lie New Ball and the School Question at Gwespyr: The Two Alternatives. To the Editor of the Prestatyn Weekly." Dear Sir,—Let bygones be bygones Let tocrit-ainations cease On or after 1st January, 1908, only one public elementary school will be recognised In the Gwespyr neighbourhood.. This will be entirely under public control "-there will not be a single privately appoint- ed manager. The nchoo.1 will receive state aId and rate aid. No other school will deceive a penny from the state (in grants) nor from the County Council (in rates). The teachers will be appointed by the County Council upon the recommendation of the body of public managers. The teaching staff will most likely belong to the Christian foith, although the Bill declares that no religious tests will be imposed upon teachers. At least one member of the staff must profess Christianity, else how can Bibtical teaching be imparted and religious exercises be con- ducted ? It will be compulsory to impart re- ligious instruction, although it will not be compulsory on any individual teacher to im- part that instruction, nor will it be compul- sory upon the children to receive it. At any rate, although part of the staff toust of necessity belong to the Christian c, fftith, no question will ba asked of their creed whether they subscribe to Roman Catholicism. Anglicanism, Calvinism, Armenianisiii or any other "ism." As has been suggested, religious Instruction will be imparted between 1) and 10 morning. This will consist of simple Biblical teaching alid simple religious exercises (such as on'ei'- ^g opening and closing prayers, and singing a hymn). The character of the' religious Caching will be upon the lines of the present County Council syllabus, which has been drawn up by good and pious men of every Christian creed, lioraau Catholics, Anglicans, and Nonconformists. Secular instruction will not begin until 10 o'clock, and the register will not be made QP until then. Parents, by declaring a con- scientious objection to the religious instruction Dlay withhold their children from school Until 10 o'clock. Jewish and unbelieving parents, if there happen to be any in oar midst, will probably avail themselves of this provision (the con- science clause). Now, coming to the local bearing of the subject, it remains to be asked "Where will the above school be situated ?" and Does it really matter where it will be situated so long as the above provisions are carried out ?" THE Two ALTERNATIVES. The Two Alternatives are of course (1) The Talacrc School Buildings; (2) New School Buildings at Gwespyr. Mr Birrell describes School Buildiiigs as (1) very good," (2) "not quite so good," (&) bad," (4) very bad." Now both the above alternatives may be classed among the very good." So far there is no choice between the two. Of course the New School Building would be more central, which would be a consideration for infants, and the younger children, but the Talacre buildings are not so far off after all, and the difference in distance would hardly justify increased; expense. Wherein would be the real difference, if any ? Would the difference be of any real foment ? Let us inquire into the matter a little further. (1) The Talacre School buildings. —These are privately owned, and may, therefore, be withdrawn from educational use, or may be kept on as a private school, in which case they would not receive a penny of public money by way of rates or grants. But, of course, that does not concern us. What concerns us is that the County Council and the owners (or trustees) may strike a bargain. The County Council would obtain the use of the building for five days, and work from nine to five, and would secure full con- trol over them during that time. The council would, however, have to pay a certain occupation rent (if insisted npon), and, moreover, would have to maintain the fabric and keep the building in proper repair. The owners on the other hand could have the use of the buildings in the evenings and on Saturdays and Sundays if they desired. They could further stipulate for certain facilities, that is, that Roman Catholic teach- ing should be imparted on two mornings a week, in a room a-part for Catholic children, whose parents desire it, and probably by Father Dumphy, or whoever 11 happened to hold office for the time being. This denominational instruction would be imparted during the hour the biblical teaching Was being imparted to other children. During the other three mornings of the week the Catholic children would probably join the Protestant children in reviewing simple biblical teaching. (2) The new School Buildings at Gwespyr. If these were decided upon, the County Council would borrow money, and would get 60 years (by the new Bill) to repay the money. The religions- instruction would be confined to simple Biblical; teaching apd simple religious exercises, and no facilities for denominational teaching would be allowed. It remains for the County Council, the public managers, to be elected, and the public opiuion of the neighbourhood behind them, to adopt one of these alteraatives. Which will they adopt ?—I am, yourg etc. EXPECTANT.
