I GRAIG. MUSICAL CHRISTMAS PLA Y.-On Friday even- ing last the children of the Graig Hill School gave a fine performance of a bright little musical play entitled Santa Claus in Japan." The School- room was crowded and the large audience thoroughly appreciated the efforts of the children who had been carefully trained by Mrs. and Miss Hill, both of whom also designed and made the dresses and acted as accompanists. The dance of the little Broomstick Fairies and also the graceful and picturesque dances of the Cherry Blossoms and Chrysanthemums were loudly encored. The following were the characters "Priscilla," Gertrude Hatherall Bobbie," Raymond Howells Santa Claus," Miss L. Jones. Chrysanthemums—Mabel Jones, Lucy Jones, Kathleen Jones, Ivy Gibbs, and Dorothy Hatherall. Cherry Blossoms—Vera Kedward, Mary Williams, Violet Evans, Hilda Watkins, Phyliss Kedward. Screens-Tom Hatherall, Tom Martin, Oliver Higgs, John Broadhurst. Fans—Dorothy Hatherall, Eva Prosser, Yvonne Morgan, Violet I'rosser. Hi Spy "—Oliver Higgs. My My "—Willie Watkins. Mee Mee "—A. Ruck. Broomstick Fairies—Bennie Parry, Cissie Jones, Doris Sayce, Alfred Prosser, Albert Sayce, Bernice Watkins. Peach Blos- sqm "-Dokisy Heap. Other Japanese school children—Willie J ones, Martin Jones. ———— ———
Concert at the Work houser-On Wednesday evening last an excellent concert was given to the Workhouse by the Jollity Boys and Party, perhaps better known as the Aberga- venny Quartette, assisted by .several local artistes. Mr. James Harrison took the chair, owing to the late arrival of the chairman (Col. W. Williams, J.P.) The programme was very much enjoyed by the inmates, staff, and all present. ————
I Price of Milk at Abergavenny. I LOCAL PRODUCERS ADAMANT AGAINST I REDUCTION. In order to try to arrange a reduction in the price of milk at Abergavenny, the Food Control Committee met local producers on Wednesday night. A lengthy discussion, lasting two hours, ensued, but the producers would not agree to any reduction on the present price, which is the maximum of lid. per quart. The Food Control Committee afterwards passed the following resolution That as we are unable to make satisfactory arrangements with the local milk producers to fix a price other than the maximum price, this committee calls upon the Divisional Food Commissioner to meet the producers im- mediately and take such action as he can to obtain a reduction in the price of milk." ♦
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ABERGAVENNY IN 1794. A LOCAL ACT OF PARLIAMENT. WIDE POWERS GIVEN TO THE COM- MISSIONERS. There are many interesting old documents relating to Abergavenny which are scattered about in various places. Many have no doubt been lost and others have been laid aside and forgotten. It would be well if they could be collected and preserved. Mr. W. Llewellin, the other day, became possessed of an interesting collection, including a number of engravings of historical interest and a copy of the Illustrated London News "of contain- ing an illustrated account of the great Eisteddfod held in that year. Among the collection was an Act of Parliament passed in 1794, in the reign of George III., entitled Ar Act for paving and otherwise improving the town of Abergavenny and the limits thereof, in the county of Mon- mouth." This provides interesting reading to-day and gave the Commissioners of those days wide powers in effecting local improvements. It is full of paragraphs which put Mr. Gladstone's famous sentence in the shade for length, and it opens as follows Town's Many Shortcomings. Whereas the streets and other public passages and places within the town of Aber- gavenny, and the limits thereof, in the county of Monmouth, are not properly paved, cleaned, lighted, or watched, and are subject to various encroachments, nuisances and annoyances and the present Market House in the said town is inconveniently situated, and is fallen into decay and the pipes for supplying the inhabitants of the said town with water are greatly out of repair: And whereas it would be of great benefit and convenience to the inhabitants of the said town, and to persons resorting to and travelling through the same, if the said streets and other publick passages and places were properly paved, cleaned, lighted and kept free from encroachments, nuisances and annoyonces, and if the narrow parts thereof were widened, and rendered commodious, and proper com- munications made between some of the said streets and other passages and places, and if some provision was made for watching the said town, and if the said Market House was taken down, and a proper Market Place provided in a convenient situation, and power given to erect a new Market House, and other