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I VISITING COMMITTEE'S OUTSPOKEN COMMENTS. I A MATTER FOR LLANGELYNIN PARENTS. LLANDUDNO JUNCTION APPOINTMENT. STRAIGHT SPEAKING TO MEDICAL INSPECTORS. To-dav (Thursday) the Carnarvonshire Edu- cation Authority will interview three of the applicants for the post of mistress at the Llan- dudno Junction Council School. They are Miss E. A. Bennett, Llanfaerisgaer Miss Jennie Griffiths, supply teacher, and Miss E. Roberts, Carneddi. The various Committees will submit their re- ports, some of which contain comments of ex- ceptional interest and importance. HOW THE CHILDREN SUFFER. Mr. J. R. Pritchard (Chairman of the School Attendance Committee) and Mr. Thomas (the Assistant Secretary), after a visit of inspection to a number of schools, made the following re- port, which has been adopted by the Attendance Committee, and which will no doubt, be the sub- ject of much future discussion Llandudno Junction Council School.—The at- tendance at this school is very good. In the mixed department, on the day of the visit, there were 195 present out of a total of 205, making a per- centage of 95. The staff, however, experience considerable difficulty in securing punctual at- tendance. This is partly due to the fact that the fathers of the scholars, being railway em- ployees, are often engaged on night duty.' The walls of the infants' rooms are tastefully decor- ated with delightfully quaint pictures. It is a matter for regret that the Committee are about to lose the services of the infants' mistress. Llangwstenin C. E. School.—The percentage of attendance at this school was 95. The ven- tilation is excellent. It appears possible at this school to secure a plentiful supply of fresh air without subjecting the scholars to draughts. Bettws-y-Coed Boys' School.—The percentage of attendance at this school was 99.4, 98.7, 9.9 for the three days preceding, and on the day of the visit no child was absent. This reflects great credit on the headmaster now in charge, and on the school attendance officer, especially when the unattractiveness of the school building is borne in mind. Bettws-y-Coed Girls and Infants.—The num- ber present in the girls' department was 43 out of 45 and in the infant room 30 out of 44. The work of the school was somewhat disor- ganised on account of the absence, throguh ill- ness, of a member of the staff. Yspytty C. E. School.iii the mixed depart- ment there were 76 children present out of a' total of 79, and among the infants there was only one child away. This makes a percentage of 96 for the whole school, judging fron the attend- ance and from a casual inspection of the work, the infants do not appear to suffer from the anomalous arrangement whereby an assistant is responsible for their instruction. The assistant mistress should remember toiill in the time table on her arrival at school. Talvbont Council School. —There were pre- sent here 114 out of 120 on the registers, making a percentage of 95. This school was profusely decorated with flowers. At the time of the visit; (recreation period), the rooms were being thor- oughly ventilated, all the windows being open to the half. Llangclynin C. E. School.There were pre- sent here 68 out of 79. a percentage of only 86. This school, in the matter of attendance and general appearance, was by far the most unsatis- factory we saw in the course of the day's visits. Indeed, there is not, probably, another school in the county where children work under such dis- advantages. Dolwvddelen C. E. School.—The attendance here was 120 out of 125 in the mixed depart- ment, and 59 out of 64 in the infants' room, making a percentage of 94.7. It was explained that most of the absentees were attending a fun- eral. The new desks supplied by the Committee are very much appreciated. In future, the headmaster will make his personal entries in the time book, as is the practice in all the other schools in the county. The infant room ap- pears to be very crowded, while the main room would accomodate many more. This is one of the many cases in the county where both as regards accommodation and staff it would be a decided advantage if the school year ended on the 31st March, rather than on the 31st July. Under the pre- sent arrangement, the drafting from the infants to the school for older scholars takes place on the re-opening after the midsummer holidays. During the winter months many of our infants schools are but half full, while during the months of April, May, and June, the period when in- fants usually begin their attendance at school, the rooms are inconveniently full and the staff inadequate. If the school year ended at 31st March, the transfer of infants to mixed depart- ments would take place during the first week in April, and room would thus be made for the new arrivals. Medical Inspection.