Beaufort Hill Welfare

Community Hall

Available for hire seven days a week for groups, functions and parties.

Available for hire seven days a week for groups, functions or parties

Beaufort Hill

Ebbw Vale

NP23 5QW

Tel      :-  07572 048274

Email :- clftlhb@aol.com

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Historical Documents One

                                                                            Bills of Quantities & Estimate for the Proposed Hall and Sports Club at Beaufort Hill,Monmouthshire

for the Beaufort Hill Welfare Committee

January 1933

J. Vaughan Richards, Architect, Crickhowell

Geo H. Davies, LR.IB.A Surveyor, Abergavenny

The whole of the bricks are to be supplied by the Beaufort Brick and Tile Company.

                     

                   

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April 18th 1944

Chair Ivor Jones — 7 members present

Mrs Jack Thomas & Mrs Percy Evans should be shown in this report pointing out their generosity...in this most worthy effort.'

Increase prices in Billiard Hall

April 22nd 1944

Special Committee

Chair Ivor Jones and 9 others present '...Col. Tom Morgan and Capt. Gwyn Jones for them to assist with heating and lighting.

 

'Payments for the upkeep of the premises was insufficient. Agreements were brought up and a records of the payment from the Home Guards for the past 3 years. Seeing that no payment had been made towards the cost of heating at any time. Col. Morgan and Capt. Jones felt that we had a case to place to the Military Authority and promised this matter would receive their report.'

May 13th 1944

8 present

Cricket Section

'Mr Graham Watkins then brought forward the position of tie roller and stated that it was necessary for shafts to be fixed on this so that it could be drawn by horse.'

Damage to the Premises

'Complaints were then made regarding the gates and surrounding of the Club. Members complained of gates being taken off hinges and continuous trouble at the entrance of the Hall. It was then moved and adopted that locks be placed on gate at tie Hall entrance one placed on the gates leading to the ground also that a letter be sent to Boys School asking Mr Randall Williams to read out to lads the complainency of the damage done so often and state that the committee must prosecute of this keeps on.

Payments

The labour which had been placed on our ground was discussed. 22 was paid to Mr Frances for his effort which was worth good appreciation.

Social Activities

'Three ladies were then brought forward for consideration for work during the DancingSeason. After some discussion a proposition and an amendment came before the meeting

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Proposal                      £                 6                     2                    2

Amendment               £               10                    4                    4

 

After being put to vote then it was carried that they be paid the same as last year.

Mrs Kora Huish  £6           Mrs Silcox & Z. Thomas  £2 each

Financial Report

'The Treasurers report stated that our receipts were :-

£310.15.6

£274.17.2     Expenditure

£95.18.4       Balance

An application by Mr W. Kipper to sub-let a plot on the welfare ground was failed to achieve any success.

An application for the use of two trestles was granted to Mr Ted Herbert.'

June 10th 1944

Chair Mr Zophar Thomas

'60 books were missing from library, Mr W Priddy volunteered to try and get them back.

'Mr & Mrs Huish wanted to resign because they didn't feel appreciated...but changed their mind after speaking to Rev. Leon Jones.' uvuggt_1944

Ivor Jones & 8 members

Concerning the issue of the Library missing books from the last meeting '25 of the books have been returned.'

'Forming of a Billiards Committee with the view of infusing new life into that section, as there was a deficit compared to the corresponding period last year. The following were appointed:

Hadyn Thomas, Alf Davie,  Tom Bromley, Ph Huish, E. Pritchard, Graham Watkins

'Proposal that a football section be formed.'

Report by Councillor Alf Davies

'At a meeting of the Ebbw Vale Urban District Council it was resolved to form an Amenities Committee. The purpose of this committee will be to provide fitting facilities and accommodation for the social and sport life of the community to facilitate this, it is suggested that the local authority take over the control of the welfare grounds of the district. No compulsion would be used; the council would "take over" only with the invitation of the Welfare Committee. Mr Davies pointed out that one of the advantages of such a move would be that the authority could finance the scheme adequately. In reply to questions Mr Davies stated that existing local welfare committees would function as formerly but would not use executive powers. Mr Davies also assured us that there would be no opposition trom the Cardiff Headquarters of the Wetfare Scheme. They were anxious. in fact. to hand over confrol to the District Council.

September 9th 1944

Ivor Jones as Chair

Home Guard (TAA Territorial/Army Association —now known as the TA)

'A letter was read from the TAA on the claim for heating they first received, It was suggested that seeing victory and peace in sight that members of the committee would walk around Our building and make an estimate of the damage caused through military training in readiness for claiming damage costs.'

October 14th 1944

'A request was granted to the Home Guard to use the bottom floor of the Hall to hold a supper on November 11 th, also crockery etc and install radio to bottom floor,

Contract with Home Guard.

                                                                                                                 

July 2"' 1944

Report by Councillor Alf Davies

'At a meeting of the Ebbw Vale Urban District Council it was resolved to form an Amenities Committee. The purpose of this committee will be to provide fitting facilities and accommodation for the social and sport life of the community to facilitate this, it is suggested that the local authority take over the control of the welfare grounds of the district. No compulsion would be used; the council would "take over" only with the invitation of the Welfare Committee. Mr Davies pointed out that one of the advantages of such a move would be that the authority could finance the scheme adequately. In reply to questions Mr Davies stated that existing local welfare committees would function as formerly but would not use executive powers. Mr Davies also assured us that there would be no opposition from the Cardiff Headquarters of the Welfare Scheme. They were anxious, in fact,  to hand over control to the District Council.'

