THE GWESPYR SCIIOOL QUESTION. 7> l° the Editor of the "Prestatyn Weekly. I [Continued from last week]. 6,^th0Ugh j wjsj1 fnijy t0 acknowledge the Cutional privileges received at the hands of tj ^ostyu family in the past, I at the same -assert that I do not believe that the Uj. 1(5 elementary school to be provided under $, aPproaching Act will be located in the j aWe School Building. J jj 11 the first place I doubt whether Sir Pyers ai)UstyQ would entertain the idea of coming to ent with the County Council or the coming Act. It has been said, on t ^est authority, that he would not consent Clling or leasing the building. An annual «asAUg' even &rantec^ would never suit the n the next place it is doubtful whether lie 0 County Council would suggest fresh- J Satiations, knowing that the terms were' i asa8e^ matters were more peaceable, Voiregard* management, to the owners of y ^ou^tary schools. At the same time, it i 'V. Possible, under the expected Act, K parents (with the consent of Sir 1 ft l'6, re9.uir«Jhe County Council to hold 'i public inquiry, to decide as- to thd | 'Ability of the Talaere School. v ^iven if it were possible to come to terms, i think it would be' better for the County Usicil to proceed, at once, to erect new J ^ol buildings in Gwespyr, and to pat an J1 to the unfortunate feeling of unrest at existing in the parish. I Proceed to adduce- a -few reasons (1) The Talacre buildings cannot be said to ,Very central for the Gwespyr children— to G r nately, cannot be carried bodily th esPyr. They were probably built to meet ftls r'■1 ii"em.eiita of, not only Gwespyr, but i ftt fl Gronant and, possibly, Llanasa children, '< be] 8ame time. On the other hand, new a U°OL buildings would be built in as CENTRAL iI1^0t as possible, so as to be convenient for ^ts and young children. With this object j A.ct will provide that land may be J?ht compulsorily if need he. Ve\-) The Talaere buildings are undoubtedly to^ Substautially built, and were constructed ^eet the requirements of the Code then ev^*1^ New buildiags at Gwespyr, how- I tb er, Would be constructed in accordance with Ifill lll08t motiern auc^ approved ideas, and ]„t 1 the recommendations entertaiued in the "j*' Code. ftlt Talaere buildings would require certain Nations and improvements before they 1H. d be utilised by the County Council, s. *8 would involve expense, and it would be 'Vlt to say who would be "responsible for ne initial expense—whether the owner or. the, atl11cil. Of course, the expense incurred Cer the school was taken over for keeping btJ. repair, making improvements, etc., would borne by the County Council, but such feirs, etc., would, naturally, be less in a building. '4) If the Council and Sir Pyers were to come Arrangement, there would be no security ah Permanence, and the parish- might at time be precipitated into another period It Citation, Sir Pyers having declared against 8aje or lease. e (5) The Talaere; buildings (under this Bill) JMd- only be utilised by the Council from to four on five days a week. I see no cj ^ence in the Bill that the Council could J^ the use of the buildings for conducting ^Vening continuation classes, technical lessons. ycultural lectures, etc. *^ith new school buildings, the Council auld possess all these rights. t Although we. have no right, perhaps, utilise educational funds for the following jj.J'Poses, still we may point out that a pub- v-owned school in the heart of Gwespyr ll¡ 0,Ud be of great value for holding literary ^tings, lectures, debating societies, concerts, meetings, parish meetings, etc. At these have to be held in chapels, detracts from the sanctity of the latter. J-Lhe Talaere buildings, even if available for ctl Purposes, are a little bit out of the way, and people might think twice before they went that distance. (7) In the Talaere buildings facilities would have to be given for the Priest to enter the school on one or two mornings a week to impart Roman Catholic doctrine to the Catholic children, in a room apart, of course. He would probably be perfectly independent; of the headmaster, and the, headmaster of him, and, therefore, the Catholic children would have-to serve two masters in the same institution. This would tend to undermine the influence of the