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Merthyr Watch Committee.

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Dowlais Roman Catholic Grievance

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The Welsh Church, Dowlais.

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The Welsh Church, Dowlais. RE-OPENING SERVICES. During the past eight months, the Welsh Church of St. Mary's, Dowlais, has undergone extensive repairs and renovation. The whole of the fabric, externally and internally, has been thoroughly overhauled, and the interior has been greatly beautified and improved. The building is large and capacious, having sitting a-ccommodation for 1,100 worshippers, and was originally intended to serve the whole of the parish as far as the Welsh Church population wa-3 concerned. For the past twenty years, however, the present Rector, the Rev. Llew- elyn M. Williams R.D., has adopted a policy or decentralization, and other churches have been built for the convenience of the outlying —a P°licy that ha3 been more than justi- fied by the flourishing organisations at Pen- g-arnddu, Pant, Gellifaelog, and Cwm. The task thus undertaken diverted for a time the attention demanded by the condition of the Church. Now, however, their sacred oodice hag been restored. he members of the congregation took up their portion of the work with enthusiasm, and the present condition of the church is largely due to their devotion and self-sacrifice. Other parishioners, amongst whom must be named severa1 Nonconformists, gave liberal and valu- able gifts, and the sum total of their offer- mgs, together with thoje of the worshippers has enabled the committee to carry out a scheme which is both effective and complete. A screen of a. handsomo .esgn has been put west end, cutting off the last bay of the arcade separating the aisle from the naV?'f forming a chapel, which will be used for the purpose of holding minor services, classes, meetings, etc. The north transept iias been similarly dealt with, and made into a vestry, which was much needed for the ac- commoclation of the choir. The lofty roof, which was open, has been ceiled, and the organ has been enlarged by the addition of extra stops. Water-power has been requisitioned for blowing the instrument. The whole of the lighting has been re-planned at great expense. The ornaments of the church include costly and artistic gifts from several donors. Mr. and Mrs. John Hughes presented an oak pulpit of a net de;ign. Mr. David John James a memorial oak Litany desk; Mrs. Davies, a communicants' kneeier; Mr. Marshall Jones, 9^tar kneelers; Mrs. Pri e.lla Jones and Mrs. Ar Evans, memorial carved oak sedilia; Mr. and Mrs. John Williams, an oak credence table Mrs. John Morgan, Gwernlhvyn Fach, a handsome Bible, in memory of her mother; a.nd Mr. D. W. Huggins, a magnificent oak a.ltar reredos and eagle lectern, together with [J. platform, in memory of his mother. Sets of embroidered silk bookmarkers from Miss B. Phillips, Miss A. L. Williams. Mrs. E. Jones; altar services from Mr. and Mrs. B. R. S. Frost; altar lentern from Mr. and Mrs. Thos. Jones. Th? Church was re-openod on Thursday last, when an octave of services, were commenced. At 8 o'clock, the Rector, assisted by the Rev. E. R. Davies, curate, celebrated the Holv Communion, which was attended by a pry largo number of communicants. At 10.30 Mattins were sung, and tho various gifts sol- emnly dedicated by the Venerable the Arch- deacon of Llandaff. The sermon was preached by the Rev. D. T: James. Rector of Llanerfvl. Evensong W3" sung at 7.30, when Mr. James again preached. The sermons were very elo- quent. At both these services the congrela- tions were numerous—th" Church at night be. ing thronged wit.h worshippers. The choir, under the capable leadership cf Mr. Morgan Davies. did their part exceedingly well, and the anthems. "Gweddi Habbacuc" and "Teyr nasoedd v Ddaear." were rendered in a mas- terly manner, Messrs. M Eva,ns and E. Bate- man taking the palos, and Mr. J. D. Jones presiding at the orcan. The officiating clergy were the Rev. E. R. Davies, the Rector#of the Parish, and the Rector of Vaynor. Tho services were continued on Friday even- ing. when evensong was sung, and the sermon preached by the Rector of the Parish. On Sunday special sermons were preached by the Rev. Robert Williams, M.A.. D.G., Vicar of Llandilo, and the Rev. E. R. Davies, B.A., curate of the Welsh Church. The choir sang "Bendigedig fyddo Arglwydd Dduw Tsrae)." On Monday. Tuesday, and Wednesday in this week there were celebrations of the Holy Com- munion at 8 a.m.. and evensong and sermon at 7.30 P,II1,. the special preachers the Revs. Richard Jones, Vicar of St. Fagan's, Aberdare W H. Davies. Curate of Dowlais, and Canon Lewis, D.G., Vicar of Ystradfodwg. The services during the'octave were well attended, a.nd the choir did its part well, the "Halleluja Chorus" at the Wednesday evening service be- ing very well rendered. The collections throughout the week will be ilevoted to the Restoration Fund, and a substan- tial sum was received for this object.

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Dowlais Chamber of Trade.

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