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HOLYWELL. THE MONTHLY SESSIONS.—These sessions were held on Tuesday last before a full bench of magis- trates, but the cases were few and unimportant. THE NATIONAL EISTEDDFOD FOR 1879.—The committee of this Eisteddfod, which is to be held at Holywell, met on Wednesday evening last at the King's Head Hotel. It was annou-nced that the canvass agreed upon at the last meeting with a view of ascertaining the feeling of the town on the matter, had been carried out, and showed the Holvwellites to be in favour of an Eisteddfod next year. It was aLo stated that the guarantee fund had already reached £ 400, and that upwards of £ 20 had been promised by different persons as prizes for competition on various subjects. DEATH OF MR HuTCHFiELD.—It is with sincere regret that we have this week to record the some- what sudden death of Mr Edw. Hutchfield, of Greenhill, which took place yesterday week. De- ceased had been suffering for some time until within the last fortnight, when it was hoped that he was approaching convalescence, but he last week suffered a relapse, which ended fatally on the day mentioned. Deceased was an active poli- tician, and conducted the revision of the county and borough registers for a number of years on behalf of the Liberal party. But his active in- terest in politics ceased after the General Election of 1874, when he laboured hard qn behalf of Sir Robt. Cunliffe. It was not, however, in any one particular sphere that the deceased gentleman's usefulness was felt, but rather in the multitudinous service-' which he discharged, and his loss will be felt by his numerous friends and the public gene- rallv. THE ODDFELLOWS' FESTIVAL.—This festival,— which is looked upon by all, except those Puritan- ical descendants who stand aghast at it while they do not scruple to support similar proceedings at country tea parties, as a very agreeable institution —took place on Monday last, being Bank Holiday. In strict keeping with previous years, the arrange- ments made bj' the members of the Lord Mostvn Lodge of Oddfellows were admirable, but contrary to all previous occasions, the weather was itost un- propitious. Tea was served in the aftei noon at the Holywell Board Schools, and was partaken of by several hundreds. Sports and amusements of all kinds were provided in a field at Ffordd Fer. Be- sides the races, the Girarde troup of acrobats," a juggler and clown, and two negro troups, had been engaged at considerable expense, and contributed greatly, in spite of the unfavourable weather, to the sustenance of the reputation of the festival. Dancing was indulged in to the strains of-the band of the 4th F.R.V. The day's proceedings, as re- gards the programme, were a perfect success, but we fear that pecuniarily the festival was not so successful as its excellence and its object (the augmentation of the Widows' and Orphans' Fund) deserved. We append the principal'' events'' with their results:— Foot Race, 120 yards (for Holywell youths under 14 years of age). 1st prize, 7s (id; 2nd. 4s 3rd, 2s. Entry, 3d. 1st. Edward Williams; 2nd, Edward James 3rd, John Henry Conlon. Oaklands' Prizes.-Foot Race, 120 yards, for youths under 16 years of age. 1st prize, 15s; 2nd, 7s 6d; 3rd, 2s Gd. Entry, M. 1st, Charles Davies; 2nd, Edward John Jones 3rd, Thomas Roberts. The Memorial Prize.—For youths under 18 years of age, residing within three miles of Holywell. 1st prize, an elegant (E. P.) Silver Cup, presented by the late P. Ellis Eyton. Esq., M. P.; 2nd prize, 10s; 3rd prize, 5s. Entry is. 1st, George Parry; 2nd, Edward John Jones. For this race two persons living beyond the prescribed district entered and came first to the winning post, but they were disqualified. The "Picton" Hurdle Race, 220 yards, over three flights of hurdles. 1st prize, a Gold Locket, value £1 is, with £ 1 Is money, added 2nd prize, 15s; 3rd prize, 7s Cd. The whole of these prizes were privately subscribed 1 <y Members of the Picton Lead Mining Company Limited. 1st, Geo. Minshull; 2nd, 11. Williams; 3rd, George Parry. The Grosvenor Prizes.-Flat Race.-A quarter of a mile (open). 1st prize, One Guinea; 2nd prize. 12s 6d; 3rd prize, 7s Gd, Entry, is. 1st, Robert Williams; 2nd, T. Glynne; 3rd, E. Evans. SCHOOL BOARD MONTHLY MEETING, WED- NESDAY, AUGUST 7th.