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DULAIS VALLEY- I At the Palace last Thursday even- ing, a successful presentation meeting was held, Sergt. I Grist being the proud recipient. He was home on leave from France, where he had been I wounded and "gassed," and has since gone to Glasgow for special treatment. During the evening songs and recita- tions were rendered by local artistes. Miss Hodge presented the medal, and Councillor Prosser, the popular mem- ber of of the N.R.D.C., occupied the chair. The Ratcliffe family, of the Garden City, have a record that it can justly feel proud ûf, for no fewer than seven of the members of the family are in the service of the King and country. They are stationed as followsPte. E Ratcliffe, father, is with the Rifle Brigade at Seaford, Sussex; Pte. J. Ratcliffe, son, Brecknocks, India; Pte J. C. Ratcliffe, son. Royal Naval Di- vision, sailed for the East Indies, on January 18tli; Driver Morgan Death, R.F.A., son-in-law, in France with the B.E.F. Sergt. 1. Grist, brother-in-law, lately returned from the front; G. Grist, brother-in-law, Canadian Navy; G. Storeystreet, brother-in-law, Canad- ian Scottish. Truly a record to be proud of. We regret to record the death of Mrs. Hannah Davies, 28, wife of Mot. D. Davies, D#lwar, who died last Sun- day afternoon during confinement. The burial took place on Thursday at Caersalem Newydd, Swansea. j Driver Frank Wauniaoott was home on leave from Fort- Southwick, Hants, last week, looking very well. The Rev. —Williams, AbergwynJi, occupied the pulpit on Sunday, at Zoar, and preached very enjoyable sermons. At Seven Sisters Colliery on Wed- nesday morning last, Mr George Peth- ran, whilst following his occupation had the misfortune to be injured in the back by a piece of falling stone. We understand that he-was not serious ly hurt. A general meeting was held at the National Schools, Crynant, to oonsider ways and means of obtaining funds with which to recognise the services of soldiers returning from the front. C.C. Daniel Daniel occupied the chair, and was supported by Capt. Edwards, who recently returned from the front wounded. After some discussion it was decided to form a committee of seventeen to deal with the matter, five of whom were to belong to the Foot- ball Club and Drawing Committee. The following were appointed members of the committee:— Revs. D. Jones, Salem; J. Morgan, Bethania; U. Phillips, B.A., Godre Rhos and Saron; Daniel Morgan, Curate; C.C. Daniel Daniel, Messrs. J James, Check; D. Hughes, Roderick Evans, Geo. Cadogan, T. Thomas. J. James. Bronallt.; J. R. Hughes, M.E. Football and Drawing Committee: Morgan Morgan. Meredith Davies, A. Jones, D. Llewelyn, W. Williams. It was decided after some discussion that the meeting should leave matters in the hand of the committee named above. On Monday night, the above com- mittee met, the attendance being fair- ly representative. Mr M. Morgan was elected to the chair, and Mr D. Llewelyn appointed secretary pro. tem. After discussion it was eventually de- cided to try and obtain the co-opera- tion of the Salem and also the General Sewing Classes in order to go into the matter unitedly. We are pleased to be able to state that at Resolven eisteddfod last Saturday, two Crynant people were euocassful. Miss Sarah Blodwen Evans winning the contralto solo with "Be genyf Fam a Thad," and Creunantydd being successful with his englyn. An innovation was tried at Saron last Sunday evening. The Rev. U. Phillips had taken as his text, "He was despised," and Miss Sarah Blodwen Davies, the popular local contralto sang the song of that name. It proved to be a great success, and was greatly enjoyed by a large congregation. We are glad to be able to report that Miss Gladys Davies, who recentl-v underwent an operation at Swansea hospital, is progressing favourably. Also that Major Edwards is well enough to be about again. Mr J. A. Jones the popular local butcher, who for the last week has been indisposed, is again attending to his business. On Sunday last the election of deacons was an event of some import- 1 ance at Saron, the following were elected:—Messrs. W. Davies (Station- master) Wm. Morgan, Evan Evans, Roderick* Evans, D. Price, D. Lewis, Brongar; D. M. Morgan, Thos. Hop- kins. We are glad to be able to say that they were selected by unanimous wish of the members. The newly elected members of the Dulais Valley Water Committee at- tended the audit of the N.R.D.C. held at the Council Offices, Neath, on Tues- day last. It was rumoured that in- teresting developments will shortly take place. The audit of the Seven Sisters Co- operative Stores took place last Tues- day at the stores with satisfactory re- sults, the books being found to be in excellent condition. Full details will be published in our next issue. The quarterly meeting will be held on Tuesday, February 1st, at the Reading Rooms, Seven Sisters. This quarter's enrolment of new members, is, it seems a record one, a testimony to the efficiency of the branch's manager, Mr J. W. Davies. Mr and Mrs. Macdonald, Bronwvdd terrace, Seven Sisters, wish to thank all friends for their kind sympathy at the time of their recent bereavement. A very interesting letter came to hand last week (too late for publica- tion) from "Carver," who as our readers know is with the R.A.M.C. in Cardiff. He says, "We are hard at work again, after a few days' leave. Three hundred wounded soldiers ar- rived here last Monday from the Dar- danelles, and we are preparing for an- other 240, who are expected to-day, making 540 for the week. It makes us realise the seriousness of the war, to see these poor fellows coming home like this. Among the first 300 are D. P. Jones (known as David Peters) from Onlhvyn, and J. Jenkins from Cilfrew, well known in Nantycafan Colliery. These two have been spared, while many of their eomrades have given their lives, and I am glad to say both are getting on well, and will soon be able to leave the hospital. I am sure the Valley will give them a hearty welcome when they are well enough to return. I am glad to hear of the good re- ception the boys from the trenches are getting in the little Valley. S am not jealous of their fine medals, for they deserve the best the world can give them. The boys from the trenches are tired of reading in the papers all these squabbles about compulsion and con- scription, and they have go5 the idea that those at home are only out to make money, and fill their cash books. If they could be here for a while they would realise that all the strength and power they can give is needed to finish this war, and that the best thing they can do is to accept one bob a day to fight for the honour and freedom* of the future generation^ We note that the Blaendulais Co- operative Stores are advertising else- where in our columns fbr- a young 1&4,v assistant.

INODION YM&OM CWM DULAIS.

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