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[from our own correspondent.] “ All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy ” is an old and true saying ; yet years had rolled round and Alford Forest had known nothing but hard work—sawing and splitting, splitting and sawing, with carting on a lonely road forachange was the style of *he days gone by. A change took place —as changes will, as surely as the earth revolves—and with the influx of population a few paddocks were fenced ; a a few single ploughs were seen in the dis trict, and the stanza lengthened—sawing and splitting, splitting and sawing, ploughing and sowing, reaping and carting —but no longer only posts and rails. Yet times were such that healthy, honest, world-approved old games were unknown, 1882, with its comets, its brilliant meteors, with all its prognostics of evil and the ending of all things, however, is to be for Alford Forest the opening of a new era. At last we are going to have our local sports ; at lait we feel ourselves strong enough to try our wings, and fly on our own merits. Boxing Day, dear to all Englishmen as a day of rest and enjoyment, looked forward to by many as the schoolboy looks for his holidays: New Year’s Day, dea !- to the Scotchmen from old associations- all had passed away as publicly celebrated holidays. All will now be revived amongst ns I hope, and the first sports day to be held at Alford Forest on the 26th inst is, I trust, only the precunor of a scries of many such days. Society can u t and does not require incessant work from its members, for society is only a body ; like mine, like yours, if ove'taxed it will pine for rest. And why should wo try to lire.ak all the threads that link us to the M >thur Country ! v ' hy not on the contrarj’ exert our-, selves to instil in!o t he minds of those who have never visited Old England that there is on the British shores a time in the yeir when rest is granted to all ; when doors are opened and festivities the prominent feature. Let all of us who j'ears ago left the old country and are now growing old, band together and teach the younger generation that “ all work, and no play, makes Jack a dull boy.” Happy I was to find that many in our district thought the same as myself, as the meeting held at the A'ford Forest Hotel on the 28th November last, showed. The object of the meeting was to consider if local sports should be held, either on Boxing or New Year’s Day, and electa general committee. That the opinion of those present was in favor of the sports, and that wo are strong enough now to stand on our own merits, will In seen by the names of the gentlemen elected as members of the general committee, viz.—Messrs A. M'Farlane, B. Ede, L. M'Grogor, J. Anderson, John Carney, A. Ede, B. Solan, C. Grieves, W. Cook, W. T. Smith, J. Bowick, \V. Fergus, T. E. MMlao, J. Boas, P. hi‘Neal, A. Graham, from amongst whom a working committee was appointed. On Saturday, the 2nd instant, . another meeting was held, and Host Bowick’s hotel was the centre of attraction, and a better place for the ■'meeting could not have been selected, for few men in the district take a keener interest in what is going on than Mr Bowick. He has worked hard all his days, and believes in a day of rest—not the rest of the idler, ;

but the rsal for the healthjr,. and industrious mechanic. : At * that /(Meeting the working committee reported that they had selected Mr W. Smith’# paddock as the most central, and it was decided to abide by thrir-decision —Mr| H. Knight was elected secretary and Mr 0. Grieve ’’'a*urar.-■ It rests now with the Alford Forest people to endorse the opinion of the gentlemen who have so kindly volunteered to act on the committee,*and subscribe freely to the fund. The programme, although not yet settled, will, I understand, include hurdle and flat, yaping.. tor horses belonging to the district or otherwise—as will be decided at the meeting to be held on the 9ch inst.—trotting match, and the other usual sports. My next will furnish you with further particulars. In the meantime 1 cannot let the opportunity pass to advise some of the Ashburton people to come and pay us a visit. Communication is easy, accommodation plentiful, and I am sure a look at our green trees and.flowing streams will send many who take my advice home rejoicing.

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ALFORD FOREST., Ashburton Guardian, Volume IV, Issue 813, 8 December 1882

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ALFORD FOREST. Ashburton Guardian, Volume IV, Issue 813, 8 December 1882

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