[January AD 1884]


Eakring Parish Magazine



‘The Church of the living God, the pillar and ground of the truth’ I. TIM iii 15


‘Earnestly contend for the faith which was once delivered unto the Saints’ S. JUDE 3


Parish Church of S. Andrew


HOLY COMMUNION – Every Sunday and Saints Day, at 8 am; but on the first Sunday of each month after the Morning Service, which on that Sunday is at 10.30.  On Christmas Day, Easter Day, Whitsunday and Trinity Sunday, two Celebrations, one at 8am and the other at mid-day.  


BAPTISMS – Sunday afternoons, on notice being given.


MATINS – Sundays 11am ; Weekdays 10 am


EVENSONG – Sundays 6.30 pm ; Weekdays 7 pm


CHILDREN’S SERVICES – 1st, 2nd and 4th Sundays of each month at 3 pm


CHURCHINGS – Before any service. There is no fee but an offering is usually made, as directed by the Prayer Book.


In the Parish Room:


MISSIONARY MEETINGS – 3rd Sunday in each month at 3 pm


SUNDAY SCHOOL – 9.45am and 2pm

CLOTHING CLUB – 12 to 1 every other Monday morning

LENDING LIBRARY – 12 to 1 every other Monday morning


VISITATION OF THE SICK – On information being given to the Rector.




John Hurt, Thomas Burne – Churchwardens

Mr J Edlington, Organist.  Mr G Maude, Parish Clerk.  Mr S Broome, Sexton


Magazine printed by John Whittingham, Printer, Southwell

Our Words and Work for Eakring January 1884


On entering upon its second year of existence our Parish Magazine would be very ungrateful if it failed to express its gratitude for the kind support and welcome it has met with not only at home, but also from friends elsewhere and some at a distance, who watch with interest the spiritual progress of the parish.  Indeed without such support and promise of its continuance, it would probably have had to succumb to the fate of many infants, and have died prematurely.  On the contrary it is full of the hope of youth, and heartily wishes all its friends the compliments of the season, trusting that this blessed season of Christmas has brought them joy and peace, and that in the whirl of time the New Year will bring them nearer to the Haven of Rest and the Home of Eternity.


In reviewing the past year, though we do not find that there has been same increase in attendance or in the number of Communicants that there was in the year 1882 over the previous year; yet we feel there is ground for encouragement in the fact that the standard we had attained to has been kept up – the congregations of an evening on Sundays have been with few exceptions good, and at Easter and this Christmas we have had a very fair number of communicants, yet there are many in the Parish who have yet to learn the privilege and the benefit of frequent communion, and also of a certain amount of self sacrifice, in order to avail themselves of the Early Celebration, and of the Morning Service, instead of allowing their souls to starve all day on Sunday and become soiled with the dust and fatigue of the world before rendering the homage due from the Creature to the Creator in His House of Prayer and Worship.


We earnestly trust that the Mission which is to be held in the parish next month may be so blessed to the quickening of souls and the revival of true religion in out midst, that those of us who are spared to see another year may notice unmistakeable signs of spiritual progress. We would call attention to the address on this subject at the end of the Magazine and the Prayer, which we would ask all our readers to daily use, if possible.


It is with no ordinary satisfaction and pleasure that we are able to announce at last that the minimum amount required by Act of Parliament has been secured, and in a very short time we may expect to hear the announcement of the appointment of a Bishop to the new See of Southwell.  In the meantime, let us, in accordance with the special desire of the Bishops of Lincoln and Lichfield, earnestly pray to God that a faithful appointment may be made, that this new Diocese may be blessed by the supervision of a true Chief Pastor, a wise, an understanding, a faithful and courageous Bishop.


It would, we feel, be a happy inauguration of the newly constituted Diocese if the consecration of the new Bishop could be arranged to take place in the ancient Collegiate Church of Southwell, henceforth to be the Cathedral or ‘Sedes Episcopi’ of the new Diocese.  If such should be the case, we would advise our readers not to lose the opportunity of witnessing such a solemn and imposing spectacle.


