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Opening of Workmen'e Hall,…


Opening of Workmen'e Hall, Ton. the hall in connection with the Library and Institute at Ton-Pentre was opened on Thursday afternoon. The opening ceremony was performed by Mrs. Jenkins, Ystradfechan. The key was presented to her by Miss Rees, daughter of Mr. Jacob Rees, architect, who drew the plans of the hall, after which Mrs. Jenkins made a suitable speech and declared the hall open. There were on the platform Mr. and Mrs. Jenkins, Ystradfechan { Mr. and Mrs. Edwards, manager, Maindy Col- liery Mr. and Mrs. Griffiths, Eastern Colliery; Mrs. D. S. Thomas, Bazaar j Miss Thomas; Mr. D. Watts Morgan, Porth; Mr. Tom Evans, Ynyshir j Mr. Ben Davies, miners' agents: Mr. G. H. Smith (Bailey's Estate); Mrs. W. D. Wight and Miss Wight, Rhondda Rise; Mr. D. Thomas and Mr. D. Davies (check- weighers) Mr. Meth. Jonea (chairman of the Workmen's Committee). The chair was taken by Mr, Jenkins. Letters of apology for non-attendance were received from Judge Gwilym Williams, Canon Lewis, Alderman Richard Lewis (Ponty- pridd), Mr. Blandy Jenkins, Mr. Wm. Brace, and Mr. Morgan, J.P. (Tynewydd). Mr. Jenkins congratulated and thanked the workmen for their commendable energies in erecting such a fine building as they were in that day. He trusted that it would greatly benefit the neigh- bourhood, and that it would be put to the best possible use, and that there would be nothing held in it other than would make for the advancement of the community. He pointed out that every workman had an interest in it by their subscriptions toward it. Mr. D. Davies. the secretary, read a statement showing how affairs stood in connection with the Library and Hall. Both cost about P,8,000, and the present debt stood at £ 2,174. Mr. D. Thomas (checkweigher) said that they had been looking forward for up- wards of 30 years to this day, and they had realised their dreams. He traced very concisely the history of the efforts made to get a library, and he stated that in 1892 they decided to build upon the present site. The workmen, at a mass meeting, decided to allow Id. per £ to be taken from their wages to form a fund towards the desired object. A committee of forty was chosen, twenty from the Eastern and Maindy Col';eries respec- tively, thirty-two being workmen and eight officials. It was in the original scheme to provit e baths under the hall, but the powers t\at be put an end to that idea. The Institute had not by any means been idle. There had been held in it annually classes under the County Coun- cil, and many meetings had been held from time to time. When the workmen desired a mass meeting the Institute was too small, and they had to ask the loan of one of tht chapels or schools in the district; but now this was not again to be the case, as they had out of their own money built a hall in which all such meetings could be held. It was a place where many things could be held that would be safe for young people to go to. It was the duty of every man to leave society better than he found it. They had long felt the need for a suitable place for young men to go to as a counter-attraction, and he was pleased to state that they would shortly have a billiard table placed in the Institute as an addition to those games already placed there. The Rev. E. W. Davies read a few con- gratulatory englynion to Mr. and Mrs. Jenkins. Mr. D. Watts Morgan and Mr. T. Evans moved and seconded a hearty vote of thanks to the committee for their energies in connection with the hall. Mr. Ben Davies and Mr. Jacob Ray tvo thanks to the chairman. The Chairman called upon Miss Nana Jones. Pentre, to render a solo. Mr. W. Davies (Eos Ton") and Miss Tilly Thomas also contributed items. At the commencement of the proceed- ings Mr. Wm. Evans, as one of the old workmen in the Maindy, presented Mrs. Jenkins with a beautiful bouquet on behalf of the committee.

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