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GRAND UNITED ORDER OF ODDFELLOWS. ANIVERSARY A.T PONTYPOOL. The anniversary of the Pride of Pontypool lodge, No. 1396, of the Grand United Order of Oddfellows, Blaenavoc District, held at the Old Bath Beerhouse, Pontypool, was celebrated on Monday, when, notwithstanding, the unfavour- able weather, a fairly large number of the mem- bers came together and a very enjoyable evening was spent. Host and Hostess S. Tovey had prepared a splendid spread, to which complete justice was done by the 35 members present. After dinner, the tables having been removed, P.N.G. F. N. Brace was voted to the chair, and Bro. W. R. Long, to the vice-chair. The Chairman, in commencing the proceedings, said he wa44 very pleased to find that they had been able to enjoy themselves so well that day. It was the first time he had had the honour of attending a dinner in connection with the" Pride ot Pontypool Lodge, and he hoped it would not be the last. By next year he hoped they should have a turn-out," and he dared say the majority of the members were of the same opinion. He was sorry to find that there were not as many present as they could have expected. There were between 50 and 60 members, of whom about 35 had put in an appearance. He should be glad if all could have attended. (Applause.) The Chairman next proposed the loyal toasts, which were heartily honoured. The toast of the Army, N-i vy, and Reserve Forces was coupled with the names of Bro. F. N. Brace and Mr. A. Kay. The next toast, that of the Pride of Ponty- pool Lodge, G'.TJ.O.F. was coupled with the names of Bros. Jesse Walkley and C. Worth- ington. Bro. fT. Walkley said he was very pleased to be a member of the Pride of Pontypool" Lodge. He had been in it between five and six years, during which time it had increased very mnfeh* and he could only hope that it would in- crease nwre-ia^ytLe future than in the past. (Hear, hear.) Bro. C. Worthington said that, like the last speaker, he felt proud to be a member of the "Pride of Pontypool Lodge G.U.O.F. and en- dorsed what had been said with respect to the increase of membership during the last few years. He knew that from the report of the last biennial meeting held at Bradford, the Order had increased to a very great extent. In England they had opened 60 new lodges, besides various lodges abroad. He was certain that in financial affairs they were as strong as any Order in the United Kingdom, that was, per member and he was glad to say that as far as the district was concerned, they were working in an amicable manner. In the past they had a lot of difficul- ties, including a law-suit, but Tie was glad to say that all that sort of thing had been settled, and that they were working now in a peaceable manner. As far as the "Pride of Pontypool" Lodge was concerned, he could only hope that it would be as successful in the future as it had been in the past. (Cheers.) The Chairman next proposed the toast of "Kindred Societies," associating therewith the names of the Vice-Chairman and Mr. J. Bevan. The Vice-Chairman said he wagfproud to say that he was a member of the Rechabites-an association to which he was afraid that not many present belonged. (Laughter.) He had been in that Order about five years, and it had increased in membership very largely, whilst they were worth 34s. per member. (Hear, hear.) Mr. J. Bevan returned thanks for the cordial way in which the toast had been received. As they were aware he was connected with the Ancient Benefit Friendly Society. He was very pleased to be present on that occasion, and hoped to see the members of the two lodges fraternise in future. (Cheers.). The Chairman, in proposing the toast of the Host and Hostess," said it was the first dinner to which they had sat down in that house in con- nection with the Pride of Pontypool" Lodge. The catering of the host and hostess had given entire satisfaction, and he hoped Mr. and Mrs. Tovey would live long to provide for them on those occasions. (Cheers.) Bro. Tovey, in responding, said that until a week before he had had no experience of pro- viding public dinners, and this was only the second he had undertaken. He had tried to give satisfaction, and if he had succeeded he felt amply rewarded. By next year when he would have had more experience, he hoped to be able to give them greater satisfaction still. (Cheers.) The toast of "The Press" (coupled with the name of the Free Press reporter) completed the list, after which a number of songs were well rendered, together with a humorous recitation by Bro. J. Jenkins. Amongst those who contri- buted songs were Messrs. Jesse Walkley, J. Jenkins, J. Phillips, S. Tovey, I. Hyatt, J. Bevan, E. Burke, J. Molloy, W. Duffield; &c. The pianoforte accompaniments were nicely played by Mr. A. Kay.

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