The New Car. The Railway Company have this week placed a new car on the motor route. There were complaints as to lack of ventilation in the old car, but this defect has been com* pletely remedied in the new one. Four win* dows in each of the two compartments are now made to open, and in addition an electric fan is to be fixed in the roof of ¡he smoking end, in order to clear the atmosphere. There are several other minor alterations, the whole of which conduce to additional comfort for passengers.
Parish Meeting. The annual palish meeting was held on Friday, when three new overseers were appointed Messrs R. Lewis (Cross Keys). Johnson Humphreys, and Isaac Hughes. Mr U. Lewis has given such satisfaction to aU concerned that for the third time in sue- lie has been appointed chairman of the Parish Council.
Preaching Meetings. The friends at the C.M. Chapel have arranged to hold preaching meetings on Easter Sunday and Monday, when Bevli. T. Charles Williams, M.A., Pprtbaethwy, and O. Selwyn Jones, Deganwy are announced to take part.
Congregational Chapel. On Sunday next the preacher at the English services connected with the above, is Mr Jenkins, of Manchester, at 11 a.m. and 6 p.m. There will be a Welsh service at 2 p.m., when Mr. Hugh Edwards. Rhyl, will preach. It might be mentioned that English services have been held in this place of worship for the past fifteen years, and they are much appre- ciated by many visitors f^om English towns.
Wcsleyan Chapel. A concert was held at the Cwm Wesleyftn chapel last week, the artistfa being all from Dyserth, viz., TheMale Voice Choir, Jf. D. Williams, J. Williams, (buttiher), J. Roberts. (Gadlas), Alf Jones, and Lizzie Roberts, also T. J. Hughes rendered good service as a reciter. .■
"Whât'. ¡naN-a. Opinion ia dtvided &a to whitb is the mnst suitable imme, "Upper Dysértli" or Now Dyserth," for the locality Usually known as Ochr-y-foel or '•Tan-y-foel." We see no reason whv these Welsh nameashould not be retained, the latter being especially ap- propriate., meaning 'Neath the Hill," and is easily pronounced by English people. We are of opinion that there is too much tendency in these days to Anglicise these quaint places. Let them retain their ancient names and customs, say we. V. ♦ ■ -r
DYSERTH: A PROTEST. To the Editor of the Prestatyn Weekly" Kindly allow me to emphatically protest against the suggestion of altering the words Ochr-y-foel and Tan-y-foel, What is the difficulty ? I have heard English people sound the words scores of times. Half English and half W elshsuch as New Dyserth or Lower Dyserth, is absolute nonsense. Leave the names alone, they are better than the idea of altering them.—Yours, X.Y.Z.
THE NECESSITY OF BETTER POSTAL FACILITIES. To the Editor of the "Prestatyn Weekly." Srn,-As Ochr-y-foel and Tan-y-foel, or "Upper Dyserth," as someone called the place in your paper of last week, is increasing so much, an improvement should be made in our postal arrangements. Really, the Post Office is not situated where it should be its location should be somewhere in the upper part. It is quite unreasonable that the great majority of the population must drag up and down the steep hill whenever one requires to send a parcel, money or postal order, away. Kven when one is short of a stamp he has to ao all the way down to the bottom for one. o.. 0 To meet the requirements of the neigh- bourhood we should have something better than the letter box at the corner of the con- fectioner's shop,-we should have a sub- post office here. This shop would serve well as such, providing Miss Williams agrees to it. Almost all the business people reside around this shop, and may I appeal to some of these gentlemen to move in the matter. I believe that all that is necessary is to draw a petition, get it signed by the residents of this locality, and forward it to the head- office at Rhyl.. May I suggest the names of the following gentlemen as the right ones to take the matter in hand Mr Williams (Roslyn), Mr Roberts (Bodunig), Mr Daniel Jones (Prengwyn), Mr Kd ward Williams (Builder), Mr Peter Williams, and Mr J. Ellis.—Yours truly, FOBWARO.
JUST ARRIVED: A Grand Assortment of New Huge Stock to Select from; Prices from 2id. per dozen upwards. 4 Book of Patterns sent anywhere on Application. ROBT. OWEN, Ffynnongroew.
