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BULAIS VALLEY. ] The quarterly meeting of the Blaen- dulais Co-operative Society, Seven Sin. ters, was held at the Reading Room on Tuesday night last, the president of the Society occupying the chair. The attendance was very encouraging, and the balance sheet was adoptoo as being highly satisfactory, taking into con- sideration that the Society was only established in July, 1914. The trade for the quarter ending 21 December, 1915, was £1,122 18s. M., an increase of L504 2s. 9d. over the corresponding quarter of last year. The quarter's profit after allowing for depreciation, upon bulding, rolling stock, interest on share and loan capit- al, and collective life assurance, allow- ing a dividend of 9d. in the £ with a substantial sum to reserve and edu- cation funds. The four elected committee-men were Messrs. Wim. Rees, Pantyffordd district David T. Howells, and Thoe. Williams, Seven Sisters; and David Lewis, Crynant. forNantycafan district. The president in his address appealed to members to be loyal to their own stores in all of its departments, as the Society's future success depended up- on this. He outlined the penny bank system that was newly entered upon, and urged members to inculcate thrift among the children upon Co-operative principle. The president moved a hearty vote of thanks to the staff for the efficient way the business was conducted, and Mr Geo. Jones, the ex-president, seconded, and Mr Samuel Lloyd sup- ported with encouraging words, and the members unanimously approved. Upon responding, Mr J. W. Davies, manager, was- cordially received. The total new members for the quar- ter was 13, and the secretary reported that the current quarter would be a record in enrolment of new members. Already 22 new members had joined the Society, and the future of Co- -operation in Dulais Valley was bright. A Parish Council meeting was held at the Council Office on Thursday evening of last week, when Mr Daniel Wm. Thomas occupied the chair. Members present were Messrs. John W. Davies, John Edwards, Crynant; Wm. Davies, and David T. Davies, Seven Sisters, with the Clerk. The Water Connection Committee's report was received, and it was re- ported that in the recent audit of N.R.D. Council, surcharges were made against officials of that Council over some trips that were made to London, also that the Audit had been ad- journed. So that this committee may investigate other matters of import- ance concerning affair appertaining to Dulais Valley. Mr E. Evans Beavan was re-appoint- ed school manager. The overseers' report was received as satisfactory, two more names were included in the rates excused list, namely, Mrs. Davies, of Seven Sisters; a Mrs. Eedgemore, Cryna-Ht. The lighting of Seven Sisters and OiiHwvn was combidered, and left is the hands of the chairman, and to arrange the necessary lamps required in the Bryndnlais Avenue, Stickle rd, and Mnesyfeont. I A letter was read from Mr E. Evans Beavan in connection with the sug- gested path from Bryndulais A venus to the main road near the sewerage, and was to the effect that he was pre- pared to do everything possible to eist the Council, and no doubt the ratepayers can look forward to this improvement being effected very shortly. On Wednesday night of last week, a presentation was made on behalf of the Patriotic Fund by Mr H T Moore, at the Palace, to Pte. Teddy Bennett, RoyaJ Riflee Brigade; Driver Morgan Death, R.F.A., and the relatives of the late Private Rees Benjamin Mor- gan, who had fallen in action—the two former were home on leave from the front, and both looked remarkably -well. On Friday a presentation was made to Private Willie Rowlands. R.R.B., on behalf of the Patriotic Fund, by Miss Beatrice Alexander. We regret to report that an accident occurred at Ynvsforch Colliery on Saturday, to Mr "David Owen Davies, son of Mr Wm. Jenkin Davies, Bron- wvdd terrace, Seven Sisters, a stone falling upon his head and causing fracture to the base of the skull. At the time of writing, the unfortunate young man has not recovered normal consciousness, and serious complica- tions are foaa-ed. The Salem M.C., Crynant Sewing Class sent a parcel of 17 pairs of socks to the local men at the front, and en- closed with each pair of socks was a 21b. cake for each man, and no doubt the boya in the trenches will enjoy the little luxury. We also learn that the Crynant General Sewing Class are busily en- gaged making shirts, socks, etc., for the newly opened Neath Infirmary War HespitaJ. Readers of the "Llais" would, be glad to know what has become of the local Crynant Committee formed to do something for the gallant boys return- ing from the front. A movement is on foot at Crynant to hold a concert for the benefit of Miss Gladys Davies, daughter of the late Mr Tom Davies, precentor at Saron Chapel, so that an artificial leg I may be procured for her—we under- stand that Mr Wnj. Howells, Bethania, is secretary, an d that Mr Roderick: Evans is to arrange the programme, and no doubt a musical treat is in store for the locality, with a united effort to make the concert a success, as the cause is deserving. We regret to report that the Rev. Edmund Davies, Seven Sisters, is in- disposed this last week, and has been confined to his bed with an attack of influenza. We hope his recovery will be speedy. On Sunday evening last, the Zoar Band of Hope, Seven Sisters, held their quarterly meeting. Mr Davies, the pastor, being ill, the chair was occupied by the superintendent of the Sunday School, Mr D. G. Morgan. A most enjoyable evening was spent. Several children took part and render- ed songs, solos, and recitations. Great credit is due to the young men that are assisting the children in the Band of Hope. It is intended to hold an- other meeting shortly. It would be a great help if a few of the older mem- bers of Soar would assist- in this good work with the children. The ladies of Zoar Chapel, Seven Sisters, are busily preparing accommo- dation for the quarterly meeting of the West Wales Congregational Union, which will be held at Zoar Chapel on February 24th. Work has been very slack at Dulais Colliery the lest few weeks, an aver- age of two or three turns a week only being worked. The competitive concert held at Bethania, Crynant, on Monday, pre- sided over by Rev. John Morgan, was quite a sucoess. We regret to record the death of Mrs. Wm. Harries, Bryn villa, Seven Sisters, at an advanced age. Her hus- band had pred ecease d her some years At a meeting of the Neath Rural District Council on Wednesday, Mr W. B. Trick, J.P., presiding, a dis- cussion was raised by Mr Prosser with regard to the completion of the Dulais Valley water connection, and it was decided to give the chairman and Mr 0. L. David plenary powers to settle the dispute and so expedite the com- I pletion of the work. EISTEDDFOD SARON, CRYNANT At Olygydd LLais Llafur. Six.Canlatewck i mi ofod fechan o'ch newyddiadur i rhyddhau fy hun, parthed y nodyn ymddangosodd yn eich newyddiadur mewn perthynas a dy- farniad Creunantydd ar y cyfansodd- iadau llenyddol yn yr eisteddfod ucnoo. Dymunaf wneud yn hysbys drwy hyn fy mod yn hollol rhydd oddiwrtho, a chan fod fy nghyd-ymgeiswyr, sef Dewi Glan Dwlais a Mr William Davies, Henllan, wedi eu rhyddhau oddiwrtho, mae yn naturiol i'r cyhoedd i feddwl mai myfi sydd yn gyfrifol; fellT- Mr. Gol., erfyniaf amoch estyn yr un dru- garedd i minau. Yr eiddoch yn gywir, i Crynant. DAVID N. MORGAN [Gyda phob parodrwydd dywedwn mai nid Mr Morgan, ychwaith oedd ys- grifenydd y nodyn sydd wedi achosi cymaint o ddrwgdybio. Gol.]

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