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I MAESTEG. Rev. J. T. Parry, pastor of Zoar Church, gave a very interesting lecture at the chapel vestry on Wednesday evening last, the subject of his discourse being "An Hour with Phillips. Horeb." Mr. Tom Evans presided. After an inspiring lecture, a vote of thanks to the speaker and chairman terminated the service. Tabor Welsh C.M.—The annual preaching services of Tabor Welsh Calvinistic Methodist Church were held on Christmas Eve and Christ- mas Day. The officiating ministers were Rev. D. Williams, Treherbert, and Rev. R. J. Jones, Penygraig. There were large congregations throughout the services, and a special offering was made towards the building fund. Allotment Association.—At a joint meeting of the Allotment Associations, in conjunction with the members of the Maesteg Urban Dis- trict Council Allotment Committee, it was unanimously decided that a vegetable and flower show be held next year. A large num- ber of prominent gentlemen are to be invited to become patrons, and the interest shown by in- dividual allotment committee-men augurs well for a successful exhibition. Mr. E. Barnett and Mr. H. J. Exall have been appointed joint sec- retaries. Wedding.—A pretty wedding was solemnised at Carmel Chapel on Sunday morning, the con- tracting parties being Mr. Rees Richards, son of Mr. and Mrs. Rees Richards, of Bank St., and Miss Blodwen Thomas, daughter of Mr and Mrs. John Thomas, of Llwydarth Road. Rev. W. R. Bowen officiated. The bride was given away by her father, while Mr. John Richards (brother of the bridegroom) acted as best man. The bridesmaids were Miss Ceridwen Thomas (sister of the bride) and Miss Catherine A. Richards (sister of the bridegroom). The pre- sents were numerous and costly. Singing Festival-The annual singing festival of Tabernacle Welsh Baptist Church was held on Sunday, under the able conductorship of Mi- Jos. Morris (Llwydfab), Maesteg. The choris- ters were assisted by an orchestra. There wss a large attendance, the chapel being packed.. Praise is due to the conductor fot the excellent singing. The presidents of the services respec- tively were Messrs. T. Joseph, William Nicho- las, and Rev. J. M. Lewis (pastor). Portions of Scripture were recited by Miss Dinah Griffiths, Master Gwiiym Lloyd, and Mr. Dd. James Jones. Addresses were given by Messrs. D. Williams, E. D. Joshua, and John Roderick. There was a good programme of music, well rendered. Marriage.—On Christmas Day a wedding was solemnised at Bethel English Baptist Church, Maesteg. The contracting parties were Cpl. D. T. Watkins (Welsh Guards), son of Mr. D. Watkins, Bridgend Road, and Miss A. J. Ray, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. J. Ray, of Edinburgh. The d/uties of best man were performed by Mr. J. Howells. The bridesmands were Miss S. J. Watkins, Miss Evans, and Miss S. J. Evans. After the ceremony, the wedding breakfast was partaken of at the home of the bridegroom. The honeymoon is being spent in Scotland. The happy couple Were the recipients of many use- ful presents. The officiating minister was Rev. E. W. Probert (Bethel). Mr. R. Ferrier played Mendelsshon's Wedding Mar.;h. Welsh Congregational Churches.—The annual singing festival in connection with the Welsh Congregational Churches of the Maesteg dis- trict was held at Carmel Chapel on Christmas Day, under the able conductorship of Mr. Rhys Williams, Bridgend. Conductors of the rehear- sals were Messrs. S. H. Page, L. T.S.C., Zoar, and E. Gwynfryn Evans, Ebenezer. The or- ganist was Mr. Willie Morgan ;conductor of the orchestra, Mr. W. J. Dunn; chairman of com- mittee, Mr. Isaac Jenkins; treasurer, Mr. GwiJym Rees, Ebenezer; and secretary, Mr. Ed. Jenkins. Rev. W. R. Bowen presided over the morning service; Rev. D. Davies (Llan) in the afternoon, and Rev. J. T. Parry )Zoar) in the evening. The conductor is worthy of special mention for the success of the festival. Maesteg Wireless Expert.—Captain E. Powell, of Maesteg, who has recently been appointed assistant- commandant of a wireless school, joined the Royal Flying Corps in January, 1915. He went to France in February, 1915, as a wireless operator, and went through a number of famous battles, including the great battle of Ypres. In October, 1915, he was promoted second-lieutenant on the field, and obtained his captaincy in June, 1916. All the while he has been on active service in France. Before the war he was a student at Balli-Bangor College. I In October last he married Miss Janey Cad- J waladr, daughter of Rev. W. Cadwaladr, Mallgre Bay, Anglesey. He has two brothers- j William and Thomas Powell—on active sen-ice, and the latter, was wounded last August in France. Presentation.