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MEETINGS & ENTERTAINMENTS

EPSOM BAPTIST CHURCH. The anniversary of the Epsom Baptist Church was celebrated on Suuday by special Services, and on Wednesday evening the annual "public meeting was held, which partook ot a social character. A number of musical items were rendered by friends in the district and visitors from the Grangeroad Baptist Church. The annual report was read by the secretary, and the Church treasurer (Mr. 11. Deanly) presented the annual statement of accounts. Addresses Were delivered by the Rev. E. A. Kirwood, Messrs. Mcllnttie, Townshend, and representatives of the sister churches. The ladies, who had decorated the church for the occasion, also dispensed refreshments. All the services and the social meeting were well attended, and the financial returns most gratifying.

BIRKENHEAD BOROUGH COUNCIL. SThe Birkenhead Borough Council met on Thursday evening. Claims for Compensation.—Messrs. Baxter and Shrewsbury wrote on behalf of Mr. T. C. Gilbert, asking If the Council were prepared to make an offer for the strip of land they were taking from his property ou the Great North-road. It was decided to reply stating that the Council were prepared to pay a proprtionate value on the last Government valuation. Mr. J. M. Somerville wrote making certain demands consequent upon damage to his property by the cutting down of Main-road. The letter was formally received, the Council considering the proposals exorbitant.

Teuders.—Messrs. Cairns and Holt. £88 10/-, for No. 1 contract on Pine Avenueroad, for road formation, was accepted;' No. 2 contract, Mr. K. Smith's tender of £14 11/8 accepted: No. 3 contract, for clearing, etc., Mr. A. Wilson, £17, accepted. The greater portion of the amount required for the above works has been subscribed by the settlers in the locality, whlcti, wheii completed, will give easy access to the Ivirkdale wharf, which is being wiasned and strengthened by the Auckland Harbour Board. Sued accommodation is stso being provided. The greater portion of the fruit nnd produce of the settlers at Qlj&dale at the present time has to be shipped from the Birkenhead wharf, a of some four or five miles. A saving of same three miles will thus be effected, when the work for which the tenders has been let will be completed. The work Is to fee &>ne under the supervision of Councillors Kay and Pitt. Valedictory.—Councillor Taylor expressed his regret that the Borough was losing the services of Councillor Clements (who Is leaving the district). Councillors geenrally expressed their regret, and were loud in their praise of his conspicuous ability.

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MEETINGS & ENTERTAINMENTS Auckland Star, Volume XL, Issue 85, 10 April 1909

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