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PONTARDAWE ALLTWE# II GLEANiNGS. I Under the auspices of the St. John's I Guild, a whist drive was held in the Gwyn Arms, Alltwen, on Wednesday j evening, of last week, at which 45 of the wounded soldiers from the local hospitals were entertained. The room was tastefully decorated for the oc- casion by Mrs. J. Phillips and Miss P Jones. Twenty-two tables were played. and a very enjoyable evening was spent. Smokes, supplied by the Guild, were landed round by the chairman, Mr A. S. Mills, and Mr. Pratley. The prize minners Nyere: Ladies, 1st, Miss Evans; 2nd Miss (Jetouldsen; consolation, Mrs. Edgar Morgan; gents, 1st. Mr F. Harman (Bit Badge,( 2nd Cospl. Guay; 3rd, Pte.Chapan • consolation, Pte. Smith. The prizes were presented by Sergt. Swainson, Butchers' Arms. Alltwen, who made appropriate remarks to each Recipient. The awarding of the con- solation prizes caused great amuse- ment. During the evening the wound- ed men were supplied with refresh- ments nbly catered for by Mrs. J. 'hillips, assisted by several of the ladies on the committee. Corpl. Man- ga n, on behalf of the wounded .sold- iers, returned thanks for the pleasant t.ini-f- they had suent. The M.C. was Mr J. W. Beebe: On Sunday evening a mo mo rial service was held at Gasen Chapel Tn- banos, to commemorate the death of Gunner David Jenkins, who was drowned at sea by enemy action. on the 10th of las December. The Rev. D. Gfeower Richards., (pastor), officiated. A large number of relatives and frier, ds of the deceased were present. In the coarse of a sympathetic address, Mr Richards dwelt on the great sacrifice which the .best of the country's man- hood are making, and made a strong and' earnest appeal to the young people at horns to live a pure and use- ful life. a.nd to apprèciate fully the sacrifice made by their brethren. At fire close of the- service, the Dead March was played on the organ bv Mr Daniel Morris, organist, the audience standing, and thus paying their last tribute to a fallen hero. Gunner Jenkins was the only son of j ,Ur and Mrs. Wm. and Mary Jenkins, Colliers' Arms. He joined the R.N.V.R., and was serving on the s. F,. M inorca, which was torpedoed in the Mediterannean, on a homeward trip Mom Italy- This is the second memorial service conducted at Go&cn bv the Rev. J), G. Kioh'i th pre- vious one being t(? Gunner HQwell E. ? Lewis who last his life in the lio last bl's llfe in the A a announced in our last issue, the annual meeting of tho Parochial Church Council vra.s held at St. Peter's last week, when the Rev. Joel J. Davies, v icar, ;ires.clod over o good attendance. The neoting was opened with prayer: and "hehaJance sheets of the general o-.roohial fund, and the various churches were considered. It was re- .)l,.('d to set aside £50 from the balance in hand of the Parochial Fund, and to invest in War Bonds towards the repayment of loans. Mr G. J. Smith was re-appointed treasurer and the question of the election of ■vomen on the Council was deferred. The annual meeting of Church peoph? !;ük place on -Tuesday of last wek at placi, 01,. of last ?.i-tek -,t ii- h -e-n the Vtc.nr presided over a fa/r gathering .'•? ommunicants from the U various 1; submitted a. report for the previous yearr, and he expressed thanks and appreciation to all who had assisted in the various charities and funds. The V i car also spoke strongly of tho national situation, and on the positi-on of the Church in Wales. He urged that a record should be made of ap- preciation of the men on service, and that their best wishes should be con- veyed to them. Mr Da vi-es asked that they as Churchpeople should have nothing to do with pacifist propaganda. It was decided, on the recommenda- tion of the Church Council, that parochial election should include all persons of either sex over 18 years of age. Accounts were presented, and the following officers elected to the Coun- cil :Treasurer, Mr G. J. Smith (re- elected) St. Peter's (English), Messrs. J. Albert Davies, S. G. Edmunds, W. A. Madge, E. H. Poole, ajid