The Registers



Dec 9th Charles William, son of John and Harriet Ellis

Dec 9th Phoebe Elizabeth, daughter of Robert and Elizabeth Jepson

Dec 9th Albert Birkett, son of George and Clara Sarah Cartwright

Dec 9th Tom Thornhill, son of John and Kate Ireson

Dec 13th (private) Arthur, son of George and Emma Broome

Dec 25th Rose Jane Stanley Stubbins, daughter of George and Elizabeth Coupe


Marriage  Dec 11th James Moody and Ann Paulson


Burial Dec 14th George Hurt aged 46 years

Mission Address


Dear Friends,

It is proposed to hold what is called a ‘mission’ among you from Sunday February 10th to Sunday the 17th, and this mission will consist in a connected course of Sermons and Instructions, as well as Meetings for Prayer.  Its object will be to deepen the spiritual life of those who already try to serve God, to strengthen the weak and feeble Christians, to arouse the careless, to restore the backsliders and to convert the sinful.  But such a work as this cannot be done at all without the grace of God’s Holy Spirit.  We would ask you, then, first of all, from this time regularly in your prayers, alone, or where two or three are gathered together, to pray for the outpouring of the Holy Ghost upon the mission, that God’s eye may rest upon the work, and that there may be ‘showers of blessings’; and next, we would ask you all, when the mission week commences, to make arrangements so as to be able to attend as many services as possible, for God may have some special message for your soul, which you must not miss.

Believe us to be, dear friends,

Yours faithfully in our dear Lord,

W. Lumley B. Cator, Rector

Charles E Jarvis, Missioner




Bless, O Lord, we beseech Thee, the Mission about to be held in this parish.  Pour out abundantly Thy Holy Spirit on Thy Messenger, and on us Thy Servants to whom Thou sendest him.  Endue him with power from on high and grant that Thy word spoken by his mouth may not be spoken in vain.  Assist us, we beseech Thee, in preparing for the Mission that we may readily listen to Thy Message.  Convert the wicked; arouse the careless; soften the hard hearted; enlighten the ignorant; bring back those who are in error; receive graciously the penitent; comfort those who mourn; stablish the weak and the wavering; and so stir up our wills and affections that we plenteously bringing forth the fruit of good works may of Thee be plenteously rewarded through Jesus Christ, our Lord.  Amen.




NB Those who wish the Mission to be blessed to the parish are earnestly invited to come to Church every Wednesday Evening at 7 o’clock, to join in meditation and prayer in preparation for God’s message to our souls.

Our Words and Work for Eakring February 1884


The Approaching Mission – On the 10th of this month, as our readers are already aware, the Mission will commence, which is to last a week.  We trust that by means of the tracts which have been circulated in the village, and other ways in which instruction on the subject has been given, that it is by this time pretty generally known what it means and what its object is.  We trust that all will give a ready welcome to him who is coming to conduct the Mission, and attend to the utmost of their power the Special Services which will be held, a notice of which will be found at the end of the Magazine.  If all will join humbly, heartily and prayerfully in the work, we cannot doubt that it will be a means of drawing down blessings abundantly on our Parish.


The Confirmation – The Bishop Suffragan of Nottingham has kindly consented to hold a Confirmation in our Parish Church, on Saturday March 29th (providing at least that the constitution of the new See of Southwell and the appointment of a Bishop do not interfere with his arrangements).  This will form a fitting sequel to our Mission. We trust that many will seek God’s gift of strength for the spiritual combat by means of that Holy Ordinance.  Any who wish to offer themselves as candidates should lose no time in giving in their names to the Rector. Classes will be held on Mondays and Fridays at 4.15 for females and 7 o’clock for males.


Events of the Past Month – On Thursday the 16th another concert was given in the Parish Room by the choir and friends, which was well attended by an audience who seemed thoroughly to enjoy and appreciate the programme that had been provided for them.  The choir sang two glees; the other performers were the Misses Newham and Girken two duets on the piano; Messrs J Edlington, Packford, Trees and F Cator songs ; Masters Burne and Fred Stanley, a duet entitled ‘Silver Moonlight’; and Mr F Cator ‘A Whistling Solo’.  There were several encores, Mr Packford’s songs ‘The Powder Monkey’ and ‘Timber Toes’ being received with loud applause.  There were also two readings by the Rector.  The proceeds of this last concert and the previous one amount together to £2 14s 0½d, a welcome contribution towards paying off the debt on the Church Account last Easter.


