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WENVOE VESTRY ¡ MEETING. IMPORTANT QUESTIONS DISCUSSED. In accordance with the public notice previously given, a vestry meeting for the parish of Wenvoe was held on Thursday evening last at the Wenvoe Arms. Wenvoe. The chair was taken by Mr. T. Thomas. Old Shop Farm, and among those present were Mr. R. John, Lidmore Mr. 0. Thomas, G-reave Mr. G. J. Thomas, St. Lythans Mr. C. Bassett, Wrinstone Mr. Lewis Jones, Goldsland Mr. Noah Jenkins, Wenvoe Arms Mr. D. Thomas, Burndea Hill: and Mr. Lougher, assistant overseer, Old Wallace Farm. WHAT HAS BEEN DOXE IN THE PAST. The Chairman, after reading the minutes of the previous meeting, referred to the past records of the parish, and informed those present as to the names of the previous overseers from the year 1883 to the present time. NOMINATION OF OVERSEERS. Upon the proposition of the Chairman, seconded by Mr. Bassett. Mr. Noah Jenkins was nominated for the position of overseer for the ensuing year, and Upon the proposition of Mr. J. Thomas, seconded by Mr. Lewis Jones, Mr. Richard John was nomi- nated as his colleague. SELECTION OF FIELD WARDENS FOR ALLOT- MENTS. The next business upon the agenda was the selec- tion of Field Wardens for the Allotments. Mr. Noah Jenkins thought the Vestry could not do better than re-elect the present Field Wardens, Mr. T. Thomas and Mr. G-. J. Thomas. Mr. O. Thomas seconded, and it was agreed to. INTERESTING- TO THE RATEPAYERS. It was stated that the Assistant Overseer had now in his possession a bound map of the parish, which is to be open to the inspaotion of all parishioners. Mr. Lougher explained that the map would-be of great utility to the parish, and added that the parish had been re-assessed. On the previous day the audit of the accounts for the last half-year had taken place. The amount received by the Over- seers was £ 4!)ij 10s., of which sum Y-434 lla. lOd. had been expended, showing a balance in hand of £ 10 9s. 2d. THE FUTURE PARISH COUNCILS. Mr. Lougher said there was one thing to which 1 he desired to call attention. It was possible that that meeting would be the last held under the -existing state of the law. It appeared evident that Parish Council would be established in a. short time, but he did not know how far they would interfere with parish matters. No doubt th3 existing arrangement of parish affairs would be altered to a great extent. The Bill had not teen passed, but as interested parties they might discuss a question, which would affect their parish. Mr. J. Thomas remarked that every parish with a population of more than 300 could form its own Council. Mr. Lougher replied that in such a case Wenvoe would have its own Council. It was proposed to elect a certain number of councillors—not more than 15 or less than 5. It would be subject to the County and District Councils, and could borrow money for allotments, recreation grounds, and for securing right of ways. The Guardians would be altered, and the Highway Board abolished. How it would work remained to be seen. The Chairman thought they would have ample time to consider the question. They would have the proper forms down- when the change took place. Mr. Lougher did not know whether they would have to call another Vestry meeting or not. He did not know whether they would add the Vestry to the Parish Council, or the latter to the former. Mr. Jenkins said they could discuss the question on a future occasion. Mr. J. Thomas asked what was the population of Wenvoe at the last census ? The Chairman thought it was about 500. GUAKDIANS AND SURVEYORS. Mr. b. Thomas hoped that the District Councils would have more power over the surveyor than the Board of Guardians had at present. If a guardian told the surveyor about anything he could tell him to mind his own business. Money i-ould be spent just as he thought proper. He (Mr. Thomas) understood that one road had cost L152 more than the contract price. Mr. Jenkins asked why that was allowed. Mr. O. Thomas replied that the work had been carried out on the surveyor's authority. Mr. John remarked that the oveiseers had no power over the surveyor. Mr. O. Thomas said the surveyor would not listen to anything he said. He had asked to have two or three things done. Mr. L. Jones thought it was not right that a surveyor should tell a guardian to mind his own business. He believed if he