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A meeting of the Caledonian Soc'ety was held at Quill’s Hotel, yesterday even-; ing. Mr W. Anderson in the chair. The secretary detailed the previous work done by the society and recommended an amalgamation between the old Sports Committee and the society, so as to work amicably together, with the object Of getting up the sports in a manner wliich would be a credit to the distinct, and the first question to settle was whether an amalgamation should take place. Mr Wilkie proposed—‘ ‘ Thatas the Winslow meeting has hitherto been held on New Year’s Day (and is fixed for that date this year), and the Ashburton sports on Boxing Day, tins meeting considers the latter date to be the most likely to be successful. He said as the Winslow sports were now a time honored institution and had this year been fixed for Now Year’s Day, and the late Sports Committtee had always held their meeting on Boxing D»y, it would be an unwise proceeding to alter the dates, as the two places were only some five miles apart. Although the Caledonian Society were supposed to look upon New Year’s Day as their special holiday, it would be a graceful act on their part to give -way to the Winslow Sports Committee and adopt Boxing Day for the holiday. ” Mr G. M. Robinson, in seconding the resolution said that as a Scotchman, he, of course preferred New Year’s Day as a holiday, but as Winslow had prior claim to hold its annual meeting on that occasion, he was willing to give way. The question was then put, and carried unanimously. A discussion then ensued as to the advisableness of amalgamating the old Sports Committee with the Caledonian Society, and Mr C. Reid explained that at the last meeting of the Sports Committee they virtually wound up their affairs, and were to all intents and purposes defunct. Mr Parkin proposed that the sports be held in the Domain.

Seconded by Mr G. M. Robinson, and carried.

Mr Harris proposed as an amendment, that the sports be held on the racecourse.

Mr Fraser seconded.

After discussion as to the advantages of the two sites, proposed, Mr Harris withdrew his amendment, and the resolution was carried nem con.

Mr Quill proposed, and Mr Reid seconded—“ That Messrs Anderson and Wilkie be appointed a deputation to wait on the Domain Board, to obtain permission to use the ground on Boxing day. ” Mr. John Fraser suggested that collectors should be appointed to canvass the town, and he could speak of his own knowledge that if he had been supplied with a list he could have collected upwards of £2O in one day. Mr Quill proposed, and Mr Canning seconded “That Messrs Anderson, Fraser, and the mover, be appointed a Committee to canvass for subscriptions, with power to add to their number.” Proposed by Mr Harris, and seconded bw-Mr Reid —“ That a Committee, conBufeag of Messrs Reid* Anderson, John Fraser, and Quill, Be appointed to draw up a on Boxing day, in the rules and regulations of the Society, such programme to be submitted to a general meeting on Wednesday, November 12th. Mr Reid called attention to the fact that nine names were published in the rules as the directors, and he could state positively that only seven had been elected.

The Secretary read the minutes which recorded the election of seven only, but it was explained that the other two members names were added subsequently. Jdr Reid considered that an illegal act had been committed, as the two names were put on after the meeting had dispersed, and the record of the nominations was not on the minute book. It was decided that the two names were inserted in eiror, but that they should now remain and be approved of. The meeting then terminated.

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ASHBURTON CALEDONIAN SOCIETY., Ashburton Guardian, Volume I, Issue 15, 30 October 1879

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ASHBURTON CALEDONIAN SOCIETY. Ashburton Guardian, Volume I, Issue 15, 30 October 1879

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