conveniences thereon, and if the pipes for supplying the in- habitants of the said town with water were amended, relaid, and put in good repair but the several purposes aforesaid cannot be effected without the authority of Parliament May it therefore please your Majesty that it may be enacted and be it enacted by the King's most excellent Majesty, by and with the advice of the Lords Spiritual and Temporal, and Commons, in this present Parliament assembled, and by the authority of the same, That William Bagbott, Gunter Brown, Christopher Cham ore, Barnard Davies, William Dinwoody, James Gabb, William Greenly, John Harris, Arthur Harris, Charles Herbert, William Jones, John Jones of Llanarth, Theophilus Jones, Thomas Jones, Attorney, Thomas Jones, Tanner, Robert Morgan Kinsey, Peter John Luard, William Lewis, Mercer, William Lewis, Cabinet Maker, Thomas Lewis, Richard Lee, James Morgan, William Powell, George Robinson, Thomas Straker, Thomas Swinnerton, Thomas Tudor, Benjamin Wad- dington, Fowler Walker, William Warner, Timothy Wallington, John Watkins, John Hanbury Williams, John Williams, Clerk, Richard Williams, senior, Richard Williams, junior, and all persons who shall in their own right, or in the right of their wives, be seised of or entitled to a freehold estate situate within the said town, or the limits thereof, of the clear value of twenty pounds above reprises, shall be and are hereby appointed Commissioners for putting this Act into execution. Disqualification of Commissioners. Provided always, That no person shall be capable of acting as a Commissioner in the execution of this Act during such time as he shall hold any office or place of profit under this Act or be either directly or indirectly engaged or interested in any contract or agreement relating to the execution of any of the powers of this Act but it shall be lawful for such of the said Commissioners as are Justices of the Peace for the said county to act as such in the executior of this Act, notwithstanding their being Com- missioners and if any person, other than such as are herein-before particularly named, not being seised of or entitled to such freehold estate as aforesaid, or if any person herein-before made incapable of acting as a Commissioner shall nevertheless act as a Commissioner in the execution of this Act, he shall, for every such offence, forfeit and pay the sum of twenty ppunds to any person or persons who shall sue for the same, to be recovered in any of His Majesty's Courts of Record at Westminster, by action of debt or on the case. And be it further enacted that the said Commissioners shall meet at the Greyhound Inn, in the said town, upon the second day of July, One Thousand Seven Hundred and Ninety-four, between the hours of ten and twelve in the fore- noon, and proceed to the execution of this Act, and may then, and from'time to time afterwards, adjourn themselves and hold their future meet- ings at the same or some other place within the said town, as they shall think proper. And be it further enacted that the said Commissioners shall from time to time appoint a clerk and treasurer and also a collector or collectors of the rates or assessments to be made as herein-after directed, and such other officers and persons as they shall think necessary to employ in the execution of this Act The Act proceeds to specify the duties of the treasurer, clerk, collector and other officers, and provides that for failure to render a proper account any such officer might be summoned to appear before any Justice of the Peace to whom complaint might be made,' and on the Justice being satisfied that any money collected was due from the officer he might by warrant cause such money to be levied by distress and sale on the goods and chattels of the defaulting officer. If such goods were insufficient to satisfy the claim, the Justice was authorised by warrant under his hand and seal, to cause such officer to be committed to the common gaol, there to remain, without bail or mainprize, until he shall have delivered in his account and paid all moneys due. It was, however, provided that he should not be detained in prison any longer period than three months. I The Stock-in-Trade. The Act proceeds And be it further en- acted That the property of and in all the present and future pavements of the carriage ways and footwa" v-s, and all the gravel within the several streets, publick passages and places, within the said town, and the limits thereof, already or hereafter to be set out or made, aiM of and in all lamps, lamp irons, and posts, which now are and which shall be erected or affixed and of and in all the materials of the present Market House in the said town, and the shops, sheds, and