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SENNYBRIOGE BABY SHOW. j Promising Start for ChHd Care Centre. Ch-1. centres. long since estab- lished and dorng good work ill a number of large towns, so fur have only been talked about in Breconshire. But for the war, it is probable that such centres would have been in operation by now at populous places like Ystradgynlais and Brynmawr as things are. it seems almost certain that the lead to the county in this matter will be given in a rural district, that of Devynock. with the village 0r Ul.i,.i iLib'.i J.J coiiveiiiont headfluarters. A branch of the Women's Institute has been usefully carried on for some time at Sennybridge, and the ladies who have made a success of this move- ment have now resolved on the develop- ment of a child care centre, and it is hoped that this will soon be in working order. To make the people of the dis- trict familiar with the idea and to gain the good will of mothers, it was arranged to hold a baby show. Mrs Buckley Roderick undertook the work of organi- zation, and with the help of a ladies' committee made a great success of the venture. From the first the show pro- ject caught on," aud there was a large entry of infants from all parts of the Devynock and Sennybridge nursing dis- trict. The show was held at Sonny-, bridge on Tuesday last, and no less than 33 babies were brought to the Reading Room for examination by the judges— Mrs Horsepool, of the Mothers' and Babies' Welcome, Swansea, and Dr. Col ston Williams, medical officer of health for the county. There were three classes, and Mrs Buckley Roderick also gave a silver cup for the champion baby in the show. The awards were as follows Class 1, under 12 months.—1, Alice Rowlands, Chapel House, Devynock 2, Fanny Greta Thomas, Usk and Railway Hotel, Sennybridge 3, Alice Jane Watkins, Penwingon, Trecastle. Class 2, between one and two years.— 1,OswaldPritchard, Brynheulog, Bishops- town, Trecastle 2, Gwilym Price, Nantymadog 3, Edith Wynne Jones, Penyrynis. Cray. Class 3, between two and three years. -1, Gwendoline Mary Price, Xoyadd- fach, Llandilo.'rfane 2, Gladys Davies, Maescar Farm, Sennybridge 3, David Gwynne Price. Red Lion," Trecastle. Champion baby in the show—John Stephen Evans, Cwmlliw, Trallong. Amongst those not already mentioned who interested themselves in the show and were present during the day we noticed the Rev. and Mrs A. Garnons Williams and Mr Garnons Williams, » Abercamlais Mrs R. D. Garnons Williams, Llwyncyntefin Miss Williams and Miss Adelaide Williams, Penpont Dr. and Mrs T. P. Thomas, Brecon Miss Thomas, Abersenny Mrs Miller aud Miss J. Miller, Forest Lodge and the district nurse, who had a very busy morning. A MOTHER'S HINTS TO MOTHERS. There was a large gathering in the Market Hall for the prize distribution. Mrs A. Garnons Williams presided, and gave a practical address before hand- ing the prizes to the proud mothers. She said she was told that was the first baby show in the county under the infant wel- fare scheme. A centre was being started in Sennybridge for the neighbourhood. A committee had been formed, and her niece, Miss Catherine Garnons Williams. who had now come to live at home, was the secretary. Last year Miss Garnons Williams passed through St. Barth- olomew's Hospital after four years' training, and she (the speaker) happened to know that she was very highly thought of by the doctors aud nurses there, so they would all agree she was a very suit- able person for the post of secretary. Her elder niece. Mrs Buckley Roderick, who had worked so hard to make the show a success, asked her to thank the members of the committee who had given such valuable help and shown so much kindness in connection with the movement. Addressing herself par- ticularly to the mothers, Mrs Garnons Williams said she had had half-a-dozen babies of her own, and was the second of a family of eight, and therefore could speak with some experience. She -had lived altogether in five parishes, three in Wales and two in England (one near London and one in Hampshire); she had also been a good deal in Edin- burgh, and had always taken an interest in children wherever she was. And the one thing that struck her wherever she was was that half the mothers of the nation robbed their children of one particular thing which cost them no money, only a little patience and perse- verance and a little trouble-sleep. Therq were so many children about the Streets late at night who ought to be in bed. Some mothers would say that they could not get the children in when it was I go light in the evenings, but that was only a matter of habit. If they started having a regular bedtime and stuck to it, it would become ft thalter of course. There might be exceptions such as a day's Outing, but it was the rule that was the thing. In a parish in Radnorshire where she lived her children for the first year of their school-life went to the village school, and she always had them in bed by 7-30. They were then ready I for school the next morning. Many teachers now complained that children were not ready for school in the morning. Her little children generally slept the clock round, and at any rate children ought to have ten hours in bed, and that was a matter for the mothers. If tbej followed the plan she had indicated

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SENNYBRIOGE BABY SHOW. j i