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Chrysanthemums and autumn foliage were effectively used in the decoration of the stage at the Dunsandel hall in readiness for the annual social and dance of the Dunsandel branch of, the Women's Division of the Farmers' Union, which took place on Tuesday evening-. There was a crowded attendance, visitors being present from all parts of the district, including representatives of various women's organsiations. The branch can always be relied upon to provide an excellent programme for the entertainment of their guests and that which was on Tuesday evening was in keeping with the high standard set by the branch. The first portion consisted of musical items, solos, duets, and tap dances. Those who contribxited to this part of the programme were Mrs Gilbert (Dunsandel), piano solos; Mr Lloyd (Dunsandel), vocal solos; Mrs Mangen (Methven), ; vocal solos; Misses Maureen McSweeney and Noeline Baker (Rakaia), vocal duets; Mrs Thompson (Methven), tap dancing; Miss Agnes Baker, tap dancing. The items were announced by Mrs R. C. Buckenham, president of the branch. There was a one-act play, "In a Tea Room," a comedy with a large leavening of human sentiment and , understanding. It was well acted and produced and those who took part gave a very creditable performance. Briefly, the story concerned three waitresses who were instrumental in playing the part of Cupid and bringing together again a young couple who had parted through a misunderstanding. Those who took part in the play were: ''Mrs H. A. Brown, Miss Southgate, and Miss Bonnie Brown (waitresses), Mrs Lloyd, a pleasant customer, Miss Skinner, a disagreeable customer, Miss Noeline Wright, a teacher, and Miss Enid Cain, her friend. Serving supper to such a large number was somewhat of a task, but the members of the branch had generously and efficiently prepared for it and the work was most satisfactorily carried out. Then followed congratulatory speeches from representatives of visiting organisations, those making replies being Miss P. Bray (Leeston Night Circle), Mrs Pilkington (Southbridge), Mrs Coleman (Burnham), and Mrs H. Gardiner (Brookside). The floor was cleared for a dance, the music for which was supplied by Lambie's Band. This gave a pleasant finish to a very happy evening. The winners of Monte Carlo dances were Miss E. Cain and Mr L. Chatterton, Miss Scott and Mr Manson. In every way the function was most successful and this in no small measure was due to the co-operation of members in the work of organisation and the careful manner in which the details were attended to by the executive officers, M,rs Buckenham, president, and Miss M. Wraight, secretary, and viheir many willing assistants.

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W.D.F.U. SOCIAL AND DANCE, Ellesmere Guardian, Volume LIX, Issue 36, 6 May 1938

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W.D.F.U. SOCIAL AND DANCE Ellesmere Guardian, Volume LIX, Issue 36, 6 May 1938