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GRAND BAZAAR AT LLANIDLOES. For some time past the efforts of the Churchmen of Ll midloes have been confined and considerably hampered, owing to the want of a suitable parish room. The great barrier to the erection of such a building, as iu the extension of moat enterprises, was finance, and in order to raise, if possible, a sum of money sufficient to pay ttie cost of building a room, the idea was conceived of holding a bazaar. The 80st would be about £ 800. As it is probable that the present National School will be unaOle to meet the demand upon it, it is hoped that a portion of the parish room will be let to the school managers for the purpose of an infants' department. Thus the building will be not only useful in Church And social work, but also the means of imparling the elementary principles of education. An energetic committee took up tbe project, and for a. great length of time have worked laboriously in the matter of collecting subscriptions or obtaining piomises of gifts of arti- clea. The Vicar, the Rev. Edmund Osborne Jones, as Chairman of the Committee, has worked with great zeal, and he has been ably seconded in his efforts by the Rev. W. D. Roberts, who acted as one of the hon. sees. It is almost invidious to individualise, for one and all worked heartily and unitedly to secure the success of the enterprise. Besides the names of the two reverend gentlemen, the committee was com- posed of Mr Samuel Ikin, who kindly acted as hun. treas. Mr John Davis, another hon. sec.; Mr G. W. Cope, School House; Mrs E. O. Jones. The Vicarage; VIIMS Marshall, Muuut Severn and Miss Kerr, Sum- merfield. The bazaar was opened on Tuesday, and continued on WednesJay, Thursday and Friday, in the Public K oms, lisnidloem. It is to be legretted that the proceeuiigs were somewhat marred with wet weather, for although not interfering with the bazaar itself, nevertheless, it prevented many patrons from attending. On the whole the attendance was excel- lent. and visitors were relieved of that boredom which generally pervades bazaars by the elaborate programme of amusements provided and carried out. Business was fairly brisk, and it must have afforded satisfaction to the members of the committee to know that so pronounced a success crowned their labours. The public rooms, usually of a sombre and miserable appearance imparting on entrance a dis- ual feeling, presented a lively scene. On every side could be ample evidence of the work of busy hands, which had transformed the mournful chamber into one of beauty and gaiety. The ceiling was featooned with evergreens, the windows and walls were grace- fully draped with curtains and art muslins, which together with the artistically adorned stalls, bewitch- ing faces and pret y dresses, presented an exception- Ally interesting and pleading spectacle. One novel feature of the event was that every stall was allotted separate colour, and the ladies in charge wera at- tired in costumes to match. Every conceivable method was en evidence for the purpose of extracting money from visitors' pockwts, the ladies, in accord- ance with the announcement in the programme, witn perfect unanimity agreeing to take charge of surplus cash. Our representative can bear testimony to the remarkable aptitude the ladies had for belling goods (utterly useless to a bachelor) at enormous prices. While engaged gathering information, and at the same time secretly eyeing the visions of loveliness flitting lightly about the room, he was surrounded by nalf-a-aozen of the latter, each desperately anxious to exchange a huge doll for a handful of superfluous coins. The idea of a journalist with a superfluity of wealth on a Tuesday, or at any other t.me, is a wild diearn, but it was only by sorrowfully parti ig with the last piece of family plate and enusrn ft a raffle for a enshion, that he diseugaged hlwa. It fr m their aL- tentions, In the corner of the room Mr C. LI. Kitto administered electric shocks for the modest sum of one penny, while armies of children patrolled the place requesting visitors to dip into the.r orau tubs. A oridge from the Public Bouioa to tile Tiewytben Hotel liad been erected, and in an ante.r,om iu the Itnt. r was placed the parish quilt." This was worked by Mrs Cope, and consisted of squares, on which on vayment of sixpence anybody could have their