Children's Choirs. Two children's choirs have been preparing to compete at eisteddfodau in the district, and it was hoped that they would have combined to compete at St. Asaph on Thursday night. Unfortunately this could not be effected owing to some hitch, the consequence being that neither choir took part in the St. Asaph eisteddfod. fT-
WORK FOR THE UNEMPLOYED. the E(litoi- ol' ihe Prestatytt Weekly." SIR,-I felt sure we could see with a "single eye if only sweet reasonableness held the balance. Just a word or two more on the points in your foot-note, please. I am certain more help might be given to those seeking work if only we grasp the necessity of honesty of purpose," and the responsibility of each person for a share of that which is happening arbund him. But pray do not put the onus upon the State! It is too much like putting a blind man to teach reading- possible, but not reasonable. Let the Poor Law administration be a per- petual warning. Conceived in love, and borne in charity by the electorate who too often can ill-afford to pay, these laws have been turned by the plausible politicians and the-wily self-seeker into offices for party- supporters and hangers-on, until the "adminis- trators are in many cases drawing their £ 1000 a year for what ?—giving the poor and needy a foretaste of hell Strong words, you will say, sir. Yes, they are, and need to be when we realize that J640 out of every JSlOO we pay for the poor relief is pocketed," and most of the other £60 is wasted. And these figures are supplied to us-if we could go through the items it might be even worse than that. The question before us is simply each helping the other." The people who are making this impossible are the Unsocial Christians and the Un-Christian Socialists. The latter we are not afraid of—but the un- social Christians are a plague in the land- inveterate liars and cunning schemers, setting one church against another and luxuriating in the froth of tumult. When the people clear out this scum and fraternize together in loving co-operation, we shall have a taste of the early Christian spirit, and want and misery will have a brief time to stay. Yours, &c., ".DIOGENES."
LIVELY MEETING AT FFYNNONGROEW. Local Opinion on the Gwespyr School Question. Warm Discussion. At the Council Schools, Ffynnongroew, on Wednesday night, a parish meeting was held to consider the new school project at Gwespyr. There was a large attendance, including Sir Pyers Mostyn, and the pro- ceedings were presided over by Mr Thomas Roberts (Chairman of the Parish Council). The Chairman explained that the meeting had been called at the request of six rate- payers, and he desired them to remember that the Parish Council represented the public, and not one side. He asked that one of the six referred to should make a statement on this school question, but several minutes had elapsed before anyone rose to speak. The Clerk to the Parish Council (Mr T. G. Jones) then stated he had been informed that the question of Talacre Schools had been under discussion at the meeting of the Educa- tion Committee that day, and the local rep- resentatives, who had not yet arrived, had been authorised to make a statement at this meeting. Eventually, County Councillors Robt. Jones and A. M. lialli appeared, and the latter read a statement made by Mr F. Llewelyn Jones, the text of which appears in another column. Mr lialli said that when notice was received that Talacre Schools were to be withdrawn from public control, the Board of Education iuul written the local Education Authority asking what observations they could offer on the matter, also asking to be furnished with particulars as to public elementary school accommodation in the district. The local Education Committee replied that they would open a school in a Chapel at Gwespyr, and this satisfied the Board of Education. Mr Robt. Jones said that a deputation had been to London on this matter, and they had done all they could to arrive at a solution. The County Council were not thrusting a school on the district; it was the Board of Education who were calling upon them to do their duty (hear, hear). They could build a school at Gwespyr at less cost than they could lease, or purchase, Talacre Schools. Mr Jones went on to observe that the Talacre people were afraid to stand up for their rights, and it was unfair that Roman Catholics should submit Protestants to this treatment. Considerable commotion was manifested at this statement, some approved, while others disapproved. Three or four were attempting to address the meeting at once. but the loud thumping of the desk by the chairman eventually restored order, Mr Jones being reminded that he must confine himself to the actual question of whether a school was needed at Gwespyr or not. Mr Callahan asked Mr Jones several questions, the latter remarking that if Talacre Schools had been continued as they