A sale of work in aid of the Chapel Alteration Fund was opened in the
schoolroom, Morton Street, on Thursday afternoon. Some twelve months ago,
MR. COUNCILLOR WILLIAMSON generously offered to provide an organ, if the
congregation would make the necessary alterations in the structure for its
reception. A meeting was called, and the members threw themselves into the
work with enthusiasm, and at the meeting promises amounting to about £136
were received towards the estimated cost of £180 or £190. The scheme,
however, grew, and further subscriptions were received. Now the sum
required will probably not fall short of £300, and up to the opening of the
sale of work about £180 had been promised or paid. Some months ago the
ladies inaugurated sewing meetings, and during the winter have assiduously
worked and the display at the opening was largely due to their indefatigable
The opening, at which there was a large gathering, was announced for 2-30,
and shortly after that hour the opening hymn was given out by the REV. T. M.
DICKINSON, and the REV. E. D. JACKSON engaged in prayer. MR. DICKINSON then
briefly explained the object of the sale, and mentioned that subscriptions
had been received from F. W. CHANCE, Esq.; JOHN PARKER, Esq.; DR.
He then called upon MR. R. TINNISWOOD, C.C. to open the sale. This he did
in a brief speech, in which he expressed the hope that the whole of the sum
required would be secured by the sale. On the motion of the REV. E. D.
JACKSON, seconded by MR. STEWART, a cordial vote of thanks was accorded to
The goods were offered on six stalls, divided into two sewing meeting
stalls, children's stall, and young men's stall, while the centre of the
room was occupied by two stalls on which was a gorgeous array of artificial
flowers, plants, etc.
The stalls were in charge of the following:
FLOWER STALL : MISS DICKINSON, MISS BRAY, MISS MARY LAWSON, MISS
HUTTON, and MISS AGNES STEWART
SUNDAY SCHOOL STALL: MISS MARIA SCOTT, MISS JANET STEWART, MISS ETTIE
DICKINSON, and MISS H. CARLYLE
SEWING MEETING STALL : MRS. SHARP, MRS. PARKER, MRS. STALKER, MISS
DICKINSON, MISS SHARP, MISS STEWART, MRS. HUTTON, and MISS WILLIAMSON
YOUNG MEN'S STALL : MR. WALLACE, MR. STALKER, MR. WILLS, and MR. ISAAC
REFRESHMENT STALL : MRS. MOFFATT, MRS. SAVAGE, MISS JENNIE HUTCHINSON,
MISS ETHEL PARKER, MISS LILY BOWMAN, MISS MAGGIE LAWSON and MISS NELLIE
Bran tubs were in charge of MISSES SELINA SPILSBURY and ISABELLA
JOHNSTONE, MISSES ANN STALKER and MARY FRANCES PARKER, and MISSES ANN
BOWMAN and MARTHA LAWSON.
In the evening much amusement was caused by a washing competition for men.
Seven entered and the prizes were awarded as follows:
1, MR. JOSEPH HOPE, barber, Caldewgate
2, MR. JAMES ANDERSON, Bridge Street
3, MR. WILLIAM BRAY, Trafalgar Street
Musical entertainments were afforded by the SIMMONDS family. MISS COUNCIL
also sang, MR. GLAISTER accompanying; MR. BARTHOLMEW gave a violin solo,
MISS CLARK being the accompanist.
The sales on Thursday realised £53.