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Children's Choirs.




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 Mr lialli said that when notice was received that Talacre Schools were to be withdrawn from public control, the Board of Education iuul written the local Education Authority asking what observations they could offer on the matter, also asking to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

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