used to be, there would h,Xve been no objection raised. In reply to Mr Callahan, Mr Ralli said that if the County Council had continued to have control of Talacre Schools, they could not have recognised the Sisters as teachers, for if they were certified their salaries would have been too high. Mr Callahan How do you know the Sisters would not have accepted a smaller salary ? Mr Ralli The County Council will have nothing to do with blacklegs "-people who work below the standard rate of wages. Mr Blythin addressed the meeting, and remarked on the great advantage Talacre School had been in the past, and he could not see what they had against the school. When concluding, Mr Blythin said that if they had to have a new school he thought it ought to be at Picton. where it would be more central than Gwespyr. Rev Meurig Jones made a lengthy state- ment, saying that every one of them was grateful to Sir Pyers and Lady Mostyn for what they had done for education in the past, but in these days every child was entitled to be educated in a public elementary school, so that there was no need for them to accept of anyone's charity in that respect. Whilst they continued to pay the education rate, they were entitled to have their children educated by the government, and he hoped every man would stand up for his rights. Mr Temple also spoke, pointing out that although in some senses Talacre School was a private one, the same benefits could be derived from it as hitherto. The speaker asked if Sir Pyers and Lady Mostyn offered a part of Talacre School to be run as a non- provided school, why could not the County Council accept it ? Mr Ralli replied they had no power to accept or refuse. They had to abide by the decision of the Board of Education. After further discussion the chairman said he thought it was time they had a resolution before the meeting. Mr Robt. Jones then proposed that the meeting be adjourned for a fortnight, in order that they might have further discussion on the matter in Ffynnongroew. Mr Temple seconded. liev. Loyd Protheroe moved an amendment that they decide that night in favour of a school or otherwise. Mr Bulcock seconded. Referring to a statement made by Mr Robert Jones, that a
Rent Audit. The tenants on the Prestatyn estate of La-dy McLaren were entertained to the annual rent audit dinner at Nant Hall Hotel on Wednesday night.
BiMe Society. The annual meeting of the local branch of the British and Foreign Bible Society was held at the C.M. Chapel oil Friday night last 1 0 week, when Rev. Ivor Jones (Congregational 0 mister, Chester) attended as a deputation from parent society. Rev Ben Williams (Prestatyn) presided. -the deputation set fortn the aims and objects of the society, and spoke of the excellent work which it was accomplishing. The secretary (Mr John Williams, Rosslyn) read his report of the local branch, being able to state that there was an increase in the collections this year. In the course of his remarks, the chair- man said that the Dyserth branch had been very faithful to the society. While some places had failed to make an annual collection, Dyserth had not missed doing so for a num- ber of years. The meeting terminated with the usual votes of thanks.
Lenten Services. Special services have been arranged to be held at the Parish Church every Wednesday during Lent, English in the morning and Welsh at night. On Ash Wednesday, the Rev. LI. Williams was the preacher, but for the remainder of the services special preachers are to occupy the pulpit.
Trelogan. Presentation to Dr. Lloyd Owen and Ambulance Students. Ambulance classes have been held at the Trelogan Mine for three years in succession, and examinations conducted at the end of each session by one of the examiners of the St. John's Ambulance Association. It is a remarkable fact that there has not been a single failure at any of the three examinations. At the final examination the following mem- bers, having previously won the first and second certificates, were successful, and thus became entitled to the medallion of the Association: Messrs John Thomas, Thomas Parry, John Evans. R. J. Price, William Jones, Robert Hughes, William Lloyd Roberts, Moses Hughes, and D. J. Evans. Others, including Capt. Wynne, attended and were successful at th-3 first two examinations. The employers. Messrs Brunner Mond and Co., showed their appreciation of the classes by presenting all the successful candidates with the beautiful medallions of the Association. TLe class, in order to show its recognition of Dr. Lloyd Owen's services as instructor, have presented him with a handsome silver- ttiouuted oak inkstand, with the following inscription engraved upon a silver shield :— Presented to E. Lloyd Owen, M.D., by the Trelogan Mine Ambulance Class 1905. The Secretary, Mr John Evans, has received a letter from the doctor expressing in warm terms his appreciation of the gift.