On the 29th the Monthly Meeting of the Eakring Branch of the Church of England Temperance Society was held in the Rector’s Parish Room.  The room was quite crowded, and the audience evinced much interest in the proceedings.  Addresses were delivered by Messrs. Smith (of Leyfields), Palmer, Palin, C Whitworth, W Wibberley, and the Rector, who was in the chair.  Evidently the interest in the temperance movement has not died out, and a larger room will soon be needed.


The Registers


Marriage – January 26, Charles Holmes and Isabelle Paulson


Burial – January 4, Joseph Woodcock, aged 50 years



S. Andrew’s Church, Eakring


Special Services during the Mission Week



February 10th to 17th



Each Day Celebration                                            at 8am

Wednesday and Friday, Intercessory Service                   at 11.30am

Tuesday and Thursday, for Women                       at 3pm

Friday, for Children                                               at 4.15pm

Mission Service and after Meeting                          at 7pm

Cottage Lectures, Monday and Wednesday            at 3pm

On Sundays, Service for Men                                at 3pm


Our Words and Work for Eakring March 1884


Sunday School Festival and Church Supper – Although taking place on the 31st of the preceding month, the Sunday School Festival may well take its place as an event of the past month, connected so closely as it is with our Annual Church Supper, which was given in the Rector’s Parish Room, and followed as usual by an Entertainment (chiefly musical) in which the Church Choir and Messrs Packford, JA Edlington, Adkin and Ball, and the Misses Newham and Girkin, took part.  There was a goodly muster of friends of the Church on both occasions, and we have good reason to believe that two very pleasant evenings were spent by those present.


The New See of Southwell and its First Bishop – That which has been long prayed for and anxiously desired by many, is now (thanks be to God) an accomplished fact.  In the London Gazette of Feb 5th, appeared an order of the Queen in Council, founding the Bishopric of Southwell, to consist of the Counties of Derby and Nottingham.  Let us pray that the Bishop Elect ‘Dr Ridding’, Headmaster of Winchester College, may be endued with wisdom from above, and strength for the faithful discharge of the very responsible duties about to be laid on him.


The Late Mission – It is very gratifying to us to be able to record the ready welcome accorded to our Missioners, The Rev C E Jarvis, unmistakably evinced by the attendance at the Services in the Church, and at the Cottage Lectures.  We know that he has gone away cherishing very pleasant recollections of his visit and ministrations amongst us; and we believe he will never forget Eakring and its people.  Let us, on our part, never forget him and his earnest exhortations, but let us with God’s help endeavour to carry out our good resolutions, and persevere therein even to the end.


The Confirmation – We are glad to be able to announce that the constitution of the new See of Southwell and the appointment of a Bishop will not interfere with the Bishop Suffragan of Nottingham’s arrangements for confirmations in this County, therefore we shall expect him here on Saturday the 29th of this month, as already announced, to hold a Confirmation in our Parish Church; we would ask our readers to remember in their prayers those who are preparing for that Holy Ordinance, and also those who are assisting them in their preparations.


The Registers



Feb 10th Sarah Ann, daughter of Thomas and Alice Farrow

Feb 10th Annie Elizabeth, daughter of John and Hannah Pearce


NB The Rector is issuing a Lenten Pastoral, which will be found at the end of this magazine.



My dear Parishioners and Friends,


The Mission is over; Lent has begun! What does it mean? What is our concern with it?  It is a period of forty days that has been set apart from very early times in the Christian Church during the Spring in preparation for Easter, and for that of which every Easter is a perpetual foreshadowing – the general Resurrection and the Judgment to follow – we commemorate our Blessed Lord’s retirement in the Wilderness and fast of forty days and forty nights after his baptism and before entering on his Ministry. Though it is impossible for us to imitate literally our Blessed Lord’s example by going entirely without food for so long a time, yet we are bidden in our degree to follow His example by retiring from the world and its business and pleasures as much as the necessities of life, our health and our duties will permit.