—We were surprised to find that the entries in the medical inspection schedules were not intelligible to the head teach- ers. Surely, much of the benefit which should be derived from the medical inspection of the children will be lost if the head teachers are not acquainted with the results of the inspection. It is very important that the head teacher should know whether a child's heart is sufficiently strong to allow him to take school drill without injury. It is equally important that a head teacher should know whether dullness in a child is due to physical or mental defects, and that the teacher should know whether a certain position in a class is likely to strain a child's eyesight. One would have expected that valuable informa- tion given in this way to the teacher for the bene- fit of the child, would have been one of the first good results of medical inspection. The little sympathy and help which the teacher could by this means give the child, would be infinitely more valuable than volumes of statistics. The Attendance Committee have passed the following resolutions arising out of the foregoing report (a) Resolved that the Medical Inspectors be asked to fill in their schedules in such a man- ner as to be intelligible to managers and teach- ers, and if necessary, to adopt a key which will enable anyone to read the schedules. (b) Resolved that a copy of Dr. Newman's book on the medical inspection of school child- ren, be supplied to each member of the Medical Inspection Committee. (c) Resolved that during the next school session, the names of all children who require the services of an eye specialist be sent to the school managers, who will consider whether the parents are in a position to pay for the examination. Those parents who, in the opin- ion of the managers,' should bear the expense of the examination, will be instructed to make their own arrangements with an eve specialist, at their own expense. The children whose parents cannot afford to engage a specialist, will be examined by Dr. Williams free of charge. A Prize Committee was appointed, consist- ing of the following members:—The Chairman, Miss Muriel Price, Mr. R. E. Jones, Dr. Lloyd Williams, Mr. Ralph Fisher, and Mr. R. O. Jones. ATTENDANCE OFFICERS' GRIEVANCES. Bangor.—The Bangor School Attendance Officer wrote complaining of the leniency of the Bangor magistrates in dealing with attendance cases. Resolved that the Secretary of Educa- cation be asked to prosecute in the next cases brought before the Bangor magistrates. Carnarvon.—The Carnarvon School Attend- ance Officer wrote complaining of the action of the Rhvd-ddu Managers in passing a resolution refusing to deal with attendance cases during his absence. The officer pointed out that since his appointment he has attended about 150 managers' meetings, and that is the only occa- sion when he failed to attend, and his absence here was due to ill-health. Resolved that the managers be informed that this Committee is of opinion that they were not justified in refus- ing to deal with attendance cases on account of the absence of the Attendance Officer. A PROGRESSIVE POLICY. From the report of the Building Committee, whose Chairman is Mr. Richard Davies, we quote the following interesting paragraphs:— St. Paul's Council School.—The formal ap- proval of the Board of Education to the plans for the improvement of this school was sub- mitted. Llovd-street, Llandudno.—The Secretary re- ported that the agreement with Mr. Thomas Edwards had now been completed, and that the sum of £ 50 had been paid to him in consideration of the surrender of his rights in the plot of land to be acquired from the Mostyn Estate. A letter was submitted from the Local Govern- ment Board enclosing formal sanction to borrow £ 544 for purchase of land and legal costs in this case, repayable in 60 years, and enquiring at the same time for further particulars with re- gard to the item of ty.5 for roads and Surveyor's charges, and as to the amount included for slid- ing partitions in the sum of tor buildings. Glanwydden Council School. — A letter was submitted from the Board of Education with regard to the sale of the old premises of this school, and it was resolved that the matter be referred to Mr. John Owen and Mr. Robert Roberts, with the Secretary, to enquire as to the possibility of obtaining a suitable offer for the freehold. Cwm C. E. School.The petition received from parents of children attending this school submitted to the last meeting of the Education Committee having been considered, it was re- solved that the Board of Education be asked to say definitely whether, in their opinion, the existing school premises can be permanently recognised for use for school purposes, as the proposals of the Local Education Authority, for providing a new school, must be affected by the question whether the accommodation now pro- vided at this school will be permanently avail- able or not. Great Orme Council School. A communica- tion was submitted from the agent of the owner of the site proposed to he acquired for the pur- pose of the new Council school at Great Orme, and it was resolved that the Secretary be auth- orised to conduct negotiations with a fur- ther, to a final settlement of the matter. Carnarvon Higher Standard School.