ROBT. OWEN, Ffynnongroew, Has now opened a New Showroom with a large Stock of HARDWARE & CTZTlSTJi., Also a large assortment of various useful Household Requisites.
school at Gwespyr would only cost them a penny rate, he doubted this very much, and referred to the case of Prestatyn, where it had been stated the education rate would never exceed 3t in the jH, whereas when the County Council took it over it was about treble that figure. Mr Ralli replied, and quoted figures in sup- port of the statement that the rate would not exceed more than a penny. A considerable amount of further discussion ensued, and in reply to several suggestions put forward by Dr. E. Lloyd Owen regarding Talacre Schools, Sir Pyers said he had not come to answer questions. Eventually the meeting was adjourned for a fortnight, the voting being 69 for and 62 against. A proposition was made that the next meeting be at Gwespyr, but it was carried that it be again held at Ffynnongroew. 0
Appointment. The new assistant master appointed to succeed Mr H. Owen, recently appointed headmaster of the Talacre Roman Catholic School, is Mr J. Brooks Jones, Bethel, near Carnarvon, who possesses excellent testi- monials. He will commence duties on Monday next.
SUNDAY SERVICES AT FFYNNONGROEW. ALL SAINTS (Church of England).—10-30 a.m English), 6 p.m. (Welsh), Rev H. Harris, B.A. MOlUAH C.M. CHAPEL (Welsh). —10 a.m. and 6 p.m., Rev 0. B. Jones. BETHANIA WESLEYAN CHAPEL (Welsh).— 10 a.m., Mr It. Hughes, Cwm 6 p.m., Rev D. Meurig Jones. Llanasa. TABEBNACLK BAPTIST CHAPEL (Welsh).—10 a. til, and 6 p.m., Mr John Hughes (loan Huw), Mostyn. SILOAH CONGREGATIONAL CHURCH (Welsh). — 10 a.m., Mr Price, Greenfield; 6 p.m. Dr Pan Jones, Mostyn. ST. ANDREW'S CONGREGATIONAL CHURCH (English) -10-30 a.m. and 6 p.m Rev. It. J. Stevenson. GWYNFA C.M. CHAPEL, Rhewl Fawr (Welsh),- 2 p.m., Rev O. B. Jones. PENIEL WESLEYAN CHAPEL (Welsh) Pen-y-ffordd. -10 a.m., Rev. D. Meurig Jones, Llanasa 6 p.m., Mr R. Hughes, Cwm.
LADY MOSTYN ON SCHOOL MATTERS. To the Editor of th* Prestatyn Weekly." DEAR SIR,-As a trustee and late manager of the Talacre R.C. Schools, I shall be glad if you will make it known that we have insisted only that as guardians of our tenants' child- ren we must have these schools in trustworthy hands. That the County Council seconded us was shewn in that they elected our nominee, Miss Wood. The late Mr Llewelyn Jones was perfectly aware that the interests of the school were not ksafe till truthfulness, obedience, and care of the children's health could be secured. I found yesterday, on examining our log book, now at Mold (which has been withheld from us for ten mouths) that in spite of my protest a boy who had been suffering from scarlet fever was re-admitted to the school before his quarantine was over. Dr Williams notifies this case, and in the face of the doctor's certificate the teacher re-admitted him. It was as unfortunate an act as another deed of disobedience in taking Llanasa school children when that school was closed, which I also discovered through Dr Williams' register. Sir Pyers and I could not be a party to this reckless disregard of children's health, and hence our decision to bear all the expense of the school rather than be a party to it. The nomination of the teachers rests with the managers, and it mast be remembered that Talacre K.C. School can only be taught by R.C. teachers, who are nevertheless willing to keep to the conscience clause and teach only the F.C.C. syllabus during school hours. Need I say more ?■—-Yours faithfully, A. M. MOSTYN.
