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BETTWS. PIC-NIC.—A pic-nic was held on Monday on a field adjoining Bettws, near Bridgend, which attracted a large number of people. The Coity brass band played waltzes, quadrilles, &c., under the leadership of Mr. John Richards. The people were much amused with the foot races, hurdle races, donkey races, etc. Several Aunt Sallys were earnestly pelted at and severely abused. A large number enjoyed themselves by playing "kiss in the ring," and others by throwing quoits. There were tea tables for refreshments to the hungry, and plenty of ginger-beer for the thirsty. The picnic was well attended with turnabouts, lottery tables, electrifying machines, weighing chairs, etc. No beer was allowed on the field. All passed off without any undue noise, and was well attended, considering it was the first attempt to get anything of the sort up at this romantic mountainous, and, until very lately, unpopulous district.
- From The Cardiff Times 14th September 1878
EISTEDDFOD AT BETTWS. On Monday, an eisteddfod was held at Bettws, near Bridgend. The chair was taken by Mr E. Plummer, colliery manager, Glyncorrwg, and the duties of conductor were carried out by Mr T. J. Evans, Hirwain. Mr R. Rees (Eos Morlais) adjudicated on the musical competitions, and Mr E. Thomas (E. ap Ieuan) filled the like office for the essays and poetry. The chief prize of £8, to the choir who should sing Dr Parry's Requiem, in commemoration of Ieuan Gwyllt, was won by Carmel Choir, Maesteg. The same choir was also successful in the competition on "Then round about the starry throne," and"Come, bounteous May." The brass band competition was decided in favour of the Gilvach Goch Band. .....(part extract).......