name, initials or monogram worked. As the quilt contained nearly 500 squares, all of which were sold, and a charge of one penny was made to view this novelty, it will be sen that in no small measure did it add to the general exchequer. The stalls, ten in number, wera ranged round the room. Each was prettily draped with art muslin of various colours, and upon which the varied artic s were displayed to the bast advantage, aud vended at high or low prioes by the stallholders. Stall A (terra ootta and green) was under the care of the Marchioness (D) of Londonderry and Mrs Lloyd- Verney, Cloohfaen. They had a fine display of valu- able articles, including a beautiful little clock, in case, several silver articles, richly chased, a choice china dessert service ot handsome pattern, photo- graphs of the Royal family, Benares trays, quaint looking jugs bearing mottoes ani devices and last must be mentioned the special Verney pipes," which bear such an excellent character that they have become the closest friends of the bishops and clergy. Lord Henry Vane Tempest took no small in- terest in this stall, and greatly facilitated in the dis- posal of various goods. At stall B (yellow and white) Mrs Francis (Watlog), and Mrs Lloyd-Kinsey off red good bargains, their splendid assortment including a large Indian cushion, two kits," made by the Maoris, New Zealand, and an elegant painting, exe- cuted by Miss Evans, of Swansea. The assistants were Miss Kinsey and the Misses C. and E. Kinsey. Mrs Kioto, Glandwr, superintended one of the pret- tiest kiosks in the hall. It was laden with a pro- lusion of daintily made articles, which were attrac- tively displayed. Especial notice should be made of pointings by Mr Nonce, of Cardiff, and by the Misses Kitto, while prominently placed was an exceedingly handsome Mountmellick worked cushion. l'uere was slao a quantity of Benares ware, novelties in candle shades, &e. Mrs Owen, Miss Ettie Kitto, Mrs ttou- sail, and Miss Bonsall rendered efficient service in filing the till. The flower stall was placed next, and, beiug in the ceutre of the room, commanded ready attention. It was charmingly decorated, the roof being composed of rafters of moss, the same plant forming a prominent feature in its other adornments. Here Miss Kitto and Miss Louie Kitto sold button- holes at the modest sum of sixpence, or refreshing fruit at equally low prices! Stall D (pink and green) was presided over by Mrs Kerr, Summerfield, and Mrs Panil, Greenfield, assisted by Miss Kerr, Miss Agnes Kerr, Miss Paull, and the Misses Ida aud Katie Paull. The specialities of the stall were numerous, and comprised fancy and orname-ital goods, prominent among which were three fine speci- mens of lead ore from the celebrated Van Mines. The companion bazaar, marked E (blue and white) looked sweetly pretty. It was profusely laden with every variety of article, knickknacks of endless description, and a useful and well-aaaort- d stock of wearing ap- parel. Two lovely large bride dolls, exquisitely dressed, claimed much attention, as also did a show of valuable goods given by Lady Pryce-Jones. There were also exhibited paintings by Miss Owen, of Liverpool, and Miss Williams, of Aber-y-nant, and a handsomely worked cushion by Miss Edith Morgan, of Bootle. Business was transacted by Mrs Daniel Davies, Pias-yn-dre, and Mrs Kinsey, B yn- llys, and they found an efficient and zealous staff of assistants in Miss Davies, Miss K. Maysmore, and Miss Williams. A model doll's house and yacht were on sale. Both were the workmanship of Mr G. W. Cope, who bad displayed more than ordinary ability, his work being far above the average. Mrs Jones, The Vicarage, assisted by Mrs Charles Wilkin, Miss Lewis-Lloyd, and Miss Bush managed .ki.jgk F (blue and green). It contained articles of service, marked at reasonable prices, chief among which were several handsome hand-paiuted fans and blotting-pads. There were also pretty babies' coats, and a fair collection of Devonshire pottery. The pariah stall (cardinal) was one of the principal features in the room, and of especial interest, as it contained articles worked by children attending the National School. Many old people of the town, too poor to make gifts, had given evidence by their needles that they wished to contribute their mites. Several tastefully dressed dolls, the work of the ohil- dren, and the materials