 

 

                                                                                                              Beaufort Hill Welfare Club Minute Book 1946

Monthly meeting January 12th 1946

Chair Zophar Thomas — 11 present

'The Secretary then reported that the disinfectant spray had been purchased and proved to be a satisfactory utensil.'

'Mr Hayden Thomas then rose a point on the Hiring of the Hall by the sections of Club. The meeting felt that  some concession should be made towards tris matter. A proposition duty seconded came before the meeting, that fee for e-te Hiring of Hall in future to sections of the Club shall be £ l .1.0. This was placed before the  meeting and adopted.'

'The Chairman then expressed his gratitude to tie committee for having presided over such a good committee during the past years and wished that  new Chairman and committee every success.'

'An invitation was then extended to the commitee to attend a Social Evenirg given by the Ladies' Section on Jan 19th.'

 

Monthly meeting held February 9th  1946

Chair Bryn Evans — 10 present

'The Financial Report was given which showed the Club with a balance in hand of £1030.'

'In further business a report was given on the damage done to the door of the committee room by five young members. After a lengthy discussion it was decided to suspend three lads for  6 months.' -  Mr Will Priddy would see to this matter.'

 

Monthly meeting held March 16th 1946

Chair Bryn Evans — 10 present

'An appeal from from British Legion for a rebate in the hire of the Hall then was granted by reducing it to £1.1.0’

'Mr Hayden Thomas then proposed before the meeting a matter of supervision of the Social Activities held at the Hall. He felt that it was full time that consideration was given to this matter for the future of the  Club. The matter was freely discussed and the meeting was unanimous in supporting the good effort. A proposition was then moved by Mr John Bowen that a sub-committee be elected to deal with this business, this was duly seconded be following were appointed: Messrs John Bowen, Ern Gray, W.J. Davies, Zophar Thomas and Clifford Dowding.'

 

Monthly meeting April 13th 1946

Chair Bryn Evans - 12 present

'The financial statement was given by the Treasurer which showed that the Club had progresses very favourable during the past few months. The balance hand showed £1135.15.1.'

'Complaint was then lodged about the committee room being ill-used on some occasions, it was then decided that the room should be used for Welfare Business.'

'Victory Day and recognition to our boys from the forces was then brought on. After a discussion it was decided to table the matter for the next meeting when probably more information would be had regarding Victory Day celebrations.'

Monthly meeting held May 11th 1946

Chair Bryn Evans 9 present

'Arising was a report given by the Secretary on the programme arranged by the Council on Victory celebrations. After the acceptance of the report it was decided that in view of such big attractions at Ebbw Vale on that day that the Club would not make any celebrations on Victory Day, only the Dance at night. With reference to the presentation to our boys who had served on the forces it was adopted that the date for this event and he type of programme be decided at the next meeting.'

'Two applications were then granted for the use of the Hall

1.Ladies' Sections for a Dance on May 17th  2.To Mr Parker of Eusa for a show on June 17th .

 

Monthly  meeting held June 15th 1946

Chair Mr Hayden Thomas — 9 present

'The Welcome Home reception to our boys would be held in September and the Chairman, Mr Bryn Evans, was appointed as the organiser to arrange a suitable programme.  

 

Monthly meeting held July 13" 1946

Chairman Mr B. Evans — 12 members present

'Treasurer's report on proceeds from dancing for season commencing September 7th 1945 and ending June 7th 1946.

Total 2410.4.10

This constituted a record. £133.7.1 above the previous season. The committee expressed its satisfaction and appreciation of the work done.'

'...need of a bowling green.'

 

Welcome Home Reception

It was decided to hold the Reception on September 1901. The Chairman then reported the progress he had made in organising the Reception. He had obtained the services of the Nantyglo Ladies' Choir and a number of suitable artists. He requested the committee to sanction the hiring of a bus to convey the choir from and to the (farm/fam). This was sanctioned. It was resolved to have bills printed to advertise the event. Also, that special cards of appreciation be presented with each cheque. That C.C. Harry Phillips the invited to act as chairman. That we ask the Ladies' Section to provide a cup of tea and sandwiches for the artists.'

 

Monthly  meeting held August 9th 1946

Chair Bryn Evans — 9 present

'Then came the appointment of the Social Committee for the coming years. These were then elected: Bryn Evans, Hayden Thomas, Phil Huish, Joe Davies and Ern Gray.

With regard to the Lady attendants for the season a discussion arose of how they were to be appointed. After points of view were put before the meeting it was felt that his matter should have a fuller meeting to decide which action to take. After placing it before the committee it was adopted to table the question until the next meeting.

Mr Zophar Thomas then rose to place before the meeting recommendation that a trip be organised for the Lady members of the Club. As no second rose to this the matter had to fall through.'

 

Monthly meeting held December 14th 1946

Chair Bryn Evans — 12 members present

'The chair then stated that the Social Committee were again prepared to run a dance on

Xmas Eve and New Year's Eve. Also, the children's Xmas Party would be held on December 20th when a sum of 25 would be spent on gifts and refreshments for the children. The meeting gladly received this report.'

'The use of the hall was then granted to the Beaufort Hill School children for a...show, also the use of a football ground; boxing night, was granted to the Cricket Section; New Year's Eve night to the Beaufort Horticultural Society; Ladies' Section for January 4th for the supper; Presbyterian Church for January 22nd for a play.'

 

Monthly meeting held April 12th 1947

Chair Hayden Thomas — 12 present

'Arising first was the report given by the Secretary regarding the cost of the installing of the telephone at the hall. A proposition that a telephone be installed at the premises defeated an amendment to the contrary.'