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MILITARY FUNERAL AT PONTYCYNKER
MILITARY FUNERAL AT PONTY- CYNKER. IMPRESSIVE SCENE. I'ui- Uie iinrtL hme, till.'> Kit*, tue in- .hat.)1"u.u> Ul t.J.t: uau luc uiu'ui Hiux 'p1'l\.i.lge or w.l.¡jL1,I..u. ä liie ocociijioii 1, uii J? ritui,y LU. # W lltill. t.li. ■AlOft'L«ii rtJ.li!u.J.16 pi tile -L«c cw x lc. a jeuc- OaiUly, Vvfeibu IvegiHitiilt, tiola oi Jonn }Ll:(.(¡J.lJ, JjxturtUj x oiicj were laiu to rest m I'^nijcjuunvi v-o-mtiexy. PnqL to eim&ciuent, 1't-e. jaut^arcu/ waus a miiiei, ana very iiigiuy ru^tjiea. A*, a ioot- haller he wao Vtvii axnown uu ou^uout tae tus- trict tk> a Clean player ana one 0.1. Llle tnuiiest ■ •f i o r wards (lle 14 lU roi a few years he was araiuiutii III one IJIAengaxw Silver Band; a..L:o during ate time oi service in the jUiiitiu lie vva& wen known as "i/rumnmr J. McCarthy." Witiiin one month alter war was declared, ke joiikju tiie colours, ana aiter Having served 15 niontiis in tiie trendies in i'mnots, ne was brought over to England buttering irom gas asphyxiation. On tnw 24111 August tins year he was discharged from the Army as being "no longer pnyeucaiiy lIt. itu- war service," but witii an excellent character. luring nis iu- -ILe" at Pontycymmer he bore his suitering ln\aveiy and patientiy, and on the litii mst. "ylewed all," and pcabeiuily passed away. Long belore the announced. tunc ot starung, ittie route irom the House to tue cemetery was .lined with people, and blinds were tiie ecder oi the day. Tiie faring party, with ,oighl bearers, was supplied by the Com- pany, lvoyai Defence Corps, and travelled from AoenLoll witii Quartermaster-bea'geaut Henderson in ciiarge. the sombre procession was marshalled by Sergt. Howell Rees, and with reversed riHes and slow step, the firing party followed, with Sergt. t'loweris in charge. Jaand as the sad and touching strains of the; "Dead March" (pLayed by the Garw Ambu- larrae Band, under the oonductorship of Mr. Harry Lewis), fell on the ears of the specta- tors tears fell freely from many an eye. Foi- lowing the band, came the Garw Police, Am- bulance men, officers of the Pontyrhyl V.T.C., local soldiers on leave, and discharged sol- i diers then the representatives of the general .public, who assisted in carrying the c?nin to the ?ates of the Cemetery. The bearers .matched both |6ides, and from the gates bore th? coffin to the ch urch, where a short ser- vice was conducted, and thence to its last; resting-place, where a large number of people gathered around the graveside. Revs. Camp- bell Davies, B.A. (Vicar of Garw "alley), as- sisted by Revs. J. D. Morgan (curate), W. .Saunders, C.C., and David Hughes, offici- ..ated. After the customary three volleys had been fired over the graveside, Sergt. J. H. Neal, recruiting officer, Bridgend, sounded the "Last Post" on the bugle. The funeral arrangements were organised by Sergt. E. Evans (who was unfortunately unable to be prefcent through illness), and Mr. D. J. Rees; while the members of the Conservative Club Pontvcymmer, provided an excellent spread "ior the soldiers. llie mourners were:—Mr. John MsCartriy The mourners were:—M r. John M?c.Cr< art.?hy (father) Mr. and Mrs F. Greeinslade (brother- in-law and sister); Mr. Evan McCarthy (bro- ther) Mr. and Mrs. D. Phillips (brother-in- law and sister); Mr. and Mrs. W. Rhodes (brother-in-law nd pister); Miss Olive Mc- Carthy (sister); Mf. and Mrs. E. Teague (brother-in-law and sister): Mrs. A. Thomas, Tonvrefail (aunt); Mrs. H. Foyle, Llantri- sant (aunt); Mrs. E. Thomas Pontypridd (aunt) i Master F. Greenslade (nephew); Mr. end Mrs. Crode and Master O. Crode, Tony- refail (cousins) and Mr. and'Mrs. E. Bram-~ 'Flora! tributes were sent by Mr. and Mrs. W. "Mandry and Miss Beatrice Hoare, Pontycym- 'mer,
OGMORE YALE CHAMBER UF TRADE
OGM.ORE YALE CHAMBER UF TRADE. \CONDEMNATION OF SUNDAY TRADING At a general meeting of the Ogmore Vale Chamber of Trade, held at the Workmen's Hall a.nd Institute, Mr. Tom Llewellyn pre- .-sidirig, the following resolutions were passed: —(1) "That extensions in the closing of shops during the Christmas season be made as,fol- l'Ûws :-Friday Dec. 22nd, to 9 p.m.; Satur- Zay, Dec. 23rd, to 11 p.m." (2) "Christmas Holidavs. All shops to close on Christmas Day and Boxing Day, and to re-open on Wed- nesday, observing the half-holiday as usual." The subject of Sunday shop trading was a raised, and was discussed at some lengtn. 'Eventually, it was unanimously resolved that the secretary write to the Chambers of Trade in the neighbouring valleys, strongly urging them to co-operate in this movement, and so endeavour to bring it to a satisfactory issue. It was felt that immediate steps shoula be -taken to completely wipe out abuse of the Sab- bath in this direction. Mr. J. Brahixam and Mr. J. D. Jones were leeted auditors.
