[From Ora Correspondent.] THE SOLDIERS.
Corporal W. A. Pilcher, who haq been reported killed in action, was a well-known and much-rospocted member of tho teaching staff of the School for the Deaf. His death Ims occasioned feelings of deep regret amongst his many Sumner friends. Mrs Anson, of Drydcn Street, has received word that her husband, Private F. (I. Anson, has been reported wounded in action. Mr A. W. Beavon, of The Cutting, Rodcliffs, baa been advised that his younger eon. Eric, has been wounded m action. Corporal Beavon was most popular in tho district, and has the good wishes of a largo circle of friends lor a speedy and complete recovery.
OUR DAY APPEAL. The canvassers for last Sunday’s effort on behalf of tho Our Day appeal ali agree that they were met in a very generous spirit by the residents. In many cases business men had already given liberally in the city, while others, not knowing that a local canvass was pending, had in a good many instances assisted the city effort quite beyond their intentions. In spite of this tho Sumner effort reached £Bl (is 3d, tho Redclitts £4l 4s lid, and tho total result, including £3O from tho Sumner and £lO from tho lledcliffs Red Cross Committees, has been announced at £162 lls 2d. There are still other amounts, bo. sides the Labour Day takiuga, to come, so that the residents have reason to be satisfied with the general result.
RED GROSS MATTERS. A special meeting of the members of both the Redcliffs and the Sumner branches was held in the Town Hall early in the week, Mrs G. W. O. Smithson presiding. Tho principal item of business was the making of final arrangements for the “Our Day” stall on Labour Day, in aid of the local contributions to the general fund. Details of management wero completed for tho cake and produce stall, and for the bran tub. The sweets stall was left entirely to the Lady Liverpool Sumner Girls’ Sewing Class, which had kindly offered to help the Red Cross effort on that day. It was decided to issue an open invitation to all residents nud friends to contribute donations in kind for the stalls, THE BRASS BAND.
The Brass Band is applying for permanent seating and music stands on the rotunda. The cost of seating is to be estimated by the borough engineer, but the matter of stands has been hold over.
The band some time ago made airangements for an open-air concert on Sunday iu aid of its own fund, but it has generously cancelled tills in favour of a concert on the beach in aid of th Rod Cross Fund on Monday afternoon.
THE VOLUNTEER LIFEBOAT BRIGADE.
When the Lifeboat Brigade was under the control of the Harbour Board, each member was considered a servant of the board, and besides receiving a nominal fee was insured by the board in a private office for £SOO. The organisation, under the council, is now purely voluntary, and carries no such security. The members, naturally, wish to protect their interests, and have laid the case before the council, with a request that it'should contribute one-half of the premium. There are twelve members of the brigade, and the cost would approximate £l3. M hen the statement was made before the council this week, and an assurance given that the members were prepared to pay the other half themselves, councillors generally thought the request a very reasonable onu, and referred tho matter to tho Finance Committee. COUNCIL MATTERS.
Atr its last meeting the question of the Christchurch Canal was introduced by a request from the city committee for a local representative to be appointed. The Mayor explained that anyone appointed would practicallv pledge the council to support the Canal League. Councillor Piercy stated that the canal would come sooner or later. Sumner could not be against the proposal, because the borough was essentially a part of Greater Christchurch, and lie could not see how the residents could act in a manner detrimental to the interests of Canterbury. He moved that a delegate be appointed. The resolution was seconded by Councillor Lawsen, but lost by 3 votes to 6.
The motion to asphalt the esplanade between tho pier and the Clifton Bridge was freely discussed. The urgency of the project was questioned by. Councillor Lawson, who thought footpaths should come before luxuries. The matter was finally referred to the engineer for a report/
Councillor Lawson brought up the question of sick and accident pay for the council employees. He considered that in both instances full pay should be granted; The matter was referred to the Finance Committee., SUMNER HORTICULTURE.
Prom now till tl(e first week in November the sun plants on the slopes of Clifton and Scarborough set out their charming colours in fascinating array. Fortunately for the borough, the great beauty of the display is enhanced by view points that permit the admiring residents and visitors every opportunity to appreciate the rare splendour which the sight affords. It was with a view to justifying the possibilities of the borough in the matter of plant production rtnd decoration that the Mayor (the Hon J. Barr), at last meeting of the council, made special reference to the need of a horticultural society in the district. In his appeal to. the councillors for support, ho stated that the success of enthusiasts on Clifton had shown'that plants had flourished there when they would grow nowhere else. There were many highly successful horticulturists iu this borough, and he hoped arrangements might lie made for the first show this season.
( Councillor T. Whitfield said that Sumner, in particular, was capable of organising a splendid, show, and he would give every assistance possible. Councillor AY. J. Lawson, another grower, stated lie also would be willing to assist a movement that promised to be a huge success. The project wars well received, and the council decided to call a meeting of those interested on Monday evening.
LABOUR DAY, Labour Day usually is the biggest in the year for Sumner. Residents themselves get lost in the crowds. This year the beach will provide special attractions in the opening of the Surf Club’s season and in the effort of the Red Cross and patriotic societies for funds for “Our Day" appeal. The general public will bo well catered for, hear the Surf Club’s pavilion, whore refreshments, sweets and drinks and bran tubs will bo well looked after. The Mayor (the Hon J. Barr) will open Urn life saving season, and while the various events are being con tested tho Sumner Band will play suitable selections. Given a fine day there should bo a record attendance.
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SUMNER RIPPLES., Star, Issue 12459, 26 October 1918
SUMNER RIPPLES. Star, Issue 12459, 26 October 1918
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