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NEW CONVALESCENT HOME I AT PENMAENMAWB. OPENED BY THE LORD MAYOR OF MANCHESTER. INTERESTING FUNCTION. (From a "Pioneer" Reporter.) Peamaemmawr was a. centre of attraction to Jarge numbers on Saturday, when r:ho l.x>rd Ma yor of Manchester (Councillor J. Farrop), who was accompanied by the Lady la) 0 ess, apen(xi Plas Maxiundir, the new convalescent home for men. established under the auspices of the Manchester and Salford Hospital Satur- day Homes Fund. In the matter of establish- ing convalescent honws in this district Bir- mmgham takes the lead with institutions at Llandudno Ty'nycoed, and Marl (Llandudno Junction, a.t which 30 convalescents were re- ceived during the past year. The success which prompted the Manchester and Salford people to follow suit and their efforts have been very successful. The advantages of the Homes are intended for parsons who have either been in hospital or who have been ill and not in hospital, thus supplementing the work of the hospitals. All the Homes under the auspices of the Fund are under the control and management of the workpeople t-heimselves, and the only qualifica- tion for free use of the Homes is the payment to the fund of a peony per week by men. and a halfpenny weekly by women and young men under 13 years of age. It is. however, neces- sary to subscribe for three months to qualify for use of the Homes. A few years ago an app-eal for funds to establish a home In North Waiea was made by the Amnohester auil Sal- ford Institution, but the response was inade- quate, and they had to try other methods- They decided upon holding a bazaar, and aim- ed at raising £10,000. The idea commended it- &&1 f to thf, public, a.nd the bazaar was held at Manchester in 1905. with the result that the necessary amount was forthcoming Affair negotiations had been in progress for several sites in North Wales, the choice even- tually feil upon Penmaenmawr. The Home thus established here, although only formally opened on Saturday, has been receiving con- valescents since Whitsuntide, and those who have stayed here have returned to their homes greatly benefitted by the change to the salu- brious climate of Penmaenmawr, and thus en- couraged the committee in their efforts- The Manchester and Salford Hospital Satur- day and Convalesoent Homes Fund, which is inoqrporated by Royal Chapter, is presided over by the Lord Mayor of Manchester, whilst the vice-presidents include the Mayor of Sal- ford (Mx Wm. Thompson. F.R.S.) Mrs Came Ross, Mr Wm. Lillie, MIs Lillie. and Mr W. Scott Forbes. The treasurer is Mr George C. Ha worth. J.p., Mr A. Travis being chairman of Executive Committee Mr W.Swinglehurst, deputy chairman, and Mr Fred Scott has chaf-ge of the secretarial duties- THE NEW HOME. Plas M&riamdir is situated in its own orna- menta! grounds of one and a half acres, with extensive kitchen gardens, fruit gardens, vin- àry. stabling, ooach-house and other out offices. It commajids a fine view of the sea, stretching from the Great Orrne's Head to the Anglesey coast. Erected about thirty to thirty-five years ago. Plas Mariandir was un.til recently the country seat of Mr Owen Owen, the well-known Liverpool draper, and it was in onc of ita front rooms of the matision that the late Mr Gladstone, who then occupied the home draft- ed his famous Bill for the abolition of the paper tax. PRESENTATION OF AN ADDRESS. Fot the purr.)6A of extending to the Lord Mayor of Manchester and the supporters of the movement one of those hearty Welsh wel- comes for which the people of Penmaenmawr have long since become famous, the little town on Saturday had donned its festive garb, and was profusely decorated with bunting. Quite an animated scene, was witnessed at the Railway Station upon the arrival of tiba Lord Mayor and his r arty. when an eddrese of wel- come was presented to the Lord Mayor by Councillor W D. Jones, chairman of the Pen- maenmawr Urban District Council- The address, which was beautifully designed and illuminated, waa read by Mr Jones as follows: — To the Right Honourable the Lord Mayor of Manchester (Councillor John Harrop. J.P.). On behalf ci the Urban District Council* and the inhabtttaints of Penmaenmawr, we offer, your Lordship a cordial welcome to our town. We are pleased to have this opportunity of welcoming you and recording our high ap- jxreciation of the honour of an official visit from the chief magistrate of one of the graatest cities in the kingdom. Penmaenmawr