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MAESTEG & DISTRICT GAZETTE. UP-TO-DATE APPLIANCES for turning out every class of work at competitive prioes, at the Glamorgan Gazette" Printing Works. Ministerial.—Rev. Aman Jones, B.A., brother of Rev. Glasnant Jones, the pastor of Siloh, has received an unanimous invitation to undertake the pastorate of a church in Merthyr Vale, vacated by the Rev. D. Johns, the respected pastor of Canaan Congrega- tional Church, Maesteg. "Women of the Bible.The society known as Merched y De met at Soar Vestry on Wed- nesday last week. There was a good attend- ance. The chair was occupied by Miss Wal- ters (Soar), while Mrs. W. G. Roberts read an instructive and interesting paper on the "WQmen of the Bible." Sudden Death.—Ann Lewis, 57, wife of Daniel Lewis, 16 Llwydarth-street, Maesteg, died suddenly yesterday morning at No. 14, Glanavon-terrace, Nantyffyllon, the home of her sister-in-law. Mrs. Lewie was rolling some oilcloth, when she fell into the arms of her sister-in-law and expired. Death is be- lieved to be due to failure ol the heart. Maesteg Free Church Council.—The Elec- tions' Committee in connection with the Council of the Maesteg Free Churches was held at the Plasnewydd Restaurant on Mon- day. The chief item on the agenda was the election of offices for the ensuing year. The following officers were elected: —President, Rev. Rhys Davies, Bethel; vice-president, Rev. Glasnant Jones, Siloh; treasurer, Mr. W. Davies, Plasnewydd Restaurant; secre- tary, Mr. W. G. Roberts, Llys Derfel. Tabernacle.—The members of the Sunday School of the above chapel held a social at their vestry on Wednesday evening. There was a good attendance. The tables were presided over by Messrs. Griffith Griffiths and Urias Evans, Messrs. Arthur Llovd and W. T. Llewellyn, musses Rachel Evans and Lizzie Evans, Mosses Cook and Kate Jenkins. Dur- ing the evening solos were rendered by Messrs David Williams, junr., and James (draper). Miss Mary Lee won the competition, out of seven competitors, for the best song. Family Feud.—Before Judge Williams at Pontyprid'd on Monday the lease of a cottage at Llantrisant was claimed by both Elizabeth Williams and her husband, David Williams, Mae.steg. Mr. T. W. Lewis, solicitor, Ponty- pridd, appeared for the latter. It transpired from the evidence that the parties had been engaged in Police-oourt pioceedings over 20 years ago, with the result that the parties separated, and Williams allowed his wife and children to reside in the cottage. Both parties had paid! ground rents in respect of the property, and after a lengthy hearing the Judge found in favour of the husband. His Honour further suggested to the wife that she should submit all the receipts for pay- ment of ground reaite, with a view to the re- payment of the money to her. Music Successes.—At the December examin- ations of the London College of Music, Miss Nellie James was successful in gaining the diploma of A.L.C.M. for pianoforte playing. In the associated Board of the R.A.M. and R.C.M. Local School Examinations, this pro- mising young Lady passed the Higher Division in harmony, while Miss Nancy Davies and Master Thos. Albert Evans passed in the Lower Division, and Miss May Olwen Thomas in the Rudiments of Music. At the National College Examination in Pianoforte Playing, Miss Nellie James and Miss Edith May Jones gained the Licentiate Diploma; in the Ad- vanced Senior Grade, Miss Ethel Isaac and Miss May Laviers were awarded bronze medals; in the Intermediate Grade, Miss Gladys Nicholas and Masters Alfred Thomas and Thomas Albert Evans were successful; in the Junior Grade, Miss Mabel Davies passed in Singing (with honours), and Misses Edith Woodward. Eva Davies, Gladys Howells, May Taylor, and Mabel Woodward passed in pianoforte playing. Concert.