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BARRY DISTRICT NURSING ASSOCIATION. ANNUAL MEETING OF SUBSCRIBERS. A SPLENDID RECORD OF GOOD WORK. INTERESTING SPEECH BY MR. J. CORY, J.P. The ninth annual meeting of the Barry and District Nursing Association was held on Thursday evening, the 28th ultimo, at the Romilly Hall, Barry, but unfortunately the attendance was not large, though quite representative. The chair was occupied by Mr J. Cory, J.P., D.L., The Duffryn, whose family have been amongst the strongest supporters of the movement from the outset, and amongst the ladies and gentlemen present were Major-General Lee, J.P., Dr Neale, J.P., Dr O'Donnell, C.C., Dr Kelly, Dr Powell, Mrs Meggitt, Mrs Sibbering Jones, Mrs Powell, Captain Sharpies, Miss Aldis (the new superintendent of the Nursing staff), Miss B. Sykes, Rev D. H. Williams, M.A., Messrs G. F. Willett, J. R. Llewellyn, T. Williams and W. Harper (representing the Friendly Societies' Council), J. Morgan (Railway Servants' Society), H. Collier, &c. The Chairman, in opening the proceedings, said they were met together for the purpose of pro- moting the interest of one of the most useful institutions of our country, that of providing nurses for the sick and poor in their own homes. (Cheers.) It was a kindly thought which prompted Her Majasty the Queen to inaugurate the movement for establishing nursing homes throughout the British Isles and he learn that the nursing' associations everywhere were recog- nised as meeting a great-felt want, and that the valuable services of the trained nurses were much sought after and it was said that there had been a strikingly rapid progress of the work in Wales. The work of the nurses was always received with the greatest cordiality throughout the Principality, and met with the highest appreciation. Hardly an instance is recorded of the work when once started having been given up, and he rejoiced to observe that the Association they were to-day particularly interesting in had amply justified its establishment as a necessity for the suffering poor by its undoubted usefulness in Barry and the surrounding districts. (Cheers). The report for the past year was a most interesting and encouraging record of a noble work accomplished. He noted the number of cases visited by the nurses during the year 1899 was over 1,000, and the number of visits reaching a total of nearly 17,000. These figures spoke volumes as to the great necessity existing for the services of the nurses, and the nurses themselves deserved the highest praise for the great and valuable work they had done in dealing with so many cases, and paying such a large number of visits within the twelve months. (Hear, hear). And he knew full well that the fidelity, patience, and skill which had characterised their work had deservedly won for them the universal gratitude and admiration entertained by those who had been under their care, as well as the relatives and friends of those whom they had so patiently and successfully nursed back again to health and convalescence. He congratulated the committee on the prosperous condition of the Association, and its bright prospects for the future as it entered upon the tenth year of its existence. It was gratifying to note its increasing popularity, and wide-spreading influence. A special feature in the report of last years work was the great increase in the Working-men's contributions, and that a large majority of the Barry Railway Servants had agreed to follow the example of other workmen in the Barry district, by contributing a penny per week towards the funds of the Association. This was very encouraging, and, as the report stated- if the Association can be eased on broad and democratic foundations, its future is assured, and there can be no more hopeful sign in the history of any charity than increased interest in such charity by workmen of the district. It was cheering to note that the total receipts during the past year amounted to :£1,587 lls 3d, being an increase of A376 2s over the previous year which was very satisfactory. Mr Cory added he would not now dwell at any length upon the finances, as his friend Major-General Lee, whom they all know as a staunch friend and supporter of the Association, and had taken a very great practical interest in promoting its welfare from the commencement, would presently submit to the meeting the financial report. He would not, therefore, occupy much more of their time, but would conclude by urging upon one and all to do their utmost to help to sustain the beneficent work of this Association. The value of the services rendered by the faithful trained nurses amongst the sick poor could never be estimated, and to carry on this humane work in full efficiency, and to meet the ever-increasing requirements for skilled nursing, funds would constantly be needed, and he trusted that meeting would result in a deeper interest awakened and developed towards the Barry and District Nursing Association, and a large