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COLWYN SAY. SUNDAY SEKVICB8. Parish Church, Llandrillo.—Knglish Services, 11.0 a.m. and 6.30 p.m. Welsh Service, 9.30 a.m. Mid-day Celebration of the Holy Communion on the 1st Sunday in the month. Rev W. Venables Williams, M.A. Oxon., Vicar Surrogate. Mr. Bernard, Organist. This interesting Old Church, built in the 13th century, is li mile from Colwyn Bay, on the Llandudno Road. St. Paul's.-Sunday Services 8 a.m., Holy Com- munion, and at Mid-day Service on the 2nd Sunday in the month; 11.15 a.m., Morning Prayer and Sermon 3.30 p.m., Litany and short Address; 7 p.m., Evening Prayer and Sermon; 8.30 p.m., Organ recital. Sunday School, at 2.30 p.m. Clergy: Revs Canon Roberts, B.A., J. G' Haworth, J. Jones, B.A., R. Theophilus Jones, B.A., J. H. Astley, M.A. St Paul's Mission Church (Coed Pella Road).— 11 a.m., Morning Prayer and Sermon 6.30 p.m., Evening Prayer and Sermon. Holy Communion at the Mid-day Service on the 1st Sunday in the month. Clergyman in charge: Rev J. G. Haworth. St. Paul's Welsh Services.-IO a.m., Morning Service and Sermon; 5.45 p.m., Evening Service and Sermon. Holy Communion on the 1st Sunday in the month at 10 a.m. Clergyman in charge Rev J. Jones, B.A. 8t. Paul's Welsh Mission Services at Brynymaen.— Service and Sermon on Sunday evenings, at 6 p.m. Clergyman in charge Rev R. Theophilus Jones, B.A. English Wes1.eyan-St. John's,—The Avenice.-Next Sunday morning 11.0, evening 6.30, Rev H. H. M'Cullagh, B A., Colwyn Bay. Prayer meeting, morning, 10.15. Sunday [School, after- noon. 2.30. Wednesday evening, 7.0, Rev H. H. M'Cullagh. English Presbyterian.-Next Sunday Morning, 11.0. evening, 6.30, Rev John Edwards, Colwyn Bay Sunday School, afternoon 2.30. Monday evening, 6.15, Band of Hope. Wednesday week-evening- eervice, 7.0. Thursday evening, 7.0, Young People Bible Class; 7.45, Y. P. S. Christian Endeavour. Rev John Edwards, Pastor. English Congregational.—Morning, 11.0, evening, 7.0, Sunday School, afternoon 2.30. Monday evening, 7.30, Christrian Endeavour Society. Every Tuesday, 3.15, United Meeting for the promotion of Scriptural Holiness. Wednesday evening, 7.30 Rev Thomas Lloyd, Pastor. English Baptist Church.-Next Sunday: morning, 11.0, evening, 6.30. All seats free. Sunday School, afternoon, 2.30. Wednesday evening, at 7.30, Prayer and Bible Reading; all are cordially invited, presided over by theRevH. T. Cousins, F.R.G.S., Pastor. Society of Friends.- Meeting for Worship, every First Day (Sunday) morning, at 11.15, at a room in Central Buildings, facing Station Road, Colwyn Bay. Open to the Public and Visitors. Congo Institute.- Divine Services at the Institute's Schoolroom, Sunday morning, 11.0; afternoon, 2.30; evening, 6.30. Tuesday evening, at 7, a Prayer Meeting. The services are always short and pleasant. Several speakers take part at each meeting, including some of the African Students, and the Director, or one of the Tutors. All are cordially invited. Visiting hours every week day, from 2.30 to 3.30 p.m., when the Director will be pleased to welcome any friends or visitors and to show them a number of interesting African Curiosities. OLD COLWYN. Parish Church, Colwyn.-English Services (Sundays), Holy Communion: Every Sunday 8 a.m., and firs. Sunday in the month after morning service. Holy Baptism Sunday afternoon, 3.30. Service nnd Sermon, 11.0 a.m. and 7.0 p.m. Sunday School, 2.30 p.m., in Assembly Rooms. (Week days). Service and Sermon: Friday, 7.0 p.m. during Advent and Lent. Singing practices, Friday night. Children's Meeting: Monday night. Band of Hope Tuesday night. Welsh Services (Sundays), Holy Communion Second Sunday in the month after morning service. Service and Sermon 9.45 a.m. and 5.30 p.m. Sunday School, 2.15 p.m., National Schools. Week Days, Service and Sermon, Wednesday, 7, p.m. Singing Practice, Wednesday night. Clergy Revs. J. Griffiths, M.A. Oxon., Vicar, J. Roberts, Curate. English Baptist Chapel, Old Colwyn.—Sunday Ser. vices, Morning 11.0, Evening 6.30. Sunday School. 2.30 p.m. Prayer Meeting on Wednesdays at 7.0 p.m. Pastor, Rev. J. B. Brasted. THE SEAT OF THE FITZHUGH FAMILY.