Amalgamated Society of Railway Servants, On Good Friday, tha railway-men's field day. special efforts were made in Penarth, as in almost every other town, to increase the society's Orphanage Fund, and the means employed were (1) a football match bet wen the Locoliv. Traffic sections; and (2) a public tea and concert. The match was played in the morning, before a tolerably good attendance of spectators, when the Loco's succeeded in giving their brethren a good sound drubbing, the final score being- Loco 2 goals o tries Traffic. Nil. In the afternoon the public tea in Andrews' Large r, Hall was fairly well patronised, andj at the: concert which followed, we should think about 300 ai tended. Councillor F H Jotham presided, and in his opening remarks, which were very brief, said tbe smaIl number of accidents on the railways testified to the great care taken by the employees, and he was therefore pleased to be present, to assist in a small way their Orphanage fund.. In the course of the evening, Mr Joseph Lace, a former secretary of the A.S.R.S., gave an address giving a brief outline of the work of the Orphan sec- tion, in which he had taken special interest He said this is our orphatrdayj from fetirlitig- (North) to Land's End (South), and to-day all our members vie with each other in working for our noble cause- For 15 years it has stood the test, and now rides in triumph for the orphans of our rail way-meti- the holiest of causes-that of charity. Twenty years ago the first attempt to hold annual gatherings in Wales, was held at Cardiff, and whilst many fore: old its doom ere it was bom, still it has grown to maturity. It is well, at times, to take a retrospect of our past history, and I will p'ace before you how the Orphan Fund came into foice. Durjrg the yeaisof 1874 and 1875, when our society Wits ju^-t emerging into life, our attention was drawn to the number of Railway I Men's Orphans which were destitute, and the question arose as to what could be dene. First attempt, with the assistance of generous friends, was to build an Orphanage- South Wales men did their share, for over xlooo was collected by them. Later came the question of one child being taken from a family, and trained well, whilst the mother, and the remainder, must eke out an existence in the best way they could. Our only solution was that no Brotherhood is worth a name, which does not directly make provision for those times of trial and darkness which are the common fate of all. Bricks and mortar scheme was put on one side, and with fear and trembling, our noble orphan fund was launched in 1830, and was made compulsory on all members by paying a id per week, 2 and thus secured toeachmeniber,who was killed whilst on duty, a security for Iris,children. Instead of one being cared for, the whole would share in the pro- vision made by their father. J This then is the good work of our Orphan Fund, j Since i860, no less than 1834 children have partici- J pated in its benefits, and at the clqse of 1894, there were 995 on its books, at an annual expenditure of £ 4,911, a proud record rendered all the more cheering, by the fact that after spdhdiag £ 25,767, the fund is worth at the bankers £ 52-993. A very interesting programme was rendered by Misses E Webb, E Watts, N Dewar, E Lace, Mr and Miss Edwards, Messrs Carston, Proud, Parry, Curry, the Brothers Meazey, a special Glee Party, and the Penarth Handbell Ringers. A vote of thanks to the Chairman, and all who assisted closed the proceedings.
