Chapel teas were, and are, a popular activity.
Many chapels had tea services with their
name enamelled into the china, as in
this example from Gobaith, C.M. Cwmdâr.
2 July 1910: TEA AND CONCERT.
On Thursday night a splendid tea was given in Gobaith Vestry by the Band
of Hope Children. Trayholders: Misses Nancy Edwards and Sarah Jenkins, Ethel Roberts
and Essie Thomas, Mary Lewis and Maggie Lewis, Annie Lacy and Maggie Lacy. Cutters,
etc.: Mesdames C. A. Evans, Rachel Thomas, Messrs. D. W. Thomas, loan Williams, W.
R. Evans, John Evans, Harry Lewis, Mrs. Nicholas, Misses M. Lacy, Catherine Williams,
May Lewis, Joan Thomas, Leah Lewis, P. Rees, Maggie Harris, M. J. Evans, Ceridwen
Williams. After tea an excellent programme was provided. The Rev. T. Powell (pastor)
presided. Beautiful choruses were rendered by the Band of Hope Children. Recits: Ceinwen
Lewis, Annie Taylor, Arianwen Jones, Millicent Swancott, Annie C. Evans, Robert Roberts,
Sidney Williams, C. M. Wright, John Thomas, Luther Jones, W. A. James, Katie Morgan,
Dd H. Jones, D. H. Williams, G. J. Powell, Cyril Rees. Maggie Evans, Catherine Williams,
Ceridwen Williams, Thomas Thomas, and Miss Essie Thomas. Songs: John Thomas and Joan
Thomas. Quartette, Olwen Williams, Joan Thomas, Lizzie Williams, and Elsie Andrews.
Trio, Mr. D. O. Roberts and Misses Ethel Roberts and Maggie Lacy. Competitions: Reading
solfa, winner; May Lewis. Unpunctuated prose, J. D. Powell. Adjudicator, Mr. D. O.
Roberts. Door-keepers, Messrs. D. W. Griffiths, Gomer Waters, and David James. Miss
Annie Lacy, Tynywaun Farm, was secretary, Mr. David James treasurer, and Mr. D. O.
Roberts Band of Hope conductor.
17 May 1913: CWMDARE, GOBAITH C.M. CONCERT.
On Thursday evening last a very good concert was given by the Gobaith C.M.
Band of Hope Choir under the baton, of Mr D. O. Roberts, when the cantata, “Sowing
and Reaping,” was performed. The Vestry was crowded. Mr Willie Llewelyn, M.E.,
Bwllfa, made an excellent chairman. The choir was assisted by the Llwydcoed orchestra
under the leadership of Mr Richard Walters, A.C.V. The orchestra rendered an overture.
The following were the principal vocalists.— Soprano, Miss Joan Thomas; contralto,
Miss Lizzie Williams; tenor, Mr loan Williams; bass, Mr D. O. Roberts. The accompanists
were Mrs D. Edwards and Miss Nancy Edwards. The piece was very ably rendered, the
performance duly appreciated. A vote of thanks to all who had taken part was proposed
by the Rev. T. Powell, pastor, and seconded by Mr D. Edwards. The secretary
and treasurer were Miss Annie Lacey and Mr David James respectively.
28 April 1917: WEDDING.
On Thursday last a pretty wedding was solemnised at Gobaith (C.M.) Church.
The parties were Miss Nancy Edwards, daughter of Mrs. Edwards and the late Guardian
D. Edwards, Post Office, and Corporal D. O. Roberts, R.G.A., son of Mr. and Mrs. Gethin
Roberts, Holford Terrace, and now stationed at Gillingham. The bridesmaids were Miss
Ethel Roberts, sister of bridegroom, and Miss Elsie Andrews. The flower girls were
Miss Edna Jones and Miss Enid Edwards. The Rev. T. Powell, pastor, officiated. As
the bridal party left the chapel Mendelssohn’s “Wedding March” was
played on the organ by Miss Muriel Lacy. The wedding breakfast was partaken of at
the home of the bride. The honeymoon is being spent in London.