Friday, August 17, 2012

We shall abstain!

The Independent Order of Rechabites (IOR) was a Friendly Society founded in England in 1835 as part of the wider British temperance movement to promote total abstinence from alcoholic beverages.
ONETREE HILL, April 29.-About a year ago a juvenile Rechabite tent was formed at One tree Hill, when 14 names were enrolled. Shortly afterward a branch was established at Smithfield, and the combined strength is now 42. Under the aegis of the officers and members of the adult branch a celebration was held on Saturday. Brothers George Bright, P.D.C.R. (ex-Mayor of Gawler), Ross, D.D.R., and Manning. D.T.. took an active part in the ceremonial. An annual celebration has been decided upon. The Smithfield contingent arrived by drag at the Methodist Church about 2 o'clock. Shortly afterward a procession was formed, and the youthful disciples of Rechab, accompanied by a number of friends and sympathizers, marched to Sampson's Flat, where preparations had been made to give the young people a good time, and a varied programme of sports was success fully carried out.
The following are the results of the racing:— 16 years and under, W. Blake and N. Flower; 14 and under, R. Morris and M. Blackham; 12 and under, ' H. Moss and H. Fradd; 10 and under, ' A. Moss and A. Blackman; 8 and under, K. Bowman and J. Vockens; girls. 10 and   under. Fairy Purdie and Ellen Shillabeer (tie); 8 and under, Vera Purdie and'   Audrey Avery; bootrace, boys, Norman   Flower and John Vockens.
The prizes in   the shape of money and sweets were sub- - scribed for by the adult members, who   with the district officers, managed the   sports. Shortly before 5 o'clock a return was made to the institute, where tea was   provided.  An entertainment was afterward given, and the hall was well filled,  the attraction being, no doubt, the presence of Misses Summerton and Greneklee and Mr Manning, each of whom had won one or more gold medals at public competitions.  
At the invitation of Brother George Bowman Brother Bright occupied the chair. Addresses were delivered by the visiting officers, who in turn made feeling reference to the absence through serious illness of the chief officer in the juvenile department (Brother Hannam). The entertainment programme was sub mitted by Misses Gertie Blake, Summerton, Mercia Greneklee, and Ivy Moss and Messrs. W. T. Manning, P. D. Taylor, and Woodhead. Mrs. W. G. Smith and Mr. R. Jenkins were the accompanists.  A supper followed.
 The Register Wednesday 1 May 1907

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