-Plas Power, near Wrexham, the seat of the Fitzhugh family, has been leased for a term of years by Mr. Frederick W. Soames, who formerly resided at Llwyncwn-hall, but is at present living at Colwyn Bay, Mr. Soames, who is a wealthy man, is the head of the brewery firm of F. W. Soames & Co., Wrexham. It was near Plas Power that most of the cannon used in the Peninsular War was manufactured by John Wilkinson. A NEW MAGISTRATE. Dr M. Venables- Williams, who is a Lieutenant in the N Company 2nd V.B.R.W.F. and a general favourite in Colwyn Bay, has been placed upon the Commis- sion of the Peace for Denbighshire. MARRIAGE OF THE REV W. VENABLES-WILLIAMS. -On Tuesday, January 28th, the Rev John Griffiths, M.A. Oxon, Vicar of Colwyn, solemn- ised the marriage, at St Paul's Church, Leaming- ton, of the Rev W. Venables-Williams, M.A. Oxon, J.P., Vicar of Llandrillo-yn-Rhos, and Miss Alice Harriet Armitage, elder daughter of the late John Armitage, Esq., of Woodville Hall, Forest Hill, London. THE REV JOHN B. BRASTED'S FAREWELL SER- MON.—The Rev John B. Brasted, who is resigning his ministry at Colwyn, will (by request) preach a farewell sermon at the English Baptist Church, Colwyn, at seven o'clock on Tuesday eveniug, February 4th. The Congo Institute Coloured Choir will be present. MARRIAGE OF MR. DAVID LEWIS AND MISS ANNA ROBERTS.—On Wednesday morning, Jan- uary 29th, the marriage took place, at the English Presbyterian Church, Colwyn Bay, of Mr. David Lewis, eldest son of John Lewis, Esq., J. P., Eithin- iog,Colwyn Bay, with MissAnna Roberts, you n gest daughter of the late Ezra Roberts, Esq., of St. Asaph and Tenby. The Rev. John Edwards officiated at the wedding, after which Mr. and Mrs. David Lewis proceeded straight to the railway-station, and left by the 9.52 a.m. train for their honeymoon. DR. CYNHAFAL JONES'S NEW BOOK. The subjoined review appeared in The Man- chester Guardian dated January 18th Y Messiah. Caniadau a Hymnau ar Fywyd a Gweithredoedd ein Harglwydd Iesu Grist. By N. Cynhafal Jones, D.D. Holywell P. M. Evans and Son. 8vo, pp. 296. It is not often that latter-day Welsh bards attempt to produce a lengthy poem or collection of poems upon some great commanding subject. Most of them are content to regard a chair ode" or a "crown pryddest"extendingto some thousand lines, as their ideal of a magnum opus. Few have the courage to address themselves to a long ambitious epic, whether it be of Hades or of Heaven. This, perhaps, is as it should be. Readers of Welsh poetry, especially reviewers, would have a terrible time of it were every Welsh bard desirous of emulating Sir Lewis Morris or Sir Edwin Arnold. The Eisteddfod may not produce the highest kind of poetry; but it imposes conditions upon those who strive for its prizes which place a salutary limit upon the length of their compositions. For this we are grateful. The book before us contains, upon a rough com- putation, considerably over eight thousand lines of verse. It is true that the subject is the most sublime that any devotional poet can attempt, and Dr. Cynhafal Jones was probably aware that to write upon it at all demanded that he should write upon a scale commensurate with its epical char- acter. It is not, however, an epic that he has produced. The book is a collection of poems, some of them very brief and of the nature of hymns, upon incidents in the life of Christ. In his preface, Dr. Jones tells us that the idea of writing a connected series of poetical reflections upon the life and work of the Saviour had its origin in a series of sermons which he preached upon the subject. Yet are these poems very far from being mere homilies in verse. Dr. Jones himself would probably be the last to claim that all the poems included here will stand the test of severe literary criticism. He deprecates such purely literary appraisement in his preface. I trust the bards will understand," he writes, that to please them as bards, scarcely weighed with me at all as I wrote perhaps I could have added much to the art and to the polish of my verses had I made the attempt, but it was another object that I had all along before me." The book is thus offered as a contribution to devotional literature, and as such it will doubtless afford pleasure and profit to many. We might, had we