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-1 That "Liverish" State.:

King and War Cripples. I

Women on the Land.I



. County Insurance. I I

I Builth Guardians' Patriotism.…

Farmers and Labour. I


Farmers and Labour. THE EMPLOYMENT OF WOMEN. ] I BRECONSHIRE WAR AGRICULTURAL I COMMITTEE'S DISCUSSION. I The question of how to get women to take the places of men on the farms was discussed by the Breconshire War Agricultural Committee on Fri- day, when the Board of Agriculture's scheme was considered. The scheme provides for the appointment of a committee of women to act in co-operation with the War Agricultural Committee, which commit- tee will (from their own number or from others outside if thought fit) appoint district represen- tatives, and, also, for the appointment of a lady canvasser for every village, who will compile a register of women willing to undertake farm work. The committee were reminded that Mrs Silyn Roberts, who had been appointed by the Board of Trade as organiser of female labour in South Wales, would be prepared to come to Breconshire and assist in the development of the movement. Mr Owen Price (chairman) remarked that the farmers' wives and daughters were working at home and could not be expected to go anywhere else, because they had quite enough to do. It was very difficult now to get servant girls to do any- thing. It was very difficult to get them at all, and more diffiflcult to get them on farms than in the towns. He was afraid they could not do much with this scheme, but it was worth trying. Lord Selborne was very anxious that everything possible should be done to get women to do some of the work, so as to release men for the Army. Mr Walter Williams said that of the Welsh counties already Flint. Denbigh, Glamorgan, Radnor, Carmarthenshire and Cardigan had taken steps to form women's labour committees. It was intended by the Board of Agriculture that such committee should have their own staff and machinery, and there was a special provision for expenses. Therefore, nothing need be added to the work of the War Agricultural Committee, al- though the ladies would act in conjunction with it. As they had heard, there was a special lady organiser appointed to deal with this matter, and, if the ladies' committee were once brought into being, the work of development would devolve on this organiser. They could get her to reside in the county for a week or a fortnight. There was no doubt the Government felt very strongly on this matter, and were urging that farmers should employ women as far as lay in their power. As a. farmer's son, he had worked side by side with women himself, and. perhaps, further west women worked more on the land than they did in Brecon- shire. It was no new thing for women to be engaged in agriculture. It had gone out of fashion a great deal, but women were doing a great many things now that were formerly monopolised by men. It was quite possible for them to do a great deal on the land during the coming summer, and lie believed they would come forward, from a patriotic point of view, and put in a few hours a day to help the farmers if the necessary organisation were supplied. Mrs Silyn Roberts and Miss Strong, of Cardiff (a Board of Trade representative) were both very keen on this matter, and were very anxious they should start. They were ready to come to the county the moment a women's committee was formed. He proposed that a women's labour committee be formed. Mr J. 'L. Davies seconded the motion. He said that it was very hard to say whether they had any available women to work on the land—pos- sibly they had not—but if they formed a com- mittee no one could say they had not done their best to find out. Mr W. S. Miller said that there were many counties in which more could be done than was possible in Breconshire. because there were a great many women who worked on the land in this county now. But he held that more might be done. and be thought it was largely a matter of a false sentiment having got into people's heads that there was something degrading in field work. If they could get rid of that feeling they would get more help from their female friends in every district. He thought they should pass the motion and bring the machinery of organisation into existence. If they could make labour on the farms fashionable, they would have done a great deal to solve the difficulty. The resolution was carried and a committee was appointed.

Aberedw Concert.


Crickadarn's Church. I


Tretower Tea.

Builth's Hospital.

Hay Council's Estimates.

Brecon Wesleyan Church.





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