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ABERCRAVE NOTES I ——— I "CHURCH AND AMUSEMENTS." 1. jir r,. Aronta urimths, Abercrave, I wri tes As a member of a Christian Church (if a Church can be l died so these days), I I thoroughly agree with what "Observer" had to say on the above subject in your last issue. The Church should not con- demn these place of amusements before it can forestall some other means to counter- act them. What can be done then ? These evil forces (as the ruling powers deem prudent to call them) must be spiritualized. How can the cinemato- graph be made to help the spiritual life of the people? This is one of the ques- tions the Church should: take into con- sideration to-day. The "movies" are in high favour-they appeal to the imagina- tion they are informing; they are cheap. Edison is out with the prediction that the day is not far distant when.all our schools shall be equipped with machines to assist the teachers and to supercede the text books. And now that the reels are getting to be real works of art, and that the new enterprise has become eminently respectable, the Church will have to come to terms with this new competitor. Granted that overindulgence on the part of the children means a weakened power of concentration, zs some educators have detected, granted that much of the material used is crude and sensational and silly (for the best board of censors can not well bar out inferior pictures and stories so long as the conventionalities are observed), yet we have here an engine for good which will some day be har- nessed to the powerful religious resources of the Church. Here and there the ex- periment is being tried. The appeal to the eye is no new thing to Christianity. Christian art for cen- turies meant cathedral and cloister art,, and music has vindicated her claim to be the high priestess of religion. Even the drama has respectable ecclesiastical antecedent. What is needed just now is a projection equipment that is within the means of the average church and some sort of an organisation that do for the churches, what the Pathe Brothers and other similar companies are doing as a pure matter of business. The Church is no place for amusement; it is not the rival of a theatre; but it is justified in using anything that will overcome the inertia of the vast unchurched multitudes that unblushingly admit that they are not interested in the Church because the Church is not interested in them. I beg to thank "Observer" for his able a.nd lucid letter, and anything I can do either by voice or pen to further the cause he defends I shall do. The Church of to-day is dumb to the social calls of the age, and it has preferred Mammon to Christ. The fundamental teachings jf Christianity are right. The Church to- day is a Pharasitical institution—govern- ed by the few, for the benefit of the few. DEATH OF MR TOM PARRY I We regret to have to announce the death of another well known local resi- dent, in the person of Mr Thctnas Parry, signalman, ef the Penwyllt box, who passed away very suddenly on Monday night. Deceased became ill on Thursday, and it was quickly found that he was suffering from pneumonia, which was the cause of death. Deceased was not a native of the district, but had lived here many years, and was universally es- teemed. He was married; to Miss Potter, daughter of Mr and Mrs. William Potter, Penwyllt, and is survived by his widow and two young children. Mr Parry who was a comparatively young ma.n, being only a little over 35, was a very en- thusiastic churchman, and a great worker for the Ca-Ilweii Church. The funeral took place on Thursday at Callwen, when there was a numerous attendance of re- latives and friends. NEUADD SERVICES I The pulpit at Neuadd Independent Chapel on Sunday, was occupied by the Rev. Edmund Davies, pastor of the Zoar Chapel, Seven Sisters, who preached well to good congregations. The officiating minister next Sunday will be the Rev. D. Jeremy Jones, the energetic pastor of Cwmllynfell Chapel. THE DEBATING SOCIETY I An interesting time was spent, at the Noddfa Young People's Literary Society meeting on Thursday evening, when an excellent paper on "Caniadaeth y Cyssegr" was read by Mr J. T. Jenkins, Station Road. Mr Thomas E. Thoma.s president, occupied the chair, and there was a good attendance. HOCKEY LOCAL LADIES BEATEN r Anotnor excellent nockey match was witnessed by a large crowd on the local field on Saturday afternoon, when the Abercrave ladies entertained the Port Talbot ladies team. The visitors proved to bo a fine group of players, quite* superior to the home side, who neverthe- less kept their fight up pluckily, and a very keen game was witnessed and thoroughly enjoyed by the assembled spectators. The result of the game was a victory for the Port Talbot ladies by six goals to two. FORTHCOMING EVENT I It is stated that Dr. Vaughan Thomas, the eminent Swansea musician, is to give an organ recital in the near future at Carme' Chapel, and the event is being looked forward to with great interest. THE NEW SCHOOLS I Work upon the erection of the new schools at Caehopkin is progressing very satisfactory, and Messrs. Meredith, of Builth Wells, the contractors, to be congratulated on the manner in which they are carrying out the work. If the weather remains at all favourable, it is expected that the schools will be com- plete. in a. few months' time, a.nd this will be greatly weloomed as at will relieve the overcrowding, at Abercrave Schools. ACCIDENT AT THE INTER- NATIONAL John Price, of Trefleming, a workman I at the International Colliery, met with an accident whilst following his employ- ment on Tuesday morning, and sustained inj uries to his back and hips. He was removed to his home, and is now pro- gressing favourably. L.R.C. MEETING I A meeting of the local L.R.C. took place on Tuesday evening at the I.L.P. Hall, Mr Idris Davies. C.C., presiding over a fairly goodi attendance. The ordinary business of the committee was transacted, after which it was decided to endeavour to secure the rervices of Mr Vernon Hartshorn to address a public meeting in the village shortly. THE SUB-AGENCY BALLOT Th3 fiitil ballot for the Anthracite Dis- trirt sub-aremcv which was taken during lift aroused considerable in- t-lr"t, i3, i a larrre percentage of men re- corded th~ir votes. The result of the ballot, to be announced at the Anthracite I District meeting on Saturday, is eagerly I awaited. NEW STATION FOR ABERCRAVE I We learn from a reliable quarter that I the Neath and Brecon Railway Company have at last decided to erect a. new station at Abercrave, and that it will be a con- siderable improvement on the present ramshackle building. It is stated that the new building will be a little nearer the top of Station road than the pr- i«nt one, and the work is expected to com- mence very shortly. The present build- ing has long been inadequate for the in- creased traffic, and local residents who have been complaining of the accommoda- tion for several years now will be pad to know that this improvement is to be carried out. LECTURE AT COLBREN There was a tairly good attendance at the Moriah Baptist Church, Colbren, on Monday evening, when, under the aus- pices of the Congregational Church, a lecture on "Myn'd" was given by the Rev. Rhys J. Huws, Glanamman. The rev. gentleman spoke in very interesting style, of the necessity for enterprise and the "go ahead" spirit, and gave many in- teresting instances occurring within re- cent years, describing their results. The Rev. A. Edwards (pastor oi Moriah), pre- sided. LITTLE GIRL'S ACCIDENT I A school girl named Mary Shopland, daughter of the licensee of the Prices' Arms, Colbrsn, who along with other girls from the Colbren Schools was at- tending the cookery classes at Ystrad- gynlais County School last Thursday, when she slipped and fractured her right arm in two places. The girl was at- tended by Dr. Walsh, and afterwards re- turned home to find her little brother aged three months, passing away. The baby died shortly afterwards and the funeral took place on Sunday (the Rev. J. Williams, Vicar), officiating.