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PONTARDULAIS. Rev. Evan Jones, Carnarvon, the ex-presi- dent of the National Free Church Council, was the special preacher at Goppa anniversary services on Easter Sunday. He also lectured on "The Disestablislnnent and DisendowlJlent of the Established Church" on Good Friday evening, with Alderman Rees Harries, The Bolgoed, in the chair. Pontardulais was a veritable "sea of song" on Easter Monday. Singing festivals were held by the Methodists at Goppa, by the Bap- tists at Calf aria, and by. the Congregationalists at. Hope. The Goppa "cymanfa," covers the district from Ammanford and Bettws to Pen- clawdd and Llangemiech, and the spacious edifice is proving inadequate for the congre- gations. This was the thirty-second annual event, and its popularity is increasing every year. A rumour is afloat that a public testimonial is to be got up to Mr. Thomas Davies, Birch- grove, the popular managing director of the Cambria. Tinplate Works, on the occasion of his resigning the position for a well-earned I rest. Mr. Davies came here over twenty years ago. and has always taken a very keen inter- est in all movements for the betterment of the people, socially, morally, and religiously. In the musical world he is well known, and has been choirmaster at Hermon Chapel since its opening in 1894. --0- Operations in connection wnli the new tin- plate works have commenced. A strong local company has been formed, and the site is cen- trally situated near the railway station, along- side the London and North-Western Railway. This makes the sixth tinworks here, the others being Hendy, Glamorgan, Clayton, Teilo. and Cambria.* I -0- I The new Congregational chapel (Siloh) in Oak field Street is heing rapidly pushed for- ward. and the roof will soon be completed. The building is commodious, and lias a pleas- ing elevation. It will form a distinct acquisi- tion to the place. -0- By the death, of Mr. Joseph Harrop a genial figure has been removed from the district., who was admired as1 much for his social qualities as his commercial enterprises. In lJisyounger days he was the possessor of a rich baritone voice, and hardly lany concert in Pontardulais was complete unless songs were rendered by Mr. Harrop and the late Mr. J. Roberts, schoolmaster, with a piccolo solo hy Mr. W. Bright. Neuadofaeh. and a violin solo hy Mr. Enoch Jones, Tynybone. The two last-named are still amongst us. Mr. Harrop's cashier at the Grovesend Tiuplate Works (Mr. Harry Mills), only predeceased him bv a few weeks. Sympathy is extended generally to Iris only daughter, Mrs. J. Harrop Griffiths. Mr Thomas Williams, •Casielldu. elected on the Glamorgan County Council last week, at a bye-election caused by the eleyation of Mr. Rees Harries, The Bolgoed, to the alder- manic bench. Mr. Williams is a native of the place, and is the eldest son of the late Mr. .John Williams, Gwenlais Favvr. The unsuc- 1  [in cessful candidate was Mr, Caradog Jones, cheek weigher at Birchrock Colliery, and a prominent member of the I.L.P. He was for- merly an alderman of the Mert-hyr Tydfil Town Council. A tremendous crowd awaited the result: of the District Council Election for Llanedy i parish, outside Hendy Schools, on" Monday iiid there was great excitement when it was found that Mr. J. L. Thomas, one of the old and tried members, was defeated. Keen interest had been taken in the election right through the parish, and nearly every available vote was polled. A dead set had been made against the return of Mr. Thomas by the Trades Council and the recently-elected Parish Council. He has represented the dis- trict on the Llanelly Board of Guardians for a quarter of a century, aud for some time had been a vice-chairman of the Board. The now member is Mr. H. W. Thomas, Buallt Farm. The other' old member. Mr. W. Llewellyn, Fairwater, was returned at the head of the ■ poll. The interest was not nearly so keen on the Glamorgan side, where four candidates contes- ted the two seats on the Swansea Rural Dis- trict Co meil. Mr Ben Mathews, one of the old members, and last year's chairman of the Council, headed the poll, closely followed by ,t Mr Matthew Griffiths, a Labour member. The defeated candidates were Mr. Clason Dahne. solicitor, and the Rev. G. Williams, pastor of Tabernacle Baptist Chapel. It 'was stated during the recent election that probably measures would shortly be taken to divide the parish of Llanedy into two wards— one for Tycroes district, and one for Hendy district, thereby allocating one member to each ward. At present the two members hap- pen to reside one at each end, but it. is pos- sible that both should live in the same dis- i ve ill ,ari)e (fis- trict. which, it is felt, would not be fair to the parishioners generally. The members of the Llanedy Parish. Council are jubilant over their successful efforts in ousting Mr. J. L. Thomas from the Lbmelly Council. Thev consider they have, a- grievance against him for attempting to place obstacles in the way of their efforts to secure a Local Government Board iiciiiii-v into the recent alleged irregularities inparochial matters.

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