Hide Articles List

12 articles on this Page

Advertising

Lively Meeting at Llandebie.

News
Cite
Share

Lively Meeting at Llandebie. A public meeting was held at the National Schools, Llandebie, on Friday evening last, which turned out a bit lively towards the end. The meeting was convened by the Parish Council and overseers in connection with rates unpaid by the wives of soldiers and sailors who have been fighting our battles against the ravages of the Hun. Mr. D. Thomas was voted to the chair, and at the outset he read out the notice calling the meeting, and explained the object of same, viz., that the Parish Council and overseers had decided to hold these meetings in different parts of the parish to consider the following proposition, and to obtain the sanction of the ratepayers to pass resolutions thereon:â" That we shoul,' celebrate the cessation of arms in a practical manner, and shew our appreciation of the servici?s ren- dered by soldiers and sailors and the endur- ance of their wives and dependents during the war, by an act of kindness in subscribing sufficient money to enable a committer be appointed at these meetings) to hand v. tc every soldier and sailor or a receipt in full discharge of all -ites Q, I for t twelve months ending Mo.h next, and in cases where the L.st half-yru's r.J I had been paid, to refund ti amount  paid." It was also proposed co make a ? .y of 3d. in the £ f? once o'?/ .?n the rate- able va!ue of a!? houses, 'aad and â c-oper-iies, except ccn houses occu?, ed by so)d rs and sailors or .heir dependents ard L,o a i. ?!!y excused. The Chairman b? called on the assh j tant overseer, Mr. G. V. Dp'T to explam the suggested scheme, j.;d t,, r' JI par: culars, so that every ratepayei .ca!d know j what it meant. Mr. Davies explained tnt scheme in detail, and said that ri Cn; of I unpaid rates had been gone into iully by the! overseers and himself, and that tHe 'ea 0; ¡ the wives of soldiers and sailers was t.t th, allowance granted them was not sufifcient, and that they could not pay the rates owing to the cost of living having advanced so ruch, and that it was impossible for them to make both ends meet. He then said that the over- seers had come to the conclusion \at the only remedy was to appeal to the ratepayers to volunteer to pay the rates for these people, rather than issue summonses to compel them to pay. He had already been in communi- cation with some of the biggest ratepayers in the parish, he had given them an outline of the scheme, and every one of thos/s without exception had replied stating that they would gladly and willingly consent to pay. One of them, Mr. A. Stepney-Gulston, had even sent a cheque for the purpose already, said the speaker. Mr. Davies added: You must understand that nobody is compelled to pay; it is all voluntary, and by assisting in this manner we shall be shewing our appreciation for the services rendered by these brave men in fighting our battles." District Councillor Theo. Harries supported, and said that he could see no other way cut of the difficulty, as if it was not done volun- tarily, probably the rates would not be paid, and it would eventually come back to the ratepayers, who would be compelled to pay otf the arrears. Mr. W. Rees, Old Post Office, compli- mented the Council and overseers for bring- ing the matter forward. The least thing they could do was to acknow ledge the services of the brave men who had fought and died for them, and it was their duty to help and en- courage the dependents of those men now while they had the chance to do so. He gave the scheme his hearty support, and was glad of the opportunity to assist. Mr. Ifor Evans, in a heated and lengthy speech, said it was a shame that they were asked to do such a thing, and said that he would not pay a penny towards it through that scheme. If they collected it from him, he would sue them for the amount..Some of these women were much better off now than before the Nv-xr. What about the young men," he asked; are young men to be allowed to go scot free? o say again that I will not pay, but I am willing to go round and collect." Mr. Merriman then said that he could not see through it at all. They were paying enough now without putting any further burden on them. The Chairman once more stated that it was purely a voluntary scheme, and no ratepayer was asked to pay if he objected to do so. Mr. Ted Phillips, in a rousing speech, said although he was only a young ratepayer, he was bound to admit that the scheme appealed very much to him, as there was no other scheme available; and it was a pleasure to him to propose that the resolution as read be accepted, although," he said, I think it is only proper that the Government's atten- tion should be drawn to the inadequate allowances granted." Rev. P. E. Evans, in seconding, said that he felt it more than a duty, but an honour, to be able to do something for those who had sacrificed everything so thllt we may live in comfort. He was sorry to hear Mr. Ifor Evans speak in the spirit he did. P rhaps Mr. Evans knew nothing of what some of these wive, had i- Tered. Does he be- grudge them having a little more money? Does he know what it is to be longing day and night to hear the postman' s knock to have some news of a brave husLand or son -as in life and death struggle? These brave women have suffered more than we can unagh, ind b-tpv,, thav Mr. Ifor Evans is ".ot Wi_r7 to pi I will willingly pay in- ead of ti./n." (Cneers). The n-oposition was ut to the meeting, and crrried with' only .o dissentients. The following were appointed on the com- mitte, to co-c{..ate with three members from Per. -groes, Saron, :,d Penybank:âMessrs. V. D^den, W R?es (Old Post Office), -V. D,( c-n V,' iq,-es (Old Post Office), T h e 1--nan he remarked that he hoped I [he committee weald "ee that the scheme was carried cut. and tl ,t 'hey would be of ser- vice to th.:Oôe who had been deprived of the assistanc ot tK they depended upon, and !;e 'b lared tli meeting closed. At this 'uncture, Mr. Evan Morris said he -ished to ask a question of the Clerlf, to vhich IV, G. V. Davies gave a satisfactory reply. Mr. Morris then went on to compliment the Amman Valley Chronicle for drawing atten tion to the sewerage scheme (which was considered a war-time job) between the Red Lion unâ College Green, and was about to give some particulars, when the Rev. P. E. Evans interposed and asked the Chairman if Mr. Morris was in ofder. The Chairman replied that he was sorry the meeting had already been closed, and he had to rule Mr. Morris out of order; but advised him to call another meeting, as no doubt the oraep.. "prs WOltloj be glad to have a report. It was only ffor them to know th-t the matter was to be brought forward. Thus ended one of the liveliest meetings held in Llandebie.

Funeral of Nurse Gracie1 Fietcher,…

Forthcoming Events.

[No title]

Advertising

[No title]

ITHE CONSERVATIVE VOTE.

WAR MEMORIAL FOR CWMAMMAN.

ACKNOWLEDGMENT. I

RELIEF IN BELGIUM. I

Advertising