space, quote several passages in it which give evidence of much of the vision and the faculty of the true poet. Dr. Jones has certainly a considerable gift as a hymn-writer, and on the whole we much prefer the rhymed portions of his work to the blank- verse pieces. To write good blank verse in Welsh is a most difficult art. Dr. Jones succeeds as well as most modern bards we know, but his efforts, like those of a host of others, only con- firm the view that blank verse is really alien to the Igenitis of the Welsh language. The book is prettily bound and well printed. ST. CATHERINE'S (COLWYN) LITERARY AND MUSICAL COMPETITIVE MEETING. A capital competitive meeting was held at the Assembly Rooms, Colwyn, on Wednesday, January 29th, Penfro" occupying the chair, and Gwilym Deunant conducting. In the hand- writing competition, Miss Davies (Tai Newydd- ion) was successful. For a pencil sketch of Colwyn Church, the prize was awarded to Master Richard Whitby (Colwyn Bay), Mr Bremner, the adjudicator, undertaking to pay for a course of lessons at the Colwyn Bay Art School. The solo prize was awarded to Master Alfred Oscar Wil- liams. For the poem on St. Paul in Athens," two competitors were in the field, but neither was considered worthy of the prize. Three competi- tors came forward to compete in the contralto solo, 0 rest in the Lord," for a prize of 10s 6d, and the adjudicator (Mr J. E. Pierce, Holywell) awarded the prize to Miss Pierce (Llysfaen). For the best pair of men's stockings, Mrs Williams (6, Penybryn, Colwyn) obtained the prize. The best child's frock was the work of Miss Lily Jones (3, Leicester Terrace, Colwyn Bay). In the quartette competition, When hands meet," for a prize of jQi is, the successful party was that of Mr E. T. Davies (Colwyn). Mrs Morgan (Glan Conway) read her adjudication on the essays on The Influence of a Mother on her Children;" the prize of 7s 6d was awarded to Mrs Williams (Bryn Siriol, Colwyn Bay). For the best rendition of the tenor solo "Old Memories," the prize (ios6d) was awarded to Mr Ed. Davies (Colwyn). In the impromptu speech-making (on "The Telegraph"), the prize was awarded to Mr J. O. Davies (Colwyn Bay). The best birch-rod was made by Mr David Jones (Llysfaen). For the best render- ing of the duett, Bydd bur i Gymru fad," the prize of 12s 6d was awarded to Messrs J. O. Davies and Ed. Davies. In the speech-making competition on Truthfulness," the first prize went to Owain Maenan." In the soprano and contralto duett, Let us gather bright flowers," the prize was carried-off by Mrs Roberts and Mrs Owen (School House). Mr E. T. Davies (Colwyn) obtained the prize of 10S for an essay on The Perils of Youth." Miss Sarah Elizabeth Owen (Rhyl) was awarded half the prize for the soprano solo The Holy City"; and for an essay on "Temperance," "Abstainer" took first prize, and Mr Rhys Price (Llysfaen) second. Three Parties entered for the singing of the congrega- tional tune Cynddelw," and the prize (£1 is) was awarded to Mr Edward Davies' Party, Colwyn.The adjudicators were as follow :— Essays, Rev T. H. Vaughan, B.A. (Rhyl), and Mrs Morgan (Llansantffraid); poetry, Rev G. Jones (Vicar of Mostyn) and "Penfro" (Rev W. Morgan, B.A., Glanconway); music, Mr J. E. Pierce (Holywell). Miss Jukes (Colwyn Bay) was the accompanist. The Revs J. Griffiths (Vicar) and Meredith Hughes were most actively engaged throughout the evening. The Treasurer was Mr George Sanderson (The Sun, Colwyn), and the able Secretary was Mr John Edward Evans (Esk Dale), who performed his arduous duties capitally. Owing to the lateness of the hour, the meeting terminated somewhat abruptly, and before the competition in reciting had taken place, a circum- stance which naturally went against the grain of those who had studied the pieces and had entered their names. The prize for reading an unpunctu- ated piece, was, in the first place, awarded to Mr J. E. Evans (Eskdale), and, secondly, to Mr John Jones, (Ty Capel, Hebron). The prize for the baritone solo The Silent Singer," was awarded to Mr J. O. Davies (Colwyn Bay), pupil of Dr Parry. The subjoined letter has been sent us in con- nection with the Competitive Meeting reported above:— "Colwyn Bay. To the Editor. Dear