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AUDLEM PARISH. --+-- 100 YEARS AGO. At the annual parochial gathering, held last week, the Rev. StapJeton Cotton, before present- ing to his hearers the acoount of parish work done during the past year, made mention of inter- esting events in the history of the parish 100 years ago. At That date William Cotton, brother of Cheshire's Field-Marshal, was vicar, the wardens being John Latham and John Robinson, who in a liberal spirit gave the six ringers 2s. in all to com- memorate their election to the wardenship. New bell-ropes cost. J61 16s. These were supplied an- nually. The dog whipper. John Hollins, had his now pair of shoes as usual, 10a.. and salary, JE1. Sl oes were first mentioned in 1723. and discon- tinued in 1810. A letter from Chester cost Is., and one fiom London the same price. An item for plumbing and glazing, 17s. 8d., was paid to John Hamnett, while Joseph Bickerton's bill for repairs amounted io £10 Os. 4d. The bells had rather a large outlay upon them. Mr. Simcock charging £ 9 3s. He and his man's eating, and ale extra, ran up a bill of £ 1 16s. 8d. The Dod- dington psalm singers were apparently invited to Audlem, and entertained to the tunc of one guinea. John Harrison's care of the clock cost the parish JS1 17s. 6d. Sparrow heads, 343 dozen at 4d. a dozen, were paid for. The wardens left off paying Is. for a fox head in 1798, while hedge- hogs were a source of trouble in 1784. Other ancicnt entries spoke of confirmations being held in 1742, 1754, 1797. In 1758 a walnut tree was cut down, and a sum of E2 Is. 6d was paid for labour. The trunk fetched JB6 5s. Distempered cattle in 1747 necessitated six orders of Council, costing- 4s. The curfew bell, which is ru-ng-dallv. and the date of the month tolled, was alluded to in 1772. the ringer getting £1 a year. In 1742 the vestry decided to purchasce a new black gown. Coming to a much later date, he found the Sunday school in 1816 being discussed, and suggestions for its improvement made. Valuables belonging to the church were dated, a silver font 1744, chalice 1635. alms dish 1685, and all are in use to-day; also a marble, font. in 1821, which cost JBI6. A flag was mentioned in 1813. price JB1 7s. The parish chest was removed out of the dungeon in 1744. Is. being paid. Comparing births, deaths and marriages in 1803 with 1903, he found 63, 18 and 34. as against 51, 8 and 32. Last year useful gifts of choir surplices, and hymn-books for the worshippers were made. R-ference was made to the different church organisations. the Vicar re- marking that it was wiser to strengthen those things which remained than to launch out into new enterprises. He thanked the people for their Easter offerings, which were expended on clerical help during Lent and Advent, offerings which were made not by Churc-hpeople only. The chief event of the past year was the coming into opera- tion of the new Education Act. It. would take time before managers quite realised the altered condition of things, but it should be their one object to endea-vour to facilitate the working of the Act as far as possible. The schools in this parish remained Church schools, and It was re- quired of foundation managers that they attended to the up-keep of the buildings and made struc- tural improvements where needed For this. the practical sympathy of the psople would bp warmly welcomed. In conclusion, the Rev. Stapleton Cotton expressed his deep gratitude to all church-workers, and only desired that this year th-v might all ''grow in graoe, and in the know- ledge of our Lord and Saviour. Jesus Christ. A stirring speech was then made by Mr. Hall, churchwarden, who congratulated the audienceou the hapnv state of the parish and exhorted every- one to do his or her part in the great work of the Church. He laid. great stress on the duty of contributing generously to the Easter offerings, and said it was a graceful way of shewing appre- ciation for the work of the clergy. A musical entertainment brought a very successful gathering to a close.