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PONTYCYMMER. Anthony Smith's (Pontycymmer) Prize Draw- ing Postponed till March 15th, 1918. 1799 C.E.M.S.—At the monthly meeting of the St. Theodore's Branch of the C.E.M.S., an excellent paper was read by the President (Rev. H. C. Davies, B.A.) on "Christianity and the War." The meeting was well attended, and an interest- ing discussion took place. A hearty vote of thanks was accorded the Vicar for his able paper. Parish Church.—The Vicar gave the third of a series of Advent addresses on "The Last Four Things." After the Blessing at this ser- vice, a solemn Te Deum was sung, and also "Praise to the Holiest in the Height," as thanksgivings for the deliverance of the City of Jerusalem frem the hands of the Turks. Tabernacle Y. P. Society-At the usual weekly meeting of the above Society, held at the Taber- nacle Vestry on Wednesday evening of last week, Mr. Johnni Thomas read an instructive paper on "Diwyllis Gardd y Meddwl." Mrs. John Noyle presided. A cordial vote of thanks was tendered the speaker on the motion of Miss Mazy E. Davies, seconded by the secretary (Mr: Elias Jas. Jones). Eulogistic references to the paper were made by Miss Gwennie Morgan, Mrs John Thomas, Mr. James Garfield, and the pastor, Rev. David Hughes. Bethel C.M. "Readings" were held on Thurs- day last week. The chairman was Mr. Jonathan Maddocks; adjudicators, Mr. David Davies (music) and Mr. David Evans (literature). Misses Blodwen Bevan and M. A, Thomas were the accompanists. Awards:—Singing (under 10): 1, Maggie J. Jones; 2, Kittie Evans. Ditto (under 21): Miss Doris Morgan. Recitation (open): Mr. David Davies. Champion solo: Mr. David D. Isaac. First sight reading: Miss Doris Morgan and Miss M. A. Thomas divided the prize. Quartette: Miss Blodwen Bevan and friends. Mr M. T. Isaac is the secretary, and Mr. D. R. Evans treasurer. Zion.—A competitive meeting was held on Wednesday last week. Awards :—Children's re- citation (under 10): 1, Miss E. Williams; 2, Miss W. Hopkins. Children's solo (under 14): 1, Miss Lilian Evans; 2, prize divided between Misses Rachel Parry and Phyllis Bowen. Novice solo Prize divided between A. Whitford and D. Davies. Champion solo: David L. Thomas. Best wit: A. W. Whitford. Hat trimming competition for men: Thomas Goss. Chief choral: Bethel Choir (conductor, Mr. A. Jones. The chairma-n was Mr. Shad Williams; adjudicators, Mr. T. Jenkins (music) and Mrs. J. Edwards (literature); treasurer, Mr. David J. Davies; hon. secretary, Mr. Robert Goss. Benefit Concert.—At the Hippodrome, Ponty- cymmer, on Friday last, a successful benefit concert was held. The proceeds were in aid of Mr. Wm. Ridge way, Pontycymmer, who has been uitable to follow his employment for the past 17 years. Mr. T. E. Lewis, J.P., Blaen- garw, presided over a large audience. The artistes, who. received well deserved encores, were: Soprano, Madame Kinsey-Roberts, Og- more Vale; tenor, Mr. David Thomas; baritone, Messrs. E. W. Davies and D. Lloyd Thomas, Pontycymmer. The Garw Glee Party also ren- dered fine choruses, under the conductorship of Mr. John Butlee, L.T.S.C. The accompanist was Miss Sarah Butler, L.R.C.M. A special feature was introduced bytMiss Hilda Pugh, harpist, Pontycymmer, who made her first ap- pearance in the valley. Her clever manipula- tion of the strings elicited an encore, as also did Master Vivian Morgan, Llangeinor, as a pellillion singer, accompanied by Miss Pugh. The management (Messrs. Anderson) exhibited fine pictures during the evening. The chair- man of the committee was Rev. D. Mardy Davies; treasurer, Mr. T. O. Morgan; and the energtic secretary, Mr. Llewellyn Harris. Golden Wedding.—Mr. and Mrs. Wm. Davies, Arybryn House, Blandy Terrace, Pontycymmer, celebrated their golden wedding on Dec. 10th. Mr. Davies was born on top of the old furnace near Llechrydd, Breconshire, in the year 1848. Mrs. Charlotte Davies was born at the bottom end of the village known as Penisha, Pentre, near Merthyr, in 18»1. Her parents were also born there, and were known as Mr. and Mrs. David Evans (Bicandy's). Mr. and Mrs. Davies were married at the Registry Office, Merthyr, on the 10th December, 1867. Mr. Davies has worked as a, miner for the past sixty years. At 8 years of age he commenced at Penydarren, Merthyr, and later at the Plymouth Colliery, and as fireman at Taibach Colliery, Merthyr. Mr. and Mrs. Davies came to the Garw Valley in 1895. Mr. Davies served as an official under Ir. W. Johnson, agent to the Ffaldau Colliery Co., for 22 years, commencing as fireman, and after five years was promoted to overman, which position he now holds. They have both enjoyed excellent health, and are highly respected. There were eleven children, two of whom have died, and there are living five sons, four daugh- ters, and 32 grand-children. One of their sons —Mr. Abiathar Davies—commenced as miner at the Ffaldau Collieries, Pontycymmer, later as fireman, overman, and as under manager, and is now under manager at Tir Donkyn Col- liery, Forestfach, Swansea. Valley. Another son—Mr. Zebina Davies, is a sergeant-major in the 17th Welsh Regiment, and served 19 months in France. He is now lying at Hampstead Mili- tary Hospital, London, suffering from a gun shot wound, which caused fracture of the skull. The three other sons are also miners.




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