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Bristol, West of England,…

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Bristol, West of England, and Wales Trades and Operative Society. Presentation at Ynyshir. A meeting was held on Thursday even- ing last at the Workmen's Hall, Ynyshir, in connection with the Bristol, West of England and South Wales Trades and Operatives Society. Two objects prompted the meeting. The splendid concert was given for the benefit of the funds to- wards the widows, orphans and needy cases in connection with the local lodge. The other object was to make several pre- sentations, the most notable being that to the (secretary, Mr. W. M. Morgan. Mr. Harold Kay (general manager, Ynys- hir and Wattstown Co-operative Society) presided over a large, gathering. In a very interesting and able speech, Mr. Kay dwelt with the objects of the| meeting, as well as on the more enter- taining side. He expressed his apprecia- tion of the action of the lodge, and thanked those who had come to lend their support. Mr. J. Howells, A.T.L.O.M., who ably played all the accompaniments, opened the programme with a finely executed overture. Mr. Arthur G. Thomas, the popular concert artiste, followed with "Will o' th' Wisp," and in response, to An encore gave Annie Laurie." Later, Mr. Thomas gave "Y Banerwr" in good style. Miss May Gullett, of Porth, very charmingly gave The Better Land." The comedian of the evening was Mr. Tom Jenkins, who created quite a furore by his humorous selections and fine representation. Another well-known artiste who delighted the. large audience was Miss Esther Cooper, who sang Alone on the Raft," by special request. Mr. James O. Llewellyn, the tenor, gave a highly creditable performance and ren- dered "Lolita," a Spanish serenade, in good style. Loud applause greeted the unusual feature in the programme, namely, the. step dancing of Mr. Wm. Isaac, Wattstown. Mr. David Jones, Mardy, who holds the high position of President of the Society, then rose to make the presentations to Mr. William M. Morgan, the secretary of the local lodge. The first presentation took the form of a, certificate of merit, the second an emblem, these being from the Society, and the third a handsome ,roll-top desk. presented by the lodge. Mr. Jones said he felt himself honoured to be chosen to make these presentations to Mr. Morgan, and expressed the keen pleasure he had derived from the pro- gramme. He then gave an interesting resume of the history of the Society, pointing out the very striking advance made in membership, subscriptions, &e. I The surplus at their disposal in 1893 was £ 4,000, whilst to-day it stood at E100,000 (applause). He was that night called upon to make presentations to one who had considerably helped to bring the, Society to its present state applause). Were it not for Mr. Morgan and men of his kind, the Society would not be in the splendid position it is to-day. Mr. Mor- gan had served as secretary for ten years, and had served the Society and his lodge in a highly creditable manner. Mr. W. M. Morgan, who was en- couragingly received, thanked Mr. Jones for his extremely kind remarks, the lodge for their generosity, and those present for their kindness. He deeply—more deeply than he could say—appreciated it (tll) and would work with the one object of keeping the Society on the path of progress. He only asked for their con- tinued co-operation and encouragement (hear, hear). If he valued one thing more. than another, it was the certificate of merit, which, although least in actual value, was a possession he would greatly cherish. He had not done all the work of the lodge. Great credit was due to the ether officers, and he would venture to say he had the best lot of fellow- officers in the Society (applause). A letter from Mr. J. C. Fox, general secretary to the Society, was read to the meeting, expressing the writer's warm approval of the presentations and best wishes for a successful meeting. After a capital rendition by Mr. Arthur Thomas, Mr, Noah Pulling, Fern- dale (a member of the General Council), delivered a stirring address. Few were in a better position than he to judge Mr. Morgan's worth, and he readily testified to his deserving character. He was glad to see so many ladies present. People were too prone to overlook the ladies in connection with these societies. It was the ladies who often kept lodges up by their keen attention to payment of sub- scriptions. Mr. Pulling, in a, singularly interesting manner, then dealt with the financial matters of the Society, proving, or, as he. said, giving the lie to the state- ment sometimes made that working men were not thrifty. He then proceeded with the presentations of emblems to members who had introduced the largest number of new members, punctuating each presentation with a short and eloquent address of encouragement and approbation. The recipients were Bro. W. T. Webber (vice-president), who was second on the list to the secretary; Bro. John Pugh (president of the lodge), Bro. James Pugh (vice-president), Bro. David John Williams, Bro. Hugh Edwards (who had only been in membership three months), and Bro. Richard Lloyd. After the presentations, Miss Esther Cooper impressed all listeners by a ren- dering of Canwyll fy llygaid wyt ti," Mr. Tom Jenkins gave another inimitable comic and encore, Mr. James Llewellyn sang, and Mr. Isaac gave a clog dance. Mr. Wm. Morgan proposed, and Mr. John Pugh seconded, a vote of thanks to Mr. Kay for his able presidency, the latter briefly responding, after which the Welsh and English National Anthems were sung by- the audience, led by the artistes.

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