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YSTALYFERA NOTES. Friends in the Swansea Valley will be interested to learn that the Rev. Ellis Parry, pastor of the church at Godrc'rgraig, and Brynawal Church, Ystradgynlais, has been selected by the War Office as chaplain to H.M. Forces in France, and he expects to proceed to that country on the 26th inst. He intends visiting the two local churches next Sunday. It is a matter of satisfaction to the committee that the attendance of mothers and babies at the, Infant Wel- fare Centre has improved so material- ly since thQ day of meeting was changed. Several mothers havo brought their babies each time since tho open- ing of the centre, and great interest is taken in their improvement and development. Mothers are asked to remember that the next meeting is on Wednesday the 27th inst, at 3.80. The meetings are still to be keld in the classrooms at the back of the Church Hall until the new oentre is agailable. The ladies of the English Congrega- tional Church are busy preparing fØT a jumble sale to be held on Thursday, the 28th inst. A large number of use- ful articles, no wand second-hand, are to bo offered for sale. Tlia price of ad- mission will be only 3d. The Ystalyfera. Town Baml are justi- fiably protid of the splendid success that attended their competitive concert at the Central Hall, on Saturday last. The standard of the competitions,- and the prizes—was unusually high; and this of coursc, attracted a corres- pending ckss of competitors. Almost in every instance these were national winners. ""Thc instrumental quartette coffpetittoh was (juite, an innovation, and it is to be hoped that more room wiH be given to this class of compe- tition iri^jsimilar conoerts. Welsh people aw-behiiid the times in this j respect, B? the quartettes th?t com- peted at t? Hand concert on Saturday nearly rea?licct the tandard of English quartette" There was also an excel- lent comp?tioh in the instrumental solo. Equally gratifying vras the re- oord attendance of the public, who be- ing assured of a rare treat, gathered in great crowds, so that the spacious building was literally packed. The proceedings were presided over by Mr. John Evans, Gors Villa; and Coun- cillor James Powell, Cwmtwrch, was the conductor. The adjudicators were, music, Messrs. W. D. Clee, A.R.C.O., and E. J. Evans (bandmaster); recita- tions, "Gweledydd," Cwmtwrch. The accompanists were Madame Briniey Thomas and Mr. Victor Morgan. The awards were as follows :—Champion solo, divided between Mr. Gwilym Jones, Ystradgynlais, and Madamo Bessie Morris Ammanford. Brass quar- tette, divided between Gwauncaegur- wen and Ystalyfera Temperance In- strumental solo, Mr. Tal Morris, G.C. G. Soprano solo, Miss Mair Jones, Carmarthen. Contralto solo, Madamo Ce inwen Thomas, G.C.G. Tenor solo, Mr. J. Thomas, Dunvant. Bass solo, Mr. Gwilym Jones, Ystradgynlais. Children's solo, divided between Miss May Williams, Ystalyfera, and Miss Mary Annie Jones, Cwmllynfell. Child- ren's recitation, divided between Miss Mairon Davies, Manselton, and Miss Viola Jones, Garnant. Open recitation, Miss Annie Samuel, Ystalyfera. The secretary, whose energetic organising efforts contributed not a little to the success of the concert, was Mr. Evan L. Williams. Patrons to the Coliseum are assured of a treat as regards pictures for next week, when "The White Raven," a five-part Metro-Wonderplav is to be screened. A quite unusual story is told in this picture, which is produced in the Metro Company's usual lavish way. The plot deals with the struggles of a young girl, engaged in a Klondyke dancing hall to succeed in her career as concert artiste. The central charac- ter, that of Nightingale Nan, is taken by Ethel Barrymore, the world-famous dramatic actress, who seemingly "lives the part" so sincere is her aeting. "Patria," the great serial, will, of course, be shown, the enthralling epi- sodes of this serial gaining more and more followers each succeeding week. Comedies and films of topical interest complete a programme sure to please. On Sunday next Mr. Daniel Owen, Rhymney, the prospective conductor at the "cymanfa ganu" of the local con- gregationa lists, will conduct a re- hearsal at Pantteg. It is to be hoped there will be a good attendance. At the Young People's Society, Gurnos, on Monday evening, a paper was read by Miss Maggie Thomas on "Gwasanaeth ac Aberth" (Service and Sacrifioe). Mr. W. J. Griffiths presid- ed in the absenoe of the president of the society. Mr. Joseph Davies also read portions of literature from tho works of Welsh poets, and in the sub- sequent discussion the Rev. John. Thomas and Messrs. D. Jenkin Wil- liams, Mrs. D. N. Jones, and David Jenkins took part. We are pleased to observe that Mr. Gwyn Williams, Penywcrn-road, is re- covering from the effects of his recent accident. On Tuesday evening a whist drive was held at the Church Hall m aid of the Ystalyfera, and Godre'rgraig S. and S. Fund. Tho arrangements were made by the Sunday-school teachers, and refreshments were served during the evening. The gent's prize