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CHILDREN'S NEW YEAR'SI TREAT.,

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CHILDREN'S NEW YEAR'S I TREAT. Oil New Year's Day all the chil- dren of the various local Cottage Homes were entertained to tea by Mrs. Kenshole, Lady High Con- stable. These, numbering 222 from the Scattered Homes, were gathered together to the Memorial Hall, Abeidare, where Mrs. Kenshole (to- gether with a willing staff of helpers, including the mothers of the Homes) presided, and full justice was done to the good things provided by Mrs Kenshole's generosity. After tea to the good things provided by Mrs Kenshole's generosity. After tea tlio High Constable, who was intro- duced by Mrs Wills, Merthyr, chair- man of Children's Homes Commit- tee, addressed the children, giving them some practical advice and en- j emu-aging them to become good and u.>ei'ul citizens. He then drew at- tion to the School lioll of Honour, of v.nich the Master of the Training schools, Mr. T. J. Owen, was do- servedly proud. This contains the wnn of 83 old boys who had nobly joined H.M. Foi ces and had fought iu all parts of the world during the past four years. He was proud to note that there were upon its page one D.C.M. and 4 M..ii. Two more htd won their commissions, whilst f 7 had made the supreme sacrifice. Referring to Mr Owen, the Mas- ter, whom he was sorry to say was about to retire, Mr Kenshole paid high tribute to him. It was grati- fying to know that the young boys and girls who left the Homes re- turned year after year to visit the Master and Matron. They always treated the children under their charge well, and he (Mr. Kenshole) wished them a very happy retire- ment together. He was sure the children would be sorry to lose both. A Iiiige Xmas Tree, which had been trimmed by Mrs. Kenshoies Mrs. Reynolds, Mrs. Owen Williams and Miss Bessie Richards, was load- ed with toys and useful articles. Mrs. Wills explained that toys had been purchased with the money i given "by the Ladies Visiting Com- mittees and other friends in Mer- thyr and Aberdare. Mr. John Prowlo proposed a vote of thanks to all the friends who had contributed to give the children that happy dayâthe Ladies Com- mittee's, tho High Constable and Ladv High Constable, and the ladies who had helped with- tno tea. He hoped, now that the war was over, they would experience many happy day's together in this way.âMrs. D. L Richards seconded. -Ali-. J. Davies, Guardian, assiduously took part in arranging some items from amongst thj children. Miss Bessie It-(-hai-ds acted as stage manager, and proved herself a most capable director of ceremonies. Attired as Santa Claus she distributed he toys to the children. Solos weie given by Miss Jones, Cwmdare, r.n<i Miss Katie Forey. The following- Guardians were present Mrs Wills Mrs. D. M. Richards, Mrs. A. N. Jenkins, Messrs. J. Prowle, J. Davies, M. Davies, D. P. Jones, M. Wilbams and J. Bruton; also Mrs. Hughes EnLs, Mrs. Jas. Kenshole, Mrs. Wilcox, Mrs. Owen Williams, Mrs. J. Grimths (Ladies Visiting Committee).

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