YSTALYFERA GARDENING ASSOCIATION. NEW ALLOTMENTS FOR THE AREA. u;nH;SUSTIC M E K T I S A A v. «•!]-•;) ttcudod and enthusiastic meeting w;s held at Jerusalem Chapel vestry, Ystaivfera, on Wednesday evening under the auspices of the Ystalyier:; Allotment Society. Mr Jas. V\ illiams (\\ ern House), was elected to the Cliair. Mr. Wolff (Board of Agriculture Inspector), who was received with ap- plause,s slid he was pleased to be at a meeting at which there were so many "horticultural enthusiasts, who were being banded together for the common good. They were interested in a movement that was not only a war-time expediency, but a movement that had come to stay. The pre-war peace conditions under which we had lived would not be tolerated after the war as in those days. We bad learned a lesson in the war. In the past we had been in the habit of going to the foreigner for our food, andhe was only too ready to trade with us. We had fsilien into the habit of having our food brought to us from all parts of • the world, and with the cheapness of transit at our disposal it was safe to say that we were the best and cheap- est-fed nation on the face of the earth. But now the plough had be- come more powerful to produco than the purse to procure, for our ships were being sunk and our shipping trade getting smaller and smaller. He did not think it likely that we would ■come to starvation, but it meant that we would have to" get food on the spot, where the submarine could not get at it. We were on the defensive at home quite as.much as our soldiers were on the offensive in France, and we would have to help to rivet the armour that would bind up militarism. ill) NOT DESPISE THE LITTLE I PLOT. One of the best means ot domg I this, continued Mr. Wolff, was by increasing the fertility of the soil, and by not despising the little plot. It was not necessary that they should tie themselves up to the growth of pota- toes, although that was one of the best vegetables to plant, but cultivate whatever vegetables they could get hold of. They would have to work hard, and spade work was hard work. Whenever possible* the spade should be used in preference to the plough, especially in newly tilled ground. They .should also, try and get seed that would mature in succession, as this was preferable to going in for seed that came fit for utility purposes to- aetber. THE N'ALCE. Ok*- M-ANURH. I The speaker then dwelt with the question of manures, and said that for utility, they, cae in the follow- j ing order:- j Fowl, Sheep, Horse, and Cow. The first-named however, should be |: .mixed with ashes t »s it was too hot to placed in the ground in its natural form. Pig's manure was also good. Peas, turnips, potatoes, beans, and parsnips were about the best to .grou-, and swedes ,of either the field or garden variety wero also Useful, Of the latter kind, he would recom- mend that field varieties should bo planted, for although it was coarser it was prolific and they must go in for heavy croppers in everything. They were not out to plant pansies, pop- pies, and peonies: Turnip tops could also be boiled and eaten as cabbages. In dealing with ftho society Mr. Wolffe said they should endeavour to get as 'many as', possible banded to- I gether. This would enable them to buy seeds at rock bottom prices. They t had had enough of the foreigner, for he might let thorn down, and it was safe to encourage home production. It was up to them;.to make the best -of what plots they. could obtain, and to use even the- small back garden plots for food production. (Applause.) WASTE GARDENS. I Mr. Watson (also of the Bo:ird of Agriculture ) next Spoke. Ho said he had been sent Wthe Valley bv the Board as advisor arid demonstrator in all things pertaining to agriculture. He had noticed even in the Swansea Valley many good "gardens lying idle, and he appealed to them at once to make use of, this, waste ground. They had experienced"; a shortage of seed potatoes, and they had never thought they would even be so short. An effort was, however, being made to get as many seed potat(iep as possible. The Government were out to help them to ,8tamp out wart (disease, and that accounted for the restrictions on seed. He had seen potatoes spoiled by the frost, or almost so, and they would have bpen better off sprouting in a box in the houses. Mr. Watson then .dwelt with various means of combating common garden pests and grubs, and gave home methods of dealing with these com- flaints. He also dealt with the advan- ages to he derived from co-opera- tive association. By this means seed -could be purchased in bulk. In the season 1914 to 1915 a Rhondda asso- ciation had been iible to procure the; best Scotch seed delivered to the buyers at 4s. 6d. a cwt. (Applause.) THE VALUE OF CO-OPERATION. 