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BIOGRAPHY OF A PROMINENT TOWNSMAN. Mr. George Newth of the "Sir Garnet Wolaeley Hotel, Pontypool, Monmouthshire, who has recently vacated the office of president. of the Ponty- pool and District Licensed Victuallers and Beer- house Keepers Association, is a native of Gloucester, and entered the service of the Great Western Railway Company, at Neath, retiring with the rank of Inspector. His first connection with the trade in South Wales was at Neath, subsequently removing to the "Bruce" Hotel, at Aberdare, where he carried on business for about six years. Mr. Newth went to Pontypool about 22 years ago, and successfully conducted business for about eight years at the Globe" Hotel, subsequently re- moving to the King's Head Hotel, which he soon afterwards renamed the" Sir Garnet Wolse- ley" where he still remains, having introduced an aerated water manufactory in connection herewith. He joined the Pontypool Association on its forma- tion some years ago. Mr. Newth took a very I active interest in the local Volunteer Fire Brigade, of which he is Lieutenant. He also joined the 4th V.B.S.W. Borderers, and became Sergeant in the oorps, and for 13 years acted as canteen steward. He Inlds the Volunteer medal and also a medal for services ia connection with the Volunteer Fire Brigade. Mr. Newth has been for the past 24 years, and is still, closely connected with the lodge of the R.A.O.B. Last year he was elected a member of the Pontypool Urban District Council. He is much respected and widely known in trade circles through- out Monmouthshire and South Wales, and through his genial and kindly disposition has gained many friends.-Tlte Licensing World and Licensed Trade Review. I NEW GYMNASIUM AND SWIMMING BATH. On Thursday afternoon, a large number of visitors met at the West Monmouthshire School, to witness the formal opening of a finely equipped Gymnasium and a Swimming Bath, about 45ft. long, in con- nection with the School. This was inaugurated by the carrying through of a programme by the boys, to Mr. Meadows' inspiriting accompaniment on the piano, of Bar Bell, Dumb Bell, and Club exercises, in which the whole school took part. High Jumping and iexercises on the Parallel Bars, and Vaulting Horse, followed by a Water Polo Match, were the next items, and in all the boys acquitted themselves well, especially in the Water Polo. The Club (Solo exhibition, and Swimming and Diving of the Teacher, Instructor E. Foremen, elicited loud applause. At the close Mr. J. H. Priestley, Head Master, announced that next year, Five Courts would be built, and he hoped that ground would be levelled for cricket. Then the equipments on the Athletic side, would be fairly complete. Colonel Hair, on behalf of the visitors, thanked Mr. Priestley for the treat he had afforded them, and Mr. Priestley, in responding, expressed his thanks to the visitors for their attendance. Amongst those present, were:-Colonel and Mrs. Hair, Mrs. Mulligan, Mrs. Prieslley, Mr. John Daniel, Mr. D. Jones (Pontymoile), Mr. and Mrs. D. Jones (Belle Vue), Mr. and Mrs. T. Watkins, and Mr. Percy Watkins, Mr. and Mrs. Hiley (Usk), Mr. and Mrs. David Lewis, Rev. Joshua, and Mrs. Evans, Rev. H. Robinson, Mr. and Mrs. James, &c. Several of those present partook of tea in the I large dining-room of the school. I


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