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St. Peters's Church, Carmarthen. ANNUAL VESTRY MEETING. The ar.nuil vestry meeting was held at St Peter's Church on Thursday, the 9th inst. The Bishcp of Swanspa presided. There were also present:—RevJ.Du.iol; Rev D. J. Evana the Rev D. T. Griffiths D Rowlands Mr C. E Davies lr E C.>itjy Evans Mr J. D, ] Mcdealf; Mr Pi d>nore Air Thomas Davies lBårku) Mr A. L!. Davies Mr llowell Howtl's Mr Westley Martin Mr Charles Whiteoak Mr James Brigstocke Mr A. B. Woodman Mr J. P. Carter Mr W. J. Williams, Cambray House Mr Reid; and Mr T. W. Barker. PAROCHIAL PROGRESS. The Bishop of Swansea, in opening the proceed- ing*, referred to the extraordinary sueceon which bad attended the parochial woik during ths pif>t year. The two mission-rooms—one in Cambrian- place and the other in Towyside—ehowed by their success that they were appreciated by those for whom were intended. An innovation had been started this year in that the Holy Communion had been administered m Towyside Mission-room. By that iccsns a good many had been enabled to communicate, who could not have been induced to come to the paiish church as they imagined that their clothes were not good enough to appear there. The s'icctss of St. John's Welsh Church was beyond all praise. It was the bright spot in the parish-thanks to the labours of thA Rev D. T. Griffiths and Li" helpers. Dr Rowlands, who had such a nne appreciation of the Welsh language, and who adtuired the earnestness of the worshippers, would tell them that he enjoyed the services there quite as much as St. Peter' Dr Rowlands Not quite, my lord. The Bishop, continuing, said that there had been 191 communicants at St. John's Church on Easter trorning. When the thurch was erected during the time that the j resent liifhop of St. Asaph was vicar, the utmost that couid be said was that 98 or 100 had communieatcd. 140 had been present at 6 o'clock on Christmas morning at the" plygain." With regard to St. Peter's it might be said that things were going satisfactorily. H was not aware that there had been any serious dissatis- fact;cn; there might have been differences of wpinion with regard to the renewal of the organ He did not think, however, that there would be the eligh? st difference of opinions when the organ was finished. He was certain that everyone would agree when it was finished ithat it was a great iroproveaient. Thanks to Mr and Mrs Reid, who had gicen the matter a good start, and without whose aid it would not have been started, the new organ would soon be opened, and would be paid for by the time it was opened. The firm, to whom the re-building had been entrusted, had made a thoroughly good job 01 it; they had not only carried out their contract, but had done a good deal more. —The Bishop concluded his remarks by payir b the retiring churchwardens —Mr J. P. Carter and Mr C E. D.ivies— a high tribute for toe manner in which they had carried out the duties of their office during their term. Mr J P Carter then presented the churchwardens' accounts, from which it appeared that although they had commenced office with a balance of only yet they could now show a credit balance of £28 2s after paying the usual expenses, and in addition carrying out important renovations in the edifice. Dr Rowlands proposed that the accounts be passed. This motion was seconded by Mr James Brigstocke, and carried nem. Dr Rowlands proposed a vote of thanks to the churchwardens for the manner in which they had carried out the duties of their office. Everything had gone on most harmoniously during the year and the churchwardens deserved the best thanks of the vestry for the great attention which they had paid to and the excellent manner in which they had carried out their duties Mr J D Medcalf seconded the motion The Bishop of Swansea also supported the motion. As an instance of the successful administration of the churchwardens, he drew attention to the fact that they had £28 to the good and had paid off the cost of the renovations which amounted to over Mr J P Carter, in acknowladging the vote, said that anything he had done for St. Peters had been a hbour of love, Mr C E Davies also briefly acknowledged the vote. ELECTION OF CHURCHWARDENS. The Bishop of Swansea said that the next business was to elect two churchwardens for the ensuing year. He believed the ancient usage and the right thing to do was for the vicar and the t vestry to agree upon two wardens. That usage had, however, been changed to the present one; by which the vicar one warden, and the 'u.I. ptO.(I.IAi. .r. __J4"p.i.r8"U\ uv,oG., u ."011:# V1U ,1 aj was too better. lie believed that the two men who were likely to be nominated could be agreed upon. There was no disrespect implied to the retiring charchwardens in the election of two other gentlemen he believed it had always been the custom for the church- wardens to retire after two years or so. Dr Rowlands No it was not the custom, my lord. I have known churchwardens here for 15 years. Mr J P Carter said it was his intention to retire in any case. Mr C E Davies expressed the same intention. The Bishop of Swansea said that the gentleman whom he had intended to nominate had come to bim at the last moment, and without giving any reason for so doing, had stated that he did not desire to be nominated. He (the Bishop) had, however, another gentleman in his mind who, he believed, would be equally acceptable to the con- gregation—one whose connection with the Church reflected the greatest credit upon himself and his family, and whose father had been a churchwarden before him. He referred to Mr J S Lester, whom he nominated as the vicar's warden. The wardens were only nominated that day, and were not formally elected until the Archdeacon's court was held. Mr Reid said he had great pleasure in proposing Mr II Brunei White as the other churchwarden. Mr White was so well known to, and so respected by everyone, that it was not necessary to say any- thing in his favour. The Bishop Baid he thought he could say