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HE ABSTAINER The Monthly Magazine of the Cardiff & District Temperance and Band of Hope Union. Communications for the Editor should be addressed to the Offices of the Union, 35, Windsor Place, Cardiff Vol. XVII. 6. JUNE, 1906. ONE PENNY. Summer Band of Hope Work. WE are glad to learn that a number of societies have begun Open Air Work, and others are " going to have a try." A few simple rules, carefully observed, will secure success. At first go into a quiet street, where the children will be fairly well under control. Get a few good items—the best the Band of Hope can produce, singers with clear voices, and reciters with strong voices. As a rule, girls cannot be heard to advantage in the open air. Children should have books and sing Temperance songs. A short, bright Temperance address should always be included in the proceedings. A portable harmonium and a chair for tl e speaker is all the apparatus required unless it be perhaps a large hymn sheet instead of hymn books. But the holding of open air meetings does not in any way exhaust the programme for summer work. An admirable suggestion comes from Bethany, and appears in this issue. Flower services, magazine services, or egg and fruit services, for the benefit of the poor and sick, add to the interest of the meetings, and teach the youngsters laws of kindness and thoughtfulness for others. Then there is the Flower Show, prizes being offered for various classes of wild and cultivated flowers. The Annual Treat should be put near the end of the summer, some special advantage being given to those who attend the weekly meetings regularly. One Baud we know does this and secures throughout the summer an average attendance of nearly 200. If properly worked, the Band ought to suffer very little from small attendance during the summer. All that is necessary, is to give the children some inducement to attend, in the shape of interesting meetings, special gatherings, increased personal attention, and a good annual treat. They will take an interest in the Band of Hope if they see someone take an interest in them. Above all, our workers must fuce their our difficulties manfully. To give up is somewhat cowardly, and speaks defeat. If the difficulties are great, our faith in God and the ultimate triumph of the Cause should be greater. " Withhold not thy hand, for thou knowest not whether shall prosper, either this or that or whether both shall be alike good." " Still labour on, ye good and true, The work is great you have to do! A righteous war, when once begun, Must never cease till victory's won." ^nl^MTMlH^n^nM^mmiHiiuni.....imi.h.hhh......mmmm........mini......minimi.....miiiiiiiihiiiiiuiiiiiihiihiiiiiii..........mm.......1.........iiM.nnnnn.mmnM. Baptist, Barry Wesleyan, and Barry Mission Bands, of Hope, while Miss Linda Morgan and Master Henry Boyatt were well applauded for their solos, and two pleasing items were also rendered by the Boys'String Band. The whole programme was delightfully varied, and the performance was a very pleasing one from start to finish, reflecting the greatest credit on the members and their teachers, and no less on the organiser in chief, Mr. J. P. Panniers. B/\ppyBA^lD OFHOfE UN10J4 FESTIVAL. A very excellent programme was rendered at the Romilly Hall, Barry, on May 16th, under the auspices of the Barry Band of Hope Union. Councillor W. J. Williams occupied the chair, and every part of the hall was packed with an audience who had come to encourage the little folks and the workers who spend so much time in training the youngsters in the principles of total abstinence. Some 200 boys and girls made a pleasing sight as they occupied the orchestra, and the admirable training they received from Mr. A. J. Medcroft enabled them to render their choruses and action songs in splendid style, the selection "John Brown's Knapsack " and the " Plume Song " being the special favourites of the enthusiastic audience. Miss May Hopkins received a well deserved encore for her solo, as also she did when with her sister she sang the duett, " In the Dusk of the Twilight." Miss Amy Evans was of course encored every time for her recitations, and well she deserved the compliment. Very interesting items were given by the Barry Boys' Brigade, Bethel Baptist , Barry Presbyterian, Salem PENARTH BAND OF HOPE UNION. The interest in the May Festival of this Union seems as keen as ever, judging by the crowded audiences which attended the Andrews' Hall on May 23rd and 24th, underthe presidency of Councillor Harold M. Lloyd (who by the way was a Band of Hope boy in the " Tabernacle") and the Rev. F. Russell Watson. The audience had no desire to conceal the pleasure the performance of the young¬ sters gave them, and encores were insisted upon. The action songs, flag drill, umbrella drill, and Indian club exercises of the Juvenile Temple, ^Christchurch Guild, Tabernacle and Presbyterian Bands of Hope