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ASHBURTON AGRICULTURAL AND PASTORAL ASSOCIATION.

The general committee of the A. and P. Association met on Tuesday afternoon at 3 o’clock at the Somerset Hotel. The business was to draw up a report for the Annual General Meeting, and for general business. Present—Messrs. F. Guinness (chairman), J. Carter, J. Hunt, D. Wilson, H. J. Weeks, W. J. Silcock, W. H. Zouch, and G. Jameson (secretary). The minutes of previous meeting having been road and confirmed, the correspondence from Dr. Irving relative to his lecture on bees, which he has kindly consented to deliver in the Town Hall on Tuesday next, was read. Mr. G undry proposed, and Mr. Carter seconded —“ That the thanks of the Association be accorded to Dr. Irving for his promised lecture.” The value of beekeeping on a large scale in the district was strongly commended by several gentlemen.

The committee appointed to get a device for a seal had not brought up their report, and it was agreed that Mr. Zouch should submit some devices for consideration at the next meeting. Messrs J. Carter, 0. P. Cox, and W. H. Zouch, were appointed a sub-committe to draw up a report for the annual general meeting. The Secretary informed the meeting that “ Gazettes ” had been received with notifications re property vested in the Association as an incorporate body, viz. : Reserve of 20 acres near Saunders Bros. ’ mill, and 25 acres at Tinwald.

The question of holding a show for grain, roots, and poultry was considered. It was decided to let it stand over this year, as notice had not been given in time for farmers to reserve samples of grain. It was recommended that timely notice be given next year. Accounts were passed for payment, and the funds to credit showed about sufficient to meet liabilities. Mr. Zouch was appointed auditor. Mr. J. Hunt proposed, and Mr. Weeks seconded that the Secretary obtain a legal opinion as to the power of the Association to borrow money for any specific purpose. Carried. Mr. Silcock moved “ That the Secretar3' compile a specimen copy of an accredited account sales of a consignment of wheat and wool to London market, so that the members might sec the actual charges to be paid. The copy to be left for reference.” —Carried.

Several of the mcmbei-s took exception to the limited publicity that had been given to the calling of the last committee meeting which had lapsed, only one gentleman attending. It was pointed out that the advertisement had appeared in one paper only, and it was recommended to advertise in all three local papers. Mr. Silcock gave notice to move at next meeting—“ That a monthly meeting be held to discuss matters of interest to farmers, giving effect to Rule 15. Also, that in order to prevent the spread of sparrows—clubs be formed throughout the county for their destruction.” Mr. D. Wilson, to move, at next meeting, that the«shows be held in Ashburton.

The meeting closed with a vote of thanks to the Chairman.

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ASHBURTON AGRICULTURAL AND PASTORAL ASSOCIATION. Ashburton Guardian, 8 April 1880

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