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YSTRADGYNLAIS COUNCIL The monthly meeting of the Y strad- gynlais Council took place on I hurs- day. Conn. Lewis Thomas, J.P. (Gwys) presided. He was supported by Messrs. Benj. Williams (vice-chairman), David Lewis, T. J. Watkins, W. n. alters, Rhys J. Chapman, J. W. Morgan, T. Williams, J. Howells, and Messrs. T. Watkins (surveyor), G. J. Rees (sani- tary inspector), Dr. E. Walsh (medical officer), A. Jestyn Jeffreys (clerk), and A. E. Victor Taylor (deputy clerk). I WATER TAPS IN STABLES. I Mr. Meredith Davies, licensee or the Penybont Inn, applied to be relieved of the water rent in respect of a water tap in the stable, which was n:)t now being used. It was said that there used to be many horses at the stable, but there was no no there at present. It yasout that- liv)i"4«;v were posted at the stables, but Mr. Daviee said thev were few. Mr. Dd. Lewis said they would be using the council's water. Mr. Tom Williams: There are stables 'I in Ystradgynlais to-day for which the owners are not paying water rent be- cause thev have no tap. Mr. G. J L Roes: I would be glad if yoti would give me a list of them; I'd ha after them sharp. Mr. Jestyn Jeffreys said the man wan paying 10s.6d. for a tap in the yard, which could be removed. Five shillings ould he charged for the stable. After (?xpliiiatioii I)y',ilie sani- tary inspector, Mr. W. D. Walters moved and Mr. J. W. Morgan second- Nt. that the 10s.Gd. should be cut off. Mr .Dd. Lewis said he would not resist the charge if it did not cut their scale of charges. It was pointed out that the man would benefit by 10s.3d. per six months. It was resolved to forego the oharge. THE DEMOLITION OF WATER- STREET. I A deputation of the trustees of tfardis Chapel attended when the terms (fÍ the agreement relating to the de- molition of Water-street, Ystradgyn- lais, gone into. It was pointed out that the. claim -tto the stone slabs had been foregone, and the Rev. R. M. Rhys (pastor), said they would do all they could to meet tho council as the latter were now in different position. i: A difference arose as to whether* the <xmncil should not build the boundary wall, as the latter were only prepared to -.Lllow the stones. Mr. Ixnvis Thomas jiiid the improvement had cost more than they lia<l' at first anticipated. Mr. Iknj. Williams said he had g iven Sivrdis < very support, but when thev saw the attitude of the landown- er they thought it better to allow the goheme to fall through rather than incur further expense. He urged the trusters to meet them as far as pos- sible. The Ilev. H. M. Rhys raid that since there had boon a misunderstand- he thought they should consult the other trust^s further. The Clork said he would try and get Col. Gough to hand over the slabs. Mr. Btfnj, Williams appealed to the trustees present to advise their co- trustees to fall in with the scheme. It wa,s also explained that the Sardis people should have the stones at the buildings ^hero they stood. ,Ill.. Dd. Lewis said it was agreed that thev should have sufficient stones. Mr. j- W. Morgan thought they .V- r i ￼ bihwuld get the work done at once. Rev. H. M. Rhys: I may say we are iu the same mood as when we first took the matter up. We are prepaid -to moot you oil any reasonable oTou-ids.. I BURIAL GROUND QUESTION. I Regarding the bunal ground ques. tion, Mr Tom Williams, London House, K:ud a pnri?h m«ding would b? called shortly un the matter. The Free Church Council did not seem prepared to ac- cept the responsibility. The Rev. R. M. Rhys said they oonsidered it a municipal matter pure and pimple, and that was why the matter had been referred to the parish council. Mr. Dd. Lewis said the rit-epayere; at both ends did not agree to paying for a cemetery at Y stradgynlaift. Mr W. D. Walters: The Free Church Council will do it much cheaper than we can. DRAINING THE COLBREN BOG. I Dr. E. Wilsh said he had received a letter from Dr. T. P. Whittington, of Neath, who said the draining of the Colbren hog; would lw rather too big all undertaking for tho present, as it would be difficult to prove that the work would be necessary to public