is noted for its beauty and health-giving qualities, and has been graced on many occasions by the presence of distin- guished statesmen, ecclesiastical dignitaries, and othere. No more eloquent tribute could hav bean paid to it than that of tÀle late Right Hon W. E. Gladstone, who, in 1882. — i "The health and strength which it has pieaaed God to give me during the past twenty years I owe, in no small degree, to the salubrity fresh breezes, and habits of life which prevail at Penmaemmawr." And again in 1896. when opening Paradise- road :— "I do not know of a more healthy place, a.nd a more satisfactory climate is not to be found, to my knowledge, in this coun- 1ïrv It is a compliment to our district t.hat the committee of the Convalesoent Home which your Lordshap is to-day opening, should have selected our town as the most d.oixable locality for this Institution, which confirms the high testimony already accorded in ita favour- We trust the object of your Lordship's visit win be crowned with every success, and that you will carry with you a pleasant and fa- vourable impression of Penmaenmawr. We beg YOUTaooeptance of this addreaB aa a token of our esteem and appreciation of your Lordship s memorably visit Dated the 29th dav of June. 1907 (Signed) W. D. JONES, Chairman V.D. Council. T. E. PARRY r* Clerk. Bouquets were afterwards presented to the I*dy Mayoress, the Mayoress of Salford, and Miss Harrop. daughter of the Lord Mayor bv Master Donald Darbishire a.nd Mies Scott. The Lord Mayor, in reply, said that he thanked them one and all for the hearty reoep- ticn they had given him, and the committeeof fee new Home. which he felt sure would be recognised in the large city of Manchester. He trusted that the thousands of people who would oonie to the Home at Penmaenmawr during the lIext year would prove a credit to Manchester and be of great benefit to Penmaenmawr (cheere). He wae very pleased to have been wel- comed into the town upon the occasion by the Chairman of the Council. The Home, which he had come to open that day, would prove a bene- fit to thousands yet unborn (cheere). He was well aware that many of the citizens of Man- cuester came to Penmaenmawr and reaped much benefit to their health (cheers). THE LUNCHEON. The oompanv then proceeded to the Penmaen- mawr Hotel, where they were entertained to luncheon by the Urban District Council. The spacious dining hall of the hotel had been taste- fully decorated for the occasion, and both the decorations and the catering reflected great credit upon Mr and Mrs Skilbeck and their staff. Mr W. D. Jones, J.P.. presided, and amongst the guests were the Lord Mayor and Lady Mayoress of Manchester and Miss Harrop, the Mayor and Mayoress of Salford, the Mayor of Conway (Dr. R. A. Prichard), Mr S. Chantrey (chairman of the Llandudno Urban Council) Mrs Chantrey, Colonel C. H. Darbishire Captain J. R. Williams; Captain H. T. Jen- kins, Councillors S. H. Roberts, R. D. Jones R. D. Owen. Rd. Williams, and R. E. Williams Colonel Ruok (Chief-Constable of Carnarvon- shire), Mrs Carne Ross, Mr and Mrs Lillie, Dr and Mrs EmryS Jones, Mrs J. F. Ha-worth Mr Fred Scott, Mr Tough, Mr Smith, Miss Evelyn tt. Mr James Barron. Mrs Rivett Wallace Mr and Mrs A. E. Paterson, Dr. J. J. Cox Mr A. Travis, Mr Geo. C. Haworth, Mr W. S. (hon. secretary Birmingham Hospital Fund). Miss Kidd (matron Plas Mariandir) Miss Sharp (matron Marl Hall), Mr and Mrs Swindle- hurst, Mr B. C. Kenyon, Mr J. Faulkner Mx L. R. Towsley. Mr Wm. Thompson, Mr Owen Rowland, J.P. (Conway), Miss Meisom, Miss Driver, Mr J. Cantrel. Mr E. W. Buckley, Lieut Watkin Darbishire, Mr R. J. Hughes Mr Christmas Jones, Mr W. T. Brocklehurst Mr D. Ciwyd Griffith ("Welsh Coast Pioneer"), Mr Arthur Jones. Mr Alvn Jones, etc. THE MENU. The following was the menu:— Mayonnaise of salmon. Lobster salad. Pressed beef. York ham. Roast lamb. Ox tongues. Boned and stuffed turkey. Galatine of capon. Roast beef. Gooc^lwrrv tarts. Custard. Chocolate and vanilla creams. Jellies'. Trifle. Cheese-cakes. Cheese. Biscuits. Butter. I During the progress of the luncheon the band of the 3rd V.B. Rayai Welsh Fusiliers (Penmaen- mawr Comnpanv), under the oonduetorship of Mr J. S. Coverlev, rendered the following pro. I' gramme of music:—March, "GIpf!Y Belle" (W. ( Rimmer); lancers (Scottish). "Balmoral" (T. II. 1 .Wright); selection, "La Vis tale" (Spontini); Teleta, "Royal Court Ball" (Picorini); regimen- I tail march, "Harlech;" "God save the King." | THE TOASTS. The Chairman, after the loyal toasts had been honoured, proposed the health of the "Lord Mayor of Manohester," and said that they in Poomaenmawr had always been closely allied with the English towns, especially Manchester, and he trusted that after that day their relation- ship would be still closer (cheens). The Lord Myor, in responding, said that the time was too short for him to reply to the toast, as he would have liked to, but he desired to thank them all for the kind way in which the toast haed been received. You have given rs a Royal rtpeleonwi, said the Lord Mayor. ,1 have taken li.oj in and done for us, and we i.