BELGIAN'S CHRISTMAS. ——— I OGMORE AND GARW COUNCIL'S APPEAL TO THE CHURCHES. The following letter has been sent to each -church throughout the Garw Valley by the Ogmore and Garw Urban District Council:— Dear Brethren,—The above Council, having received an appeal from the Lord Mayor of London 6n behalf of the suffering women and children of Belgium, has undertaken, subject to the oo-operation of the churches, to make a house-to-house collection on Christmas Day (similar to last year). As the cause of these unfortunate sufferers is so worthy and urgent, it is confidently believed that your church will readily and heartily assist therein. For this purpose, will you please elect two of your members to meet the Councillors of the —————— Ward at the ————— —— to make arrangements for the collection, the delegates attending to have power to name I six or more of your members as collectors.
DRAWN BLINDS IN RAILWAY CARRIAGES I
DRAWN BLINDS IN RAILWAY CARRIAGES. I I ONUS UPON PASSENGERS. I OGMORE VALE MAN PENALIZED FOR IGNORING ORDER. Robert Jones, labourer, 14 Wyndham St., Ogmore Vale, will not have been fined in rain if the prosecution in his case serves the useful purpose of pointing out to the public that it may not with impunity disregard the obliga- tion to draw down the blinds in railway car- riages, and that disobedience may involve a line of £ 1U0. Robert Jones was charged at Bridgend Police Court on Saturday with not lowering the blinds in the compartment in which he travelled on November 11th, and on a second information he was charged with us- ing obscene language to one of the officials of the Great Western Railway Company.—For the Itailway Company, Mr. W. H .Davies, so- licitor, Cardiff, said the matter was one of con- siderable public importance and he feared the public, to some extent, did not realise that an offender under this regulation was liable to a tint. of ;elm. Havinf, read loe parag sj'i I'r.der which proceedings were taken, the ad- vocate explained that on the day named de- fendant travelled by the 6.2 p.m. train f i- ii N
1 I BLAE GARW COLLIERI
— • -1 BLAE? GARW COLLIER GETS HIS DESERTS. ii FOR MOLESTING LADY IN RAILWAY COMPARTMENT. j 'Ih d ¡,' < There seeme d to be no extenuating circum- stance in. tile case at Bridgend Police Court on Saturday tn which an unmarried collier was committed lor a month, with hard lab- our, for assaulting an unprotected married lady in a railway carriage. Complainant was Mrs. Martha Jones, an elderly woman, living with her husband at 21 Gwendoline St., Blaengarw, and defendant, Edwin Llewellyn, 39 Marian Sareet, also of Blaengarw.—Mrs. Jones toid the Magistrates that on Saturday, December 9th, she walked to Pontvcymmer, and returned by the last train. She took a seat in a carriage which was occupied by John Lewis and Richard Rowlands, and a third man whom she identified as the defendant. The latter pushed her down, and, as she alleged, behaved scandalously, and she at once gaTe information to the local sergeant of police. Last Sunday defendant came to the r.use, and said he wanted to "apologise." "Did you sit on my knee?" now asked the defend- ant.—"Nothing of the kind," replied Mrs. Jones, with scornful emphasis.—John Lewis, 4 Katie Street, Blaengarw, one of the passen- gers in the same compartment, gave detailed evidence in corroboration, and said he at the time upbraided defendant for his "foolish- ness."—Sergt. Watts said he charged -and cautioned defendant, who said, "I don't re- member seeing Mrs. Jones, bu!t, I had some drink, and if John Lewis said I did it, it must be true. I am very sorry if I did it." When served with the summons he said, "It's a seri- ous matter for me. I don't know anything about it, only what John Lewis has told me." —After brief consultation with his colleagues. AJderman Wm. Llewellyn passed sentence of one month with hard labour.