for a hearthrug, given by Mrs Beobow, worked up by Mra Jane Owen and Mrs Ursula Thomas, were to be seen. An enormous vase, painted by Miss Bell, Glanclewedog, calls for note, and other articles of clothing made up the comple- ment. Miss Lloyd-Verney served "goodies, sweets and bon-bons to all persons from three to ninety- five years of age, on the condition that money was forthcoming at the time of purchase. A bazaar with- out a refreshment stall would be a failure. Anything from a chicken to a dry biscuit, tipsy cake to a t .rt- let, claret to soda water, oould be obtained. Need iess to say, this department was extensively patronised, J and taxed the united energies of Mrs and Miss Mar- shall, Mount Severn, who were assisted by Mrs W. A. A. Collins. The opening ceremony on Tuesday was performed by the Marchioness (D) of Londonderry, and there were also on the platform the right rev. the Lord Bishop of Bangor, and the Rev E. O. Jones, vicar. Amongst those present besides the stall-holders were Lord Henry Vane-Tempeat, Dr T. Davies, Machyn- lleth, Colonel Lloyd-Verney, Mr J. Francis (Lord. Lieutenant of Cardiganshire), Mr John Kitto, Mr Samuel and the Hisses Ikin, Captain Paull, Mr R. Gillart, Mr Collins, Knighton, the Mayor of Llanid- loes (Alderman Edward Davies), Mrs Baxter Owen, Miss Jarman, New Street, Mrs Corfield, Mrs Dr Owen and Miss Davies, Llansilin, Mrs Breeze, Garth, Mrs Davies, Harvey House, Revs E. Edwards. Trefeglwys, W. D. Robert@, aud Jonathan Hughes, Caersws, Mrs Smout. Mra Marshall, Mrs Willan. Mount Severn; Mr J. E. L. Lloyd, Nantgwillt, Mr E. D. Davies, Mr L. Rowlands, and many others. The worthy VICAR. in introducing Lady London- derry, said before he called upon her ladyship to open the bazaar, he ought on behalf of the committee and he felt sure of all present as well, to thank her very much for her kindness in coming to Llanidloes to countenance the bazaar, and to help them as she had done (hear, hear.) He had always found on the part of Lady Londonderry the greatest disposition to help and encourage in anyway she could church work at Llanidloes (applause.) He hoped that this visit of hers was a sign that that encouragement was not likely to relax in the fature (loud cheers.) Miss Agnes Benbow, of High Street, and Master Willie Davies, Harvey House, then presented her ladyship with a handsome bouquet of pink and white roses and maiden hair fern. Lady Londonderry thanked the little ones with whom she shook hands. they were followed hy Miss Ada Coates, High St., and Master George Davies, Pias-yn-dre, who each presented a bag containing money which they had collected on behalf of the bazaar. On each occasion the children were greeted with loud cheers. Lady LONDONDERRY", who was cordially greeted, said she must thank them very much for the kind words that had been said about her, and for the kindly way in which they had endorsed them. She f -it that the thanks they had expressed were quite out of propori ion to her labours; on the contrary, she felt that ber thanks were due to them for asking h--r to come and take pait in the ceremony, and to asseist in a cause which so well deserved their support and svmpathy (hear, hear.) To come again to the town of Llanidloes, which was so closely associated in bye- one days with her delir father, and was within a few mi,es of the home, which for centuries past had been he h; -)me of her ancestors, was to her most interest- ing and suggestive. She wished the bazaar every possible success, and she thought the sooner they turned to buriuess the better (laughter.) Her advice I) the gentlemen around was to confide the contents f thpir pockets to the stall-holdeis, aud if they eli.. so she was ceitaiu they would be convinced and would gree with her that in that instance the old saying Taffy was a thief" was untrue (applause.) ihe company then sang the Nation- 1 Anthem. after which Mr Tom Phillips sang Ou one 01 Cambria's ancient castles." AMUSEMENTS. The amusements provided were of a capital nature, popular, and by their means much of the "needful" was got together. On Tuesday and Thursday Colonel Lloyd Verney, Mr James and Miss Lloyd-Verney, and Miss Higgius gave splendid musi- oHil entertainments, Consisting of vooat and instru- mental selections, and on Tuesday and Wednesday Midame C. C. Kossiter, oi London, gave two clever and amusing sketches, that