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VILLAGE LIFE IN SOUTH GLAMORGAN. Mr. Arthur Williams, M.P., has received the fol- lowing resolution. passed at a meeting of the St. Bride's Major Allotment Committee on the 21st instant, and, at the request of the committee, has forwarded it to H. H. Fowler, M.P., the President of the Local Government Board :— That the executive of the above-named com- mittee beg most respectfully to tender their best thanks to the Right Hon. President of the Local Government Board for introducing into Parlia- ment the beneficent measure for creating Parish and District Councils for the emancipation of the rural workers, who have for generations suffered under village tyranny and despotism by being deprived of having a voice in the adminis- tration of parish affairs, and a fair and just interest in the cultivation of the soil. They sincerely trust that e /ery effort will be made by the Liberal party, who have so generously sup- ported the introduction .of the Home Bill of the villagers, to pass the Bill in its entirety this session of Parliament for the amelioration of the working classes, and, if possible, stay the present migration of the sons of the soil to already con- gested centres of population. Previous to the meeting at which this resolu- tion was passed, several meetings of the allotment committee had been held at the National School- room. and the curate ia charge had told the mem- bers of the committee that they might use it at any time for a meeting if it was not otherwise engaged. The notice of the meeting on the 21st, therefore, mentioned that it would be held as before at the schoolroom. On the day appointed for the meeting, the following letter from the vicar was received by one of the members of the allotment committee :— Ci j_ T* *1 "T""r! n_J_3 St. Bride's Vicarage, Bridgend, April 21st, 1893. Dear Sir,—From a notice that appears in the shop window in this village, it seems to be the intention to hold a meeting in the school about allotments and parish councils. I am informed, whether correctly or not, I do not know, that you are responsible for the said notice. I beg to give you notice, in my own name and in that of the other managers, that you cannot have the use of this schoolroom for such a purpose. It is a Church voluntary school, on which the ratepayers have no claim whatever. The above- mentioned bill or notice has been conceived and issued in great ignorance. Otherwise it is unaccountable how it could be proposed and announced to hold a meeting without any leave, right, or authority. I beg to repeat that it is a Church voluntary pchool, and that there is no right to hold meet- ings in it without permission.—Yours truly, THos. JONES. It is refreshing to find that the Village Hamp- dens" of St. Bride's found some other place of meeting, and passed the thorough-going resolution we have given above in favour of the Bill, which will relieve them from this petty interference, and give them the right to the- use of the school which is supported by public money. They also passed a unanimous vote of censure condemning the action of the vicar in refusing without cause the use of the parish schoolroom." What a picture this letter affords of those blessings which an endowed and established parish priest bestows upon his parishioners !—South 71 ales Daily News, TO THE EDITOR OF THE SOUTH WALES DAILY NEWS. Sir,—My" attention has been called to an article in your issue of the 29th ult., on Village Home Rule." I hope you will allow this explanation of my position to appear in your next issue. Many months a-o. when the allotment question was first mooted in the parish, I was asked by Mr. Verity, the Southerndown postmaster, who, by the way, was the recipient of the vicar's letter if he might be allowed the use of the schoolroom for an allotment meeting. My answer was this, and not what appeared in your article :—" I am quite willing for you to have the schoolroom I don't think there need be any difficulty in your getting it." This consent on my part was for one meeting. I did not use the words at any time." I could not have used them without abusing my position as one of the school managers. This is the only time I have been asked for the schoolroom for an allotment meeting. I was not asked by any- one for it. except by Mr. Verity, on the occasion referred to above. I know nothing of the com- mittee. I have not even heard of them. I had some business at the Southerndown Post-, office on the 21st ult. Mr. Verity showed me the letter he had that day received from the vicar He wanted my opinion of it. I promptly told him that I quite approved of the step the vicar had taken. He, in return, told me that I had granted him the use of •• the schoolroom at any time when it was disengaged. I said that I had granted him the use of it on one occasion, because he had asked me to do so. I distinctly told him, in his daughter's hearing, that my consent for one occasion did not mean that the school was at his disposal when he wished, without being courteous enough to ask for it. If, as you say, several meetings of the allotment committee have been held in the schoolroom, they have had no consent from me to do so. I only say this that I may not appear to differ from the vicar on this point. The voluntary contributions of Church people towards the St. Bride's Major school amounts to over A60 per annum.-I am, &c., F. C. WILLIAMS, Curate of St. Bride's Major. Ash Grove, St. Bride's Major, May 1st.

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