NEWS OF THE OGMORE BOYS
NEWS OF THE OGMORE BOYS. —————— j CRPL. D. J. EVANS. The many friends of Cpl. D. J. Evans, Tun- nelling Co., and son of Mrs. Evans, 12 Sunnyside, Ogmore Vale, now doing his bit "Somewhere in France," will be pleased to hear that he is well. Cpl. Evans, who volun- teered at the outbreak of war, and has seen many sides of a soldier's life, wishes to be re- membered to all his friends. In civil life he worked at Cwmbach Collieries. I PTE. IVOR CARVELL MISSING. We are sorry to report that Pte. Ivor Carvell, S.W.B., son of Mr. and Mrs. Carrell, Llangeinor Arms, is reported missing. No news has been received concerning him since April 5th. His parents would be glad of any news should this meet the eye of anyone on active service. Pte. Carvell volunteered at the outbreak of war, and in civil life worked at the Ffaldau Colliery, Pontycym- mer. PROGRESSING FAVOURABLY. We are pleased to announce that Pte. Mor- gan Jones, 2nd S/W.B., and son of the late Mr. John Jones, 'butcher, High Street, Og- more Vale, is now progressing favourably. He received severe gunshot wounds in the battle of the Somme and is now in Cyngfield Hospital, Shrewsbury, England. Pte. Hop- kin Jones, A.S.C., a brother of the above, is hpme on short leave after seeing much active service..
I BLAENGARW WEDDING
I BLAENGARW WEDDING. I GRIFFITHS—JONES. The wedding took place at the Registry Office, Bridgend, on the 9th inst., of Mr. Morris John Griffiths, son of Mr. and Mrs., Edward Evans, Alexandra Road, Ponty- cymmer, and Miss Carrie Jones, second daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Jones, Gwendoline Street, Blaengarw. Mr. W. A. Gilbert acted as best man, and Jdisses Ellen Jones (sister of the bride) and Olwen Evans (sister of the bridegroom) as bridesmaids. Mr. Thos. Jones (brother of bride) was also present. The bride was neatly attired in a saxe-blue cos- tume with ermine collar and hat to match. • Miss Jones was dressed in a brown costume and hat to match, and Miss Olwen Evans in a grey costume with hat to match. The happy couple were the recipients of nu- merous and costly presents. They spent their short honeymoon at Llandovery.
FIRE AT PONTYCYMMER
FIRE AT PONTYCYMMER. On Thursday morning of last week Master Clifford Thomas, son of Mr. and Mrs. Ben- jamin Thomas, Alexandra Road, Ponty- cymmer, employed at the lamproom at night at the Ffaldau Colliery, returned home at 7.45 a.m. to find a fire blazing in the back kitchen. He immediately called his mother and brother, and then ran to inform his father, who is employed as a smith at the Ffaldau Colliery. The Garw Fire Brigade was called and were soon upon the scene. By this time the fire was raging, but after about half an-hour's untiring efforts on the part of the firemen and others it was eventually got under, thus preventing the house from being completely destroyed. The furniture in both back and middle kitchens was completely des- troyed, and much general damage was caused. The cause of the fire was a box containing elothes, which had been placed near the fire and waa probably ignited by sparks from some horning sticks. We understand the house and furniture are insured, which ren- ders unnecessary the kind offers of assistance that have been received from innumerable f i,iends.
