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" OLDE WELSH FA YRE AT NEWTOWN."

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OLDE WELSH FA YRE AT NEWTOWN." THE OPENING CEREMONY. One of the prettiest spectacles which have recently been witnessed in Newtown was a nghte merrie olde Welsh Fayre," which wae opened Oil Monday after- noon in the Public Hall, in aid of ye Bnilding Fund of ye National Schools of Newtown." There being a debt upon the schools of about £800. Lady Pryce-Jcnes kindly undertook the laborious task of organising a bazaar, which ultimately took the form of a Welsh Fair, with the object c. f extinguishing it. The Hall had practically been transformed into a picturesque Welsh village of two or three centuries ago, aud the artistic judgment and marked attention to detail which was evident on every band poke volumes for the skill and labour of the promoters. Ita inferior was profusely decorated for the occasion, and the Stalls, which represented various types of 16th and 17th century architecture, looked exceedingly quaint, laden with an infinite variety of wares, and attended to by "ye faire ladies" attired in fancy costumes, among which the Welsh, with the familiar hat and shoulder-wrap, frequently appeared with appropriate effect. The atalis were ten in number, and were distinguished by the following signs YE OLDE MARKET HALLE. This stall, which was a faithful and most interest- jug reproduction of the old Market Hall, as it stood in Broad-street many years ago, occupied the western end of the hall, and was under the charge of Mis- tresses Pryce-Jones and K. C. Pryce-Jones, assisted by Mistresses Hardie, Hounsfield, Lane, and Norah Powell. It consisted of four spacious arches, occu- pying the entire width of the building, and under these were served all needfulle meates and drynkes for hungrye and thyrstie folkes." The tables wore beautifully decorated with flowers, plants, ferns, laurels, etc., and in the midst of these delightful aurroundings was esconced the band of Mr G. H. Bell, which throughout the holding of the fair dys- coureed sweete musick." The exterior of the old hall was gaily decorated with flags. The civic powers, which in former days conveyed many to the crib," which was situated in the old Market Hall, were not represented on the present occasion, but the at- tractions resorted to were equally powerful with those of the olden days, and many were compelled, by its irresistible charm, to visit the old structure so prettily revived. YE ANCHOR AND TE RISING sulf were the two stalls which occupied the opposite end of the room. The former was temptingly decked out with farm produce, and was under the care of Mistress Pryoe, of Brynaire, assibted by Mr Pryce, Miss Pryce, and ye young folke." Amongst the exhibits were dressed and live poultry, vegetables of various kinds, butter and eggs, flowers, fruit, and ferns. There was also a bag of corn, and an interesting placard stating that a ton of straw would be raffled for in the evening. Its sister-stall was also devoted to the practical rather than the ornamental. Mistresse Kinaey superintended it, aad in the task-she was assisted by Mistresses Lewis and E. Kinsey. The articles for Bale, which were tastefully arranged, included all forms of groceries, and sweets, pickles, soap, and other domestic requisites. The remainder of the stalls occupied both sides of the Hall. and the particulars respecting them we give below. On the left of the entrance was the Indian stall bearing the sign of TE GOLDEN HEABTE, together with the motto Brotherly kindness oharity." It was attended to by Mistresse F. Utten Purchas, assisted by Mistresses Davies, Isabelle Jones, Pughe Morgan, Humphreys, Savage, Williams Alioe Jones, and Morgan. Its contents included a choice selection of Indian articles, such as vases, curtains, shawls, mats, fans, bells, and other curios one or two little figures representing apparently Heathen Deities and a useful stock of tea in packets. Adjoining this stall was YE LEEKE, of which Ladie Pryce-Jones waa the superintendent. Her assistants were Mistresses Blythe, Hainsworth, Jones, Taylor, CJark, Evan-Jones, Hemming. Thomas, Walton, Evans, Gibson, Meredith, and Williams. It was laden with an assortment of pretty fancy articles, such as fans, photo-framee, old paint- iniB, silver goods, and china ware, baskets, two large photographs by Mr Mr John Owen, Newtown, of the Bishop of St. Asaph, and the Rev J. Williams, late rector of Newtown, etc., etc. Further on, on the same side, was YE WHITE ROSE, presided over by Mistresse Edward Powell, whose auistants were Mistresses Adderley, James, Trevor, E. Blythe, E. Owen, Clara Jones, and Owen. It was laden with a number of beautiful Japanese trays, handsome tables, silver afternoon tea services, dinner and tea services in china, bamboo ornaments, all kinds of needlework, fancy baskets, silk