The PBBRTATTS WBKKLY may be had from Mrs Hugh Jones, Ffynnongroew.
[FROM oua own. CORRESPONDENT] Train Service. A deputation from the Parish Council waited upon L. W. Home, Esq., the L. and N.W. Co's Superintendent, at Talacre station, on Tuesday, with a view of having improved train service at that ptation.. Mr Horne pro- mised the deputation that the present service shall be augmented, commencing in June, but at regards their appeal for later tram service, he could not now make a promise the subject would receive his consideration.
The Council School will be closed for Easter Holidays from Wednesday, April 11th, until Monday 23rd inst. During the vacation, the managers have decided to supply rollers and blinds for the idfantg" Ischool. The contract is placed with Mr R. Owen.
Another Cantata. Those who heard the rendering of the cantata 44 From Manger to Cross," at the English Congregational Charch. last August, will be pleased to know that our friends are learning another cantata, this is entitled "From Gethsemane to Calvary," by the same composer.
A Draw in aid of Mr J. Elder, Garth, who has been ill for several months, is being made. The secretary is Mr Robt. Jones, Meirion lerrace, treasurer, Mr Wm. Hughes, Lewis' Terrace.
Presentation. At Rhewl. Mostyn, on Tursday, the mem. bers of the Mostyn Choral Society presented their leader, Mr W. Nuttall, L.L.C.M., with a handsome standard lamp, on the occasion of his marriage to Miss Morris, eldest daughter of Mr Morris, Marsh Farm, Mostyn. Mr a Foulkes aud tMr H. Williams nyide suitable remarks, while Miss J. Dooley made the presentation. The wedding takes place at Christ Cunrch, Mostyn, on April 18th,
Mostyn Ironworks Male Voice Choir. We wish its members success in their attempt, next Monday at Rhyl, to carry away the JBU0 prize, awarded for the best rendering of "Martyrs of tho Arena." This choir have workeU together well throughout the winter, under the able conductorship of Mr Charles Williams.
Visitors. Mr Jones (Dentist) and family, from Liverpool, will spend Easter holidays at their residence, at ten-y-ffordd; Mrs Hudson's family from Liverpool, at Pen-y-ffordd Rev Hhys Morgan and Mrs Morgan from Barry, at Ffynnongroew.
Engish Congregational Church. In consequence of the Easter holidays the lecture by Rev. F. Jewell on Billy Bray," announced for next Tuesday will be postponed until the following Tuesday the 24th inst.
Regarding Wearing Apparel. Mr Robert Owen of Kidderminster House has just issued a circular reminding us that the fine weather has come, and that it is therefore a matter of great importance that you should realise the necessity of providing yourself with suitable wearing apparel." Mr Owen undertakes to 44 rig you out from head to foot with the newest goods going, at lowest prices," these remarks applying to father, mother, son, daughter, and, we presume, any other relative it may be our good fortune to possess. — 4»
SUNDAY SERVICES AT FFYNNONGROEW. MORUH C.M. CHAPEL (Welsh). -10 a.m. and 6 p.m., Rev J. S. Roberts, Bolton. BETHANIAWESLEYAN CHAPEL (Welsh).— 10 a.m., Mr O. Owen, Ffynnongroew 6 p.m., Mr R. Hughes, Mostyn. ALL SAINTS (Church of England).—10-30 a.m. (English), 6 p.m. (Welsh). Rev H. Harris, B.A. TABERNACLE BAPTIST CHAPEL (Welsh).—10 a.m. and 6 p.m., Rev Rhys Morgan, Barry. ST. ANDBSW'S CONGREGATIONAL CHURCH (English) -10-30 a.m. and 6 p.m., Mr Hugh Thomas Jones. Subjects Morning, 11 People's Need." Evening, The Divine Presence." SILOAH CONGREGATIONAL CHURCH (Welsh). — 2 p.m., Mr Morris, Liverpool; 6 p.m., Mr D. Williams Mostyn. PESIEL WESLEYAN CHAPEL (Welsh) Pen-y-ffordd. -10 a.m. and G p.m., Mr J. P. Brooks, Prestatyu. (JWVNFA C.M. CHAPEL (Welsh), Rhewl Fawr.— 2 p-ma., Rev J. S. Roberta, Bolton,,