headmaster with the children, and would not conduce to good discipline. As regards the comparative expense of providing the two schools we cannot at present judge. It depends how niuch Sir Pyers would demand as rent, if he were willing to negotiate. We know this much, however, that, ac- cording to this Bill, the special burden on the Parish of Llanasa would only be one-fourth of the rent payable, or one-fourth of the annual charge on the sum borrowed by the County Council from the Public Works Commissioners. The annual sum charged by the Commis- sioners would, probably, be 31 per cent. They would, however, give the Council GO years in which to repay the loan. Thus, if the new school cost £ 1000, the annual charge would be tB2 10/ One-fourth of this, that I is, only iC8 would fall annually as a special burden on the parish, for providing a [building that price And what if even this. light burden were removed by means of the; extra, million! pounds to be granted, fOJ Kducatioij ? With some, the new name given to Talaere Schools, viz, St. Wmifryde's Talaere Convent, and the residence of a Mother Superior and Sisters of Catholic Orders, in the same block of buildings, would be a stumbling-block. The atmosphere, they say, .-in addition to containing the well-known elements, nitrogen. oxygen, carbonic acid, etc. and .the now recently discovered element, argon (meaning idle "), would contain an even more subtle element, which has not yet been isolated .by the great chemists, but which is not, by any means, idle." The best name to express its action would be "Proselyton." Other people may have the same objection against the "Nonconformist atmosphere" of the present school held in temporary premises in Gwespyr. Let us, therefore, all work together to urge the' County Council to pr6ceed at once to erect new school buildings in Gwestpy-r, free from anything that might be called a piose- lytising atmosphere." Let the "children breathe a pure air, free from all taint of any description !-I am, sir, yours truly, CONSIDERATE,
much worse than let the voluntary or non- provided schools live. Their managers, at least, have the benefit of half-a-century's experience in them,' and who can say that public control will provide more knowledge- able managers ? Let it be remembered that the parents and children of no one school in England or Wales have complained of their school, and that the friction is entirely con- fined to the local administrators, who, more often than not have never seen the school under discussion, or visited the village or neighbourhood, and have about as much in acquaintance with the children's and parents' needs as we have of the possible people in- habiting other planets. Let anyone ask the attendance officer of th9 Llanasa Parish if he can account for the sudden growth of children on paver since the Gwespyr School was contemplated. The local schools have really played a game ot "general post," with the ratepayers in the middle blindfold
[PROM OUR OWN CORRESPONDENT], A Relief came to our weary mothers when they heard the school-bell ring on Monday morning, calling the children to lessons after the Easter, holidays.
-All Saints Church. At the Easter Vestry Mr John Roberts was appointed Vicar's warden, and Mr Daniel Edwards people's warden. The sidesmen for the year are Messrs E. Davies (jr), Wm DavieS, R, J. Roberts, J. Sanders, T. lioberts, and John Edwards. It was decided to hold Welsh and English services alternately morning and evening, commencing on the first Sunday in May, 0 when the morning service will be in English, and the evening service in Welsh. Mr T. J. Batters was appointed lesson reader for the English services, with Mr T. Jones as deputy, .aud Mr 'R. Jones reader for the Welsh services, with Mr E. Davies as deputy.
Shipping. The following Steamers arrived in Mostyn- on the 24th inst: .s. S. Jason from La. Pallice, S.S. Volante from Granville, both c'aitying a cargo of iron ore.
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Motor Service. 8 readers are reminded that there are alterations in the time-table of the j0t°r service which come into operation on Qesclay next. There are additional trips as as the times of running having been re<l. Particulars will be found on page 4.
