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FRIENDLY  SOCIETIES

Ivorites

“Merthyr Express” 9 December 1865
Quarterly Meeting of the Ivorites   The Ivorites of this district held their quarterly meeting at the Tredegar Arms, Fleur-de-lis, on Monday last, when delegates from the different lodges assembled in the long room of the above house, D.P. Edward Davies in the chair, the vice being filled by P.D.P. Henry Williams, both of whom ably discharged their duties. After finishing the monetary business of the day, the meeting adjourned to partake of an excellent dinner prepared by mine host and hostess, Mr. and Mrs. Evans, who deserve great praise for their cordial reception and general kindness to the delegates. We find that this order is increasing in the district by continual accession to their numbers; there was an application also for the opening of a new lodge at the Mount Pleasant Inn, Vochriw, which is to be called the “Flower of the Mountain.” The new lodge is to be opened on the 1st January, 1866. The usual vote of thanks being given the meeting terminated, and all the brothers seemed delighted with the prospects of the order in general, and the success of the district in particular.

“Merthyr Express” 9 December 1871
Ivoritism    The quarterly meeting of the Rhymney District of True Ivorites, St. David’s Unity, was held on Monday last at the Mount Pleasant Inn, Vochriw. There was a full attendance of delegates representing 21 lodges, under the presidency of Mr. Thomas Hughes. There were also present Brothers John Fisher, secretary, and John Jenkins, Bute Arms, treasurer. An application was made to open two new lodges at Maesycwmmer, which was granted. There has been during the past quarter eight funerals, but notwithstanding the heavy drain on the funds, they are in a very flourishing state. The district now numbers upwards of 1,200 members, with district funds amounting to nearly £80.

“Merthyr Express” 6 September 1873
The Ivorites  The Ivorites held their annual feast at the Mount Pleasant Inn Fochriw on Saturday last.


Vochrhiw: Philanthropics    
Lily of Fochriw Philanthropic Society. Established 1866

“Merthyr Express” 10 July 1875  
Vochrhiw: Philanthropics    The quarterly meeting of the lodges of this order was held on Saturday evening in the Vochriw Inn. Delegates were present from lodges which comprise an area extending from Bargoed to the Rhymney Inn, and number 905 members. The recent stagnation of trade has had a telling effect on the funds, for, notwithstanding that the number of funerals for the term was comparatively small, the expenses of which were more than covered by a levy of 5½d. per member, a decrease of £47-6-8½ had taken place in the total value of the Order. It is gratifying to learn, however, that the lodges are in a healthy condition. The total value is £2,059-14-11½, which amounts to an average of £2-5-6¾  for each member of the district. In connection with the Order there has been established an auxiliary fund, the object of which is to render pecuniary assistance to those brothers and their families who are permanently disabled, and have been dependent on the sick relief of their lodges. Some pressing cases of this kind were considered, but we understand they would not be fully disposed of until a vote of each lodge was taken on the subject. The duties of chairman were performed by Mr. J. Walters, furniture dealer, Pontlottyn, and those of secretary by Mr. E. Evans, also of Pontlottyn.
“Merthyr Express” 7 May 1887
Eisteddfod     The Blodeuyn y Mynydd Lodge held an eisteddfod at the Board School, which was kindly lent for the occasion, on Monday night. The chairman was the Rev. J. Jones, Carmel; adjudicator of singing, Mr. James Powell (Ap Dewi), Pontlottyn; recitations etc. Mr. Henry Davies, Vochriw. The following were the