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Soiree and Concert at Mount Somers.

[from our own correspondent.]

An entertainment of the above description was held m the Mount Somers Schoolroom on Friday,, the 25th inst., m aid of the funds of the Presbyterian Church. The weather, which had been very wet m the morning, became fair m time for the hourof meeting, and continued fair till after piidnight. There was a large gathering of people, considering the district and the season, about one hundred and fifty being present, and all seemed thoroughly to enjoy the opportunity of meeting and conversing with so many neighbours and friends, as well as the concert which followed. The tables were most tastefully arranged, and abundantly supplied with a, rariety of delicacies. Theae were provided by Mesdames Hood, Patton, Harvey, and Tait. There was also the Bachelors' table, over which Misses Lamble and Syuie presided.

After ample justice had been doho to the good things on the tables, and the excellent tea, the room was transformed, so aa to sea* as many as possible of those present. The minister—Rev W; ' Finlayson—presided, and read the apologies received for the absence of neighbouring ministers, who had been invited to be present., j Mr Finlayson also called attention to some changes which had taken place m Mount Someri3 district since last soiree tliSre, eighteen months ago. He said they had much cause for thankfulness aiid congratulation for many things, among others, that there had been no blank m their membership through death; that there were very few cases of serious affliction m the district; a fair measure of prosperity m circumstances, with few exceptions; and that these outward and temporal advantages were accompanied by increased earnestness m spiritual matters.

When Mr Finlayson first came to the district there was only a fortnightly service; but- now there were o.ther. me.Stings, through the extended work of the Wesleyans and otherwise. The Mount Somers Presbyterian Church Financial Committee have .been able to meet the .obligations, (Undertaken by them when Mr Fihlayson wi;s called to the charge, as have also Spriugburn and' Methven, while Rangitata, lifts- been weak owing (to* 1 the departure, from that district of /two or three of those who .contributed most largely,-; | ' Tlie Choir, accompanied by Mrs Fullayson and conducted by Mr James Price} ■ gave selections , • from ''' Songs and ■: Solos," the " Christian Choir," and the."Jubilee Songs." ■ Besides these there were instrumental pieces on harmonium arid violins by Miss Finlayson, Mr and '" Miss Price; a cornet solo by Mi Wall, with piano accompaniment ; and songs by Mrs Tait and Miss Williamson, Misses Wright, A. Price, J. Lambie, J. and A. Finlayson, also by Messrs J. Price and A'. Jago. Miss Wright's song " Plymouth Sound" was especially encored m response to which she ' sang " White Wings." „ On the motion of Mr John Hood, a vote of thanks was given to the ladies, who provided the tables, to the choir and to Mrs Finlayson. The Committee also^ through the Chairman, acknowledged the service of Mr Price as organist. '" \ '

A very enjoyable evening, was brought to a close by the singing; of the "National Anthem.". - .■ .'..-■■ :" ,-. :'

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Soiree and Concert at Mount Somers., Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2479, 31 July 1890

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Soiree and Concert at Mount Somers. Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2479, 31 July 1890

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