1929 Free Press

January 4th – Goytre Children’s Entertainment

In aid of school funds, Saron Baptist Sunday School gave an entertainment at Penpellenny Schoolroom.

The programme consisted of a playlet by the children entitled “The Golden Seam,” recitations, solos, also a dialog by the adults entitled “Honesty the Best Policy.” There was an enthusiastic and appreciative audience to encourage the young performers, who carried out their effective parts with a clearness of enunciation and a confidence that spoke volumes for the training received.

Much credit is due to Miss E Williams, the accompanist , and Mr & Mrs Vaughan Croesnypant, who helped to train the children and make the dresses so dainty and effective.

Mr Lewis, Pentre Grange, occupied the choir. After a hearty vote of thanks had been passed for the chairman, a very pleasant evening was brought to a close by singing God save the King.

January 4th – Mr David Hutchinson of Nantyderry (In Obituaries)

January 11th – Danger to Motorists

For allowing pigs to stray on the highway, Edward Charles, farmer, (Parc-y-brain) was ordered to pay 5s costs.

When approached by PC Taylor, the defendant, it was stated made the excuse that “someone must have left the gate open.”

Administering a caution, the chairman reminded Mr Charles that the presence of pigs on the highway was most dangerous to motor traffic.

March 1st – Death of a Nantyderry Lady

The death took place on Tuesday, at the residence of her father, Mr J Harding, Nantyderry of Mrs Flowers, widow of Mr Flowers, who pre-deceased her some years ago. Deceased, who was well known and respected at Nantyderry, leaves a daughter to mourn the loss of a devoted mother. The funeral takes place tomorrow, Saturday.

March 8th – Funeral of Nantyderry Widow

The funeral took place on Saturday at Goytrey Church, of Mrs Alice Flowers, whose death was reported last week , occurred on the previous Tuesday. She was the widow of the late Mr Gilbert Flower of Temple Cloud, near Bristol, who predeceased her seven years ago..

Deceased who was 39 years of age was the daughter of Mr John Harding, Nantyderry with who she had lived since the death o f her husband.

Mrs Flower was born in the same house in which she died. Unassuming in character, she possessed a sweet and loveable disposition and throughout the countryside, her demise roused general sympathy with her aged father and family.

The Rev. HCP Belcher, M.A. conducted the services at the house and graveside. With Mr C Merrick presiding at the organ, two of the deceased favourite hymns were sung, viz., “God moves in mysterious way” and “Thy will be done.”

The bearers were Messrs Spencer, Dobbs, Taylor and Lloyd.

The mourners were:

Father; Millie, Laura and Edith and husbands, (sisters and brothers-in-law) Richard and Harry, (brothers) and Mrs Flowers (mother in law.)

April 12th 

House to Let, with garden, Goytrey, 3 minutes from bus. – apply E Edgar Ynyspica. Cottage and garden to let apply Evans, Great house Mamhilad

April 19th – St Peter’s Church – over 200 Easter communicants

The annual Easter Vestry was held in the schoolroom on Friday, the Rector presiding. Mr Richard Jenkins and Mr Herbert Gwatkin were re-appointed rector’s and people’s warden respectively.

The following were elected sidemen for the ensuing year:

Messrs; A Bullock, Morgan Edwards, T Evans, W Harris, H Hughes, W Jackson, W J Jenkins, T Jenkins, C Tedman Jones, G Jones, W L Jones, D Knight, EJ Morris, W Nichols, E Owen, J Owen, R J Rosser, W E Rouse, E Spence, and Cast L D Whitehouse.

Parochial Church Council:

Messrs: W Jackson, D Knight, C W Merrick, E J Morris, R J Rosser and Capt L D Whitehouse.

The rector thanked the church workers for their continued and valuable assistance and their Loyal and hearty co-operation. the meeting commented upon the large number of communicants at the Easter Festival and remarked upon the generally satisfactory nature of the mature accounts. A vote of thanks to the chairman concluded the proceedings.

May 10th – An Unfortunate Couple

Trading Troubles at Goytrey and Pontypool – A Pathetic Case

Frederick W Millard and his wife Annie, of High Street, Pontypool, appeared at Newport Bankruptcy Court on Tuesday for examination before Mr L H Horby, D L The Registrar.

Frederick W Millard who is in his 60th year, attributed his failure to trade depressed and ill-health following an accident in 1921, which crippled him, while working as a pattern maker at a steel works and for which he was awarded £300 compensation. His wife then became a credit draper but she had nine months illness and her taking decreased.

With the £300 compensation received in respect of the accident Millward bought Glanynant Cottage, Goytrey, for £400 and left £200 of that on mortgage. He also bought a pony and trap for £30 which was used for hiring for light haulage before the buses honeycombed the district. It was also used to assist his wife in her business as a credit draper.In 1928 he went to Pontypool, where he bought the premises, 21 and 22 High Street for £465 the whole of which was raised by mortgage. There he commenced a confectionary and general dealers business. His liabilities expected rank for dividend were given as £101 and deficiency was £65.

The wife, Annie Millard, gave her liabilities as £137 and the deficiency was £124.

“I thought times would come better and I would succeed ,” she pathetically remarked. A friend in February this year made an offer of 4s in the £ but it was not accepted. She and her husband then filed their petition.

Mrs Millward attributed her failure to trade depression and the illness of her husband and herself.

May 24th – Ownership Disclaimed at Goytrey Inn

Suspicious act at closing time in the Goytrey Arms Goytrey during a police visit on April 6th, was investigated at Pontypool Police Court on Saturday when Arthur Jones, the licensee was summoned for supplying beer to Albert Ruck, a youth of twenty one, whilst the latter was charged with aiding and abetting in the offence.

