressed his happiness at Mr. Owen's return to tiiew.-A vote of thanks was ac- corded the ladies who took part in the bazaar and made it successful.—Mr. Bishop, alluding to the manner in which the General Confession was said in church, .,yhich Wag Joe same asitbat adopted, in the Caxh viral, a sentence was said by the clergyman, and tiitin the congregation re- peated it. The Bishop, in his charge to the clergy not very IroIlg ago, reoommeiidfed that the sen- tences should be said altogether, like-they said the Lord's PraTer. His Jonfchip gave- as ohe reason that the rwetition of each ficnteiK-o rather con- fused the thought in tiie mind of the worshipper. It seemed more reverent to him (the apeakor) to repeat it all ^together;, and he suggested that that course be adopted, if the vkar approvad of it.— j The Vicar said he noticed what die Bishop said .with very gra?t interest.—The Rev. G. C Briggs guite agreed ?nth Mr. Bishop. Itned ?n hun, hearing the sentence repeated after he ,had sAid it.—Mr. Bull and Mr. Taylor .also thought, it should be b-ttor to say it all altogether—The Vicar promised that the matter should receive attention. He agreed with Mc-. Briggs that -.sotne- tiiaaes it was wearisome to tho officiating minister. He asked if the oongregation preferred the Litany sakl or sung..—Mr. Davies: Sung, I think. <.)t'.—i 1 he iy icar, aJIufitvg to tiie assisiaat curates fund. spok-a of the very great help they had rooeived from the Duke of Westminster. The late Duke- gave Slim JE150 a ^ear-when he first, ccmo there for a curate. He had two curates from the very first.! The Skrclesiastical Gcnamissioners, for fcb€ same purpose, and they had altogether £ 270 p. ured into .the parish, and it was a -very great ifooon. SeveraJ pairshioners subscribed to' make up what was wanted.-—Replying to a yooo I of thanks for presiding, the Vioar esxnoseed his indebtedness to the congregation for again giving him tho Easter offering. He appreciated the act very much pecuniarily and as a mark of confidence and kind feeling. There were nearly 600 eoias in j the offerings. j WAVERTON. I This vestry was held 011 Tuesday evening. Both churchwardens (Messrs. T. JLea and A. SaJmotij were r<>-o!:et«?d. The accounts shewed a balance in hand. A hearty vote of thanks was accorded Mrs. F. Willcughby Jones acd Mrs. Spibey fQr: their bc-nefzletoiis to the church. CHRISTLETON. Tho annual vestry meeting was held in the j Boys' School on Easter Tuesday, the rector oceu- py.ng the chair. There were present: Messrs. L. C. Rolt, W. Mayers, J. H. Salmon, S. Earl am, J. Mosford, F'. Swindley, sen., F. Swmdley, jun, J. Weaver, W. Towers, W. Mill- J wood, T. Mayers, A. Gregory, J. Steventon and T. Griffith. The churchwardens' accounts, pre- sented by Mr. W. Mayers, shewed au income from voluntary contributions £ 49 8s. 4d.. church j collections J642 Is. 3d., other sources £ 8 8s. 8jd., total i.99 IBs. d. The expenditure totalled up to £97 19s., leaving a credit balance of JBI 19s. 6id. There is a reserve fund of j645 available for special purposes. The accounts were passed and the wardens thanked for their diligent and efficient discharge of duties. The rector ap- appointed Mr. W. Mayers as his warden, and Mr. R. C. Roit was unanimously re-appointod parishioners' warden. Messrs. W. Towers and A. Gregory were re appointed sidesmeil, and Messrs. II. A. Heywood and T. R. Fleming werC' unanimously elected lay delegates for tho year. The churchwardens reported that tlio heating apparatus of the church was in such a condition that in all probability it would require renewing before next winter. It wa.s agreed that if this step became necessary a special vestry meeting bo calied to fully consider the matter. I GREAT SUTTON. At this vestry me:-ting, held on Wednesday, the vicar (the Rev. P. Douglas) presiding, it was re- ported that the