WHITEHAVEN RURI-DECANAL CONFERENCE.
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 As briefly reported in the Whitehaven News last week, by the kind invitation of Mr. T. DIXON, J.P., C.C., the Church assembly of clergy and laymen was held at Rheda, on Tuesday, the 15th inst., the rural dean, the Rev. W. G. C. HODGSON, M. A., the rector of Distington, presiding.
 
 The day being fine there was an excellent attendance, including the Revs.:-
 
H. T. ADAM
 
A. F. CURWEN
 
J. W. HARTLEY
 
R. S. E. OLIVER
 
C. W. ADDISON
 
F. K. FELL
 
H. H. PARKER
 
A. H. COOPER
 
A. AINLEY
 
Ceasar CAINE
 
F. E. COLE
 
E. C. A. BLACKBURN
 
W. FRYER
 
T. R. MUSGRAVE
 
Also Messrs.:-
 
J. ST.LEGER
 
J. W. PRIESTMAN
 
J. HARTLEY
 
Dr. G. J. MURIEL
 
R. W. KNOWLES
 
W. KEY
 
H. WIDDAS
 
R. W. CAMPBELL
 
T. B. GIBSON
 
T. W. DODDS
 
Thomas TURNER
 
C. G. C. POCOCK
 
E. W. WHITE
 
J. NICHOLSON.
 
 It will be seen that these names cover nearly every part of the rural deanery. The agenda submitted for this discussion contained matters of the greatest importance, but there was a general feeling that the somewhat equivocal phraseology of the business paper made discussion difficult, and retarded the passing of definite resolutions.
 
 The first subject related to the admission of women as electors and members of the councils of the church. Many appreciative remarks were made by various speakers, as to the earnest and ceaseless labours of women in all church enterprises. Ultimately the following resolution was passed, the vote being practically unanimous:
 
 “That women be submitted on precisely the same qualifications as men, both as electors and members of the Councils of the Church, Parochial Ruri-decanal, Diocesan, and Representative.”
 
 This resolution was proposed by the Rev. H. H. PARKER, and seconded by the Rev. Caesar CAINE.
 
 The rest of the agenda referred to finance, chiefly in two particulars, (1) The method for making collections for Diocesan objects, and (2) the formation of a general Diocesan Fund, a quota being apportioned to each parish, according to its ability to contribute.. These subjects provoked considerable discussion, at one time two amendments being before the meeting.
 
 Finally in respect to the collections, it was resolved that the Diocesan collections should be retained as at present. But in the matter of general Diocesan Fund it was felt that the available information on the subject was not sufficient to warrant a determinate resolution.