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Son of Breconshire Rector.


Gwyl Dewi Sant.




+ County School Scholars'…


+ County School Scholars' Efforts, FOR THE WELSH TROOPS. The only public celebrations of St. David a Day at Builth Wells were those organised by the headmaster and his stall' at the County School. Owing to the fact that there was no public hall available at Builth on Thursday, the celebrations took place on Friday evening at the "Kino," and were largely attended. On Thursday morning the pupils, under the control of the headmaster and his staff, paraded the town, carrying emblamatic flags and singing national songs. The pro- gramme for the evening seemed most suitable for the occasion, and it appeared as some new spirit brooded over the whole proceedings. As was done last year, the St. David's Day celebrations were also utilised for the distribution of prizes and certiticate.s for the past year's work, and the unavoidable absence of the chair- man of the governors (Mr H. Evan-Thomas) was great- ly regretted by all concerned, but, although confined to his home, his liberality towards the Welsh troops j was not altered, as he sent a donation of R2 2s to- wards the funds. The proceedings commenced by the rendering of "Yo 'Mariners of England" by the choir, followed by a tab- leaux, scenes in Welsh life, which was introduced by Mr G. R. Thomas in the following lines:— We see arranged before us The record of our race; The noble ancient Briton —A hero in the chase. The archer with his trusty bow, Who stemmed the foeman's might, I At Cressy and at Agincourt, And many a gory fight, I And here beheld the harper, Who spurned the tyrants thong. And made our ancient hills resound With strains of martial song. As in the arts of war excelled Our gallant little Wales; For years the arts of peace prevailed Along our hills and dales. Then locks of carded wool were spun With zest and timely zeal, Before the grim machine displaced The maiden at the wheel. And then was heard the cleric's voice, In accents pure and strong. When silenced was the clash of arms In Salm and holy song. The farmer was afield betimes, And drove the jocund team, Adown and up the dewy mead, Before the sunshine's gleam. And merry milkmaids trlped the lea To milk the drowsy kine, Perchance inspiring limmers brush, And oft the poet's line. And last behold the miner bold, With ebon face and lips, Who brings such comfort to our hearts And fuel for our ships. Then followed a solo, "Follow up," by Miss Hilda Pugh. The headmaster (Mr Rees Thomas, B.A.) read the fol- lowing letter from Mr H. Evan-Thomas :— "Dear Mr Thomas,—I am sorry to say that a cold, otherwise slight, has affected by voice to such an ex- tent that I have reluctantly given up the idea of com- ing down. Had the scholars been performing 'The Frogs' of Aristophanes, I believe I should have made a useful member of the chorus, for the only thing I can do in the vocal line is to croak! But, as things are, I fear I cannot be useful, and I have, for years, given up being ornamental! I am very sorry to miss the opportunity that this occasion affords of offering my sincere congratulations to you and all the staff on another successful year's work—really useful work I be- lieve it to be that is being done here—and, with a re- cord number of pupils and a diminished staff, the task can have been no easy one. I should like to say, on behalf of the governors, how sorry we were to lo&e the services of Mr Wearn, our clerk. For a great number of years, he has contributed much to the smooth work- ing of the machine, and I am afraid that it is inevit- able that, in the future, the governors, and especially perhaps the chairman, will feci the loss of his know- ¡' ledgc and experience. I am interested to discover that over 80 of our 'old boys' are serving with the colours, and 15 have got commfssions—7 captains and 8 lieuten- ants. One—Capt. Duke HoweII—who before going to the hospitals received all his education at this school, has won both the Military Cross and the D.S.O.— whilst two others have had the Military Cross and two the Military Medal. And there is one more to whom I think I may venture specially to refer, because it seems but the other day that he was one of us, and that I is Sergt. Tom Davies, who joined up straight from the school last November year, and has already got his I 'stripes,' the certificate of bravery and the Military medal. I wish all success to your concert to-night, and ) to the good that I hope will substantially benefit by it. I enclose payment for my ticket, and I hope that all who have paid a shilling to-night will have another shilling ready for Mi&" Nancy Williams and her flag day on Monday, for Builth's contribution to the fund for the Welsh troops must he a substantial one." (Applause.).. The programme continued: Pianaforte eolo, "Titania." Miss Freda Hammond: solo, "For the green," Miss Patrice Thomas: quartette, "In this hour of softened splendour," Misses Margaret Thomas, Katie Griffiths, Evelyn Rice and Morfa Hamer. The next item, dancing scene (tableaux), was well performed. Mr G. R. Thomas, in introducing this, said that. he- fore the Methodist revival, village life in rural Wales was more picturesque than it is at present. Dancing