—A presentation meeting was held at Salem Vestry, Nantyffyllon, on Wednes- day evening? of last week, when Rev. D. C. Howells (pastor of the church) and Mrs. Howells, were made the recipients of a hand- I some testimonial, the occasion being to mark the 25 years' pastorate of the rev. gentleman at Salem Baptist Church. There was a large at- tendance. Rev. Iorwerth Jones (Bethania) pre- sided. Mr. Joshua Williams, one of the oldest deacons of the church, made the presentation to Mr. Howells, on behalf of the church, of a wallet of Treasury notes. Mr. Howells suitably responded. Mr. Lewis Davies, another of the oldest deacons, presented Mr. Howells with a framed photograph of himself. Mrs. Howells was also presented with a photograph on behalf of the church by Mrs. Harris. Both Mr. Howells and Mrs Howells responded. Addresses were delivered by Rev. Iorwerth Jones (Beth- ania), Rev. J. M. Lewis (Tabernacle), Rev. Robert Allen, Rev. J. T. Rees (Saron), and Mr. John Roderick. Musical items were contributed as followsSelection, Salem party; recitation, Miss Prudence Edwards; solo, Mr. Gladstone Howells; solo, Mrs. C. A. Davies; recitation, Mr Thomas Morris; solo, Mr. Willie Jenkins. School Managers.—The monthly meeting of Maesteg Group of School Managers was held on Friday afternoon at the Council Offices, when there were present: Mr. T. E. Hopkins, J. P. (in the chair), Messrs. Thomas Lewis, J.P., J. Evans, C.C., Rev Iorwerth Jones, C.C. Rev. D. C. Howells, Mr W G. Roberts, Mr. J. Roder- ick, Rev. J. T. Parry, Mrs. David, Mr. J. Hughes, Alderman E. E. Davies, Mr. Alfred Griffiths, with the primary inspector (Mr. T. Powell), and the deputy clerk (Mr. G. Ferrier Williams.—The attendance officer (Mr. John Evans) submitted his list of irregular attend- ants at school. It was resolved that the whole list be allowed to stand over for a month.—The Chairman advised the attendance officers in the meantime to issue warnings to the children.— The Clerk read a' list of applications for exemp- tion from school attendance from the parents of children who, for various reasons, desired the children to leave school before they were legally entitled to. Before dealing with these applications, Mr. T. Powell, the inspector, asked the Managers to consider the applications from the standpoint of the welfare of the child- ren, and not the temporary pecuniary gain of the parents.—Only one application was granted,, the Managers vouching for the suitability of the occupation. Nantyffyllon Golden Wedding.—Mr. and Mr& W. Watkins, of Nantyffyllon, who celebrated their golden wedding on Friday, were married at Llangynwyd Church on December 21st, 1867, by Rev. John Davies, B.A. Mr. Watkins, who was born at Llanharan, has been a deacon at Carmel Church for many years under Rev. W. Morgan and Rev. W. R. Bowen. He was one of the founders of Ebenezer, Garth, wnen that cause was initiated at the house of Mr. W. Davies. Later he lived at Pontardawe, where he was one of the founders of Tabernacle,, and. where also he was the first superintendent of the Sunday School. He served for over 24 years uiiqer the late Mr. David Grev, Llwy- darth, and at the Caerleon Tin Workal Whilst residing at Caerleon he once more founded a.. Welsh cause, under the Rev. D. Williams, D.D.. of Newport. His only surviving brother is Mr: Jacob Watkins, of Brynna. Mrs. Watkins, whe is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. David Rees, of; Alma Road, Maesteg, is a sister of Mr. Dawid. Rees, of Maesteg and Nantyffyllon. One of her brothers is Rev. William Rees, the Australian;, preacher and lecturer. Her sister is Mrs. T. K.. Davies, mother of Mr. T. K. Davies, solicitor of Maesteg. Mr. and Mrs. Watkins have six child- ren and 18 grand-children. Glamorgan Volunteer Regiment Maesteg, Platoon.tile new miniature rifle range for Maesteg Platoon was opened on the 12th inst. by Mr. T. E. Hopkins, J.P., the Military represen- tative of the district and an old Volunteer, who. with his first shot, scored a "bull." A match between the members of the Maesteg and Bryn- garw Platoons was afterwards shot off, the N-. sult being a win for Maesteg. The scores were as follows Maesteg C.S.M. Stokos, -14; Corpl. Brockington, 47; Sergt. Powell, 47; Pte. W. Davies, 48; Pte. B. O. Davies, 