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A concert and social to wind up the affairs of the Watertou branch of the lied Cross Society was held in the Waterton Hall last night, and was very largely attended, the hall being taxed to find seating accommodation for-those present, many of whom had come from great distances to show their appreciation of the self-denying labours of the ladies connected with the society. Mr Watson, of Ashburton, who had presided at the inception of the society, iind who had attended each annual meeting since, was invited to preside. In opening the evening's entertainment Mr Watson expressed the pleasure it cave him to receive their invitation to b© nresent at their, gathering, and briefly referred to the ready response that had come from the young men of the district to do their bit in the great struggle that had just ended so triumphantly. Practically every available man in the district had readily volunteered for service, and this spirit had been backed up by the ladies, who were determined that they would not be lacking in anything that they could do for the comfort and cheer of the brave boys at the front. Accordingly the branch of the Red Gross had been established, and the members' had worked enthusiastically right up to the present, the only break in their efforts being when the epidemic was prevalent.

During the society's operations 9994 -■garments and other Red Cross articles had been made by the society, while £739 19s sd. had been raised to swell the funds of the society. The value of the material, however, that had been made up much exceeded this sum, and the district justly felt proud of a society that had been so enthusiastic and, enterprising in its efforts.

Ueiore proceeding to the. programme for the evening, a silent voce of sympathy lor all those connected with tiieir society aim district wiio had lost sons or brothers, in the great struggle was carried, all standing.

a very excellent programme of musical items was then presented to the uioetum, and each item was much appreciated. A company in charge of ivir •VV. Mopwoodj had generously gone down to assist, and solos by Misses E. Watson. V. Watson, D. Jblopwqpd, and Elessrsi Brand and Hopwood; duet, Miss D. Hopwood and Eric Hopwood; monologue, Mr Brand; chorus, Mr Hopwood's Company; recitation, Master Aif. Simpson, gave great pleasure to the meeting., Miss.Giuyas acted'as accompaniste.

During the evening'the chairman, on behalf of the Red Cross ladies, presented Mrs W. D.'Dan-son, their secretary, with a very handsome silver teapot as a mark of their appreciation of the very valuable services that she had rendered the society since its inception. In making the presentation reference was made to the splendid abilities and untiring energies that Mrs Dawson had brought to bear upon the work that had devolved upon her, and that much of the success of the society had been due to this.

Mrs Dawson feelingly replied, thanking: the donors for their very handsome and unexpected present. What she had done had been only her duty, and it bad been a labour of love

A comprehensive vote of thanks to the contributor's of the programme, to the chairman, and the Red Cross ladies was moved by Mr Blee, and carried, and the. concert closed with a verse of the National .Anthem*. A .dance followed, music being provided by Mr and Miss Gluyas, Mr J. Bailey acting as M.G. Refreshments were also provided, and .a pleasant evening was brought to a close. ,

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MEETINGS., Ashburton Guardian, Volume XXXIX, Issue 9594, 25 April 1919

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MEETINGS. Ashburton Guardian, Volume XXXIX, Issue 9594, 25 April 1919

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