was frequently indulged in on the village green-often adjoining the parish church. Most parishes in those days, he said, had their annual feast, when the parishioners enjoyed themselves in harmless amuse- ments. In the Builth district people still spoke of the Disserth and Aberedw feast. The dancers were brightly attired and the proceedings were enlivened by the strains of the telyn or harp. The squire of the district often led the dancers, and, at Aberedw, we learn that old Squtre Pugh. of Blaen-milo, came down from the big house, picturesquely dressed, And led the merry dance. Behind the village inn at Llanafan there is a. curious old moated tumulus. An old gentleman, still living in the parish, remembers this as the scene of merry revels 00 years ago, when the village belle was much sought for in the dance which heralded the feast day. Life to-day in rural Wales, with the advent of the steam-engine and the motor-car, is more prosaic and practical, though certainly less picturesque, than in the days when the strains of the harp woke the echoes of the countryside, and the village lads and lasses indulged in the old Welsh dances. Duet, "0 lovely peace," Misses Hilda Pugh and Gwennie Edwards. Headmaster's Report. After the prizes and certificates were distributed by Miss Evan-Thomas, the Headmaster read the following repor,t :-It is the third time that we have celebrated St. David's Day under the cloud of war. We are proud of the fact that St. David, who symbolises Welsh nationality, is a saintly and spiritual character. (Ap- plause.) Every year we gather round him in a figur- ative sense and give expression to those national senti- ments and aspiration.s that stir within us. That spirituality and lofty -idealism for which he stands, and are his cherished legacy to the Welsh race, are threat- eneid with destruction by a barbarous doctrine, culti- vated on the other side of the North Sea. It is to pre- serve that lega-cy tha,t we are at war. On an occasion 1 like this, associated as it is with the saintly person- ality of St. David, I should have liked to eon line my remarks to the ideal, but reports are usually very materi<ilistic, and must therefore deny myself that pleasure. However, remembering that a highly spiritual condition depends for its existence 011 material com- forts, I trust you will not think that, in presenting to you a report which deals with matter of a utilitarian nature, I have forgotten the traditions and ideals of Wales. (Applause.) My last annual statement to the governors on the affairs of the school was a somewhat anomalous one inasmuch as it dealt more with the future than the past. The war has changed, or modi- fled, the opinions of most of us. It has revealed many of our national shortcomings and defects of which we were formerly but dimly conscious, and it has made us realise what a serious menace Germany was to our liberties and industrial prosperity. We have not only to equip ourselves for fighting our enemy in a military sense, but we have also to prepare ourselves for the conditions that will arise afte-r the war is over. Our leading statesmen have told us that our weapons, after the suspension of military and naval operations, will be better organisation of industry and extended facili- ties for education. It is generally assumed that the appointment of an expert educationist, as Minister for Education, implied an intention on the part of the Government to carry out an extensive scheme of educa- tional re-construction. In my last report to the governors, I stated that the work of the school, es- pecially the science part of the curriculum, would have to be linked up with the chief industry of the district to a much closer degree than in the past. I explained to them that, as far as possible, I was anticipating the changes that were likely to take place in the science work of the school. After considerable discussion, the governors passed a resolution empowering me to make such alterations in the near future as the authorities might decide upon, or as I might consider necessary in the interests of the school. And here I would like to express my appreciation of the signal confidence that the governors have reposed in me. It will always be my great ambition to deserve that confidence by en- deavouring to make the school as useful as possible to the pe-cple of the school district. I should like to take this opportunity of addressing a word or two to the ftirmer6 of the neighbourhood. They seem to be under the impression that the son who is destined for the farm requires no secondary education, but that the son intended to take up some other calling needs three or four years' training in a secondary school. I would respectfully suggest to them that in this matter they are making a grave mistake, for the simple reason that farming, properly carried out, is a highly scientific in- dustry. (Applause.) Just think of what Germany and Denmark have done in agriculture hy-the application of science. A highly organised food production has en- abled Denmark to send us L20,000,000 worth of food every year. while, by means of science, Germany has been able to establish a score of industries on what she obtains in the way of agriculture produce. But the farmer may reply by saying that