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PENCOED. I An Italian Flag Day was held in the village, on Saturday last. The total amount collected came to « £ i2 ISs. 9d. (expenses, 4/6), and a cheque for Æ12 145. Sd. has been forwarded to the Italian Red Cross Society. Funeral.-Th,e death of Mrs. Jenkins, of Coed- mawr Farm, Llanilid, removes a lady whose family has been connected with the locality for many years, The funeral took place at Salem Chapel Graveyard. Revs. T. Williams, Ponty- clun, and R. C. Lewis, B.A., officiated. The chief mourners were Mr. Jenkins (father), Mas- ter Jenkins (son), Mr. W. Edmunds, Crofta (brother), Miss Richards, Hendreowen (sister), .Miss A. Edmunds (sister), Air. W. Jenkins, Rhiwfelen; Mrs. Rees, Garth; Mrs. Rees, Coedy- mwstwr. I Reception.—On Wednesday a public receptiop was given in the Public Hail to welcome 110m", lie. L Williams, lcoyal Welsh Fusiliers, and Signaller C. Wallis, lsth Welsh Regiment. 1\11. W. A. Howell presided. A short musical pro- gramme was contributed by Miss May Davies, Alisses Florrie Jones and Mattel Davies, Ali» Gertrude Williams, and Mr. h. Leis. An address was given oy Mr. Jonn Williams, Dur- ban Villa, bignaiier Wallis was home on leave irom tne front. He was in Bourlon Wood tor three days and three nights, and nis story oi tiie great events ot tnese uays is a stirring one. Concert.-On Wednesday evening a concert was held at the Public Hall in aid of King Edward Vil Hospital, Cardifi. Madame Mary iOcnards, of Cardifi, has a concert fund in aid ot the hospital, and she A-as responsible lor tne choice 01 artistes. rlhe holding of the concert was due, we understand, to 1)r. E. B. Muc- donald Atkins, his daughter (Miss Atkins) dis- charging with real efficiency the duties of hon. secretary. A fine audience came together to listen to a musical programme with excellent items, and to some variety turns as well. In the unavoidable absence 01 Dr. Macdonald Atkins at the beginning of the evening, Air. W. A. Howell presided temporarily. The following programme was gone through :— Welsh National j Anthem; song, "Mine," Mr. Stephen Jenkins; I song, "Glory of the Sea," Miss B. Francis; song, "Shipmates o' -Mine," Mr. G. Skym; song, "There's a Land," Mids Willmitt; duett "Tenor and Baritone," Messrs. Jenkins and Skym; duet, "Bare-arolle," Misses Willmitt and Francis; song, "Angus Macdonald," Miss G. willwitt; Devotion," 'Kitty," Mr. S. Jenkins; song, The Lover," Miss B. Francis. Interspersed with other items were variety turns by the three Brothers James, Miss Maud Williams, and Vera and George James (of the Novello Davies and Sybil Vane Concerts). In the interval between the two parts of the programme, Dr. Macdonald Atkins j delivered an address, drawing attention to the needs of the King Edward VII. Hospital. He pointed out that at the end of the first six months of this year the Hospital was t4,000 in debt, with every prospect of an additional in- debtedness of < £ 4,000 by the end of the year. To- wards that amount about £ 5,766 had been re- ceived. In addition there is an overdraft at the bank of about 125,000. Then there is a great scheme of extensions. This will mean an addition oi ISt) beds, and for this purpose a fur- ther sum of is required. The patients waiting never numbered less than 1,000 at a time. At present it costs about X26,000 a year to maintain the hospital; that is, .£500 a week; £ 72 a day; £3 an hour; an(i l,- a minute. In the existing building there are about 322 beds, 1(H of which have been handed over to wounded offioers and soldiers. Counting Cardiff, Swansea and Newport there ar from 1,500 to 2,000 beds short. There is no district in the kingdom so badly off for hospital accommodation as South Wales. The doctor's comparison of the hospi- tal accommodation of Cardiff as compared with Dublin and Cork was a striking one. It was as follows:—Cardiff, 1 hospital, 322 beds; Dublin, 10 hospitals, 1,566 beds; Cork, 3 hospitals, 287 beds. The suggestion was put forward that in Cardiff and the surrounding districts if 500,000 workers would subscribe a half-penny a week each, sixpence on Easter Sunday, and another sixpence on Christmas Day, a sum of over £ 104,000 would be realised. In 1916 not a pemiy was subscribed from Pencoed, but there were several patients from the locality in that period treated, at a cost of £10. At the close of the programme, Dr. Atkins proposed a vote of thanks to Madame Richards and her party. Mr W. A. Howell seconded, and coupled with the names already mentioned that of the chairman (Dr. Atkins) He also eulogised the work done by Miss Frances Atkins in her capacity of hon. secretary. At this juncture a pretty incident took place. Madame Richards came on the stage, and handed Miss Atkins a lovely bouquet of flowers. Dr. Atkins then responded on be- half of himself and his daughter, and referred appreciatively to the excellent assistance ren- dered by a committee composed almost entirely of working men. The singing cf the National Anthem brought the evening to a close.

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