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Porth. Porth and district will be pleased to learn that Mr. David Thomas (Arfryn), Tiehafod, has been nominated for the position of registration agent in connec- tion with the South Wales Miners' Fede- ration by the Pontypridd and Rhondda District. Mr. Thomas, who was nomi- nated by a very large majority, is a well- known character throughout the Valleys, having moved several very important measures with the object of reducing ex- penditure at the conferences. He has been checkweigher at the Coedcae House Coal Pit for over twenty years. He is also secretary of the lodge and treasurer of the No. 2 District. His knowledge of finance and labour matters is every exten- sive, while his political views are con- sistent with Labour measures. Possessing firmness and thoroughly efficient in all things appertaining to organisation abilities, we have no hesitation in saying that Mr. Thomas will make an ideal registration agent. At the Cymmer Congregational Church on Sunday evening, Miss May Lewis wag publicly honoured by the church and also by the Orchestral Society. Miss Lewis has for a number of years been the organist at the above church and accom- panist also for the orchestra, and as a reward for her splendid services and a mark of their esteem, the church and orchestra presented her with a beautiful ebonised cabinet and photo of the band. The Rev. J. T. Davies (pastor) presented the cabinet, while Mr John Williams (Gelynog), Ynyshirj presented the photo. On New Year's Eve, a concert was given at Cymmer Congregational Chapel by the Juvenile Choir, under the .able conductol"ship of Mi*. Tom Morgan. Mrs. W. T. Davies, Bryngaiw^ presided, The musical part of the programme opened with a beautiful chorus, Brooklet," by the choir, which was subsequently! fol- lowed by choruses, Jack and Jill," "Ha! Ha! Melus, Melus Wyliau," and the "Call of the Fairies." The choruses were well sung, and the audience was simply delighted. Yr Hogyn Drwg," sung by Master Emlyn Kemp-, drew forth plaudits and encores. The duet, Alpine Maids," by Misses Williams and Treharne, was sung with great effect. The action- songs by the boys, The Pigs that went to the Market," Paddy Blake," The Dentist's Den," were exceptionally fine, and evoked continuous applause. So also the action-songs by the girls, Grace Darling and Pit-Pat." Misses E. M. Williams, Edith Williams and Adelina Williams also sang with delightful effect, and were encored. The duet, "Lily," by Masters Emlyn and Ivor Kemp, found a hearty reception. Other soloists who sang exceedingly well were Misses Jennie iromas (" Ueigryn ar Fedd fy Main "), and Letitia Williams ('' When I was a Girl "). The Sisters Williams, in their duet, What are the wild waves saying P" were great. The concert terminated with the Welsh National Anthem. The three grand miscellaneous concerts in connection with Caersalem Newydd (W.O.) Church, in aid of the building fund, and held at the Workmen's Library and Institute on Christmas and Boxing evenings and also on New Year's Eve. were truly a triumphant success. The excellency of the programme provided for the first two evenings was so heartily appreciated as to guarantee the success of the latter, so on New Year's Eve the spacious hall of the Library was packed with another most acpreciative audience. The presidents were Mr. Wm. Thomas, Porth Shop; Councillor David Smith, Tylorstown; and Mr. William Evans (Thomas & Evans), Porth Farm, respec- tively. The concert opened with the march, Austria," by the Cymmer Band, and the beautiful rendering secured appreciation from the audience. Various other items by the band followed in quick succession. Balfe's Bohemian Girl and Satanello evoked continuous cheers. Caller Herrin (Annie Irvin) and "Little Gipsies (A. Watson), by the children's choir, were also received with enthusiasm. Miss Winifred Lewis contributed three beautiful solos, "Friend," "Canwyll fy llygaid wyt ti," and God shall wipe away all tears." Other selections by the band were Old Daddy Peg Leg," Best of all," "A Motor Ride," "The Merry Widow," and The Fairy Queen." A very interesting ceremony took place at St. James Church, Cymmer, on New Years Eve, when the Rev. G. Francis, M.A., of 1 orth, was made the I'ecipient of a beautifully illuminated address and a purse of gold, as a token of public regard on the eve of his departure to take up his new duties at St. John's Church, Cardiff. Preceding the presen- tation was a social tea, over which the Rev. Wm. Thomas (vicar) presided. Mr. E. S. Williams, M.E., presided over the remainder of the meeting. The address was presented by Mrs. Joyce in a grace- ful little speech. The address having been read and presented, Mrs. Mackintosh, one of the oiaest Church members, pre- sented Mr. Francis with the purse of gold, speaking in Welsh a few words appro- priate to the occasion. After a speech by Mr. T. W. Berry upon the various qualities of Mr. Francis, and also by Mr. Webster, the rev. gentleman responded in warm tones, and expressed his inability —because of iiervousness-to, thank them as lie would like for their beautiful and bountiful present. He would, however, always treasure it as a, token of their appreciation of his services and of their deep friendship. The usual vote of thanks being accorded the ladies (Mrs. Joyce and Mrs. Mackintosh), the proceedings were brought to a close with the singing of Make new friends, but keep the old," the soloist being Miss Jones, of Cymmer.







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