—At the Town-hall on Wednesday evening the annual concert was held on be- half of the Maesteg Branch of the National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children. Madam Hughes-Thomas, Cardiff, kindly undertook the entire arrangements of the ooncert, with the result that there was an excellent conoert, without involving a large expenditure. The duties of accompanist were ably performed by Madame Hughes- Thomas. Mr. tJ. P. Gibbon, J.P., presided. Appended is the programme:—Quartette by the artistes; pianoforte duet, Mies L. Ste- Shens and Master Willie Evans; song, Miss [. Squire: song, Mr. Dan Jones; comio song, Mr. Harry Quininborough; duet, Misses Squire and Hambly; song, Mr. David John; song, Miss Lily Hambly; song, Miss Daisy Bibbings; oomic song, Mr. Quininborough. During the interval Miss EnL.yland, a represen- tative of the Society, gave a brief account of the great work performed by the Society dur- ing last year. The second part of the pro- gramme was opened by a duet sung by Miss Squire and Mr. John; song, Mr. Dan Jones; song, Miss Squire; song, Mr. D. John; song, Miss Hambly; comic song, Mr. Quinin- borough quartette, the artistes. The con- cert was brought to a close by the singing of the National Anthem. A Grand Social.—At Soar Vestry on Wed- nesday last week a social was held under the auspices of the Mutual Improvement Society. Upwards of 100 persons sat down to partici- pate in the good things provided for the oc- casion by, Messrs. M. D. Thomas, Talbot- street; J. Morgan, Tywith Stores; and Stephen Howells, Castle-street. The tables were presided over by Misses A. Walters and M. Jones (Pegler's Stores), Misses Beatrice Evans and Letice Richards, Misses Edith Jenkins and R. Davies (Maesteg House), Misses Annie Watts and Raehel Isaac. After tea a miscellaneous entertainment was held. This meeting was presided over by Mr. Wat- kins (Metropolitan Bank), rupported by Rev. S. Williams (pastor) and Mr. J. Silvan Evans, B.A. (chairman of the society). The pro- gramme consisted1 of a few competitions, namely; Welsh spelling, winner Mrs. J. Silvan Evans; love-letter, Mr. Edwin Jen- kins; unpunctuated prose, Mr. Samuel Jones; music at sight, prize divided between Messrs. Edwin Jenkins and Wm. Morgan. Solos were beautifully rendered by Messrs. W. Davies and- W. Morgans. Humorous re- citations were given by Mr. Zechariah Jen- kins, Mr. Edwin Jenkins, and J. Davies. The duties of adjudicating in the competitive items were admirably performed by Mr. John Rees, Station-terrace, Nantyffyllon, litera, ture; and Mr. Richard Davies, music. The secretarial duties of the Mutual Improvement Society have been entrusted to Mr. Samuel Maddo-cks, Higher Standards School. Social.—The teachers of Nantyffyllon Coun- cil Schools held a grand social in the Town- hall on Friday. Invitation cards had been sent to all the teachers employed in the Llynfi Valley, and also to a large number of out- siders. The hall was opened at 7 o'clock, and by nine it became quite evident that there would be a record attendance. The in- flux of friends continued unabated until 10.30 and it could be seen that there were fully 200 present. While dancing was going on in the body of the hall, others indulged themselves in innocent games. The most interesting part of the programme—Mr. Jarley's Wax- works—was undoubtedly a thorough success, and greatly appreciated by those present. The figures exhibited1 represented Guy Fawkes, Mrs. Winslow, Casabianca, The Maniac, Buffalo Bill, a.nd Admiral Nelson. After having been oiled and wound each figure went through its motions in an admirable style. The decoration df the hall had been done by the ladies of the committee, and they are to be congratulated on the beautiful taste displayed, and on the quality of their work. A very large number of teachers were present, the following schools being well represented: —Garth, Oakwood Infants', Catholic Schools, and the Plasnewydd Schools. Messrs. Crid- lington and R. Hocking provided the party with an abundance of suitable music, while Mr. S. Grice acted as M.C. Great praise is due to Mr. R. J. Grice for the excellent man- ner in which he carried out the secretarial duties. The committee desire to thank the many friends who were present and who thus helped in no small degree to bring the social to a successful issue.