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LLANTRISSENT. I

MONMOUTI-I.I

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CRICKET PAVILION OPENED.

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CRICKET PAVILION OPENED. On Saturday in last week, Lord Tredegar opened the new Cricket Pavilion—a handsome structure near the main cricket pitch of the Newport Athletic Grounds. During an adjournment of the Cardiff v. Newport match on Saturday the players left the field to gather at the front of the pavilion, where by this time a fairly large number of ladies and gentlemen had met. Amongst them were Lord Tredegar and Mr. Sheriff Lawrence, M.P., for the Monmouth Boroughs. Mr. Horace Lyne, chairman of the executive of the athletic club, formally asked Lord Tredegar to open the pavilion. The committee had, be said, come to the conclusion that his lordship bad enough keys and trowels and so on to stock a large establishment. They bad, therefore, decided to ask his lordship to accept a silver match-box bearing a suitable inscription as a souvenir of the proceedings. Lord Tredegar said that he thanked Mr. Lyne and the club for their present. He confessed that when he heard Mr. Lyne say they would not present him with a key he thought they had decided to hand him a purse of sovereigns- (laughter)—which, of course, he wanted. (More laughter.) Considering that he did not smoke, the match-box would be very useful to him. (Loud laughter.) He had been through the pavilion, and thought it very pretty outside and very convenient inside. (Applause.) His lordship theu formally declared the pavilion open. The company present were then conducted through the various rooms. Afterwards luncheon was held in the tent on the ground. Lord Tredegar presided, and he was supported by Mr. Lawrence, M.P., the Mayor of Newport (Mr. W. H. Brown), several members of the Newport Corporation, Colonel Walwyn (Monmouth), and a number of ladies and gentlemen. The Chairman having given "The King," Mr. Horace Lyne proposed "The Donors." and refer led to the valuable assistance given by Lord Tredegar and Messrs. Phillips. Mr. E. Phillips and Mr. F. Phillips responded. Mr. Lawrence submitted "Success to the Newport Athletic Club." and in doing so complimented the club upon its past successes in various departments. Lord Tredegar, in responding as president of the club, said that when Mr. Horace Lyne began to speak about, the Newport Athletie Ground he felt nervously afraid that the speech was going to deal with the dreadful subject of unearned increment. (Laughter.) The Mayor of Newport pricked up his ears. (Laughter.) The Newport Athletic Ground had been improved a great deal, but there was a heap of mud near it still. (Laughter.) That had been talked about a great deal lately by the Newport Town Council. (Laughter). When he found that Mr. Lyne's speech did not deal with the topic mentioned, his nervousness passed off, and he felt that he could still stand—on his own ground. (Loud laughter.) An old joke about Dr Grace appeared in one of the local papers lately, so that, although he was going to tell it, he did not expect them to laugh at it. (Laughter.) As a matter of fact, it was told about someone else long before Dr. Grace began to play cricket. (Laughter.) It was to the effect that Grace was always playing cricket, and even neglected family prayers for it. Well, not long ago he had the privilege of assisting at the opening of a building near that ground (the Forward Movement Hall) and if anyone came to the ground having neglected his family prayers he would be able to go out at the top gate of the ground and do what he had left undone. (Laughter.) The Mayor gave "The Visiting Team," to which Mr. J. H. Brain responded.

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