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North London Group—Through the kind response of the readers of the magazine to our appeal in the December Number, we were able to give the 320 girls of the Devons Road School, Bromley-by-Bow, a foretaste of Christmas joy on December 14th. One hundred of the more needy children were provided with tea, and later; as they were leaving, with garments. A vigorous and interesting entertainment in sketch, dialogue, drill, and domestic economy was given by the children, after which every girl received from Father Christmas, a gift wrapped in paper with her name attached. We could not help wishing that everyone who had so kindly helped to provide these things, could have seen all the beaming faces, and heard the gleeful cries as these parcels were untied.

The evening was a decided success, not only from the fact that the children were supremely happy in their possessions, but also because friendships have been formed that may result in our being able to help the children in a more permanent way in the future.

Thanks to the untiring efforts of Miss Coad and the teachers of the school, both before and on the evening, all arrangements ran smoothly. Praise is also due to Miss Nicholson and her friends of The Vegetarian Association for the excellent tea provided.

On behalf of our little friends at Bromley, our hearty thanks and good wishes go out to the friends of the Home Group, the Liverpool Group, and all those readers who so thoughtfully contributed toys, garments, and money.

At a meeting held at Finchley on Saturday, Dec. 16th, it was found that, after paying all expenses of the Children's Treat, we had £2 18s in hand. Several plans for using this balance were considered and finally it was decided to arrange for three of the girls of the Devons Road School to spend a Christmas holiday at a Home in Finchley. This number was afterwards increased to four.

A paper on "The Sermon on the Mount" by Mr. Stanton Coit was then read by Mr. G. Randall, and was much appreciated.

On Wednesday, December the 27th, our four little friends were taken to the Childrens' Home, Fallow Corner, N. Finchley, where, under the kind attention of Miss Wright and her staff they have enjoyed a healthy change. During their stay they have been visited and taken for walks in the neighborhood by members of the Group, and it is our hope that they will return to Bromley better fitted both morally and physically to combat the conditions under which they live.

There are still a few shillings left from the Christmas Fund, and these will form the nucleus of a fund for future work amongst the children.—Harry J. Stone, Hon. Secretary.

West London Group—On December 13th, the speaker was Mr. Purcell Quinton, his subject, "The Christ." Members were all thankful for the helpful thoughts given them. Not the least pleasing item of the evening was the receiving of suitable gifts and money from members and readers of L.O.R. for the children's Christmas treat. It was decided to postpone our meetings for one month. The meeting closed with hearty Christmas greetings.—Louise Claw, Hon. Secretary.

Home Group, Ilfracombe—December 8th. Mrs. Foyster read, with much feeling and character, "St. Paul," a poem by F. W. H. Myers. Various opinions were expressed as to whether the poem truly represented the St. Paul of the New Testament. Some thought it was to a great extent merely the feelings and opinions of the writer—for as a rule writers are given to putting more or less of themselves into the characters they portray or delineate. Others expressed appreciation of the poem as being full of imagination, and helping one better to understand St. Paul.

December 15th. A Social Evening.—A. S. Wormall, Secretary.

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