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AMMANFORD AMUSEMENTS. A Happy New Year to you all "—The Jester once more dons his eap and bells, and in- augurates (a good word that) the New Year by sending you in some news. The Llandilo folks came down to Ammanford the other day to show us how football should be played. We did not like their mode of play, more especially one or two of Ned Roberts' little tricks, so our boys showed them a different plan altogether. Its a better plan than the Llandilo plan. About a try better, at least, so the referee said. IvorDavies played for us again, and although he was watched incessantly, he utilised the one chance he had to the utmost. Jocko can't under- stand how Davies is not good enough for Swansea. He is a rare three-quarter, sure at catching'quick and strong, and never losses his head. If Percy Lloyd played for Ammanford, he, Ivor Davies, Albert Jenkins, and Jonah Williams, would make a quartette equal to most clubs. It is no great disparagement to David Lloyd to leave him out of this quartette, he is a really good three- quarter, but he would give way cheerfully to Percy Lloyd. :II< The Ammanford forwards are improving, Edwards is a tower of strength. He is one of the fastest in Wales, and when he learns to use his feet a little more would be an acquisition to any team. D Rees, D Elias, Ll. Williams, J Jones and Louder, help to make up a useful pack. Where we are weak is at half. The Llandilo pair were smarter than ours, and even when ours got the ball there was an absence of that accurate passing, that shows the good half back. Llan- dilo Willie was the best on the field, but the un- fair way in which he put the ball in the scrum- mages should have attracted the referee's atten- tion more than it did. Jocko advices other teams to watch this. # # Mate says that he is glad he is not mayor this y 11 year. He would have had an awful row with the people about the new bridge if lie had been in office. The state of affairs there is awful. One little girl was nearly drowned some time back by being blown off the ricketty structure, which the contractors imagine is good enough for Bettws folks. It is high time they finished their job, in the interregnum between the old and new bridges, people have to go round over Pontam- man bridge to save the risk of breaking their necks. This poor Bettwa bridge has been a sense of muddles from the beginning. Jocko only hopes it will stand when it is really finished. V One of the features of Christmas in this neigh- bourhood was a very charming service of song at Ammanford Church. The choir rendered it very well indeed, and it was a success in every way. It was entitled The desire of all Nations," and lasted an hour and a half. The curate, the Rev Charles F. Owen (M. A. of Balliol College, Oxon), is to be congratulated on having aroused the musical talent of his congregation, and Messrs John Thomas (conductor), and Evan Williams (deputy-organist) may well be proud that their hard work is crowned with success. # # At B-attws Church, the Christmas services were simple but very well done. The anthem was a familiar one and was well sung. The decorations were as usual done by the Davidson family. # # J # A very nice concert was given here last week in aid of John Isaac, an invalid. Mr Griffith Elias took the chair, and the hall was crowded. Madame Martha Harries sang most beautifully, and Miss M. Morris, and Messrs Daniel Jonei, Tom Williams, William Walters, and Joseph Morse, contributed songs. Miss Pritchard and Mr Ivor Morris accompanied, and a charming piano duett was rendered by the Misses Pritchard. Want of space prevents a longer account, but the whole affair was a great success. All the elite of the neighbourhood, including Alderman Richards and Councillor Jones with their respective families, were present. # ## The Dynevor male voice party patrolled the neighbourhood on Christmas eve and discoursed some very sweet music. The singing of this party is a real treat to listen to, and they have some first class voices among them. Tom Williams, a young tenor, is likely to make his mark as a singer, he has a robust pure tenor voice and sings with taste. Jocko hopes to hear him often. JOCKO THE JESTER.

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