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District News.

SOCIAL AT LOCHILL. At the Elderslie school on Thursday evening - , June 6th, a very pleasant social and dance was -tendered to Messrs Robertson Brothers, who have been our storekeepers and postmasters at for the last three years. Robertson Brothers have sold their business to Mr Robert Gardiner, and while residing- here have made themselves very popular with the residents. A large number were present, and the room for dancing was somewhat small, but nevertheless everyone thoroughly enjoyed themselves. After refreshments had been handed round the chairman (Mr John Thomson, jnr., of Riverside) said the object of the gathering was to say good-bye to Messrs William and Jas. Robertson, and in order to show that their services had been appreciated by the people of the district he had been asked to present them with a travelling' bag each. He had much pleasure on behalf of the residents of Lochicl in asking them to accept of them, and he hoped that they would serve to keep them in remembrance of Lochiel. The brothers in a neat little speech thanked the donors for their kindness and gifts, after which 'dance and rong followed with vigour till the small hours of the morning. Excellent music was discoursed by Mr Jno. O’Shanuesy. Mr Gilmour, of Ryal Bush also had the bagpipes in evidence, and a most pleasant time was spent by allKENNHSTGTON^ Friday evening", May 31st, saw the Ivennington bachelors and their guests assembled for their fifth annual ball. The bachelors again had the services of their good old popular skipper, who has steered many a function to success, at the wheel as secretary. As the weather was perfect and as the population of the district is increasing, so is the numerical strength of these gatherings, for 96 couples took part in the grand march, which was led off by the secretary and partner, And still they came, including two drags full from Invercargill till at supper 153 couples sat down to partake of the first-class refreshments supplied by Mr W. Mon-ice. The music was again supplied by Miss A. M. Peters (piano), Messrs A. R. Wills (violin) and W. Taylor (cornet), which they rendered in as praiseworthy a -manner as on all former occasions. Of songs, recitations, and step dances there were many. These supplied variations, as well as filling the intervals between the dances. Messrs J. Irving, W. Caulfield, and J. Simpson took turns as M.C. in a genial manner. The bachelors in general and the secretary (Mr P. Gilfedder) in particular, are worthy of comment for the excellent management of the affair, for a more select, orderly, sober, sociable and lively company of such a number it would be almost impossible to gather again. Four saw the wind-up of the Kennington bachelors’ ball of 1907,

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District News., Southern Cross, Volume 15, Issue 9, 15 June 1907

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District News. Southern Cross, Volume 15, Issue 9, 15 June 1907

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