[FROM Ottr Cor.nES:■ aNl>Ex*r.] Two Heathcote boys, Private A. T. Weir and Rifleman W. Iliingworth recently met at Codford, England, where tho latter was orderly to one of the officers of the newly constituted Fourth Jic.v Zealand Division. He was looking exceedingly well, having quite recovered from a wound in the left cheek. Private Weir is now Bornewhero in France. The last mail brought a letter from Trooper Harold Jack-son, stating that, his brother Francis had been killed by a shell. Another letter from Palestine, from Trooper W. Wenrnoth, mentions the fighting in which Trooper Jackson was killed, and states that death was instantaneous.
i Gunner K. M. Weir, who left with the Eighth Reinforcements, and who has bten over a year in France, was recently granted leavo of absence to visit hi 3 brother, Rifleman L. Weir, who was wounded in the Sommo offensive last September and sent to the King George Hospital, where he still is being treated. Gunner Weir, who is feeling splendidly fit, has sir.co returned to France, and has been promoted to be corporal in the oth Battery, 2nd Brigade, N.Z.F.A. ! The usual monthly meeting of the | Hethcoto V 7 alley School Committee was held last Tuesday evening; present— Messrs James Weir (chairman), W. Grazier, L. Salt, W. Evans, E. M'Hale, W. Radcliffe and G. Gray. The head master reported that the roll number was 187 and the average attendance 125.7. A circular from the Education Board set out the desirability of utilising any idle land controlled by the committee for cereal and root crops, and stated that the Industrial Association would be glad to use any land the committee could spare it. It was decided to reply that there was no land available. Accounts amounting to £4 2s 4d were passed for payment, after which the treasurer stated that for the first time in many months there was a debit balance, tho amount being 83 Id. The important , question of further improvements to : the school grounds was gone into. It \.as agreed to hold a concert 011 a, Thursday in September, and on the following evening to have a sale of produce, meat, sweets, etc. The commit- j tee decided to enlist, if possible, the services of the ladies who recently con- j ducted the ''Bristol Fair" wili such success.
The, sporting spirit, of the employees of Messrs Graham, Wilson and Smellie m supplementing with £6 10s the money raised last week by the Heathcote *und Committee so as to bring the total up to £101). has been most far! ourably commented upon in the Valley during the week. Such an action speaks volumes tor the popularity, not onlv pi the fund itself, but also for the firm's lato Mr G. Weir, who is now among the lighting men. and whoso sister administers the fund in tho English hospitals. The Heathcote Club (Incorporated) held its quarterly meeting last Tuesday evening, Mr J. Perkins presiding Tho resignation of Mr A. Bottle as secretary was received with regret. Mr H. Williams was appointed in his stead, and Mi- .0. Smith was .fleeted treasurer. Letters from Mr R. Weir and Mr S. Reid were received, stating that both wero doing well. It was decided to hold a card match on Thursday next, July 5, and a progressiva euchre tournament and dance on Thursday, July The Heathcote Bible Class entertained their friends on Tuesday evening last in the Methodist Schoolroom, when there was an attendance of over eighty, including delegates from Chris tchurch classes, and other city visitors. In the temporary absence of Miss'tf. Johnston, I leader, Miss Weir, sub-leader, presided. A good programme, leading off with the singing 0 f "Smile, Smile, Smile," by the- hostesses, was given, with games and competitions interspersed. Those assisting were Mesdames Gates and Sinclair, Misses Pedlar, Wenmoth, Oetgen, Thompson (2) and Queree, and Mr Bettridge. A "hard-up" social took place in tho Club Hall on Thursday evening There i was a fairly good attendance, but very I few competed for the trophies provided for the winners of the most " hard-up" costumes- The evening was taken up with dancing, the music being supplied by Miss M. Crocker. Mr Frank Wetherall was M.C. Mr C. Smith, who judged the costumes, announced that the prizes had been 'won by Messrs Gable and H. Perkins. The Heathcote School Committee, not by any means satisfied with the l°"g list of improvements to the. school premises that stands to the credit of past and present members, has now a scheme in hand that will meet with the hearty co-operation of the valley residents. . The long wide path leading through the flower gardens and shi'ab- . bery.Jnto the playing grounds, and daiiy pattered over by hundreds of little feet, has long lain under the frown of teachers and committeemen by reason of. its exceeding ro'uzhiM***. It
is intended to raise funds to thoroughly asphalt this path, and further to matchlino the open-air classrooms and to carry out minor improvements generally. The committee, as in tho looks confidently to the Heat-hcoto public to coino forward and make- the undertaking easy Bo if noted, every pound raised locally carries a Departmental subsidy of a pound. A letter from Private Bob Weir states that the writer ha- been transferred to the Hawke's Bay Company, find that Private Allan Roberts has been placed in the Auckland Regiment. A meeting of the Heathcote Patriotic Committee will bo held in tha school on Monday evening next at 8 p.m. The Heathcote Fund Committee of ladies met in the school on Wednesday afternoon, Mrs James Weir presiding. A balance-sheet of the "British Fair" was read and adopted. The secretary was directed to thank the Canterbury Seed Company's staff for its handsome cheque of £ls. and for offering to complete the £IOO total by subscribing £6 10s. As this had already been done bv another firm, th e offer had to ho declined. Tt was announced, however, that the Seed Company was holdin C tho £6 10s as a neoleus for a further effort. 'Letters of thanks to t-h.-y Heathcote Club, the school teachers. Mr C. Flavell and others were directed to be sent, and votes of thanks vserc< passed to all who had contributed r the success of the Fair. Tito committee decided to accede to th.-j request of the School Committee to assist m th 0 asphaTtin.tr schemo by taking charge of a Surprise Packet, campaign." j
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