We are bidden to practice self denial, either by abstaining entirely from food for certain periods of time, or by withholding from ourselves things pleasant to the taste, and being content with what is plain and wholesome, and necessary for health.  Care, however, must be taken to bear in mind the true end and object of fasting – not to foster pride – but to bring our bodies into subjection, and as an aid in developing the spiritual life of the soul.  Bearing this in mind, we shall find many ways in which we can each one of us practice self denial in the true spirit of fasting, besides abstaining from food, or being less particular about it than usual.  Above all we must use this season as a means of bringing us to true Repentance if we have not yet turned to God with our whole heart; and if we have already begun to serve God, of deepening our repentance; and of obtaining a clearer knowledge of God and his holiness; a greater realisation of what Sin is, and God’s hatred of it; and a more thorough knowledge of ourselves, our faults and failings, our evil dispositions and bad habits. To this end self examination is necessary, taking for our standard of right and wrong not the fallible judgement of man, nor the example of others, but the rule of God’s commandments as plainly set forth in His Word, and explained by our Blessed Lord in His Sermon on the Mount.  But let us look not only within, brooding over the past and bewailing our guilt and misery, but look upward and onward, turning our eyes to the Cross, meditating on the sufferings and death of Him whom God in his infinite Love, has given to be our Saviour and Redeemer; thither let us bring our load of sin and grief and all our cares and anxieties.  Defiled with the leprosy of sin, oppressed with a sense of our miserable shortcomings and neglects, there we shall find pardon and peace.  In the fountain opened for sin and for uncleanness we shall be washed and cleansed and become once more like little children, and thus more fit for the kingdom of heaven.  Having thus taken up the cross after Christ, and having been drawn to him with the bands of love, and having realised in a way that we had not experienced before, our individual interest in his sufferings and death, we shall enter more fully into the joys of Easter, rejoicing that by His Resurrection He has triumphed over the grave and death, and Satan, and has secured to us the benefits of His sufferings and death.  To help you in thus spending this season profitably, I entreat you to be earnest in prayer for grace, to snatch time from the world for prayer and reading the Bible every day.  You know what frequent services there are in God’s house, come as often as you can when you hear the sound of the bell inviting you!  Despise not the means of Grace!  Come yourself each one of you and bring others; and above all by the way you spend Lent, endeavour to prepare for Holy Communion at Easter, and for a joyful Resurrection at the last day through Jesus Christ our Lord.  Commending you and yours to God’s care,

I remain, your affectionate friend and pastor,


Our Words and Work for Eakring April 1884


Temperance Meeting – On Tuesday the 25th ult, the Rev R J King (Assistant Curate of Warsop) gave a stirring address, full of anecdotes and illustrations, showing the evil effects of intemperance.  The meeting was held as usual in the Rector’s Parish Room and was well attended by an audience who evidently appreciated the earnestness and vigour with which the speaker handled his subject.  The meeting was also enlivened by a recitation by Sarah Jane Burchill, entitled ‘What the friends of temperance have done’; and a dialogue entitled ‘Hiring a Coachman’, the part of the master being sustained by Fred Stanley; Laura White, Arthur Betts, Palmer Garland, and Walter White representing the coachmen offering themselves for hire.  The performers all acquitted themselves very creditably, and the audience were evidently much amused and pleased with both performances.  A vote of thanks (moved by Mr H Smith of Leyfields, and seconded by Mr Dowle) was tendered to Mr King for his address and for kindly coming over for the purpose.  A resolution was also unanimously passed ‘That the Chairman be authorised to sign, on behalf of the meeting, a Petition to the House of Commons (which was read out at the time) in support of the Act for the Repeal of the Grocers Licence to sell Spirits, &c’.  And after the meeting several signatures were obtained to a Petition to the same effect.