1 Mr. Phelps (of the Agricultural Or- ganisation Society) expressed his ple-aeurent sllch a large attendance, He was there, that evening to urge that they would work together on co-operative lines, and become affiliat- ed to the Agriculture Organisation Society. This society was to assist small societies such as theirs over the many obstacles that they would meet. He could also say that many societies had experienced difficulty in procur- ing their plots, but he was able to say that the necessary documents for the possession of land they were anxious to get at Ystalyfera would be in their hands by Saturday. (Applause.) It was owing to the fact that co-operative societies in GlamorgaVi had worked to- gether that they had been able to get seed potatoes that otherwise they would have been unable to obtain. Manures, etc., could also be pur- chased at a lower price than if each individual bought separately. At Car- diff sulphate of ammonia was pur- chased by dealers at the rate of Cl6 per ton delivered, but it was sold by them in small quantities at a rate of £ 46 8s. 4d. (Shame.) To get a good society, it would be necessary for them to form on a good business I basis. They should first register them- selves under the Industrial and Provi- dent Society's Act. Each member should then purchase a nominal J31 share, which would cost them 2s each. If they had a philanthropist amongst them more than one share could be bought by him. The 18s. balance was not called for unless the society got into financial difficulties. When the society was formed, they could trade and buy in bulk, and it must not be lost sight of that they could also sell. This was a side of the business that societies often lost sight of. They were living in serious times, and there should be no waste. It must be ad- mitted that even allotment holders were given to wasting, and he had seen at many places cabbages burst- ing for the want of cutting, as the holders were using other vegetables. They at Ystalyfera were within easy distance of a large market town, at which many of the people were unable to purchase fresh, vegetables. The allotment holders could join together and have their produce sent to Swan- sea for sale, and in this way get a return for their money. IF NO POTATOES—ONIONS. I Mr. Phelps further stated that if they were unable to obtain seed pota- toes they required, they might grow onions. If they only saw the importa- tion figures of onions, they would be astonished, and he wished them to set all the y could, (Hear, hear.) GARDENING AS AN EDUCATION. There was also an educative side to gardening, for however low in the social scale a man might be, when he saw the works of nature, and the fruits of his labour, it would have an uplifting influence upon him. He did not want them to take up the work simply because it was a war neces- sity, but for other reasons as well. (Hear. hear.) It was probable, al- though lie had no authority for saying it, that the Government would appeal to allotment societies for assistance in the matter for food production, and also ask that they should provide for others as well as themselves. They also inculcate the idea into others, and Mr. Phelps gave instances of the progress of small societies. The speaker also appealed for the society to be a friendly society in the true sense of the word. If a man on a neighbouring plot was prevented from doing work on his piece of ground owing to ill-health they should set to help hini, \or do it for him. (Hear, hear.) Mr. Phelps also dealt with the wholesale purchase of tools and seed in detail, and said that if the committee wanted more ground, they could apply to Glam. County Council, and they would get it. (Ap- plause.) In conclusion he hoped they would not laclc enthusiasm, but work like a society that was formed in South Wales without a square yard of land for two years, but which owned 625 acres with an annual turnover of i 95,000. (Applause.) Questions were put to the speakers, and answered. It was stated that a society had been formed with an en- trance fee of Is., and 6d. for allot- ment and non-allotment holders, re- spectively. It was pointed out that this society could still join the A.O.S. Gardeners were allowed to join, and there was no obligation to purchase plots. Mr. D. J. Rees, seconded by Mr. Guerrier, moved a hearty vote of thanks to the speakers, which was carried uiianimouslv. ANOTHER MEETING ON SATUR- j DAY. Another meeting will bo held on Saturday at Jerusalem vestry at 7 o'clock. Mr. Watson has kindly consented to reply to gardening queries through our columns. He will also visit gardens at the request of the owners. All en- quiries should be" addressed to "The Labour Voice" Office, Ystalyfera'.