-i-ver .'crget it (laughter and applause). A GLADSTONE ANECDOTE. Colonel Darbishire then proposed "Suoccba to the Self-supporting Convalescent Home Move- ment," and said that the people of Penmaen- mawr sympathised very heartily with any such objects as the Convalescent Home Movement (.hear, hear). They were only too glad to give the benefit of their beautiful soenery and climate to everyone that came to their town. One of England's greatest statesmen had benefited in health and mind by his staying at Penmaen- mawr. He remembered a great Parliamentary occasion when what was then. known as Mar- riot's Amendment was before the House, and the subject was the talk of the country. Mr Gladstone and the Solicitor-General, Mr Gibson, were then staying at Penmaenmawr, and both gentlemen were to be seen daily walking along the Promenade, apparently in deep thought and con versa non. The people looked and said that the two statesmen were settling Marriot's Am endment, but one day his (Colonel Darbishire s) son, who had been fot'owing the two gentlemen about, came home and said that they were not discussing Marriot's Amendment at ali. as he had distinctly heard Mr Gladstone av to Mr Gibson, "I don't find the bathing in this oiace so interesting as on the Continent" (laughter and cheers). Mr Scott responded to the toast, on behalf of the committee of the Home, and thanked Colonel Darbishire for his good wishes. "THE FLOWER OF THE COMMERCIAL WORLD." Dr. J. R. Williams proposed the "Municipali- ties of Manchester and Salford," and said that Manchester was the flower of the commercial cities of the world, and led the way in com- merce throughout the whoie world. That day had been cemented the good friendship that al- ready existed between Manchester and Penmaen- mawr (cheers). The Mayor of Saiford, in responding, said he was pleased that the toast of the two municipali- ties of Manchester and Salford had been joined together upon that occasion, because they had both worked hand in hand for the movement and the success which attended it was due to both places alike. Saiford was a highly respect- able borough, and if it was not for Salford he did not know where Manchester would be (Laughter and cheers). Dr. Emrys Jones proposed the "Council and Town of Penmaenmawr." Speaking in Welsh, he informed them that the Welsh language en- abled one to give way to imagination. He was speaking in the tongue in which Adam and Eve addressed each other in Paradise before they fell. If there were any present, he said, who desired to go to heaven, they should first learn Welsh (laughter). He felt happy when any op- portunity occurred to bring him back to his na- tive soil, but he felt happier than ever that day because he had brought with him some of the heathens of Manchester to enjoy a day's outing a.t Penmaenma.wr (laughter). He had been banished from his native country for many years but he hoped to return some day (applause). Mr W. D. Jones (Chairman of the Penmaen- mawr Council) responded to the toast, After the luncheon, a procession was formed outside the hotel and proceeded through some thousands of on-lookers to Plas .Mariander. The Penmaenmawr Company of the 3rd V.B. Royal Welsh Fusiliers, under the command of Colonel Darbishire, and a detaohment of the Carnarvon- shire Constabulary, under the command of Superintendent Rees, formed a guard of honour along the route. The pro- cession, which was headed by the band of the 3rd V.B. Royal Welsh Fusiliers, included a large number of carriages, in which were the Lord Mayor of Manchester and the Mayor of Salford, wearing their robes of offioe and muni- cipal chains; the Mayor of Conway wore his military uniform as Surgeon-Colonel of the Royal Welsh Fusiliers, and the Mayoral chain; and Colonel Darbishire, Captain J. R. Williams, Captain Jenkins, and Lieutenant Watkin Da.rbi- shire were