FOOTBALL THE HOLIDAY MATCHES. Penarth have at length reached the end of their fixture list, and have finished up in a most creditable manner, notwithstanding a considerable amojunt of adverse circumstances. Some time back, before Penarth played the Barnstaple match, it was pre- dicted that out of the remaining six matches our townsmen would be very lucky if they managed to pull off three. Everything seemed dead against them at that time, absenteeism playing havoc in the ranks. As a matter of fact, however, they have won four out of six and have only been beaten by Barum and Cardiff. This speaks volumes of praise on their behalf, and clearly shows what they would have done this season if they had been able to put their best team in the field. The first match of the holiday programme was with Dewsbury, and a stiff and spirited contest it was throughout. Penarth won by a try and although this score of three points pales to insignificance when compared with the score Llanelly manage to pile up against the same team, we must remember that the Dewsbuay men were fresh and full numbers when they encountered Penarth, but when they met the Tinplaters they suffered in both these respects. The Gloucester win by three goals to a try was a most agreeable surprise. It will be remembered that when the Gloucester men played here, the match trembled in the balance until the last minute, and Taylor displayed an amount of effective activity that threatened to turn the tables on the Heasiders." It has ceen said that, on Saturday last, Penarth had a large amoumt of luck when they met the Citizens for the return. This, however, was not so, but rather the other way about- Gloucester played well in the first half, but in the second they were not in the running. Geoff Matthews, who played a very fine game got over once but unfortunately lost the ball. Jack Alexander's kicking was something phenominal. The match with Leicester was another splendid game, and once more Penarth were victorious, beat- iug their opponents by thirteen points to nil, Jackson and Ellis played finely, and so did Shepherd and Tom The play of Clemence, however, was unequal. He played badly the first half, but in the second portion of the game he gave a display sur- passing anything he has done this season. Herby Morgan was in grand form at Leicester and Gloucester, indeed, the whole team deserve high commendation tor the spirited manner in which they struugled to finish up their season well. Next week we hope to publish the record, with comments thereon.
Charity Commission, In the Matter ox the Charities of the Ancient Parishes of Penarth and Lavernock, and in the matter of Chari able Trusts Acts, 1853 to 1894. and "The Charity Inquiries (Expenses) Act, 1892/' by direction of the Board of Charity Commissioners for England and Wales, Notice is hereby given that Mr Rhys Williams; Barrister 3 fc Law, Ass;slg,nt Com- missioner, will open a Public Inquiry respec ag the above-mentioned Charities at 11 o'clock in the fore- noon of Wednesday, the 24th April, 1895, in the National School, Penarth. D. R FEAKON, Secretary. Charity Commission, Whitehall, London, S.W., 17th April, 1895.
I Conservative Ball at Penarth. Ol Wednesday night, at Andrews' Large Ilall, the first annual ball was held under the auspices of the Penarth Conservative Association. The embellishing I of the hall was entrusted to Mr E. J. Wall, and pre- I sented a striking scenic effect. Mr Robert Hicks and party supplied the music and everyone was loud I in praise of the excellence of the band. The refresh-, ment buffet was presided over by Mr II. R, Willia ns, j of the Queen Restaurant, Stanwell Road, and gave, as usual, the utmost satisfaction. The table was most 1 artistically decorated, a judicious blending of flowers j and miniature lamps with subdued lights lauding a very appetising appearance. Mr Manley and Mr 1 Howells ably officiated as M.C's. j
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Tabernacle Baptist Church. THE CLOSING SERVICE IN THE OLD BUILDING. ¡ J THE EXODUS FROM THE TABERNACLE. THE DESTRUCTION OF THE TABERNACLK THE OLD BUILDING As announced in our last issue the closing serVlce in the old Tabernpcle were held last Sunday. The sacred building was well filled in the evening, and the service was of a very impressive character. The prayer meeting following the regular service was largely attended, and at the close the Doxology was- sung over and over again. Even as the friends were leaving, someone commenced the favourite hymn "Guide me, 0 Thou Great Jehovah." and this was heartily sung. For a considerable time the congregation lingered about the building, and there were not a few who shed tears before taking a w 0 last farewell of the place where they had speull- so many happy and profitable seasons- Mr Da vies, in his remarks at the prayer meeting, said there were some who could not state where and at what time they had given their hearts to God, but there were spors in the old chapel which were sacred, and where many couid point to and say, I (that is the place where I first found the Savic)ui, On Monday morning the scat holders were busy removing their books, cushions, & and a band of willing workers were engaged throughout the day removing the Church and School furniture to various- places for safety until again needed on th.j completion of the neiv chapel. On Tuesday morning,'the contractor, Mr D. G. Price, with a strong staff of einpijyees, were busy at work, and before night, all the seats were cleared ont, the floor taken up, and one side of the roof removed. The last meeting held on the premises was on Wednesday, when the Choir assembled in the Church parlour, which had purposely not been disturbed, to hold their annual meeting. The gas having been cat off, oil lamps had to be borrowed from friends. During the work of rebuilding-, Sunday services, (including school) will be conducted in Andrews' Large Hall, and week-evening- services will be held in The Market Hal! Arcot Street. f Before the work of pulling down the Chapel cotft- o TOenced, photographic views were takea from different positions, In a future issue we shall give a view and descrip- tion of the proposed new building. It is gratifying to the Tabernacle friends to know that the work of building a new Chanel has been forced upon them by the fact that the old structure was [00 saiall to accommodate the ever-increasing congregation. For some time there has not been a tio- to let, only as friends have left Peuarth for other to-,N-tis, and the school accommodation was totally inadequate to admit of the children assembling toyel!ier, ^veral classes having to meet in the chapel. Mr Price hopes to have the new building ready for opening in November next.