year was commenced with a debit balance of JB16, which had been reduced to £5, Air. P. Owen, was reappointed vicar's warden, and :il.1:, Jenkins people's warden. -Messrs. Owen and Shallcross were ro-clected lay delegates, and ,,Iessi-s. Tltrni. Ellahis, senr., Ellaras,' junr., DOlmm and Charhs Ctsh were fleeted sidesmen. The Easter offering of JSlO was given to the vicar, I ASTON-BY-Su TTON. I The Rev. C. Wr&v (vicar) presided over this, I meeting on Tuday.Messrs, A. Hervey Talbot and John E. B&to were c'.Cetcd churchwardens. I SHOCXLACH. At, the vestry meeting on Monday the itev. Geo. Mathias (vicar) presiding, Mr. Thomas Nickson was reappointed vicar's warden for the 27th time, and Mr. Thomas Huxley wiselk-e" people's war- den. I THORNTON HOUGH. I At this vestry meeting, on Wednesday evening, I Dr. Robert Wh:pp was appointed vicar's ward -n, and Mr. J. R. 'fl;rton p'oplc'a warden. TARPORLEY. I The annual vestry was held on Monday, the rector (the Rev. W. 0. Hughes) presiding. Before proceeding with the business the members expressed their orrow at the absence of one who expre,se d t l ie?r had been such an energetio worker in the church, the lato Mr. John Wilson, who had held the office of churchwarden for many years. They expressed their appreciation of his devoted loyalty and help in all church work. Mr. J. Burston was unanimously elected to fill the vacant place, and Mr. J. J. Hulse, Mr. R. Symms and Mr. E. Fitton were re-elected. After all business had been finished the meeting ad- journed to the Rectory, by the kind invitation of the Rector, to lunoh. TATTENHALL. I On Monday the vestry meeting was held in the schoolroom. A good attendance included Messrs. T. Moore Dution, G. Ash ton, R. 0. Orton, J. MoS"- ford, J. Jones, R. Wellice, J. Spencer, S. Garside, J. Aldersey, O. Greening, T. Reeves, W. Pritchard, J. Moms, W. Evans, P. Powell, Dr. Brierley, etc. Mr. Ashton read the accounts, t which shewed a balance on the wrong side of E3 odd. La-st. year the amount was £ 20 odd. This year it has been necessary to relay the floor, which has cost about £ 150. Of this JB17 is ptii4 ow.ng. Mr. T. Moore Dutton was appointed rector's warden and Mr. Ashton people s waiden. The following were elected sidesmen:— Messrs. Arthan, H. Woham, J. Aiderscy, R. C=oke. J. Spencor, Robinson, J. Jone? and Willis, while Messrs. J. Mosford and R. 0. Orton wero ap- pointed lay delegates. Ir. J. Mosford said too much prai e could not bo given to Mrs. Merton and the choir. NESTON. The annual Easter vestry was held on luesday evening, the vicar (the Rev. Canon Turner) occu- pying the chair. There were also present the Rev E. W. Bowcll (curate), Mr. R. L. Price (vicar's warden), Mr. T. Moiyneux (peoples warden), Messrs. Regina:d Bushell, CramT- Rolvrts. J. G. Leo, J. M. Potter, Mus. Bac. (orsranistl. J. Basnett and J. Royden. Mr. R. L. Price presented a ifnancial statement, shewing that the receipt for church expenses had been No-ton, £ 178 13s. 6d.; Parkgate, £ 9 17s. 3d. Little Neston, £ 6 6s.; total, JB194 16s. 9d.; interest, h. 10J. There ha.d been no special expenditure, but thore was a balance against the wardens at the end of the year of £25 4s. 5d. Mr. Price explained, however that J618 12s. 4d. o: this deficit had been bequeathed to him by his predecessor of the year before, while the offertory for church expenses was £ 15 less than the pre- ceding year. Tho death of Mr. T. Comber, who was a generous supporter of the Parkgate ser- vices, accounted for a falling off in the offertory there, and the special collections were about £50 less than the previous year.—The Vicar sa/d they would have to make a rpecial effort during the y,'a.r to liquidate tho debt, and he made a special appeal to the congregation and parishioners to assist. The church collections were not what they ought to be. And t'iey reaiiy could not carry on the affairs of the church as they ought to do with a 1&.