—Present, Mr Richard Gratton (chairman), J. Brittain (vice-chairman), and Mr Charles Evans. Clerk, Mr E. M. Evans. After the reading and confirmation of the minutes, the first matter on the agenda was: ,¡ Perpetual IMotion !At the last meeting, Mr Hughes gave notice that he would move at the present meeting a resolution to the following effect: —" That, inasmuch as the existing rules and regu- lations of the Holywell Board Schools are imprac- ticable and illegal, they be rescinded, and that others be framed in conformity with the Education Act, and whieh can be forced beneficially to the board, the teachers, the scholars, and the rate- payers." The clerk lead a letter from Mr Hughes, stating that he was unable to be present, and applying that his motion should be postponed until the next meeting. Some conversation en- sued as to the regularity or irregularity of these monthly motions, the same motion having been brought forward about half-a-dozen times in different forms. Indignation was expressed at Mr Hughes's conduct, one member remarking that he had made the Holywell School Board the laughing stock of the country. The fate of the motion was afterwards postponed until next meet- ing, in order that the chief mourner might be present. A New Clerk of the Works.—The monotony of the board's routine was agreeably broken by Mr Thomas Hughes. In the letter referred to in the last paragraph, the writer stated that during one of his visits to the Bagillt schools, he observed the bricks used by the contractors for building the closets were of an inferior character, and contrary to the specifications. He had called the attention of the clerk of the works to the matter, who had brought it under the notice of the con- tractors, and their reply (so says Mr Hughes's letter) was that they could not get better bricks." But this was not all. Mr Hughes, presumably apprehensive that the board would not accept his unsupported testimony, had forwarded with his letter a parcel, carefully wrapped in paper and tied. On the parcel being opened, some amuse- ment was caused by a member suggesting that the contents must be a sample of bun loaf to be given in a treat to the children of the board schools. But it was nothing so palatable, it being (to quote the words written on a label pasted on it) a "sample brick used in building the closets, Bagillt Board Schools." The letter before referred to directed the clerk to "preserve" the brick until next meeting.—The Vice-chairman: It should be borne in mind that Mr Hughes has not been appointed to visit and report upon the works. He has no right to do so. And I reckon these visits and reports of his as so many intrusions.- The Chairman: Yes, and we must teach him that. At least, we must tell him; we cannot teach him, I suppose.—Mr Charles Evans: I can't see that his services are required, because the clerk of the works is able to go about now. -The clerk read the report of the clerk of the works, which was in flat contradiction with Mr Hughes's letter.—The board expressed themselves satisfied, and the letter, together with the brick, were allowed (literally) to "lay on the table." Government Inspector's Reports.-The Govern- ment Inspector reported as follows :—Boys' School (Halkyn-street) The entrance porch is very un- tidy the walls were dirty; the floors should be washed at least once a month. Fresh black boards and easels, two complete sets of books, and a map of Europe are needed. A capital examination has been passed in the standard work. The grammar was extremely good, bordering upon excellent. The geography of the second and third standards was very fair of the fourth, fifth, and sixth stan- dards, only moderately fair. Mr Pierce is an honest worker, and an able schoolmaster.—Girls' and Infants' School (Halkyn-street) Two com- plete sets of books, reading sheets, and more black boards and easels cards on form and colour and coloured pictures of animals and flowers, are required. The walls need re-colouring; the floors should be washed at least once a month. A good examination has been passed in the standard work; the arithmetic was close upon excellent, for a girls' school. The grammar was very good indeed. The number of the infants was only moderately fair, in other respects they were fair. The geography of the second standard was, perhaps, pretty good, and the third standard fair; of the fourth, fifth, and sixth standards, lacking in intelligence and accuracy. Girls should be taught needlework in- stead of geography as a class subject. Mrs Pierce is an honest worker and an able school-mistress. I am to state that honour certificates cannot be issued for Robert Roberts and Charles Leaning, as my lords do not consider themselves authorized to depart in this case from the regulation made by the department under the eighteenth section of the Elementary Education Act, 1876, by which 350 attendances are required. Only two of the scholars for whom