Newknds awakens from its lethargic state at least hviqe a ye?ir, on the recurrence of the Sunday Sphaol and Chapel anniversaries. On Sunday the 7th the children's anniversary was celebrated, sermons suitable to the occasion being preached both morning and evening by the Rev. Mr Gray, of Willowby ; the afternoon was devoted to recitations delivered by the children. On Monday afternoon the children assembled m a paddock belonging to Mr Lloyd, and' passed the time by joining m mer.r.y games ; running seemed to be the favorite, amusement, the little ones being spurred jon, to do theip very best by tlje knowledge ■
that prizes had been provided for those who should distinguish themselves m the contests. The tea-tables were presided over by ladies of the district, each of whom had several young ladies assisting her. All seemed well pleased with the j good things s«it before them and showed their gratitude m a very substantial manner indeed. It was noticed by some observant young ladies that those who had received a larger quantity of milk m their tea than they preferred actually did not notice it, so intently were they occupied m " sampling " the various dainties set before them; and m reply to repeated inquiries as to whether their tea pleased them, they declared it to be " declicious," " the best they had ever tasted," etc. Many from | Seafield and Ashburton were present, both at the tea and at the after-meeting, which was addressed by the Revs Gray, ! Boothroyd, and Sawle, Lieutenant Davies, ' and Messrs Watkins, and Lill. Mr Gray's address was extremely humorous, the audience being convulsed with laughter during the greater part of it. He was very vehement m his denunciation of pulpits, inasmuch as they con fine a preacher too much altogether. He contends that gracefulness of jesture has a great deal to do with making sermons attractive, and m keeping up the attention of an audience ; but how can a preacher make use of this means when he ia placed m a box-like apparatus m which there is barely room to move ? About nine o'clock the meeting dispersed, all having apparently enjoyed themselves.
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NEWLANDS., Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2518, 15 September 1890
NEWLANDS. Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2518, 15 September 1890
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