TIME AND TALENTS.
Founded originally with the object of encouraging young women of leisure to em- ploy their time mid tnlcnts to help others, the Time mid Talents Society, which ia fi branch of the English society of the name name, hus a record of 30 years' service. Thc late lira. Darnley Naylor (Miss .lessie ?loyd) was responsible for its formation in Melbourne, and there are still belonging to it immy of thc original members, in eluding Miss (iuthrie and Mra. Stietouioiis
Oflicer. The first secretary was Miss Lily Fisken, who was succeeded hy .Miss M. M. (iuthrie, who' hold ofliee for a number of years. Miss K. Greig, who has been secre- tary for more than lt years, is compelled, nntortuiiiilely, to taite leave of nlisence for six months owing to ill-health. Her duties will bo carried' out during that time by Mrs. Harry Sargood. At present tho society numbers L'Ofl members, the presi- dent ticing Mm. .1. V. \V. Payne, the vice president Mrs. Kutter Clarke, and it is managed by a committee chosen from thc members. Drawing-room meetings ore held every six weeks at the homos of the various odice-liearcrs, and the next meet- ing will tnlce place nt Mrs. Taync's house, Maritimo, South Yarra, on April ?i.
In n quiet way this society undertakes a lot uf work in Hie year. Hs help-is extended
to iiistitiitiuiis and individual cases in need. There is a Time and Talents cot nt
the ? ustiu Hospital, and work parties Rive practical help at thc Women s and Children 's hospitals. One of tho latest pro- jects is the ndoption by the junior members of the society of a ward nt the Children's Hospital, which they propose to supply with flannel jackets and flowers. They have also adopted a girl patient in the Talbot Colony tor Epileptics.
AMBULANCE SERVICE GUILD.
Although the Ambulance Service Guild has not yet been in existence for three full years, it hus been able to give invalu- able assistance to the maintenance of 'thc Victorian civil ambulance service,
which purpose it was formed originally, tts objects mc to enable its members to assist those who require the use of an am- bulance car, for which they are unable to pay, and to assist the ambulance service by tho payment of an annual membership fee of 2/0, and an entrance fee of 2/0, thus ensuring a regular income to the service. New members on paying their fees receive
n voucher which entitles the holder to tho usc of an ambulance ear for one journey free. This voucher may bc handed to riny person requiring thc Uso of an ambulance, who, in the opinion of the member, is unable to ]iay for it. There are nt pre-
sent 78 members in the guild, and it is hoped this year suhstantiailv to increase tho number. The value of thc ambulance service is shown by the following figures, which represent work, done between 15112 and 1921 inclusive:?Cases carried, 0H,5!M; accident cases. 11,333: charity cases, 10,838; mileage travelled, 740.512.
A special effort is being made this year by thc Ambulance Service Guild to raise sufficient funds to meet thc final payments on the service's new building in January next year, the amount due being £4,500. tn connection with the annual hall arranged by tho guild in aid of the service, the first meeting, through the kindness of the Countess of Stradbroke, who has promised to preside, will be held at State Govern- ment House on Monday, April 21, at half past 4 o'clock. Thc president of the guild is Lady Steward, the honorary secretary Mr. Wyllie, Kosa .na road, Heidelberg.
For some years Miss Winifred Shoo- bridge, a trained and ordained deaconess of thc Church of England, has been doing valuable work among the lonely women and mothers of Gippsland. Those women, to the number of 225, are formed into 3D
groups. These groups not. only keep iu touch with the deaconess, but 21 of them, representing 125 members, are also linked with groups of women in parishes in Eng- land. A regular correspondence of a help- ful nature is carried on between . these women, and in addition the mothers in England send out quantities of literature to the Gippsland women. It is expected that the remaining members of the "battalion" will be put similarly in touch with the homeland in the near future. The isola- tion of some of the Gippsland mothers may ... lie gathered from thc fact that Miss Shoo 1.), | bridge visit? 1 a woman some time ago in ? East Gippsland, who had not seen a woman
Bince her last visit 12 months previously. Attached to the movement is a, Sunday school by post for wajvback children, which is also steadily growing in popularity.
Thc members of tlie,-Glenina Ked Cross branch entertained the'children Of the Yoo- ralla kindergarten at the home of the pre- sident, Mrs. Percy Owen, on Saturdny, April 1. , Molor-cara were supplied by friends to convey the children from their homes to Gleniris and back again, and tho little ones, most of whom live in crowded areas, thoroughly enjoyed thc freedom of the open spaces nnd thc big trees. Luncheon and tea were provide- by the members, and each little guest took away a bag of cakes and fruit, a gaily coloured balloon and an Easter egg as mementoes of a. happy day. This branch of thc Ked Cross devotes its energies to Yooralla, and is arranging to supply some of thc more deli-
cate children with milk and other nourish- ment while they are waiting for the new hospital Echool to be built.
