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♦ . The annual Garden Party In aid of the funds of St. Stephen's Oharoh was held In the Parsonage grounds yesterday. The promoters were rather unfortunate as far aa regarded the weather, for although the day was fine a bitterly oold son'-weater blew without Intermission. The result was; that the attendance daring the afternoon was smaller than wonld otherwise have been the case, bat m the evening, when the wind dropped to a great extent, a very fair number were present. The stalls, of which there were three, were placed, 18 has been the custom m past years, close under the thick belt of trees that surrounds the lawn, and opposite the house. They were well sheltered from the boisterous wind, and being nloely decorated with flowers and evergreens, to which wera added m the evening many colored Chinese lanterns, the effeot was very pretty. The stall nearest to the small entramoe gate was devoted to goods and fanoy work, and was under the supervision of Mesdsmes A. Curtis and Restell, and the Misses Pllhrow. The centre stall was that for fruit, and was m oharge of Mfesdamei Orlsp and Trevor and Miss Pornall, while at the next, the refreshment stall, Mrs and the Misses Gates presided. The fair stallholders appeared to be kept busy, and doubtless a substantial sum will be realised as the proceeds of the sales. In an adjoining paddock a large marquee had been erected where an excellent tea was provided^ and which was done full justice to by a numerous company. The arrangements for the tea were m the hands, of tbe following ladies ;— Mesdames Bland.. J. Curtis, Fooks, Pritohard, P Willhms, Brooke, Griff en, Davidson, and Thomas, and Misses Cook, Bean, Gookaon, Cambridge, Foley, Pilbrow, Craig, Stewart and Patching. The Aahburtop Band, the members of which kindly gave their servicea was on the ground and played at intervals during the afternoon and evening, opportunity thai being afforded the devotees of Terpslob ore for dancing on the lawn, which was fully availed of. Garnet of various sorts were kept merrily m progress, and the little ones were nol forgotten, swings being put up for them and their convenience studied m all possible ways. The Boselle Bros, wh< had kindly given their services free, wen through performances on the Romai rings double trapeze, whioh wer< .*». .... .3 . »*_*n- .'■ fLj mucn aamirea. mi j.age was on -~. ground With his shooting gallery, foi which, we understand, he made do chargi whatever, and as it was busily empjoye< throughout the day it 'helped a goo< deal towards swelling the proceeds something over £5 being realise* therefrom. The Bey Mr Scott au Mrs Scott worked hard to piomote th enjoyment of everybody, and it it not to much* to say that their efforts wet thoroughly successful. The proceeding came to « conclusion about ten olcloek, a wno were present 'haying thorough!; enjoyed themselves. By advertisement i another column the clergyman and j^str return thanks to «U who assisted on tb

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ST. STEPHEN'S GARDEN PARTY., Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2013, 14 December 1888

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ST. STEPHEN'S GARDEN PARTY. Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2013, 14 December 1888

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