honour certificates are claimed satisfy the requirements of fhe regulations of 9th February, 1877. Martha Jones passed well: and R. Humphreys, M. Nuttall, A. M. Powell, and B. A. Hughes, fairly but Nuttall should attend to euclid, and Powell and Hughes to his- tory. Humphreys should be informed that lie is now qualified under Article 79, but can only qualify himself under Article 60 by passing satis- factorily the examination specified under Article 91. With reference to the Infant Board School (Spring Gardens), the inspector reported: The needlework of the infants was good. The reading of the first class was good; their tables and their [ numbers will need little more care. The work of the other classes was about good. The first standard wa« weak. Both order and physical excercises were good. Mrs Parry is pleasant and kind with infants. This school is a promising one. -The grant this year for the Halkyn-street Board Schools is £177 19s 2d, as compared with X196 last year, but, as the vice-chairman remarked, the present head teachers are in no way respon- sible for the decrease, having had t1:" are of the schools for so short a period. The Opening of the Bagillt Sctool-.—Proposed Demonstrat'wn.—A. subject which occupied some time in discussing was the desirability of having a time in discussing was the desirability of having a public demonstration on the Occasion of opening j the above schools.—The Vice-chairman felt dis- posed to give the children attending the board schools a treat, and to make a public demonstra- tion that day.—The Chairman said, that although lie was not very aatat > the suggestion, he would prefer having the aifair over quietly, with- out any demonstration.—Mr Charles Evans was iu favour of a demonstration, providing it could be got up without diving too deeply into the rate- payers' pockets.—After some conversation, it was decided, on the motion of the Vice-Chairman, to open the schools on the 2nd September, by a public meeting at two o'clock in the afternoon.-r-The Chairman proposed Mr Walker, as one of the largest ratepayers in the neighbourhood, to occupy the chair at the meeting. This was seconded and agreed to.—The Clerk was directed, on the motion of the Vice-chairman, to write to his Grace the Duke of Westminister, Lord Mostyn, Lord Richard Grosvenor, M.P., Mr John Roberts, M.P., Sir Pyers Mostyn, Bart., Mr Jackson (Gyrn), the Messrs. Muspratt, Major Conwy, Mr Roskell, Mi Sankey, the members of the late board, &c., soliciting their presence at the public meeting. Monthly Reports.—The report of Mr and Mrs Pierce for the rÐolth ending July 26th shuwe 11 le average attendance of boys and girls to be 129-8 and 9f 5 respectively. Six children had been admitted and two had left. The report complained of the new scholars not bringing with them the necessary certificates to ensure proper entries into the Child's School Book. The report stated that the School Attendance Committee of the Holywell Union had refused to remit 'fees of non-p:mper children who attend this school, and that in con- sequence one scholar had to retaove to another school. The report also called attention to repairs wanted and to the holidays -The report for the same period of Mrs Parry, of the Spring Gardens Infant School, showed the number on the books at present to be 82, as compared with 75 last month. Attention was also called to the want of school apparatus.—With reference to holidays, it was lipp, decided, on the motion of the Vice-chairman, to break up on Friday (to-day), and continue the holidays for three weeks, resuming duties on the same date as the Bagillt Schools, September 2nd, and reserving one week's holiday for Christmastide. —A committee was appointed to see to the repairs and cleaning of the schools during the holidays.— With reference to the Child's School Book, it was agreed, on the motion of the Vice-chairman, seconded by Mr Charles Evans, that the teac hers be authorized to fill up the Child's School Book, and to obtain the most reliable information avail- .able for the same. Miscellaneous.—A letter was read from Mr Hill, the architect, asking the board to name some day after the 13th inst., on which he could meet them, as before that day he would be from home. The board agreed to meet that day three weeks, instead r of the following Wednesday.—An application far a situation as pupil teacher was held over until next meeting.—The tender of Mr J. J. Evans, draper, of X,30, for the spare land on the Infant School site was accepted. A number of cheques were signed, and the board separated.







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