The annual general meeting of this flourishing Union was held at the British School-room, Appleby, on the evening of the 15th January.  The evening's entertainment consisted of glees, fife-solos, and addresses bearing on the Band of Hope movement.
MR. JOHN CROSBY, Breeks Hall, vice-president, occupied the chair, and in his opening address congratulated the society on the possession of so energetic and industrious a secretary, and attributed the success of the Union, in great part, to that source.
MR. WATSON, secretary, in his report, stated that the number of societies now affiliated to the Union was seven, with a juvenile membership of 500, under the management of committees composed of 63 adult abstainers.
The Bands of Hope had been visited by delegates from the Union, and their reports show them to be in thorough working order, and steadily increasing in membership.
The Appleby Band of Hope had increased from 26 on the 22nd July, 1872 to 186 on 31st December, 1873;  and he doubted not but that many of the other societies affiliated could show considerable increases.  The Union had been instrumental in forming - or getting formed -  Bands of Hope at four villages where such societies did not exist;  and asked earnestly for the co-operation of all teetotalers in this work. If they wanted Prohibitory or Permissive Bills, the sure way to obtain them was the method adopted by the society he represented - the tuition of the rising generation in the habits of strict abstinence.
        The Sunday School teacher was particularised as being the most likely to indelibly stamp upon the young minds the true principles of total abstinence.  Precept and example were the requisites for the successful carrying out of this noble movement, and the life and habits of the Sunday School teacher ought to be an embodiment of both.
The report was elaborate and exhaustive, and was received with much applause.  Impressive addresses were delivered by the REV. T. E. LAURIE, Asby, and REV. L. O. LEWIS, Longmarton, treating on the Band of Hope question, and were earnestly listened to by a large and appreciative audience.
MR. LAURIE feelingly referred to his removal from the district, consequent upon his appointment to the Rectory of Bewcastle, but assured his audience that his espousal to the Band of Hope cause was life-long.
MR. LEWIS stated, amid much applause, that since the Band of Hope movement had been started, one-ninth of the entire population of the three townships forming the parish of Longmarton, had signed, and he doubted not, kept the pledge - making this the key-note to a powerful appeal for the Band of Hope movement.
The glees, by a volunteer choir, consisting of ladies and gentlemen from the neighbourhood, and solos by members of the Appleby Band of Hope Drum and Fife Band, were well deserving the hearty responses made by the auditory.
The usual votes of thanks terminated a most enjoyable evening.
The officers of the Union for the year 1874 are:
MR. JOHN CROSBY, Breeks Hall
REV. L. O. LEWS, Longmarton
REV. J. KNIGHT, Morland,
Vice Presidents.
MR. ROBERT WATSOU, Hon. Secretary
MR. CHRISTOPHER LIDDLE, Hon. Asst. Secretary
The rules of the Union are being printed, and will be had on application to the Secretary, Vale of Eden Band of Hope Union, Appleby.