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CAERLEON

PONTYPOOL.

BLAENATON.

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BLAENATON. ODD-FELLOWS' FESTIVAL.—On Monday last, the mem. bers of the Victoria and Prince Albert" lodge of Inde- pendent Odd-Fellows, number 2492, Manchester Unity, celebrated their anniversary at the Kings' Arms inn. They assembled at four o'clock in the afternoon, and par- took of a very substantial repast, provided and served up in Host Eley's usual good style. When the cloth was removed. T W Plum, Esq, the much respected manager of the Works, was proposed to the chair, supported by P G Israel Morgan, and Mr T Thomas, engineer. The vice-chair was taken by Mr John Harris, supported by Brother John Jenkins, and Mr J Lewis, furnace-manager. A party of glee singers, conducted by Mr John Parry, was in attendance. After the usual loval toasts had been disposed of, the Chairman proposed I The Army, Navy, and Volunteers," which was responded to by Ensign Thomas. Glee—" March of the Men of Harlech." The next toast was, The Manchester Unity," which was responded to by P P G M Joseph Kay, who entered into a number of statistics, relating to the order, and descanted upon the many advantages derivable from the unity, especially those arising from the use of travelling cards. He concluded by saving that odd-fellowship was disremin- ated over the whole globe, and added, as an instance, that a lodge was about to be opened in Constantinople. [Loud applause]. Song-" Land of My Fathers." The"Blaen- avon District" was then proposed by the Vice-Chairman, who called upon Prov. C S Townsend to respond. Mr Townsend said the Blaenavon district consisted of three lodges, comprising an aggregate total of about 350 mem- bers. The Victoria and Prince Albert" lodge, was the strongest in the district, both numerically and financially. The Friend in Need lodge, at Garndiffaith, was the oldest; whilst the "Saint Vincent" lodge, although the youngest of the three, had progressed in an astonishing m mner; it was in a very good position, both with regard to funds, and the number of members; and it bade fair to remain as it now is, one of the best lodges in the county. Glee-" The Village Choristers." Toast-" The Victoria and Prince Albert Lodge;" this was replied to by the Secretary, Mr Thomas Jordan, who stated that the lodge was in a flourishing condition, and getting on exceedingly well. The lodge was worth about £ 1138, having increased nearly £ 60 during the past year [ApplauseJ. Glee- The Friend in Need." The Vice-Chairman then pro. posed, "The Officers of the Victoria and Prince Albert Lodge," to which P G Thomas Powell responded. He said the present favorable position in which the lodge stood, was due, in a great measure, to its having had good officers to conduct the business. Song-" Tom Bowling," Bro. John Thomas: glee—"The Gipsies' Festival." The Chairman proposed, t'he Widows' and Orphans' Fund." It was a fund inati+utnil In t Ko ilUtrn. of tlie widow, and protect the orphans from want. It required all the sympathy they could give it; and he hoped the officers of the lodge would call upon him for his contribution on that occasion. [Loud cheers.] PPGM Edward Russell res- ponded to the toast, in doing which, he spoke of the bene- ficient operations of this branch of the order. Song— friendship, Love, and Truth," Mr Wm Parry song— "There's Music iu the Rifle," Mr A Townsend. Mr Israel Morgan, after stating his gratification at the happy nature of the proceedings, read a letter from F C Finch, Esq, one of the directors of the Works, in reply to an invitation sent h:m, in which that gentlemen stated that he had been an odd-fellow upwards of20 years; circumstances necessitated his declining the invitation to dinner, but he enclosed a sovereign to be applied to the lodge funds. [Cheers], "Mr Morgan then proposed "Health and Prosperity to the Blaenavon Directors, and the Agents of the Works." The Chairman responded, and said he had no doubt the Directors would be glad to hear of the good wishes ex- pressed towards them. Appropriate responses were also made by Mr Lewis, and Mr Thomas, engineer. Mr Lewis proposed The Health ofMr and MrsPlum, and Family," which was vociferously received with musical honors, and three times three. Mr Plum thanked them tor the com. pliment, and retired from the chair amidst much cheering. Song—" My Cottage Home." The healths of the Trea- surer, Mr I Morgan, P P G M Richard Steel, P P G M Joseph Kav, were proposed by P P G M Edward Russell, and responded to by Mr Morgan. Under the presidency ofthe last named gentlemau, convivialities were prolonged for a considerable time. The toasts," The Vice-Chairman and Family," "The Host and Hostess," "The Choir," being given in turn, and suitably responded, to. Some capital songs and glees also followed, and the happy meeting was brought to a close by the singing of the National Anthem by the Choir.

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