entitled, Our parish bazaar" beiug especia ly worthy of commendation. The celebrated Mrs Jarley's waxworks were on ex. hibition each uxfght. Mr Broadie Griffith made an ideal showman, and quite justified him in advertising ais show as a marvellous spectacle of inanimate activity." The characters were admirabiy sustained oy the following :-Por.ia., Miss Kane Maysmore; S'iylock, Mr N. Mills; Little Nell, MlØ Jennie Kinsey; Chinese Giant, Mr Chriol Koer. s; Cinder- ella, Miss Lily Davies Long Clothes Baby, Master Fred Kerr; Mother Hubb.rd, Miss Owen; Miser, Master Henry Webb Sleeping Beauty, Miss K. Parull; the Ptince, Master Edward Williams; Q ieeu, Mi"s Maud Jarman Knave of H-arts, Mr H. Pearson Miss Muffett, Mis Williams, Aber-y-naiit; Buffalo Bid, Mr Richard Jarman; Little Bo-Peep, viiss Cecilia K- berts; Mr Pickwick, Mr William Brown; Mrs Binleil, Miss Marpole, The Lion; Galatea, Ml-.s Bell; Siamese Twins, Masters Jamt-r Owen and W. Horner; John Bull, Mr Fred Davies; Girton Gtadnate, Miss Edith Go da worthy Ally dioper, Mr J. hn Kerr; Little Red Riding Hood, Miss Gladys ONen; Uuole Tom, Mr Harris Davies and the Deceased Airs Jarley, Miss Ethel Jarman. Amateur theatricals t"ok place on Tuesday, Thurs. lay and Friday evenings, when lei on Parle Fiancais," and A Regular Fix," were creditably performed. Tha caste in the first piece was as under —"Major Regmus Rstton," Air F. D. Davies; "Victor Dubois," Mr J. E. L. Hoyd; Mr Sprig- .■fiu8," Mr C'lllii.s; *• MrsSpriggins," Mis* Marshall; "Angelina," Miss Kitto; "Julia," Miss Etti Kitto; "Anna Maiia," Miss Agues Kerr In the second furte, the caste was- Mr Hugh de Brass, Mr J. E. L. Lloyd; "Mr Surplus," Mr H. R. Pearson Mr Charles Surplus," Mr J. Rees;" Abel Quick," Mr R. Jerman; "Smiler" and ,l Porter.' Mr Doughton; Mrs Surplus," Miss Louie Kitto; "Emily," Miss Agnes Kerr; "Mrs Carttr," Miss Marshall; Matilda Jane," Miss Kerr. On Thurs- day and Friday a contingent of the National School children gave excellent performances, under the dl- rection of Mr G. W. Cope. The programme rendered was the following, the events winding up with an d. hibition of musical drill. Chcrus "Tramp, tramp," Scholars; song and ohorns "Gipsy Jane," Gertie Owen recitation" Jack in the box," Edm Gjlda- worthy; song and ohorns ''Come buy a broom." Marie Kinsey recitation The sick Doll," Maggie Owen and Albert Jones; chorus "Nos Galau," Scholars; song and chorus "The Little Nurse,' Millie Hamer; recitation "The Street Arab," Albert Roberts and Willie Davies; song and chorus "I am a poor old Nigger," Henry Rees; chorus Comrades True," Scholars. On Wednesday even. ing a troupe of nigger minstrels entertained the company, their jokes and songs causing much laugh- ter and amusement. Their programme wa.8-Choru "Commence ye darkies all," Full Company; song Sweet Alleene," Mr Tom Phillips; song, Mr H. R. Pearson; song The Little One that died," Mr C. Owen; song aod chorus Come like a beautiful dream," Mr Cope; song and chorus "Those voices of the past," Master A. Owen; song and chorus Massa in the odd ground," Mr Phillips; chorus The awkward Squad," Full Company. The enter- tainment concluded with a mirth provoking Ethio- pian faice, entitled "The wigmakera," the parts Oiing taken by Mr H. Pearson, Old Man Mr J. L)avies, "Jimmy"; Mr W. Brown, "George." The bazaar was re-opened on Wednesday after- noon by the Bishop of Bangor. There was again a good attendance, although the weather was not at all propitious. The Rev. E. O. JONES, in commenoing the proceedings, said: I do not think the Bishop of Bangor needs any inttoductiou of the people of Llanidloes. We are always very glad to see him, and he is always very kind and ready to come (hear, hear). With that brief preface 1 will leave him to make the important speech of the day, almost of the bazaar t-tpptauae). The BISHOP of BANGOR, who was flatteringly received, said he certainly had great pleasure in coming amongst them that day, as he had at all times. It was a pleasure which arose to him not from those pleasant memories and reminisences to which Lady Londonderry alluded to on Tuesday in such graceful and charming words, but from coming from a remote part of the diocese to see and converse with the churou workers in this part of the country and to briug with him what little comfort and support- be could from the cold, callous and in. different part of the