The Parents' Review

A Monthly Magazine of Home-Training and Culture

Edited by Charlotte Mason.

"Education is an atmosphere, a discipline, a life."
P.N.E.U. Notes.

Volume 13, 1902, pg. 158-160

Edited by Miss Russell, Sec., 26, Victoria Street, S.W.

To whom all Hon. Local Secs. are requested to send reports of all matters of interest connected with their branches, also 6 copies of any prospectuses or other papers they may print.

N.B.--Kindly write on one side of the paper only.


The Executive Committee has been approached with a view to starting Branches in the following places:--

CROVOD.--Names may be sent pro tem. to P. Rands, esq., Brighty, Bensham Manor Road.
DUBLIN.--Names may be sent pro tem. to Rev. J. D. Osborne, 4, Mountjoy Square, Dublin.
DUNFERMLINE.--Mrs. Beveridge, Pitreavie, Dunfermline, would be glad to hear from people interested.
GUILDFORD--Names may be sent pro tem. to Mrs. Clarke Kennedy, Ewhurst Rectory, near Guildford.
MANCHESTER.--Mrs. Freston, 6, St. Paul's Road, Kersal, Manchester, will receive the names of people interested in this Branch (pro tem.).

Readers of the Parents' Review living in these districts, or having friends there, are asked to communicate with Miss Russell, 26, Victoria Street, S.W.


BELGRAVIA.--The Discussion Meetings will be held a gain every fortnight, by kind permission of Mrs. Edward Tufnell, at 46, Eaton Square, commencing on Thursday, Jan. 16th, at 4.30p.m. Books to be read: Addresses, by Edward Thring; Levana by Richter. Mrs. F. H. Anson will read a short paper on the first "Address," by Edward Thring, "Practical thoughts on education after thirty years' work," with discussion afterwards. The Hon. Sec., 46, Eaton Square, will be glad to know names of those who wish to attend.

BIRMINGHAM--On Nov. 28th, 1901, a meeting of "Mothers-in-Council" was held at 23, Highfield Road, by the kind invitation of Mrs. Priestman. This Society was founded about eleven years ago, and gradually grew till now there are about 70 members. Lately the members expressed a wish that the Society should merge itself into the Parents' National Educational Union. With this idea Mrs. Franklin (Hon. Organising Sec.) was invited to give an account of the work, and advantages of belonging to the Union. This account Mrs. Franklin gave on Nov 28th in so interesting and charming a manner that at the end of the lecture, after a few questions about details of amalgamation, it was voted unanimously by the members present (40 in number) that the Society should after the end of the present Session (ending in May) be called the Birmingham Branch of the Parents' National Educational Union (formerly "Mothers-in-Council").

DARLINGTON.--A meeting of this branch was held at the Training College, by kind permission of Mrs. Spafford, on Nov. 29th, 1901. Miss Rita Burnaby addressed the members on "Ease of Speech and Voice Culture." The lecturer pointed out how necessary it was to use the vocal organs correctly, as it had been conclusively proved that many diseases of these organs arose from their incorrect use. The best time to form good habits was in youth, while the muscles of the organs were still docile. All faults of lisping and stammering should therefore be cured as early as possible. The lecturer called attention to the great importance of a pleasant voice in nurse, governess, and all who had the care of young children. Children were extremely sensitive to tone of voice, and teachers were consequently very dependent on picturesqueness of voice for keeping the attention of their pupils. Miss Burnaby gave numerous examples of exercises to teach correct breathing and use of the voice. There was a large attendance of members and visitors, and a very hearty vote of thanks was given to Miss Burnaby for her interesting lecture.

HAMPSTEAD.--The next meeting of the Hampstead branch will take place on Thursday, Feb. 6th, at 8.30 p.m., when Miss Beth Finlay will lecture on "The Restlessness of Modern Youth," at 74, Fitzjohn's Avenue, by kind invitation of Mrs. Pidcock. The chair will be taken by John Russell, Esq., N.A.--Dr. Helen Webb's lecture to nurses, on Feb. 26th, will be given at Portman Rooms (Dorset Street entrance), Baker Street, at 3.15 p.m., instead of at Spanish Place, as first announced.

