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OLD COLWYN. HARVEST FESTIVAL.—A short, bright, successful thanksgiving service was held at the English Baptist Church, Old Colwyn, on Wednesday evening, October loth, at which the Colwyn Bay African Students took part..Appropriate harvest hymns were sung, and a recitation on the final harvest delivered by an African Student. The Pastor, the Rev John B. Brasted, then gave an impressive address to a most attractive audience from the words-" The harvest is the end of the world, and the reapers are the angels." Matth. xiii. 39. A kV ELSH WESLEYAN COFFEE-S UPPER. -A coffee- supper, which was fairly well attended, was held on Tuesday evening, October 9th, at the Welsh Wesleyan Schoolroom, Colwyn, the tables being presided over by Mrs Hughes and Miss Hughes, Tudno House Miss Bartley, Sheffield House; Miss Williams, Compton House Mrs Margaret Jones, Pleasant View, Penmaen Mrs Hughes, Fron Terrace Miss Jones, Pleasant View and Miss Williams, Preswylfa.' "it the provision-table were Mrs Jones, Rose Cottage Mrs Catherine Jones, Hillside; and Mrs Ellen Jones, Epworth House. At the fountain head, were Mrs Davies, Fron Terrace Miss S. E. Williams, Mount Pleasant and Miss Jones, Chester House. The hot-water arrangements were capitally looked after by Mr John Evans, Colwyn Terrace; Mrs H. Evans, 8, Colwyn Terrace and Mrs Davies, Tai'r Bont rendering great assistance. This supper was given by the young people of the Church. A similar supper (which was over- crowded had been given a week previous by Mrs Evans, Mohrcroft, Colwyn, and by that means a capital sum was realised. ST. CATHERINE'S COLWYN, HARVEST FESTIVAL. —Harvest Thanksgiving Services were held in St. Catherine's Church, Colwyn, on Monday and Tuesday, October 1st and 2nd. The preacher at both services (Welsh and English) on the Monday evening, was the Rev Meredith J. Hughes, Curate of Colwyn Bay, who delivered most able dis- courses suitable for the occasion. The preacher at I I a.m. (English), and 7 p.m. (Welsh), on the Tuesday, was the Rev J. M. Griffiths, Vicar of Llanfihangel-Geneu'r-Glyn, Aberystwith, who de- livered most eloquent sermons. The congregations throughout were large, and the services were bright and hearty. The Church was very nicely and tastefully decorated by Miss Jennie Jones, Miss Lloyd, The Misses Wilks, Misses Whitle, Miss Griffiths, The Misses Ellis Jones, and Miss Sharpe, who were kindly assisted by the Misses Howes Roberts, St Asaph Annie Lloyd, Green- hough, Rickman, Skelding, Jumeaux, and Squires. Gifts of fruit and flowers were kindly sent for the occasion by the parishioners and otherkind friends. The offertories during the services, £ "] 12s 6d in all, were in aid of the Diocesan Societies. THE CLOSING OF GROES BRIDGE. At the Assembly Rooms, Colwyn, a meeting of ratepayers, team-owners, carriage-proprietors, and others, was held, for the consideration of the burning question of the neighbourhood the "Closing of Groes Bridge." The chair was ably filled by Mr William Jones (Minafon), who was supported by the leading inhabitants of Colwyn and Colwyn Bay. In his opening remarks, the chairman pointed out the object of the meeting, referring also to the fact that he, as a member of the Local Board, had done all in his power to get a temporary bridge during the re-construction of the present closed bridge. He then called upon Mr M. Wilks to move a resolution setting forth the great obstruction to traffic, and urging the County Council to erect a temporary bridge. Mr Wilks, bringing forward the resolution, con- demned the Local Board for allowing the signing of the contract to take place before examining thoroughly whether proper arrangement had been made for safeguarding the welfare of the people and of the traffic. He then set forth the disadvan- tages of the present arrangements for the utilis- ation of the by-road,—winter was coming on, when snow and frost would be making it imposible to travel. They had been shown, by the Chair- man of the Local Board, that it would cost L300 to erect a temporary structure. That meant 2d in the £ Well, there had been no public meeting to find out whether the ratepayers were opposed to that, and he (the speaker) was certain that they would all be too glad to pay this increased rate rather than suffer from the present obstruction, or, if otherwise, he would suggest a twopenny toll to be charged for every carriage, etc., that should pass, with a view to making the burden lighter. After some further remarks, Mr Wilks said that lie had great pleasure in moving the resolution. This was seconded by Mr R. Evans (contractor), who informed the meeting that at a ratepayers meeting at Colwyn Bay the previous evening, it was unanimously resolved to erect a foot-bridge. After the applause with which this announcement was received, had subsided, the speaker criticised harshly the doings of the Local Board, in that they had not done what they ought to have done. Mr Bateson supported the resolution, and said that he would give land on which to erect a foot- bridge, and Mr Robinson was also willing. [Applause.]. Mr David Jones (carrier): As you are so kind, Mr Bateson, it wont take much more land to be wide enough to take carts. Mr Owen Williams (Church Walks), in support- ing the resolution, informed the meeting that he and his co-member; had done the uttermost in their power to get a temporary bridge. He was informed that at Colwyn Bay the feeling was most strongly for a temporary bridge. A stianger asked the chairman who had closed the bridge. The Chairman The County Council. The stranger: On what authority ? The Chairman: Government, I suppose. The Stranger: Why don't the inhabitants rise in one body, and march and insist on getting a bridge ? The Chairman They can do so if they like, and you at the head of them; I have no objections. Mr Bateson: How would it be to get a foot- bridge and a chain-horse. Mr Wilks: Mr Chairman, I propose that we don't advocate these small items,—let us have the temporary bridge, and go in as one body for the same. After a few remarks from Mr Owen Williams, Mr Williams Rees supported the resolution in an able speech, and, quoting the letter of the Chair- man of the Local Board in The Weekly News, he said that it was entirely for the ratepayers to choose, and the bridge would not cost £ 300. And, even if it did, better bear it than face the winter months up narrow lanes. He believed that the Committee who recommended the diver- sion consisted of Messrs Walker and Porter, and asked whether it was fair to the District that two men should have the power to render so much annoyance to everyone. The Roads Committee was composed of eight Colwyn Bay members to one from Colwyn, and few (if any) of the eight ever came into Colwyn, so that the matter of the bridge being closed or open, was not of much consequence to them. He believed that the bridge was good enough for another twenty years, and quoted from the opinions of competent men. At all events, the Local Board (being con- tributaries to the cost) should have insisted on either the bridge being left alone, or a [temporary bridge being erected. The rights of men and women who never read a paper or had leisure to make inquiries, rested with those who had, and he protested strongly against those men who never considered them when their best interests were involved. He was pleased to see so large and enthusiastic a meeting, and he hoped that some good would result. The mismanagement of the Local Board was so patent as to be beyond discussion, but he sympathised with the three Colwyn members, opposed as they were by nine from whom (with rare exceptions) little help was ever got. The resolution was carried amidst loud cheers, and unanimously. A vote ot thanks to the chairman was proposed by Mr Wilks, and seconded by Mr J. W. Vaughan (builder).


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