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-------Proposed CHair Eisteddfod.


Proposed CHair Eisteddfod. AN ENTHUSIASTIC MEETING. Lite holding of a chair eisteddfod at Lam- in August, 1907, is practically assured. No movement received better support than that given to this project by the public ^ic-eting held on Monday evening at the ■"f^monal Hall. There was a representative tendance, and the proceedings w<re *Uai ked with much enthusiasm. The Mayor, Councillor Evan Davies, the convener of the feting, presided, and among those present Dr. Walker, the Revs. J. Roberts (W), Jones (B.), W. Adams, B.A. (CM.), H. vJOb.ser (Ch.) Messrs J. Ernest Lloyd, T. :yieha.rds, Waiter Davies, Hefin Williams, I?* on a 11 Jenkins, D. Jones, Rrittania Tivy v°nes. W. Lewis, William: Jones, builder; &!• Davies, Cha,s. Evans, Lewis D. Jones, ) ll}j!üthKvans W. Davies, saddler; D. J. 5°>\en. Ben Evans, D. J. Megicks, L. f*avies. smith; J. Simon Jones, D. H. h^'ans. J. M. Edwards, D. Roberts, D vipomas (Creamery); E. Thomas (gas); D. B. W illiams, A. E. Edwards, J. Howells, E. jl'ciiards, I). R. Evans, Emrysi Morris, Rhys l|ghes, J. D. Owen. l|ghes, J. D. Owen. thThe Mayor, in explaining the object of meeting, said it had been called at the i?:iuest of the Town Council, who suggested J^t an eisteddfod should be held in the vp'rse of August, 1907, the proceeds of 'Jich. if any, to be devoted towards paying some of the debt on the Memorial HaJl. Mayor remarked that he need not dwell the advantages of such a building for vlf: town, and if they would reduce the jr^rtgage by a few hundred pounds it would e a great relief, and they could then hope make it self-supporting. It had proved k?"v useful to the town since its opening ii^ut 18 months ago, and he thought that k 1V;|ig that time, considering yiat no u^ial effort had been made, a good supx of "debt had been wiped off. He had h<-„n that in two months £ 214 had bctn Tlie Hal1 oost f.rom £ 1>'00 to h >800, and if they could wipe that sum iff could devote the proceeds obtained ^.Wwards, towards reducing the high i-a c. s making improvements. If it became property, it would prove the means of the public purse. What he nf W bfhed to know was whether it was advis- ee to get an eisteddfod next summer in tk of the funds. He was prepared to move ftt an eisteddfod be hold, and that k 1V;|ig that time, considering yiat no u^ial effort had been made, a good supx of "debt had been wiped off. He had h<-„n that in two months £ 214 had bctn Tlie Hal1 oost f.rom £ 1>'00 to h >800, and if they could wipe that sum iff could devote the proceeds obtained ^.Wwards, towards reducing the high rat-s making improvements. If it became property, it would prove the means of yv*ftg the public purse. What he n< w IK^d to know was whether it was advis- ee to get an eisteddfod next summer in tk of the funds. He was prepared to move an eisteddfod be held, and that v'verv fa0t be made to make it a success. Ihe tv.'It be found with these movements was 1),^ certain persons were always draggi ig. this was a movement which required support-. .■ Walker asked whether the Mayor had figures as to the present financial posi- Cn of the Hall. He thought it would he i 'Wresting to know the actual earnings, as i as the amount of mortgage. (L, e Mayor having promised to furnish tte Ares- M 1 Tivy Jones said that, independently figures, he was quite in favour of the movement. An eisteddfod in itself was a good thing, and it would also be the means of making money for the Hall. He sugges- ted that they should call together the old committee of the last eisteddfod, and make that a nucleus of another committee. Ald. T. Richards said it seemed to him they were all in favour of an eisteddfod. It would not only benefit one particular ob- ject, but many others, in various ways. Tot- wards the eisteddfod held some twelve years ago they got R109 in subscriptions, and £ 107 by guarantors. It was not right to look back to that event. Let them look to the future and try to do better. Some of them might have heard of that farmer in their neighbourhood, who, finding the eggs laid by his hens to be very small bought a large clay egg and wrote on it a motto for his fowls "look at this and do your best" (roars of laughter). Since the last eistedd- fod, Lampeter had increased, and he trust- ted that the eisteddfod would benefit by a change. The oljject of the meeting was to obtain the feeling of the ratepayers. It would be useless to go in for an eisteddfod unless they got their unanimous support. The Town Council was prepared to assist every movement that promoted the good of thle town 1 Alderman Charles Evans, ex-Mayor, said he was very glad to attend the meeting if only to meet the ratepayers. It was o.Jy once he had the honour of meeting them before, and that was when he contested an election some four years ago. He thought, it a splendid idea, to call such a meeting and to discufis the matter with them. A por- tion of thle work done by the Town Council was that building, and the generosity of certain people were to be seen in it. Such a building was necessary. It had cost some LI,800, and of that sum, half had teen raised already, and for which they vere greatly indebted to certain gentlemen for the trouble they had taken in the matter. It now depended upon them what they were going to do. The building in itself was a credit to the town. It was one thing to get a Hall it in-at; another thing to pay for it; and the object of this meeting was to ccme face to face with the ratepayers to see whether an eisteddfod was necessary. The matter came on lasc year, but there were some obstacles in the way then, which pre- vented the scheme being carried. The Town Council felt that an eisteddfod was desir- able, find seeing that the National was held in North Wales next vear. c' would be favourable for holding cue in thia town. If they could only get £100 out of it it would be worth promoting. He I;d not think the ratepayers expected them to do much, and he thought they ought to nave some subscriptions so that they might be on safe grounds. He felt that they had great- ly reduced the debt, but they could do much more if they tried. A few hundred pounds more would mean that they would become owners, and the hall could be used for other purposes than it hab been hitherto. They had paid, £70 or jESO during the last year, and that meant a three-penny rate, and if they could devote that three-pence towards reducing the rates it would be a great relief. They had no means to derive any income, but now they had an opportunity. It was