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I GIRLS' CLUB FOR CHESTER. I COMMENDABLE SCHEME. A meeting was held at the Town Jtiall on JL UeS- day afternoon for the purpose of considering the advisability of establishing a Working Girls' Club in the city. The Mayor of Chester (Alderman H. T. Brown) presided, and the attendancqwincluded the Countess Grosvenor, the Mayoress, the Hon. Mrs. Parker, Mrs. B. C. Roberts, Mrs. Hamilton and many other ladies who have taken a prominent and practical interest in the working girls of Chester. The Mayor remarked at the outset that there was a great need for a club similar to the one sug- gested in Chester, and the ladies who were moving in the matter were quite justified in appealing to the public for subscriptions. If a working girls' club was not very desirable it was certainly neces- sary. They ought to feel very grateful to those ladies who had from time to time taken an inter- est in the girls belonging to the city, and had made them happier and better. He believed he was right in saying that some years ago the late Mrs. Jacobson took a great interest in the working girls, and although no club was established she- had a class, and tried to do what she could for their social position. The efforts made by the late Mrs. Jacobson at that time had encouraged other ladies to give their help, financially and otherwise, until now there was every prospect that a perman- ent club would be established. The Rev. J. F. Howson, he believed, had a class of girls in his parish whom he met every week, and he (the Mayor) had no doubt that they received a great deal of benefit. A similar class had been held in George-street, and there had been for some time past a class held, so many times a week. in a room in Jower Bricige-street, tne work naving oeen car- ried on by Mrs. Hamilton, with the assistance of several other ladies. Although Chester was looked upon as a kind of residential place, still there were a great many works, perhaps of no greanmagni- tude, where girls were employed. He believed he was right in saying that there were about five hundred working girls in the city, roughly speak- ing. That was a large number. He thought a club would do a great deal of good in teaching the girls who belonged to it those things which would be useful to them in after life. Many girls of the working-class on leaving school were almost entirely ignorant of that knowledge which would be of benefit to them in after years. If they estab- lished a working girls' club it must be established permanently. (Hear, hear.) The club must be open to the girls day by day all the year through. They should look upon it as their home, and must be treated with a firm, yet perfectly sympathetic and kind, hand. They must be trained in habits of discipline ) and taught to thjnk of higher things. (Hear, hear.) At the same time they should pro- vide a certain amount of recreation. The Mayor concluded by wishing that the efforts of those ladies who were taking the matter up would meet WHn great success. Mrs. Hamilton then gave an interesting account of the steps she and others had taken for the well- being of working girls in the town. She could assure them that the girls had highly appreciated the assistance given to them. They had been taught how to cut out and to make garments, and were given wholesome literature to read. The Countess Grosvenor, io a few well-chosen words, expressed her sympathy with the move- ment, and trusted that the girls' club would pros- per. She hoped the ladies would do all in their power to help the movement and to brighten the lives of the girls who were unfortunate. The Rev. J. F. Howson remarked that a girls' club for Chester was what they had needed for a long time. It was really impossible to deal with the girls properly parochially. There should be a central home. The Chief Constable of Chester (Mr. Laybourne) and Mr. Fleming (Rowton) also spoke in support of the movement. The Mayor then proposed a resolution to the effect that the meeting thought it very desirable to start a girls' club, and pledged itself to iUPPOri the club by every means In their power. Th w e/ery means m their power. d A her wlllmgne8s to support the club and expressed her ^llmgne^Jo^up^E^cS commulut.y at large. The Mayor explained that it would cost about £ ■CM1^50 A to start and furnish the club, and the same keepTit going. year would probab?y be re?S? keep It gomg. It was decided that Mrs. Hamilton should act as hon. treasurer and Mrs. Brown as hon. secretary, while Mrs. Hamilton, Mrs. Laybourne and Miss Wright will compose the committee of manage- ment. Letters of apology for absence were received from Mrs. Jayne, the Dean and Mrs. Darbv, Mrp. James Frost, Mrs. Rogers (who wrote stating ?K she would be pleased to give a donation of £2 towards the furnishing fund and £ 1 Is. as a y4 subscription to the club), Archdeacon Barbel Mrs. Stolterfoth, the Rev. L. M. Farrall, Mr. C. r Threlfall, Mr. and Mrs. Thompson, Mr. Thomson, Mrs. James Taylor, Mrs. Churton (Watergate- street) and Father Dominic. -0

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