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BRIDGEND POLICE COURT.

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I DOGGED MAN FROM BRYNMENYN.

CAERAU BUILDER'S MORTAR DEVICES.

PONTYCYMMER. I

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IGARW GLEANINGS

IOGMORE VALIAN'S FINE RECORD.

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I OGMORE VALIAN'S FINE RECORD. Remarkable Success. Ogmore Valley is ringing with the praises of Mr. Shem James Davies, of NantymOer-a student at the Ogmore Higher Elementary School, Ogmore Vale. Last year he succeeded in obtaining the Sir W. J. Thomas' gold medal in Mining. This year he has further succeeded in securing his gold medal in Mine Surveying. This was presented to him last week at a repre- sentative gathering at the school by Mr. W. F. Dyke, M.E. (agent for Messrs. Cory Bros.), Mrs. Dyke graciously distributing the certificates won by the students last session. Councillor D. Ll. Richards, M.E. (manager of the Wyndham Collieries, at which Mr. Davies was a workman) presided, outlined the changes that nad taken place in the last 25 years in technical in- struction in the district, and declared that Sir Clifford Cory, Bart., had interested himself in Mr. Davies, and had undertaken his tuition and maintenance for four years at the Cardiff Uni- versity College and the Treforest School of Mines, so that he was now on the very high road to success.—Mr. Joseph Abel, M.E. (under- manager) added his mead of praise, and, while acknowledging the excellence of the very fine staff that Mr. Davies Brown had at the School, claimed a fair share of credit for Mr. Davies's home training, for the home must supplement the school. He, too, grew reminiscent,, and alluded to the pioneer work in mining classes by the late Mr. Edward Edwards. Rev. Charles Williams, secretary to the local managers, in a very humorous speech, gave Shem's examina- tion record, and urged those present to emulate his excellent example. Mr. Dyke, in presenting the medal, described the country's organisation for Technical Instruction, and the proposals of the Government to enhance present facilities. He was most concerned that pupils should at- tend evening classes from the first year in which they left day school in order to maintain a highly desirable continuity of studies. The Headmaster (Mr. J. Davies Brown, M.A.) drew attention to the opportunities afforded by the Committee, and remarked that although Shem was the first student in the county to win both gold medals in consecutive years, he had not confined his attention to purely mining studies, as he had spent a great deal of time at such subjects as Machine Drawing, Electrotechnics, Chemistry, and Practical Mathematics (in which he had succeeded in passing the Honours Stage). This widening of the scope of his work had enabled him to profit far more by Sir Clifford's generosity than would otherwise have been possible. Revs. D. J. Williams and R T. Gregory emphasised the religious and social side of Mr. Davies' activities. During the evening the Red, White, and Blue Choir (Nantymoel) gave well-received selections of music, and the day girls (under Miss L .David, B.A., Senior Mistress) gave the finest display of country dances ever seen at the school.

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) OGMORE VALE.

BLAENGARW. I

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I MAESTEG.

CAERAU.

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