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YSTRADGYNLAIS NOTES The wedding took place quietly at Pontardawe on Saturday last of Mr. William Davies, son of Mr. and Mrs. Wm. Davies, Curwen House, Ystaly- fera., and Miss Mary Ellen Jenkins, Glanley-terraoe, Ystradgynlais, daugh- ter of the late Mr and Mrs. John Jen- kins. The bride was tastefully attired in a navy blue costume with black velour hat to match, and the party were acoompanied by Messrs. William Jenkins and William Howells. The meeting announced last week to take place on Monday at the Church schoolroom in connection with the burial ground question was post- poned for a while. A letter had been received by Mr. Tom Williams, sec- retary of the Free Church Council, following upon the meeting of the District Council on Thursday last re- garding the offer of Col. Gough of a piece of ground for burial purposes at Ystradgynlais. The Free Church Coun- cil has decided to consider the matter before the public meeting is called. On Sunday evening Mr. Hywel Phil- lips, A.T.S.C., precentor at the chapel, gave an instructive address on con- gregational singing at Tabernacle. Mr Phillips illustrawd his remarks by a variety of hymns that were sung by the oongregation, and the singing of these was thorouohly enjoyed by all under Mr. Phillips' leadership. The members of Tabernacle have sent a New Years' gift to all boys on service in any way connected with the congregation, in the form of a postal order. The gift has been made to all who have taken the King's Oath, ir- respective of where they are serving, and 23 men- have been; dealt with in this way, 15 of whom have already acknowledged the thoughtfulness of their friends at home. Police-Inspector Thos.. Evans and family have arrived at Ystradgynldis. Inspector EvanB having already taken up his new duties. Ystradgynlais people will be pleased again to see him in their midst, as during his previous period of office in the place, he made I many friends. Evidence of the esteem in which h wa»s held at Breoon, where lie was last stationed as police ser- geant, may be gathered from the fact that before leaving Brecon he was presented with a wallet and £10 on behalf of inhabitants of the town. Superintendent Williams has also taken up his duties at Brynmawr, and he and hns family have the 'best wishes of their Ystradgynlais friends for the fu tu re. As is usual at this period of the year the collieries have commenced working short time. All the local pits have been affected, and in view of the unusual lack of. shipping, if is feared that an improvement cannot be looked for at present. One wag has, how- ever, expressed satisfaction at the fact that he gets a "bob and a tanner" a day whether he works or not! Heartiest congratulations are exten- ded to Mr George Whiting, Pentre- j bont, who, as a result of a recent e x animation held at Cwmtwrch, has se- cured a. Matriculation Certificate as j Associate of the Tonic Sol-fa College. Mr Whiting deserves every praise for hIS success, as he is only a working man, being employed at the New Dia- mond colliery. He is a pupil of Mr. D W. Rowlands, F.T.S.C., Upper Cwm- twroh. Gunner C. Melling, of the R.F.A., wh<\<>e home is at Churoh road, is home on furlough. He has been in France since Sept. 1916, and this is his first leave. He took part in the battle of the Somme in 1916 and 1917, and at Arras in 1917. He has also been engaged at Hill 60, and the battle of Cambrai. during attacks, Gunner Melling, who looks qui?e well, has not received a scratch of any kind. j lias not m, ce j v.ed a scratch of any i d. On January 2nd, the death took place of Mrs. Elizabeth Jones, wife of Mr Wm. Jones, of Wind road. De- ceased, who was very popular, had been ill for about a year. A son, Pte. Alexaader Jenes, M.F.S., of the Brecknocks, now in India, where he has been since the outbreak of hos- tilities and a son-in-law in the person of-Pte. Geo. Jenkins, of the 2nd Welsh Regt., who was taken prisoner^ by the Germans at the battle of Mons, aind who is now in Switzerland. I The funeral took place at Ystrad- 1 gynlais on Saturday, Jan. 5th, when the chief mourners were: Mr W. Jones I (husband); Mr and Mrs. Dl. Jones (son and daughter-iin-Law); Mrs. C. Jenkins (daughter); Messrs. T. J. Jones and Joshua Jones (son). Many I friends a-Ko attended. The officiating ministers \"01" the Revs. W T Hughes Cwmtwrch J. Davies, Ystradgyn- lais, and D. L; M?s. T.langenneolr. Pte. Samuel Jones, son o? Mr ?nd Mrs. Jones, Gough buildings, has re- turned to Franco after haviing been home on leave. Pte. Jones is pleased I with the hearty reoeption accorded hiim by his friends and neighbours. Hit? sister, Miss Bessie Jones, who is with the W.A.A.C., ajid who is sta-' tioned at Newlraven, has also been on furlough.. r The Rev. ESeazer Davies. son of Mr and Mrs. T. E. Davie, Smithfield, Ys- tradgynlais, hae visited his parents during the last week. Mr Davies, who