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NEWMARKET AND DISTRICT PLOUGHING ASSOCIATION. ANNUAL MATCH AT WHITFORD" This old established ploughing association, whose district embraces the parishes of Newmarket, Whitford, Cwm, Gwaenysgor, Llanasa, Meliden, and Dyserth, and from Pont Dafydd, St. Asaph, to Foryd Bridge, Rhyl, held its annual match, in a field on Plas Uchaf farm, in the parish of Whitford, on Wednesday, the 10th instant. The clima- tic conditions were everything that could be desired, and the field selected for the trial of the ploughman's skill was in every way adapted for the purpose. Its isolated posi- tion at the extreme end of the district, per- haps, was a drawback from a gate' point of view. Anyway, the number of spectators present was far below the average at the gatherings of this society. In the matter of entries too there was a perceptible falling off, the number being, in the first class, nine; in the second class, fourteen. Though the work done could not be said to be of an extraordinary high standard, still it was of excellent average merit, and in both classes the competitors ran each other very closely, as was proved by the fact that it took the judges an hour and a half to arrive at a de- cision. This year, the president was the Right Hon. Lord Mostyn, the vice-presidents being Messrs. James Folds, Pentreffynnon, Whitford and J. Lloyd Price, Mertyn Hall. The field stewards were Messrs. McNicol, Mostyn Scott, T. E. Williams, Pentreffyn- non and Master John Owens, Plas Uchaf. Messrs. W. Jones, Fachallt; J. Bagshaw, Celyn and D. Owen, Tyddyn uchaf, Whit- ford, acted as stewards in the first class; whilst Messrs. E. Griffiths, Bryn Coch, and E. Griffiths, Gareg, Whitford, acted in a similar capacity in the second class. The duties of judges were entrusted to Messrs. R. Foulkes, Birkenhead, and Daniel Davies, Prestatyn, in the first; Messrs. W. Lloyd, Croea Faen, Ysceifiog, and Joseph Price, Pen uchaf, Caerwys, in the second class and to Messrs. T. Lloyd Ellis, Rhyl; Evan Jones, Brynllithrig, Cwm, and David Jones, Cwm, in the classes for the best team, and neatest turn out. Mr. John Roberts, Tyny- caeau, Gwaenysgor, carried out the secre- tarial duties to the satisfaction of all con- cerned. THE AWARDS. 1st class, open to all England:-Ist, Chas. Jones, Criccin, Rhuddlan ( £ 5); 2nd, John Roberts, Mynydd Mostyn (£3 10s.); 3rd, Edward Jones, Nant, Prestatyn 0 £ ll0s.); 4th, E. Wynne Williams, Lygan y Llan, Hal- kin (SI); 5th, William Jones, Lime Bank, Mostyn (10s.); 6th, David Davies, Marian Bach, Cwm (5s). 2nd class, open to all England, but no wheels to be attached to the plough, and no guiders or cutters allowed, excepting chain and weights 1st, Peter Pierce, Waen, St. Asaph ( £ 5): 2nd, Owen Jones, Trelogan (X3 10s.); 3rd. Thomas Cunnah, Pydew, Rhyl (£1 10s.); 4th, Owen Jones, Rhydor- ddwy Fawr, Rhyl (SI); 5th, David Hughes, Hylas, Rhuddlan (10s.); 6th, David Roberts, Tre'r Abbot, Newmarket (5s). For the best, neatest, and cleanest turn- out (man, horses, gears and plough to be taken into consideration, and the least un- necessary gears): 1st, David Hughes, Hylas, Rhuddlan (Mr. R. C. Enyon, owner of team-one pair of galvanised leading chains, one back chain, and two pairs hame chains, given by Mr. Hughes, ironmonger, Rhyl); 2nd, Owen Jones, Rhydorddwy Fawr (Mr. William Hughes, Gwaenysgor, owner of team-pair of leading chains, given by Mr. Kerfoot Hughes, ironmonger, Rhyl); 3rd, John Roberts, Canolblas, Bodelwyddan, Mr. Williams, Pentreffynnon, owner of team- (dandy brush, curry comp, waggoner's whip, wash leather, a box of polishing paste, given by Mr. Clarke, saddler, Prestatyn); highly commended, Thomas Cunnah, Pydew, Rhyl (Mr. John Williams, Pydew, owner of team). For the best team in the wheel-ploughing ompetition :-lsts John Roberts, Canolblas (Mr. Williams, Pentreffynnon, owner) (two pairs of harness, given by Mr. Sheffield, ironmonger, Rhyl); highly commended, Ed- ward Jones, Nant (Mrs. McLaren, owner). For the best team in the non-whsel com- petition 1st, Owen Jones, Rhydorddwy Fawr (Mr.Wm. Hughes, Gwaenysgor, owner) (two pairs of harness given by Mr. E. A. Parry, ironmonger, Prestatyn); highly com- mended, David Roberts, Tre'r abbott, New- market. To the maker of the swing plough that cut the best furrow (a silver medal given by Mrs. and Messrs Roberts, Gwaenysgor); winners, Messrs. Roberts Brothers, black- smiths, Penisa, Dyserth, the makers of the plough ussd by Thomas Cunnah, Pydew. In distributing the prizes, Mr. Jas. Folds referred to the excellence of the work done that day, and regretted that there were not more entries. These competitions did a great deal of good, and next year he hoped to see more interest taken in the society (cheers). Votes of thanks were passed to Mr. Folds for distributing the prizes (in the unavoid. able absence of Lord Mostyn), and to Mr. John Roberts, the undefatigable secretary. [Owing to pressure on our space, this re port was crowded out last week.-ED]. a



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