ASHBURTON VOLUNTEER FIRE BRIGADE.
A general meeting of the Ashburton Volunteer Fire Brigade was held at the old Borough Council Ohambers, Burnett street, last everting. There was a good attendance, and Mr W. E. Dolman presided. Before reading the minutes of the last meeting, Mr Higgins tendered his resignation as Secretary to the Brigade, but at the request of the members consented to retain office till next general meeting, at which officers will be appointed. The Chairman reported the interview that had taken place between the deputation from the Brigade and the Fite Brigade Committee of the Council. The report of the interview appearing in the Guardian was read as the report of the deputation. A discussion followed in reference to a proposal made by the Council to the efiect that the Brigade should vacate the present station site and occupy the old Council Chambers. An opinion was generally expressed that the present site was the more suitable. One member essayed |to attribute sinistruus motives to the Council in seeking the change, but he was promptly called to order by the Chairman.
On the motion of Mr Keir, seconded by Mr Wilmshurst, it was resolved — “That the Brigade remain at their present site.”
The question of now uniforms was discussed at some length. It was stated that the uniforms-had been promised by the Council sometime ago, but only part of the requisites had been received. Mr Davis thought it would be wise to accept a promise made by the Mayor that the uniforms would be supplied in three months' time; under any circumstances they were not likely to secure them earlier. It was ultimately resolved to defer consideration of the question until after the next meeting of the Council. The report of the deputation was then
adopted. Mr Keir said he had joined the Brigade with the intention of being useful, but his efforts and those of other members would be stultified unless they could remove the present unsatisfactory relations existing in the Brigade. At last meeting of the Brigade certain resolutions had bean passed without any apparent opposition, but when the deputation waited upon the Council he was surprised to find that several members had signed documents directly contradictory to those resolutions. To his mind that was not manly, not even honest, He thought any member disagreeing with the resolutions should have declared his opposition. It was not consfstent for a person to support a resolution and then contrad ct it. —Mr Heffotd supposed Mr heir’s remarks wer directed against himself. He had not spoken on the resolution, as Mr Higgins had prevented him doing so. Mr Hefiord proceeded to impugn Mr Higgins’s veracity. —Mr Stephens said he had signed the document stating that Mr Harrison had been courteous to the members of the Brigade at the Conference. He had not been present during the whole of the meeting. —Mr Harrop expressed himself to the same effect. The Chairman was of opinion that the persons who had signed the documents procured by Mr Harrison had deliberately perjured themselves, or did not understand what they were signing. Mr Higgins said that he regretted any offence he had given to Mr Hefford at last meeting. It had not been his wish to prevent Mr Hefford expressing his views upon the resolutions. Mr Keir said he wanted to thoroughly sift the matter, and as some members appeared to have an objection to Mr Higgins, he would move that that gentleman be requested to retire from the Brigade Personally, he knew of nothing against Mr Higgins, in fact their acquaintance was a slight one; but he advocated straightforward niauiy action, and moved the resolution to test the feeling of the meeting. Mr (Hefford seconded the resolution, and Mr Higgins retired during the discussion that followed. Several members spoke very highly of the services renderei to the Brigade by Mr Higgins, and on a ballot being taken the resolntion was rejected by a large maj arity. On returning to the room Mr Higgins thanked the members for their expression of goodwill. Mr Keir expressed a hope that those members who hitherto had opposed Mr Higgins would now either retire from the Brigade or endeavor to work harmoniously with the Aoting-Seoretary. The following gentlemen were then nominated for the offices to be filled at next meeting: Captain, Messrs W. Roberts and W. E. Dolman ; Lieutenant, Messrs W, E. Dolman, Keir and Davis; Foreman, Messrs Wilmshurst and Keir; Deputy-Foreman, Messrs Sandoe, G. Parkin (jun), and Stephens ; Treasurer, Messrs G. Parkin (sen), R. Christie, and Keir; Secretary, Messrs R. Christie and Keir. Mr Higgins was nominated for the office of secretary, but declined to stand It was resolved to recommend Mr P. Walker to the Borough Council foi appointment as a member of the Brigade. The roll was called, and the meeting terminated with a vote of thanks to the chair.
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ASHBURTON VOLUNTEER FIRE BRIGADE., Ashburton Guardian, Volume V, Issue 1509, 9 April 1885
ASHBURTON VOLUNTEER FIRE BRIGADE. Ashburton Guardian, Volume V, Issue 1509, 9 April 1885
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