is a Baptist minister neatf- Ponty- cymer, has been out jn France for four months with Y.M.C.A., and is shortly returning for another four months. He hu the best wishes of a largP circle of friends. Q A public meeting was held at A public 'meeting was held at Tabernacle vestry on Wednesday even- ing, when the building was well filled. The object of the meeting was to con- sider the food shortage question, a-nd t41 pass a resolution. Mr J. D. Morgan, J.P. (Miners' Agent), wiio presided, dealt with the universal sltortage of too?, and urged a more equitable form of distribution. Mr T. Roger Williams, 4beadmasfer at the Wern School, spoke of the great scarcity of food, and said that if there was a shortage, that all should at least have a share. There should be a means bv which the burden' would be equalised, and no vested interests should be alio wed, to stand in the way. Mr John J. James (Miners' Agent), spoke of the way in which the Government had consistently ignored the co-operative movement, and disre- garded the voice of labour, irrespective of the fact that the Co-operative Society was the greatest -single dis- tributor of food in the country. County Councillor T. Prosser .Jones moved the following resolution, which was unanimously adopted: "That we call upon the Ystradgynlais Food Control Committee to immediately take in hand the rationing of the available food supplies in the district." Amidst general manifestations of re. gret. the interment of the remains of Mr Thomas Thomas, Cilgwyn, former- ly headmaster of the Yniscedwyn Schools, took place on Monday at Ys- tradgynlais Churchyard. The large attendance testified to the esteem in which deceased was held. and the funeral was one of the most represen- tative seen in the place for some time. The officiating minsters were, the Revs R. M. Rhys, Sardis; and D. J. Davies Ainon; whilst others present were, Revs. W. M. Morgan (late of Sardis), J. Rees, Kidwelly; J. Emlyn Jones, E Vaughan, and W. T. Jenkyns, B.A., Cuxate. The chief mourners were Mrs. Thomas (widow); Miss Mary Thomas (sister) Mr an d Mrs. Morgan (brother in-law and sister in tw); Mr Hy. James, Mr Tom Jones, Maesyffynon; Mr D. J. Thomas Pontardawe; Mr John Thomas, Brynamman; Mr David Thomas, Brvniamman; Mr Thomas, Emporium, Brynamman; Mrs. 'Jenkins (cousins), and Mr SI. Davies. New- castle Emlyn. Mr D. Thomas, chemist Norwich, formerly of Ystradgynlais" (brother-in-law of deceased), was 11In- able to attend owing to illness, and his wife, Mrs. Thomas was unable to come further than Swansea owing to the indeqiiaqte train service. Floral tributes were as follows:— Wife and son, Friends and Inhabit- ants, the Staff, Scholars, and Old Pupids of the School; Breoonshire Onin ty Teachers' Association, E. J. Thomas. Gastlebank; Jim. Maureen, and Eddie Walsh, Teachers of Ystrad- gynlais District. The children of the school walked in the funeral, and sang, "In the Sweet" at the Church, and Mrs. Williams played the "Dead March" very im- pressively. The bearers were the following school masters from the district- Messrs. T. R. Thomas, ON-mtwrob IV, j. Thomas Cynlais: J. Thomas, Colbren; R. J. Lewis, Abercra/ve; J. Walter Jones, B.A., Neath County School: T. T. Rees, Pearhos; and Griffiths, Ca.e., hopkin. Practically all the teachers fthe different schools walked in the procession. The arrangements were in the hands of Mr Edgacr O Morgan. Our readers are aware that there was recently a movement inaugurated to present the late Mr Thomas Thomas on his retirement, and over- L20 had been collected for this purpose. The school children had presented Mr Thomas with a beautiful silver tray, as a sign of respect and esteemi^Now however, that Mr Thomas has passed away, Mre. Thomas has expressed the wish that the memorial should take the form of a tomb stone, and her wishes in this direction will doubtless be respected. Mrs. Thomas also desires to thank those, through the medium of our columns, who sent floral tributes, and who expressed, both personally and by letter, sympathy with ther in her be- reavement. The large number of messag es received makes it impossible to reply to each individually. The exceptional snow storm at the beginning of the week was responsible for the breaking down of the telephone and electric wires, and owing (to the latter; a number of houses were with- out light at the middle of the week. We feel sure that Ystradgynlads people will not hesitate to avail, them- selves of the opportunity of seeing the performance of "BeLshazzar's Feast," which will be given in full character by the Tabernacle Choir at the Cinema on Wednesday- and Thurs- day evening next. The choir, which, needs no introduction to our readers, is under the able conductorship of Mr Edgar O. Morgan, and will be assisted by a full orchestra-. A matinee will be held at the Cinema. on Saturdav of this week at 3 in the afternoon.

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