Mr Horace S Lyne, Newport, prosecuted for the police and Mr W H V Bythway Pontypool, defended.

Visiting the Inn at 4.30 pm, on the Saturday in question, P C Taylor said he saw twelve men in the smoke room. Six of them were playing cards, the defendant Ruck was sitting with his back to the bar, and noticing that he was trying to conceal something with his right arm, witness asked him to stand up, which he did. He then found a half pint measure full of what appeared to be freshly drawn beer with froth on it.

The landlord when spoken to disputed that it was freshly-drawn beer, saying that he had drawn all the beer supplied during the hours and that he could not account for it.

To prove his assertion that it was not freshly drawn beer, Mr Jones drew a half pint of beer contrasting the difference in the beer.

Ruck said he knew nothing about the half pint, adding, “It is not mine.”

Could Tell Fresh Beer

Corroborative evidence was given by PC Duncan, who, in reply to Mr Bythway , said he could tell when beer was freshly drawn. He was not a teetotaller, but he did not drink beer. (Laughter)

Addressing the Bench, Mr Bythway said the young man Ruck had beer whatsoever after closing time and he had purchased none. He did, however, did take a sip out of his fathers half-pint at open tap. Young Ruck was watching the game of cards – the usual Saturday afternoons amusement in the country – when the police entered the Inn and he did not know the half pint measure of beer was there.

On the afternoon in question some young men had been engaged in repairing a touring car outside the Inn and some of them joined in the game of cards. The men were perfectly lawful there after hours and had not had any drink.

The Chairman: Not even a pop? (Laughter)

Mr Bythway: No Sir

Without hearing any further evidence, the bench decided to dismiss both summonses owing to the strong element of doubt in regard to the supply.

The Chairman estimated that the Bench thought the police had acted rightly in bringing forward the case.

May 24th

Goytre Parish Council ask for a competitive bus service.

June 7th – Alleged Theft

Lewis Morgan, 17 of Prescoed, who is working at Gwenydd Farm, Goytrey, was brought up on Monday morning, before Messrs H A Williams and S A Hiley, on a charge of stealing a pair of trousers, value 7s 11d the property of Thomas Pearce, another young farm labourer of New House, Llangwm. He was remanded on bail until June 13th.

June 21st – SS Anniversary Goytrey

On Sunday the Sunday school anniversary services were held at Saron Baptist Chapel. In the morning Mr James, Pengroesoped gave an eloquent address to a fairly good congregation, he also presided over the afternoon service.

The evening service was presided over by Mr C Morgan, Macs-y-beren, Goytrey.

June 28th – Funeral of Mrs Rachel Owen at Goytrey Parish Church.

The funeral took place on Wednesday last at Goytrey Parish Church of Mrs Rachel Owen, aged 54 of Nightingale Cottage, Goytrey, who passed away on the previous Friday.

Deceased, who was the wife of Mr Albert Owen, was highly respected in the district, she leaves a husband, three sons and three daughters to mourn their loss.

July 5th – From farmer’s boy to M.A. Mr J Evan Jones, Abergwellan

Among the results of the post graduate Research Degree examinations of the University of Wales, recently announced, is the name of Mr T Evans Jones, B.A., Abergwellan, Goytrey.

July 19th – Goytrey Presentation

A large number of women’s unionists from Goytrey, Llanover and Mamhilad  met at Nantyderry on Monday to congratulate their president Mrs L D Whitehead on the conferment of the honour of O.B.E. and to present to Her a gift as a mark of their esteem and affection. The gift took the form of a beautiful silver and tortoiseshell casket, suitably inscribed and an album containing the names of the subscribers.

August 23rd – Motor Cyclist Summoned

George Dudley of Goytre, steel-worker was  fined 10s for each driving offence, 1. driving without lights at Mamhilad 2. for not having a driving licence 3. no rear light.

Goytrey Possession Case

Before Deputy Judge Hugh Jones at Pontypool County Court on Wednesday, Mrs Sarah Ann Edgar applied for possession of two de-controlled dwelling houses known as Plough Cottages, Goytrey, tenented by William Henry Pitt and Joseph Cozier. Arrears of rent, it was stated, were owing in respect of both the houses, which were let at a weekly rental of 10s 3d and 10s 1d (including rates) respectively. Possession was granted within 28 days.

August 30th – Bankruptcy case – Gazette Notice

Receiving Order in Bankruptcy Newport. Richard Alfred Bracey of Oak Tree Cottage Goytrey, journeyman pastry-cook.

September 13th

Furniture sale at the Birches Penpellenny, 7 minutes from the Carpenters  Arms.

October 11th

Goytre and district farmer’s sheepdog trials were held at Pentwyn Farm Little Mill.

October 18th – Goytre women’s unionist association.

A very successful whist drive and dance at Nantyderry on Thursday last, at which Sir Leo and Lady Forrester Walker were present. The event was organised by Mrs Tedman Jones. Prizes for whist were given. by Mrs L D Whitehouse.

The wining ladies were Mrs M Jones, Aberdovery; Mrs Marfel and Mrs Bullock, Goytrey; Gentlemen: Messrs T Williams, R Gwatkin, L S Jenkins, Llanover.

The following acted as M.C’s Messrs H Gratkin, E T Morris, J Rosser, D Knight and L Morgan Williams.

November 22nd – House in Goytrey,

midway between Abergavenny and Pontypool. – Apply Woodlands, Llanover.

December 22nd – Good milk cow and calf for sale –

Prosser, Ty Newydd, Goytrey, Pontypool.


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