THE ASHBURTON CLUB.
The recently formed Ashburton Club was of ened last evening, when nearly fifty gentlemen sat down to a cold collalion provided by members of the Committee. Mr S. B. Nelson, President of the Club, occupied the chair, supported on his right by His Worship the Mayor, and Mr A. Craighead, the Vice-president ct the Club, filled the vice-chair. The table was very bountifully and tastefully furnished and reflected great credit upon the Club’s steward. Ample justice-having been done to the good things provided, ■ the Chairman proposed the usual loyal toasts, which were appropriately received. The Chairman proposed “the Army, Navy and Volunteers,” and coupled the toast with the names of Sergeant-Major. Scott, Corporal Dunn and Mr Andrews. The Chairman spoke in eulogistic terms of the action of-the New South Wales contingent volunteering for service in the Soudan. He felt sura the Ashburton Volunteers, it required, would follow the creditable example of- their countrymen. -Sergeant-Major Scott, Corporal Dunn and Mr Andrews responded. Mr A. Craighead proposed “The Mayor and Councillors of Ashburton.” He spoke in a complimentary manner of the work effected by the Council, making special reference to the aeHleraent of the Fire Brigade difficulty, and the proposal to erect a traffic bridge across the Ashburton river.
The (Mayor expressed the pleasure ha felt in being present at the opening of the Club. He thanked. the meeting for the very cordial manner in which they had received the toast proposed by Mr Craighead, and said he regretted the proposer
was not at present a member of the Coun-
cil. He hoped, however, that on some future occasion Mr Craighead would successfully contest a seat on that body. The Mayor referred to the works undertaken by the Council, and acknowledged the services rendered by the County Council in connection with tte traffic bridge. The Chairman also briefly responded to the toast, and took occasion to compliment the Mayor upon the manner in which he conducted the business of the Borough Council.
The Chairman proposed—“ The County Council,” coupled with the name of the Mayor, and spoke very highly of that body. The Mayor said he hardly understood why his name had been coupled with the toast, as ha had never bee a a member of the Council, He could, however, fully endorse the eulogistic remarks of the Chairman, although he thought even a larger share of credit was due to the original than to the present Council. He said this without wishing to disparage the present members, gentlemen who had done all in their power to advance the interests of the County. The Mayor proposed—“ The Ashburton Club.” Although not yet acquainted with the working of the Club, he predicted it would meet with success ; that its membership would soon be doubled and trebled. The gentlemen who had first proposed the formation of the Club, and and carried the proposals to a successful issue deserved the very highest credit. The Club could not fail to be a great boon to its members. Having referred to tin energy and judicious management of the officials, the Mayor, amidst loud applause, declared the Club open. The Chairman, in responding, recited. the circumstances that had led to the establishment of the Club. It hod been first' suggested by a visit he paid to a similar Club in Christchurch. On his return to AshbnC' ton he had spoken of the matter to several friends but they hesitated about entering upon an enterprise which might interfere with the business of some of tbeir friends. Ultimately a preliminary meeting had been summoned, and attended by 22 gentlemen ; at an adjourned meeting 33 gentlemen presented themselves as anxious to join the Club, and all paid their first subscription. The object of the Club was to provide recreation and amu-e-nent, and to promote general and social intercourse among the members. It could be a plac; of business resort, and he had no fears for its ultimate success. He wished to record his thanks to the President of the Christchurch Club, for the assistance he had repeatedly offered and given to the Club. Mr i asker said he had been requested to apologise for the unavoidable absence of Mr E. G. Crisp, and was able to announce that that gentleman had promised a number of books as soon as the Club’s library was ready for their reception.
Mr Robertson proposed—*' The gentlemen who hare provided the collation, coupled with the names of Messrs Tasker, Connolly, Cooper, Honlt, Marsh and Worner.—ln responding to the toast Mr Tasker said he had done little towards the entertainment. Referring to some as* pensions cast upon the Club by outside persons he said they were moat unwar* rented. It had been said the establish-
ment was a mere drinking shop, but he could assure them that the stringent rules for the suppression of excess would be vigorously enforced, and the tendency of the Club would be in an entirely different direction than in encouraging drinking among its members. The Chairman at this stage announced that his Worship the Mayor had requested to be elected as an honorary member of the Club, The announcement was received with loud applause. Mr Bradley proposed “ The officers and Committee of the Club,” coupled with the names of Me:-srs Craighead, Robertson and Fowleix During the course of his reply, Mr Craighead said that although a total abstainer himself, be had no fear of the Club degenerating into a drinking saloon.
Mr Tasker, in a vsry humorous speech, proposed the “Press,” and the toast wss acknowledged in a similar strain by the representatives present.
Mr J. McLean Dunn proposed the “ Fire Brigade,” coupled with the name of the newly elected Captain, Mr J. A. Oaygill. Mr Oaygill having appropriately responded, the meeting sang the “ National Anthem " and dispersed. '
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THE ASHBURTON CLUB., Ashburton Guardian, Volume V, Issue 1519, 21 April 1885
THE ASHBURTON CLUB. Ashburton Guardian, Volume V, Issue 1519, 21 April 1885
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