Sir,—Kindly allow me to publicly answer two questions put to me at the close of St Catherine's Competitive Meeting on Wednesday evening last, respecting the Competitive Meetings to be held at the Assembly Rooms, Colwyn, on Wednesday, the 19th of February. Firstly, the Secretary is excluded from competing (or taking part) in any of the competitions. Secondly, every subject on the programme will be carried-out to the letter, whereby intending competitors at a distance, may, with the fullest confidence, prepare for these competitions, as there will be no disappointments. Hoping that this explanation will be effectual, I remain, Yours, WM. LLOYD EVANS, Secretary." THE N CO. 2ND V.B.R.W.F. BALL. The annual Ball of the N Co. 2nd Volunteer Battalion of the Royal Welsh Fusiliers, was held, at the Public Hall, Colwyn Bay, on Friday, January 24th, when, by the aid of the scenery upon the stage, the Hall was converted (or rather transformed) into three spacious rooms, which for size and comfort could not be beaten anywhere else in Wales, the scenes being utilised on this occasion with marvelous effect. On the Hall being entered from the front, the ladies' cloak-room, which was ably supervised by Mrs Chaplin, was on the right-hand side; the arrange- ments of the gentlemen's rooms, which were on the left, being ably supervised by Mr E. H. Chaplin, aided by Mr H. Jones, these two young men also rendering Mr and Mrs Chaplin every assistance in the preparations, which were com- plete, and must have found ample scope for the exercise of much patience, skill, and labour. On emerging through the next entrance, each party as they arrived found themselves in a comfortable drawing-room set-out in a manner that none but experts would be able to accomplish, for in this room there was every article of furniture that conduces to the speedy restoration of energy after fatigue which might happen to be felt by any after the ball was well-nigh over. From the drawing-room, two entrances (guarded by heavy damask curtains) led into the ball-room, square in shape and spacious indeed in size, for later in the evening it proved large enough for the participa- tors in no less than nine sets of quadrilles (four couples in each, seventy-two people in all) to "trip it on the light tantastic toe" at the same moment,—these figures may convey a slight idea of the immense space in the ball-room, which, (although the drawing-room was most elaborately furnished) was so perfect in its decorations, that those present could not help admiring the taste of the decorator. Of this room, a brief descrip- tion must suffice. White lace curtains alternating with choice exotic ferns, relieved the windows, immediately above which were placed shields surmounted by vallances of yellow and blue bunting. Ivy and evergreens decorated the walls between the window recesses, the lower portions of the walls being covered with dark baize. On each side of the room were disposed here and there numerous easy-chairs, couches, and other comfortable lounges. In the midst of these were placed two flower-stands draped with art-muslins, and upon them were displayed a well-selected assortment of choice plants. Upon these plant pedestals, were placed by Mr E. H. Chaplin twenty-three fixed bayonets displayed in the form of a star (the number of bayonets coinciding with the regimental number of the R.W.F.),-in the centre of the star was a wreath of blue and pink (black crape, also, being not omitted), a device which was freely designated as the" Trilby Frill." The floor was covered with a champion cloth, which was rendered more comfortable by an appliance of Mr Chaplin's (who was always to the fore, when entrusted with arrangements of this kind). A carpet placed along the length of the hall, on either side, proved not only useful, but also a capital relief to the appearance of the floor, which, after being used a little while, pre- sented the appearance of ice. The dining-room, which also was equally up to the mark in decora- tions, consisted of a lower and upper chamber, two tables having been placed on the ground floor and on the platform respectively. Between them were decorations, including three fans formed of fixed bayonets, these