health. Mr. Dd. Lewis hoped they would not abide by the opinion of Dr. Whitting- ton, but that Dr. Walsh should report as to whether the bog was dangerous. Mr. Benj. Williams said they should make it clojfr that the proposed con- ference would be consultative. It was resolved that Dr. Walsh communicate with Dr. Whittington with a view to having a conference. Mr. lien Williams referred to the same trouble at Cwmtwrch, and Dr. Walsh fa id it was certain that the bogs at Cwmtwrch would have a con- tributory influence on whooping cough. Mr. J. W. Morgan referred to a course that had been blocked by the M.R. Co., with the result that a stagnant- pool had formed behind James-street. It was resolved that the clerk take the matter up. HEALTH OF THE DISTRICT. I Dr. Walsh reported that since his last report the epidemic of scarlet fever which spread itself through tho confines of the entire parish had now considerably abated. The spread of whooping cough owing to the timely closure of the schools affected was very much reduced. A few sporadic cases of diphtheria had also been reported and successfully treated owing to the time- lv use of anti toxin. Ho regretted to have to state that in many cases of aged and debilitated the great scarcity of food, coupled with the inordinate prioes for the necessaries of life, in this inclement weather were haying most baneful ef- fects on those poor people. For these it would be well if equality and uni- formity of distribution could be estab- lished and maintained. The births were <8, and deaths, 11. Mr. T. J. Watkins said the poor would be assisted by the extra grant of 40 per cent they as Guardians had granted. In reply to Mr. I/O wis Thomas, Dr. Walsh said he thought that the food now provided had a detrimental effect on the health of the aged and the de- bilitated. London doctors urged that the bread now provided was most nour- ishing and better in every way than the pre-war bread, and ailY man who had tried it endorsed all they said. I (Laughter.) The report was adopted. "NOT A SINGLE PENNY." I MR. JESTYN JEFFREYS REFUTES AN ALLEGATION. Mr. J. Howells moved that the mem- bers of the Council be provided with a I summary state men t of accounts every half-year. This was agreed to. Mr. David Lewis said Mr. Howells had voted against printing accounts a year ago. Mr. Howells: Yes, because the audi- tor complained. ilr. Dd. Lewis: Now we' arc on finance I should like to say that there are rumours current that the clerk is receiving a lot of money from Ystradgynlais. I should like to ask point blank if he receives anything from the Food Control Committee. Mr. Jeffreys: My answer to that, sir, is, not a single penny. The whole of the money received goes towards expenses and salaries of the clerk and staff. I may also say that since my clerk has beoomeu executive officer his salary has not been affected by one single penny. Mr. Lewis: I accept that. I MINISTRY OF HEALTH. I On the proposition of Mr. Dd. Lewis who spoke at length in support of his notice of motion, it was decided to support the formation of a Ministry of Health, for which a Bill was now being submitted. Mr. W. D. Walters and Mr. T. Wil- liams ably supported. Messrs. Lewis Thomas and Ben Wil- liams said they should allow the Bill to be presented fifirst. Mr. Williams pointed eut that they would not have a voice in the expenditure. He was sur- prised that a progressive member like Mr. Lewis should want to allow the reins to go to a county body. He want- ed to know if the ratepayers' repre- sentatives should be on the adminis- trative body. Mr Williams speke strougly on the need of properly ad- ministraltive body. Mr. Lewis said he had only brought the ma tter iorward for discussion. Mr. J. W. Morgan said tlly had no power in drafting the Bill; they oould support when it came forward. Mr. W. D. Walters: We can show our support, our M.P.'s will look to I the minor points. It was explained by Mr. Ben Wil- liams and accepted by Mr. Lewis, that they only support the formation of a Ministry of Health without any refer- ence to the Bill. This was agreed to. HOUSING, MATERNITY, AND I CHILD WELFARE, etc. Mr. Lewis Thomas