The Heathcote Valley Patriotic Committee hold a meeting on Monday night, ■Mr Flavell presiding over a jjickxJ attendance. It was decided that the farewell social to Private T. Burnell .should be held on September 14. A deputation consisting of Messrs C. Fla-vell, James Weir and F. A. Gates was chosen to wait upon Private Francis Jackson, who is leaving shortly, and, on behalf of the valley people, to present him with, a wristlet watch. The committee decided also to send a parcel of tobacco to Private Robert Asrhe, another ; old valley resident who left recentlv for the front. The meetins concluded ■ with a hearty vote of thanks to the chairman. On Thursday nest a progressive euchre tournament will be held in the Social Hall, under the "auspices of the Heathcote club. Trorfhies, kindly donated by well-wishers of the club, are already in hand. Altbou^ 4 the tennis season fans not yet been officially declared open, the Heathcote courts have been freely used during the last two or three weeks. The club expects a successful year, despite its loss in membership during the war. For the last few years a pair of kingfishers have had their home in one of ihe clay banks of the cutting leading into the tunnel, which, bank, perhaps, had better not be mentioned for the wiko "of the cheery occupants, whose lively calls are daily, heard. In these days of epidemics, when an iucreasecLmeasure of attention is being given to Iba matter of school hygiene, it is gratifying' to note that the local School Committee is fully alive to the peed for good ventilation in schools. Some of its members attended an excellent lecture on school environment invert some time ago in Christen urch,' and were much impressed by k. One outcome of that lecture is that Jin electrically driven fan has been installed in- the schopl, with highly satis''actory results. It has proved its usefulness already, and hot days come it will prove a boon. A long cable makes it possible to operate the fan in any room. The committee has decided also to provide extra ventilation in the shelter sheds, which are used almost daily as open-air classrooms. In common with other places that depend mainly upon Lake Coleridge for lighting, Heathcote Valley was plunged in darkness for nearly an hour ou Tuesday evening. By contrast with tlio gloom in the streets, the railway tttuiion, with its " American ; ' lights, presented quite a garish appcarnnce. Among those who suffered some inconvenience were the dairymen, imx-t of whom have the electric light in their milking sheds. This week two more Heathcote Valley men, John Wetherall and Thorns Leathwiek, left for Trentham. l>oth nave had some years or service "in the artillery at Lyttelton. and they have been called up to join the extra battery thai is being enrolled for serv-ice aboard. They have been for con Biderahle time m the employ of the Oantartary: Seed Company at "note"Everybody should read " The Woman ' Influence in Germany," by Mrs Desmond Humphreys, in week's "Canterbury Times "-—an arpclo of absorbing interest, explaining tho reason for the dogensmtigtt <?£ tfc.o wedvra
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