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YSTRADGYNLAIS COUNCIL ANNUAL MEETING. The annual meeting of the Ystrad- gynlais District Council was held on Thursday, Mr David Lewis, Colbren, was elected to the chaiir pro. torn. On the proposition of Mr David Lewis, seconded by Mr Tom Williams, it was unanimously resolved that Mr Lewis Thomas, Cwmtwrch, should be the chairman for the ens-uing year. Upon taking his seat amidst appOLause Councillor Thomas thanked the mem- bers for the honour conferred upon him, for the Ystradgynlais Council was the most progressive Council, he though t^ in Wales. Mr Tom Williams (interposing), in the world. (Laughter). Mr Thomas, proceeding ,said this I was the first time that Cwmtwrch had been honoured by the chairmanship of /i the District Council. It was a sign to him that they were advancing in that district. He anticipated a strenuous six months of office, and he appealed for the co-operation of the ,members in order to do everything in the interests of the ratepayers at large. There were many improve- ments needed in the district, but they could not proceed with them unless they ooull pay for them. They were living in hard times, and in the Ys- tradgynllais district, where the rate- payers were hard worked, Jjaey we re- entitled to consideration. Under the circumstances, it was necessary to curtail and economise as much as possible. He then proposed a vote of thanks to the retiring chairman for the masterly way in which he con- ducted the meetings during tihe last twelve months. The vote of thanks was carried with acclamation. Mr David Lewis, in thanking the members, said it had been a pleasure to him to act as chairman. Mr Rhys Chapman proposed, an d Mr T Williams seconded that Mr B Wil liams (Cwmtwrch), be elected as vice- ekal.rma,n. This was carried unani- mously. Mr Ben Williams thanked the mem- bers for the double honour conferred upon Cwmtwrch, and he woulld carry out his duties to the best of his skill and ability. The estimates for the year were read and a reduction running into four figures made in expenses for the coming year. It was also. resolved that scavenging should be discontinued. THE NEW CHAIRMAN. I Mr Lewis Thomas, J.P. the new chairman of the Council, is a native of Gwys, and was born in 1882. He commenced working in the mine at 12 yeaj-s of age, but in spite of many dis- advantages, has educated himself in his spare time, learning, amongst other things, to write shorthand. He has always taken a prornduent part in the trade union movement, and has acted as chairman, treasurer, and sub. checkweigher at the Brynhellys col- liery. Mr Thomas served on the Parish Council from 1910 to 1913, in which year he was elected to the District Council. He is also promi- nent in the Congregation alist de- nomination and is a. lay preacher of no imeaal repute. Besides being prominent in political, social and re- ligious work, the new chairman is actively associated with education, and is a governor of t'he Maesydderwen County School. His choice to the Council chair has caused much satisfaction. as apart from his sterling qualities as an ad- ministrator, he is the first Owmtwrch gen tteman to serve as Chairman of the Ystradgynlais Rural District Council. We join in wishing bllm every success.
YSTALYFERA MAN'S DEATH IN ACTION. On the 12th inst., there died of wounds, received in the fighting on Easter Monday in the Arras area, Second-Lieut. D. Melvyn Rees, son of a former Ystalyfera resident, the Rev. J. Solon Rees, who, as old residents will be aware, was the son of the late John Rees, for many yeftrs rollturner at the Gurnos Tinplate Works, and later at Hendy. The deceased young officer was a bjilliant student of the London University, and later at Sand- hurst Military College won many dis- tinctions.
I W. A. WILLIAMS, Phrenologist, can be consulted dailv at the Victoria Arcade (near thp Market), Swansea.