incumbent upon them to assist those gentle- men who had advanced them the money, and he was willing to render whatever service ii-e could to promote the movements. If ti-ey would be lukewarm at the commencement they would be so to the end, and he only trusted that the movement would be cordis ally supported and carried on in a proper way. Dr. Walker, whose re-appearance at a public meeting after months of retirement gave great and evident pleasure to the gathering, said he did not rise to speak on the question of an eisteddfod. He did not know anything about eisteddfodau, tut he thought something serious ought to be done to materially reduce the debt. Every- one knew at the start that the eisteddfod or subscriptions could not cover the cotet of the building and the Town Council went into the matter with open eyes. What Lampeter had to do was to enter into full ownership and do its best to raise sub- scriptions. If they thought an eisteddfod would be the best way, by all means have it; but they should contemplate holding a similar event year after year until the whole debt was cleared. Recent experiences had proved that a bazaar was a. money-makinc- business as the last, two had proved. JtiS would suggest some-thing of that nature, and if those profits could be secured lie did not see why they should not go in for them. Well, they could r.ot do more than one thing in one year and ho did not want to throw cold water on this movement, but lie would like to see another project the following year. They should try year after year, and carry out anything that the com- mittee could suggest. There was one solid inducement which was properly and wisely set in the agreement, and that was, that in any year on which t40 was paid off the capital account the interest on the mort- gage fell. (Hear, hear). The interest was 3t per cent, and they could not, expect any money cheaper. It was worth making an effort to secure it, and to have the satisfac- tion of making the burden easier and easier. If they did not take enough interest, then they deserved the fate of having to pay 5 per cent interest. Dr. Walker urged the meeting to aim at reducing the debt, and said that the use made of the Hall fully proved its need. He was glad to support the motion (Applause). Mr. Josiah Jenkins said lie was glad to say a word on the matter. The eisteddfod would not only do good for the Hall but also to the town, as it would be the means of bringing visitors to the place. He fully agreed with the suggestion of Dr. Walker with regard to the bazaar. It was incum- khent upon them to d) what they could to Induce the debt. He had great pleasure in proposing that an eisteddfod be held next August. Mr. Hefin Williams in. seconding fciJd that he was glad to see those who did not pioiess to be musical take a,1 interest in the move- ment. Speaking personally, he had had great enjoyment with the choir within the hst few months, and on th whole they had been very successful. The position of the town was in favour of an eisteddfod, and he only hoped that the same feeling which prevailed that evening would continue right up to August. An eisteddfod involved a great amount of work, and it would be necessary to select a strong committee. He had great pleasure in supporting the movement. Councillor Lewis D. Jones said they had looked at the question from every aspect, except that of finance. Wales was called the Land of Song," but they did not seem to take a great interest in eisteddfodau in this part, as twelve years had elapsed since they had one. He fully agreed with Dr. Walker that they ought "to get an eisteddfod often, at least one every three years. He regretted thle apathy shown by the ministers in not moving in this matter. He feared that football and other games had obtained too firm a footing, and he thought it was time that they should provide an eisteddfod as a counter-attraction. The Rev. J. Roberts (W) expressed his surprise at some of the remarks made by Mr. Jones. The spacious building in itself should stimulate them to make greater efforts to become its owners. They ought to go in for it as a town, and Lampeter, so beautifully situated, and an educational centre in Cardiganshire they should not fear the result. If a handful of people could pay a £ 1000 or more for a chapel he failed to see why a whole town should not pay for this Hall. It was not a work for ministers, but for laymen. The Rev. W. Adams also supported, and said that as far as he was concerned his heart was with the movement. The build- ing was worth possessing, and they ougbit to use every means to free it from debt. He was sure the ministers would all give a shoulder to the wheel. .The Mayor then put the motion to the meeting which was carried unanimously. Mr. Walter Davies thought the be plan would be for each chapel, the College, and the Town Council to elect, representatives on the committee. Mr. T. Richards thought they should form a strong committee, representative of the whole denominations in order to get support. He proposed four from each with the ministers as ex-officio. Mr K. Richards, Post Office, slefcoaidled. T? wS ag'eed to. Dr Walker proposed that members of the Memorial Hall Committee should also act as ex-officios. Mr. Josiah Jenkins secon- ded, and it was carried. Messrs W. Lewis, C.M.. and J T Megicks. were unanimously appointed secretaries, and Mr D F Lloyd. treasurer. On the motion of Mr. Chas. Evans. seo onded by Mr J D Owen and David Jones it was agreed that the College representa- tives be four. It was agreed that each chapel should send its list lof representatives by nexjt Mondav. Mr W Lewis said they ought not to be too sanguine as to the success of the eis- teddfod this time. Last time the prizes amounted to only £ 95, whilst Newcastle Emlyn gave 4-100 for one item alone, and they would have to give higher prizes if they wanted to make it a success. what was needed was plenty of guarantors and subscribers. The actual profit on the last eisteddfod was L98, which, together with £110 subscriptions, brought a balance of JE208. On the motion of the Rev. H Rosser, seconded by Mr J. Jenkins. it was agreed to draw out a guarantee bond. Mr Croft thought they should know some- thing as to how the money was proposed to be raised and the expenses which wouid pro- bably be incurred. Mr Lewis said the expenses of the last eisteddfod were £ 203; the takings JE263, the concert brought in £ 35. Mr Walter Davies suggested that such matters should be left to the committee, and this was agreed to m ..■

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