The Confirmation  - Saturday the 29th ult is a day to be remembered in the annals of Eakring.  On that day was held the first Confirmation in our Parish Church since its restoration, and it was the occasion of probably the last visit to us, in his official capacity, of the Bishop-Suffragan of Nottingham whose kindness and consideration for the old and infirm persons who were among the candidates for the Holy Rite of Confirmation, will, we are sure, be deeply impressed on their memories and in their hearts; as will also, we trust, the very plain, earnest, and affectionate words of exhortation which he addressed to all the candidates, be lastingly engraven on their hearts and minds.  The Confirmation Service was preceded by Choral Evensong, the choir mustering strong, and there being a good attendance at Church, notwithstanding the hour (two o’clock) being inconvenient to very many.  The number confirmed altogether 28, viz 7 males and 21 females; of these 6 males and 12 females were from our own parish; 1 male and 7 females from Boughton; and 2 females from Maplebeck.  The demeanour of the candidates was such as to lead one to hope they realised the importance of the step they were taking; and we sincerely trust that having set forward on the right road they will never turn back.  The mace was carried before the Bishop by Col. Cator; he was met at the church porch by the clergy and choir, and walked in procession to the chancel, and returned after service in the same order.  The Rector intoned the service and acted as Chaplain to the Bishop; the Rev J Ellerbeck read the First Lesson, Gen xlviii, 8 to end; and the Rev G R Chell the Second Lesson, Acts xix to v8.


We are sure our readers will sympathise with the Queen and the Duchess of Albany in the awfully sudden bereavement they have sustained in the death at Cannes of the Duke of Albany, perhaps better known as Prince Leopold.


The Registers


Baptism – Phoebe, daughter of Henry and Sarah Drabble

Good Friday


Ere a week elapses from the funeral of the Queen’s youngest son, we shall be called to commemorate another death.  We fear that many who have willingly and with sympathy joined in the national mourning for the premature loss of a Prince, justly beloved and sincerely lamented, will not show the same interest in the stupendous event which we shall soon be called upon by the Church once more to commemorate.  And yet is there one single human being who is not vitally interested in the event which we commemorate on Good Friday?  Well will it be for us ere that solemn day dawns upon us to consider what concern we have therein – how far we are affected by the issues of it!  This if we do in earnest, we cannot fail to be so impressed that we shall find it impossible to spend that day, as, alas so many do, year after year, throughout the length and breadth of the land (a nominally Christian land), in pleasure-seeking, holiday making, excursions, feastings and such like!  Shall we not rather be found in the House of God, joining in the solemn services of the Sanctuary lamenting our transgressions, and earnestly seeking pardon; listening to the Message of God’s love; meditating in deep humility and awe on the sufferings and death of the Son of God – the Man Christ Jesus – conscious of our guilt and of the share we have had in the sufferings inflicted on Him – ‘for the Lord hath laid on Him the iniquity of us all’ (Is liii 6) ‘He was wounded for our transgressions, He was bruised for our iniquities’ (v5) Then indeed though sorrowing and grieving for our sins and His sufferings, we shall find rest and peace for our souls, for we shall be assured of the pardon for our sins which has been purchased at such a tremendous sacrifice, with which God’s justice has been satisfied – ‘ for the chastisement of our peace was upon Him, and with His stripes we are healed’ (v5).  Surely looked upon in this light, and spent in such a way, we may well regard the Friday in the year on which we commemorate our Lord’s death as a ‘Good Friday’; for though the remembrance of our sins and His bitter sufferings must fill us with deep sorrow if we are in earnest, yet the knowledge of the effect of his death, the benefits purchased for us thereby, and reconciliation with God, is surely good and comforting to us. Thus while at Christmas we rejoice in the thought of Gods love in giving His Son to take our nature upon Him that He might purify our nature, and make us Children of God and Heirs of the Kingdom of Heaven, so may we in the midst of our sorrow yet be comforted also on Good Friday in the knowledge of the great work our Lord came to do being completed – ‘a full, perfect and sufficient sacrifice, oblation and satisfaction’ having been made by Him on the Cross for the sins of the whole world (see Consecration Prayer in Communion Service).

I sincerely trust that none of you into whose hands this may fall will be amongst those who idle away or spend in pleasure so solemn a day, and full of associations of such vital interest to you.  Our Parish Church will be open all day as it always is, and there any who have no quiet place to retire to can resort for prayer and meditation- out of service time.

The services on Good Friday will be as follows: Matins, Litany and first part of the Communion Service, with Sermon, at 10.30 am; Story of the Cross at 2pm; Evensong with Sermon at 7.30pm.