HARROW.--On Jan. 8th, at Eastcote Lodge, Rev. J. W. P. Silvester, Vicar of Wembley, spoke on "Religious Training for Children," Miss Coles in the chair. The lecturer urged that there should be a distinct "Sunday element" about the day of rest: that there should be Sunday toys, Sunday games, Sunday books, and that the day should be essentially different form the other six, and said he felt that the effect of a day set apart in this way would remain with the children in after years: that it could not fail to make the religious impression that should act as the strongest deterrent from wrong courses in their future temptations. Mr. Silvester spoke also of the necessity of dwelling much on the Fatherhood of God in teaching children in early years. His lecture was very much appreciated by the audience which was, it is much to be regretted, not moved to after-discussion, though the lecturer repeatedly asked for ideas on the subject he touched on from those to whom he was speaking.--On Dec. 21st, owing to the absence, through illness, of the lecturer previously announced, in order not to disappoint the audience, Miss Rowland Brown, of the High School, Northwood, kindly offered to read a paper on "The Penningtons and Jourdans." The atmosphere of the paper was perfect, the quiet word-painting, the suggestive thought, and one felt instantly transported to the quiet little old-world village of Chalfont St. Giles, to the days when the old Quaker influences were a living revolutionary force.

[Miss Rowland Brown's paper was published as a two-part article in the Parents' Review under the title "The Buckinghamshire Quakers."]

HYDE PART AND BAYSWATER--Hon. Sec., Mrs. E. L. Franklin, 50, Porchester Terrace, Hyde Park "At Home" Thursday mornings, or by appointment.--A very interesting lecture was given by Mrs. Crump, F.R.Hist.S., on Saturday, Jan. 18th, at 50, Porchester Terrace. The lecture was primarily intended for children, but all present were deeply interested in Mrs. Crump's vivid description of the Bastille, and the life and adventures of the prisoners there at the time of Richelieu. The lecture was illustrated by beautiful plans and drawings copied from those in the British Museum.--The next lecture will be on Feb. 17th, at 5 p.m., at 23, Oxford Square (by kind permission of Mrs. Spielmann), when Mr. Gilbert Chesterton will lecture on "Literary Enthusiasm and Education." Tea and coffee, 4.30. Rev. M. R. Neligan in the chair.--Feb. 26th, at 3 p.m., at Portman Rooms, Baker Street (Dorset Street entrance)--not 4, Spanish Place, as previously announced--Miss Helen Webb, M.B. (London), will lecture to nurses on the "Hygiene of the Nursery." Members may also attend.

IPSWICH.--The annual meeting was held on Nov. 20th, to elect officers for the ensuing year, and to hear an address by Mrs. Clement Parsons, on "Education as understood by the Parents' National Educational Union." The address aroused members to fresh enthusiasm in the Union, and was evidently much appreciated.--On Dec. 11th, a large and interested audience assembled to hear a lecture by Professor Sherrington, M.D., F.R.S., on "Fatigue in Children."--Other lectures arranged for the winter session include the following subjects:--'"Brush Drawing," "How to make the past live again in the child of today." "Feeding of Children," "Children's Sundays," "Our Daughters and their Training," and a course of "Talks to Children" on natural history subjects will be given to members of the Natural History Club.

LEWES.--Mrs. Scott Malden gave in January, two plain talks on the "Moral Training of Children." The attendance was small, owing to illness and other matters, but intense interest was aroused among those who were present, every mother at least feeling most grateful for the delightful way in which Mrs. Malden treated this most difficult of subjects.--On the 10th February, the Rector of S. Michael's-in-Lewes will give a "Talk about Old Times." This lecture will be free to members, non-members will be admitted on payment. The chair will be taken at 3.30 by Viscount Gage.

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