Stanwell Road Baptist Church., PROPOSED NEV CHAPEL. TENDERS INVITED In November, 1886, the Stanwell Road Baptist Chvreh waS formed with 27 members, and in the year following the present school-chape! was built to seat about 300 persons. Additional ground in the rear of the school from Victoria Road, and facing Stanwell. Road was secured, whereon it was determined to- bcild, when necessary, a proper chapel. The cost of tie school-buildinsr was about £ I nO(\ the whole of which was paid off two or three years ago. Although the present building c-nnor be said to be overcrowed, yet it has been deemed ad visa bin to erect the chapel, and in another column will be found an advertisement soliciting tenders for the same. W 8 understand te chapel is to seat about GOO worshipers, that Hiore wjfB be no galleries but. that the ?"rc!;ilecture will be of a. very elaborate, chaiaeter, and well worthy the district very ela in which it will be, sitti-ii e-,i. A considerable sum is. already in hand towards the cost of ercction.
in stating that the compact between the Taff Vale Railway Company and Messrs Edwards, Robertson and Company will also make provision for the running of a special boat. train from the Rhondda Valleys to Penarth upon every Thursday during the season. Under the whole arrangements, Penarth will be dis- tinctly the gainer, while Cardiff will be decidedly the loser, especially those tradespeople in the centre of the town. It may be added that tickets to Weston and Ilfracombe and back, via Penarth, will not only be obtainable at railway stations in the Taff Valleys, but also at Queen-street Station-a positive conveni- ence to the large population of Cathays and Roath. The S. W D.N. in its Thursday's issue has the folio ivirig -Much indignant feeling has been ex- pressed by Cardiff tradesmen at the project to take excursionists from the Rhondda Valleys to the Somerset and Devon watering-places without allowing them to stop at Cardiff. All classes of shopkeepers complain of what they consider to be the unfairness of the scheme described in our issue of Wednesday. Though not blaming the Taff Vale Railway Company and Messrs Edwards, Robertson and Co. for what is regarded as legitimate enterprise which ib calculated to do lot of good to Penarth tradesmen, they hold the losses which will accrue to Cardiff to be entirely due to the policy of the management of the Bute Dock in nrat improving the present wretched landing stage. Some of the local tradesmen labour under a misappre- hension as to the proposals of the Bute Docks Com- pany to levy a fourpenny toll, and which they were prevented from doing by public opinion voiced by the Corporation. These few wrongly believe that there was a definite pledge given by the management in their Bill to erect a suitable stage, and that the 4d toll was designed to liquidate the expenditure. Others- and these, too, are in a minority—are sanguine as to the failure of the project, and base their opinions on the practice of excursionists to shop at Cardiff's Cheaper marts on the down journey, and to convey their purchases from the shops when returning from the sea trip. It is likely that a meeting of tradesmen •will shortly be called to consider the desirability ot forming an influential deputation to Lord Bute on the matter-