In the name of god I bid you all in the Parish to lay aside at least on that day your worldly cares and business, and come to the House of God.  Commending you and yours to God’s care,

I remain,

Your affectionate Friend and Pastor,



Eakring Rectory, April 1st AD 1884

Our Words and Work for Eakring May 1884


Easter Services &c – Though we have lost some who used to help in decorating the church, yet its appearance on Easter Day showed evident signs that it had not been neglected; the abundance of primroses this year rendering it easier than it is some years, to adorn the House of God with fresh and wild flowers.  The wreaths and flowers were very tastefully arranged, but if we must be critical, we must confess that we think that undue prominence was given to the pulpit and the lectern.  There were, as usual, two celebrations – one at 8am, the other at midday, the latter being choral – there being 32 celebrants at the late celebration, and 22 at the early one.  There was an excellent attendance at Evensong, which was a very hearty service, joined in (as indeed is the case generally now of an evening) by many of the congregation; the choir evidently having their hearts in their duties.  We may here mention that two young men in the village – Charles Hardwick and George Godfrey – have lately joined the church choir, and we have reason to hope that they will prove a not unimportant addition to its strength and efficiency.


During Easter-Week in which occurs the Village Feat or ‘Ball Play’, as it is commonly called, there were two attractions for those who sought rational amusement, the one a concert, on Tuesday in the Board School, under the auspices of Mr Dowle; the other a Temperance Entertainment in the Rector’s Parish Room, conducted by Mr Dowle and his brother with the aid of the Band of Hope Choir.


Diocesan Prize Scheme Examination – On Saturday 26th ult, an Examination was held in the Rector’s Parish Room, from 10 to 12.30 and from 1.30 to 3pm under the superintendence of the Rev R A McKee, Vicar of Farnsfield, who kindly came over on purpose.  Seven presented themselves as candidates – namely, Walter White, Joseph Kirkland, Laura White, Ada Wright, Fanny Kirkland, Sarah Ann Freeker and Clara Cooper.  We shall be very glad if we are able on a future occasion to record the success of any of them in obtaining a prize, which we cannot but feel will be well merited as a recompense for the pains which they have taken for themselves, and which Mr Packford has taken with them in preparation for the Examination.


Eakring Provident Club – According to the Rules of the Club, the Anniversary this year falls on Tuesday the 20th instant, on which day members will meet at the Club Room at 1.30; proceed to Church for service at 2 o’clock; afterwards members with the band will parade the village.  At 4 o’clock a Meat Tea will be provided in the Club Room for members and friends who purchase tickets not later than Saturday the 17th instant.  At 5 o’clock Athletic Sports will commence in a field of Mr Palmer’s, kindly lent for the occasion.  Our friends will be glad to hear that during the year that the club has been in existence it has made great progress, and is now in a most flourishing and healthy condition. 68 members have been enrolled, and some of the leading men in the county have given it their patronage and support.


The Registers


Baptism  April 27th John Edward, son of Henry and Sarah Ann Badger

Our Words and Work for Eakring June 1884


The First Bishop of Southwell – The first day of May of this year will always henceforth be remembered with gratitude and joy by all Churchmen who have the interests of the Church of England at heart; for it witnessed the consummation and fulfilment of the longings and desires of those who had been praying for years, and who had also by their offerings given substantial proof of their deep interest in the object they had at heart.  We say this advisedly, for we know that the Consecration of the Rev George Ridding (late Headmaster of Winchester College) as first Bishop of Southwell is looked upon in that light by those who have long felt the great need of an increase in the number of Bishops in our Church, and especially in this part of England, for the relief of the overburdened Bishops of Lincoln and Lichfield.  The number of Bishops assisting the Archbishop in the ceremony of consecration, the beautiful music, the large congregation and the associations of the place itself, all combined to make the Service of Consecration (very solemn as it is of itself) doubly impressive that day in S. Paul’s Cathedral.


On Wednesday the 28th the new Bishop was duly installed in his Cathedral Church of Southwell – the Archdeacon of Nottingham officiating as the Principal in that ceremony in place of the Archdeacon of Canterbury.  We are sure that our readers will concur in the prayer that God’s Blessing may rest on him who has thus been set over us as our Chief Pastor and that he may be endued with wisdom and power from on high for the discharge of his arduous duties.