other conveniences to be erected or made by virtue of this Act oil the new Market Place to be set out as hereinafter mentioned, and also of and in all pipes laid or made for supplying the inhabitants of the said town with water, and all materials, implements, and other things which shall be purchased or provided by virtue for the purposes of this Act, shall be, and are hereby vested in the said Commissioners, and they are hereby authorised and empowered to cause any action to be brought, or any bill of indictment to be preferred against any person who shall steal, take or carry away, detain, spoil, injure and destroy the same, or any part thereof and the said Commissioners are hereby authorised and empowered to sell, and dispose of all or any part of the old materials, and the money arising by such sale shall be applied for the purposes of this Act Provided, nevertheless, that nothing herein-before mentioned shall extend to vest in the said Commissioners any of the broad stone which the owner or occupier of any house or building shall have laid down, at his or her costs and charges, in the footpath along the front of such house or building, for which broad stones he or she shall be allowed a reasonable price by the said Commissioners, such price (if any difference concerning the same) to be ascertained by any Justice of the Peace for the said county. And be it further enacted, That it shall be awful for the said Commissioners from time to time to cause the several streets, lanes, and other publick passages and places within the said town, and the limits thereof, both in the footways and carriage ways, to be paved, pitched, or otherwise repaired, amended, and altered, in such manner as they shall think necessary or proper, and also to cause the saidi streets and other publick pas- sages and places to be cleaned, lighted, and watched in such manner as they shall think fit, and to cause all steps, penthouses, porches, and other encroachments, obstructions and anoy- ances therein to be removed, andrgutters, jinks, drains, sewers, and watercourses to be xtft or" made in, through or under any of the said streets, passages and places, and to cause any of the gutters, sinks, drains, sewers and watercourses already made therein to be opened or widened, and the form of course thereof altered, in such manner as they shall think expedient, and the ground of any of the said streets and other publick passages and places to be raised, lowered or altered, in such manner as they shall think necessary for the improvement thereof and that no person shall alter the form of the foot- ways or carriage ways within any of the said streets, lanes, publick passages or places, with- out the consent of the said Commissioners, upon pain of forfeiting the sum* of twenty shillings for every such offence. And be it further enacted that any person, to be appointed in writing by the said Com- missioners, may and is hereby empowered, to search for, dig, get, and carry away, any stone, gravel, sand, or other materials fit and proper for the purposes of this Act in, out of, and from, any commons or waste grounds within the said county, without paying anything for the same, such person filling up the pits and levelling the ground, or sloping down the banks where or from whence such materials shall be had or taken, or railing or fencing such pits, so that the same may not remain in a dangerous state. (To be continued).
Thinness due to Indigestion. I HOW TO OVERCOME BOTH. I Dyspepsia and stomach sufferers are almost always weak, thin, and impoverished. That is because they do not get sufficient nourish- ment from the food they eat. It simply lies iin the stomach and ferments, causing heartburn, acidity, gas, and other painful and dangerous symptoms. If you want to be sturdy and strong, to sleep well and look well, you must have good digestion. The best thing for thiso purpose is to take a little Bisurated Magnesia after each meal or whenever pain is felt. Bisu- rated Magnesia neutralises the acid, stops the fermentation, and thus removes all obstacles to healthy, normal digestion. Not only does Bisurated Magnesia relieve you from the dis- comfort of stomach trouble, but by promoting good digestion it adds to your strength and makes you feel and look younger, brighter and happier than you have felt for a long time Bisurated Magnesia is obtainable from H. T. T. Roberts, 55 & 61 Frogmore Street, H. Shackle- ton, 9 Cross Street, and any other good chemist at 3s. a bottle (powder form), and is. 3d. and 2s. 6d. a flask (tablets). Included with every package is a printed guarantee protecting you from loss by ensuring the return of your money if you do not receive complete and speedy benefit.
