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CARMARTHEN GIRL GUIDES. A concert and display in connection with the First Carmarthen Troup of Girl Guides was held at the Assembly Rooms on Thursday, December 8th, under the patronage of Sir James Drummond, Bart., C.B., Lord Lieutenant of the County, and Lieut.- General Sir James Hills-Johnes, V.C., G.C.B., Com- missioner of Boy Scouts for the County of Carmar- then. The large and fashionable attendance showed the keen interest which Carmarthen people take in the Girl Guides movement, .it. the commencement of the entertainment the Girls Guides were ushered on the platform by the martial sound of the bugle, looking very smart and efficient in their neat, ser- viceable uniforms. They opened the proceedings by singing the Girl Guides choras, ''Sons of Britain," by Selwyn Lloyd, which was the last song accepted by His late Majesty King Edward VII. The follow- ing programme was then gone through:—:—Song, "Trooper Johnny Ludlow," Rev. Aldred Williams; song, "I hear you calling me" (Marshall), Miss Phyllis Lewis; song, "Joyous Life" (Randegger), Miss May Matthews: pianoforte solo, "Soiree re Vienne" (Liszt), Mr. T. S. Puddicombe; song, "Twickenham Ferry'' (T. Marsials), Guide Gwladys Isaac; Girl Guides am'Btrtancc work: song, "Dear Heart," Mrs. Llewelyn Davies; song, "Drake's going West," Mr. Lewis Giles. Song, She wandered down the Mountain Side" (Clay), Mrs. D. J. Thomas; song (humorous), Mr. J. F. Lloyd; Girl Guides —signalling (Morse and Semaphore); song "0 No! John," Mrs. Lewis Giles; song. Rev. Aldred Wil- liams; song, Children's Home" (F. Cowes), Mrs. Idris Roberts; song "Many Years Ago," Mr Lewis Giles; song (humorous), Mr. J. F. Lioyd: Girl Guides, bridge building. Rule Britannia. "God Save the King." All the items provided were much appreciated by the audience, who testified their appreciation by lord and frequent applause. Mr. J. JT. Lloyd continuity kept the audience in roars of laughter by his scream- ingly funny impersonations. The audience was much impressed by the smartness which the Girl Guides showed in the three items they contributed. In their ambulance work they displayed a very capable knowledge of first aid, and showed how to treat and bandage broken legs, arms, heads, etc. They would evidently be worthy successors of Florence Nightingale should occasion arise. They also gave an interesting exhibition of bridge-building. This is not as a rule included in Girl Guides work, but it has been tackled by this energetic troup. They erected a miniature bridge on the stage in a very short time, and then showed their confidence in the strength of the structure by grouping themselves upon it at the close of the programme. Sir James Hills-Johnes then mounted the stage amid loud cheers, and was saluted by the Guides. Returning their salute the gallant General addressed the Guides, and in the course of his remarks said it gave him and Lady Hills-Johnes and all present very great pleasure to witness this most interesting and instruc- tive entertainment. He was an old soldier, and he had never seen ..ueli-a smart and usefully-dressed troup of Girl uuides. He congratulated them on the interest they had taken in their duties and on the very able way in which they had learnt them. Their use of ambulance and signalling were qualification, which might be useful in the ordinary service of life. as well as in active work. He then referred to the song they had sung "Sons of Britain." which showed that they were expected to help the weak and be use- ful throughout their lives. He thought that the title, "Sons of Britain," should be altered to "Daugh ters of Britain" (applause). The way in which they had worked tne ambulance and signalling showed that they were quite worthy to stand in the places and to do the duties of the "Sons cf Britain," and while these had the daughters of Britain to help them Britain would never go down in the world (cheers). When General Sir Baden Powell came down to Carmarthen he would be more than grati- fied with the First Troup of Carmarthen Girl Guides. He had seen Guides and Scouts in other towns, but was the first troup he had ever seen. It was on a very wet day, when they were all marching down the street, that he had seen them first, and it gave him very great pleasure to watch them then. After again thanking"and congratulating them, he con-, eluded amongst hearty applause. After the conclu- sion of the performance the Guides were photo- graphed by flash light on the stage, with Sir James Hills-Johnes, Lady Hills-Johnes, and the ladies of the committee. Captain Armstrong and Lieut. Wil- liams, and the Girl Guides are to be heartily con- gratulated on the progress they have made. and also a word of praise is due to Mr. E. Y. Collier, who, as secretary of the Guides Committee, superintended the stage arrangements. Mr. T. S. Puddicombe, as accompanist, and everything that could be desired, and his pianoforte solo was much appreciated. The concert proved a most enovable function, and nearly every item on the programme was encored.

-------THE LATE REV. W. FlLIR…

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