20 1949 (Wed.) Handel’s Messiah at Bethania. Soloists included Jennifer Vyvyan; Gwyneth Morgan; Trefor Anthony; and Hubert Hughes; Idris Griffith, Llanelli, organist; Conductor Andrew Williams. Notable especially for the collapse and death of Revd Esaia Williams, Bethania in the pulpit while addressing the congregation.
- 27 1970 (Fri.) Bethania Young People visit Cardiff to see Chitty Chitty Bang Bang. On the Sunday who should come and meet them in Llandaf Road Baptist Chapel but George Thomas the Welsh Secretary of State for Wales and said: ‘ I expect you finished the milking before you came down’?!
- 27 1953 (Fri.) Concert at Tabernacl: Pontyberem Male Voice Choir and tenor Geraint Davies.
- 23 1960 (Wed.) Visit of Cliff Richard. He called in at Penri’s café, Pendre (Happy City 2013), and was offered Welsh cakes for the first time, which he thought ‘scrumptious’. No record whether it was raining on that occasion so no evidence whether he sang during his visit.
- 23 1949 (Wed.) Cardigan Choral Society – Handel’s ‘Messiah’. Bethania, conducted by Andrew William; Artistes included: Elsie Suddaby, Bruce Dargavel, Eileen Price, Rene Soames. The organist was Professor Ted Morgan.
- 23 1928 (Thurs.) Burial of Samuel Young, 77 mayor in 1908 and 1921
- 20 1878 (Wed.) Lecture in Bethania: ‘Handel’ by Revd W. Harries, Aberdare. The proceeds went towards the Baptist chapel at Cilfowyr. The reviewer wrote that the lecturer ‘showed considerable ability of composition’, so there..
- 1 1950 (Wed.) Opening TSB bank in Kensington House. Opened by Mayor.
- 1 1882 (Wed.) Bethania Vestry officially opened.
- 1 1850 (Fri.) Sale of the smack ‘Anne & Mary’ at the White Hart Inn by David Roberts.
OPENING OF BETHANIA VESTRY (adapted from CTA 2.3.1882)
The Vestry was built to meet the demands of the numbers attending the Sunday School. Vestry contained: a library, retiring rooms, vestry, teachers’ rooms, boiler room and other conveniences at a cost of £510. The plan was presented to Revd John William as a token of respect, by John Owens, a Liverpool architect. The inside was suitably decorated by Mrs R E Rees, who was also responsible for collecting £20–£30 towards the expenses. Master Johnny Evans George sold over 100 tickets towards the tea and concert.
The following were responsible for the decorations:
Miss Evans, Penrallt-Cadwgan; Mrs Williams, the minister’s wife; Capt J O Griffiths; Mrs Llewellyn (The Globe); Mr Richards; Mr David Thomas, Northgate Tce.; Mr John Bowen, Quay St; Mrs Thomas, Mwldan; Capt Evans, New Inn, William St.
Responsible for feeding the 500:
Miss Evans, Penrallt-Cadwgan; Mrs J O Griffiths, Emerald Ho., Pendre; Thomas Griffiths, Pendre; Mrs Esau, Pendre; Mrs James, Northgate Tce.; Miss Mary Ann Thomas, Quay St.
- 17 1988 (Sun.) Death of T. T. Lloyd, mayor 1969–70. Left wing member of the Town Council. Worked at Aber-porth. Member at Bethania.
- 12 1964 (Sun.) Fire at Bethania under the chapel where the boiler was housed.
- 12 1910 (Wed.) General election: Public meeting at the Guildhall Vaughan Davies MP; Prof Levi, Aberystwyth; D Davies, Treforgan, Revd. J D Hughes, Blaenwaun. Chairman: Revd. John Williams, Bethania.
- 12 1876 (Wed.) Dr. William Lane Noot, surgeon, died, aged 71.