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A meeting of the P.W.M.U., in connection with St .Andrew's Chiirch, was held on Thursday. An important proposal came before the meeting in th,e form of a special request through the Ashburton .Presbyterian Association from the N.Z. Assembly that the .Rakaia district should make a special effort to help foreign missions. The meeting agreed to establish v special fund. ■

Mrs D. Newman was appointed treasurer for the monthly donations.

At a meeting of the committee of the Rakaia Bowling Club, :Mr J. Sowden presided. The pavilion building scheme was further discussed, and Messrs Sowden, McNamara, .and Fox were appointed a deputation to wait on the Domain Board to lay before the Board a definit scheme, and request assistance for the project. It was agreed to make enquiries re affiliation, in order to enter for more competitions, and it was generally agreed that the annual meeting should be held somewhat earlier and an earlier commencement made with the season's play. The president and his wife .(Mi: and Mrs J. Sowden), were accorded a hearty vote of thanks for their oit'er to organise, without cost to the club, a social evening for some time in June.

A meeting of the Rakaia Soldiers' Entertainment Committee was hold in the Library, Mr B. McNamara being in the.chair. It was reported that arrangements for a huge bonfire in the Domain on Peace Day were well in hand, and the £20 worth of lire works had been secured. The celebrations will be held on a Tuesday, and a, band of 30 instruments has been engaged for the day. Suggested attractions for the day were :—Tug-of-war, wrestling, ex-1 hibition. trot, returned soldiers' race, etc. These are supplementary to the children's items, which will form the chief part of the day's programme. Mr D. Newman was selected a member of the committee. (

The following committees were appointed :—Procession: Messrs C. Evison, D. Newman, \V. E. Judkins, C. Shannon and J. Duncan; refreshments : Messrs W. Morland, H. Haydock, J. Sowden, and B. McNamara; children's sports: Messrs H. Haydock, C. Shannon, W. E. Judkins, W. Fainveather, C. Evison, R. Breach, D. Newman, and the Rev. E. N. Blakiston; adults' sports: Messrs W. Morland, J. Duncan, H. Hewson, A. Weaver, W. Shellock, J. Sowden and B. McNamara.

It was agreed to ask Mr W. Laraman to act as bellman. The committee decided to supply, free of charge, hot water, tea, and sugar. The final game in the Rakaia Croquet Club's tournament, resulted in a win for Mrs -E. Blakiston against Mrs J. Penny.

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RAKAIA., Ashburton Guardian, Volume XXXIX, Issue 9601, 5 May 1919

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RAKAIA. Ashburton Guardian, Volume XXXIX, Issue 9601, 5 May 1919

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