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We make the following extraota from the. "Church Messenger" ' report of the late session of the Nelson Diocesan Synod at Nelson :— " The President m the coarse of bis address said m the month of July the Rev, F. Opie resigned the oharge of Pioton. For about three months the cure was vacaut, bat m September the vacancy was filled by the appointment of the Rev. W. A. Whyte, F.R.G.S., who, up to that time had mioUterad at Richmond. Mr Whyte was duly instituted and induoted m November. I may mention that of the three Diocesan Nominators only one was m the Colony at the time. This fact did not impair the validity of the nomination, which ; required tidly a majority of two thirds of the Board of Nominators. But the Diocese was imperfootly represented and I would venture to oall the attention of any, who inky subsequently hold' these or similar offices to. the importance of resigning their position before leaving the Colony-for a long period. I. rejoice at being able to say that Mr Whyte is much cheered by the appreciation his services meet' with and . the kindly sympathy he receive! from the Church officers and bis people generally. " Wheo Archdeacon Bati obtained leave of absence to Wait England after 40 years of service m the Colony; his post was temporarily filled by the Rev. W. Hevington Root. Mr Root's services were much valued at Blenheim ; bnt he was ntturally anxious to secure a permanent post. He was offered, and aecapted, ithecure of Hawera, m the Disfiriqfc of Wellington, where he now is; arid will, we trust, be enabled earnestly and successfully to labour. These, and other changes, were, not .made without some little strain upon our clerical resources, a strata whioh it would have been impossible satisfactorily to meet, but for the very kind assistance afforded by the Rev. T. A. Bowden, 8.A., the Rev. J. C. Andrew, M.A., and the Rev, L. Moore, M.A. •''-•' i"Soon after Mr Root's departare, Mr Bowden took charge of the district, and continued there until the arrival of Clergy from England relieved the tension. "The now Cure of Spring Creak, referred to m the Bishop's address last January, m charge of the Rev A. Hermon, is steadily progressing, and there is every indication of further progress m the immediate 'nture. "Ab the new diatriot is, I believe, fully formed, is would seem desirable to give it the opportunity of being represented m our Synod." After the President's address Mrßarniooat moved : " That the Parochial District known as ' Spring Creek ' be placed among those receiving the ordinary vote of the Synod m aid of stipend." This motion occupied the Synod for several hours. The Rev. W. Katterns, Mr. Black, Mr, Andrews, and Mr. Collins, m succession, moved amendments. On one a division was taken, but they were all eventually withdrawn or lost. The Rev. J, P. Kempthorne moved the following amendment, whioh was carried: — "That it be an instruction to tha Standing Committee to continue the grants from the General Church Fund till the end of 1884 on'the Bame basis as was detemined by the Synod during its session m November, 1870, with the exception that seperate grants be made to Havelock aDd Picton equal m amount to other grants, and to make a pro rata redaction upon all suoh grants should funds prove insufficient; and that, should funds permit, a grant of £42 13s 4d be made to Spring Creek." * 8 Resolved, on the motion of Dr. Boor "That a full explanation of the objects and a statement of acoounts and the General Churoh Fund be printed aud circulated by the Standing Committee, m a pamphlet form, m the various dißtriots so as to contribute an appeal to tho members of the Church."

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NELSON DIOCESAN SYNOD., Marlborough Express, Volume XIX, Issue 78, 6 April 1883

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NELSON DIOCESAN SYNOD. Marlborough Express, Volume XIX, Issue 78, 6 April 1883