A very pleasant social gathering was held m Mr Barn's wool Bhed at the Mead, Rakaia, on Friday evening. A large number of guests assembled by invitation, from Rakaia and other parts. During the evening Mr Kenneth Wilson, as the oldest settler m the district, presented Mr Ralph Ilolland, who is leaving the district, with a handsome Rotherham silver watob, and Mrs R. Shannon presented Mrs Holland with a beaufc'ful gold and pearl brooch. Mr Wilson m a very appropriate speech, referred to Mr Holland's many good qualities as a neighbour and friend, and asked him and Mrs Holland to accept the presents m the spirit m which they were given. He said that during Mr Holland's sojourn among them, there were few, if any, among the setters on the Mead Estate who had not experienced some kindness at his hands. He asked the company to drink the health of Mr and Mrs Holland and wish them " God speed." The toast was drunk with musical honours and enthusiastic cheers. Mr Holland, ]m responding, expressed his regret at leaving so many frienda. He did not know their number or the extent of their friendship until that night. He' did not know what he had done to merit such a send-off and such valuable presents, but they would always remind him and Mra Holland of the many friends they had left and the happy times spent amongst them. Dancing was indulged m till the small ! hours had got well on towards daybreak. The shed was very tastefully decorated, the mottoes •• Kia Ora "and " God speed " being conspicuous. j Needless to say there was an abundance of creature comforts, and everyone enjoyed themselves to the full. Misses Brick, Messrs D. Cornelius, J. Behrens, and J. MacAnulty rendered excellent music. Some capital songs were given during the evening by Messrs Behrens, Cornelius, MacAnulty, Wilson, Ferguson, G'Eeilly and I Shellock. Eecitations were also given m splendid style by Messrs R. and E. Taylor. Before the company dispersed, Mr Gee said he hai been asked to propose a vote of thanks to Mr Barns for the use of the Hall, and for his kindness on former occasions of the kind. He also took occasion to thank the promoters of the gathering on behalf of himself and those with him for the hospitality extended to them. The vote of thanks was carried with musical honours and cheers for Mr and Mrs Barns. Mr Barns replied on behalf of himself, and Mrs Barns, and assured the company they were always welcome to the use of the building, and anything he and Mrs Barns could do to assist at such gatherings would be a pleasure to them. The proceedings terminated with the singing of " Auld Lang Syne."
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Ashburton Guardian, Ashburton Guardian, Volume XXII, Issue 6565, 9 May 1905
Valedictory Social. Ashburton Guardian, Volume XXII, Issue 6565, 9 May 1905
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