>9 sum than JE6 per Sunday, whereas the average amount contributed was not mcra than £ 5 10s. He hoped that they would be more liberally supported in the future than they had been in the past, and the church might be kept free of debt. If they noted the analysis of the coins given in the collections they would find there was a. great preponderance of bronze coins and threepenny pieces, and he hoped the congreg'aticn would endeavour to givo more liberally.—Mr. Bushell gave particulars of the Wiicock Charity, which shewed that during the year clothing to the \a!ue of £ 15 had been d;s- h:b:ECd among the poor, and Lh.n te??f- r. t r: 1),. 1,- a?,ii<)Iir tlic- poor. ;i;id l .-f £ rc Is. 5d., which wa-- about £ 3 5&. ie.s than la?t year. On the Hayes's Charity there was a balance in hand at the end of the year of £1 5s. 8d.. on Mrs. Bond's Charity 4s., and on Dr. Bond's Charity gifts to the amount of B5 5s. had been distributed among the poor of the parish during the past twelve nionth-Oii the motion of Mr. Lee the charities' accounts were passed The Vicar proposed a cordial vote of thanks io tho. churchwardens arid sidesmen for the very efficient help they had rendered during the year. Mr. Bushell seconded and the proposition was earned unanimously, after which Jfr. R. L. I rtfe, in responding, said it was a labour of love to do anything for the church. He afterwards handed the vicar a. cheque for L26 4s. 10d., being the annual Easter gift of t-ho congregation re- marking that it would probably have been more -f the customary, notices rtferri'ier to the offertory had been placed io the pews. They were -omitted owing to an c-,ersight, and as it was the. gift was slightly less than of the previous year.—In returning thanks for the gift the Chairman said the practice 4&f making uci., an offering- to the incumbent was now very general, and had been introduced here by Mr. Reginald Bushell at the wish of the Bishop.- The communicants at the Easter services nuL; .;a 279, or ten or twelve mere than tne prevloi: year. The Vicar afterwards moved a oi" thanks to the Suuday school teachers, tho v tary choir, the district visitors, the Iadi who had dcoorated the church, and other;- wix- r.&d worked so lovingly and wcjJ for the church. A special vote of thanks was also dut to Mr. W. Ariel Gray, who, now that Mr. Comber was I.It.,4 and Mr. Buston had removed from the disirio.t, was the only lay reader left to them, and who was rentleriug invaluable service.—Mr. Cr».v;er • Roberts seconded the motion, which was irnme diately carried.—in re-nominating M.< R. L Price as his warden, the Chairman referred J; 0 devotion to the duties of tho office, and 3 of the removal from the district of his s;d --r Mr. Joseph Conway, he referred to the good •v.r: which had been done for the parish, and par- ticulaE?y for the Sunay SChoof, whe:, 1, :'I'd II acted as treasurer. He reappointed Mr. J. G. Lee as his sidesman and appointed M;' ?' ?.' Roberts to take the vacancy caused by L.- meat ,d Mr. Joseph Conway.—Mr. R. h next proposed the re-election of the r •. warden, Mr. T. Molyneux, remarking t! i; could not get on without him, and propo- i 1 the people's sidesmen should be re-eleci-cd, >1 the addition of Mr. Frank Kidman (who hi take the place of Mr. Cramer-Robo:- follows: Messrs. J. Basnett. Lionel Bar! Livermore, J. Royden, BoO Smith, ari il. Stringer. This was carried unanimously. ».i h. Messrs. R. Bushell and Cramer-Robe-' re-clcetod as the representatives on tne ) un decanal and diocesan conferences.—T V .