} ^stry Meeting. annual vestry meeting in connection the Parish Church was held on Friday r presided over by the Vicar, who that the church work during the at ^een very successful. The financial Jj e^ent shewed a balance in hand, the eetions having been most satisfactory. CQ^8 gratifying to note that the number of « ^uuieants on Easter day had been larger sever- •'•oe English services on Sunday afternoons fire very well attended, and the meeting 8gCl. that from Whitsunside an English should be held each Sunday morning >, tor the convenience of the many English JJle in the village. yj*r John Roberts (Penisa) was appointed ^Car's Warden, and Mr Reader; was selected represent the parishioners,
*•> ,,v. « LADY MOSTYN ON THE PRESENT SITUATION. i To Editor of the "Prestatyn Weekly. DKAii Sin,—The Flintshire County Council have decided that, as Sir Pyers declines to sell or lease to the local authority the Talaere R.C. Trust School, they will not accept it a's a public elementary non-provided school. This means that it is deprived of all grant aid- or rate aid. They have no objectiwi-; how- ever, to his paying school rates and -income tax to the Treasury for any and every school except his own. They will graciously permit him to educate his nonconformist I tenantry at his private expense, as they can- not close the school or help the school being an efficient elementary school. The Talaere Schools, from Sir Pyers' 21st birthday to this year, have costvhim well over £ 10,000, not spent aloill" in the Roman Catholic interest, but 90 tor 95 per cent in the interest of any, and every, neighbour goner- ally, and as a faith in the interest of the non- conformists around him, as the Talacre family have never enquired the creed of the children attending these schools, but desired its benefits to be shared by all their tenantry and neighbours. As long as the Talaere Mostyns have the means the school will be free to the use of the Llanasa Parish, even though the entire expense will be borne by the family. ..As the county and locality will not lose the use of one of the finest schools in Flint- shire, and as we chose deliberately to pay the tl75 a year interest" on the cost of the building, in addition to the salaries and all other expenses rather than betray our trust, I hope the public will, therefore, have the charity and justice to see that, while suffering a grievous wrong, a Roman Catholic does not bring any loss to. the district, and that the three new schools to be built in the Llanasa Parish are not built because there are chil- dren requiring school accommodation, but because a nonconformist local government authority will waste and throw on one side any, and perhaps it will be every building that is not owned and controlled by a non- conformist authority at the same time they are most willing to build and run their schools with Roman Catholic or Church of"England money. At the cost of Sir, Pyers Mostyn the schools have been thorpugly disinfected and re-painted throughout after the unfortunate epidemics of scarlet fever, whooping cough,and diphtheria prevalent during the short administration of the Flintshire County Council.—I am, yours faithfully, ANNA MARIA MOSTYN. P.S. — Probably before long vratepayfer^ will realize that public control must mean public rates," and that, after all, ons man has as much right to public recognition as another and the ratepayers may do very 01
JUST ARRIVED s A Grand Assortment of New Huge Stock to Select from; Prices from 2td.per dozen upwards. A Book of Patterns sent anywhere on Application. ,0 T. 0 EN, Ffyimongroew.
Obituary. On Sunday, Mrs Sarah Roberts, Well Lane, in her 82nd year. Her remains were in- terred in Llanasa cemetary on Thursday. On' Wednesday, Mr T. Griffiths, Picton, late mate of the fiat "Mary."
An Improvement. Two modern dwellings are being erected in place of what was once the Llinegar Post Office. Undoubtedly, fond memories will linger long around the old home-stead, but as the world advances the old must pass away to make room for the new. The twd.hous.es built on the Mostyn side of the present. Post Office, have filled a gap, and joined together other houses which now appear as one block of buildings. As our village extends, and the popu- lation increases, we shall begin to realise our need of an institution for the polical, social, and scientific advancement of the community.
The Lecture Î on Billy Bray in theoEnglish Congrega- tional Chapel on Tuesday proved the continued popularity of the Rev. F. Jewell as a lecturer. The chapel was filled, and MrJewell appeared in such fine form that at-times one might think "Billy" himself was present. Mr Whiteford had offered to refund the ticket- money to those who would be dissatisfied with the lecture, but no one came forward to I claim it. Mr Petrie, Greenfield, was in the chair.
— SUNDAY SERVICES AT FFYNNONGROEW.. MoiifAH C.M. CIIAPKL (Welsh). -10 a.m. and 6 p.m., Rev G Jones, Sychtyn. UKTHANIA WESLEYAN CHAPEL (Welsh).—10 a.m. Mr R. Hughes, Gwm 6 p.m Rev. D. Meurig Jones, Llanasa ALI, SAINTS (Church of England).—10-30 a.m. (English), 6 p.m..(Welsh), Bev H. Harris, B.A.. TABEENAFCIFM .BAPTIST CHAPEL (Welsh).—10 a.m. and (j p.m., Mr William Evans, Holywell. S'f. A-NDRSW'S GONGIIEGATIONAL CHURCH (English) -10-30 a.m. and 6 p.m., Rev. R. J. Stevenson. SILOAH CONGREGATIONAL CHURCH (Welsh). —.10 a.m Dr. E. P. Jones, Mostyu 6 p.m., Mr William Parry, Picton. PEKIEL WESLEYAN CHAPEL (Welsh) Pen-y-ffordd. —10 a.m., Mr P. A. Da-viea, Trelogan 6 p.m., Mr R. Hughes, Gwm. GWYN FA C.M. CHAPEL (Welsh), Itliewl Fawr.— 2 p.m., Rev G., Jones, Sychtyn.