I YSTRADGYNLAIS NOTES I ■WOUNDED IN ACTION. Second-Lieut. Ernest Williams, of the Royal Welsh Fusiliers, son of Mr and Mrs. Tom Williams, London House, has been wounded in France. Lieut. WTilliams was 'in the "push" on Easter Monday, and had crossed the first German ivne in a charge, when at about 5.30 in the morning he received spinal injuries as the result of shrapnel wounds. On Wednesday morning, his parents received a com- municatiotn to the effect that he was ffi a London hospital, having been brought over on Tuesday. Prior to joining the colours soon after the outbreak of the war, Lieut. Williams was at Cardiff University, and was an old YBtradgynlalis County School pupil. He enlisted into the R. W.F. as a private, and after beng j in France for six months he was sent home, and recommended for a com- mission. He has now been hack in France for three months. So far he is making favourable progress, and his many friends wiH join in wishing him a oom.plet-e recovery. THE BURIAL QUESTION. ( Since the report of the Council in I last week's issue of the "Labour Voice," the cemetery question is being discussed all over the district. The general 'impression seems to be that the Council is delaying the matter instead of actively negotia- ting with a view to getting a burying ground. The position ? growing moire serious, and whereas some ,people favour the suf^estion that the whole of the Rural District should bear the expense, others think thart. as Cwmtwrch, Abercrave, and Col- bren, have provided for themselves, they ahould not be called upon to con- tribute to a centraJ buirying ground. Why not a ratepayers' meeting on the question,? WEATHER PHENOMENA. I A peculiar phenomenon was ob- served in Water street on Sunday morning, when the road and houses below Pnybont Inn were quite wet with rain, whilst not a drop of rain had fallen above that poant. When the sun came out. the mist rose from the mountains like smoke, and was blown by the wind up the Valley. A returned soldier compared it to shell smoke and gas fumes in France. APPOINTMENT FOR LOCAL I HEADMASTER. I Mr J. Wailter Jones, B.A. (Lonckxn) headmaster of Maesydderwen County School, has been appointed headmaster of the N.eath County School from among 53 candidates, obtaining a ur.animous vote. Mr Jones is the son of the late Rev. J. Cledwyn Jones, Methodist Minister at Ystradgynlais, who died when his son m-as only a. few months old. Mr Jones was then brought up by has uncle, Mr Howell Walters, J.P., and was educated at the Yniscedwyn Board School, when Mr Phillip Thomas was headmaster. By sheer perseverance and hard work Mr Jones has worked himself up to the position he now liolds. He has been headmaster at the Ystradgynlais County SchooU since its inception, ten years ago, and during that t-ilme has gained the respect of both parents and pupils. The school was started under many disadvantages at the 01& Ynis- cedwyn School, but in spite of that fact, and also of financial weakness, the results of the school compared favourably with those of any other school in Wales. Through his efforts the Maesydderwen mansion was ob- tained, together with its spacious grounds, and conrvert-ed into the most beautifully situated school in the principality. In polities, Mr Jones is a keen liber ail, and has taken a. foremost part in the political struggles of the past in the neighbouring constituencies. We join in wishing him every suc- cess. He will not leave Ystradgyn- lais until September next. ;POTATOES.. The Council Offices was the scene of much activity on Thursday afternoon, when a consignment of seed potatoes arrived in connection with the parish council project. One of the 18 tons ordered onlv 4 tons have been ob- tained, and the rush has been great for tho tubers. Mr T. W. Davies, clerk to the Parish Council, has ar- ranged the distribution, assisted by tho Parisli councillors. There is game likelihood of a