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PONTARDAWE ALLTWEN II GLEANINGS. IN THE DARDANELLES. Several letters have come to hand luring the It couple of weeks from ffrooper George Phillips, who has been out in the Dardanelles for several months with the Welsh Horse. One of fthe letters contained the news that rrooper Robert Read, of Abergwynfi, son of the late Mr and Mrs. John Read, of Ystalyfera, had been wounded whilst in action in December. He received a bullet wound in the side and in the leg. Trooper Phillips and Read are cousins, and have been like Ibrothers since they joined the Welsh Horse. We are pleased to state that Trooper Phillips, who is the eon of .Mr and Mrs. D. Phillips. Pontardawe Inn, 16 as cheerful and as fit as ever. CROSS COLLISION. ( Whilst Mr Jack Richardson, a car-I penter, was riding on his bicycle along I the Crass, Pontardawe, on Wednesday morning, he collided with the motor- Tan of Mr D. J. Harries, grocer. Richardson was thrown off his machine but fortunately he escaped without ser- ious injury. PRIVATE ROGER EDWARDS. A presentation meeting was held on Thursday night at St. Peter's School- room, to Private Roger H. Edwards. of the Canadian Expeditionary Force who was "gassed" in April last at the front. A full report of the proceed- ings will be given next week. PONTARDAWE MAN'S PROMO- TION. An interesting meeting was held at the Castle Hotel, Pontardawe, on Tuesday night, to celebrate the appointment of Mr Ben Lewis, a well known Pontar- dawe boy, as manager of the Galvaniz- ing Department at the Wellfield iWorks, Llanelly. Mr Lewis is the son of Mr Thomas Lewis, manager of the Pontardawe Galvanizing Works, and has acted as night foreman at the tatter works for a number of years, with the result tkat he has been able to gain vahiable experience for his present position. Mr has one brother, Mr David Lewis, who is manager of one of the tinplate work; at Llanelly, and another brother is Mr (?wilym Lewis, the popular local ba; tone. Mr Jack Edwards (storekeepei i, presided over the meeting, and it fl b* his lot to present Mr Lewis with a valuable clock and dining room I)ro- -e on behalf of the employees of the C il- ranizing department at Messrs. Gil- bertsons. Mr Edwards spoke in eulo- gistic terms of the Rood qualities of the recipient, and to the excellent relation- ship which had existed between him and the men during the t-irne he had acted as foreman. As employees of the department, they all wished him all possible success iR his new sphere. Others who spoke in a similar strain were Messrs. William Evans, Fred Irons, David Davies, J. J. Williams (Trebanos); Eli Skidmore and Philip Hopkin. Mr Lewis suitably returned thanks. The proceedings were carried on un fortunately without any music on account of the recent ban by the police authorities in regard to smokers. Reci- tot ions and stories were given, however by M essrs. J. J. Williams, Fred Irons, Willie Skidmore, and Philip Hopkin. ARMLETS AT LAST. The armlets for those who attested I recently under Lord Derby's scheme have at last arrived, and are being dis- I tributed this week at the Pontardawe Police Station. About 250 have al- ready been given out, and more are expected. FORTHCOMING CONCERT I The children attending St. Jehn's I Church, Alltwen, are at present pre- paring for a miscellaneous concert to be held at the Gwyn Hall, Alltwen, on Shrove Tuesday. The arrangements are in the hands of Miss Tweedy and Mr David Price. 1 THE SHOOTING RANGE. I Considerable interest was taken last week in the first shoot.ing match which took place at the Old Bungalow near the Cross, under the auspices of the Pontardawe Platoon of the V.T.C. The Ystalyfera V.T .C. were the visitors for the occasion, and some good shoot- ing was witnessed. Ystalyfera won by 21 points. Although Pontardawe were beaten they were by no means disgraced. They lost through the failure of Captain F. R. Phillips, and Mr David Lloyd to find their proper form. The captain dropped to 73 out of a 100. The best score on the Pont- ardawe side was made by Mr George Howells with 96, whilst Mr M. L. Rees was top for Ystalyfera with 99. The scores were:â Ponta.rdawe. Y sta.lyfera.. 73 Capt. Phillips, J.P.Mr L. Rees 99 95 -.T. R. Williams .A. L. White 94 91 J. Mundy. D. L. Williams 92 83 J. M. Jones R. Williams 84 83 Sid Edmunds Geo. Chappell 88 96 Geo. Howells Rees Rees 90 83 E. Lewis .Abraha.m Williams 68 80 David Lloyd Sergt. Brown 90 684 ï05 I GOING TO SWIM-LYN-FER." Congratulations to Mr F. W. Tom- lins, assistant stationmaster at Pont- ardawe, who has just been appointed to tako charge of Cwmllynfell Station. Mr Tomlins has been in Pontardawe for several years, and has made him- self very popular. He has been a most faithful worker at St. John's Church, Alltwen, where he will be greatly m issed. ALLTWEN CrRATE LEAVING. At Sunday night's service at r. h t's serv ee it John's Church, Alltwen, the Curate (Rev. 1. G. Harries) tendered his resig- nation, as he had decided to t:;ko charge of the district of Ynisddu in the Parish of Mvfnyddislwyn near New port. The announcement was received with greart regret by the congregation. The rev. gentleman has been in the Parish for the past three and a half years, and has worked with unceasing energy in the interest of the Church. He has proved himself a most active worker and organiser, and his de- parture will be severely felt in the whole district. He takes up his new duties on April 6th. I LOCAL SPORTS IN COURT. A case, which aroused a good deal of interest in the Pontardawe district was heard at Llandilo Police Court, on Saturdav last, when Evan Griffiths, chemist and druggist; Daniel Morgan, master miller; Philip Morgan Lewis, grocer J. Christopher Davies, draper and J. Phillips, a postmaster, all of j Pontardawe, were summoned for tres- passng in pursuit of game on the 6th j of October last en land in the occu- pation of Mrs. Bath, AUtyferin, Llan- egwad. Mr T. C. Hurley prosecuted, and Mr Thompson, Swansea, defended. Hy. Jones, a gamekeeper, said he saw the five defendants on Mrs. Bath's field. They eac h carried a gun, and had two dogs and a ferret. Thomas Jones, the Graig Farm, was with them, who said they had permission from a Mrs. Jones. They were on lands be- longing to Mrs. Bath.