Pierrot Concert. In connection with the Constitutional Club, a juvenile troupe of pierrots from Rhyl gave a successful concert at the Town Hall on Tuesday night.
COUNTY COUNCIL AND TALACRE SCHOOLS. Attitude of the Education Authority. At a meeting on Wednesday of the Flint- shire Education Committee a letter from Father Dumphy was read to the effect that Sir Pyers Mostyn of Talacre had brought two sisters (of the Order of Little Sisters of the Poor\ who hold certificates as teachers, to form the staff of the Talacre Roman Catholic School (which is the property of Sir Pyers). The children, Father Dumphy stated, would be taught splendidly, and there was not the remotest danger of proselytism. Would the education authority be willing to take over the school as a non-provided one, subject to the two sisters being engaged as teachers by the Education Committee, and thus put an end to present difficulties. Dr Humphrey Williams (Flint) said that this school was practically taken out of the hands of the education authority, and now, the sisters having been brought there, the authority were asked to take it over again. The Secretary (Mr Fred. Llewellyn-Jones) said that statements had appeared in the Press, constantly, of a somewhat ex-parte character in regard to the whole matter of Talacre Schools, and perhaps he could give in a few words the position so far as the Local Education Authority was concerned. It was as well that the public should know what position has been taken up by the Authority all along. In the first instance the education authority were asked to concur in the dismissal of the head teacher of the Talacre School. The authority declined, owing to the fact that it was not brought before them in the proper way, to interfere. On January 20th, the school was withdrawn from the control of the local education authority, and the head mistress' engagement terminated. The trustees of the school also repaid, through the Board of Education, to the Treasury the sum of £370, a grant made, he thought, iu 1870, or thereabouts, by the Committee of the Council on Education towards the building of the school. Several suggestions had been made to the trustees and managers by the local education authority as to a possible arrange- ment, but these suggestions were either declined or put off, so that the authority were unable to arrive at any arrangement Other arrangements were made by the authority with a view of establishing a public elementary school at Gwespyr, from which place the majority of the children at Talacre School came. Dr. Humphrey Williams said it was obvious from the statement they had just heard that the charge which was being made at public meetings to the effect that that Authority had thrust unnecessarily the expense of a new school upon the Talacre district was utterly erroneous. The Itev. T. Mardy Rees said that the Education Committee had been bamboozled by the managers of the Talacre school. Tliey were told it was to be a private school, and now that the nuns had been brought there as teachers the Committee were asked to accept it as a non-provided school, and allow the children to be taught doctrines diametrically opposed to those of the great majority of the inhabitants. He hoped the Committee would insist in the course they had taken of providing a school at Gwespyr. Dr Humphrey Williams said he had been told that a number of people had had notice to leave theirjiouses ill consequence of their having sent their children to the new Council school. Mr Samuel Jones, alluding to a ratepayers' meeting to be held the same night at Ffynnon- groew, stated that the ratepayers were really afraid of attending the meeting because ihoy would be marked out. Canvassing had taken place in regard to the employers of labour and others who were interested. He thought the Secretary should attend the meeting, and make a statement similar to that he had already made to the Committee. The Secretary said he felt that if he had to attend the meeting he could hardly maintain that non-partisan attitude which was expected of him as an official. It was decided that a transcript of the Secretary's statement should be sent to the Ffynnongroew meeting. Dr Humphrey Williams suggested that they n Should make it clear that they were still pre- pared to take over the Talacre school, pro- vided they had absolute control. The Chairman I think almost everyone is bound to wait to see what form the new Education Bill will take before they take any further steps with regard to denominational schools.-(Hear, hear.) The Secretary then read the resolutions passed by the parish meetings in Llanasa. It was decided to proceed with the neces- sary formalities prior to-the building of a now school at Gwespyr. A site was fixjd upon for the Trelogan school.
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