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ODDFELLOWSHIP AT DINAS POWIS. ANNIVERSARY OF THE DINAS POWIS CASTLE LODGE. The anniversary of the Dinas Powis Castle Lodge of the Manchester Unity of Oddfellows, No. 2,532, was held on Monday last, and notwithstanding tke inclemency of the weather the proceedings were attended with conspicuous success. The Dinas Powis Castle Lodge numbers upwards of ninety members, the majority of whom participated in the demonstration. The funds of the lodge are in a satisfactory condition, the nett balance at the close of last year being about £472. In the morn- ing, the members formed themselves into a pro- cession, headed by the Cardiff Post Office Band (Cathays branch), and the following places were visited :—St. Andrew's Rectory, Westra, Bryn- eithyn. The Mount, Eastbrook, &c., the most cordial welcome being accorded the brethren at the different places called at. Returning to the Cross Keys Inn (the headquarters of the lodge) about three o'clock, the members sat down to a capital dinner, provided in first-class style by the respected host and hostess, Mr W. Barnett and Mrs Barnett, the com- pany thoroughly enjoying the capital repast. The chair was occupied by the Rev Canon Edwards, rector of the parish, and the vice-chair by Major- General H. H. Lee, R.E., J.P., one of the honorary members of the lodge, and amongst those present were the officers of the lodge, including Messrs W. Rees, N.G., J. Collins, V.G., J. Edwards, G.M., Francis John (secretary), and Thomas John (treasurer), as well as Messrs J. B. Mockford, W. Francis, J. Howell, T. Greatrex. E. Greatrex, E. Garmond T. Thomas, W. Powell, &c. After dinner, the Chairman, in submitting the toast of the Queen and Royal Family." said the beneficent reign of Queen Victoria would be written down to posterity as the golden era iR English history. (Cheers.)—Mr E. Garmond proposed The ministers of religion"; and the Rev Canon Edwards, in response, spoke of the good feeling which had existed between the parishioners of St. Andrew's and himself during the nine years he had been their clergjman, and he hoped he would continue to have the prayers of the parishioners for Divine blessing upon the good work which he en- deavoured to perform. (Cheers.)—General Lee pro- posed the toast of the evening, that of Success to the loyal Dinas Powis Castle Lodge," which, he said, had been in existence for fifty-seven years. (Cheers.) He was pleased to see so many young men in the ranks of the lodge. It spoke of a noble spirit of self-deaial, and in this way tended to make themselves better men and better citizens. By their action they also helped to solve the great question as to what should be done with the aged poor. (Applause.) The effort, he believed, must come from within, and this being so he was delighted to find that the unity of the officers and members of the lodge was being attended with such success. (Cheers.)—Mr T. John, the treasurer of the lodge, in responding, said the receipts of the lodge last year amounted to £ 158 15s O.'d, and the total payments to £ 106 9s ] Id, showing a saving upon the year of £ 52 11s 1-Jd, bringing the balance in hand of the members up to £ 472 6s l^d. (Cheers.) This being the most successful meeting of the year in con- nection with the lodge, he (Mr John) strongly advocated a proposal that the Dinas Powis Castle Lodge should cease their connection with the Cardiff district. Last year, he said. the lodge paid a quota of £129178 7d towards the Cardiff district, whereas they received only £50 in return by way of death allowances. This was a question, therefore, which should be taken into considera- tion, and steps resolved upon to form a new district of the lodges in Barry and the district intervening between Dinas Powis aud Cowbridge. (Applause.) The death rate in connection with the Dinas Powis Castle Lodge was nut high, neither had it been high fur the last ten years. He might further say that under the additional restriction imposed by the new 19th general rule of the Unity, limiting the number of delegates to the proportionate number of members of each lodge, the Dinas Powis Castle lodge would in future be completely outvoted at the Cardiff district meetings. Mr John concluded by strongly advocating the establishment of a juvenile branch in connection with the lodge, and said their principal difficulty in this direction had been with the medical officer, who stated he could not under- take to attend juvenile members during sickness at a lower rate than that paid for adult members, whereas the amount charged by the lodge for juveniles would be much smaller than that for adult members. (Applause.)—Mr T. Thomas warmly approved of the secretary's suggestions, and said he questioned very much whether the order was composed of that true spirit of unity which should characterise so important an organ- isation. For instance, the Unity had in hand surplus funds amounting to no Jess than £ 8,000,000 sterling which they could not make use of in any way. If their lodge became insolvent they would have no help from the Cardiff district, and he con- sidered, therefore, it would be a great advantage to the lodge if it severed its connection with the Cardiff district, and took steps to affiliate itself with another district. (Cheers.) — Mr J. B. Mockford, in felicitous terms, proposed The Visitors and Kindred Societies," and spoke of the cordial welcome always extended to strangers by the members of the Dinas Powis Castle lodge. (Applause.)—Mr J. R. Llewellyn (Barry Dock News), in response, referred to the marvellous progress made by the friendly society system throughout the country during late years. Not long ago, he said, friendly societies suffered from an attitude on the part of the Government very much akin to direct antipathy, but the march of democratic progress had been so great that by the present time that spirit of apparent opposition had given way to one oi direct patronage, friendly societies and tjieir funds now being adequately protected by law. Only last week, he added, the Lord Chancellor of England had appointed a member of the lodge with which he (the speaker) was identified to a seat on the magisterial bench mainly on the ground of his valuable connection with the order, the members of the Glantivy lodge of Oddfellows at Cardigan having nominated that gentleman for appointment to the honourable position in his capacity as secretary to the Carningh district of the Unity. (Applause.) Oddfellowship. therefore, was making strenuous headway, and regardless of what might be said of incomprehensible organisms, like Free Masonry and other societies of the kind in existence, the great order of th. Manchester Unity laid just claim to an unparalleled position for genuine large-heartedness and philanthropy. (Cheers.) The paper with which he had for several years been connected in the Barry district had on repeated occasions strongly advocated the forma- tion of a separate district for the lodges in Barry and its neighbourhood, and he ventured to suggest that the Diuas Powis Castle Lodge, one of the veteran sections opthe Order in the district, should take the initial step, and assume parentage of the movement which had received such strong advocacy at the hands of Bros. John and Thomas that afternoon. (Applause.)—Songs and musical selections were given by the popular artiste, Ap Pearce (of Treherbert), Mr J. Hall, Mr C. Hall, Mr W. Powell, and others, and the convivial proceed- ings concluded with the toast of The Chairman and Vice-chairman." which was greeted with musical honours.-The brethren, accompanied by the brass band. then adjourned to the beautiful common, where dancing was indulged in by a numerous company of young folk for some time. The streets of the village were enlivened during the afternoon by se.eral sources of popular enjoy- ment.