BIRTHS, MARRIAGES, and DEATHS. GOLDEN WEDDING. By License, on the 16th December, 1869, at the Parish Church, Clapham, London, by the Rev. James Farquhar, M.A., J.P., Rector of Llan- thewy Skirrid, James Hervey Farquhar, Solicitor, Abergavenny, to Sarah Georgiana, second daughter of John Farquhar, Esq., of 17 Victoria-road, Clapham Common. DEATHS. -I 1- PICKERING.—On Dec. 19, 1919, at j Elm Villa, Abergavenny, Marion i May, the youngest child of Mr. and j the late Mrs. J. Pickering, after a j short illness. ¡ h — I l- SADLER,—At 29 Caepenydre, on December nth, 1919, aged 51 years, Henry, beloved husband of Mrs. Ruth Sadler. Peace, Perfect Peace. BARRELL.—On tne 17th December, at 15 Albert-road, Abergavenny, Mary M. E., youngest daughter of STr. and Mrs. Allan G. Barrell, aged 8 months. Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God." BOWEN.—On December 15th, at Church Pulverbatch, Shropshire, Austin Bowen, late of 16 Castle-street, Abergavenny. MORGAN.—At Buenos Aires, after an operation, Osborne, youngest son of the late General Osborne Morgan, in his 40th year. IN MEMORIAM. In Loving Memory of dear father, John Morgan, Rock Cottage, Clydach, who passed awan, December 24th, 1915. Lovingly remembered by sons and daughters. In Ever Loving Memory of Hugh Bourne, son of Mr. J. Sayce, killed in ae ■"■n Dec. 19th, 1915. Fondly remembered by Winnie. In Loving Memory of Emma, beloved wife of Charles Watkins, Gadlys Coffee Tavern, Aber- dare, late of Abergavenny, who passed away December 15th, 1918. Thy voice is now silent, thy heart is now cold WThere thy smile and thy welcome oft met us of old Peacefully sleeping, resting at last, Life's weary troubles and all sufferings past. —Inserted by Husband and Daughter.
ACKNOWLEDGMENTS. Mrs. Sadler and family wish to thank the rs. Sadler and family wish to thank the Abergavenny Fire Brigade and all others who attended the funeral, also those who sent floral tributes, in their recent sad bereavement. 29 Caepenydre Cottages. Mr. and Mrs. Walby and family wish to tender their sincere thanks for all kind letters and ex- pressions of sympathy shown them in their recent sad bereavement also for all floral tributes sent. -\Ir. and 'Irs. li ￼ f-imilx- wish to Mr. and Mrs. HMfrock and family wish to thank all kind friends for their sympathy and floral tributes sent in their sad bereavement. 74 Ross-road. v
Crickhowell Comrades of War. I A public meeting in connection with the Crickhowell branch of the Comrades of War movement was held at the Church Hall, Crick- howell, on Saturday. There was a good attend- ance of ex-service men. Mr. Evans presided. Capt. J. Arthur Jones (South Wales organizer) spoke of the objects of the Comrades of War. The British public had a short memory, he said. To-day there were 2,000 ex-service men in Cardiff out of employment, and 13 in Mertliyr Workhouse. (Shame.) Yes, it was very dis- creditable, but the only remedy was for Com- rades to join together in a determined effort to obtain justice for the men who saved England in the day of trial and tribulation. (Applause). Lord Glanusk suggested the formation of a club, on social and other lines. Ex-service men should unite together in the true spirit of com- radeship. As they were united in the days of war, so they must be in the days of peace. (Hear, hear). Capt. Jones Was cordially tliankedjfor his practical address. 5*
EX-SERVICE MEN. I PRESENTATIONS AT CRICKHOWELL AND I LLANGATTOCK. I On Sunday morning, at the Town Hall, Crick- howell, Col. Lord Glanusk, C.B., D.S.O., pre- sented local ex-service men recently returned from India and other parts of the world with medallions bearing the Crickhowell Arms, and notes, subscribed for by the inhabitants of the parish, in the presence of a large number of people. Among those present were Lady Glan- usk and the Hon. Dulcie Bailev. Lord Glanusk said that Crickhowell, like every other place in their beloved Empire, responded nobly to the call to arms. The soldier wanted no reward for doing his duty. (Hear, hear) Most people were satisfied that if National Service had come into existence there would have been no war. They must see to it that England had a strong Army and Air Force to meet the menace of the future. To-dav they were living in times almost as difficult as the days of war, but he believed the common sense of the men who had fought the battles of their country would act as a skid on the activity of extremists and pull them through in the end. He asked them not to forget those who had given their lives for Britain. By their deaths and the devotion of the men who stood before him Britain had been made greater than ever, and he urged them to do all in their power to make her happy, united and prosperous. in days of peace. (Applause). Among those presented with medallions was '? I. C Capt. J. S. Townley, M.C.. At the Miles Memorial Hall, Llangattock, on Monday night, Lord Glanusk presented local ex- service men recently demobilised,* with war certificates and scroll, comprising the names of men who had served from the parish. The Rector, the Rev. R. M. Cole Hamilton, presided. Lord Glanusk, addressing the men as Com- rades of the Army," spoke in warm appreciation of the bravery and devotion of the II4 men from the parish who served their King and country, and congratulated the 100 who had safely re- turned. Sergt. G. H. Watkins replied on behalf of his comrades and himself. —