S. Powell. St. Peter's (Welsh), Messrs. J. C. Davies, L W. Francis, David Rees, David Rogers, and Wm. Williams. All Saints, Messrs. Edward Edwards, A. H. Hardy, Edgar Williams, and W Tanner. St. Mary's, Messis. Re. Price, and Geo. Steadmn. Parish Church, Mr Griffith G. An Alltwen correspondent who has two sons on tho plains of Flanders, states that on Sunday evening, whilst retiring, i tlie coping stor/ft? Qi the front garden wall into th. lawn. It s't'ems that these lior>lig;< epithet not too ■strong,—tnako it practice to in- dulge in this sort- of "sport" on Sun- day evenings, and have even broken windows in the Alitw-en district. These youths are of military age, and we would strongly urge upon anyone who discovers these lads nl: this work of destruction, to report the matter to the police. It is painful to parents who have sons out fur.ting for their country to know that other Lids living at homo in security and comfort, are behaving in a manner that would be worthy only of the Hun. Mr Evan Jones, Tynygraig, Cilv- bebyll. has received news that his son TOUl has died in hospital of wounds. Prior to joining up. he was employed at Messrs. Gilhertson's works. A sacred concert was held at Gosen Tnebanos, under the auspices of the looal S. S. Committee, when the spacious building was crowded. The chair was occupied during the even- ir was ogcu, i sup- ported by the Rev. D. G. Richards, Rev. D. G. Row and Mr Thomas Lloyd. An excellent programme was arranged by Messrs. J. J. Williams, D1. Morris, Daniel D. Bo-wen and W. Williams, and the following well- known artist took part Songs, Mrs. Hodge, Miss J. Davies, Messrs. David Da vies, Wm. Walker, Wrn. Williams; quartette* Mr Daniel Morris and iriends, and a Glee Party conducted by Mr Lewis Williams; recitations, Mrs. D. J..Josea, Mrsi HI. John, Mesf,s. Wm. J. Jones and J. J. Williams. This was the first concert to be presided over by a lady, and, of course, it turned out to he a complete success. A dance took place at the Public Hall, Pontardawe, on Thursday last, tmder the auspices of the St. John's Social Club. There was a large num- ber of people present, and the hall was tastefully decorated bv a number of the ladies. The secretary, Mr Albert Smith, was ably assisted in the ar- rangements to the function a success, by Messrs. Mills, Pratley, Cooper, Beobe. The orchestra under the leadership of Mr Tom Jon-25, Allt- ■% ■- ■ f i; wen, played excellent music through- out the evening. Messrs. Albert Smith 4Lnd E. W. Lewis proved able M.C.'s, while the St. John's S. and S. Comfort Fund will realise a good sum. This committee has done excellent work this season in. assisting different local funds. « Gunner Philip Edwards, of 9 George street, Pontardawe, who has been very ill at his home, was removed by ambulance to Neath Hospital on Friday last, and was on Monday re- ported t obe doing well. At the investiture, at Buckingham Palace last week, aongst those decora- ted by the King was Sec.-Lieut. Oswald Davies. of the R.W.F.. son of Mr and Mrs. Wm. Davies, Victoria Buildings, who was severely wounded in France some radnths ago, and who was awarded the Military Cross by His Majesty. After being wounded, he was treated at a London hospital, where he underwent several opera- tions. He is now at a convalescent home, and is expected home at Pont- ardawe very shortly. Mr Wyndham Lewis, clerk to the Pontardawe Rural District Council, attended a meeting at Swansea of the War Agricultural G»w*»tt<ee OIl Mon- day, when the ease was heard regard- ing the cultivation of two fields at Clydach for allotments. Mr Lewis was was accompanied by Councillor Evan Lloyd, Mr David Jenkins, and Mr. Ben Davies, chairman of the Parish Council. Objection was raised by Mr H. N. Miers, J.P., in regard to a field adjoining the Catholic Church, but after considerable -discussion, the matter was decided in favour of the applicants. Both fields axe in excel- lent location, and are well adapted for allotment purposes. It is interesting to find that the District Council is rendering every as- sistance to every distriet.thot