cushions, etc. On the opposite side of the hall were three stalls of like dimensions, but differing in the goods they displayed. TE REDDX ROSE, which was wholly devoted to fancy work of every conceivable description very tastefully arranged, was presided over by Mistresse Welsh and Mistresse W. Walton, assisted by Mistresses Bryan, Gaurd, Graham, Narea, White, Gibbings, and Walton. YE GOLDEN FLEECE, which came next. and bore the date A.D. 1627, had a collection of photo frames, fancy mirrors, mats and cushions in silk, and bric-a-brac of various kinds. This was unier the charge cf Mistresse Talbot and Mistressp. Fishbourne, who were assisted by Mis- tresses Talbot, Jones, and Ricardo. TK SHAMROCK, A.D. 1624, was the Parish Sall. and was furnished with an abundant stock of linen and fancy elothing, together with a variety of articles of general interest. Mistresse Fishbourne superintended the business here, her assistants being Mistresses Ashworth, Dolby, B. Jones, Macrone, A. Powell, Percival, Barrington, Downing, Jones. Milner, B. Rowlands, Talbot, Barratt, Griffiths, Macrone, Palmer, Swain, Turner and Williams. Immediately in front of the old Market Hall was YE POSIE, at which Miss Ida Gibson, with the assistance of alle ye young folke," dispensed posies for sweet ladies and brave gentlemen." In addition to what we have mentioned above there were fish ponds, lucky bags, a weighing machine, skirt dancing, and many other entertainments, which were organised by the Misses Walton, Master Harry Pryce-Jones, Master Arthur and Sydney Powell, and other of tke juveniles. The fair was announced to be opened by the Dowasrer-Maehioness of Londonderry at 2.30 of ye clock," but owing to the train being late she did not arrive until some time afterwards. When her lady- ship entered the room, accompanied by her son. Lord Henry Vane Tempest and Sir Pryce and Lady Pryce- Jones, the party were very cordially received, and the band played "God save the Queen." Amongst those present at the opening proceedings, in addition to the stall holders, were the Dowager Marchioness of Londonderry, Lady Sudeley and the Hon. Miss Hanbury-Tracy, Sir Pryce and Lady Pryce-Jones, Mrs R. E. Jones, Cefn Bryntalch, Mr and Mrs Lewis-Andrew, Glanhafreti, Mr and Mr Hounarneld, Glyncogan, Mrs and Miss Nares, Mr Edward Powell, Captain and Mrs Pryce-Jones, Mr W. E. Pryce-Jones, Mr A. W. Pryce-Jones, Mr Fred Lloyd, Dr. Purchas, Mr Norman, Mr Albert Lock, Mr E. B. Proctor, Key. E. A. Fishbourne, Rev. F. M. Hamilton, R-v. J. Dixon, AberhatVsp, Rev. awl Mrs Pughe-MOVE an, Dolfor, Rev. J, Fisher, Rev. J Roberts, Fr<-<n, Rev. R. Evan Jones, Rev. J. Willi■:&■»>• ^late of Newtown), Mr J. T. Wiliiatr.s. Mr Scntt Owfn, Mrs Chadwick, the Misses Jones (the H n), Miss LanLywrwrthy. the Aliases Savace, Miss Lane, Waishpcol, ;\1 r" inforl-v E. Park, l\: r Bariington, Miss Turner, Mr and Mrs James, iiir and Mrs E. Owen, Mr J. Owen, Mrs Lanjb^rt. Mrs Lloyd H^ighos, ^rs W lliams, Stalloe, Mrs Bebb, Miss Woosnam, etc etg. Tor, PR.çE..Tors1 in f'T1t toe r-oeeo • iKor nil rgiv-e t; ?-•'> ~<;h:on<v-s'. .1:4\" rJ wsa always *.v\;>u van vi-:te x "'r„'t oi ?>I.T native c VN y It v.-aS vv/'hlntr 'i* i*r to bo e^gpged in t.be promo"ion of a,;i ..goi works, both by her pre*o»ce ai.-d i.or p.tron- j age. In h?r presence it would not be pleasing or I proper tt, enumerate all she had dore and was doing, and it w is moieover unnecessary, inasmuch as those who read their papers were already aw:,re of them (hear, hear). It was not the first occasion on which he had been associated with her in charitable and public woiks, such as they had come there to in- aug-uvate. When be saw the unfavourable state of the titmosphFr, and the heavy clouds and down- pourinas of the morning, he was almost afraid they were not going to have Quefii 's weather, but he was glad it had turned out *o fine, because on all previous occasions the movements inaugurated by her ladyship had been most successful, The latest of these was at Barmouth, where the results achieved far exceeded the anticipations of the Rector of that parish (ap- plause). As to the results of the present movement he did not care to prophecy propheoying, as they knew, was a dangerous practice, and he would rather prophecy at the eud of the week that they had achieved not only all they wanted, but a trine in excess to he handed over for the National School Funi of the future. He was not disposed to take up their time any further, at the fair lalies by whom he was surroutiJed were waiting to receive the gold and the silver-the coppers they would put aside until the following day 1, iau L-h ter) -which they had brought to invi st. But be thought it necessary to lay juat a brief statement before them as to the object of the fair. It was no news to the good people of Newtown that there was a debt upon the Newtown National Schoels. Those who had incurred the