MEETING OF PROTEST Against Proposed New School Building at Gwespyr. On Friday last week a meeting of ratepayers of the parish of Llanasa was held at Llanasa Schools for the purpose of making a protest against the proposal of the County Education Authority to build new schools in the parish in consequence of the withdrawal of the Talacre Schools from public control by Sir Pyors Mostyn. Mr William Bulcock, J.P., presided over a representative gathering, about 100 being present. In his introductory remarks the chairman said that he for one wished to protest against what he considered the unnecessary pro- posal of the County Education Authority. There was sufficient school accommodation in the parish already, and it was unjust on the part of the Education Authority to increase the burdens of the ratepayers by building additional schools (applause). Any increase of tha rates of the district just now would be a great hindrance to the progress of the place, industrially and otherwise (hear, hear). Mr Robert Jones, C.C. for the division, asked by the Chairman if he could enlighten the meeting as to the procednre of the Education Authority in this matter, stated that having failed to come to any satisfactory arrangement with the legal representatives of Sir Pyers and Lady Mostyn, they felt bound to take steps to fill up the gap caused by the Withdrawal of Talacre Schools from public control. The Government could not acknowledge a private school in any way 9 ■The Chairman—But why build other schools when the Talacre Schools are to be open to the public just as in the past ? Surely the question of control is not a sufficient argument to justify the action the Education Authority propose to take. What difference should it make to the Education Authority or anybody else, so long as we have adequate facilites for educating the children ? It is time a check was put upon county expenditure, which has mounted up until it has become quite a. hindrance. MV* ?emPle—Oan Mr Jones tell us who school*8?^ county authority to build new Mr Jones-The Government asked us w^a we intended to do in the matter of i 1?^ SaP caused by the withdrawal of the Talacre Schools. The Chairman—That is not a very definite answer. If we make a protest to-night against the proposed new schools, will the county authority drop their present intentions ? Mr Jones,-I don't think so. The Chairman —Then why give notice ? Mr Jones —We must comply with the Act. Mr Temple, speaking not as a teacher, but as a ratepayer, said there appeared to have been too much hole-and-corner work in this affair, and a seeming attempt to keep the ratepayers generally ia the dark, notwith- standing that it was proposed to involve them in an expenditure of £ 5000 or J66000. He was only a small ratepayer, still he did not want to part with his sixpence on any unnecessary undertaking, and certainly not before he had some voice in the matter (applause). It was not a proper thing for one or two, or three or four, gentlemen to decide what should be done for the parish (applause). At this stage Mr Ralli, C.C. asked leave to make a statement, but his rising was only the signal for a deafening noise, which was kept up as long as he attempted to speak. The Chairman said that as Mr Ralli was not a ratepayer of the parish he really had no voice in the matter. In vain did Mr Ralli protest that he was a representative of ratepayers, some of the audience threateningly crying "Out you go." The Vicar of Llanasa asserted that the notices of the proposed schools had not been properly circulated. The question required a great deal of light thrown upon it. It should be borne in mind that they as ratepayers had a right to appeal to the Board of Education in this matter. It was something to be thank- ful for that they had an authority that was higher than the County Council (applause). If they could be satisfied that Talacre schools were going to remain open to the public as much as hitherto, and if the ratepayers were going to avail themselves of those schools just as before, then what necessity was there for further accommodation in the parish ? It had been urged that for one thing the dis- tance some of the children had to travel should be considered, and that it was very undesirable that children should have to go long distances to school in bad weather. Was it not common knowledge that there was no law in the country which could compel a parent to send his child to school when to do so would be to the detriment of the child s health ? His experience had been that it was beneficial for a child to have a little walk to school (applause). The Chairman —Why build more schools in this district at all, so long as Sir Pyers Mostyn is foolish enough to bear all the expense of carrying on the Talacre Schools ? Mr Jones, C.C.