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) OGMORE VALE. I Ball.-A successful ball took place on Christ- mas Eve at the Ogmore Vale Workmen's Hall. There was a crowded attendance, and the dance was most enj oyable. Mr. Dan Thomas was the M.C., and Messrs. Davies' excellent band was in attendance. Benefit Concert.—The benefit concert held at the Workmen's Hall, Ogmore Vale, in aid of Mr. T. Witts, Llewellyn Street, Ogmore Vale, who has been indisposed for a long time, was a gr^at success. All the artistes gave their ser- vices, and worked for the good cause. Council- lor D. J. Thomas presided, and assistance was rendered by the joint secretaries (Messrs. D. J. Evans and Pitcher), Mr. D. Capel, and Rev. E. W. Hough. Popular Trooper. The many friends of Trooper Wm. Davies, 11th Hussars, of 21 Brook- land Terrace, Pricetown, Nantymoel, who was wounded in the war, will be pleased to hear that he is progressing favourably. "Willie," as he was familiarly known, was very popular in civil life. He has two brothers—Sidney and Tom—doing "their bit." They belong to the M.T.C., and are sons of Mr. and Mrs. James Davies, Brookland Terrace. A Grand Benefit Concert took place at the Ogmore Vale Workmen's Hall on Wednesday of last week in aid of Mr. Dan Elward, Ogmore Vale, who has been laid up for some time with a very severe illness. The concert was a most enjoyable one. All the artistes from the sur- rounding districts gave their services free, and are to be complimented on the performance. Mr. F. Dyke agent, Wyndham and Aber Col- lieries, presided over a large attendance. The secretary was Mr. E. J. Thomas; treasurer, Mr. D. H. Reed. Mr. John Morris rendered valu- able assistance. Cantata.—A most successful and enjoyable cantata, entitled, "Santa Claus' Arrival," was performed by the children of St. John's Sunday School (assisted by a few of the adult scholars) at the Mission Room, Ogmore Vale, on Thurs- day, Dec. 20th. The chair was occupied by the Vicar (Rev. Hugh Thomas, M.A.), and there was a Crowded attendance. The children looked exceedingly pretty on the stage, and the various songs and choruses were rendered in a manner which reflected the greatest credit upon Mr. W. F. Pugh (the conductor), and the accompanist (Miss Walton, organist of St. John's Church). The rcjie of "Santa Claus" was taken by Mr. G. Owen, who was true to tradition, and distri- buted Teddy bears, dolls, apples, etc., in a most lavish manner. The cantata was followed by a laughable sketch, entitled, "My Wife's Re- lations," which was excellently staged, and caused roars of laughter. The following took part :—Mrs. Wheeler, Mrs. Stephens, Miss R. Ashman, Miss F. Spratt, and Messrs. E. Hamer, G. Owen, P. Bye, E. Wheeler, and W. F. Pugh. Miss Doris Lewis gave two recitations, and must be congratulated on her perfect enuncia- tion. Mr. Daniels also gave a funny "stump" speech. Thanks are due to all who assisted in decorating the stage, etc., and special praise is due to Mr. Marks, who worked exceedingly hard to make the cantata a success. Late Mr. Edward Edwards.—Mr. Edward Edwards, schoolmaster, of Ogmore Vale, a well- known personality in the public life of Mid- Glamorgan, died on Saturdayp after a long ill- ness. He was born at Llantwit Vardre 53 years ago, and settled in the Ogmore Valley 31 years ago, first as headmaster of the Wyndham School, and afterwards as headmaster of the Tynewydd Schools, Ogmore Vale. He was one of the pioneers of the Independent Labour Party in South Wales, acting for some time as secretary of the South Wales Independent Lab- our Party Federation. A few years before the outbreak of war he attended the International Socialists' Conference at Stuttgart. Mr. Ed- wards was a mem ber of the Bridgend Board of Guardians for 14 years, and was a member of the Southerndown Golf Club, taking part in most of the club ompetitions. He was always a bold and tireless exponent of his ecomonic and political views, and some years ago did an im- mense amount of propaganda work in the min- ing valleys of Mid-Glamorgan, which had a considerable influence in the establishment of the Mid-Glamorgan Labour Party. But even his strongest opponents recognised his sincer- ity and courage, and a few months ago he had a striking proof of the respect in which he was held by the public, a testimonial being pre- sented to him. which was subscribed for by members of all parties. He took a keen in- terest in the co-operative movement, and acted as auditor for branches of the Co-operative So- ciety in his district. He was also at one time secretary for his district of the National Union of Teachers. He was a correspondent of the "Glamorgan Gazette." His wife (a daughter of Rev. Taliesin Jones, of Rumney) and one daughter survive. The funeral took place at Ogmore Vale on Wednesday, and was very largely attended. Re- presentatives were present from all the leading I.L.P. branches in South Wales, together, with many representatives of the local branches of the Trade Unions. The Miners' Federation was represented by Mr. Tom Lucas, J.P. (miners' agent for the Ogmore and Gilfach district), and Mr. Vernon Hartshorn, J.P., Maesteg.