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MEETING AT AKAROA. A meeting of the general committee was held on TjueFday last. There was a large attendance, the Mayor in the

chair. Tbe minutes of the previous meeting were read and confirmed. A letter from Mr 0, T. J Alpers was read re charges for tbe concert. Mr Alpers wanted to charge Is for admission, and take the hat round afterwards. However, he left the matter to the local people to decide. Tha Mayor said that it had been decided to charge Bs, 2s and Is admis sien, and make no collection. All collectors reported the response bad been wonderful. He wished to apolo j gize for Mr Jas. Wright, who could j not attend, but reported that he had | done well in French Farm. Mr Wil j Hams could report himself as regards I Robinson's Bay. He believed that;

Messrs Checkley and Fyfe had done i exceedingly well in their districts ! There would be a fair amount of; stock. MrLJVangionisent an apology j for his absence, as be was in Christ j church. Mr Vangioni had a big list; of donations promised. With refer- \ ence to the band, be bad spoken to Mr i Coombs, of the Hill Top Hotel, who s was an enthusiastic member of the Little River band, and was willing to come over. Mr Aitken, of Little River, also stated the band would come over and play free of charge if their expenses were paid. Tbe offer was a good one, and would be accepted with thank 3. Misses Magee and E. Rhodes' offer fco'run a d'oyley and hankerchief stall was received with thanks. Mr W, Williams said he was going to collect in Robinson's Bay next week. They all sympathized with the object, and be was sure he would get a good collection of goods. Mr Fyfe reported he had been pro-1 raised a cow, fowls, geese, sheep, etc,, and bad met with no refusals. Tbe Mayor read a letter from the Central Committee re harvest festival • jr> r\ v.-i rt-nrcb on April 10th, and &wswm p grace gaid the County Council received a similar one. It was best to concentrate on the Peninsula in their own festival in March. Mr Thomas said tbe Boy Scouts h ed offered to act as errand boys, and

to ebow people to their seats at the concert in the evening. Mr Williams moved tbe offer be accepted with thanks. I Seconded by Mrs Bruce, and carried. The Mayor reported three silver sroona were given by Mesdames Bruce, Cantrell and Miss Buckland for the baby show, and Mr Mitchell was kindly engraving same free of charge. Mrs W. Moore, of Hickory, offered a silver cake disb, and her children 501b. cocksfoot. Mrs H W. •Wilkins offered a brush and crumb tray. Mr D. McKay sent an apology for his absence, and said be would do his best in bis district. Mr Lame offered prizes of 5s for girla and 7s 6d for boyn. Mr Thomas said he had been in formed by the hotelkeepers that they would accommodate the concert party free of charge. Mr Bell had offered luncheon for the party on arrival, and Mr Daviea offered supper after the entertainment. He would charge residents of Akaroa 6d a bead, the proceeds to go to the Belgian Fund. Mi* A. J. Turner offered £2 for the fairy well; and JEB worth of goods as well, Messrg Lewitt and Vangioni also kindly promised to give a parcel of goods. Messrs A, Rhodes and T. Lewitt had taken in b;and the work of erect, ing stalls on the ground, and would make all arrangements for same.

In answer to Mr Hall, the chairman said that the opening of the festival depended upon the sjiarfc made with the sports. The question of declaring March 18 a public holiday was left in the Mayor's bands. The meetiDg then terminated.

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BELGIAN FUND., Akaroa Mail and Banks Peninsula Advertiser, Volume LXXIV, Issue 3403, 5 March 1915

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BELGIAN FUND. Akaroa Mail and Banks Peninsula Advertiser, Volume LXXIV, Issue 3403, 5 March 1915

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