HELENSBURGH NEWS THURSDAY 3 APRIL 1884
SHANDON MUTUAL IMPROVEMENT ASSOCIATION
A most successful conversazione, held in the schoolroom on Monday evening, brought the work of this association to a close for the winter.
There was a large turn-out of members and friends, and the duties of the chair were most ably discharged on the occasion by the hon. president, Mr W MacLellan, jun.. After an enjoyable tea, the chairman delivered a most interesting address. He congratulated the association on the success which had attended all its meetings, and then went on to speak of the many advantages for self-culture enjoyed by the present generation. Altogether the speech was very able and neat, and was most favourably received by the audience.
A long programme of music and readings was then entered upon. Misses Carmichael and Findlay were equally successful in the rendering of their songs, and made a distinct impression. Mr Harrison has made himself quite a favourite in the district, and maintained his reputation. Mr Blair, from Garelochhead, sang a humorous Highland song, which caused great laughter; and Mr MacLellan delighted the audience by his rendering of ‘Three Jolly Sailors’. A humorous trio and a quartette were an agreeable variation, and were both rendered with accuracy and effect.
One of the features of the evening was selection for violins, played by Messrs McCallum and Ingram with great sweetness and purity of tone. The audience gave unmistakable signs of the appreciation of their efforts. Throughout the evening accompaniments on the pianoforte were played with the greatest judgment and tact by Miss Lymburne. Mr Blair, from Glasgow, showed himself a most accomplished elocutionist, and gave two humorous readings with great success. He also sang in an inimitable style a Japanese song. A laughter-provoking story was read by Mr Priestley.
The secretary’s report, which was of the most gratifying character, was read by Mr A Vallance, and its adoption moved by Mr A S Bryce in a thoughtful and considerate address. During the evening Mr Alex Vallance, who is retiring from the post of secretary, was presented with a field glass by the members of the association. The presentation was made by the Rev. Mr Miller, who bore strong testimony to the value of the work done by Mr Vallance, and expressed their regret at the loss of his services. Mr Vallance, who was received with cheers, made a suitable acknowledgement. Representatives from kindred societies at Garelochhead and Row were present, thereby testifying the kindly feelings of these societies for each other. The meeting was brought to a close with the customary votes of thanks.