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SOCIAL AT FORDELL.

FAREWELL TO REV. R. HERMON.

Mr flprmnn having been appointed to the charge of tli3 Patea Vainehial District, a. meeting was lield at Fordell on Monday evening to wish him good-bye. Mv C. Uuirett preside. l After an ops ling hyivr;, the chaiunan s:iid he represented the subacriber.s to a fund that had been raised to do honour to their departing clergyman after hi.' many years' continuous and useful activity in. tlie Wangamii Parochial District. The district, ho thought, rather resembled a diocese than a parish, and their clergyman exercised far more the functions of a 'bishop than those of a parish priest. It should always bo borne iii mind thsw with so many centres of religious activity to preM.lo over, he could not enter into or sustain the intimate pnrsonal relations with his congregations that he might wish. --Nil could he, without sacrificing his self-res-pect, fail to be brought into conliict witb views and methods in some places, with which he did not agree. It was highly cwfitliblc to Mr Hermon, therefore, thai after so long a period he left the distiict at peace with all <n'en and with their kindest good will. ■ It was his pleasing duty to present to hi:n a purse of sovereigns which in som? substantial manner showed what hisaciliftrents thought of him. Taking thi contributions to the pursi in the order of their consequence, Miss McWiljiam headed the list with her canvass of the south side of No. 2 Line, Mrs D'Anvers ;:nd Mr Chas Smith at Upnkongoro closely following. Next came Mrs Allison for No. 1 Line, including Wangaehu and Kaitoke, closely followed by Mrs 0. Burnett for north side of No. 2 Line and Foretell. Turakina by Mr Fianklin and Mr Newman, Okoia by Mr P. S. T<ylor, and thn iittle Denlair district by Mrs Ttsac Sarjeant, complete;! the list. Tb.B rest of the districts elected to act separately, Aberfeldy having already sent a present on their own account. He temlevnrt to him and to Mrs Hermon a kind good-bye and best wishes for their health, prosperity and congenial work in their new sphere of action. Mr Allison referred in complimentary terms to the church work done by Mrs Hermon and Miss Mackay. and stated that the Mataiwa Sunday School had presented Mrs Hermon, and the Mars Hill Sunday School had presented Miss Mackay, witn handsome and suitable presents ; and, in recognition of Miss Mackay's special work, her lady friends had prc-ented her with a purse jf sovereigns on theiv own account. Mr^Hermon repjied in -felicitous terms, expressing his groat pleasure at having an ..opportunity- of • publicly -thanking) his friends Jor their kind.cffoits on his behalf. He reviewed at some length the work of the ministry during the. past nine years, pointing out th.it originally his .district also comprised the l.c-riL bonk of tlie Wan-' gantii Eiver, haying seventeen centresAfterwards the River became the northern boundary, the district, however, being greatly extended by taking in Pipiriki and the country- east through Kaetihi, and to Ivarioi on the Murimotu Plains, ami to down the valleys of the Turakina and Wangachu, with thirteen centres for which to provide services. Then followed' an humorous sketch of travelling in the newly-added districts in winter time. Speaking highly of the capacity and zeal of the many "lay readers in his district, without whom practically nothing could- be done, he strongly urged the necessity of giving good -snpporc to their efforts, keeping in view that the object of all should be to have Divine services hold on all possible occasions. He was glad to say that financially he left the district in good condition, but regretted that' he was leaving it at all. It was also to bo regretted that he left without a successor being appointed, but trusted to the Ivy readers, and in particular in this neighbourhood to Mr Meiuies. who would use his best endeavours to carry on the serjoined his people to be prayerful and earjoined his people to be prar'yerful and earnest, keeping always in mind the great objects for which they worked. On behalf of himself, Miw Hermon and Miss Mackay hp tendered hearty thanks and wished good bye. Refreshments having been handed round, the National Anthom and Benediction closed the proceedings.

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SOCIAL AT FORDELL., Wanganui Chronicle, Volume 16, Issue 15000, 16 May 1900

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SOCIAL AT FORDELL. Wanganui Chronicle, Volume 16, Issue 15000, 16 May 1900

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