1924 Free Press

February 20th
Small rick of hay, 1923 made – apply Williams, Bridge Cottage, Goytrey.

July 13th – Nantyderry

Freehold Bungalow, with about half an acre of ground, water laid on, 4 rooms, in splendid condition.
Vacant Possession; absolute bargain. Folio 334

July 19th – Goytrey

Saron Baptist Church. The third annual tea and sports was fixed for Thursday, July 17th but owing to unfavourable weather the event was postponed to the 23rd inst., when there was a good programme of foot and bicycle races, high jump, coco-nut shies, old Aunt Sally, and in fact, as stated on the posters, all the fun of the fair.
Substantial prizes were offered for competition and a splendid selection of music was provided by the Varteg Silver Band.
Those who liked dancing were well catered for and judging by the attendance, the Saron tea and sports bids fair to outshine all other local events.
The enterprising secretary, (Mr James Williams) and the treasurer (Mr Redvers Phillips) are to be heartily congratulated upon success of the event.

August 11th – Nantyderry Home For Unmarried Mothers

Wonderful work. Interesting references were made at the fourth annual report, regarding the wonderful work that  was being done for young unmarried mothers.
Lady Mother Jackson, O.B.E, J.P., reported a satisfactory year’s work. The home had been occupied by 29 girls and 21 babies and at one time during the year they had had as many as 14 girls and 11 babies – the full number. Since then the average had been eight.
The girls had been contented and happy and had fulfilled their part in making the home a real home. With a few exceptions the babies born had been healthy. The home was the only one worked on the same lines in Wales or Monmouthshire. Time had shown that the months spent there after the confinement were of the greatest value, and though it meant a heavy expenditure, the money was well spent.
They had received delightful letters from old girls, who had expressed thanks for the kind manner in which they had been treated.
The work of the past Matron, Miss Ruffles and nurse Jarrett, had been stupendous. Each year proved how much the home was needed and they hoped the interest and support would be kept up. They had not received so many subscriptions as the previous year and they had lost many good friends and subscribers through death. In many cases the fathers had been persuaded to pay towards the maintenance of the children.
Mr Vaughan Hughes, Chepstow, submitted the statement of accounts. The year had been started with an overdraft at the bank of £387 9s 10d, but happily that had been wiped out, mainly through the splendid work done in connection with the bazaar, which had brought in £513 15s. The balance at the bank on March 31st 1924 was £48 19s 6d but from that had been deducted about £60, which was payable as poor rate. He, (Mr Hughes) was of the opinion that this rate was very excessive for a charitable institution such as theirs and pointed out that it would wipe out their balance in hand. He thought the authorities should display more charity.
He also mentioned that grants were made to the home by the Guardians of Chepstow and Monmouth and thought that the lead given by those bodies might well be followed by similar bodies in other towns, as, if the home did not exist, the mothers would be forced to enter infirmaries and would be consequently be a burden on the ratepayer.

August 15th – Goytrey

A “National” Elocutionist
Heartiest congratulations to Miss Annie Lewis, Cerrig Marion, who, at the National Eisteddfod at Pontypool, divided the first prize for the recitation for those under 18 entitled “The Listeners,” there were 15 competitors.
Annie is a product of Saron Baptist Sunday school and is anxious to share the credit of her remarkable success with her teacher, Miss Nancy Millard, Blaenavon.

Usk Petty Sessions, Thursday
The Lady’s Coat.
In similar plight (referring to the previous case when an overcoat covered the rear index plate of a motor cycle) was Owen Jenkins of Goytrey, when passing through the Langibby district before the lynx-like eyes of P.C. Leith, at 9.15 am on July 31st., but the passenger on the carrier in this case was a lady, whose coat was the cause of her cavalier losing 4s to cover the expense of putting the new into operation.

Evans-Richards. On August 12th 1924, at Chapel Ed, Goytre, near Pontypool, by the Rev. Eli Summons, E H Evans, BA., only son of Mr & Mrs Evans Preswylfa and Dorothy, youngest daughter of the late Mr DW Richards of Pontllanfraith and Mrs Richards, 8 Preston Avenue, Newport.

Thursday Next – The Wern, Goytre

Midway between Abergavenny and Pontypool
Sale of Dairy Cattle; Implements; Dairy Utensils; Fodders and Grass Keep to April 1st 1925 for Mr E Davies who is retiring.
Sale at 2.30 – J Straker Son & Chadwick, Abergavenny

August 22nd – Thanks

The family of the late Mr Abraham Phillips, of New House, Goytre (The Croft) desire to thank all kind friends for the sympathy and kindness shown in their sad bereavement, also those who sent floral tributes.

August 29th – Goytrey Parish Council

The services of a clerk and parish overseer to the above council are required: Salary £35
Applications to be in the hands of the chairman, Mr Henry Dowell, Ty-Goytrey, not later than September 13th. Canvassing strictly prohibited.

