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LOCAL NEWS. Fine Selaction of Christmas Toys and Fancy Goods at H. Woodward & Co's, Adare Street and Near Station. Inspection invited. 1741 For Shorthand Typists and Junior Clerks, apply Bridgend Preparatory and Commer- cial School. Principal—Rev. T. Gwilym Jones, B.D. 1797 Promising Bridgend Vecalist.—Miaa Ethel Levine (Bridgend) is becoming famous as a con- tralto soloist. Numerous eisteddfodau successes stand to her credit, and in connection with the same, during the past year she has been the re- cipient of several ftrwt. class certificates of merit. She has willingly given her services at many concerts to entertain, our wounde d soldiers, and possesses talents that point to ft brilliant future. The Palace.-This place of entertainment is increasing in popularity, and no wonder, see- ing that only best films are exhibited whatever the cost incurred. On Boxing Night there was a'record attendance, and hundreds were turned away. On Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday next the speciality will be "A Modern Cinder- ella," in five parts, and on the three following evenings, The Scarlet Letter," featuring Stewart Holmes. Soldier and Spirit of Christmas.—David Thomas, an old soldier, and a single man, was charged on Monday at Bridgend—before Mr. D. H. Lloyd and Dr. E. J. Parry-with deserting from the 14th Lancashire Regimwit, since Dec. 18th.—Defendant: I have never been home be- fore for Christmas, and I wanted to stay over Christmas.—Inspector Rees Davies: The com- manding officer says if all were the same we should have n oeuldiqxs, as all would be home for the festive season. He has been nearly four years in the Army. His home is in Ogmore Vale. I'll see he gets a Christmas dinner, sir. —Mr. D. H. Lloyd (to defendant): We should like to send you to spend Christmas with your family. You are remanded pending the arrival of the escort, which is on the way.—The Clerk (Mr. Walter Hughes): We will make your stay as pleasant as we can. Yem are spoken very highly of. Ewenny School-Classed as "Excellent.-Rev. T. D. Bevan, Vicar of Ewenny, and the teachers are to be congratulated upon the report of Rev. A. J Holmes Russel (diocesan inspector in re- ligious knowledge in the Diocese of Llandaff), who classes the school as "excellent. In his re- port he saJS :-H Peanrth, 1917. The chilrden throughout this school have been very fully and very carefully taught, and passed in all respects a most satisfactory and creditable examination. The work of Division III. (Infants and Stand- aid I.) was particularly good. In the Upper Standards all the repetition and knowledge of the Catechism and Prayer Book was excellent, and the answering in Scripture both in- terested and intelligent. The written work was on the whole accurately and neatly done. The hymns were very well known and sung, and the tone and discipline was excellent." "Santa Claus" at the Tabernacls.-On Thurs- day night last week, in the Tabernacle Hall, the children of the Sunday School gave an excellent performance, in character, of "Santa Claus at the Sunday School"—an eminently appropriate production. The chair was taken by Mr Walter M. Powell, Picton Court, who, in a suggestive address during the interval, spoke of the value of confidence as a very neceesary thing in these days. The pastor (Rev. H. E. Rogers, B.A.) thanked the chairman for his presence, for his address, and for a liberal donation towards the funds.—Cowing to the performance, the conduc- tress was Miss Kate Williams (Council School), who, it was manifest, had' trained the children admirably. The little ones were assisted by a few adult friends. The stage was nicely decor- ated, and the scenes "Autumn" and "Winter," were very pretty and effective. There was a highly attractive Christmas tree, from which toys were distributed by the members of the ladies' committee. The accompanist was Miss Gertie Williamc,Proposing a vote of thanks to the Chairman, the pastor said Mr. Powell had not been very long a resident of Bridgend, and they were glad to see him throwing himself with such energy into the public life of the town. The Fourth Musical Service at the Congrega- tional Church was given on Sunday evening last. From a musical standpoint, it was one of the best. As the services are given in the in- terests of the town, it is a pity that music- lovers do not attend in larger numbers. Mr. W. Powell, J.P., as chairman, in a few remarks, expressed the