—The final sketch plans prepared by the County Archi- tect after an interview between the Secretary and the Architect to the Board of Education, and after conferences between the County Archi- tect with Miss Sillitoe, H.M.I., and Mr. Edward Roberts, were submitted and adopted. It was resolved that the Education Committee be re- commended to arrange lor a special meeting on the lIth of August for considering tenders for the work of erecting the new school. Llandudno Higher Standard SchooL-The Secretary reported that he had been in com- munication with the Mostyn Estate and the CarnarvonshireTerritoriaIAssociationwhhregard to the proposed site for the new school at Llan- dudno. and that the question of the surrender of the site promised to the Territorial Association, for the convenience of this Committee, would be finally settled at a meeting of the Association to be held on the 19th instant. !t was resolved that the design of the new Higher Standard School for Llandudno be similar to that adopted for the new school at Carnarvon in so far as the site at Llandudno will admit of that being done. The Secretary reported that he had suggested to the Mostyn Estate Authorities that the site of the Higher Standard School might be in- cluded in the conveyance now being prepared of the land at the back of Lloyd-street, but the solicitors had stated that it' would be more convenient to keep the transactions distinct. Bettws-y-Coed New School.-Letters dated the 27th June and 7th July were submitted from the agent to Lord Ancaster, stating that (1) there would be no objection to thin the trees in front of the proposed school site and (2) that the plan of the site as submitted, appears to be satis- factory. It was resolved that the Architect be instructed to prepare a complete scheme for the approval of the Board of Education as early as possible. Gvffin School Accommodation.—Letters were submitted from Mr. G. O. Jones, a member of this Committee, and also from the Clerk of the Llechwedd Parish Council, with reference to the proposed new school at Gyffin, and it was resolved that consideration of the matter be deferred pending further enquiry in the condi- tion of the existing schools in the district. CHURCH OF ENGLAND SCHOOLS. Wear and Tear.—It was resolved that the Managers of the following schools be informed that the obligation to carry out certain repairs upon the buildings is upon them subject to the obligation of this Authority to make a contribu- tion in respect of wear and tear, ,-iz. :-Llan- gelvnin, Pwllheli, Dolwvddelen, and Conway. PENMAF.NMAWR SCHOOL ACCOMMODATION. A letter was read from the headmaster of the Dwvgyfylchi Council School, urging the desir- ability of providing accommodation for technical instruction, and it was resolved that the archi- tect be instructed to prepare a scheme for con- sideration at the next meeting of this Committee, in September, for enlarging the premises of the Dwygyfylchi Council School for use as a higher standard school, together with a full equipmen as a technical centre.
Festiniog Athletic Sports. These sports were held on Saturday at the Newborough Park, Blaenau Festiniog, under the auspices of the town football club. Mr. W. J. Penny acted as starter, and the judges were Messrs. W7. Thomas (Portmadoc), Ivor Jones, and B. Lloyd (Blaenau). The secretarial duties were performed by Mr. J. H. Tucker. The fol- lowing were the winners One mile bicycle race: 1, Hugh Jones 2, B. Smith, both of Blaenau. Half-mile bicycle race 1, Hugh Jones 2, D. E. Jones, Penmach- no. Sack race 1, R. J. Evans 2, B. Smith. 100 yards flat race 1, F. Wright, Bangor 2, J. Davies, Harlech. 440 yards flat race: l' Daniel Jones 2, J. Hughes. Three-legged race Daniel and R. Jones. High jump ], J. Davies, Harlech 2, Morris J. Morris, Blaenau. Long jump 1, J. Dayies 2, F. Wright. One- lap cycle race 1, H. Jones 2, D. E. Jones 3, B. Smith. 120 yards flat race 1, F. Wright 2, J. Hughes. Tug of war: Voelgron team (Captain W. Owen).
