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DOLGELLEY. ST. DAVID'S DAY CELEBRATIONS St. David's Day was duly observed here in the customary manner, the town presenting a lively appearance, due mostly to the presence of a large number of the members of the differ- ent Friendly Societies, who, on this day, hold their annual meeting. The leek was much in prominence. Shortly before noon, the mem- bers of the Friendly Society (Golden Goat), and of the Aiding Friendly Society, in full regalia, joined in procession, and headed by the British Goldfields Brass Band, paraded the streets prior to attending Divine Service at the Parish Church, where the Rev. John Lloyd, rector of the parish, officiated. Subsequently, the form- er repaired to the Congregational schoolroom, and sat down to dinner, prepared by Mrs. Williams (late of the Talbot Hotel), while the latter dined at the Public Rooms, the catering being in the hands of Mrs. Lewis. The distri- bution of the annual statements of accounts followed, from which we gathered that both societies are in a very satisfactory position. We make a few extracts :— THE FRIENDLY SOCIETY (GOLDEN GOAT. Established 1802. Receipts for 1896:—By contributions, &c., £ 21-512s.; by subscriptions, 910 12s. 6d. re-payment of mortgage and interest, £ 200 16s. balance in stewards hand, 933 Ss. 7d.; total, JE460 Os. Od Expenditure To sick members, £83 10s. Id. funerals, £ 24 9s. 3d. salaries, f59 16s. investments, 9262; miscellaneous, £ 7 12s. 5d. balance in stewards hands, £ 23 Is. lOd. Present total capital, JE1129 3s. Bd.-an increase of £ 89 19. lOd. on iihe previous year. Officers Mr. D. Lewis (president), Mr. D. Williams (vice president), Mr. David Jones, Goat Inn (treasurer), Mr. Thomas Ellis (secretary), Dr. Edward Jones (medical officer). Number of members, 250. THE AIDING FRIENDLY SOCIETY (ANGEL). Established 1825, Receipts for 1896:By balance in treasurer's hands, £ 41 15s. by con- tributions, &c., E225 19s. 4d,; by subscriptions, £ 14 19" interest, £ 23; total JB308 13s. 4d. Expenditure :—To sick members, A:126 16s. 3.; funerals, E42 5s. 4d.; salaries, 965 13s.; invest- ments, £ 10; miscellaneous, £ 16 13s. 3d.; bal- ance in treasurer's hands, f44 5s. 6d. Total capital of the society, £ 1,231 6s. 7d., an increase of f37 Is. 6d. on the previous year. Officers Mr. W. R. Williams (president), Mr. Richard Evans (vice president), Mr. Tom Parry (treas- urer), Mr. T. D, Foulkes (secretary), Dr. John Jones, Caerffynnon (medical officer). Number of members, 255. The annual meetings were held in the even. ing, that of the Golden Goat Friendly Society being confined to members only, Mr. David Lewis, the president, occupied the chair, and a miscellaneous programme was gone through, which included a spirited address by Dr. E. Jones, Caerffynnon, the medical officer, and by several members. At the Public Rooms, the ANNUAL COMPETITIVE MEETING under the auspices of the Angel Friendly Society took place, the proceedings being opened to the public. Dr. John Jones, Caer- frynnon, presided over a crowded attendance, the conductorsaip being efficiently discharged by Mr. Toja Parry. The adjudicators were :— Prose, Messrs. E. Griffith, J.P., R. Wynne Williams, J.P., John Williams, Trem Hyfryd, and Dr. Hugh Jones. Poetry, Rev. Parri Huws, B.D. Music, O. O. Roberts and John Lloyd. Miscellaneous, Messrs. J. R. S. Fur- long D. J. Lewis, Harvey Jones, W. Davies, Rees Pugh, and Dr. John Jones. The follow- ing awards were announced :— Best review of the Society's rule, Mr. R. James (Trebor). Essay, Mr. R. Pryse Evans, printer. Ilir a t>hoddaid,in memory of the late Mr. Lewis Williams, founder of the society, Mr. J. Williams, Llanfachreth. Stanza, sub- ject, Cyfeillgarwch,' Mr. J. Jones, Frwg. Poetical song, 'The Town Council.' Mr. S. Williams. Best walking stick, Mr. R. Parry, South Street. Pencil sketch, Mr. Williams, Llwyn. Butter spoon, M. O. Pugh, Tan y- gader. Rake, Mr. R. Jones, Dolgelley. Reci- tation, Mr. R. Evans, janr., Maesyrhelwn. Recitation (under 15 years of age) prizes awarded to Miss Hughes, Brithdir, J. Hughes, New Shop, and J. Jones, Henshop. Male party, The Rhydymaiia choir, conducted by Mr. D. Jones, Dolgamedd. Quartette and trio by members of the same party. Duett, Messrs E. Robsrts and E. Pugh, Llanelltyd. Soprano solo, Miss M. Pierce. Tenor, Mr. J. Edwards. Pass, Mr. H. O. Williams. Violin solo, Mr. R. H. Lloyd. Concertina solo, Mr. J. Evans, :anr., Lion Street. The proceedings throughout were a distinct success, save some wauton unruliuess at the back seats..The arrangements were in the hands of a Committee nominated by the society, Mr. R. Jones (Trebor), making a very painstaking and able see;-etary. The Annual Banquet in honour of the patriot saint took place in the evening at the Golden Lion Royal Hotel. Mr. C. E. Jones Owen, Hengwrtucha presided, the Vice-Chair being occupied by Mr. W. R. Davies (County Coroner). The customary toast followed, the proceedings being marked by much enthus- iasm. The catering of Miss Bickwell, the genial manageress, as usual gave entire satisfaction.

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