liabilities were not ashamed of the debt. Of course it was always better that they should pay as going on, but there were very few things done in this old troublesome world of ours without -mail beginnings. The money they were asked to subscribe that day had been spent in a noble work, it was a legitimate debt they were desirous of extinguishing, and full value bad betn received for the money which had been laid out (annlause). In round figures the debt amounted to £ 726, and he believed every penny of that money would be raised before the close of the three days' proceedings. He would say nothing more ercept state that the articles they saw around them had not been marked at fancy prices instead of marking shilling articles at 5a they would find in many instances articles worth 5 marked at the smaller amount (laughter). He had now the honour of calling upon the Marchioness of Londonderry to pronounce the bazaar open, and of expressing the hope that those who had ccme to the bazaar would open their purse strings and buy freely. He had also to request the Rev J. Williams to propose a vote of thanks to her ladyship and the Rev E. A. Fishbourne to second it (applause). The DOWAGER-MARCHIONESS OF LONDONDERRY who was received with applause, said •.—sir rryce Pryce-Jones, ladies and gentlemen, I thank you sincerely for the kind welcome you have given mp to-day, but I feel that your thanks are quite out of proportion to my merits on the contrary my thanks are due to you all for giving me this opportunity of assisting, however humbly, in this good work (applause). Newtown has an especial interest for me, as I can remember through the dim and very distant past the kindness shewn to my dear parents here (applause), and also the happy days of childhood spent at Dolforgan. In fact I even recollect accom- panying my dear sister when she laid the foundation stone of the schools here many years ago. Therefore I thankyou very warmly for giving me the opportunity of being present to. day, and of wishing every success to this undertaking. However, I am not here to speak of myself, but to wish the bazaar all possible success, and the sooner we turn to business the better, for I see several gentlemen whose hands are moving most restlessly and aimlessly in their pockets, and the sooner they withdraw the contents of those pockets and deposit them with the fair stall holders, the better will it be for the bazaar (laughter and applause). Will you now allow me to pronounce the bazaar open, and to wish it every possible Buccess (applause). The Rev. J. WILLIAMS, in proposing a vote of thanks to her Ladyship, said the scene that day must remind her, and also Lady Sudeley, of what took place 18 years ago. They were very much indebtod to both of them, and would never forget their kindness. Lady Londonderry came there then to help them to alter the church—a very good work- and now she had come to help them to clear off the debt on the National Schoois. He was himself very much obliged to her, because with Sir Pryce-Jones and Mr Sturkey he was responsible for the amount, and, therefore, her kindness came home to him in a special manner. If he might be allowed to say so, he was atraid their good friend Sir Pryce-Jones had made a slight mistake with regard to the amount. Instead of being .£726, the debt amounted to .£842, and he hoped that would be an additional incentive to the ladiea and gentlemen the movements of whose hands her ladyship had humorously referred to, to do something in 'a practical way to extinguish the debt (applause). The Rev. E. A. FISHBOURNE having seconded the motion, it wis carried amid applause, and the company at once went to business, the band playing, upon the conclusion of the addresses, "God bless the Prince of Wales." In the -evening the Misses Walton, Dolforgan, gave some admirable exhibitions of Skirte Dancing," a modern accomplishment which was beautifully per- formed. In addition to the dancing, musical selec- tions were given by several ladies and gentleman, and ample provion was made to enaole all visitors to pass their time most pleasantly. The stalls, which looked exceedingly pretty in the daytime increased in charm under the influence of the gas lights and the Chinese lanterns, which added many fairy like aspects to the scene, and developed features of beauty not other. wise noticeable. The fair, which was continued throughout the week, was liberally patronised, and the hall each evening presented a brilliant scene. Although the actual sum realized has not yet been declared, it is expected that the bulk of the debt has been extinguished. The result must be especially gratifying to Lady Pryce-Jones, who, acting as both secretary and treasurer, has spared herself no pains or expense to ensure success, and also to the many assistants who supported her in the good work.

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