A social gathering was held at Willowby laet evening to welcome home Mr and Mrs Thomas Wheeler from their honeymoon tour. Friends from all parts of the district were present, and the Rev J. N. Buttle was voted to the chair. After a programme of musical and literary items had been gone through, addresses were delivered by th« chairman, Rev J. H. Gray, and Messrs S. Chapmaiij Low, and J. Wheeler, sienr. A recitation wai given by the Mis»e» Kennington and Mr Robert Maxwell, and songs were contributed by- Misses Daisy Lpw and Hayman, Mrs Gray, the Rer J. H^ Gray, and Mr W. Ford,, A, duet was rendered by Miss C. Gray and Mr W. Gray. During an interval m the programme the chairman presented to Mr Wheeler a handsome clock and purse bf sovereigns, and referred to the valuable services of the recipient aB organist of the Church. The clock bore the following inscription :— •'Presented to Mr Jhomaa Wheeler by the members of the Willowby Wesleyan Methodist congregation as a momento of eight years' untiring zeal, June 1890." Mr VV heeler suitably replied, and expressed his determination to give his services as long as he was able to do so. Refreshments were supplied by the ladies of the congregation during the evening, and a most successful and pleasant gathering was brought to a close shortly after 10 o'clock.
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Ashburton Guardian, Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2472, 23 July 1890
Ashburton Guardian Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2472, 23 July 1890
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