LLANASA PARISH COUNCIL. I The annual meeting was held on Friday, April 20th, when there were present: Councillors Thos Roberts, Hugh Kughes, Owen Owen, Wm Thomas, David Jones, Ed. Thomas, Dr. Lloyd Owen, R. O. Evans, Mr 0. W. Ellis, Assistant Overseer, and the Clerk, Mr T. G. Jones. ELECTION OF CHAIRMAN. Mr Wm Thomas proposed that the Vice- Chairman, Mr Hugh Hughes, should be appointed Chairman for the coming year. In doing so he referred to the fact that Mr Hughes had been a member of the Council since the commencement, and one who had always taken a deep interest in all questions which had been brought forward. Mr Thos. Roberts (ex-chairman) seconded the proposition, and wished to endorse the remarks made as to the ability of Mr Hughes to fulfill the duties of the chair. ISo other name being brought forward, the motion was put to the meeting and carried unanimously. Mr Hughes in taking the chair thanked the members for the honour they had conferred on him. It was true that he had been a member from the formation of the Council, at the same time he thought he was also the youngest member (in years) on the Council. He hoped they would give him their assistance and co-operation to carry out the duties of the office. Rev. E. Pierce proposed, and Mr W. Thomas seconded, a vote of thanks to their late Chairman for the able manner in which he had carried out his duties during the year.—Carried unanimously. Mr Roberts in returning, thanks said that whatever he had done had been to him a labour of love, and ho was pleased to find that his services had been appreciated. APPOINTMENT OF OVERSEERS. Mr Ed. Thomas proposed, and Mr R. O. Evans seconded, that the present Overseers, viz. Messrs. Owen Owen, Rev. E. Pierce, Thos. Roberts, and W, Thomas be re-elected. This was carried. ELECTION OF VICE-CHAIRMAN. Rev; E. Pierce proposed, and Mr David Jones seconded, that Mr Owen Owen should be appointed Vice-Chairman. Carried. APPOINTMENT OF COMMITTEES. Rev. E. Pierce proposed and Mr Thos. Roberts seconded that the various committees should be re-elected. Carried. PRECEPT. Rev. E. Pierce proposed and Mr Wm. Thomas seconded that a rate of -|d in the £ (being a recluc^ioh ^d) be levied to meet current expenses. Carried. NEW ROAD WELL, GWESPYR. The Chairman gave a report of the meeting1 held the previous day by the Parochial Committee to consider the best means of improving the supply of water for Gwuspyr. It was suggested that a trench should be cut a short distance above the well to collect water which was now supposed to run to waste, and to carry it into the well. Rev E. Pierce proposed and Mr E. Thomas seconded that the suggestion of the committee should ba carried out and that the Clerk should apply for permission to go on the land for the purpose. The work to be left in the hands of the Chairman, Vice-Chairman, Messrs. Thos. Roberts, R. 0. Evans, and the Clerk'. RAILWAY SERVICE AT TALACRE STATION. A report of the meeting which had been held at Talacre Station was given by Mr Thos. Roberts. He stated that the deputation had been received mosf cordially by Mr Horne, who seemed most anxious to do all he could to improve the railway service at Talacre Station. He pointed out that several new trains would be stopped at Talaere during the summer months. A; request was made that the last trains from Chester and Rhyl should stop here This Mr Home refused to promise without making further enquiries, but if he'could see his way clear, he would be very pleased to do so. The Rev. E. Pierce proposed and Dr. Owen seconded that a hearty vote of thanks be passed to Mr Home for his kindness in meeting the deputation so promptly, and for the improvements which he had promised. DAIRY SCHOOL AT LLEWENI. A circular letter was read from Prof. Winter, Bangor, stating that the Dairy School at Lleweui Hall, Denbigh, will shortly be opened for a season, and that the County Agricultural committee had decided to offer a number of scholarships. These are open to residents in Flintshire above the age of 14. holders of which are entitled to free board at Llewcnj.