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SUMNER RIPPLES.

[From Our Correspondent.] TIDES FOR THE WEEK. High Water. a.m. P-m. Sunday . . 10.54 11.15 Monday . . 11.36 11.57 Tuesday . —. 0.18 Wednesday . 0.40 1.3 Thursday . 1.27 Lol Friday . . 2.17 2.44 Saturday , 3.12 3,41 ... THE SOLDIERS. Tlie eldest son of Mr Masters, of Sumner, was in Buenos Ayres when the war broke out, and on enlisting in England joined a Lancashire regiment. He is now a prisoner of war in Bulgaria, where, although he is being satisfactorily -treated,, he finds the life .. very monotonous. Mr D'Arcy Street has volunteered for active service and left for camp .this weelc His brother, Corporal Claude Street, who has been at the front for over two years, left with the Main Body. Sergeant F. E. Preston, after a very pleasant s'tay in the borough, left for the north at the beginning of the week. Lieutenant W. J. V. Hamilton, the eldest son of Mr F. J. Hamilton, of Redcliffs, left for Trentham on Monday, preparatory to leaving as an officer with the Twenty-sixth Reinforcements. Private Herbert Garter, the son of J. Carter, of Bury Street, has'written homo to 'say that he-was all '-through the "big push" en the Sommc. He came through Biiatlxioss, ond. has every reason to be proud of his performance. LADY LIVERPOOL COMMITTEE. The Mayoress presided over the ■meeting or the Lady Liverpool Fund j Oomhiittfee- held during the "week. In ! response to the city appeal for assistI ance, £5 was voted from the, funds. The treasurer's balance was £l6 18s 6d, and accounts were passed for payment amounting' to £9 lis 7d. Hearty votes of thanks were aeeordefi to the Brass Band and to the Borough Council for assistance rendered. Further gift afternoons are to be held orer till next year s but wool and material may be obtained from the secretary as usual. The secretary reported that thirty-seven Christmas parc*t-'. had boon forwarded (.0 iocal represent alive,:-! at. the front, and Serjeant. A. J. T. Withers bad "Titicn thanking the committe.'} •""$ ••*"'■...'-" " .a. r ft...*.

fiheir kind remembrance of the men in the trenches. GIFT AFTERNOON. There was a good attendance at the gift afternoon held in the Town Hall. Afternoon tea was provided and a programme of music .rendered by Mrs H. W> Heslop, Miss Gardiner, Miss Johnson and Miss Heslop. Gifts in cash, in kind Mid in socks were generously donated by a large number of residents, to whom tho committee feels greatly indebted for- such hearty support. SCHOOL BAZAAR. The fund for 'the Sumner school children's prizes, library and picnic is at.a very low ebb. The scholars have voluntarily forfeited both prizes and picnic for two years and now, in order to finance the picnic and library funds for this year, a bazaar is to be held about December 20. The children and staff together with helping friends are already busy and a very attractive function is expected to result from the united efforts being made. RECEPTION AND SSND-OFF. Sergeant F. E. Preston was accorded a send-off last week-end by the.committee appointed' for that purpose. Mr A. C. Wilson presided. Sergeant Preston's family resided in Sumner for fully twenty-five years, and was most closely connected with the borough's progress. As a mark of the esteem in which he is hold,.the guest was presented with a silver-mounted flask. To Chaplain Mackenzie Gibson was extended a hearty reception and best wishes upon his return to the seat of war; while on behalf of the Tennis Club, Mr J. B. M. Crawford presented Sergeant Preston with a set. of razors. Amongst, the guests present was Major Beattie. Musical and other items were contributed bv Messrs W. F. Raphael. F. Marrie, J. E. Stevens, J. M. B. Crawford and G. F. Allen. NATIONAL RESERVE. A. satisfactory muster of the National Reserve was ferried across the estuary by Mr E. H. Wood in his motor-launch last Sunday morning, and landed on the sand spit, where members were exercised in field work. Attack

formation "was practised and lectures were given on outnost duty and ammunition supply. Altogether, a very useful and enjoyable morning was spent. On "Wednesday a number of the men paraded in town to bid good-bye to departing soldiers. The .parade next week will bo at Redcliffs at 7.30 p.m. PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH.

Last Sunday afternoon the pmes won by the scholars of the Presbyterian Church at the recent assembly examinations were presented, in the Sunday School in the presenoe of a large attendance of parents and friends. Mr V. Rule, who presided, addressed tha children and presented the prizes as follows:—Dorothy Bates, Scripture 90 per cent, essay 60 per cent; Florence jßlenkensop, catechism 95 per cent, Scripture 74 per cent; Lindsay Lang, catechism 91 per cent; Hazel Blinkensop, catechism 87 per cent; Norman Blenkensop, Catechism-93 per'cent; lan Laurenson, catechism 80 per cent; Keith Lang, catechism 92 per cent, Scripture 95 per cent; essay 48 per cent. • In addition to these a Bible was presented to Misß Nancy Lang, the first child christened at a 'Presbyterian service in Sumner, another Bible was presented to Baby Alexander, the first child christened in thonew church. A largo number of the scholars signified their intention.- of taking part in the examinations next year, and Mr Rule stated that there would be a lal-ge number from the school recently started ac. Redcliffs. RED CROSS CONCERT. This evening a concert in aid of the Red Cross Funds will be given in the Town Hall. The following performers are contributing:—Mrs M'Gillivray, Miss Goodman, Mis? Elsie Kay, Mrs Rohb and Messrs Mitchell and M'Lean. A quartet party is to contribute popular it-ems. A PATRIOTIC GIFT. A very beautiful silk flag has been donated by Mr E. of Nayland Street, to the war funds'of Stim-

hner. . The: flag has' been faithfully I wrought. and is mounted in a very handsome.manner. At present it hangs in the- Council Chambers awaiting a favourable ...opportunity, to raise everneeded • funds. ST PAUL'S METHODIST CHURCH. The services in connection with the anniversary. of the Sunday school will take place to-morrow, The morning and evening services -will be conducted by the Rev A. (I La wry, and the' Rev W. A. Sinclair respectively. The children, who are to sing special hymns/have been practising for several weeks. Oil Thursday the annual tea will be held, and will be followed by a social gathering and the presentation of.prizes. . CENSUS RETURNS. The census returns for Sumner borough show that since 1911 there has been an increase of 183 males and 353 females, an increase percentage of 22.26 and 37.99 respectively. The figures for 1916 show males 1005. females' 12-82, total 2287, as compared with 1751 in 1911, thus giving a total increase of 30.61 in five years- : TKE ; ROSE FETE, To secure funds for the sweets stall at the coming rose : fete, 'the members of the Sumner-Red cliffs Women's National . Reserve, who are co-operating with New Brighton in this matter, arc selling tickets for a. concert to be given in the Town Hall next Saturday evening in aid of their funds. The items are to be given by members of the Redcliffs Nigger "Minstrel Troupe, assisted by friends. On a larger stage, this company will- appear to full advantage. BOWLING. The weather of late has kept the Sumner bowling green in splendid order, and a good record of games has resulted. Over twenty matches in the championship singles nave been played, and a start has been made with the champion&hip doubles. This afternoon five rinks will visit Papanui to try conclusions with tlie club there. The local teams should give a good account of themselves. YOUTHFUL'HELPERS. Among tho Redcliffs children who helped to raise money for the soldiers on Guy Fawkes Day were two small boys named Keith Coleman and Lawrence Woods, who with their guy collected 15s, which they have now handed to the local Lady Liverpool Fund.

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SUMNER RIPPLES., Star, Issue 11858, 18 November 1916

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