y BLAENGARW NONAGENARIANS FUNERAL
y — ■■ BLAENGARW NONAGENARIAN'S FUNERAL. The funeral of the late Mr. George Evans, Blaengarw Roa d, Blaengarw, took place at the Pontvcymmer Cemetery; on Wednesday of last ^freek. Deceased, who had attained the great age of 90 years, was born at Martin, near Salisbury, and came to the Garw about three years ago. He enjoyed the best of health during his long life.—Revs. J. D., Morgan, Pontycymmer, and J. Davies, Blaen garw, officiated. The mourners were:—Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Evans (son and daughter-in- law) Mr. and Mrs. James Evans (son and daughter-in-law); Mr. and Mrs. Frank Evans (son and daughter-in-law): Mr. and Mrs. W. Leppard (son-in-law and daughter); Mrs. G. Lloyd, Mr. C. Hutt, Mr. and Mrs. John Evans, Mr. and Mrs. W. Evans. Blaengwynfi Mr. and Mrs. W. Tucker; and Mrs. Mordecai, Penyfai (grand-children). There were also several great-grandchildren present.—Flora l, tributes were, sent by relatives.
NANTYMOBL MEMORIAL SERVICE.—On Sunday night a memorial service was held at Gilead Chapel in honour of the late Pte. Effie Morgan, a report of whose death appeared in our last week's issue. The large congregation pre- sent showed the deep respect and esteem in which he was held. The Rev. M. J. Mills conducted the service, and the "Dead Marc h" was played at the close by the or- ganist, Mr. W. H. John. RESIGNATION OF 'PASTORATE.-Rev. M. W. Vollin, the popular pastor of Horeb English Baptist Church, has recently received a call from Holton Road Baptist Church, Barry, and he informed the church at Horeb last Sunday night that he had accepted the call. His own church, and the whole neigh- bourhood, are sorry to hear this. Mr. Mollin is greatly respected by all. He is a powerful preacher, and an efficient pastor, and ready to co-operate with others to strengthen the moral forces of the community. Needless to say, his many friends wish him great pros- perity in his new sphere of labour. EVANGELICAL MISSION.—During > the first four nights of last week a mission was held, under the auspices of the Nantymoel Free Church Council. The special missioner appointed was the well known, preacher, Rev. R. B. Jones, Porth. Owing to illness in his family, however, Mr. Jones was only able to fulfil his engagement for the two first nights. His place was taken on Wednesday night by the Rev. David Evans, of Bridgend, and on Thursday night by the Rev. M. W. Mollin. The addresses delivered were cha-racterised throughout by clearness, grasp and earnest- ness. Those who were privileged to attend testified to the good impression produced.— The attendance was not aH that could have been desired, although the mission had been excellently organised by the secretary of the Council, the Rev. D. Glanmor Jenkins. 1 r \,t> '■
I POvTYC IFR
I POvTYC\ -,IFR. CYMRODORION.—In conr.t -tlon with the Pontycymmer Cvmrodorion Society, a child- ren's meeting was recently held at the Ffaldau Workmen's Institute, Mr. William Thomas (Tynton) presiding. The following programme was gone through:— recitations I by Edith Owen, Tim Gronow, Winnie Canton, Annie Smith, Gwyn Maddock, and Vona Mor- gan songs by Alice May Williams, Dilys Thomas, Gwilym Thomas, and Doris Morgan; duets by Annie May John and Ceridwen Evans and Willie and Ieuan Hengoed. The adjudicators in the competitive section were Rev. E. Davies and Miss M. F,. Davies, Pon- tycymmer. The awards were :—Welsh pro- verbs competition: 1. Florence Edwards; 2, Hilda Jenkins. Story in Welsh: 1, Tom Gronow; 2, Jennet Harris. QUARTERLY MEETINGS.