45; Pte. George Owen, 46; Sergt. J. J. Martyn, 48. Total, 325. Bryngarw: Q.M.S. J. Allen, 47; Pte. TanDer, 38; Pte. Lewis, 41; Sergt. Hayes, 44; Pte. Boucher, 47; Pte. Morgan, 48; Cpl. Jay, 45— total, 310. A very successful smoking concert was afterwards held, with Mr. T. E. Hopkins, in the chair. Among those present were: Capt. J. Lloyd (Adjutant, 4th Batt., Glam. Volunteer Regiment), Lieut. Brown, Welsh Regirownt; Lieut. S. G. McClenaghan, Durham Light In- fantry; and Lieut. J. A. Boucher Commander of the local Platcon. An excellent musical pro- gramme was arranged by the N.C.O.'s and men, and the general opinion was that the talent dis- played was exceptional and quite in keeping with the traditions of Maesteg. The proceed- ings opened with the singing of "Gcd save the King," and the company was then addressed by the Chairman, who, in the course of his re- marks, pointed out the necessity of every man; up to the age of GO doing something to help win the war, especially by joining the Volunteer Re- giment. Captain Lloyd also addressed the meet- ing, and thanked the chairman for his support of the volunteer movement. He made a stir- ring appeal to all men to take up the Volunteer Training course, and so be in a position to repel an invasion of our shroes, which was not impos- sible, as has been stated by Lord French mor« I than once. Performance of The Messiah."—On Christ- mas night the Nantyffyllon Harmonic Society (under the conductorship of Mr. W. J. Wat- kins) gave a good rendering of The Messiah," at the Maesteg Town Hall, in aid of the Cottage' Hospital. The choir, numbering 180 voices., I were assisted by an orchestra (under the conduc- I torship of Mr. Goruer Jones, Bridgend). Miss- Ceinwen Davies (Maesteg) presided at the piano- fote, and Mr. W. J. Richards (Nantyffyllon) at the organ. The artistes were:—Soprano, Miss- Lily Clatvvortiiy, Cardiff; contralto, Miss, Gwladys Arthur, Newbridge; tenor, Mr. David J. Davies, Nantyffyllon; bass, Mr. Glanville Davies, Maesteg. The committee was presided over by Mr. John Price; treasurer, Mr. David S. Jones; secretary and organiser, Mr. David Powell. Councillor Jenkin Jones, M.E., pre- sided, and in his opening remarks paid a high tribute to the efforts of the committee, the con- ductor, and the choir. On ascending the plat- form, the conductor (Mr. W. J. Watkins) had a splendid reception. The oratorio opened with an orchestral overture, after which the tenor led off with a recit, Comfort ye, comfort ye My people," and the tenor solo, "Every valley shall be exalted," followed. The singer fully maintained his reputation, and delighted the. audience with his good voice. The chorus, "And the Glory of the Lord," was majestically ren- dered. Mr. Glanville Davies was really magni- ficent in the rendering of the solo, "But who may abided" and his description of the words, "For He is like a refiner's fire" was thrilling.. The chorus, "For unto us a Child is born," was. powerfully rendered. The soprano was heard to advantage in her rendering of the solo, "Re- joice greatly, 0 daughter of Zion," and the con- tralto favourably impressed the audience with "He shall feed His flock like a shepherd." The chorus, "His yoke is easy," was exceptionally good, and completed Part 1. The second part commenced with a chorus, "Behold the Lamb t)f God." Then followed the contralto solo, "He was despised." The chorus, "All we like sheep have gone astray," deserved special mention, especially the soprano part. The chorus, "Lift up your heads- was beautifully given. The tenor and bass did exceedingly well in some of the passegaes of the chorus, The sound is- gone out into all lands." Mr. Glanville Davies- sang, "Why do the Nations?" in excellent voice. Mr. D., J. Davies, the tenor, was at his best in. the solo, Thou shalt break them with a rod of iron." The "Hallelujah Chorus," by the choir, was delightfully rendered. The orches- tra was prominent in this chorus, especially when the choir powerfully sang "King of kings and Lord of lords." This beautiful chorus brought the second part to a close. The Chairman, during a short interval, com pli- mented the choir upon their dignified perform- ance. Part 3 was then proceeded with, but, owing to the lateness of the hour, it was deemed advisable to pass over a number of items on the programme. The winding-up chorus, "Worthy is the Lamb," and "Amen" were speedily reached, and the magnificent rendering of this chorus crowned the performance with unabated success.