without hesitation that Mr H. Brunei White was at the present moment one of the most popular men in Carmarthen. Dr Rowlands, in seconding the proposition, said that Mr White had made a name for himself in Carmarthea, which, owing to his peculiar bent of mind, he would .retain. No man was better qualified for the office of Churchwarden than Mr White. The proposition on being put to the meeting, was carried nem. con. The Bishop of Swansea said it would be difficult to find two better churchwardens than those who had been nominated. Since he had been vicar, he had always had excellent warden to assist in the work of carrying on the services. THE SHUTTING OF THE CHURCH GATES. Dr Rowlands called attention to the uneven and dangerous condition of the path through the churchyard and thought the new Churchwardens ought to do something to repair it. Mr J. P. Carter I am afraid you would not like to go into an expense of £2i>O, Mr James Brigstocke said he quite agreed with what Dr Rowlands had said. Ho had also heard Dr Row lunds mention that he used to walk through the churchyard and out at the other gate. He (Mr James Brigstocko) quite agreed with the gate of churchyard being on a chain but for some reason or other, the gites were now kept locked. The Churchwardens had probably a very good reason for acting as they did but it was very awkward if one enterted at the gate in front not to be able to come out at the gate in Priory-street, as formerly. The keeping open of the gates had become a custom like the present method of electing churchwardens, Ho should like to see the new churchwardens do something to repair the paths. Dr Rowlands And ldave the gates open. The Bishop of Swansea said that the gates had been originally closed to prevent the children coming in and throwing stones at the chestnuts. Mr C E Davies said that some windows had been broken by the throwing of stones. Ore lady, too, had nearly had her head cut cpen. Mr James Brigstocke: Where were the church- wardens? Mr J P Carter: We cannot walk round the church all day. The Bishop of Swansea said he believed the power lay with him as vicar, to close or open the gates. He did not think it fell at all within the province of the churchwardens and he took the full responsibility for the locking of the gates. He wished that the church should always be open to those who wished to come there to pray but he did not exactly wish to see the churchyard turned into a public thoroughfare. It certainly wa3 very annoying, he admitted, for a person to have to turn back after reaching the further gate. Dr Rowlands said that had happened to him often when on his way to St. John's Church. The Bishop of Swansea said that the path was not one which could be claimed as a public thoroughfare; and, therefore, with all due defference to what Mr Brigstocko had said, he thought the present discussion beside the point. There was a special reason for closing the gates at the time; but it would always be the wish of the vicar and churchwardens to keep them open. The pathway was certainly very convenient; but it must not be taken as a right. Mr James Brigstocke said he quite admitted the vicar's freehold in the church and churchyard but he would point out that there were no chestnuts now for the boys to throw stones at. The Bshop of Swansea That was how ill started. I have not int.erf.ied with the churchwardens in the matter. Mr J P Carter said he hr.d ?een prople Iring heaps of rubbish to deposit b the churchyard. Mr C E Davies said thul he had stopped ore woman depositing a Leap of old boots and shots there which some kind friend jp¡] given her. He made her take the whole lot back again. The Bish«»p of Swansea add he himself hv! t-een very objcc.ionable things done tho to. especially ou fair and market days. lIe would consider the of the gates, if the church- wardens wished him to do so. The path was used le tc by the whole town, and he declined to allow a special offertory to be made in the ohureh for its repair. He did not see why the duty cf maintain- ilig the path should fail upon the cou^rt^tion of St Peter?. It might be a very good thins to put by the surplus which they l;OW had to form ilia nucleus of a fund for the repair of the path but he felt, very strongly that the congregation should not be called upon to maintain a path whicj was used by the rag-tag and bob-toil of the town —for there were rag-tag and bob-tail in Carmarthen as in other towns. Mr James Brigatooko then proposed tbat the balance in hau l should be set to form 1 lie nucleus of a fund for the improvement of the churchyard. After some discussion, the Bishop cf Swansea remarked thai it would be as well to leave the balance at tlii- disposcl of the new churchwardens to deal with they thought best. Mr James "rigatocke then consented to withdraw his lesolulion. AUDITORS AND SIDESMEN. It was agreed, on the motion of Mr T W Barker, seconded by Mr James Brigstorke, that Mr A LI Davies and Mr C N Phillips should audit the churchwardens' accounts. Mr Charles Whitecak was added to the list of I;id -The Bishop remarked that Mr Whiteoak had been most zealous and helpful in many ways in the parish. THANKS TO THE CHOIRS. The Bishop of Swansea then proposed a Yf¡te of thanks to the choirs of St. Peter's and St. ,fohn' and complimented Mr Wesley Martin on the indefatigable manner in which he had works.i. Dr James Rowlands, in seconding, said that the singing at St. John's was splendid; and that at St. Peter's beyond prniBe. The Bishop, in declaring the motion carried said that Mr Medcalf and Mr Woodman had been most helpful in managing the choir. THE CLERKSHIP. The Rev J. Daniel was appointed parish clerk, on condition that he appointed Mr \V. Beynon Jones as deputy. Mr C. E. Davies Isn't the clerk bound to do the work, if the deputy does not ? Rev J. Daniels Mr Jone3 is so attentive to his work that I have no fear of that. The accounts of the Curates' Fund and the Board wore then passed and the meeting terminated.

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