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BETTWS. PRINCESS ROYAL ODDFELLOWS' BENEFIT SOCIETY. —The anniversary of this society, which is held alternately at Bettws and Tregynon, was held on Wednesday last. The members assembled at Tregynon, where light refreshments was provided by Mr. B. H. Phillips, Temperance Hotel. A pro- cession was afterwards formed and headed by the Tregynon Brass Band, under the conductorship of ly Mr. J. Manuel, Newtown, paraded the village, and afterwards proceeded to Bettws Church, where Divine Service was held, conducted by the vicar, Rev. Gwynne Vaughan. On leaving the Church, the procession was re-formed, and after march ing around the village, adjourned to the New Inn, where an excellent dinner was provided by Mrs. Ford, the landlady. Mr. C. M. Kershaw, of Newtown, presided, and Rev. Gwynne Vaughan, occupied the vice-chair. Amongst those present were Messrs. A. D. Dawson, Barker Halliwell, W. Stokes, M. W. Owen, Herbert Jones, John Hamer, Newtown; Rev. Vaughan Jones, Tregynon; Rev. D. B. Edmunds, Tregynon; Rev. D. E. Jones, Bettws; Mr. John Pryce, Highgate; Mr. Jones, Cwmdockyn Mr. Jones, Penycoed Mr. J. H. Jones, Pantmawr; Mr. Rodgers, Bryncoch; Mr. Thos. Pryce, Bettws Hall; Richard Tilsley, Caersws; B. H. Phillips, Tregynon, hon. secretary, &c. After the removal of the cloth the chairman gave the toast of the Queen afterwards that of the Prinr-e and Princess of Wales and the rest of the Royal Family. Mr. John Pryce proposed the Bishop and Clergy and Ministers of other Denominations, coupling with it the names of the Vicar of Bettws and the Rector of Tregynon, Revs D. Edmunds and D. Jones, both of whom responded. Mr. Jones, Penycoed, gave the Army, Navy, and Reserve Forces, responded to by Mr. John Hamer, Newtown. The Chairman, in proposing the Princess Royal Oddfellows Society, said the amount of sick pay was zC97 9s 5jd, which, according to the number of 2 11 their members was nearly £1 per head. It was to be hoped that they would not have so much sick- ness in the future as they had had during the past year. It appeared that they had made eight new members and that would be a great help and stimulus to them (cheers.) He had been informed that they were ahout to make two or three other members (hear, hear.) He hoped they would go on prospering and that next year the amount of sick pay would be £9 instead of X97. There was a capital of X318 7s. 6d. (checis.) Mr. Richard 2 Jones, Cwmdockin, in an appropriate speech, gave tha health of the chairman which was drunk with musical honours. Mr. Kershaw suitably responded. Mr. Richard Jones next gave the visitors and coupled the name of Mr. A. D. Dawson who in re- sponding proposed the health of the county and borough members which was most enthusiastically received. Songs were rendered during the evening and the band played selections at intervals. LAYING THE FOUNDATION STONES OF THE SCHOOL. For months past, the one theme of interest in the parish of Bettws has been the erection of a new National Shool, and for this object the parishioners led by their earnest and hard-working Vicar (Rev. W. Gwynne-Vaughan) have worked most stren- uously and successfully. By the aid of a Bazaar Rummage Sale, and,contributions amounting to gl-,00 nearly half the required sum ( £ 700) has been realised. A site named Maesydomen, having been secured from the Bettws Hall Trustees, work commenced a month ago, and progressed so favourably as to enable the ceremony of laying the foundation stones to be per- formed on Friday se'nnight. The proceedings began at 2 p.m., when service took place in the Parish Church, a crowded congregation being present. The Vicar intoned the service, the lessons being read by the Ven. Archdeacon Thomas, who also delivered an eloquent discourse from Proverb xxiv, 3 and 4; Through wisdom is an house builded, and by understanding it is established, and by knowledge shall the chambers be filled with pleasant and precious riches." In ancient days, he said. when schools were r writing, and books rare, men had to trust to their memory for their knowledge. They cultivated a happy skill in focussing their experience, condensing their wisdom into proverbs. Their words were few but pregnant with meaning; they embodied principles rather than methods, studied foundation more than scaffolding, spoke in parables and proverbs. Education in its full and true sense was the educing, calling forth, and developing the spirit- ual, the religious and moral character, as -well as the secular and intellectual. Let them rejoice in the work they were doing in providing a new school, where the faith shall continue to be handed down unimpaired. Let them thank God, that he had put it in their hearts to overcome the many and grave difficulties which bad beset them. Might the new school be a blessing to generatious yet unborn. At the conclusion of service, the choir, clergy, and school children formed into procession, and pre- ceded by Mr. W. Swayne carrying the banner, marched to the site for the new school, singing Onward christian soldiers," and We are soldiers of Christ." A large company were found assembled at Maesydomen, including Lady Pryce-Jones and Miss Pryce-Jones, Mrs R. E. and Miss Jones, Cefn Bryntalcli Mrs Lewis-Andrew, Glanhafren; Miss Marshall, Bridgewater; Rev. D. and Mrs Davies, Dolfor; Rev. W. L. and Mrs Martin, Berriew; Rev. Dr. Gibbings. Llanmerewig; Revs. J. P. Morgan, Llandyssil; G. Roberts, New- town; O. K. Williams, Caersws; Mr. W. Scott Owen, Mr and Mrs B. Halliwell, Mr and Mrs W. G. Cottle, Misses Jones, Bank House, Newtown. The