âBy Mr Thomp- son: He made no inquiries as to the permission.âBy Mr Picton (one of the justices): The land was in the occupa- tion of Mr Jones, the Mill Farm.âThe Bench dismissed the cases. R.A.O.B. AT TREBANOS. Arrangements are on foot for the opening of a lodge under the auspices of the Royal Antediluvian Order of Buffaloes at the Pheasant Bu&h, Tre- banos. The lodge is to be known as the Edward Bevan Lodge, and Mr Edward Bevan, the well known colliery I proprietor, has agreed to become the patron. I THE LLAETHFERCH COMPANY. We understand that tne Jblaeihierch Dramatic Society have offered to give a benefit performance of "Gruffydd o-'r Glyn" at Pontardawe to any local charity. The offer lias been made to Mr C. G. Gilbertson, and he willingly accepted. The date of the perform- ance has not. yet. been fixed upon. Negotiations are in progress for the drama to be produced at Ystalyfera. I ROAD IMPROVEMENTS. The roads at Pontardawe were sub- jected to a severe "crushing" on Thursday. The County Council roller has at last appeared on the main road near the Workhouse, and the District Council roller visited Smithfield road. Thanks for small mercies in these days. f CWMNANT COLLIERY. Ihere is every reason to believe that I the Cwmnant Colliery at Ynismeudw is in for a busy time nw that the new siding from the Bryn Works to the colliery has been completed, together with the new screen near the colliery. The construction of the aiding and screen, under the supervision of Mr John Griffiths, has already proved a great boon, and the output is in- creasing weekly. The colliery was transferred some tima ago from Mr John Griffiths to a London Company, I COUNCIL AND BUSES. Within the next few days a depu- tation from the P-ont-ardawe Council will wait upon the manager of the South Wales Transport Compa,ny at Swansea with a view to a more regu- lar bus service between Ystalyfera and Ynisforgan. Of late the service has been most uareliable, and a number of complaints were .made to the District Council at the last meeting. j I PUBLIC HALL CARETAKER. Mr G. T. Jenkins, who has acted as manager-caretaker of the Public Hall, Ponta.rda.we, since the building was opened in 1909, will shortly be giving up the position. Some weeks ago the committee decided to reduce the salary of the caretaker, and as the amended terms were not regarded as satisfac- tory, he has decided to leave. The reduction of the salary has given rise to considerable discontent in Labour circles in the locality. Nothing pleases the boys at the Front so much as news of home. Send them the â 'Llais" every week. PAVILION CLOSED. Posters have been distributed in i Pontardawe during the past couple of days to. the effect that on account of the unwillingness of the District Cotin- cil to hold Sunday concerts at the Pavilion for charitable purposes, the building would be closed for this week. The District Council it will be re- membered last week declined to renew the license, as it was alleged that the i management had held three concerts I without permission. It is expected that next Thursday, Mr Coutts and Mr Milton (manager) will be given an opportunity of placing their views before the Council. j I {lT9SED, Up to ihursday the recruiting ornce fo7- attesting purposes under Lord Derby's scheme had not been opened at Pontardawe. According to the de- cision in Parliament, all offices were to be re-opened on Monday last, but so far no instructions have been received j in Pontardawe. j The death took place at Swansea Hospital on Saturday last, of Mr William Phillips, of Bryn llewellyn, Alltwen. The deceased, who was 52 years of age had not been in good health for some time past, and he was j removed to the Hospital last Monday j week for an internal operation. The funeral took place on W ednesday at I Alltwen Chapel graveyard, the Rev. W. J. Rees (pastor), officiating. I Shortly after 11 o'clock on Thursday morning, a pony attached to a trap, I the property of Mr Daniel Williams, j butcher, James Street, Pontardawe, became frightened opposite the ¡ Dynevor Hotel. The animal bolted I with the result that the trap collided with a wall. The trap was overturned, and both shafts broken. The pony managed toO regain a footing, and made off at a gallop along the Cross and down Swansea Road where it was subsequently caught. A special meeting of the Pont.ardawe II Chamber of Trade was held on Wed- nesday night for the purpose of making arrangements in regard to the l forthcoming inquiry to be held on the question of the Shop Hours Act. The following were appointed to prepare the ca,se for the Pontardawe side, ⢠Messrs. L. W. Francis, J. R. Wil- ¡ liams, William Dnvies, Gwilym Lewi's. W. A. Thomas and D J. Harries. Tlie -,o held en Thursday, Jan. 27th. at p.m.

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