I' Conway and the Absence of Territorials. I CONFERENCE BETWEEN COUNCIL AND CITIZENS. I SUGGESTED APPEAL TO MR. LLOYD GEORGE. At a special meeting of the Conway Corpora- tion held on Thursday, the following members were present:—The Mayor (Councillor J. Wil- liams), Aldermen Dr. R. Arthur-Prichard and Edward Roberts, Councillors James Porter, Dr. W. Carter, Dr. M. J. Morgan, J. E. Conway Jones, Edward Jones, Hugh Owen, James Stott, Fred Jones and Robert Jones with the Clerk (Mr. T. E. Parry) and the Borough Engineer (Mr. F. A. Delamotte). The following members of a deput7ation repre- senting a town s meeting attended with reference to the question of the Territorial camos"- Messrs. J. P. Griffiths, Owen Evans, J. Herbert Jones, E. Loyd Jones, J. Hooson. S. L. Nor- bury, Hugh Jones (Black Lion) and Thomas Roberts, Berry street. At the outset Alderman Edward Roberts moved, and Councillor Robert Jones seconded, that the business be conducted openly, and this was agreed to. Mr. J. P. Griffiths, as the head of the deputa- tion, expressed their gratitude for the readiness of the Council to convene that conference. The question of the absence of Territorials had been on the lips of almost all throughout the borough, and there was no doubt a GOOD DEAL OF IDLE TALK, but the feeling was very acute. The blame was cast upon a legion from the War Office to the Municipal office, he supposed, and in order to try and ascertain the true facts a meeting was called, and that Guild Hall was crowded to overflowing, and the meeting was characterised by deep feeling of bitter disappointment when they looked at the prospects of families being obliged to curtail even the necessities of life. He could assure the Council that the deputation were not there to make a hostile demonstration. (Hear, hear). The letter of the War Office exon- erated the Council from blame, but with refer- ence to the paragraph that the Morfa was un- suitable for the training of a division, they all had their opinions. It was well known that the Morfa had been proclaimed all over the kingdom as one of the finest camping grounds procurable, and as late as 1906 they had a camp of about Sooo men, and then there was not one-third of the Morfa covered with tents. They, as a deputation, would like to know how the Morfa was unsuitable for a divisional camp. The Engineer said that his belief was that the members of the deputation had read the letter of the War Office wrongly. They did not say that the camp was unsuitable, but that it was unsuitable for the training of a division as a whole." When troops were sent out for man- oeuvres, what they had to do was very much different since the South African war. Thev were sent out as far as Talycafn for a good day's march, and to throw themselves out in skirmish- ing order, and when they got near to Cartref Melus they had to close in again owing to the cramped space caused by walls and hedges, and all the men congregated themselves together in a narrow neck, thereby throwing the men out of organisation. Instead of being able to get a frontage of some miles in length, like Salisbury Plain, they were brought down to a narrow space. That was one cause of the unsuitabilitv. The War Office had never said that the Morfa itself was unsuitable for camping. Mr. J. 1'. C.riffiths asked whether camping or manoeuvring was restricted on the Morfa at all or were the military allowed freedom to use any part they liked. The Engineer replied that the Military author- ities had drawn out a map which was issued to every battalion, and they were all rented a cer- tain portion on which to erect their camp. Councillor Porter That is not the point. Are they allowed to manoeuvre on any part of the Morfa? The Engineer Absolutely, as far as the military authorities allow them. Of course, they cannot wander in front of the range, be- cause thev would be shot bv their own men. Councillor Fred Jones Are any restrictions placed upon them by the Council or its officials? The Engineer Xo. Mr. Owen Evans Not for the pitching of tents ? The Engineer No. Alderman Dr. Prichard said that years ago every regiment could choose where to camp, and if that was so now, most of them would come to Conwav. Mr. 1. P. Griffiths said the conclusion to be derived from the War Office's letter was that the ground was not suitable because it was re- stricted. Councillor Dr. Morgan said that only last year the Engineer suggested a certain portion of the Morfa for a camp, but the Colonel said no, and decided upon his own pitch, so that he (the speaker) found for himself that they were not restricted. Councillor Robert Jones asked whether it was true that there had been a tiff about the placing of some officers' tents on the Morfa this year? The Engineer said he knew something about it. There were some tents pitched on a certain portion and they -nade lpl.lir;ttion to