The ninth annual meeting of the institute was held on Saturday last, in a large tent, erected in the grounds adjoining Etherley House, the residence of Henry Stobart, Esq., coal-owner.
The company was, for so small a village, unusually large. About 1,200 persons took tea in the tent, of whom 900 were Mr. Stobart’s workmen and their wives, who were treated to this festival by that gentleman, who continues his unwearied labours, both by precept and example, for the bettering of the condition of the miners in his employment. Mr. Stobart has patronised the Etherley Mechanic’s Institute since its commencement, and every year his presence as chairman of their annual public meeting has gladdened the hearts of the committee and friends of this unpretending but thoroughly useful institution. The present festival has, however, exceeded all former ones connected with this institution, both as to number and the interest taken in the subject of the education of workmen (and more especially pitmen) by all who attended the public meeting, which was held immediately after tea.