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♦ PONTYPRIDD AfID RHONDDA VICTUALLERS. Anqual Outing to Minehead. A HAPPY DAY ON THE SOMERSET COAST. On Thursday the members of the Pontypridd and Rhondda Valleys Licensed Victuallers' Association and friends, numbering about 70, held their annual outing, the destination on thia occasion being that charming little Somerset seaside resort, Minehead. The party included Mr R. L. Phillips, Colliers' Arms, Pontypridd (president), Mrs Phillips, and Mr Jenkyn Phil- lips; Mr Talisin Morgan, Cross Keys, Llantri- sant; Mr J. Evans, Court Hotel, Tonypandy; (vice-presidents); Mr W. John, Cow bridge (treasurer); Mr R. A. Dobson, Cross Keys Hotel Tonypamdy (secretary), and Mrs Dobson; Mr James Phillips, Pontypridd (solicitor to the association); Mr and Mrs David Williams, Grey- hound Hotel, Pontypridd; Mr Tom Davies,lvor Arms, Pontypridd; Mr George Parfitt, White Hart, Pontypridd; Mr Tom Edwards, Cefn House, Pontypridd; Mr Evan Parry Thomas, Pontypridd, Mr T. Charles, Trealaw (of Messrs Strettons); Ex-superintendent Matthews, Ponty- pridd Mrs Lewis, Butchers' Arms Botel.Watt& town; Mr Stoddart, Richards' Arms, Cynon; Mr D. C. Evans, Dunraven Hotel, Tonypandy; Mr Lloyd, Red Cow, Tonyrefail; Mr Morris, Swan Hotel, Penygraig; Mr Daniel Thomas, Pentre Hotel, Pentre; Mr Peter Thomas, Royal Hotel, Clydach Vale; Mr Thomas, Tynewydd Inn, Porth; Mrs Williams, Blaerehondds Hotel Treherbert; Mrs Plummer, Rickards' Arms. Tro- forest; Mrs Watkins and Mr W. Watkins (lalfe of the Greyhound Hotel, Pontypridd); Mrs Ma- carnie, Treforest; Mrs Evan Morgan, Gelligaled Hotel, Ystrad; Mrs Davies, Lewis' Arms, Pelt- rhiwfer; Mr John Thomas, Farmers' Arms, Hafod; Mr Lewis John, late of the White Hart, Tonypandy; Mr W. R. Beith, Pontypridd, P.C. Punter, Pandv; Mr David Morris, Peny- graig, and others/ The company left Ponty- pridd by the 8.20 a.m. to Cardiff Docks, and there embarked upon Messrs P. and A. Camp- bell's well-appointed boat, the Lady Margaret. The weather was perfect, and there was scarcely a ripple upon the water, so that sea-sicknese was an unknown quantity. Minehead was reached in two hours, and on disembarking the party divided, some driving up to the town and the remainder going for a dip in tjie briny. The time before dinner was then occupied in looking around Minehead, which has a magnificent sea- front, with wildly picturesque and romantie hill and woodland scenery. The sands are amongst the finest bordering on the Bristol Channel, and are so firm that races are annually held there. In the neighbourhood are lofty hills called by some the "Alps of Somerset." The scenery is wild and bold, and the town has not yet lost ita primitive rusticity. The old port was once the scene of a busy trade in wool, Irish cattle, and the herring fishery, all of whieh have unfortunately disappeared; and the plaee now thrives on the better class of pleasure seekers, who spend months of rest and enjoy- ment there in the summer. After seeing the sights of the town, an adjournment was made to the Plume and Feathers Hotel, where an ea. cellent dinner was served, and, after the morn- ing's exertions, done justice to. The morning being well advanced no time was lost in wading through a long toast list, three toasts only being proposed. 'The "ueen" was proposed by the president, Mr R. L. Phillips, and musically honoured, after which Mr Talisin Morgan, Llan- trisant, proposed 'The Pontypridd and Rhondda Valleys Licensed Victuallers' Association," coupling with it the name of the president. la doing so, Mr Morgan said it was veI"" pleasing to see at the last meeting, from the very nice report presented by the secretary, that the balance sheet, shewed a very favourable position. He would like to see their friends, the brewers, increase their subscriptions. (Hear, hear). He was glad to see their lady friends present, and hoped this would not be the last occasion o. which they would join them. He asked them to drink to the health of their worthy president, and he trusted his year of office would be as successful as that of their late president, Mr Evans. The latter had increased the member- ship and influence of the society. Mr R. L. Phillips suitably responded, alld re- marked that he felt proud of being president of the association, and he was pleased to see if) many members present. He thought it was a good tiling to come away from their own dis- trict to have their annual dinner, and he hoped that the membership and power of uie associa- tion would rapidly increase in the future. The last balance-sheet was favourable ,and the mem- bership was increasing monthly. At the end of his vear of offiee he would like to see the asso- ciation render a good account of itself, and that the credit account would be larger. (Hear, t6Mr Tom Edwards. Cefn House, Pontypridd, proposed "The Host and Hostess," after which the company dispersed to charter wagonettes, brakes, and other vehicles, for the purpose of driving to Porlock. At present its lovely rural scenery has not been disturbed by railways, but for the visitor who wishes to see Porlock --ere is an excellent service of stage ooaches, which in summer run daily between Minehead and Hfiu- combe, a distance of forty miles. After a drive of eight miles beneath the Quantock Hills, which rise in lofty cliffs shutting off the coast from the high table land, Porlock is reached, and here a delightful couple of hours were spent in visiting the old church and weir. The place is pictur- esquely situated amongst the hills, fern clad hoUows, mountain streams, and wooded glens, whose praises were sung by the poet Southey when he was impressed with the beauty of thei scene. From here is to be distinguished the famous Dunkerry Beacon, on whose lordly peak the iignal fr,- were lit to call to arms th emen, of Somerset, who succeeded in driving back the Danes here in 918. From Porlock numerous excursions can be made to the Doone Valley, the scene of R. D. Blackmore' charming novel, "Lorna Doone." A return to Minehead was made by way of Dunster, where a grand old castle exists. Dunster is a quaintly pretty place the old market house in the centre of the village being well worthy of a visit, and on the wooded hillside Conygar tower can be seen peepm? out from amongst the foliage. Back to the "Plulne and Feathers" at Minehead to tea., and then an hour and a half's enjoyment on the beach, by which time the Lady Margaret arrives in the bay, ready to take the party back to Cardiff. Immediately they got on board the more ener- getic members of the company organised a. con- cert on deck, when Messrs R. L. Phillips, J. Evans, and P. C. Evans "brought down the house" with their admirably rendered ditties, Mr Jenkyn Phillips being the accompanist. Cardiff was .sighted in an hour and a half, and home reached in good time, after a most pleasant day's enjoyment. Mr R. A. Dobson. the secre- c tary, deserves a word of praise for the excellent manner in which he arranged the trip, and r- was ably assisted by Mr David Wil!i"ins, Grey- hound Hotel, Pontypridd.

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