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SUMNER RIPPLES.

[From Our Correspondent.] THE SOLDIERS. Sergeant A. J. T. "Withers is expect-1 ed to revisit the borough in the course of a day or two. Mrs Withers and daughter are at present spending a few days at Redcliffs. Mr and Mrs A. W\ Bea veil's second son, Eric, is now down on final leave. Mr Alan Brown, of Colenso Street, left for camp this week. An old Sumner school boy, Staff Ser-geant-Major S. V. Massey, who lias Been attached to the Christ-church District Defence Department for nearly four years, is now in Trentham, holding the rank of quartermaster. He is the third son of Mr and Mrs C. B. Massey, of Papanui Road. Mr Pilcher, late of the staff of the School for the Deaf, is expected here on final leave to-day. THE SENIOR CADETS. At their last parade the members of the Sumner section took the opportunity of saying au revoir to Lieutenant R. W. Winter, who for the past twelvd months has been in charge, and who is now leaving for the Halswell distract. Sergeant Dixon, in presenting him with a pipe and tobacco pouch, referred to the deep interest he took in tho affairs of the unit, and on their behalf extended hearty thanks for what he had done, and their best wishes for bis prosperity and success in his new sphere of work. Lieutenant Winter suitably responded and took the opportunity of handing over to the company the new bugle and kettle-drum recently purchased. HELP FOR OUR NAVAL REPRESENTATIVES. The gift afternoon promoted by the members of the Sumner Guild of the Seamen's Institute proved, a very successful function. The fact that the proceeds were to go to provide Christmas clieerjt'or the men on the Psyche, Pyramus, 'torch, Philomel and the hospital ships gave the afternoon special significance, and the Ladies' Guild is to be heartily congratulated upon the result. A splendid musical programme was contributed bv Mrs G. March, Mrs W. F. Tait, -Mrs Ellis, Miss E. Leithead and Miss N. Barr. Gifts in kind were received from : Mesdames W. B. Ciarkson, H. N. Buttle, E. H. Brown Miss Benson, Miss Loasby, Mrs and Miss Cooper, Mrs Alexander, Mrs and Miss 'lhorn ley, Aubrey Marcantelii, Mrs Shaw, .Mrs il. J. Marriner, Airs J 11. Gibbs, Mrs E. G. Wood, Mrs A. Bishop, Miss .Wood, Mrs W. G. Roberts, Mesdames G. \V. C. Smithson, L. V. Coinerford, Miller, D. Bates, T. E. Whitlield, J. de B. Galwey, Blackburn, J. D. Lawrence, Can. 1 , Beckett, Chesson, F. S. Maine, 11. Gilby, M. Laurenson, Menlove, Cussidy, Van A sell, Miss Van Asch, Dash, Mrs Adams, Mesdames Williams, Horniblow, Garrick, T. E. Stevens, M. and li. Stevens, March. Hanham, J. B. Laurenson, Patterson C. W. Taylor, Eddie Taylor, Mrs Fowler. Mrs Mills, Miss Muirhead, Mrs Mulcock. Mesdames Francis, i'hipps-Black, Bergh, Gebbie, Maddison, Miss Murly,' Misses Foster, Rutherford, Mrs E. G. Wright, Mrs Canter, Misses Wrav, Burns, Tacon, Buss. Mesdames G. Hunt, Fisher, J. D. Watson, F. 0. Menaies. Chat-field, De Pass R. . Chapman, '■ Anonymous," "A," " B," "C" and " D." Donations in money were received from Mesdames Thorpe, lleav-en. .Milne, Lill. W. E. Best. Brown, J. S. Williams, S. East, Leithead, B. Kerr, J. Wilson, T. W. Johnson. W. F. Tait, Buttle, 1 sen;. Miss Beaven, Miss Farr, .Mr and Mrs G. L. Wiggins, Doherty, Alexander, Shand, Mr nnd Mrs Corfe, Misses Murly, Wheeler and others. THE LIFE SAVING SOCIETY. The sub-committee consisting of Messrs Benson and Parnham have now thoroughly overhauled the gear of the club. The ropes have been taken off the reel-;, thoroughly tested and tanned. Everything now is in first-class order. The.."treasurer, .Mr E. A. Johnson, has made a rough balance-sheet for the year, and the financial position promises remarkably well. A meeting is to be held this week, when all matters connected with the coming annual meeting will be considered. THE FLUERTY-HERD FUND. After establishing a record that tho aorough will be proud of for many a year, the committeo of this fund "has now wound up its affairs and disbanded. At a representative meeting held a few evenings ago, the balance-sheet was unanimously adopted, showing total receipts amounting to £6 ( J6 4s ?d of which £lO3 16? was donated specially lo Mrs Fluerty and family. Tho whole control of the fund had been vested in Public Trustee. Correspondence received covered a grateful acknowledgment from the widows concerned, and a covering letter from the honorary auditor, Mr W\ E- Best, expressing pleasure at the careful manner i\i which all accounts were handled by Mr C. Dash, the honorary secretary and treasurer. In commenting upon the fact that in no case had any charge been made for personal services, the meeting recorded its deep appreciation of services rendered by the following:—Messrs Smithson and Moslov, Mr W. E. Rest and Mr Carson, of Lyttelton. Mr C. Benjamin, the chairman, in thanking all co-ncerned for the handsome results, specially referred to tho assistance given by the town clerk. THE SEND-OFF C'PMMTTTEE. Other representatives of tho district are expected to be down on final leave in a few days, and the official Send-off cud Reception Committee will have to make somewhat hurried arrangements to give them a fitting farewell. The members have the matter in hand and will make an announcement immediately THE BURGESSES' ASSOCIATION. The regular meeting of the Burgesses' Association is being held tonight. The series of addresses is to be continued, Mr Nairn, of Christchurch, having promised to attend. Mr' Nairn's experience in the world of plants is of exceptional value, and it as quite expected that, so far as planting for decorative purposes is concerned, he will have much to offer in the way of valuable advice. The association hopes to announce an address from Mr H. Ell, M.P., in the near future. RELIEF FUND. At a meeting of citizens held to consider ways and means of affording relief to the wife and children of Bandsman Morton, it was decided to make special efforts to raise the much needed funds. Mr C. Dash was appointed secretary and treasurer, and subscription lists were authorised for the following— Messrs H. C. Jamieson, C. Benjamin, W. Bailey, J. Harvey, W. Lawson, Williams, Powe. G- Brewer, J. Carter, Rosie and G. F. Allen. A further meeting is to be called in a week's time. THE BAND OF HOPE. Arangements are again in full 9wing for the next Band of Hope meeting on Friday. The fact that this! makes beavy demands on the little performers and those who direct them seems to make very little difference to their enthusiasm. A splendid programme will again be submitted, and the proceeds will once more be devoted to the two great patriotic funds—the Red Crosa and the Lady Liverpool. On this occasion Mr H. Buttle, sen., will preside and the address will be given by Mr Goodman, the president of the Canterbury Band of Hope Union. SUMNER BRASS BAND. It is'due to the initial efforts of the Wnd that the necessity for assistance to a local family was directed. To afford wme practical relief, the members. under Conductor J. Fenton, gave a splendid programme of. music on Stir-