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ABERGAVENNY RURAL DISTRICT COUNCIL. I COUNTY COUNCIL AND MONMOUTH CAP I ROAD. I NEGLECTFUL FARMERS AND OVERHANGING I HEDGES. I The monthly meeting of the Abergavenny I Rural District Council was held on Tuesday, Mr. I Robert Johnson presiding. I A Llanvihangel Well. I A letter was read from the Llanvihangel Cru- corney Parish Council complaining that access to a well near the Skirrid Inn had been prevented b)* the tenant of tbe inn, who had placed a lock on the gate. It was stated that the well had been used by the parishioners for over 60 years, and the Council were asked to take steps to restore their rights. « The Clerk was instructed to write to Mr. R. Large, the tenant of the Skirrid Inn, requesting him to remove the lock and permit free access. Unwanted Lectures. I A letter was read from Dr. Rocyn Jones, M.O.H. for the County, stating that he was directed by the County Council to arrange a campaign throughout the county in reference to venereal disease, and asking where lectures might be given in the rural district and if such lectures would be likely to be successful. After some discussion it was decided to reply that in the opinion of the Council the lectures would not be successful. I Two Treasurers. I the Chairman said the auditor had suggested to him that they should have only one treasurer for the whole of their business instead of separate ones for the highways and the sanitary depart- ments. He thought it would be very advisable to have the two accounts at the same bank, and it would lessen the work a good deal. He (the Chairman) agreed with the suggestion, but he did not think they should do anything in the- matter until the end of the financial year, in March. Several members concurred in the suggestion, which was adopted. I A Llanvair Road. I The Pontypool Rural Council wrote with regard to the Lower House road, Llanvair, that they considered this a private and not a public road, and they did not therefore think any useful purpose would be served by a joint conference, as suggested. Mr. Roger Morgan said that the road led to five holdings, and the tenants paid the same rates as others, but they had no access in winter on account of there being no bridge over the brook. The Surveyor said that both the Pontypool Surveyor and himself agreed that there was no question of the need of a bridge there. The whole thing hinged on the question as to whether it was a public or a private road. It was decided to take no action in the matter, as it was considered the road was a private one. I Delinquent Farmers. I .Air. r. u. rrice brought up the question ot overhanging hedges, and instanced a glaring case at Clytha. He thought the farmers should be compelled to cut their hedges down on the side of the road.. If they did not do so, the roadmen should do the work and the farmer should be charged with the cost. He moved that notices be served. Mr. Prichard seconded. The Surveyor said they would not get any good results unless they prosecuted. He had served hundreds of notices and had spoken to farmers, but without effect. The proposition was carried. I The Monmouth Cap Road. I- -1 ? I A lener was reaa irom tne -Alonmouthsilire County Council stating that a sub-committee of the Main Roads and Bridges Committee re- ported that they had inspected the Monmouth Cap road from Pandy to Monmouth Cap bridge, a distance of four miles, towards which the County Council made a grant of ^75 per mile to that Council, who now applied to have the road declared a main road and taken over by the County Council. They found the road for the greater part of its length to be only 13ft. 6ins. wide and in places only 11ft. 6ins. They were of opinion that the road could not be certified as a main road owing to its narrow width. The committee, after giving the matter careful con- sideration, decided that providing the District Council first widened and metalled the road, they would, upon it being certified by the County Surveyor, be prepared to recommend the County Council to declare it a main road, The County Surveyor would meet their Surveyor and point out the necessary improvements. The Surveyor said this was the most favour- able report they had had from the County Council yet. If it was just a question of filling in the ditches they could do that. The Chairman I should be inclined to spend all the money and labour they ask us, provided that they take the road away from us. Mr. Prichard Put it in order and let them have it and charge them nothing for it. (Laughter) .&
