Rhyl Street Welsh Baptist Mission Hall, Bootle


The commemoration

     On Saturday evening a "Welcome Home" was given in honour of the "boys" who had served in H.M. Forces on land and sea. The mission hall, which is connected with the Balliol-road Welsh Baptist Church, was decorated for the occasion, and the tables filled with the choicest viands procurable presented a tempting display. The seat of honour at the table set apart for the soldiers and sailors was occupied by the pastor, the Rev. Peter Williams (Perd Hir), with the stalwarts of the mission. Messrs. John Evans and John Roberts, on either side of him. To say that all did ample justice to what was set before them would be beside the mark.
     A large number of the friends of the boys were also invited to partake of the good things provided, and among them was an honoured guest in the person of Captain O. Lloyd Roberts, who was wounded in the Great War and is still only able to get about with great difficulty. He gave a quiet but inspiring address which was listened to attentively, and on his suggestion all present stood reverently for one minute in honour of those who had made the supreme sacrifice. Forty-five of the members, old scholars, and adherents of the church and Sunday schools have rendered service, five of whom gave their lives.
     The concert which followed the repast was a distinct success, the following programme being submitted:- Song, "Home," Miss Betty Jones; song, "The Brave Boy," Mr. John Roberts; song, "My Ain Folk," Mr. H.J. Evans; song, "Welcome Home," Mr. R.E. Hughes; song, "The Land of Song," Mr. Peter Lloyd; duet, "Larboard Watch," Miss Betty Jones and Mr. H.J. Evans; quartette, "Killarney," by the Brothers Loyd, who received an enthusiastic encore; recitation, "The Beautiful Snow," Miss Maggie Evans; humorous selection, "The Twin," Mr. David Jones. A "sewing competition" was given for "the boys" only, and caused much amusement; the first prize was won by Mr. David Owen and the second by Mr. Tom Lloyd.
     After short addresses had been given by the Chairman, Mr. John Evans, and the pastor, Mr. John Roberts made reference to "the boys" who were unable to be present. A vote of thanks to the ladies and gentlemen who had provided the repast and the entertainment was proposed by Mr. John Roberts and seconded by Mr. Gwnwy Owen, both of whom in a few words voiced the feeling and thankfulness to all for the kindness shown. A memorable evening was brought to a close by the singing of "Hen Wlad ty Nhadau."

WALTON TIMES Friday 19th December 1919

     On Saturday evening a hearty "welcome home" meeting was held in the above hall in honour of the "boys" who were unable to be present on the previous occasion. A large number of friends were invited to participate in the festivities. These consisted of a hot-pot supper, and an excellent musical entertainment.
     The following ladies and gentlemen contributed songs and recitations, which were enjoyed by all present - Misses B. Jones and M. Evans, Messrs. H.J. Evans, D. Jones, J. Morris, and D. Jones. The trio, "A little farm well tilled," rendered by Messrs Peter and Tom Lloyd and R. Davies was loudly applauded, as also was the duet "Flow gently Deva." The famous jazz band, under the leadership of J.L. Roberts, gave several selections which were vociferously applauded.
     During an interval tea, coffee, and light refreshments were served, and the opportunity was taken of making a presentation in the form of a handsome upholstered easy chair to the veteran member, Mr. John Evans (King's-road), who has been connected with the mission for nearly 40 years.
     The chairman, Mr. John Roberts (Gray-st.), remarked that this was only a small token of the esteem and regard in which Mr. Evans was held, and a recognition of long and faithful service. Speeches suitable to the occasion were delivered by Mr. D. Jones, Mr. Z. Hughes and J. Morris, and lines composed for the occasion by the pastor, the Rev. Peter Williams, were sung by Mr. Peter Lloyd.
     Mr.Evans feelingly responded, and a most enjoyable evening was brought to a close by the singing of the National Anthem.

WALTON TIMES Friday 26th March 1920