A second visit was paid to Pentridge by the Women's Christian 'leinpornuce Onion on Saturday, April 8, when thc.women prisoners were kept busy and interested with lessons in raliia work. These visits arc so much appreciated that the members have been urged to come more frequently than monthly, as previously arranged.
On Tuesday, April ll. the children of the W.C.T.U. kindergarten, Richmond, under the directorship of Miss Fartiere, gave a demonstration in aid of Rose Day appeal. Although the attendance was not large, £2/10/ was received. Afternoon tea was Bervcd by Miss Halsey and voluntary work- ers. A rummage sale is arranged lor May 15, for which parcels may be sent at any time addressed to director, W.C.T.U., Free Kindergarten, Little Cremorne street, Rich- mond. Gifts of infants' clothes will be particularly welcome.
WOMEN GRADUATES' ASSOCIATION.
A dinner has been arranged in connec- tion with the commencement festivities for members and intending members of the Victorian Women's Graduates' Association at the Union Luncheon Rooms at the Uni-
versity on Thursday, April 27, at a quar- ter to 6 o'clock. After the dinner a gene- ral meeting will be held nt 7 o'clock. Mem- bers may take part in other commencement functions later in the evening. The union committee has set aside a sitting-room on the ground floor of the old clubhouse at the University for members on April 27, 28, and 29. Any further information may be obtained from Miss K. McInerny, University, Carlton.
HARBOUR LIGHTS GUILD.
The members of the Ladies' Harbour Lights Guild of thc Missions to Seamen make themselves responsible for the en-
tertainment of thc sailors from the vessels in port throughout the year. At such times iib Easter and Christmas the guild is particularly active, and the men are ex- cellently eutertaiucd. Yesterday a num- ber of sailors wcro given a picnic at Caul- field, and sports were enjoyed. After tea the men returned to the institute, where a short service, followed by a so- cial, was held. After this there was a prize-giving to the men who hud won events nt thc sports in thc afternoon.
In sid nf thc maintctuincc funds of thc Cot? ge hy the Sen, lim convalescent home ut Queenscliff fur weak anil delicuto children, thc maungt?tent of the Cafe Franeatelli has generous ly ofu Ted to hand ' to tho Minis?ring Children's league the whole of the proceeds from afternoon teak from April 24 to 28. The president and executive com millee of the league arc hopeful that a great many sympathisers will arrange tea partied at the cafe during the week. The Lady Muyorc-i (ilrs. J. W. Swur?:in) will l« pre?-nt on April 24.
The annual general meeting of the Melbourne Music Club will be held at the Lyceum Club, Audi- torluin Buildings, Collins Btrcet, at a quarter past
8 o'clock on Monday night, April 21, when the election of office-bearers and committee will take place. At the conclusion of the business meeting Mr. Harold Browning will sing. A small charge
will he made for refreshments.
Th series of literary travel talks arranged by Miss Frances Knutrr have proved so siicce?ful in Melbourne suburbs that tins year she proposes to widen her field und tnlce in- Ballarat at? Geelong. Com?cueing ut I?linrat on April ?Velio will give lier "talks," which are arrang?I so incwt?t on the Unca, of University extension I?'WT?, every -mr?luy evening, ut 8 o'clock, at 204 Mill street, llallar.it, Mrs. Vaughan lending her drawing-room for Hie purpose,' Miss Fraser will visit Geelong on Friday evenings, giving lier lectures ut thc (Jordon College. Further particulars with regard to tho *crl? may bc obtained from Miss 'Fri?er at thc 1' L.O.. Old Collegians' Club, Auditorium Build- ings Collins street, Melbourne, or at Hos? rden, Heidelberg. . ? ? ?, . . ?
In tlie Domain, ulmost opposite tho Victoria Bar- racks, there is u memorial grove, tho tlrst trees in which were planted on Anzac Hay, WO, by 40 olllccrs and men ol Uio original 'Aimirs. The Iden of thus cominemorating the deeds of tho men who fell on Gallipoli originated with Mrs. G. ll. Julliol, and wua taken up with enthusiasm by tlie nmmbeni ol the Victorian Wattle League, of which
? was president. Tho league han arranged > ....rnoriul service nt tlie grove each succeeding Anno Day, at willoh leading soldiers and citlscna h»vc been invited to assist, and which have been attended by the general public. This year, on April 25, Sir Hurry Chauvel. Slr David Hennessy, and the Kev. J. 8. Hobun will deliver addresses.