submitted certain amendments that he suggested refer- ring to housing, maternity, child wel- fare, and vested interests, etc. Mr. Williams said he tpok it that they as a Council were jealous as to who should administer local money. Where was the responsibility for the expenditure of the rates. Had they a voice on the Edcuation Oommittee? He was sure there were none of them who were more zealous that he was for the welfare of the poor and of the people generally. Mr. Lewis said he wanted the scheme carried out efficiently regardlesa ae to who made the appointment. Mr. Rhys Chapman opposed on the grounds that the medical profession and others should come under demo- cratic control. The matter then dropped. < A LABOUR OF LOVE. I In reply to Mr. J. W. Morgan, it was said that the labour members who attended the Food Control Committee were allowed Is. per hour from the Treasury. It was pointed out to Mr. Morgan that he could not apply as he was not losing any wages by attending. Mr. Morgan pointed out that if he did not actually lose wages, he lost time, and time was money. Mr. Ben Williams: Ours must be a I labour of love, Mr. Morgan. (Laughter) LAND CULTIVATION ORDER. I A letter was received from the Board of Agriculture conferring powers on the council to administer the Land Cultivation Order. A letter was received from the Ystal- yfera Allotment Society asking the Council to use their powers to get Ittiid for some of their members resi- dent in Ystradgynlais. Mr. Dd. Lewis said they should meet the -allotment society in a fair way, but should not impose too great a handicap on the tenant. If the latter latter was not getting the best out of the land, well, they should decide against him. Mr. Rhys Chapman said an effort was being made to get the land as near the middle of the place 38 pos- sible. Mr. Dd. Lewis thought a represen- tation of applicants for plots from the Ystalyfera and Cwmtwrch areas and from the Ystradgynlais Allotment Society should meet the chairman, vice chairman, clerk, and surveyor of the council. This was agreed to, and it was further suggested that Mr. Dd. Lewis and the local members should also attend. Mr. J. Howells: Of course, we un- derstand that we are not delegating the powers to the allotment society. Mr. Lewis further expressed the view I that it would be unfair to ask a far- mer who had land near the middle of the place to give the ground to the society whilst he would have to go to the mountain. It was decided that the matter should be pressed forward immediate- ly-
BRYNAMMAN I FATAL ACCIDENT. A fatal accident occurred at Bryn- amman on Wednesday morning. It ap- pears that David Walters, 75 years of age, Llandilo-road, was walking over a path near Brynamman Quarry when his foot slipped and the old gentleman fell over a cliff to the brook be low, a distance of about 25 to 30 feet. A little girl proceeding home from school saw the body on the rocky bed of the stream and raised an alarm.
I YSTRADGYNLAIS NOTES At the Ystradgynlais Cinema on Friday evening last, there was an ex- cellent attendance, when an instruc- tive pictorial programme was given by courtesy of Messrs. Edwards and Page in aid of the Derwen Bridge Fund. The programme included a Pathe colour nature lilm, together with news and interest films, whist the ever popular picture, "My Old Dutch," was also shown. This production woe well received for the fine and simple portrayal of character it displayed, During the evening, Mr John Walters, the well known local tenor sang a solo, atid at the conclusion, the Rev. D. J. Davies, Ainon, expressed the thanks of the committee to all who had at- tended. Pte. Arthur Phillips, of the Canad- ian Army Medical Corps, son of Mr Howell Phillips, A.T.S.C.. and Mrs. Phillips, Bryn road, has been home on furlough from an English depot. Arthur looked well, and received a deservin.g, welcome. The death took place at Neath road on Mondav, of Mr Charles Davies, at the age of 29. Deceased had been ailing for some weeks, and he leaves a widow and child to mourn thoir Jess. The funeral takes place on Friday, when the Rev. B- J. Davies will officiate. Pte. Tom Chatford, who