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October 1898 - Badsey Reading Room

Monthly Magazine for the Parishes of S James, Badsey, with Aldington & S John Baptist, Wickhamford
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A meeting of those interested in the Reading Room was held in the Old School on Tuesday, Sept. 27th. There was a very small attendance, which is greatly to be regretted as there was important business to be considered in connection with this very useful organization for the benefit of the parishioners. Mr. E. Crisp, who has long acted as a most energetic hon. sec., presented a balance sheet for the past season, and we regret to have to record that there is a deficit in the accounts. The reason of this deficit is that so few persons joined the Reading Room last season or took any interest in it, hence the amount received from subscriptions was comparatively small. We are very anxious to make the room more useful during the coming winter, and some suggestions were made for this purpose. It was proposed that the age at which members are admitted should be raised, and that the amount of the subscription should be slightly increased. An adjourned meeting will be held in the Old School on Monday, October 3rd, at 7.30 p.m., when the following questions will be further discussed:

(1) Do the parishioners desire the Reading Room to be continued?
(2) How can it be made more attractive to the older men?
(3) Is it advisable to raise the age of admission or increase the subscription paid?

We earnestly invite the male parishioners to attend this meeting and give their views. It would be a very great pity to give up the room, but unless it can be made generally more useful it seems useless to continue it. We would point out that the members have the use of the school on very advantageous terms. They pay no rent and no taxes, and they received last season the sum of £2 5s. towards their funds for sub-letting the room for the basket-making class, and the meetings of the Parish Council. Any donations towards paying off the deficit on the accounts will be thankfully received by Mr. E. Crisp.