TALACRE SCHOOLS. At Talacre Schools on Saturday evening Mr C. J. Batters presided over a meeting convened for the purpose of further considering the school accommodation in the district. There was a numerous attendance. Mr Robert A. Dawson said it was very easy to command a deal of sympathy by asking What are a fow pounds—or a few pence—on the rates, to liberty ?" especially when the liberty is—like tha air we breathe- such an everyday experience as to escape notice, while the few pounds—and another few after them-are taken from other people's pockets! They had heard a great deal about intimidation and coercion, and at a recent parish meeting so forcibly was this y brought home to the public that the voting was done by ballot, but no actual instance of intimidation had been brought forward. He ventured to say. until the County Education Committee determined on the erection of new schools at Gwespyr and Tre- logan, the parish was at peace. No employer of labour asked a would-be workman, and no landlord asked a would-be tenant, what hi-< politics were, or what church or chapel he attended or neglected to attend. So lung as a workman was a good workman it was all right. So long as a tenant was a good tenant, and in position to pay his rent (and it must not be forgotten that the first essential in the relation of landlord and tenant is the payment of the rent) nothing more is required (applause). Now, matters have altered. When workmen or tenants are required, pre- ference will naturally be given to those, who, besides doing their work or paying their rent, as the case may be, will not at the same time, in their private capacities, stir up public opinion, and the authorities to unnecessary expenditure. Rev. W. Loyd Protheroe said that the fight over this matter had been a tedious one, and they were really sick of it. The whole thing was an attack on the voluntary schools (applause). The people in the parish were not over-flourishing, and it was cruel that such burdens as the erection of more schools should be added on the rates. Regarding the Ffynnongroew meeting, much was made of the huge majority secured, but he was convinced that if, instead of adjourning the meeting, they had put the actual question as to whether a new school should be built at Gwespyr or not, tho other party would have been defeated. Ho strongly objected to misleading statements made, and not even in the County Council report was it mentioned that the meeting in question was an adjourned one. The intention was to blind the public and lull the workingman. There bad been touting previous to this adjourned meeting said the rev. gentleman, and it was nothing less than a packed meeting. He urged the ratepayers to exercise their liberty, as they were not going to have that liberty exchanged for a mess of party faction (applause). Mr Williams (Red Lion), said that one- half the children going to the temporary school at Gwespyr were so young that they had to be carried or wheeled there (laughter). Lady Mostyn stated that the Board of Education was being coerced by someone who had prejudged them. Sir Pyers would neither sell nor lease Talacre School, but they were prepared to share with any and every neighbour (applause). The experience of the past 49 years ought to convince them that all would be given the benefit of the conscience clause. The Catholics respeeted the conscience of their neighbours, and they could not hear of one child having altered its faith through attending this school (applause). They had been accused of terrorising their tenants, but the recent action of tenantry was a full contradiction to this. Ihey wore determined Talacre Schools should never be closed, and they would rather live in peace, than have to defend themselves from such attacks as had recently been made upon them. When a id. or Id. rate was spoken of, the public were not reminded that this was for building only. No mention was made of the upkeep, salaries, equipment, and so forth. Mr W. Bulcock said he was a Protestant, but he respected other people's religion as well. He thought it was time that the parishioners resented the attacks which were being made by people who only resided in the place for two or three years. Speaking of the temporary schools, Mr Bulcock said a case of touting by the schoolmaster at Gwespyr had COlDP. under his knowledge, and the child was only three years old. The Chairman then read resolutions in favour of the re-adoption of Talacre School as a public elementary school. The resolutions were carried unanimously, and it was resolved that an executive com- mittee be appointed to take what steps they may think necessary in the matter, the fol- lowing being selected Messrs Batters, Bulcock, Barton, Bretherton, Diwson, Fullam, Mortimer, Rev W. L. Protheroe, Messrs Smith, Temple, Williams (Gwespyr), a-od Williams (Idanasa).
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