increase in the contributions towards its support. (Cheers).. Mr Willett read the minutes of the previous meeting, which were adopted. Major-general Lee supported the adoption of the report of the executive, a summary of which appeared in the editorial column of the Barry Dock News a fortnight ago. General Lee referred to the fact that the receipts last year amounted to J61 463. and the expenditure to £ 1,373, carrying 489 to the deficiency account, reducing the same to JE144 16s lid. He looked forward to the future with a certain amount of concern, because there were several sums included in revenue last year which would not be available this year. These includ- ed £ 276 collected by Lady Windsor, and £ 520 con- tributed by the District Council and Hamadryad Hospital Committee towards the Accident Hospital, which had now been taken over entirely by the local authority, so that the receipts of the Nursing Association this year would be it 700 at least less than last year. To carry on the work of the Association satisfactorily about d670 a month was required, and he would appeal in an earnest manner to the employers of labour in the district to follow the example of the workmen, and con- tribute liberally towards the funds of the Associa- tion. General Lee regarded the weekly levy of the workmen as a more important factor making for the success of the Association than the contribu- tions of urivate subscribers, and if the institution wis to prosper it must practically become a working-men's society. (Cheers.) With this object in view, it was proposed to make certain amendments in the rules °„fn th« £ 8K90Glatl?* to admit of the election of 20 members of the executive in addition to a representative for each £ 50, two for £ 150, and three for £ 250 subscribed to the funds. General Lee paid a high tribute to the efficiency of the nursing staff and expressed regret at the resignation of Miss Sykes, the late SUMrinwndHarper said, considering the special difficulties which the Association had to contend against last year, he thought the report was a highly satisfactory one. The adoption of the report was then agreed to UQOn1SeUmotion of General Lee, seconded by Dr Neale, supported by Messrs W. Harper, H. Collier, J. Morgan, and T. Williams, the amendment of the rules, as indicated by General Lee^ in his ^~uress, was carried without a dissentient, it being felt that this would enable such local firms as Messrs C. H. Bailey, the Barry Graving Dock, the Barry Rail- waymen, whose staffs contributed so handsomely towards the funds, to be directly represented on the executive. The invaluable services rendered to the Associa- tion by Major-General Lee and Mr J. A. Hughes, as treasurer and secretary resp tively, were spoken of in the highest terms, and L th gentlemen were unanimously re-elected, G. ieral Lee, in acknowledgment, remarking that although there were no D.S.O's. of V.C.'s to be gained as rewards for the discharge of their duties, still they had the great satisfaction of knowing that they were thus of material service to their suffering fellow-men. (Cheers). Dr Kelly, Captain R. Davids, and Dr Powell were elected to vacant Beats on the executive. Mr W. Harper called attention to a statement recently published in the Barry Dock News to the effect that it had been announced at a meeting of the executive that no further demonstrations would be held in aid of the funds of the Nursing Associa- tion. He desired to announce that the annual demonstration of the friendly societies of the town would shortly be held, and a collection would be made in aid of the funds of the Association. He had endeavoured to see the secretary of the Association to avoid clashing in the matter, but Mr Hughes was from home, but he had been assured by Mr Willett on his behalf that whatever money was so collected it would be gladly accepted by the Nursing Association. General Lee replied that that matter could not be gone into at this meeting, and suggested that it be deferred till the next meeting of the executive. At the same time he might say that objection had been taken to demonstrations at the last executive meeting. Mr J. Morgan objected, on behalf of the railway- men, to demonstrations on the ground that the same persons contributed thereby as contributed by weekly levies at the different works. Mr T. Williams protested against the objection r^1S the railwaJmen as to the methods adopted by the friendly societies to benefit the Nursing Association, and he considered their action was mean in endeavouring to place difficuties in v, £ ^ny body of men raising money in behalf of such a good cause. Notwithstanding their objection the demonstration would take place. Mr H. Collier spoke in a pacific strain, and the matter was referred to the executive On the proposition of General Lee, seconded by Dr O'Donnell, a hearty vote of thanks was accorded to Mr Cory for his kindness in presiding, and for his great interest in the Association. The meeting then terminated.