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A Record 'Success. I Having established our Association, and drawn up rules, the first difficulty was the question of funds, without which it would, of course, have been impossible to carry on opera- tions. An appeal for the support of the public, and especially of tradesmen, was issued, and as the result of this and a canvass a little over iI60 was collected. A number of tradesmen re- sponded generously. The canvass, however, devolved on a few members, and consequently the amount collected was not as large as it might have been. We had to make the best of our .resources and proceed with the Easter pro- gramme, which we had well in hand by this time. We had to take a risk, and the expenditure to which we were committed considerably exceeded our assets. We had an anxious time both with regard to the weather and the extent of the crowd we should attract, but, as is well known the Easter events proved a record success. This was admittedly due in a great measure to the 'fine weather and the Sankey money in the possession of our friends from the hills, but it was also due to the fine programme we arranged. The flying display by officers of the R.A.F. was one of the finest ever seen anywhere, and gave Abergavenny a unique advertisement through- out South Wales. The football match between the New Zealanders and Cross Keys also proved a great atttraction, and the Eisteddfod was a great success, both musically and from a financial point of view. Easter set us on our feet, and gave us a fine reputation for putting up a good programme. I stated just after Easter that our profits were about £ 500. Certain incidental expenses were rather larger than was expected, and it was impossible to give the exact position until all the accounts came in, but the figure stated was not very far out. Hardly had we got over the Easter eflort than we had to get busy for Whitsuntide, as there was very little time to arrange a programme. In spite of the shortness of time, however, we managed to arrange another very attractixe series of holiday events. As we were at Easter the pioneers of flying displays in South Wales, so We were at Whitsuntide the pioneers of pas- senger flights. Many towns envied us this attraction, and many requests were received from all over South Wales for information as to how to get a similar attraction. We also broke new ground in running a professional sports meeting, and though there may be differences of opinion with regard to professionalism, our first effort was not unsuccessful from the pgint of showing what could be done. We succeeded in getting an excellent list of entries, which sur- prised our experienced handicapper, and there was some verv fine running. Many members were actuated by a desire to build up a reputa- tion for the Association of giving good value for money, and this was held to be more important than making big profits. The result was that our expenditure was considerably more than at Easter. Our fetes programme at the Castle alone cost us over £ 100 extra, and expenses were heavier in other directions. For some reason or other-partly, no doubt, because of counter attractions—we did not get such large crowds as we expected, evtn though we did not hope to repeat the experience of Easter. We hardly cleared our expenses, without reckoning the expense of the stage for artistes at the Castle, which cost us, all told, a I) out £85. This was an expenditure which was absolutely necessary, and the stage is one of our valuaole assets. Another big programme was arranged for August. A flying exhibition with novel features was talked of originally, but the idea had to be abandoned owing to our not being able to get the ground. However, in point of view of attraction, this was made up for by the two days' military tournament by the 1St Lifeguards and the Monmouthshire Police, the latter of whom acquitted themselves with distinction. Th tournament proved a very attractive spectacle. The sports which were held in conjunction drew a record number of entries, including many of the best-known competitors in South Wales. The fetes programme at the Castle was again a very fine one, and in addition the Horticultural Show was held in the Castle grounds. This was generally agreed afterwards to have been a mistake, though from the spectators' point of view there was plenty of value for money. The attendance at the August events was again somewhat disappointing, and as the expenses were very heavy, as can be imagined with such a programme, there was a deficit of from £ 40 to /50. This concluded our holiday programmes, and these operations alone justified our existence. "Durine the summer months the Association ian an al fresco concert party in the Castle grounds, and though from the point of view of finance this was not very profitable to the Association, good outdoor entertainment was provided for the public, which many of them appreciated, and the Town Council s receipts from the Castle were appreciably swollen. Theatrical Attractions. The work done in connection with the Town Hall since August has entailed a great deal of time, as will be seen from the fact that it has necessitated the writing of some 500 letters. The utmost possible use has been made of