hymn, The Church's one foundation," having been sung, prayer was offered by the Vicar, after which, in opening the proceedings, he observed that on an occasion of that character it was necessary that he should say a few words. At the outset he might express his delight that so large a number of people had congregated that afternoon, which was an occasion of importance, and without doubt a red-letter day in the history of the parish. It had been very long indeed in coming, and the eyes of many of them had been strained in looking over the months, and, he might say years, towards that day. Three years had elapsed since the Education Department first found fault with their old school in the Churchyard. The Department con- demned it as inadequate, and ordered its enlarge- ment. For a long time the Vicar and managers made strenuous efforts to meet the demands of the Department by enlarging the old school. Those efforts, however, proved fruitless. He himself made efforts for the enlargement of the old school, but the trustees of the estate would not give or sell the ground necessary for the purpose. There was, therefore, no alternative but to build a new school, which was a great undertaking lor a poor parish. The site, which was most desirable, cost £ 100; the lawyer's fees being £ 5 for drawing up the deed of conveyance. The contract for building the school was £570. but they would require not less than £700. The question was, where was it to come from ? They had, by promises and contribu- tions, £300, and they would need C400 further. The out-look was very dark, and the clouds were black and thick, but he hoped that they would break in blessing on their heads. When the school was opened injoetober, might it be done free of debt. He wished to acknowledge the help which he had received from his parishioners, among whom the Nonconformists had most willingly rendered their aid, especially in the haulage, by which he estim- ated £100 had been saved. He hoped to carry on the school in the future so that no complaints could be made against the management. He further wished to acknowledge the assistance of the archi- tect, Mr. Scott Owen, who had been a great help to him. The responsibility was so enormous that had it not been that the parishioners had rallied around him be would have been almost inclined to throw up the school. They meant to get out of their difficulty and the way they intended to do it was by overcoming it. He could not do without co-operation, and, he hoped that all the parishioners would help in the future and bring the ship to shore. He would now call upon Lady Pryce-Jones to lay the first stone. The stone having been lowered into position, the Vicar stated that there would be deposited with it a copy of The Church Times for that date, and read the following inscription cnt cn the stone :—" This stone was laid by Lady Pryce-Jones, Dolerw, New- town, June 19, 1896." He then presented to her Ladyship a silver trowel and mahogany mallet who having spread the mortar on t he stone, struck it three times with the mallet repeating the formula" In the name of the Father, Son, and Holy Ghost." Mrs R. E. Jones then laid the second stone, being followed by Miss 3Iarshall, who performed the same ceremony in regard to the third stone, which bore the inscription, This stone was laid by Miss Mar- shall, who contributed X-50 towards the playground in memory of Mrs Marshall." The Vicar then called upon Mrs Lewis Andrew to declare the remaining stone to be well and truly laid." In doine- so she generously placed on the stone an envelope bearing the words, With love to dear old Bettws," and containing a cheque for zElO 10s. She further gave 10s for the masons. The ceremony having now been performed the Vicar proposed a hearty vote of thanks to these ladies for their attendance and support, which was seconded by Archdeacon Thomas and carried. The proceedings terminated with the singing of the hymn Christ is our corner 9 stone," and the Benediction pronounced by the Archdeacon. The procession then re-formed and marched to the Schoolroom- singing Hail to the Lord's Anointed." An offertory was taken at the gate of Maesydomen and realised £13. At the old Schoolroom tea was provided by Mrs Morris, Top Shop, to which over 300 sat down, 210 tickets having been sent out by the Vicar and Mrs Lewis- Andrew, this lady with her usual kindness giving £2 2s towards the expense. In addition the whole of the tenanty of the Glan Hafren and Pennant estates were hospitably entertained by Mrs Lewis- Andrew. Towards the great effort recorded above the following subscriptions have been received Miss Marshall C50, Mrs Devereux Pryce £20, National Society zE30, mortgagees of the Gregyiiog estate £ 20, the Bishop of St. Asaph £ 10, Mr C Whitley Owen (Fronfraith) X5, the headmaster of Rugby School XB; Mrs Pryce, Leighton "In memory of Vicar Pryce," zC5 the Earl of Powis £ 5 offertory taken at St Asaph Cathedral on Sun- day last when Rev W. Gwynne-Vaughan preached, £ 9 10s result of rummage sale X20, and of the bazaar in August last £ 140. In conclusion we would pay a well-deserved compliment to the esteemed Vicar, Rev W. Gwynne-Vaughan, who by his unswerving efforts is largely responsible for the success which the effort has thus far attained. During the afternoon the choir rendered excellent service while the church bells rang a merry peal. The contract for the work is being carried out by Mr J. Evans, builder, Caersws, under the superinten- dence of Mr W. Scott Owen, the architect.

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