NEWS OF THE WEEK
The following arc the readings taken at the local meteorological station for the mouth of February. Figures for the corresponding month last year are in parenthesis: Barometer, highest reading 30.360 (30.294), lowest 29.242 (29.330), mean 29.911 (29.939); Shade temperature, highest maximum 78.4 (78.2) lowest 57.2 (56.2), mean 68.3 (68.7) highest minimum 57 (58.2), lowest 37.8 (42.0), mean 49.8 (50.4); mean temperature for month 59 (59.5); mean relative humidity 71 (78.5); grass temperature, highest minimum 54.8 (55.6), lowest 29.6 (32.8), mean 43.4 (43.3) ; sunshine 180.7 (161.6), most in one day 12.5 (12.0), days without sun 1 (5); rainfall for month 3.18 (5.7) most in one day .67 (5.68). The combined Sunday schools picnic which was postponed in January owing to the infantile paralysis epidemic will bo held at Mt. Creighton on Saturday next. The death occurred at his . home in ■Wellington on Tuesday of Sir Charles Statham, former Speaker of the House of Representatives. Deceased entered Parliament in 1911 and was Speaker from 19,23 to 1935.
The installation of worshipful masters and officers of Lake Lodge Ophir and Arrow Kilwinning took place at Queenstown and Arrowtown respectively on the 23rd and 25th February. Bro. G. T. Jardine was installed W.M. of Lake Lodge of Ophir and Bro. I. W. Brown, Arrow Lodge Kilwinning. The installing master was R.W. Bro. J. D. Campbell, assisted by G.L. officers. The lodges were honoured by a visit of the M.W. Bro. E. C. Smith, Grand Master of New Zealand.
The guest speaker at the weekly meeting of the Rotary (Jlub on Tuesday was Lieut.-Col. Rignold, field secretary, Salvation Army, N.Z. He gave a very interesting talk on the trend of e\ cuts following the war, envisioning a powerful all-inspiring age. The principles, he said, that sllould govern community life were threatened by sinister influences that were likely to be rather disturbing. Men with vision backed up by understanding were wanted in the present age. Lieut.-Col Rignold traced the spirit of service in the Salvation Army, particularly amongst the fallen, and he thanked and commended Rotary- for the service it was rendering.
Dr. W. Bathgate of tho Edinburgh Medical Mission is again on furlough from Nazareth whore ho has been in charge of the Mission hospital there for 25 years. He spent a week-end in Queenstown and gave a very interesting talk, illustrated by recent photos, to tho children of Sr. Andrew’s Sunday school. At an after-church service Dr Bathgate met a number of people interested in his tvork, including the Guides and Scouts who had been on parade in St. Peter’s churoh.
The Women's World Day of Prayer will be observed this year on Friday, March 8, at 3 p.m. in St. Peter’s church. Mrs Williams, president of the Mothers’ Union, will conduct the service, using the United World Day of Prayer programme. Members of other organisations will also take part. When the provisional count for the Raglan by-election was completed on Tuesday night it showed that Mr H. Johnstone, National Party candidate, had a majority of 194 over Mr A. C. Baxter, the Labour opponent. The contest is said to have been cleanly fought. Absentee votes totalling 378 and postal votes 152 have still to come in.
The drive for toys and clothes for the Dutch evacuees which was carried out Uy the Girl Guides last Saturday as highly satisfactory considering the drain on the people in the last year. There was a good response at the home and the Girl Guides Association wish to thank everyone who contributed clothing, etc. Two large parcels have been forwarded to headquarters at Invercargill. Only one nomination was received on Tuesday for the vacancy in the Arrow' riding of Lake County, namely, Mr W. 11. Thompson. Mr Thompson has therefore boon duly elected.
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NEWS OF THE WEEK, Lake Wakatip Mail, Issue 4732, 7 March 1946
NEWS OF THE WEEK Lake Wakatip Mail, Issue 4732, 7 March 1946
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