church's thanks and appreciation of the choir's efforts in improving the musical part of the service, and hoped their efforts would be still further devoted to this object. Mr W. Leyshon wa-s at the organ, and it goes with- out saying that his two solos, "Aberystwyth" (with variations) and Barcorelli" (Offenbach), were played in a masterly manner. Miss Edith M. Griffiths, a young vocalist from Cardiff, sang with much feeling and expression, "Be- yond the Dawn" (Wilfred Sanderson) and "Save me, 0 God" (Alberta Randeggar). Miss Flossie lies, of Penarth, charmed the audience by her exquisite rendering of two violin solo, "An- dante" (Thome) was superbly played. A "Mirmett" (Mozart) was listened to with rapt attention. There was wonderful sympathy be- tween the organist and instrumentalist, and it will not be easily forgotten. Unfortunately, the "Hallelujah Chorus" had to be omitted, owing to so many members of the choir being out of town. All the friends who have contributed to the success of these services have done so gra- tuitiously. Presentation to Veteran Friendly Society Worker.—A pleasing incident of the twenty- fifth annual meeting of Bridgend Yearly Divid- ing Society, held on Saturday night last in the Club Room, Bridgend, was the presentation of a handsome gold watch to the worthy secretary, Bro. Edward Rich, in recognition of his zealous services and steadfastness to duty during the lengthened period of his association with the Society.—Mr. Peter Vincent, who presided, re- viewed the past history of the Society, and then went on to say that Mr. Rich, having been in their service for 25 years, they thought they could not allow the occasion to pass without some recognition of the valuable assistance re- ceived. A committee was appointed to carry out the arrangements, a sum of money had been allocated, and the remainder had been made up by the voluntary contributions of the members. Mr. Rich, he reminded them, framed the pre- sent rules, and when the National Insurance scheme came into force, the increased duties also devolved upon him. He, at the time, re- ceived no recognition, and it seemed only fit- ting that on this 25th anniversary they should recognise his services. Fifty-six members had joined his Majesty's Forces since the declara- tion of war, and although the Society had been badly hit, they had every faith in the manage- ment and the secretary, and in their ability and power to carry on with the nearly £ 1,300 that had been invested. After the war, he predicted they would again be flourishing. (Hear, hear.) Theirs was not a benevolent society, but a society conducted on hard and fast lines. By paying so much, so much was paid out, and what was saved came from the management.— Bro. Alec Mark, also making some apprecia- tive remarks, said the management expenses were practically nil. Their money had been well invested-tlianks to Mr. men, wno in- spected every property, and if any property was not all right, he did not hesitate to advise them to that effect.—Mr. John Thomas, as the oldest member, made the presentation, expressing the hope that the recipient might have a long and a prosperous life.—Mr. Rich, in reply, said he had done his best for everyone. He sketched the crises through which the Society had passed, especially in the colliery districts, and referred to the possibility of his resignation, stating he did not intend to retire. He had a great in- terest in the society, and so long as his health would permit, he would stick to it. He supposed he would die in harness, like his father. Be- tween them they sat for 75 years at the same desk in that room, which they would agree, was a. good record. It had always been his pleas- ure, as it was his duty, to promote the interests of the working classes in the friendly societies. —The routine business of the society was car- Tied out, and a special vote of thanks was parsed to the committee.—The watch (suitably inscribed) was supplied by Mr. Gilbert Williams (Wyndhm Street, Bridgend). Well Done, "En Avants.At the concert re- cently given by this popular company of artistes at the Palace, Bridgend, in behalf of the tobacco and comforts fund for the wounded soldiers at Bridgend Red Cross Hospital, the success was so pronounced that, after payment of expenses, a sum of ;= Mb. 3d. has been forwarded to Miss Olive Nicholl (Commandant). R.A.O.B. Memerial Service.