baie them pitched on another portion which was nearer the mess hut. This was granted, and when the advance party arrived they put four tents against a golf green, and the professional or somebody went there and oointed out that it was a golf green, and as -hole of the officers from the Colonel to the "r Master plaved golf, they were moved for the Officers' own benefit. Councillo .;d he was not satis- fied. He ? V whether there were any The Enjat • t Council* "v of the carrtains. The Evjf V -self. The offices best of tf& Council thev wou was cut? The Er. Council that. Alder m vaivisional camps w 4 could not accommc Mr. 0 it at Aberystwyth two cami out two miles apart. Mr. T. ? the deputation main- tained that there wt .ronsiderable parts of the Morfa which might be utilised for larger camps than even the large camp of 1006. He urged upon the Corporation the necessity of REMOVING ALL RESTRICTIONS, and he was confident that the Morfa was 'lë.ite capable of accommodating a divisional camp. The Engineer said there were eight camping grounds marked out for eipbt battalions, and yet there were only four battalions this year, so that there could be no restrictions. Councillor T. E. Conway Tones said it anneared that the denutation had in their minds that the Morfa was large enough for a very large cnmp. Aq-ii-ninz that they could put 20,000 men there, he inferred from the War Office letter that thev could not be manoeuvred. If the Engineer told, them that thev could be manoeuvred, then thev should write the War Office and tell them that they arc wrong. He auite agreed that there was not a finer camping ground in the British Tsles, but from what he gathered the manoeuvr- ing ground was unsuitable. Councillor Tames Stott suggested asking the War Office to define the unsuitabilitv. The letter was very brief and curt. He did not think there was a single member of the Council but I what he should like to see as many Territorials as possible on the Morfa. He believed that he was the first to instigate camping at Conway, by I chaffing the Bolton Volunteers, who came down and used the mountain as a manoeuvring ground. He also suggested appealing to their Member of Parliament. Mr. Lloyd George had helped them on many occasions, and let them see if he would also do so in this important matter for this part of his constituency. Councillor Robert Jones said that divisional camps were held once every five years, and it would be to the advantage of the Council to apply now for the different battalions. Mr. E. Loyd Jones remarked that the obstruc- tions of walls and hedges with regard to man- oeuvring were exactly the same at Aberystwyth as at Conway. As tradesmen thev felt the pinch, and their main object was to appeal to the Council to endeavour to get the Territorials back on the Morfa. Councillor James Porter said that although they had heard the deputation, there was a feel- ing that the Council had not done what they ought to have done to get the Territorials. He repeated what the Chairman of the Finance Committee had said, that no man on that Coun- cil had ever put up his hand against the Terri- torials coming here. They were as fully alive -and he said it without fear of contradiction-to the great misfortune as any persons in the bor- ough. The Council's endeavours had gone back for years to make the Morfa a proper camping ,,To ground, and he had only to ask the deputation to think WHAT HAD BEEN DONE with regard to the re-claiming of the land for the purpose of the camps. Councillor Porter went on to say that he was travelling from London with a Colonel, who was in the habit of camping at Conway, and to his great surprise the Colonel knew all that had been going on with regard to the camp, and he expressed his admiration for the steps taken by the Council in approaching the War Office and trying to make provision next year. He also said that there was nothing wrong with the camp, but they had not got the ground for the manoeuvring of a division. He further added that when divisional camps were not held, he for one would be only too glad to come back to Conway. He remembered in the late Mr. Hugh Hughes s time, thev were on the Morfa discussing the question of fixing some- thing or other up, and all of a sudden the Surveyor told them they could not do so, as the whole of the Morfa had been let to the military. so they had to come back. He (Councillor Porter) wanted the deputation to have the Coun- cil's assurance that as their representatives they had done their very best, and nothing had been left undone. Alderman Edward Roberts said he felt the loss as much as any other tradesman in the town. He was in favour of removing the whole of the gorse from the Morfa, and with the thousand pounds loan