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THE SCHOOL QUESTION AT GWESPYR.

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THE SCHOOL QUESTION AT GWESPYR. On Friday last week a public meeting was held at Talacre Arms to consider the proposals of the Flintshire Education Committee with regard to school accommodation in the district. There was a large attendance, over which 0 Mr Owen, Brynilystyn, presided, and Lady Mostyn was present to explain the position of affairs with regard to Talacre Schools. As has been previously reported the Talacre Schools are to be withdrawn from public control in January, and on this account the Education Committee contemplate building new schools in the district, a sub- committee having being appointed to report on the matter. A meeting of ratepayers had been held earlier in the week, when a deputation was appointed to meet the sub-committea, with a view to seeing if it were not possible to 0 avoid building a new school at Gwespyr. It was pointed out to the sub-committee that the school accommodation in the district was sufficient already without putting a further burden on the rates by building a new school. Sir Pyers and Lady Mostyn would provide a Protestant as well as well as a Catholic teacher. The sub-committee were of opinion that nothing could be done unless the schools were hauded over, and the only way was to approach Sir Pyers and Lady Mostyn to rent or sell Talacre School. At Friday^ meeting after hearing the report of the deputation, the text of which is given above. Ladj Mostyn made a lengthy statement in which she traced the history of he Talacre Schools for the past ±8 years. When the new Act came in, the schools were handed over to the Flintshire Education Authority, and Sir Pyers and Lady Mostyn found they had no voice in the control. This was not satisfactory to them, hence their desire that the schools should be handed back to the trustees. During the time the Educa- tion Committee had had control the school had been understaffed. This was admitted by the Director of Education and by the Inspector of schools, there being 80 children and but one teacher. At present the school was closed owing to an epidemic, but no one seemed to know who was to disinfect the buildings. Her ladyship had been informed that the County Council contemplated providing the following new schools :— Gronant, accommodation 150 Gwespyr, 150 Trelogan, 120 0 There was accommodation in Talacre Schools for 260, so that would bring the total to 680. while as a matter of fact there were less than 250 children in these villages Her ladyship had been informed that the count of the educational requirements had been based on the legal assumption that all under 21 years of age were infants (laughter). It had never been the intention of the late Sir Pyers and Lady Mostyn that one penny out of the rates should be devoted to support the Talacre Schools, and under those circumstances how could they ask Sir Pyers to sell them. Lady Mostyn spoke of the sacrifices made by Sir Pyers and herself in order to maintain the schools, and they were prepared to con- tinue doing so rather than the tenantry should have to pay heavy rates for the education of the children. (Hear, hear). It was their intention to carry on the schools on the following lines :—They would engage a Welsh-speaking master, and his 1-1 n creed would not be inquired into at all. He would have his pupils in the upper room of the building, and the provided school syllabus would be taught, and a Government inspection of the scholars held. In the lower room the Catholic children would be taught by sisters according to their own dogmas The schools would be open to the public, and the only difference between that and a provided school would be that ail expenses (including salaries) would be paid by Sir Pyers, who would have entire control. Abont 80 children had promised to attend the school. During the 48 years the school had been in existence not one child had been turned to Catholicism, and the same freedom as hitherto would be given all (applause). Mr Owen (the chairman) was sure they all highly appreciated the splundid work done by Sir Pyers and Lady Mostyn in looking after the education of the children of the district (hear, hear), and he was certain they were all satisfied with their offer. After some discussion Mr Whiteford pro- posed and Mr Bulcock, J.P., seconded that they gratefully accept the offer of Sir Pyers and Lady Mostyn to educate the children of the district at their own cost, and that the Board of Education, and Flintshire Education Authority be notified that the ratepayers of the district were of opinion that no further school accommodation was needed. This was carried unanimously, and the meeting—which lasted two and a half hours— terminated.

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