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RICCARTON WHISPERS.

.. fFnoii Oub Correspondent.] 'A deputation from the Wharentu Bath. Committee, consisting of Messrs AHey, Habberneld, Rankin and Daly, waited on.the council at its last meeting, asking assistance in aid of the electric pump, which is shortly to be erected for the emptying of the bath. The council decided; to elect a sub-commit-tee to meet the Bath Committee in conference ■■ . *•» ... Mr George Witty, M.P., telegraphed io: the Minister of Railways asking him to break his* journey at Middleton and Sookburh to meet, deputations asking for much needed improvments at both stations. Mr Witty has since received » wire from the Minister to the effect that he was called to Wellington on urgent business. ••• UPPER KIOOABTON. ; A garden fete is being organised by the Upper Riocajton Red Cross workers to raise funds to enable the branch .s:>: continue its good work, for which ht-present there is so much needed. ■ To*' fete; will be held in the beautiful grounds of:>frT. Kincaid, "Baronscourt," Upper Biccarton, on Saturday, '.-."Afull programme of attractions will be provided, and a large quantity of Ohriatmas goocfe will be on sale. . * • ■• ■ * A concert, organised by Mr W. Lunn, v in aid of the local Red. Cross Fund, will be given by leading Christchmrch artists, in the church schoolroom, Upper Biccarton, on Thursday, December 7. An excellent programme will be provided, and a crowded house is anticipated, ••• The.swimming bath was well patronised last week; and new members were numerous. The membership has now ! reached fifty, and 90 per cent of the members are under military age- The club has decided to hold an aquatic carnival on December 9, in aid of the electrio pronp fund. The Bath Committee and the Ladies' -Swimming. Club are to be approached in the matter. • » The many friends of Mr Tom Blair will be sorry to know that he is among the wounded. Private 'Victor Tregonning, an old Biccarton boy, arrives in the Dominion by the Maheno. He was wounded in France, and has twelve bullet wounds in arois and legs. # At the last meeting of th© Borough Council an invitation was received from the Burgesses'- Association to a friendly game of cricket. It is understood that the match will take place early in December. «- A publio meeting was held in the Town Hall on Thursday evening, the Mayor (Mr John Brown) presiding over a fair attendance. Councillors Taylor and Sullivan addressed the meeting on the. advantages of joining Greatei ,Christch*arch. Several questions were asked and answered satisfactorily. Mr ,7, A.M'Cullough moved a ahearty vote of thanks to the speakers. It is the intention of the Biccarton Borough Council to compel owners to '. trim sprse fences in the district. The councS should go further and compel owners to erect proper fences on the Toad frontages instead of the one or .two barbed wires which do <iaty for a fence at present. Another urgent matter is the clearing of noxious weeds from many sections, e V. Items qf interest for this column left /»t Mr Dickenson's store, Riccarton Road, not later than Thursday evenings will Be welcomed.

For a long time 'there have # been complaints. tlnvt while that, portion of! -the -borough between Clarence Street. j -and Dean's Avenua is channelled, it has j never been A movement is iiott on foot to get this part asphalted ; and 1 Understand that the matter is coming tip before the nest council meet- \ ing for consideration. I cannot too : .strongly urge that all ratepayers should support this work being done, and sign if necessary any petition to the council to facilitate the work being put in • hand at once. ■ V •■•• After the public meeting 071 the "Greater Christchurch question, & large number stayed behind and formed themselves into a committee to gather <lata and make arrangements for the , carrying out of the proposal. Mr Bradnock was elected secretary and Mr G. White convener. It was decided, to meet in the supper-room on Thursday, December 7. •»* . JRiccartoit residents living in the iWaimajri district are still wondering when the council is going to follow the example of the Ricearton Borough Council in regard to lighting the roads, as was promised prior to the taking of the poll for the loan for this purpose. Upper Ricearton is very badly lighted, and it is high time the council took the matter in hand in earnest. » A very pleasant evening wss .spent on "Wednesday in St Jameses Schoolroom, Peveril Street, the occasion being a presentation of a wristlet watch and purse of sovereigns to Miss M. Thompson, .Rotheriiam Street, who for some .rears has acted as organist at the church. Miss Thompson has now relinquished her position. • * * A special meeting of the Upper Ricearton School Committee was "held on Tuesday night to consider business in connection with prizes and a picnic for the children. The committee wish to thank the parents and residents for "their splendid response; to the appeal for funds to provide prizes and a picnic for the children a record sum of. money was collected by the children, tho amount being £4l 2s. The committee decided to present prizes and to live the children a day's outing at Sumner on December 18. The chairman is to make arrangements with the Tramway Board for special cars to convey the children to and from Sumner. The committee wishes to remind all those who promised special prizes to forward them to the head master as soon as .-possible-. The chairman and Mr English (head ...master), Mr North, 'Miss Joyce and "Mr Ellis were appointed to-purchase the prize books for the ■children. .■■-- -'■: ■■■. V ; . MESSIAH. The following solos from the _■" Messiah" will be rendered during the Sunday evening services i—" Comiort Ye," -"-Every Valley," "Rejoice Greatly,"'-" Oh Thou that Tellest Good .Tidings to Zion,'' I 'l Know that my :Redeenier Liveth:" : At the Ricearton Presbyterian 'Church, Puriri Street, beNovember 26, and finishing-.on'Sunday, "December 17. "■■■;:■';::""" "GARDEN FETE. : ••"• ■■t&e-^rden'fote 'which is to be held tfs < ' BaronseouSj.'' Mr T. -'Beautiful- grounds, on- December 9, 3pt<snifees t6 be a great" success, and', giwso fbae Weather, patrons are assured of a good afternoon's and evening's enjoyment. The committee has provided amusements for both young and old. There will be various stalls open for business, home-made cakes, .sweets and dainties, -'eggs/., butter, vegetables, bains, Z fresh meat, poultry, dolls, .Christinas toys, flowers, etc., will be on sale. The Tramway Board has generously undertaken the electric lightjag; arrangements.

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RICCARTON WHISPERS. Star, Issue 11864, 25 November 1916

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