day afternoon at the pier. In spite of somewhat chilly conditions, the substantial sum of £lO was raised. During the week thev turned out again to play for the concert given by the "S.S.S.'' Society, and rendered a very acceptable programme outside the Town Hall before tho concert started. . On this occasion the new juvenile members, who have been in careful training for some months, were permitted the honoMi of assisting, and certainly acquitted themselves most creditably. VIOLET DAY. The genial climate of Redcliffs and Sumner made the response to the Violet Day request a fairly easy task. Representatives of the local societies concerned, as well as the scholars of the public schools, being keenly interested in the objects of tho movement, reaped a happy harvest for their labour. At Redcliffs arrangements were made for tho children to sell the flowers, the collection of £5 resulting. At Sumner the blossoms were collected at mid-day and made up into bunches during the afternoon. These duly arrived at thd Art Gallery—eight heavy basketloads. Miss Foster, for the Sumner Red Cross Society, also received donations and had them conveyed to the city. Altogether many hundreds of bunches of glorious violets, jonquils, daffodils, daisies, wattle, winter roses and. lanaria did their "little Bit" in the city to help the soldiers. PATRIOTIC CONCERT. The concert arranged by the young ladies of the Sumner Shakespearian Society was a pronounced success. The building was packed to the doors and the programme right through got a very hearty reception. Mr Buttle, who presided, in a patriotic speech referred to the previous efforts of the society. They had raised £29. Reading extracts from letters received by tho secretary, Miss G. E. Marriott, ho showed that the Y.M.C.A. had succeeded in spending it to tho very best advantage. He congratulated the society upon its patriotic work and thanked all who had helped to make that evening a success, including the Sumner Brass Band. Items were contributed by Misses Wells, Johnson. Smith, Wood, Adley, Barr, the S.S.S. chorus, the Glee Party, Master D. Martin, Mrs Cother, Mr M. Woods nnd Mr Penfold. Pictures were shown during the interval by the Grand Picture Co., who also gave the use of the hall free of charge. Tho proceeds, which aro expected to reach about £22, include cash from sale of rfweots £2 (Miss Benson, assisted by Linsel Benson and Muriel Whitfield) and programmes £2 (Mr W. F. Raphael). TENNIS AND CROQUET. Visitors to tho borough in the summer and autumn owe more to the Tennis and Croquet Club's grounds than is generally supposed, and it can be safely that, amongst other attractions, these play no little part in contributing to the popularity of the district. At a meeting held recently at the residence of the president, Mr J. M. B. Crawford, the progress made last season was carefully estimated, and it was found that a very sound advance had been maintained. Tho expenses had been heavy, but the credit balance was better than evor. It was decided to pursue a vigorous policy _ during the coming season, which it was estimated, would probably open about the second week of October. The annual meeting was fixed for September 18. THE BOWLING CLUB. The attention given to the green belonging to tho local bowlers during tho last two or three weeks indicates very clearly that a prosperous and busy season is expected. The active members alone know what these new grounds have cost in thought, time and labour, and it is entirely due to a genuine enthusiasm and love for the game that! the club s. grounds are in their present' satisfactory condition. More than once lately a good deal of voluntary labour hais been donated, and with the returfing of a few weak spots the grajft is looking very promising. Some time ago a suggestion waa made that a billiard room should be built and fitted up with a first-class full-sized table. The proposition was received by the members very warmly indeed, and some excellent offers of financial support were promised. Amongst the bowlers are some very interesting billiard players, and it is thought that a scheme can be drawn up that will not only prove recreative and attractive, but also soundly remunerative.

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SUMNER RIPPLES., Star, Issue 12095, 25 August 1917

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