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Rhymney Valley Echoes.

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.; New Library at New Tredegar.!

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New Library at New Tredegar. OPENING BY DR. R. T E. DAVIES. A great transformation has been effected by the sitill of an architect in the appearance of the old Workmen's Hall, New Tredegar, which was opened on Monday afternoon by Dr. R. T. E. Davies as a reading room. library and billiard room. Mr. G Kenshole, architect, Bargoed, has converted the old dilapidated dingy struc- ture into one of the finest, reading rooms and institutes in the Rhymney Valley. The base- ment remains in the statu quo ante, but Dr. Davies, in his opening speech, suggested that the bas«m#h.t might weil be converted into agymnasium and swimming bath. The ap- proach to the reading room is by a flight of nineteen steps. The dOQCS- are painted in green, and tastefully glazed with bottle glass. The billiard room impresses one with its height, which is 22 feet. Three large windows look west ward across the valley. The walls are de- corated with cream colour distemper on cement, and relieved pleasantly by woodwork in dark 110 green colour. The partition wall between the billiard room and reading room has glazed lights at the top—160 panes of glass having been used in this screen. The dimensions of the billiard room are 37 feet by 27 feet by 22 feet. The reading room is somewhat larger, and light -by day is obtained through seven large win- dows—north, east, and south. The billiard room is provided with two handsome tables, by Messrs. Thomas Padmore and Sons, of Bir- mingham. The cost of these was £140. The heating arrangements—low pressure hot water system—were carried out by Messrs. Hamp- toa and Sons, Cardiff. Comfortable benches of Austrian bent wood extend all round the room. The reading room is1 furnished in the usual way—with reading stands, tables and arm chairs. The furnishing arrangements were in the hands of Messrs. W. Williams and Sons, New Tredegar, Messrs. Nodden and Lee, Bar- goed were the contractors. The entire cost of the work was about jESOO. The excellent gas fittings-AVel--baeb self-intensifying—were sup- plied by the New Tredegar Gas and Water Company. After a few introductory remarks by Mr. T Jones, Of. Davies said that he felt it an honour to have been asked to open that institute, and that he i'elt greatly surprised to see the old hall turned into such a beautiful building with plenty of light, good ventilation, and excellent furniture. He was sure that the privileges afforded by the institute would be such that they would not mind the expenditure of 2800 incurred. According to the papers the out- look in the coalfield was dark and serious, but be had faith in the wisdom and judgment of the men's leaders, and believed they would succeed in preventing a strike. The Workmen's Com- mittee were to be congratulated on the excel- lent arrangements they had made. Their se- lection of an architect bad been a good one. Mr. G. Kenshole was a man of high standing in his profession, and was the designer of the cottage hospital at Aberbargoed, a work for which he had been so highly complimented that he had walked on tiptoe ever since (laugh- ter). But it was always a pleasure to him (Dr. Davies) to go into that hospital and lock at the beautiful arrangements which had there been made. There was a good deal of talk about the evil of drink. He did not want men to be influenced by drink, and in such an in- stitute as theirs those who did not drink would have a splendid place of recreation, and with all the attractions of the billiard room he hoped they would find time for the reading room, too (applause). Referring to the state of the basement. Dr. Davies said he hoped that some good use might be made of that part of the building. He thought it could be converted to good purpose into a gymnasium and swim- \ning- bath. Now that the men had got their Eight Hours Act they had more time for such things. He hoped they would all avail them- selves of the privileges which that institute now offered (applause). lJr. G. Kenshole. on being asked to say a few words, remarked that the doctor had covered the ground very well indeed. He had been consulted on the question as to what could best be done with the old building, and suggested its being turned into a billiard and reading room. Some thought there would not be enough light, and others that the walls would not be strong enough, but eventually his suggestion was adopted and the alterations made. At the close of the proceedings, Dr. Davies was presented by )1r: Jones, on behalf of the workmen, with a handsome silver cigar case, inscribed: 'Presented to Dr. R. T. E. Davies, J.P., on the occasion of the opening of the Workmen's Institute. New Tredegar, March 7th, 1910." Dr. Davies suitably acknowledg- ed the gift, and a vote of thanks, proposed by Mr. Frank Smith, and seconded by Mr. Wat- kin Jones, closed the proceedings. In the evening an exhibition of the game of biliards was given by Mr. Hatcher, of Bargoed, and Mr. Protheroe, of Pengam, a large and ad- miring company witnessing the play.

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---Gellygaer District Council.