also in military uniform. r Having arrived at Plas Mariandir, Mr Wm. Thompson (chairman of the Bazaar Committee) presented the Lord Mayor with an ornamental gold key, which was an artistic production by Messrs EJkington and Co. It has on one side a view of "Pias Mariandir" in enamel, and the Lord Mayor's monogram, and on the obverse was the inscription: "Presented to the Lord Mayor of Manchester (Councillor J. Harrop, J.P.) for tihe opening of the men's home, Plas Mariandir. Penmaenmawr, 29th June. 1907. Mr Thompeon said it afforded him much plea- sure to present the key to the Lord Mayor to open the new Convalescent Home, which had been established maimlv by the ladies of Man- chester and Salford (cheere). The Lord Mayor then took the key and opened the door of the Home, and sun ukaneously a flag: was hoisted by the hon. secretary, Mr Fred Scott, and the band played "God Bless 'he Prince of Wales." The Lord Mayor having passed through the Home, returned to the platform, and, address- ing the gathering, said he was very pleased to have had the privc-lago and the pleasure of opening the first Home connected with the Self- Supporting Movement of Manchester and Sal- ford, and he was pleased to state that they intended opening another one shortly at Arnsdde (cheers). He was proud of the fact that the committee had selected Penmaenmawr as the place for their first home (cheers). It had been his lot for nune years to be a member of the Board of Guardians, and during that per- iod he had noticed that the feeling of the work- ing classes was always against anything that tended to pauperism and that probably was why they supported the movement for the es- tablishment of these Homes. In coming to that Home at Penmaenmawr, they would not have amy taint of pauperism about them. The es- tablishment of the institution would no doubt be the means of bringing thousands of people to Penmaenmawr, not only those staying at the Homes, bulb their friends would follow them. They knew from the oxperienc-,e of the Birming- ham and Leeds Homee that over 12,000 people found their way to the district in which the Homes, were situated (cheers). The Home at Penmaenmawr had been open since Whitsun- tide, and the letters of thanks from those who had stayed there were very encouraging. The sole object of the movement was the uplifting of the people, and teaching them to provide for fli,emeedvas and their fellow-creaifcuxes (hear, hear). He felti sure that as soon as the people reaJised the excellent results attained subscrip- tions quickly would come in (cheers). During his year of office nothing had been more pleas- ing to him than the work of that day. He declared the Home open, and hoped that it would remain open as long as the building stood (applause). At, the conclusion of the Lord Mayor's address the band plaved the Welsh National Anthem. VOTES OF THANKS. Mr A. Travis, in proposing a vote 'of thanks to the Lord Mayor, remarked that he And the Lady Mayoress-had done splendid work in rais- ing the necessary funds for the institution (cheers). Mr Geo. Haworth seconded the motion, which was carried with acclamation. The Laxly Mayoress, in acknowledging the complimenf, said that the movement was the Initiali endeavour to help the working classes to help themselves, to, raise their character. and promote self Capital had to be helped by labour, and it was therefore the duty of labour to help capital (cheers). In conclusion, she proposed a vote of thanks to the Mayor and Mayoress of Salford, which was heartily re- sponded to. The band having played the National An- them, the visitors from Manchester proceeded to inspect, the, Home, and were afterwards enter- tained to tea on the bowling: green in the grounds of the Home. GARDEN PARTY AT PLASMAWR. The visitors and a large number of other guests afterwards attended a garden party given by Clol. Darbishire, in the grounds of his residence. Plas Mawr. Both the Lord Mayor 'of Manchester and the Mayor of Salford ex- pressed themselves highly pleased with the hospitality of the people of Penmaenmawr. After having been photographed, the party left by the 6 p.m. -train for Manchester. Great praise is due to Mr It J. Hughes, the surveyor to the District Council, who had organised t.he "local arrangements to such a degree of perfection that everything passed off sat.isfactoridy. and so one of the most memorable d<ays in the history of Penmaenmawr came to a oloee. s

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