the Borough Theatre, and the local public have been given the opportunity of seeing some of the finest attractions it is possible to obtain. There is no need to particularise, but a considerable portion of the theatrical fare-had been quite as good as could be had at any provincial theatre. The management of a theatre like ours is not an easy task, for,there t re irrmv points to be borne in mind. The fact that we have had to consider local claims to the hall, and to give a number of dates for various events, has made the business of booking a difficult one, but we have done our very best to accommodate local people, even though it has interfered with our arrangements. I may say that we have given up some 20 nights fnr local entertainments. In order to secure the necessary control over the hall, without which it would be impossible to conduct the business, we guaranteed the Town Council 50 nights during the season. We have already exceeded that, and this wc-k we shall have used the hall about 80 nights. This, of course, has brought con- siderable revenue to the town's exchequer. The opinion has been expressed that we have put on too many attractions, and there may be something in that point of view. We have had to experiment to some extent in order to find out what art- the best lines to work on. It is easy to say that Abergavenny is not more than a two or three night town, but it is not so easy to get two or three night bookings regularly. There are very few provincial theatres which are not run all the week, and the majority of com- panies will not accept a three night booking, unless they are hard up, because it necessitates travelling mid-week, apart from the difficulty of fixing up the other three nights conveniently. We have therefore had to book several com- panies for six nights, or else have blank weeks, and as we have been actuated by the desire to make the fullest use of the hall for the benefit of the ratepayers, we did not wish to have a blank week, if we could help it. We are arraaging all the two and three night bookings of good attrac- tions we can, and I hope that most of the book- ings from now till the end of the season will be of this chamber. We have fixed up an arrangement with the Kemble Theatre, Hereford, by which we get some big attractions for two nights, and they take the remainder of the week, but this arrange- ment, unfortunately, can only operate once every ftw weeks. We have also taken steps to fix up a three night arrangement with the Work- men's Hall, Blaenavon, but so far we have only been able to do this for one booking. In addi- tion we have endeavoured to make arrangements to work in conjunction with Weston, Malvern and Chepstow, but nothing tangible has resulted so far. It will be seen that everything possible is being done to establish satisfactory working arrangements to ensure the best results, and the steps taken and the experience gained should be of material advantage in running the Borough Theatre in the future. For* the information of the public, I should like to mention the prospective bookings already arranged to the end of the season. Next week we have a very fine repertoire company, who will play Moths," The Lion and the Mouse," Camille," and The Chinese Puzzle," all of which should appeal to theatre goers. For the first three nights in January The Quaker Girl is booked, in the middle of January we have J. F- Younge's pantomime" Dick Whittington" on the 26th Grumpy will pay a welcome return visit for three nights on Feb. 2nd Frank Forbes-Robertson will present Mice and Men for three nights on the 9th we have The Luck of the Navy for two nights on the 26th, 27th and 28th we shall probably have two well-known London comedies, Facing the Music and A Tight Corner," for three nights in April we have Roses of Picardy for three nights, and at the end of the month" My Lady Frayle will be a big attraction for two nights. There are not many more dates to fill, and good attrac- tions are being negotiated for them. I Better Support Needed. I Though we have helped the revenue of the town by paying over £ 160 for the use of the hall to date, our operations have not been so profit- able to the Association as we should have liked, nor so profitable to the companies as they should have been. I feel that the local public can give better support, and should give better support, than they have done so far. Even the biggest attractions have not been adequately supported, and if we are to continue to get some of the best theatrical fare that is to be obtained it will be necessary to prove to the companies that it is worth their while to come to Abergavenny, and possibly they will not come without a substantial guarantee. The character of the attractions we succeed in obtaining in the future must depend on the measure of public support accorded. The hall has already been made more comfort- able, so far as the draughts are concerned, and other improvements are to be carried out. I hope, therefore, that the public will give us greater support in our efforts to not only provide the best