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A meeting.was held at the Side School on Wednesday evening, convened by the Rev. J. B. Westbrooke, and largely at tended by residents from all parts of the surrounding neighborhood. The rev. gentleman opened with prayer. He then stated that the requirements of these districts for greater religious facilities were generally agreed upon, and announced that, as stated in the circular, the meeting must consider “ The proposal to join with the Hinds-Rangitata district in forming a separate Presbyterian district, from the north branch of the Ashburton to the Rangitata river.” Mr Hood, Mount Somers, proposed “ That the district be formed as nearly as possible according to the old Road Board marks.” Seconded by Mr Morrow. Mr Westbrooke advised “ That the boundaries be the north and south rivers, the ranges, and a fourth line, to be agreed upon.” Mr A. McFarlane proposed as an amendment to Mr Hood’s motion “ That this district continue as at present constituted, separate from the Hinds-Rangi-tata.” Seconded by Mr J. Ross. Here a discussion took place, and the Chairman agreed to an adjournment for ten minutes for private consultation. £ Upon resuming business Mr A. McFaflane’s amendment was put to the meeting and carried, 11 voting for it, 8 against, and about 6 remaining neutral _ r Mr Hood then asked permission to withdraw the original motion. An amendment, moved by Mr Puddicombe, “ That the Hinds - Rangitata, Mount Somers, and Alford Forest form one district,” was negatived. It was proposed by Mr Henderson, of Methven, and seconded by Mr Cameron, “ That Methven, Alford Forest, and Mount Somers form one district. ”—Carried by 13 to 3. The gentlemen from the RangitataHinds district expressed their approval at being omitted, as the arrangement would probably have been only temporary, they contemplating the establishment of a regular weekly service; at the same time they strongly urged all present to be united, and make the good of this or that district subservient to the honor and praise of God. The Rev. J. B. Westbrooke moved, and Mr Marrow seconded, “ That the case be left finally to the decision of the Presby T tery, that decision to be binding,. and « That it is desirable to form a separate district for the Hills, that the Presbytery be asked to receive a deputation from each of the districts interested.” Carried unanimously. ■, Messrs McFarlane and Hood having been chosen to represent this district in the matter, the meeting adjourned.

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ALFORD FOREST AND MOUNT SOMERS PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH MEETING., Ashburton Guardian, Volume III, Issue 503, 28 November 1881

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ALFORD FOREST AND MOUNT SOMERS PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH MEETING. Ashburton Guardian, Volume III, Issue 503, 28 November 1881

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