—It is a question of control. The Chairman said that Mr W. Conwy Bell, as agent for Lady Bates, wished him to offer his protest against any proposal that would unnecessarily increase the rates of the pariah. He (fche Chairman) was with Mr Bell at the Bodrhyddan rent audit the previous evening. and the prevailing topic was not the rents but the rates. Mr J. Ghinstono proposed: "Thnt this meeting of ratepayers of Llanasa vigorously protests against the proposal of the Flintshire Education Authority to provide unnecessary elementary school accommodation in the parish, seeing that more than sufficient accom- modation for all children of school age is already provided that it is the opinion of this meeting that a public enquiry should be held on the subject by an officer of the Board of Education and that a copy of this repre- sentation be sent to the Board of Education and the Flintshire Education Authority." Mr Williams, Gwespyr, seconded the motion. The Rev Meurig Jones proposed a negative motion, but neither he nor his, seconder, Mr Robt Jones, C.C., was accorded a very patient hearing. His contention was that this matter shall be looked upon from the point of view of government. In the course of further discussion both the Chairman and Mr Temple pointed out that a school attendance officer had a right to see that every child attended a school, whether public or private, or at least received sufficient education. Ultimately the original motion was; carried with an overwhelming majority, the amend- ment only receiving six votes.
Prayer Meetings. During the past week united prayer meet- ings have been held each night in the C.M. and Wesleyan Chapels, all of which have been well attended. The meetings have been conducted by the local ministers and members of the chapels.
Death. On Tuesday the death occurred of Mr Thomas Walters, late of Shop Newydd. Deceased, who for some years had acted as the local postman, had attained a ripe old age, death resulting from a complication of complaints. Mr Walters was a churchman, and was highly respected by the residents. C, The funeral took place to-day (Friday).
Election Preparations. Both political parties are busily engaged with their preparations for the forthcoming general election, and a good deal of enthus- iasm is being displayed. On Wednesday evening the Liberals had a committee meeting which was presided over by Mr John Williams (Roslyn). Canvassers were appointed, and the duties of sub-agent undertaken by Mr J. Dowell Williams. The Conservatives held a meeting the same night, when there was a representative gather- ing. A committee room has been secured, and another meeting is to be held on Saturday.
Choir Supper. The annual supper in connection with the Parish Church Choir was held on Thursday night, when there was a goodly number present, including the officials of the church. The company was entertained to a sump- tuous repast, and the usual toasts were duly honoured, these being interspersed by solos, duetts, quartettes, recitations, etc., after which games were indulged in, the company breaking up after a most enjoyable evening.
The Day Schools will be re-opened on Monday after a fort- night's holidays. During the absence of the scholars the: rooms have been thoroughly overhauled.
Curt, but True! While copy-hunting on his usual weekly visit to Dyserth on Thursday, our representative met a resident, and greeted him with the remark Well, Mr Any news here The reply was short but very true. He answered, "No news, but plenty of mud ty,
WELSH WESLEYAN Tea and Concert at Prestatyn. On New Year's day the combined members of "Bethel" and "Horeb" held a very successful tea and concert at the former chapel. A goodly number partook of an enjoyable tea, and the ladies who presided at the tables included Mrs Williams (Bradford House), Mrs P. Williams, Mrs Roberts (Fair View), Mrs Davies (Castle View), and Miss Pritchard (Marine Villa), valuable assistance being rendered by ladies from both churches. In the evening a concert was held, presided over by Mr Robert Jones, Llys. Eirian. The chairman, who had made a substantial contri- bution to the funds, opened the proceedings with an appropriate address, following which a very entertaining programme was gone through, including items by the juvenile choir, Mr Nicholson (Gwespyr). Miss Evans (Dyserth), and several local artistes. A few competitions were also arranged, for each of which there were nine or ten contes- tants, and the whole of the proceedings passed off successfully.
Robert Owen, Ffynnongroew. SUITS, OVERCOATS, &c., to Measure, at Short Notice. PERFECT FIT AND STYLE GUARANTEED.