being interspersed with evergreens, ferns, and art muslin drapery. Almost every portion of the decoration was sup- plemented with either a bow, tiarette, or rosette of crape, as a memento of the death of the late Prince Henry of Battenberg, and each officer and private wore a crape band during the even- ing. None less, however, were the table decora- tions by -Mr Eaton (Boston House), on this occasion was entrusted with the supper arrange- ments. The tables were set out in the most superb style, and reflected great credit upon Mr Eaton. The decorations were enchanting and the theme of general admiration. At one end of the ball-room were the orchestra, the harmony of which was supplied by (and under the direction of) Mrs Haselden (of Rhyl), who, we are happy to be able to note, gave every satisfaction. Officers and men appeared in their uniforms, whose glistening and flashing scintillations under the gaslight made the appearance of the room brilliant in the extreme, an effect which was further heightened when the harmonious strains of the band awakened all present to a sense of duty, and then, by the addition of the varied hues of the delicate textures worn by the ladies, the serenity was made complete. The following is a list of ladies and gentlemen present:—Lieut M. Venables-Williams and Miss Morris, Lieut and Mrs Clough, Lieuts Dew (2nd V. B. R W.F.) and R. M. Docking (1st Herefords); Surgeon-Captain Fraser; Miss Helen Barlow, Mr and Miss Parry, Mr and Miss Hopwood, Miss Clough, Chaplain the Rev J. Griffiths, Mr Wright (Tanllwyfan), Miss Whitle, Miss Amy Coultate, Miss Coultate, Miss J. Pierce, Miss N. Pierce, Mr J. Jones, Mr and Mrs Hignett, Miss E. Lloyd, Mr Sweatenham, Mr C. W. Smith, Mr Antrobus, Mr S. Pendlebury, Miss Pendlebury, Mr J. T. Amphlett, Miss Johns, Mr F. M. Porter, Mrs Earp, Miss Earp, Miss Alston, Miss Shaw, Mr Irwin, Mr and Mrs Jenkins, Mr P. Williams, Miss Boulton, Lance-Sergeant Hatton, Mrs Hatton, Miss M. A. Evans, Sergts Morgan and Evans, Miss Greaves, Sergt-Instructor and Mrs Carpen- ter, Mr Stanley Wood, Miss Wood, Miss Rowley, The Misses Kennedy (2), Miss L. Rowley, Miss M. Rowley, Mrs A. Sparrow, Mr H. B. Rowley, Miss E. Kennedy, Corpl A. G. Allen, Miss Allen, Private D. Allen, Miss Edwards, Lance-Corporal Wil- liams, Miss Davies, Miss Burrows, Private Bickers, Private L. Jones, Miss Ford, Miss Long, Corporal Wallis, Sergeant-Instructor Wraight, Lance-Corporal Leach, Private J. Burwell, Pri- vate T. O. Griffiths, Private Massey, Miss Bur- well, Miss Davenport. Mr Leamy, Capt and Mrs Stubbs, The Misses King (2), Mr Flemwell, and the Rev Theo Jones. The M. C.'s were Surgeon- Capt Fraser and Chaplain the Rev J. Griffiths, the secretarial duties falling upon Sergeant T. H. Morgan. The programme, which was a capital one, was as follows 1, Polka, "Kettle Drum" 2, valse, "Louisiana Lou"; 3, lancers, "Gaiety Girl"; 4, valse, Dolau Welnen"; 5, barn-dance, "Go Bang"; 6, valse, "Vision"; 7, quadrille, Arabian Nights" 8, schottische, Auld Reekie"; 9, valse, "Trilby"; 10, valse, "Beauty's Eyes"; I I, lancers, "Songs of London. At this point, an interval intervened, when about eighty of the company sat down in the dining-room to supper, a capital arrangement which far excelled anything previous, thanks to the caterer. The menu included roast turkey, pheasant, lobster salad, chicken, game pie, York ham, boiled beef d TAnglaise, tongue, trifle, tipsy- cake, vanilla, Nozeau cream, strawberry cream, jellies, French and English pastries, and dessert. The second part of the programme was as follows :-12, Polka, "Tin Gee-Gee"; 13, mazurka 14, valse, Whisper, and I shall hear"; 15, valse, Estudiantina"; 16, lancers, "Shop Girl"; 17, valse, "Mandacht am Rhein"; 18, barn-dance, Looking for a Coon"; 19, valse, "Acclamation"; 20, lancers, Round the Town"; 21, valse, "Linger longer, Loo"; 22, valse; 23, gallop, "Cloister and John Peel." Three "extras" were added to the programme, which wound up with God Save the Queen." This is the most successful Ball the N Company has ever held, and the Secretary has fulfilled his arduous duties with commendable energy, the success coming as the fruits thereof.


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