he has had no chance of competing against Germany and Danish eompetitor-s. I quite agree and sympathise with him, because succes- j sive British Governments have neglected the most essen- tial of all our industries. What I would urge upon the farmer is that conditions have changed. To-day he is the most important person in the country. He ha.s the Army, the Navy, and the civil population at his mercy. Unless he does his part nobly, ungrudgingly and unsel- fishly, we as a nation are in the greatest peril. The war has taught us that the land must be cultivated to the fullest extent, so that, when dangers threaten, we shall be in some measure independent of foreign im- ports. (Applause.) I firmly believe that the people of this country realise to-day, as they have never realised the fact before, that the land and its cultivation are of 'vital importance to us. I do not think that the farmer need fear that the future prosperity of agriculture is at all doubtful. We simply cannot afford to neglect this industry as we have done in the past. The question is one of life and death to us. If anyone hesitates to ac- cept my opinion in this matter, let him read what the Premier said in the House of Commons last week. These were his words:—"The country would never be indifferent in the future to the importance of agriclll- ture. It would never be neglected by any future Go- vernment. The war had taught us that the preserva- tion of our esential industries was as important a part of national defence as the Army and Navy."If I had it in my power, I would place a copy of these words in every farm-house in Britain. They would help every farmer to understand that a great and prosperous' future lies in front of British agriculture, and they would make him feel the heavy responsibility that rests I on him, not only in respect of the present moment, hut also in respect of the future. Let him educate his son for the farm as he w;, ild for the bank or Civil Ser- vice, and he will be doing a service to his country that cannot now be calculated. (Applause.) The farmers of this district a.re in a peculiarly fortunate position. because they can obtain a secondary education for their sons practically without cost to themselves. In mak- ing that statement, I am referring to the Evans's Trust, which provides for the education of farmers' sons, through the beneficence of one who anticipated the vital importance of education in the life of the State. I trust that you will give me credit of urging this matter on the farmers in the interest of the conn- try and not only in the interests of the school. At the present moment. I have no need to appeal for more pupils, because the number in attendance is close upon what the utmost accommodation of the building will allow, and finite as many as the present staff can com. fortably be held responsible for. To he quite accurate, the staff is taxed to such an extent that I have asked my wife to assist me for about six hours in each week. In conclusion, I beg to thank the chairman and governors for their confidence and support during the past year. Some years ago the chairman, at one of our prize distributions, enunciated the principle which he followed in the government of the school. The prin- ciple was this, that the staff and myself should have all the fairplay that our means permitted. I am sorry j to state that our financial means are far from ade- quate, but I am glad to report that the chairman has steadfastly clung to his principle. When he departs from it I will let you know"- and I have no doubt you will deal summarily with him. I have always been proud of my humble association with the Caerwnon family, but since the battle of Jutland, in which the brother of the chairman played a skilful and distin- guished part, I am prouder than ever of that associa- tion. I am quite sure you will all join with me in con- gratulating the chairman on his brother's brilliant per- formanoe in that now historic naval encounter. (Loud I applause.) | Next came the tableaux, entitled "The Allies," and ;j this again was introduced by Mr G. R. Thomas. I Pat II. consisted of the following items:—Pianoforte • solo. Miss Dorothy Tulk; selections by the Welsh choir—(1) chorus, "Civeliiii Aberdyfl"; (2) Welsh air, I chorus and solo, "Ar hvd y nos," Miss Madge Harris (3) song, "Y Deryn Pur," Miss Eileen Eadie: (4), folk- song dialogue., "Lliw Gwyn Rhosyn y Haf." l\fi¡;:s G1arlr Ingram and Brychan Powell; (5) folk-song and chorus. "Cwyd dv Ga.lon," Master Ensor Duggan; (6) part- song, "Saith Rhyfeddod," Miss H. Pugh, P. Thomas, G. j Griffiths, Maggie Thomas, Madge Harris, Gwennie Ed- j wards, Eileen Eadie and Gladys Ingram; (7) folksong, "Robin Goch," Miss Gwennie Edwards; (8) chorus and I solo, "Cyfri'r Geifr," Miss Morfa Hamer; (11) folk song, "Sue Gan," Miss Gladys Ingram; "Gwcw Fach," Miss Morfa Hamer; (10) Welsh air, "Llwyn-on," the choir; song. "Land of Hope and Glory," Miss Gwennie I Edwards; followed by "Lest we forget," "Hen Wlad fy Nhadau." and "God save the King." The conductress was Miss Pugh, B.A.; superintendent. Miss Havard, B.A.: and stage manager. Mr G. R. Thomas, ll.Sc. The accompanists were Miss Evelyn Rice and Miss Dorothy Tulk.






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