—The quar- terly meetings of the Tabernacl Church, Pontycymmer, held on Sunday of last week, were of an unusually high order. In the afternoon Mr. John M. Owen presided, and the following took part: Recitations: Merionydd Richards, Lydia Daniels, Eluped Hill, Olwen Richards, Katie John, Doris Ed- wards, Catherine Harris, Nellie Garfield; solos, Hilda Jenkins, Stanley and Glanfrawdd Williams, Ceridwen Harris, Gladlys Thomas; duet, Ceridwen Evans and Annie M. John. Miss B. Rogers was the pianist. At the evening service, which also reached an ex- ceptionally high standard of excellence, Rev. j David Hughes presided. Recitations were .given by Edith Owen, John Lew is, Miss M. E. Davis's class, Frances Evans, Thomas Roberts, and there was a dialogue between David Davies and Cassie Davies. Solos were rendered by Isaac Morris (Blaengarw), May Hill and Annie J. Bevan. Susie Harris and Olwen Thomas, David Lloyd Thomas and Isaac Morris were responsible for duets, and Miss Sarah Butter, L.R.A.M., gaw render- ings on the organ. ) FUXETiAL.—Tire funeral of the late Mrs. Mary Jane Williams, wife of Mr. Gomer Williams, took place at the Pontycymmer Cemetery on Monday of last week. Deceased, who was 43 years of agej passed away after a long and painful illness. She was a native of Monmouth, but had lived in the Garw since childhood. She was well 1-nown and highly respected throughout the valley. De- ceased died at Blaenrhondda and was con- veyed by train to Pontycymmer Station, where a large concourse of the Garw inhabi- tants gathered to escort the coffin to its last resting place. Revs. W. Saunders, C.C., l (Pontycymmer) and John Hughes (Blaen- garw) officiated. The mourners were:—Mr. j Gomer Williams (widower), Mr. Wm. Powell j (brother) and family, Mr. and Mrs. Harry Richards, Blaenrhondda (brother-in-law and sister), Mr. and Mrs. E. Embrey, colliery manager (Abertillery), Mr. Rd. WilH?ms (father-in-law) and family, Mr. and Mrs. John Noyle (brother and sister-in-law), Mr. and Mrs. Daniel Rowlands (brother-in-law and sister), Mr. and Mrs. William Jenkins brother and sister-in-law) and family, Mrs. G. Richards and family (Blaengarw). BENEFIT CONCERT.—On Friday of last week a igrand variety entertainment took place at the Rink, Pontycymmer. Mr. Dd. George Evans (Blaengarw) presided, and the proceeds were in aid of the dependents of the late Mr. Robert Parker, of Blaengarw. The feature of the concert was the performance of the Barnett's Burlesque. Boxing Boys, who were introduced by Mr. C. Barnett. They made a great hit in their wonderful display of comic and straight boxing. Both these lads have twice appeared at the National Sporting Club and also at Liverpool, and were highly praised by Lord Derby at the Royal Horse Guards Tournament. They are both sons of Mr. James H. Teague, late of Railway Ter- race, Blaengarw, and now at Mountain Ash. Master Chas. L. Teague (solo pianist), Miss Ivy Pontin and Miss Phyllis Teague (duetists), each in their respective roles made a great hi, and were rapturously encored, as also were Master Idwal Jones (elocutionist), and Miss Katie Anderson. In addition to the musical programme pictures were shown. The Rink was crowded. Mr. 1),. J. Morris, 'Brooklyn, Pontycymmer, was responsible for all arrangements.