< then said that the National Schools w- the I-,t, July, be taken over by ti,e ( » Council. The money for providing the ieuoh; salaries and ot h er expen-es connected OJ-, h" maintenance of the schools would be found l-y the County Council, but the present mm, ) would have to provide the buildings, keep in repair, and. where necessary, and Wil'¡-' •- quired by .the County Council, enlarge the on ,i i: This wo-uid be a. very considerable and ac tho same time a heavy burden upon the marwiirers, and the only way in which they could t i,. burden wac by the parishioners generuj-y porting A&em. He threw out this as a hint vimi subscriptions wouid be required as muci. in fftt- future as in th" past. if not even .more i-o. F also referred to the fact that £ 15.0 of ilit i l:„ C debt remaining on the organ, cl»oir sial; ,r J chancel ijecee-n had been raised by e-ub. en' puoh privately without a special appeal, and -e nov. begged the .parish through the present uwvchig to raise the balance of £ 100.—Mr, Prroc, in t> ank- ing the vwar for his reappointment, said he- was willing at amy ;time to yield the poatioa *ome other person, hut among the many duties he had to perform there was none that gsacve hnr as much PCasure a- that connected wrh he ofllc to which he had just been reappointed.—Mr. Cramer-Roberts expressed regret a.t tlx* somewhat thin attendance in some parts of tho chucen, and expressed the hope that there wotud be .a larger attendance, but the Vicar said he had rwot. noticed any falling off in the attendance. The evening congregations were, he considered, larger, but no doubt the recent stormy weather had occasion- ally keot Dersons nwav- ? ? -1 ROSSETT. I The annual meeting of the ve-try took pktx at the parish church on Tuesday oveninsr, the vicar (t.io Hev. Frank James) pi,esidiijg- The man thanked the officers for their past and .again appointed Mr. Thomas as vicar's I warden, a position which he has held for 17 J yoarg. Mr. Griffith Jones was unanimously re- elected people's warden, while the following were ) elected sidesmen :— Messrs. J. Eard,ey. Richard Randies, II. Edwards and John Randies. The statement, of accounts shewod a, deficiency of aoout £ 44, as against -945 last year. The sides- own were- requested to solicit subscriptions in order to place the balance upon fht-, right side. Reference was made to the kindness of Mrs. Oscar Findlay in presenting a whee!od bier, and I a vote of thanks was accorded her. MOLD. I 0.1 Monday morning the annus I vestry meet- ing was held, the vicar (the Rev. J. P. Poole I Hughe?) pi eliding. The pc-ople's warden (Mr. Job Edwards) submitted his account-, from which it appeared that the offertories for the year amounted to £ 308 24s. 3d. He explained that tne expenditure for 1.bo year had been an exeep tionally heavy one. When he tock over the office the deficiency wa.s £ 43 6s. 10d., which hud been increased -,o Liol 18s. 10d.—The Vicar ex- plained that thoy had given away LOS, but that £ 60 would not be required for this year. He was plea-sed to say the offertories3 ro well up to the average.—On the motion of Mr. T. H. Ollive, seconded by Mr. R. Prince, the accounts were. passed. After three years as i,:c,, -,r "s warden Mr. P. Tatton Cooke had resigned, and the vicar nominated Mr. J. Carfcwrlght his warden, and Mr. W. B. Ro? don was apa<ji?t?j people" warden. The re.i. ing -id?'?<?a were i'3e!ec'ed. BUCKLEY. The Easter vestry of St. Matthew's Church, Buckley, was held in the National S<ihcois on Tuesday eW>Jling. The> ¡;u. (C.)l} Ha.rry Drew) presided, and he was supported by the Revs. W. P. de Winton Kiteat and J. Compton (curates), and the outgoing churchwardens (Messrs. Edwin PeersVand Thomas Joti^s).. The churchwardens' accounts shewed.» credit Valance of U17 18s. 6Ad. Vtt) accounts Tr -re 'pas'pd unanimously, and tho churchwardens' were heartily congratulated On their satisfactory stlA-t. ■Thero is ore item in the accounts worthy of special mention, and that is the fact that :he churchwardens pr.y the Rev. Mr. Kiteat L-10 per annum for acting as choirmaster, <nd he had .generously given