were a guardian, and an official told him that, he would take off his coat to him. Mr. Lougher pointed out that the money ex- pended was spread over all the parishes. Mr. Jenkins asked if the vestry could not do something in the matter if a surveyor spoke in such a manner to a guardian. The Chairman did not think the Ve3try could do much. The guardian should place his com- plaint before the Board. Mr. O. Thomas thought the hands of the guardians would be strengthened if the Vestry took it up. At least £100 had been spent on the road. Mr. Lougher remarked that he had heard that the official would soon reach his level. Mr. Bassett drew attention to the fact that if every parish waa treated in such a manner the rates would be very heavy. The Chairman suggested that perhaps in another year more wisdom would be displayed. Mr. L. Jones—But we should not get the £100 back. Chairman—The feather is on the wrong side of the hat this time. Mr. L. Jones could not understand how a sur- veyor could go behind the Board. He should be made to pay the money himself, or ask for it before giving the order. Mr. D. Thomas did not think a surveyor could spend so much money without-the consent of the Board. Mr. Jenkins said he believed the road referred to would be a good one, if wide enough. Mr. Bassett thought a good road could have been made for the money expended. Mr. Jenkins—What about the Waycock road ? Mr. J. Thomas—There are ruts at.least 18inches deep. Mr. O. Thomas—I think that will be settled at the next meeting. Mr. Jenkins It is rather rough there. Mr. John said it had cost one hundred pounds as a parish road. > Chairman—It has been a rotten road all ray life. I hope to have a good one sometime. (Laughter.) Mr. Jenkins—Yes, by spending about a thousand pounds. Mr. J. Thomas—It has been always the same. Mr. John—It is worse now than before. Chairman—It is a poor one altogether. Mr. John—So many thousands of yards of clay have been removedx but it has not been pro- perly metalled. Mr. Jones—It is not safe then to take a load there now. Chairman—A load It is not safe to take a carriage. (Laughter.) Mr. L. Jones—Whv. our new road is a king to that. Chairman—Yes. it is different soil altogether. The matter then dropped. THE ALLOTMENT QUESTION. In reply to questions, the Chairman stated that the whole of the allotments had been cultivated this year. Last year there was one left un- cultivated, but now they had had some difficulty in suiting a'll who applied, and had had to divide two or three pieces between .two persons. Lmt j year three prizes had been offered, and he was pleased to say that < THE PRIZES WOULD BB AGAIN GIVEN this year, and the Rector had expressed his willing- ness to.give a prize of 10s. for the allotments also. The conditians would be settled by the Field Wardens. Mr. J. Thomas also explained what had been done |in the past with regard to the allotments. He stated that at the Dinas Powis show three prizes had been given for the cultivating of allotments— 10s., 7s. 6d., and 5s. He" had had the pleasure of driving the judges around last year, and those gentlemen had thrown out suggestions with re- gard to the growing of potatof's. They said the 'people could not expect a prize if they grew nothing else but potatoes. ■AN ALLOTMENT SHOULD GROW A LITTLE OF EVERYTHING, if not it showed that they had a garden elsewhere. and (only set potatoes in the field. The allotments were intended to help the men who cultivated them as gardens. They had done well with their allotment, and, although they gave the people eight perches for Is. per year, they had sufficient money in hand to give them about two shillings'worth of lime for their .la. A-question was asked whether it was true that a person had more than one allotment. Mr. Thomas replied that such was not the case. They had 24 allotments of eight perches each. They belonged to the worldng classes, and had been left by the Enclosure Commissioners for the industrious poor of the parish, when that body took over St. Lythan's Downs. He hoped things would go on as "Il in the future as in the past. This was all the business before the meeting, but. upon the invitation of those present, Mr. J. D. Polkinghorne (Editor of the South Wale* Star), discussed with them the establish- ment of a separate Poor-law Union for the Barry district.


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