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I OGMORE VALE
I OGMORE VALE MADAME CONSUELO, Palmist, is still con- tinuing her Palmistry Bladings at the Market Ground, Maesteg. R.ara: 2.30 till 5; 6 till 9. 9252 POULTRY SUCCESS.—Mr. J. Hodgson, Glyn Street, Ogmore Vale, is to be compli- mented on taking the seoond and fourth prizes (Old English Game Birchen, oock and hen, any variety) at the WQÙJl Game Club's Show, held at Mardy on Thursday last week. NEW MALE VOICE CHOIR.—The new male voice choir recently foriped is making rapid strides under the able leadership of Mr. H. Osborne. The members have an energetic secretary in Mr. D. J. Mansel. The treasurer is Mr. Arthur Rogers. WHIST DRIVE AND DANCE.—An enjoy- able whist drive and dance took place on Wednesday last at the Church House, Wynd- ham, Ogmore Vale, in connection with St. David's Church. The building was crowded and a most enjoyable time was spent. The prize-winners in the whist drive were as fol- loii-s:-Ladies: Mrs. Dyke, Aber House: 2, Miss Olive Thomas; booby prize, Mr. Green (who acted as a lady). Gents.: Master R. Witts, John Street; 2, Sergt. Hunter, Aber Houses; booby prize, Mr. J. Evans, Dun- raven. Mr. Arlett was in charge of the whist tables, Mr. D. Dement was M.C., the secre- tary Mr. Boyes, and the pianist Mr. Will Davies. All carried out their duties effi- ciently. CONCERT.—A successful concert was given at the Church Hall, Pricetown, Ogmore Vale, on Wednesday of last week, Dr. D. J. Thomas in the chair. The hall, which has been re- cently opened, was filled with an enthusiastic audience, all the items on the programme being well reoeived. The programme was as follows:—Pianoforte solos, Miss Irene Lewis, Mr. Oliver Williams, and Mr. J. D. Griffiths; boy's solo, Master Tom Smith; quartette, Mr. James and friends; recitations, Mr. Jim Swash; penillion, Mr. John Hughes; soprano solo, Miss Connie Jones; bass solo, Mr. R. King; boy's solo, Master R. Daniels; tenor solo, Mr. R. James; penillion, Mr. Thomas Lewis boy's solo, Master Herbert Williams; solo. Mrs. Bryant; penillion, Mr. Charles Jenkins; tenor solo, Mr. Orlando HoweJls; comic song, Mr. Jim Swash; solo, Miss Griffiths. A debt of gratitude is due on the part of the church to Dr. and Mrs. D. J. Thomas for a valuable piano, which they have given for the use of the hall, and to Mr. and Mrs. B. O. Rees for the gift of an excellent billiard table.
PONTYRHYL. I NATIONAL MISSION.—The National Mission of Repentance and Hope was held at St. Mary's Church on Saturday and Sunday of last week. On Saturday there was an In- tercession Service at 6-30 and on Sunday cele- brations of the Holy Eucharist at 8-30 and 11 a-m., a men's service at 3 p.m. and even- song and sermon at 6 p.m. All services were conducted by the Bishop's Messenger, Rev. R-ees Davies, B.A., vicar of Caerau, who gave a series of most appropriate and inspiring sermons.. CANTATA.—On Wednesday of last week a temperance cantata, entitled, "Bel the Fireman," was performed at the Tylagwyn Baptist Chapel by the Band of Hope Choir. The conductor,, Mr. Evan Job to be con- gratulated on his first effort. The choir num- bered one hundred voices, and gave an ex- cellent performance. The principal parts were taken by Misses Bessie Davies, Margaret Thomas, and Alice Job (sopranos); Mrs. Tom Williams, Misses Myfanwy Charles, and Sarah Job (contraltos); Messrs. W. H. Bevan and John Braund (tenors); and Messrs. David Llewellyn and Tom Williams (bass). The reader was Councillor T. C. Jones, who carried out his duties in his usual masterly manner. Miss Gwladys M. Jones abiy presided at the piano. The Chairman flor the evening was the Rev. E. Davies, Pantygog. On Thursday evening a repeat performance was given, when Mr. Henry Lee (stationmaster) presided. RECEPTION AND PRESENTATION.—A public reception and presentation to Privates Arthur Kendajl and Patsy Cremen took place on Tuesday evening of last week, at Nazareth C.M. Chapel, Pontyrhyl. The building was crowded out and much enthusiasm was dis- played. Mr. E. Pugh, who presided, paid a handsome tribute to the two gallant soldiers and welcomed them home from the front on behalf of the inhabitants. After the singing of "Rule Britannia." Mr. David Thomas (Check) made the presentation, which took the form of a silver medallion suitably in- scribed. He hoped they would finally return to cherish that token of the esteem in which they were held by their friends and neigh- bours. Privates Kendall and Cremen suit- ably acknowledged the gifts and thanked all for the interest shown in two old boys of the village who had tried to do their duty. Rous- ing speeches were afterwards made by Messrs. Albert Hawkins, John Braund, Wm. Thomas (Shop) and David Braund. During the even- ing the following musical programme was gone through:—Song, "My Dreams," Mr. Bert Apse; song, "Good Company," Mr. Lee: song, "Keep the kettle boiling," Miss Prance; song, "The Bugler," Mr. Evan Wm. I Davies; song, "Holy City," Mr. Bert Apse. The accompanist was Mr. Willie Thomas, A.L.C.M. X
IAN APPEAL FROM THE TRFVr TTF
AN APPEAL FROM THE TRF.Vr TTF«! To the Editor. Sir,—I ber; the use of your paper to make an appeal to the readers of the "Gazette" on behalf of the local boys cut here in I "muddy Flandars." Sitting at the guns for hours, nay days an end is very trying work this cold weather, and we have often prayed for a melodian. Should the good pecple of the "Vale" see their way clear to send us one, the long lone trail to Berlin would be greatly improved, and the generosity of the donors would make us eternally grateful.— Yours, (Gunner) IVOR HARRIS. 122 Bgde. R.F.A., B.E.F., France. 3rd Deoeftnber, 1916.
