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Annual Meeting. The annual general meeting of the above was held this afternoon, at the upper room of the Town Hall. There was a fair attendance of members present. Mr W. C. Walker, President of the Association, occupied the chair. The Secretary stated the object of the meeting, and read the followng report and balance sheet :

REPORT. In presenting their third annual report, your Committee have pleasure in recording much woik satisfactorily accomplished during the year. The monthly meetings held during the winter for the reading of papers on subjects of interest to all connected with farming, were well attended, and will, we hope, be resumed shortly. During the year negotiations were entered into by the County Council, which resulted in the erection of commodious sheep and cattle yards for the sale of stock and tor the use of the Association at their annual shows. The yards are most substantial and convenient, and have been leased to the Asociation on reasonable terms. Since their erection the fortnightly sales have very largely increased. The horse parade held on the 28 September was numerously attended. A large number of horses were entered, all classes being well represented, the draught stock especially, showing a great improvement on those paraded in former years. The Annual Exhibition of stock, produce, implements and manufactures, was held on Tuesday, the i6ih November, and was a decided success. The attendance during the day was very large, and a great amount of interest was shown in the exhibits. Some discussion has arisen as to the best time to hold the show—whether before or after the Christchurch one. The question will be laid before members for an expression of opinion at this annual meeting. A collection of books on farming matters has been presented to the Association by Mr F. IJ. Passmore. These will form the nucleus ef a valuable library, and it is hoped the example shown by this gentleman will be followed by others. Mr G. Gould has also presented the Association with a number of first-class books on agriculture which he wishes given as prizes at the next show instead of medals. The committee desire to acknowledge, with thanks, the liberality of these gentlemen. The expenditure during the year has been unusually heavy. Much has been done and many expenses incurred which will not occur again, such as cost of material and fencing ring for horse parade and for judging purposes, fencing the reserve at Tinwald, dies for medals, &c., &c. A glance at ihe balancesheet, and of the statement of liabilities, which appear on the other side, will impress members with the necessity there is for increasing the number of subscribers to the Association. In conclusion, your Committee think there is much cause for congratulation on the amount of work which has been accomplished, and they hope what has been done, no less than what has been left undone, will stimulate all to use their utmost efforts to further yet more the object your Society has in view—viz., the welfare of the farming and pastoral interests of this large and influential district.

BALANCE SHEET. The Balance-sheet was then read. The total receipts from all sources during the year were L 364 13s 4d, and the expenditure L 371 9s Bd, leaving a debit balance of L 6 16s 4d, and liabilities amounting to about L 169 16s lOd.

The Chairman stated that the report as read calls attention to the principal features of the Association during the past year, and that which had already been done and what had been left undone. He hoped that new members would come forward and help the Society, as increased aid was requisite to carry on the work of the Society in a satisfactory manner. He would read two letters from gentlemen who were unable to attend the annual meeting -viz., Messrs Carter and Passmore.

Dr. Trevor proposed, and Mr Hunt seconded—“ That the report and balancesheet as read be adopted. " Carried. ELECTION OF OFFICERS. The election of officers for the ensuing year was then proceeded with. For the office of President Mr Carter was elected, unopposed. Vice-President Messrs Cox and Passmore were nominated, the former being elected. The election of the other officers was proceeding when our representative left (4 10 p. m.) __________

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AGRICULTURAL AND PASTORAL ASSOCIATION., Ashburton Guardian, Volume 2, Issue 329, 27 April 1881

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AGRICULTURAL AND PASTORAL ASSOCIATION. Ashburton Guardian, Volume 2, Issue 329, 27 April 1881

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