—A memorial ser- vice to brethren who have fallen in the war was held on Sunday afternoon at St. Mary's, Nol- ton, and conducted by the Rector (Rev. T. F. Price). Tie heroes so honoured were Primo C. Corbett, llrd. A. Morris and E. T. Powell. The lodges represented were the Lord Kitchener (Bridgend), Sir Charles Nicholls (Tondu), Pioneer of Wales (Aberkenfig), and W. Wale (Coytrahen). There was a muster of about 60, the brethren walking in processional order, and in full regalia, from the Ship Hotel, which is the headquarters of the district. Successful Eisteddfod.—Bridgend Twon Hall never has bu., and never could have been, more crowded than on Wednesday night, nor could enthusiasm have been more spontaneous or more sincere. The occasion was the eistedd- fod-an all day "performance"—promoted by Rev. G. H. Griffiths, the popular pastor of the Welsh CongrwRatiorfal Church, Coity. Mr. W. A. Howell (Penceed) was the genial' and re- sourceful conductor, and the adjudicators—Mr. W. Howells (Treorky), Mr T. Gabriel (Bargoed), music, and for literature, Mr. L. Davies (Cym- mer)—accompanist, Mr. Willie Leyshon (Bridg- end) and Madame Jeanes-Thomas (Aberkenfig). The following were the principal awards :—Chief choral Nantymoel. Children's Choir: Nanty- ffyllon. Champion solo Prize divided between Miss Lizzie Davies, Tonypandy, and Mr. Tom Williams, Blaengarw. Tenor solo: Mr. David Daniels, Pontardawe. Bass solo: Mr. Tom Williams, Blaengarw. For the Wounded at Beaupre.—Mr. and Mrs. S. H. Byass have given many pleasant after- noons and evenings to the wounded soldiers at Beau pre Red Cross Hospital during the summer months by extending an invitation to them to Llandough Castle. What can be more helpful towards an early recovery than an afternoon in the beautiful grounds, indulging in various healthy games, such as clock golf, croquet, etc.? The winter comes, however, and then this good lady and her husband entertain the men indoors. One of these gatherings so thoughtfully con- ceived took place on Thursday, the 20th inst. The servant*' hall was arranged in quite concert style, and Mrs. and Miss Byass were most enter- taining at the piano. Numerous songs and reci- tations were given by Messrs. W. T. Gwyn (Town Clerk of Cowbridge) amd D. J. Gwyn, Bridgend. Mr. Byass proposed a vote of thanks to the brothers Gwyn, and after the National Anthem had been sung, the whole of the party adjourned to the dining room, and partook of an excellent tea. Before darkness set in, the boys left for Beaupre, but previous to their de- parture gave hearty cheers for Mr. and Mrs. Byass.—We regret to have to report that Mr. Geoffrey Byass, the eldest son, has been wounded in the recent fighting in Palestine. He is an officer in the Glamorgan Yeomanry. We wish him a opmed-y recovery. Christmas Festivities at Dunraven Castle.- One hundred lads in blue awoke on Christmas morning under far different and happier circum- stances than most of them experienced last Christmas. No sand bags, mud, or dreary out- look at Dunraven, and beds-beds are infinitely softer than a trench board. The decorations on which so much time had been expended were carefully placed in many pretty and varied de- signs round the castle walls. This Christmas was akin to those remembered in peaceful times. Gifts from the Earl of Dunraven, Lord and Lady Ardee, Mr. and Mrs. Randall, the Hospi- tal Committee, and the inhabitants of the sur- rounding districts were graciously presented by Lady Ardee. With the kindness shown and the untiring work of the Commandant and staff, the boys quickly forget their troubles, and long before dinner-time, everyone had caught the real Christmas spirit. The concert and dance in the evening were a great success. A most enjoy- able programme was provided. Miss Lloyd, Nurse Hughes, and Pte. Russell gave delightful j renderings of popular and sentimental songs. Lance-Corpl. Elgie, in "rag time" songs gained great applause. The comedy sketch, entitled, "Patching up by Mr. and Mrs. Chugwater," was extremely well played by Sister A. S. Hawkes and Pte. Jennings, and caused much amuse- ment, while the humorous songs, sketches, and clever acrobatic performances of Pte. Jennings kept the aniiience in a constant uproar. Pte. H. Reynolds ably accompanied at the piano.— After supper, dances and games, in which the guests, staff, and "the hundred" joined freely, brought the festivities to a close. "The hun- dred" went to bed tired and happy, thanks to the friends who helped to make their Christmas happy and memorable.

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