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A largo gathering, representative of the various congregations of the Methodist Churches in the A&hburton Circuit, together with other congregations ■of the town, assembled ■•■ in ■ the Baring Square Church on Friday night for the purpose of welcoming the Rev. T\ W. Vealie. the newly-appointed superintendent to .the circuit, and to afford Mr and Mrs Vealie an opportunity to become acquainted with the members.

Mr F. Frampton, circuit steward, presided, and in.extending the guests a welcome to Afihburton, he referred to the fact that Mr Voalie came to them with the highest recommendations of the Conference, and with the hearty goodwill of all his fellow-ministers. The Church had also been honoured in the fact that Mr Vealie had been appointed chairman of.the South Canterbury district. He assured Mr Vealie of their hearty co-operation in all his labours, and trusted that his stay among them would be happy and prosperous. The Mayor, Mr R. Galbraith, on behalf of the'■citizens, expressed his great pleasure in being present to welcome Mr and Mrs Vealio and family to their town, and assured them that their efforts to take uu the . noble work, of their predecessors would be heartily reciprocated, and he trusted that they would have a successful career. He ■heartily welcomed them to the town.

The Rev. Mr Mclntyre, on , behalf of the County Ministers' Association, welcomed Mr Vealie and his family into their midst, and in doing so impressed urion the members of the Church ■ that if they expected much, much could be achieved, and pointed out that it would be necessary for the Church to give its individual and collective co-operation to its minister to secure the best results.

Mr Belshaw. the second agent, also bespoke the hearty co-operation of the Church, and assured Mr Vealie of their best wishes for his success.

Mr Vealie, in replying, thanked the friends for tho hearty reception given them, and for the kind assurances of goodwill that had been spoken. He looked forward with confidence, assured as he had been of the Church's cooDcration with him. In speaking of his wife, he reminded them that slie was not his curate, but that they might trust her to do all that she could with them in the .direction of the welfare of the Church. Ho congratulated the Mayor on the recent evidence of his popularity in the town and County, and trusted his own labours. would meet with a similar mark of appreciation. During the evening a very fine programme of part-songs a nd anthems" by the choir, solos by Miss Smfth arid Mr Brown, and a monologue by Mr Andrews was rendered, Mrs Higgi'ns being accompaniste. Refreshments were provided, and a very pleasant function closed with the Doxology.

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REV. T. W. VEALIE WELCOMED., Ashburton Guardian, Volume XXXIX, Issue 9601, 5 May 1919

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REV. T. W. VEALIE WELCOMED. Ashburton Guardian, Volume XXXIX, Issue 9601, 5 May 1919