diooese, supposed to be situated •it Bangor -(applause) -and which was so very irresponsive to the very strong, active pulsation which beat so strongly in the extremity of the diocese known as Montgomery shire (hear, hear, and applause). He always came to Llanidloes with a great deal of pleasure, and he always left it with a great deal of regret kapplaiise). Just one word about bazaars. Bazaars were generally tegirded by most people aB a nuisance, but he confessed thnt he did not share the objection (applause). They were the means of getting money in a straightforward and honourable way. They also supplied occupations of a pleasure- able character to ladies and gentlemen who had occupied their time in making preparations for the event. It was generally said the end justified the means; here both the end and the means were justifiable in themselves (applause). They knew perfectly well the object of the bazaar, and it was au object worthy of their most cordial support. It was to raise a fund to enable them to build a parish room for Llanidloes, for the churchpeople of Llanidloes, and also act, if necessary, part of it as a room which could be adapted for the use of the infants school. It was a work which would com- mend itself to their support at all times. They, as churchpeople, were determined, at no cost, to let go the schools, which they possessed in the diooese, and in the country at large (cheers). They intended to resist to the utmost of their power and energy any attempt that might be made to take the schools from them by any political organization in the country (renewed cheers). With respect to a parish room, ha considered it a most useful appendage to any parish, and he would go farther and say that it was uot possible to carry out the necessary parish work without such a room. He was glad to find the churchmen of Llanidloes were about the first in the field in this respeoc. He knew that one parish had j already gathered together about MOO or JB800 to build an excellent room for such purposes as they intended to build one. His Nonconformist friends-he called them friends, though he was sorry to say they were extremely inimical and unfriendly-still he designated them by the name of friends. He wished their bitter. ness would soften down towards the m. He had never said bitter things about them, though they were continually saying bitter things about him tnd his friends. He admired their keenness and foresight in attaching to their chapels secular rooms, or an additional room in which they might meet together for secular purposes. In the Church they had no such thing. The Church was a wide and comprehen- sive organization, and she must grapple with the pressing social questions of the day if she wished to retain her hold upon the affections of the people of this country. The parish room supplied the means of the discussion of these questions. Social question& were cropping up day by day, and it was only by free discussion of these subjects by the Church that she could maintain her hold upon the masses of the people (applause). They wanted a room in which to hold concerts, bible societies, lectures in Church history; and at no time were more leotures, more 1 light, more elucidations wanted of Church history (loud applause). Not only would they be able to do that, but it would be the u -one of blending class with class. The Church as a spiritual organization knew neither rich nor poor, nor middle; it was the Church of every class, and it was the glory of the Church that she was the Church of every class, and he hoped that their room would be the means of producing not a sham, but a real union of hearts. He hoped and wished that they would sea the building in which they were interested completed, and he was sure they would find that it gave them many immense advantages, which the possession of such a room would confer upon the people of Llanidloes. He wished the bazaar every success, and hoped that in a few months time to see a useful, if not beautiful, edifice erected in their midst (applause). ^During the bazaar songs were given by Miss Ettie Kitto, Miss Marshall, Miss Fiorrie Jarman, Mr C. Owen, and Miss Ikin gave several selections of instrumental music. The piano was lent by Mr Ramsay, of the Trawythen, and another instrument was provided by Col. Lloyd Verney.

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