September 12th – Cycle Accident at Goytrey

Griffithstown Clerk’s Narrow Escape. An alarming accident which might have proved fatal, befell Mr Redvers Prosser of Goytre on Wednesday morning.
Mr Prosser who resides at Canal House was proceeding on his push bike to Griffithstown (where he is employed in the clerical department at Messrs Baldwin’s works,) when he collided with a motor vehicle at the dangerous corner near the Carpenter’s Arms.
He was conveyed to his home where it was ascertained that he was suffering from severe bruises and shock. Mr Prosser is well known in Goytre as an active playing member of the local Association Football team.
References were made recently in the Free Press to this corner as a potential death trap.

Goytrey, Near Pontypool

Messrs Pullen, Burning and Russell, under instruction from the executors of Abraham Phillips, deceased, will offer for sale, on the premises, NEW HOUSE, GOYTREY, (The Croft) Near Saron canal bridge, without reserve, on Thursday 2nd October next, the whole LIVE and DEAD STOCK and FARM IMPLEMENTS including;
Several cows; Pigs; Cart Horse; Yearling Colt; 10 Lambs; 150 Head of Poultry; Prime Meadow Hay; Poultry Houses; Chaff Cutters; Cheese Press; Spring Cart; Spring Tip Cart; Covered Sheep Rack; General Farm Tools; Together with furnishings and effects.

September 19th – Mr Harry Morgan
Obituary of Mr Harry Morgan, of Pudda Goytrey. (Report is in obituaries)

October 3rd – Scholar’s Memorable Day

On Wednesday, the middle classes of Goytrey School had a natural history lesson in Pontypool Park. The boys and girls were in the charge of two mistresses and made the journey by bus at 1 o’clock.
Great interest was aroused by the other classes in witnessing the departure, during the dinner hour, of their school-mates.
One of these, the younger, Hughie Jones, the youngest child of the popular master – found a splendid point of vantage on top of the playground wall. His exuberance of spirit, however, proved his downfall indeed; he lost his balance and fell, fracturing his right arm below the elbow.
When Mr & Mrs Jones returned to the house, after seeing to the departure of the merry children, they were astonished to find their six year old son hors-de-combat, quietly waiting their return.
The stoical demeanour of the little sufferer, during the setting of the bone and since, has been remarkable.

St Peter’s Parish Church

The services in connection with the harvest festival were held on Thursday despite the heavy downpour of rain on Thursday, both the early and evening services were attended by exceptionally good congregations.
The special preacher was the Rev. W Watkin Edwards, Record of Llandogo. His theme was praise as the highest art of worship. While prayer was more or less selfish, in the sense that it was a petition either for some personal benefit or for someone or something in whom, or in which, we were interested.
This nice country church was, as usual, most tastefully decorated by the following:
Alter Mrs Belcher; chancel rails, Mrs Whitehead and Miss Whitehead; chancel stalls Miss M Evans; chancel windows, Miss Lena Lloyd; the screen, Mrs Tedman Jones; the pulpit, Mr Harding and Mr John Rosser; the font, Miss Wilkes; pillars, Mrs Gwatkin and Miss A Gwatkin; windows, the Misses Eunice Prosser, Eileen Morgan, and Elsie Gwatkin; and organ gallery, the Misses N Jeremiah and Vera Jenkins.
The gifts of bread, flowers, fruit and vegetables were exceptionally numerous and choice.
The memory of the brave men of the parish was not forgotten, Mrs William Wilkes having sent a large wreath of laurel leaves for the War Memorial Tablet.

October 10th – Goytrey, The Bus Service

Largely Attended Meeting Makes Recommendation
The intense interest taken in the question of the motor omnibus service running between Abergavenny and Pontypool was reflected in the attendance at a public meeting Goytre School Thursday evening. The room was packed to its utmost capacity, more than a hundred people being present.
Mr W l Jones, the schoolmaster, was asked to take the chair.
The meeting had not been in progress many minutes before it came apparent that the attendance comprised supporters of Rossers bus service and supporters of the Eastern Valley Bus service, together with people who merely desire an efficient and reliable service for the district and who were present to see if that could not be arranged with perfect fairness to both proprietors.
Mr Barret and Mr Rosser, the two proprietors, both addressed the meeting at considerable length, referring to the facts relative to the establishment of the services in the fist instance. Both assured the meeting of their desire to be of service to the neighbourhood. Their remarks were very well received.
Numerous questions were asked and there was considerable discussion after which all parties came together on a resolution proposed by Mr Jeremiah and seconded by Mr Davies, that the two proprietors be requested to make a mutual arrangement to run their busses at different times. This resolution was carried unanimously.
A hearty vote of thanks was accorded to the chairman, on the proposition of Mr Harris, seconded by Mrs Whitehead.

October 10th – Goytrey School Water Supply

In reply to an enquiry from the Secretary of the County Education Committee, the Town Clerk of Newport has written to say that his council would be prepared to provide a supply of drinking water to Goytrey Council School, but water would not be passing through the aqueduct now being laid for at least two years and it would be open to the Committee to make an application at that time.


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