further consignment of 4 tons arriving shortly. ? Nurse Kezzie L. Fletcher, daugh- t-er of the late Pte. Samuel-Flctcller, R.A.M.C., formerly of Tyooch, and Mrs. Fletcher, now of Church terrace, has visited the place during the week. Nurse Fletcher, who has had ex- tensive experince as a nurse, is a.t a Nottingham hospital use,d solely for officers. Another sister, Nurse Gwladys Fletcher, is at the Notting- ham eye hospital. THE CINEMA. Crowded houses have been the order at the Cinema this week, when "Cinderella," featuring Ella Hall, has been the star attraction. An L-Ko comedy, featuring Alice Howell, and news pictures, together with the serial. "The Laughing Mask," have made a premier programme. On Thursday, Friday, and Saturday, the great film drama, "The Falen Star," will he screened, and a comedy, news, and the serial "Liberty," will make an unri mil-old programme. At a meeting at the Diamond Col- liery, a resolution was passed calling upon the Governmerit to prohibit the manufacture and sale of intoxicating liquors for the duration of war and for six months after. Mission services have been held at Sardis Chapel in connection with the Mission Hall at Gough Buildings. Mr. Jeffreys, the well-known missioner, officiated. At Bethany Christian Endeavour meeting on Tuesday Mr. R. J. Tar- gett gave a topical address, which was greatly enjoyed and which provoked healthy discussion. Excellent programmes have been ar- ranged for the Cwmgiedd and Ainon competitive concerts to be held in JMay and June, respectively. Large entries are anticipated. Rev. J. Dyfnallt Owen is coming to Brynawel in May, and will praach-at the anniversary services, and on Sat. evening he will deliver his well-known lecture "Tri mis ar faes y frwydr. The position at the local collieries is somewhat better this week, but with the exception of the Diamond, the time worked is still irregular, A large number of miners are continual- ly leaving the place, and the effect on local trade is depressing indeed. The majority of the people leaving find work at the Rhondda, Morriston, Tor Port Talbot collieries, but in the latter place the conditions are little if any better than here. Mr. J. E. Williams, auctioneer, con- ducts a sale of palves and stock at his yard at Ystradgynlais every Tuesday afternoon at 5 o'eloek. —apI4
I + s SIAREDIR CYMRAEG. a .——— Ð IE. S. Chappellf a Ð J THE GREAT LADIES' AND a ♦ GENTS' TAILOR. & + GFNITS' TAILOR. 13 ? | ? SPECIALITE-Mourning Orders ? ° to amy extent executed in eight a hours. P a Q On reoeipt of Postcard, our ♦ Representative will call upon + customefs. -? + customars. + o J3 237, HIGH STREET, ? — SWANSEA. — ? o J3 + + AN UP-TO-DATE MILLINERY ❖ ESTABLISHMENT ❖ Has been opeauetf ait SCRANTON HOUSE, Y8TALYFERA By W. TUDOR REES (One mmute from M.R. Station, two minutes from the Swansea "Bus tctniainjaitdtm.) An entirely N*efw Range of the Latest- 1917 Styles. — Re-flnementt in all our Unes. MOURNING ORDERS IN LATEST STYLES AT SHORTEST NOTICE. An work execute d on the premises under the personal supervision of an Experienced Milliner, who hae had 20 yeats Experience in the Leading SoutJh Wales House. Inspee feioth' Invited. PIANOFORTE AND ORGAlf TUNING. REPAIRS of EVERY DESCRIPTION First Class Work;, Moderate Charges. PIANOS TUNED FROM 3s.6d. JAMES TARR, ComptonH,.ou'ge,, Ystalyfera NEW GDEN, SEEDS SELECTED VEGETABLE SEEDS. SEED POTATOES OF ALL VARIETIES. WE CAN SUPPLY POTATOES FOR DISEASED AREAS UNDER AP- POINTMENT BY BOARD OF AGRI- CUUTURE. NOTE ADDRMS:- H. A LEAK, 211, OXFORD STREET, And MARKET STALL, SWANSEA And MARKET HALL. LLANELLY. Telephone: 381 Centrail. Catalogue Gratis
Mr. and Mrs, Jonathan Higgs, of Bryncam, Bettws, Ammanford, have been officially notified that their. SOD, Sergt. W. Higgs, has been killed in the fighting near Gaza. Although only 22 years of age, he was promoted ser- geant on the field. He had been with the Territorials for four years.