they were negotiating for, he hoped this would be done. There was a lot of talk outside about the golfers, and he should like to know whether they really did any harm. He should like the deputation to SPEAK PLAINLY at that meeting, as they did outside. It was also said that the Engineer was against the Territor- ials because he played golf. (Laughter). But the letter of the War Office explained everything. Reference had been made to Salisburv Plain. He did not know it personally, but it appeared to him to be like a part of England. (Laughter). Was Aberystwyth something similar to Salisbury Plain? If the mountains from Talvcafn were not large enough, let the military start at Cow- lyd lake, and they would have plenty of room there. He felt sure that their member, Mr. Lloyd George, and also Mr. Wm. Jones, would assist in this matter. Mr. Lloyd George had fought hard for many things, and no doubt he would fight hard for this. He (the speaker I trusted they could please the ratepayers, and please himself as well. (Laughter). NI r. J. P. Griffiths felt that the conference would be productive of much good. He could assure the Council they were not there to find fault, although they might criticise. They were there to strengthen the Council in their negotiations. He should now like to ask whether the Council considered, after the reply of the War Office, that they had done all that could be done with regard to securing camps for the future. (Voices: No, no). He urged upon them not to lose any time in sending the already appointed deputation to Chester as soon as the new General took over the command. The Mayor said he was an old member of the Council. He remembered when the Volunteers first came to Conway. During the last 15 years he could safely say that never had he voted against them coming. He could assure the deputation that the Council had not yet con- cluded their negotiations for the future camps. Councillor Conway Jones then moved that they apply to the NVAT- Office asking in what way the camp was unsuitable for a division. Councillor James Stott seconded, and it was carried. Mr. S. L. Nor bury asked whether it was a fact that two battalions of Special Reserves had been refused after a certain date. The Engineer I do not think so. The Mayor then thanked the deputation for their attendance, and the interest they had taken in the matter. On the motion of Mr. J. P. Griffiths a vote of thanks was accorded the Mayor and Corporation for receiving the deputation.
Conway Topics. (By The Pirate.") We in Conway have real cause for complaint against the train service, which this summer is practically a worse service than we have during the winter months. It is a well-known fact that visitors staying at Rhyl and intending to pay a visit to Conway have changed their minds at the Junction, because they find that there are no convenient trains. I have also heard well- known residents of the town looking out for houses at the Junction or Penmaenmawr, both of which places are much better served than Conway. In the winter service from the Junc- to Bangor there is a stopping train at Con- 11.29 a.m., 12.38 p.m., and 1.52 p.m. Now, r, with the large influx of visitors, there ,o train stopping at Conway between 11.33 a.m. and 1.49 p.m. There is a Liverpool train which leaves the Junction at 12.40 p.m., but for some reason or other that does not stop at Con- way, and does so at Penmaenmawr and Llan- fairfechan. There are numerous instances which could be drawn attention to, and it would be well for the Corporation to take the matter in hand immediately. I had thought the mat- ter would have been mentioned at the last Coun- cil meeting, but this was not the case, and now there will be holidays next month. Perhaps it would be as well to call a committee together immediately to make representation to the Rail- way Company on this important matter. My readers will be glad to learn that the sug- gestion made in this column a few weeks back that the Conway River Regatta should be re- vived, has borne fruit. A number of influential gentlemen took the matter in hand, with the result that a regatta, which will be second to none in North Wales, has been fixed for Satur- day, August 13th. I learn that the committee of which Mr. R. B. Crowe is Chairman, proposed introducing a varied programme of events, which will undoubtedly attract a large number of entries. It now remains for the inhabitants of the borough to support the movement better than they have done in previous vears, in order that the committee can offer substantial prizes which will attract not only some of the finest yachts on the Coast, but a large crowd of visi- tors, who will, no doubt, benefit the borough during these times of no Territorials.