wml won by Mr. H. Tyler, and ladies' by Miss E. Jones, whilst Mii. David Edrid Rees and Mrs. Blakeway were the winners of the "booby" prizes. The Rev. J. Secundus Jones acted as I M.C., and about 150 persona were present. The fund will benefit to the extent of about 212 by the effort. Pte. Tom Thomas, Welsh Regt., who was captured by the Germans at Mons, and who is a brother of Mrs. Geo. Honey, writes fro ma German internment camp. In the course of his letter he says he is well, but that he does not get all the paroels sent him. He writes to be remembered to all his friends at the WTern Sunday-school. The funeral took place on Saturday of the late Mr. Rhys Llewelyn. The cortege left the house of his son-in- law, Mr. E. Cook, Railway-terrace, Alltwen, by hearse to Pantteg Church- yard. The funeral was well attended, and the Revs. Llcw. Bowyer (Alltwen) and Ben Davies (Pantteg) officiated. The dece-ase d gentleman was well- known and highly-respected in the locality, having lived for many years at Ystalyfera. Much sympathy is felt with the family in their bereavement. Sergt.-major Wallace, Breoknocks, whose home is at Pwllbach, has been home on furlough from France. At the Guild in connection with the English Congregational Church on Tuesday eyen/ing, Mr Rd. C. Williams read some love-letters that were writ- ten at the time of the French revolu- tion. At the Central Hall on Tuesday evening Mrs. Despard, sister of Gen. French, gave a lecture on "Peace" under the auspices of the Women's Peace Crusade. Miss Alice Williams presided over an excellent attendance when the speaker was given a very fair hearing. Ptes. Jim and Tim Dalling, of the Canadian Scottish, have visited Ystal- yfera. this week prior to going to France. They stayed with Mr. Griffith Davies, their uncle. Everything augurs well for the suc- cess of the drama "Rhys Lewis" at the Coliseum on Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday next. whiah will be performed by the Gurnos Dramatic Society. Special scenes have been ob- tained that will greatly augment the effect of the work. On Saturday after- noon a matinee will be held when r-chool-children will be admitted for twopence. We are asked to announce that the next, meeting of the local branch of the Federation of Discharged and De- mobilised Sailors and Soldiers will be held at the Church Schoolroom on S-zittirdiv evening at 6 o'clock. A party under Mr W. D. Clee, A.R.C.O., attended at the Glanrhyd A. R C .O., attended at the Gla-nrhyd hospital <? Thursday last, ^hen Mr Saunders Davies, L. and P. Bank pre- sided. The following artistes took jwirt:—M r W. T. Davies (baritone) j M'iws Jennie Griffiths (ooprano); Mr G E Davies (comedian) Master Levy Hopkin (violinist); Mr E. Lewis Wil- liams (euphonium player); Mr Myrdd- in Harris, A.L.C.M., Rhrwfawr (pianforte soloist); and Messrs. Clee iiind Harris (pianoforte duettirts). At the conclusion, Mr Ernlffit Lewis pro- j posed a hearty vote of thanks to the party, which was seconded by one of the soldiers. Mr Cleg suitably re- sponded. Whilst following Lis employment at the Tarcetfi colliery on Wednesday, Mr J. Evans, Gurnos, was injured by a fall of stone. Pte. T. Morgan, of the Gurnae, and Seaman louan Jones, son of 1\1 r 3md Mrs. Ben Joni. YstaJyfera, have been I home on leave this week. At the Wern Vestry on Monday evening, a competitive concert was held which had been organise.d by the young people of the chapel. Mr Evan occupied the chair, and Messrs. J. Mainwajing and David Pa,rry were respectively the musical amd literary adjudicators. Miss Sybil Thomas acted as accompanist, and Miss Mary Jane Davies was the ad- judioator of the essay, and Miss Vida sYilliams of the drawing. "Miss Annile Jane Thomas ably acted as secretary w hllst M iss Vida Williams was the treasurer. The piy<ze winncm IN-ef-.a as follows: Boys solo llnde-r 12 years, "Y Milwr Bach, Islwyn Parry, G-odre'rgrajig; pianoforte solo, Lizzie Jones, We in; rwi tat km unde-r 12 years, "Y G\vcw" Jones, Alltygrug road; solo for girts Huder 12 yeare, "Iesu'n fy Ngharu," Eileen Evans, Godre'rgraig; solo for those under 16 years, "Pwy fel lesu Grist," Islwyn Parry TCcikt- tfion unil-er 16 years, "Bydd hvf i wneud daioni," Jennie Davies, Peny- wern; peniHion aitgmg, Mr Tom Davies and Danny Davies, Tv Gwyn: champion solo, Lslwyn Parry; essay on "Owen Glyndwr," Prydwen Williams, Clare road; drawing, A Chestm# Twig, Owen F Jones, Graig-y-merched; darn hob atalnodiau. Miss Lydia 11. Thomas, CLa^e road. At the weekly Tweeting of the Ddraig Goch on Wednesday evening, Mr Ben Jones, M.A., presided, when Messrs. D. Geo. Williams, and CJhas. Edwards 4-pad paper?. The Rev. Ben Davies and Messrs. D. S. Williams and David Davieg spoke after the papers had been read The Cymmrodorion Dyffryn Tawe are worthy of the deepest gratitude < for the way in which they have come forwar-d to assist the local S. and S. ^Kt:ely. By their efforts on Christmas night in performing "Bugail Craig y Fforest," over £ 40 has bee-n handed over to the S. and S. Fund.

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