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]II1II8 HEALTHY HOMES. WE have much pleasure in calling atten- tion to a splendid movement which has been started for the improvement of the home life oi Wales. There has recently been formed a Welsh Housing Association, whose Presi- dent is that distinguished Welsh patriot, Lord Kenyon, K.C.V.O., whose services to the cause of Welsh education are so, thank- fully recognised, whilst the list of Vice- Presidents includes such widely respected names as those of Mr. Ellis J. Griffith, K.C., M.P., the Earl of Plymouth, Mr. John E. Greaves (Lord Lieutenant of Carnarvon- shire), Lady St. Davids, Mr. David Davies, M.P., and the Lord Mayor of Cardiff. Prominent members of the Council are the four Welsh Bishops, the Chancellor of the Exchequer, Mr. Ellis Griffith, Sir Alfred Mond, M.P., Mr. William Jones, M.P., and Sir John Prichard Jones—to name only a few. The Secretary and Hon. Consulting Architect, is Mr. W. St. John Hancock, C.E., whose London offices are at 9, Temple Chambers, E.C. It will be seen that the promoters of Ibis movement are ladies and gentlemen who have the best interests of the people at heart. What is the object of the Association? Briefly, it has been formed for the purpose of investigating the state of housing in Wales and its borders, and for devising means to improve the same so far as they affect the social, moral, and econ- omic conditions of the people. Realising that any movement that is to be effective must emanate from the classes really con- cerned, it is desired—without reference to political party or religious denomination—to make the Association voice the aspirations of Welsh men and women who are prepared to help themselves. It is believed that a genuine expression of opinion by a large body of members will command the assistance of those whose inclinations and circumstances make such help possible. Local Committees are being, formed throughout Wales. These will be assisted and promoted by the Grand Com. mittees in Wales, and by an expert central body located for the time being in the Metropolis, and composed of those whose •experience and patriotism enable them to take advantage of the experimental work that has been of so great a service in England. Garden cities and garden suburbs, or villages, are now a great and tangible object- lesson in England, and their establishment has awakened the people to the fact that much can be done, even under existing laws, to improve the material home con- ditions, and that such improvements will advance the social, moral and physical con- ditions oi life in rural distriots and in towns. Here are two or three facts full of encour- agement to the Welsh reformer. The first Chairman and the first Honorary Organising Secretary of the first Council of the Garden J City Association were Welshmen. The pre- sent Chairman of the First Garden City Company, Ltd." (Letchworth), is also a Welshman. These three are now associated with the Welsh movement, and these cir- cumstances suggest that Wales may have other such organisers and altruistic work- ers to do a similar service on behalf of their native country. The Welsh Housing Asso- ciation, in a word, is no catchpenny," dividend-grinding concern, but represents a genuine and patriotic effort to elevate the standard of home life in Wales. Persons of all classes are enabled to join in the move- ment, and we sincerely hope that the Asso- ciation will soon include a very large num- ber of our readers, to whose notice we have every confidence in submitting the aims of the Association. That thete is need, and urgent need, for such a movement in Wales is only too true. It cannot be denied that in the villages and rural districts there are serious deficiencies in the housing conditions. This is proved teyond question by the disclosures contained in the report of the School Medical In- spectors in various districts. It is proved by the vital statistics published on unim- peachable authority. And it is equally cer- tain that the hight rate of mortality from certain diseases is attributable to the con- ditions prevailing in the homes of the people. 'Yery useful legislation has recently been passed which will aid the task of remedying this faulty housing. But the surest hope of a real and lasting improve- ment is the desire of the pepole to help themselves," and the means afforded them of thus helping themselves by the formation of the Welsh Housing Association.






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