attractions, but to benefit the ratepaye by increasing the town's revenue. With regard to the work for next year, n6t only is the Town Hall business well in hand to the end of April, but the Eisteddfod programme has been drawn up, and will, I believe,, prove a very attractive one. Mr. Granville Bantock has been secured as one of the adjudicators. A few new competitions have been added, and the total prize money has been increased. I hope that local people, and tradesmen in particular, when they realise the good that the Association is doing for the town, will be ready to subscribe towards the prize money. It has been decided to increase the price of admission to the Eisted- fod to 3s. 6d., 2S. 6d., and is. 3d. The schedule for the Horticultural Show next August has also been arranged, but this is referred to in the horticultural report. The report of the Finance Secretary will show the benefits which have accrued to the town through our work during the past 12 months. I believe those benefits will be still greater in the future, when we have established an adequate reserve fund. I said when the Association was founded that I could see the possibility of making £1,000 a year to be spent on town improvements, and I still believe in that possibility. Even next vear the results should be much better, if the weather is favourable. On the one hand, having established a reputation, we shall be able to cut our expenditure down in certain direc- tions and still give good value for money. On the other hand, following on the lines of August, the charge for admission to all the holiday events will, I presume, be is. 3d., inclusive of tax, and that will make a great difference to our revenue. If we had adopted that price at Easter and Whit- suntide, as was done at other places, our receipts would have been 25 per cent. higher, and the extra would have been clear profit. The fact that the Association has now secured an office in Lion-street should tend to co- ordination of the work. I have previously made it clear that, having served for one year-and perhaps the most trying year we shall have-I had no desire to hold any official position under the Association again. Mr. Llewellin has been asked to act as general supervisor, and has been authorised to employ the necessary assistance to carry out the work. In handing over the reins of office to him, I wish to express the hope that the members will work together amicably for the common good, and that any criticism will be helpful and constructive. I shall person- ally be disappointed if the ensuing year is not a very successful one financially, and as a member of any of the committees I am prepared to do all I can to help to bring about that desirable result.. The General Secretary also read the report of the Horticultural Association, which stated that the schedule for next year was prepared and in- cluded several new classes. It was recommended that the show next year be held in the Market Hall on August Bank Holiday Monday. The balance sheet was submitted by the Finance Secretary. This showed that the re- ceipts were £ 4,474, the expenditure £ 4,084, and there was a balance of /390, in addition to which there was stock to the value of £ 190. A sum of no less than £ 847 had been paid to the Govern- ment in entertainment tax, over 16oo had been spent in town among local tradesmen. Up to the beginning of November /140 was paid to the Town Council for the rent of the Town Hall, £ 138 was paid on id. admissions to the Castle, representing 33,000 admissions, (20 was paid for the hire of the Park. Altogether, to the end of October about £ 300 had been paid to the Town Council. There was a profit on the Town Hall up to November 1st, but this had since been wiped out. The Chairman thought the balance sheet should be published, so that the burgesses could see what had been done for the town through the efforts of the Association. It was decided to have the balance sheet published. The following were elected to vacancies on the General Committee :—Messrs'. S. G. Williams, J. Hughes, E. Chambers, Rees, A. F. Davies, H. Pitt, Hamer, F. G. Barter, J. Thomas, W. Merriman, C. W. Harris, J. S. Jones, Gordon Powell, Hy. Childs, W. T. Phillips, Wm. Jones, Unicombe and H. Palmer. 'It was decided to ask each member of the General Committee if they intended giving active support. The Chairman said the town was deeply in- debted to the chairmen of the committees and the committeemen who had carried out the work during the past srehuous year. He particularly mentioned Councillor Graham, Councillor Sadler, Councillor Rosser, Mr. Mansfield, Mr. Llewellin, Mr. Stanley Rawlins (hon. treasurer), Mr. Rees, and others. Mr. C. W. Matthews, on behalf of the burgesses, proposed a vote of thanks to all who had done such useful work on behalf of the town of Aber- gavenny. Mr. YVm. Jones seconded and it was carried. It was decided to hold a supper as a wind-up of the year's work. A hearty vote of thanks was accorded Coun- cillor Telford for the able manner in which he had conducted the business during the past year. ▲