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Coronation Hall.

Distribution of Prizes.

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Parish Church.

Psychological Sunday.


Well Done, Ffynnongroew.


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Newmarket. ---


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Acceptable Gift.-

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Stopped Work.



PRESENT AND PAST. The chapel-of-case which is now being erected is nearing completion, and the spiritual needs of Churchmen who have hitherto had to walk to Llanasa will be greatly facilitated by the erection of a place of worship in the immediate vicinity of their dwellings, and much good must develop in the neighbourhood by the forethought of the promoters of the scheme. It is interesting to note that at the time of the Norman Conquest, there were but seven churches in Flintshire, one of which is des- cribed as Dansfrond Calston and Wesbie. Two of these names are still shown in Kelston and Gwespyr, so that the Dansfrond name is probably now called Llanasa. In a manuscript now lying in the public library at Cambridge, and which formerly belonged to the Right Rev. John Moore, Bishop of Ely, a valuation was made of the temporalities in the eighteenth year of Edward the first (which was A.D. 1291), and gives Llanassaph as being worth 12 marks. It will thus be seen that only two hundred years had elapsed from the Norman grand survey until the date of the above manuscript. The chapel of ease at Gwespyr, situate on the field now called Maes-y-capel, was therefore in full use and repair when the Normans were in posses- sion of the county, though the neighbouring church Wenescol (Gwaenysgor) was stated to be in ruins. Gwespyr church was dedicated to St. Beuno, who in the legends is said to have restored the head of St. Winifred to its place, howbeit there is hardly a vestige of the chapel now, beyond the top of one of the windows, which has been fixed over a cottage window at a bend in the road, and in a chimney on the opposite side of the road is to be seen a piece of tombstone which had been erected to a clergyman. These cottages are situated just below the old site of the church, and I have no doubt that if the proper authorities were consulted they would be restored to the safe keeping of the present builders of the new chapel-of-ease. It was interesting to note that at the dawn of the great Reforma- tion, Gwespyr church was thrown open, as it were, for the preaching of those tenets, which culminated in a manner so well known at the present day. How the ancient church became so neglected we are not informed, but there were no remains of the edifice in the beginning of the eighteenth century, the site 0 only being known and perpetuated to the present day by the name of Maesycapel. There is much to applaud and commend in the earnestness and enthusiasm of the Vicar by restoring to Gwespyr its ancient rites, and it is suggested that the correct dedication would be that of St. Beuno. 11