B.W.T.A. A meeting of ladies interested in the forma- tion of a branch of the British Woman's Temperance Association was held in the Church School on Tuesday afternoon. Amongst those present were Mrs Harris, Mrs Dr Lloyd Owen, Miss Jones (Post Office), Mrs Edward Davies, Mrs John Williams, Mrs Harper, Miss Williams and others. The Secretary reported that she had not received a reply to her letter to Mrs Griffiths (Holywell), requesting that a lady be sent to Ffynnongroew to form a branch, consequently no definite steps could be taken, but the secretary was instructed to write again and try to get Mrs Jacob Jones to come to Ffynnougroew on Tuesday, 80th inst. May we suggest that, if possible, the ladies will be more punctual in their attendance. It is scarcely fair to the one or two who arrive punctually, to be kept waiting fifteen minutes before any others appear.
Politics. On Friday last week a Liberal meeting was held at the Wesleyan Schoolroom in support of the candidature of J. H. Lewis, Esq., the late member of the Flint Boroughs. < Mr Lewis had a most enthusiastic reception. The chair was taken by the Rev 0. B. Jones. and resolutions of confidence in the candidate were passed, proposed by Rev R. J. Stevenson p p and seconded by Mr W. Griffiths, Gwespyr. The. audience pledged themselves to do all in their power to assist Mr Lewis in the coming election and to return him with a large majority. Mr Lewis spoke on different matters con- cerning the Liberal programmev'; via., The Education Act, old age pensions, the importa- tion of Chinese into South Africa, etc. Ques- tions were asked which were satisfactorily replied to by Mr Lewis, who also promised to do all in his power for the benefit of the unemployed.
Funeral. The remains of the late Miss Anne Jones* Tanlan, were laid to rest at the Llanasa Churchyard on Satin day last, the service at y the house being conducted by the Rev E. G. Turner. The cortege was a very large one, the hearse being preceded and followed by relatives, friends, and the general public. After reaching Llanasa the last rites were performed by the Rev D. Meurig Jones.
Supper. On Wednesday evening at the Wesleyan Schoolroom a supper was given to the members of the Bible Class by their esteeemed teacher, L. Williams, Esq. The caterer was Mrs John Price, her task being carried out with ability. Advantage was taken of the occasion to give the children's choir (who had taken part in the cantata on Xmas day) a tea. After partaking of the good things, the 0 evening was devoted to an interesting concert, C, the programme being sustained by the children's choir, and others. —.—-e———
RECHABITES AND TOTAL ABSTINENCE. To the Editor of the Prestatyn Weekly." SIB,-It is not a pleasant thing to call a newspaper correspondent to an account, and more so to question the conduct of an editor, but I am afraid that that is the light in which you will regard my letter. In the issue of the 23rd ult. your Ffynnon- groew correspondent records something to this purpose: That a certain number of the members of the Rechabite Order in the locality are not total abstainers. Now, waiv- ing for the moment the evident sneer contained in the note, I beg to ask are such items as these the proper material for a newspaper column ? He says that some members are not total abstainers. Such a statement places every member of the order in Ffynnongroew under the suspicion of being a deceiver. I do not question the truth of the charge—I am not in the position to do so but I do ques- tion the fairness and uprightness of your correspondent in saying such a thing. As a consistent total abstainer, I protest against being included by your anonymous corres- pondent in his black list, whatever may be his proofs. I say that it is cowardly on the. part of your correspondent to hide behind the! editor's chair and make sneering charges of-I this kind. A journalist would have morej respect for the character of his profession than to lay himself open to such a charge. Why did he not name the persons he meant ? Why did he not write the charge over his proper name ? He should have done so or held his peace.—-Yours truly, Garth, Ffynnongroew. EDWARD LLOYD.
