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BY THE SILVER SEA. 1 — SOME REFLECTIONS FROM PORTHCAWL By SEA-SKRPEXT. The I. season continues to be disappoint- ing. Unless things materially improve dur- ing next month the consequence will not be .a laughing matter. The meteorological medley, of course, it, primarily responsible and the unsettled state of the coal trade, in con- sequence of the Welsh and Scottish crises, has no doubt also played; a part. And then there is the Pageant. Without doubt a great pro- portion of those who have been devoting weeks to the rehearsals and are now kept in Cardiff for the performances, would otherwise have been basking in the sunshine—no. pur- chasing umbrellas!—at Porthcawi. In conver- saHotit with a gentleman who deals in fur- nished houses. 1 learned that he had received numerous applications for houses as from the date upon which the Pageant closes, while the applicants who purposed visiting P'orth- oawl in the last days of July and the first week in August were comparatively few. Porthcawl wiU no doubt be full next week, and if the Pageant people will come later all will be well. There is quite a military aspect in the PO! thcawl streets at night time. though the camp, which commenced on Sunday, is situ- ated at su-ch a distance from the town. Opinion is divided as to the merit of an ar- rangement by which the camp is so isolated it certainly is inconvenient to those who wish to visit the camp and watch the drills and the fun, and there are other considerations which made it desirable that the encamp- DLent should be nearer the place. It is cer- tainly an advantage that the encampment is on enclosed land, thus giving visitors the un- restricted use of the common, which, is how- ever. used by the Territorials for drill pur- poses. On the whole, the behaviour of the men has been satisfactory. Of course, there are black sheep in every flo-ck, and it cannot be expected that, with such a large body of men in' the place, there should be absolute decorum. But there are a few young spirits belonging to one of the battalions to whom a little additional discipline would not be a disadvantage. The local branch of the Y.M.C.A.. which did much useful work and supplied a long- felt. need1 during last winter, has unfortun- ately lost its opportunity to purchase an ex- cellent site in John-street, whc-reon it was proposed' to erect an institute and hall. They are now searching for another. It is to be hoped that the branch will not lose much time before embarking on the scheme for a permanent building, though the opinion is held by some of the committee that the plans which have been under consideration provided for too elaborate and expensive a building for a place of the size of Porthcawl. These will have to be revised, so as to bring the estimated cost down to a figure which will enable the committee to proceed withouc involving serious risk. In revising the scheme, however, they should bear in mind the importance of providing a hall sufficiently commodious for the holding, at any rate, of concerts and public meetings. The Y.M.C.A. holiday camp, which is thi; year pitched in a pleasantly situated field abutting on the South-road, promises to be even more success- ful than that of last year. It must be highly gratifying to the genial Rector (Rev. T. Ho lines Morgan) and' his sup- porters that in such a comparatively short spat;- of time the treasurer of the fund for the proposed stcne church has no less a sum than £ 1.250 in hand' towards the estimated' cost of £ 6,(KJO. This fact speaks volumes for the energy and enthusiasm with which the movement has been taken up, and I take this opportunity of appealing to the visitors who use the present building during the "season" not to leave without doing something to help the project forward. For many years past the temporary edifice in which the church- people of Porthcawl have been content to worship has proved inadequate, but it was not until last October .that a meeting was called to consider the matter. It was the .unanimous opinion of those present that the time had arrived when the construction of a more comfortable and commodious building should be undertaken. The committee set to work with such excellent spirit that already the sum named is in hand, while amounts promised bring the total' to over £ 2,000, which is exclusive of the grants which are ex- pected from Church building organisations. As the result of a bazaar held in April last the fund benefited to the extent of about £ 140. A quantity of goods was left unsold. and it was decided' to dispose of these at a sale of work, which was held on the 22nd iust. in connection with a fete held, through the kindness of Mrs. Gordon, in the delightful grounds of Nottage Court. The fete proved a thoroughly enjoyable and successful func- tion, and Mrs. Gordon very kindly conducted a party over the house, which is so full of relies interesting to the antiquarian. Mrs. Holmel- Morgan was in charge of the stall on which the surplus goods of the bazaar were tastefully displayed, and she was assisted in the transaction of the business by Mrs. John 'c David. Mrs. Alexander, Miss Davies (Vic- toria-road), and Miss Pearce. Tea was served in the open. the trays being taken by Miss Knight, Mrs. T. Jenkins, Mrs. Walter Wil- liams, Miss M. Brill, Miss Haase, Miss Edith Henry, Miss Llewellyn, Miss Hobbs, Mrs. Grover. Miss Parfitt, Mrs. Barrios, and Miss Cissy Thomas. The 6id. stall and the ice- cream stall were in charge of Misses Violet and Gladys Alexander; Miss Gunner and Miss Parfitt presided at the-flower stall; Mr. P. Noel did good business with the cocoanut shies, and Mr. J. Williams added to the re- venue with his "clock golf." A delightful selection of music was discoursed by the Port Talbot Band. The committee has been for- tunate in its ehoice of officers; they are the Rector (chairman), Mr. R. R. Chalk (trea- surer), and Messrs. E. Herne and L. Byass '(secretaries). It is of interest to Porthcawl people that Miss Maggie Bevan, of Caerphilly, who is a niece of Mr. T. D. Bevan and Mr. T. Lang- .Jon, has beer* accepted as a preacher by the East Glamorgan Baptist Association, at the early age of 16. She is the daughter of Mr. Rees Bevan, who formerly carried on business as a watchmaker and jeweller in John-street, Porthcawl. She is meeting with striking suc- cess as a preacher, and thoee who had the -opportunity of hearing her on the occasion of hef recent visit could not fail to be impressed by the charming and simple, yet confident, way in which she delivered her discourses. From a very tender age, Miss Bevan has shown a remarkably natural aptitude for elo- cution of no mean order. She has become well known as a reciter in this neighbour- hood, and is the proud possessor of over 150 dsteddfodic prizes. Four years ago, when she had not entered' her teens, she was vic- torious at the National Eisteddfod.

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