COYCHURCH HIGHER AND HEOLLEITHOG SOLDIERS FUND
COYCHURCH HIGHER AND HEOL- LEITHOG SOLDIERS' FUND. To the Editor. Sir,-I should be obliged if you would give me space in your valuable paper to set at rest the minds of certain persons who criticise the administration of the Coyohurch Higher and Heol-laethog Soldiers' Fund, on the ground that the fund doee not cover the men who en- listed from Rhieweeiliog, a village in the par- ish of Coy church Higher. The implication is that the committee administering the fund are favouring one part of the parish at the expense of the other, and in face of that charge, it would be well if the true facts were published. Some time ago a fund was started at Rhiw- ceiliog for the purpose of sending comforts to soldiers on active service. In the course of time the fund became extinct for all practical purposes, and in October this year a fund to cover the whole parish was started at a public meeting held at Heolycyw, when a committee was formed to collect and administer funds. A resident of Rhieweeiliog was elected on the committee, and also appointed as collector, and right well he did his work for a few weeks. Then, apparently, someone in Rhieweeiliog woke up and remembered that there used to be a fund in the village, and that our fund was competing with it by collecting su bscrip- tions there. At any rate, it soon became so difficult for the collector to do his work that he tendered his resignation, which the Coy- church Higher Committee, not caring to lose the services of a good man, did not accept. We were then faced with this position: The apparently defunct fund at Rhiwoeiliog had taken a new lease of life, and a large percent- age of our subscribers had transferred their affections—and their subscriptions-to their local fund. Now came the question, Was it proper for us to collect in Rhiweeiliog in opposition to the local fund? We decided that it was not proper, and we therefore discontinued our col- lections there. This decision necessarily car- ried with it the decision that we -should be unable to extend the benefits of our fund to the men enlisting from Rhiwceliog, as it would be obviously unfair to use for thit purpose funds subscribed in other parts pf the parish. It will be seen that we were forced into this course against our will, and no one regrets this splitting of forces more than the Coy-. church Higher Committee. We realise that this state of things has been brought about by the pettyfogging spirit of a few people whose mental horizon is of the narrowest, and who cannot rise to the broad fact that it is the lads who are fighting who stand to lose, unless our efforts for them are unified. There is no room for friction if the best is to be achieved, and as our only desire is to do all that can be done for the welfare of the lads who have-left us to fight, we would sincerely welcome any suggestion from Rhiweeiliog. Meanwhile, we extend to the residents there the offer that is now open to the whole area covered by the fund, which is, that if any re- sident cares to send a. parcel of tobacco, other than that sent by the committee, to a friend or relative at the front, the Coychurch Higher Committee will pay 10 per cent. of the cost. This offer is open to the Rhiweeiliog Commit- tee, if they care to take advantage of it. A list of prices and parcels that can be sent can be obtained from Mr. E. Maddock or Mr. Dd. Evans, Heolycyw, the joint hon. secretaries. The whole of the money collected in Rhiw- oeiliog, plus 10 per cent. granted by the com- mittee. has been Allocated to men who en- listed from RhiweeiEog.-Yours, etc., MERVYN W. PAYNE, Chairman, Coychurch Higher and Hool- laethog Soldiers' Fund Committee.
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