♦ — SUNDAY SERVICES AT FFYNNONGROEW. ALL SAINTS (Church of England).—10-30 a.m. English), 6 p.m. (Welsh). Rev. Howell Harris, B.A. MenuH C.M. CHAPKII (Welsh). -10 a.m. and 6 p.m., Rev O. B. Jones. BKTHANIA WESLEYAN CHAPEL (Welsh).—10 a.m., Mr J. Parry, Gronant; 6 p.m., Rev E. G. Turner. TABERNACLE BAPTIST CHAPEL (Welsh).-10 a.m. and 6 p.m., Student from Bangor. SILOAH CONGREGATIONAL CHURCH (Welsh). — 10 a.m., Mr Thomas, Chester 6 p.m., Rev. E. Pan Jones. ST. ANDREW'S CONGREGATIONAL CRURCH (English) -10-30 a.m. and 6 p.m., Rev. R. J. Stevenson. GWYNFA C.M. CHAPEL, Rhewl Fawr (Welflh),- 10 a.m., Suntlay School; 2 p.m., Rev O. B. Jones; 6 p.m., Prayer Meeting. PKNIEL WESLEYAN CHAPEL (Welsh). Pen-y-ffordd. 10 a.m. and 6 p.m., Rev D. Morris, Bagillt.
Meliden. A Churchman" writos- It grieves me very much to announco that Mr Robert Williams, the parish clork of this village, is confined to his bed ill with a bad attack of bronchitis. Dr Eyton Lloyd of Rhyl has ordered him as much nourishment as can be got. Competitive Meeting. On New Year's Day the members of C.M. Chapel held their annual competitive moeting, when there was a large attendance. Mr John Cunnah was to preside, but failed to attend. Rev. R. P. Hiighcs, Dyserth, acted as conductor, and the adjudicators were Mr Thomas Owen, Meliden, and Mr John Roberts, Gwaenysgor. The winners were as follows Solo for children-Master Pierce, Meliden. Reciting 6 verses-John Ed. Parry, Meliden. Quartette—Dyserth Party (leader, Mr Thos Lee). Reciting Hymn Master Pierce. Tenor Solo—Mr Edward Williams, Dyserth. Recitation—Miss Elizabeth B. Hughes, Meliden. Quartette— Meliden Party (leader, Mr William Roberts, Meliden). Reciting Hymn-Mr J. Ed. Parry, Meliden. Solo for children-Master Pierce, Meliden. Impromptu address-Mr Lewis Hughes, Brynia, Meliden. Party of 12—Dyserth Party (leader, Mr Thomas Lee, Dyserth). Soprano solo Miss Sarah A. Thomas, Post Office Terrace, Meliden. Mr John Roberts (Gwaenysgor) addressed the meeting. Mr D. Roberts proposed a vote of thanks, seconded by Mr Richard Jones, and a most enthusiastic and successful meeting was closed by singing Hen wlad fy Nhadau." PEDR EBRILL.
EGLWYS DDUW." Yn rheidiol i anrhydedd—yw'r eglwys Mae'n drigle gorfoledd I'n hysbryd daw byfryd hedd I gynnal iawn ogonedd. Yr Iesu mad sy'n adwain-ei ddefaid, Moe'n ddyfal i'w hanghen A'i ddwyfol law yn llawen Fe'i t'wysa i'r wynfa wen. Prestatyn. J. R. W. COLLEN. =
FOOTBALL COMBINATION. Dear Mr Editor,-Kindly allow me a small space in your paper to suggest what a grand eleven could be got together from the two Prestatyn teams-namely, Thursdays and Saturdays—to represent Prestatyn in the Junior Competition at Rhyl next Easter Monday. The team to be as follows :— goal, W. Glass; backs, J. T. Williams and Jack Jones halves, Jim Roberts, T. Broods, and Alf Jones (or David Davies) forwards, Holbrook, Will Davies, J. Littler, J. Bennett, L. Watts.—Yours, etc., SPECTATOR.
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