is doing all in its power to increase the food production. It may be mentioned that the Pontardawe Allotment Society is on-e of the strongest in the Vdley) having a, membership of about 500. On Mon-day next, the Alltwen annual stock fair will be held. This is one of the oldest iastiutions of its kind in the district, and in years gone by the prices ruling at Alltwen used to be taken as a basis for the whole of the countryside. At a meeting of the Food Control Committee on Monday, one of the In- spectors reported a greengrocer, who had recently opened at Clydach, and who was alleged to be selling dripping in oxoess of the controlled prices. A sample of the commodity was handed round, and it was dubbed by various members as being like tallow, similar in appearance to putty, whilst a- mera. ,ber who placed the dripping to his nose, said, "Take it away." Another epithet applied was "scientific cart grease." It was decided to sand a report, together with a sample, to Mr llees, tlie divisional inspector. Arrangements are alsoo well in hand for the purpo-se of establishing a dumping centre at Pontardawe. o Considerable mf*apjjrehension exists to tlie maimer in which the ration- ing tickets are to dealt with' when thev are issued. The various portions of the tickets may he taken to as many shops as tlie customer desires. For in- si.a.neo, butter may he obtained from one grower, margarine from another, at another shop, and so on. But each o fthese commodities may only be obtained at one centre. Much praise is due to the members of the G. V.R. for the way in. which they have can versed the district. T??re is i?u doubt that but for the emcLenu manner in. which the volun- 'tN-?rsaro doing their work, the issuing of ration tickets would have been con- sillerably delayed. In connection with the recent re- port of Inspector Edwards to the Pontardawe Council regarding the treatment of a soklier on substitution work, it has new transpired that the farm has visited bv representa- tivas of the War Agricultural Com- mittee, in tho jiersons of Messrs. W. J. Percy Player, J.P., and D. W. John, Clydach, together with Inspector Edmunds and the man concerned, Pte. Davies. Capt. Pritohard was sup- posed to have attended, but was pre- vented from being present. A presentation meeting was held at St. Peter's Schoolroom on Thursday evening of last week, whors Pte, Geo. Chilcott, S. W.B., who is home from France received the usual gift fi-olt, tho loeal S. and S. Welfare Associa- tion. The Rev. W. G. JeJikyns pre- sided, and the presentation was made bv Mr A. H. Hardy in suitable terms. Mr Hardy was supported by Mr Dd. and an excellent musical pro- gramme, arranged by Mr Robert Madge, was given, whilst Mr Harrv Jenkins ably actedi its accompanist. We understand that Pte, W. Jacobs, of the Wiltshire Regiment, of Grfnllan villas, is home on his pi-ior to going overseas. The I ? -w Lg. I'he best wishes of his friends and the people of Ponta.rdawe go with him. We regret to note that Pte, G. E. Hyde, of the Royal tYi/silicrs, who was formerly employed at Messrs. Gil- bert-son s steel works, is now a prisoner of war at Zerbst, in Germany. From letters roeeiyed it appears that he is now working at a sugar factory. f'< A presentation was made at Rhos ¡ to Pte. T. J, Francis, of the R.W.F., and Gunner J. L. WilEarris. R.G.A., when the Rev. David Jenkins presided, and made the presentation. The Pu blic Hall was again well at- tended on Saturday evening last, when at repeat performance of wa.s given by the Pontardawe Oper- attic Society. The acting and singing were again superb, and as a result of the effort, well over £100 has been handed over to the; S. £ Welfare As- sociation. In our report of last w-eck we omitted by a puna oversight, to men- tion Mr Gvrilym Jenkins^ one of the star- arti ,,e,s who acquitted himself so well as the Marquis de Montifiori. This i-he -orioal old character, full of energy dispita his years, was well per- formed by Mr Jenkins, who is deserv- ing of the high-est, praise. i
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