has seen BOOne heavy fighting in France with the Swansea pals, has returned to France after having been home on fur- lough. One of the oldest inhabitants of the place in the person of Mrs. Mary Howells, Pelican street, passed away on Wednesday at the advance age of 77. Deceased was highly respected in the neighbourhood, and is related to Mr Wm. Howells. M.E., manager at the Diamond colliery. The funeral takes place on Saturday at Ystrad- gynlais, the Revs. Jas. Jones, B.A., oificiating. The local allotment society are leav ing no stone unturned to make the best use of all the land they can ob- tairr. Much gratification will he caused locallv at the announcement made ait the Council en Thursday to the effect that powers have now been conferred upon the Council, under the Land Control Order, by which ground can be commandeered by the Allotment Society for cultivation. To the credit of the Council may it be said that every member is doing all he can to help the Society without exception. Land near the Maesydderwen Schools has- already being taken, and there is t no room for doubt that other plots equally as suitable will be forth- coming if necessary. An excellent concert has been ar- ranged to take place at Tabernacle on March 1st, when St. David's Day will be cplebrated in song and verse by Miss Ceridwen Jones, C.R.A.M., C.T.V.C., and her pupils. Miss Jones and her pupils have given excellent concerts beyond Ystradgynlais in the past, and the people of Ystradgynlaas should make it a point to give the concert the support it merits. Fuller particulars will be published later. News has been received at Ystrad- mrnlais that Pte. Lewis Llewelyn, who resided at Penrhos, prior to joining the colours, ie now a prisoner of war in Germany. Whilst taking part in a football match ,Mr Gomer Evans, son of Police Inspector and Mrs. Evans, accidentally received a kick in the leg, which later developed into blood poisoning. In spite of careful treatment, the injured limb has had to be lanced but we are pleased to state that Mr Evans, who is on the staff of the Cynlais School, is now recovering. The funeral took place at Ystrad- gynlais on Tuesday of the five year old daughter of Mr end Mrs. Mark Wil- liams, Bryn road. The Rev. D. J. Davies was the officiating minister, and much sympathy is felt with the bereaved parents in their sad loss. At the Gurnos Schools on Wednes- day last, Mrs. Herbert D. W. Lewis, wife of Commissioner Hubert Lewis, who is doing such good work in con- nect:on with the St. John's Ambulance Association, and with War Auxiliary hospitals, attended for the purpose of organising the formation of a ladies' am bulance brigade in the district. Mrs. G. H. Strick presided, cuppor- ted by Nurse Griffiths. Mrs. Lewis | urged the ladies present to form them selves into a brigade, and it was de- cided to form one immediately in the district. Mrs. Lewis was accompanied by Mrs. Daoid Evans and Mrs. A. Bowen, Pon tarda we. It is to be hoped tha.t inasmuch as many of the local ladies have done good work at the Pontardawe hospitals, that they will be given every support. Concerts, etc.. will be held with a view to raising the necessary funds. At Ystradgynlais on Thursday evening, Mr Skirro attended, and ad- dressed 414 meeting on "The Taxation I of Land Values." A full report will appear in our next issue. At Cwmgiedd Chapel on Thursday evening, the Rev. Ben Davies. Pant- te"- delivered an excellent lecture on "Barddoniaeth Wactyn Wyn," to a good audience. The Rev. W. R. Griffiths presided. We make no apology for drawing the attention of our Ystradgynlais readers to the performances of "Rhys Lewis," that will take place at the Coliseum, Ystalyfera. on February 18, 19, apd 20th. The Gumos Dramatic Society, who are performing the work, have already established a reputation at Ystradgynlais for their performance of "Maoihan Mawr I," and it is to be hoped that many Ystradgynlais people will visit Ystalyfera on these dates. This is the only authorised adaptation of the book, and is per- formed in the Swansea Valley for the firit time. Thomas Roderick Thomas, of the 5th Manchester Regt., whose home it at Glanrhyd; Pte. Jas. Mochan, of the 19th Reserve Ltmdon Regiment, also of Glanrhyd, were at Ystradgynlais Police Oourt remanded to await an escort as deserters. Bofore Messrs. G. H. Strick and David Williams, Peter F:llin, an Italian. of Aberc-rave, was summoned for failing to register himself as an alien. He was bound over in his own resoognances in the sum of £10. With the «xeepti»n of the Diamond oolliei'y. all the local mines haye worked hort time this week. This is attributed to lack of tonnage.
