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BLAENGARW. Prize Drawing in aid of Peter Rees, Blaen- garw, Postjxmed to the 15th January, 1918. 1831 A Grand Social and Whist Drive was held at St. James' Church Hall on Thursday, last week. Mr. Davies (Ogmore Vale) played for the danc- ing. Messrs. J. Lewis and Alf. Davies acted as M.C.'s. Mr. J. W. English conducted the whist drive, the winners of which were: Ladies', Miss A. Gelder; gents', Mr. James Evans. Bethania Baptist Church. The Young People's Mutual Improvement Society met on Thursday night last week; elbairman, Mr. D. Meredith. Solos were sung by Master Selwyn Gummer, Miss Edith Mary Thomas and Mrs. J. Davies. A practical paper was read by Miss Bronwen Francis on "Gweddiwyr Mawr J Beibl." The speakers were Mrs. D. Evans, Messrs. Evan Stephens, W. John, John Francis, and Rev. W. Thomas. Mrs. J. Griffiths was the accompanist. C.E.M.S.—The usual weekly meeting was held at St. James' Church Hall on Tuesday eve- ning, Rev. John Davies, L.D., presiding, when the following were elected officers for the en- suing year :-President, Rev. J. Davies, L.D.; vice-president, Bro. J. W. English; treasurer, Bro. J. A. Williams; hon. secretary, Bro. J. J. Williams; assistant secretary, Bro. John Lewis; auditors, Bros. H. B. Jones and Arthur Morris; sick visitors, Bros. J. W. English (and A. Griffiths. C.E.M.S.—The usual weekly meeting in con- nection with St. James' branch of the C.E.M.S. was held at the Church Hall on Monday night, Rev. J. Davies, L.D., presiding. An able paper on "Cains and Abels of To-day," was read by Bro. J. W. English. An interesting discussion ensued, in which the following members took part :—Bros. John Lewis, R. Pritchard, Joseph Williams, Edmund Vaughan, G. H. Simon, A. Morris, J. J. Williams (hon. sec.), and the Chairman. A vote of thanks was accorded the speaker. Military Medal. Garwites are pleased to learn that Cpl. Wm. Randall, of the Royal En- gineers (nephew of Miss H. Gelder, head- mistress, BJaengarw) has been awarded the Mili- tary Medal in Flanders. Cpl. Randall, B.Sc., is a well known Garwite, and did training to become a Mining Engineer at Leeds University. He gained his practical experience during his vacations at the Garw Collieries. He was in Germany with a university scholarship when war was declared. On reaching England he en- listed in the R.A.M.C., and later was trana- ferred to the R.E. (Gas Section). Music Centre.-Musicians residing in the dis- trict will be pleased to learn that the Trinity College oi Music, London, has formed a music centre at Blaengarw. Up to the present the chief complaints have been expense and incon- venience, the nearest centre being Cardiff. However, after much effort on the part of the newly-appointed energetic secretary, Mr. G. H. Sparkes, Blaengarw, he succeeded in getting a centre at Blaengarw, in the first place to hold examinations in connection with one of the Lon- don Colleges. All music teachers should note that when examinations are to be held an ad- vertisements to that effect will appear in the "Glamorgan Gazette."



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