the 110 as a contribution towards the purchase of the Church Cottage, which Mr. Henry Gladstone built in Church- road for the curates' residence, and which he rents to the parish, and it is hoped that in time the parishioners wiil purchase tho cottage entirely. Some discussion took place with regard to an item in the accounts of 25s. for water rate to tho Hawarden District Water Company, as it was pointed out that there was hardly any water to be obtained at, the tap. Mr. Henry Hayes explained that a deputation from the Urbtiii District Council had waited en the Water Com- pany a short time ago, and the eonnaiiv promised that in four or five months time tncre, would be an improvement, as they were now XI- gaged in laying down a larger pipe trii,k. -\Ir. Drew re-nominated Mr. Jones as his warden for the coming year, and on the motion r,)f r. Nunns, Mr. Edward Peers was nveieeted peoples warden. Mr. Drfw ro-nomiiiated Messrs. John Hewitt and Charles Do iby r.i h. sidesmen for the coming year, and Mc-ssry. John Dunn, Wm. Newton, W. Short, Benjamin. Lamb, Joseph William-s- and Charles Aston were elected people's sidesmen for the parish church, ]..1e:>;T:01, "dlIam Lamb and Richard BelJis for the mission church of the Good Shepherd, and Messrs. John Simnor and Geo. Weigh for the mission ell :.ort:b St. David's, Ewioe Green. Messrs. E. Peers, T. Jones, H. Hayes, Wm. Newton, J. Newton ..rM John Dunn were appointed delegates to 1,!1., annual Diocesan Conference. Mr. Drew raised the question of the unsatisfactory state of ¡H churchyard fund, and said that at present tne churchwardens paid the church attendant for four days per week and that a certain private- individual was responsible for 'the other two days per week, and that if at any time that I individual was removed from Buckley the churchyard would again get into the dilapidated • condition that it was some years ago. Event tally it was decided to make a special effort to got annual subscribers of a small amount oac-h to make up the amount required to pay for the t.o days' work per week. Mr. Drew rpnl t. short report from Me-srs. Douglas and Minshall, of Chester, the architects for the alterations at tho church, and this report shewed that. tho restora- tion of the tower had cost about. S700 had been paid, leaving to be raised for it. Tho other work to be done, vii., south door, re-flooring and roofing, choir stalls, etc., would cost about £536,. and this had got to be raised yet. These items were-eritire.y separate from the cost of the new channel baptistry, and new porch, as this had all been paid by Zvlrs. Drew and Miss Hek-n Gladstone in memory of their father and mothor. The new memorial font in memory of the lato ?,1r. Joseph Tvson. schoolmaster, had a.S()' bcca entirely pa-id for by public sub-mptions. Ihe I churchwardens then presented their estimates f<-r the raising of the wall on the south ,3j¿ of tho churchyard, as this was now necessary owing to tho Urban District Council's, having consider ably raised the road alongside the well. They also reported that the wall on the north side wanted entirely rebuilding. After a long discussion it was decided to empower the churchwardens to make the best arrangements they could for raising the south wall at once out of a speoml fund to be raised for the purpose, and the :£.17 18s. 6-id. credit balance on last year to be put to start the fund. They are tin-n to obtain estimates for the rebuilding cf the north waJ! and to call a special vestry meeting to consider tho same. The vicar and church wardens will gc-t cut a eire-ubr inviting- subscriptions, for the purpose of the churchyard wall renovation. On the motion of the Vicar, a hearty vote of thanks was passed to all church workers during tho past year. The vicar was thanked for presiding.

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