PANTTEG & GODRERGRAIG Several lads have been home on leave during the week, among them being,—Pte. Willie Jenkins, Graig road; Pte. Will Battenbough. Tarreni terrace (both of whom have been wounded in action), and Pte. Harry Williams, Cilmaengwyn Woods. A reception meeting was held at Godrergraig Chapel on Tuesday evening, when Pte. W. Jenkins and Pte. W. Battenbough were presented with cheques, on behalf of the local S. and S. Reception1 Fund. The follow- ing took part in the programme:— Songs Miss Winnie Hopkin, Messrs. W. J. Davies, W. Evans and Irving Rees; trio, Messrs. Johnny Rees and party; recitations. Mr D. J. Ras- bridge; Misses —Thomas, Maggie J. Jones and Martha M. Laundry. Mr John Davies presented the boys n behalf of the committee, and two local bards expressed themselves in verse. Councillor Joseph Thomas spoke a few well chosen words. Mr David Morgan presided, and Madame Brinley Thomas Accompanied. Mr John Davies endied the coeoert by singing "Hen Wlad fy Nhadau." An accident occurred at Tarrcni col- liery on Mondav, when Mr Owen Griffiths (haulier), sustained some- what serious injuries. It appears that a fall took place, under which Mr Griffiths was buried, and he re- ceived injurifcs to his body and his leg. He was taken home, where he received medical assistance. An impromptu competitive meeting was held at the Pantteg Vestry on Tuesday evening under the auspices of the Pantteg Cymdoithas Ddiwyll- iadol. Tho following were the winners: Impromptu speech, Miss Gwyneth Hopkin; solo, Miss Maggie M. Thomas: answering impromptu ques- tions. Master Islwyn Hopkin; open solo, divided between Master James Harries and Miss Gwyneth Hopkin; answering impromptu questions for adults, Miss Mary Annie Parry. The adjudicators were:—Music: Mr David Llewelyn, Ytalyfera; litera- ture, Mr D. T. Jones, Ystalyfera; ac- companist. Mr Glyn Williams, Ystaly- fera. Rev. Ben Davie s presided over a large gathering. A very jauocessful children s .eistedd- fod was held at Pantteg Chapel on Saturday last. This is the first of the kind held in the Valley, and the pro- moters are to be congratulated on its unqualified success. It will no doubt encourage other localities as well as the friends at Pantteg, to develope this form of eisteddfod, which it is safe to predict, will do much effective, work in spreading the love of music and literature, and in bringing out and developing talents in the young that axe too oftm iallom-ed to remain dormant, until it is too Late. Rev. Brn Davies was chairman- The adjudicators were:—Music, Mr. Tom Stephen^, (Svdach; literature, Mr John Phillips (Treforfab), Morris- ton; fancy work, Mrs. Rd. Lewis, Ys- talyfera oonductomb, Mr Phillip DaVies, Godre'rgraig, and Mr D. T. Jones. Ystalyfera. Accompanist* MadaJTM Brinley Thomas, Godre'r- graig. The winners wero:Bovs solo under 10, Master Islwyn Perry, Godre'r- graig girls solo under 10, Miss Annie Edwards. Ystradgynlais; pianoforte solo under 12, Miss Hetta Morgan, Godre'rgraig; 2nd, Miss Gwyneth Rees and MiS" Minnie Davies; recita- tion under 10, Miss Maggie Jones, Llangyfelach; boys solo under 16, Is- lwyn Parry, Godre'rgraig; girls solo under 16, Miss R. Roberts, Pontar- dawe: recitation -under 16 Miss S. A. AVilli-an-w, Cwmtwrch; oral question, J Harrms, Pantteg; essay. James C. Llewelyn and Mena Jones, YstalyferaJj pianoforte solo under 16, Miss Irene Ashford, Swansea; duett, Misses Gwyneth and B. Williams. Ystalyfera5 i fancy work, Misses B. Thomas, "Barak Davies, and Mary Davies, Ystalyfera; children's party of 12, Godre'rgraig (conductor, E. Hopkins); chief choral, Danvgrai g(W. D. Main waring); dia- logue, "Adar HeoJ yr Eglwys."