Welsh Newspapers

Search 15 million Welsh newspaper articles

Hide Articles List

6 articles on this Page


Family Notices




LRESENTATiON TO THE KEY- J. p, LEWI. At the Church House, on Friday evening last, before a large audience, the Rev. J. P. Lewis was the recipient of two most handsome presents, given him by the Band of Home children, and also by teachers and friends in Welshpool. The meeting was most enthusiastic throughout, and speaks elo- quently for the manner in which Mr Lewis has en- deared himself to all classes. Amongst those present were: Revs Grimaldi Davi.?, F. H. Hawkins, Llewellyn Jones, and J. P. Lewis; Messrs G. H, Harrison, W. F. Addip, W. Farmer. F. Jh-oper. J. F. Rawson, J. E. Jones, M. Ireland, Henry Lloyd, &c.# &c. The VICAR presided, and opened the meeting with prayer. In a few remarks he heartily welcomed the members of the Band of Hopo and their temperance friends to the Church House. They had been looking forward for some time to the change taking place. They were there that night in that beautiful roont, where they inteuJed carrying on the work of temper ance. He truaied that the clergy would have the co-operation of the adults during the coming session Atter a short programme had been earned out, the presentation to Mr Lewis from the Band of Hope was made by two young members Misses Isabella and Catherine Barker. The present consisted of ttw* handsomely. bound vols. of Tennyson's poems and Mathew Arnold's works. Miss I. Barker, in handing the books, said Mr Lewis, on behalf of the mem- bers of the Band of Hope, we ask your kind accep- tauce of this eift as a slight' oken of the respect and esieem in which you are held by us, and trust that every happiness may attend you in your new home." Mr LEWIS, in reply, said he thanked them for the beautiful books they had given him. but more espe- cially for the kind feeling in which they had pre- sented them to him. He should always remember the children with pleasure. The greatest happines* which he had experienced in Church work had been amongst the children of Welshpool (cheers). He eaid that with a purpose, that those present might give a helping hiind amongst the children of the poor (cheers). Let him thank the Band of Hope children, and he might pay again, what he said to the members of the Bible class, that the beat testi- monial to him would be to bear of a steady increase in tLe work und in numbers. It would give him maoh pleasure to hear of good results being accom- plished (cheers). Mr Lewis also addressed the elder people present, and urged upon them to do what they could for the cause of temperance. Having re- lated ODe or two pointed anecdotes to the children, he again thanked them for their kindness to him. The next pleasing ceremony was the presentation of a purse of gold, given by the Sunday School Teachers and friends. Mr F Addie (superintendent), in making the presentation, said that it was with re- gret, tempered with pleasure, that Mr Lewis was leaving them and going as Vicar to Conway. He re- gretted also that he was leaving the diocese of St. Asaph which would be a IOFS, but a gain to thedioeese of Bangor. The present he was about to make was subscribed to by rich and poor alike, and was given from a deep sense of gratitude for the very good work he had performed in Welshpool. Mr Lewie also took a deep interest in social questions, and had done much good amongst the workingmen of Welshpool (cheers.) He had also taken a prominent part with their friend, Mr Hawkins, in oonnectioa with the Band of Hope and Temperanoe Societies. He had also been one of the energetic secretaries of the Church House, and had worked hard for its erec- tion (cheers) This preeent was from the teachers and fiieuds, and he asked Mr Lewis to accept that purse of 18^s — (cheers)—as a token of their good will, and of their respect and affection. It was given with very great pleasure, great willingness, great readiness, as a recognitit n of the affection and Jove which they should always cherish for hint (cheers.) Mr G. D. HABRISON, who next spoke, warmly eulogised the work that Mr Lewis had done, and his attendance there that evening was not. only from a sense of duty but of extreme personal gratitude. Kr Lewis had on all occasions shown an interest in move- ments connected with the welfare of the tcwn (cheers). He heartily concurred in giving hononr te whom honour was duo. Mr Lewis had in a variety of ways worked to thA best of his ability, and bad done a nobl<- work with his colleague, Mr Hawkins in connection with the Band of Hope. What work he, Mr Harri-on, had to do in matters of the chnrch and sociai movements, hrt had in Mr Lewis a warm supporter. He earnestly wished him every happiness in bis new sphere of labour, and that God would grant unto him a long and a prosperous life (cheers)- Mr ROBERT OWICN, who spoke from the body of the Hall, in a few practical remarks, endorsed the sentiments of the previous speakers, and expressed his regret, on behalf of the Sunday School teachers, a.t Mr Lewis's departure. Mr IRELANlJ also alluded to the good work done by the reverend gentleman, especially amongst the working classes, and for the activity and zeal Mr Lewis had shown in the young men's bible class, and other branches connected with the church. Mr HOPER. in a few pointed words, also empbasizecl the remarks of Mr Addie and Mr Harrison, and wished that every prosperity, and a long and useful life might attend Mr Lewis in his new sphere. Mr LEWIS, who very feelingly responded, thanked one and all for their kindness to him. In looking back, he bad found that he had left many thing. undone, and lfor what he had done he wae not deserving of the high compliments which had been paid him. But be came amongst them with the im tention of doing what he uould. For this debt o gratitude and their kind consideration he thanked them very much. He would not value the gift so much for its intrinsic worth, but for the very kind feelings with which it had been accompanied. He was indebted for the kindness he had received from his Vicar and his colleagues. He hoped soon with their handsome present to purchase an useful ornamentation for his new house at Conway, which would remind him of the good will and kindness be had received from the many friends at Welshpool (cheers). The VICAR, in a few brief remarks, endorsed the words, of the preceding speaker as to the excellent work that Mr Lewis had acoomDliahAd amntirf 4-ka a14 and young alike. "au. After a hymn was sung, the VICAR pronounced the Benediction.