Eakring Provident Club – The Anniversary which was kept on the 20th of last month, proved a great success in every way.  The Service and Sermon at the Parish Church, which was well filled by an attentive congregation, met, we believe, with general satisfaction, the preacher on the occasion being the Rev R A McKee, Vicar of Farnsfield. The Tea, likewise, and the Athletic Sports were very successful, and the weather all that could be desired.  Nor must we forget to mention the efficient service rendered by the Woodborough Brass Band, who accompanied the members in their processions through the village and played several pieces in the field, adding much thereby to the general enjoyment.  It was remarked by more than one who saw the procession wending its way through the village, what a number of fine looking young men there were amongst the members of the Club.  We rejoice that this is the case, as herein lies one of the chief sources of its strength.  The Committee of Management deserve great credit for the way in which everything was carried out.  And those who took part in the Recreation in the evening owe a debt of gratitude to Mr Palmer for kindly lending his field for the occasion.  The way the evening was spent is proof of the possibility of combining thorough enjoyment and recreation with perfect sobriety and the absence of language and conduct from which the modest and pure would instinctively shrink.


The Registers


Baptism – May 11, Annie, daughter of William and Matilda Rayworth

Our Words and Work for Eakring July 1884


Diocesan Prize Scheme Examination – The following is a list of those who satisfied the Examiners at the Examination, held at Eakring on Saturday April 26th 1884:


Scripture, Catechism and Prayer Book

Seniors – Class III – Ada E Wright and Laura A White

Juniors – Class III – Clara E Cooper


Special Subject

Class II – Ada E Wright and Laura White

Class III – Clara E Cooper, Sarah A Freeker and Walter White


We are sorry that none were admitted to the First Class, and that there were some failures; we fear that their writing and spelling would tell against the Candidates, as also the difficulty, without sufficient practice, of expressing in writing many things which they really knew.  As a proof of this may we mention (as we do with great pleasure) the satisfaction expressed by the Diocesan Inspector (Rev R H Whitworth, Vicar of Blidworth) at the intelligent answers given by the scholars of S. Andrew’s School, at his recent visit Saturday 28th ult; testifying as they did, to the care with which the children had been instructed.  We hope next month to give Mr Whitworth’s Report of the Examination.


Choral Festival in Southwell Cathedral – The Choral Festival was this year again held at Southwell and our Choir attended as usual and took part in both services, Mr J A Edlington, the organist, meeting them at Southwell; Mr Packford superintending the arrangements in place of the Rector, who was unfortunately away from home.  At Evensong the Sermon was preached by the Bishop of Southwell to a large congregation, many having come in by train in the afternoon from Nottingham and elsewhere.  We are glad to think that the Choir (of whom nearly all were present) spent a very pleasant day, and enjoyed the music and services and their picnic dinner and tea.


Flower Service – The 5th Sunday after Trinity (July 13th) is the day fixed for a Flower Service at Evensong, when offerings of flowers from old and young will be accepted.


Eakring Parish Magazine Account for year ending December 31st 1883

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June 24th, Constance Lottie and Maria Annie, daughters of George and Mary Jane Greenfield



June 9th, Alice Charlesworth, aged 31 years

Our Words and Work for Eakring August 1884


Flower Service – The Flower Service, of which notice was given in our last number, was held on the 13th ult, and was well attended.  Not one of the scholars of S. Andrew’s School failed to bring bouquets of flowers, and there were a few given by others as well.  Though the bouquets offered this year were not many more in number than last year, yet they were much finer and considerable taste was shown in the manner in which the flowers were put together.  Two hampers of flowers were taken the next day to Southwell Workhouse by Mr Packford, where these offerings of our S. Andrew’s Sunday Scholars and others were welcomed with what may almost be described as ‘transports of joy’ – the Rector afterwards receiving a letter from the Master of the Workhouse (Mr Shacklock), written by special request, assuring him of the thankfulness of the old and infirm inmates for the flowers, and for the kind consideration shown them.


Report of the Honorary Diocesan Inspector – (copy) Having examined the school described as the Saturday and Sunday School, I have great pleasure in reporting that the work of the children in the important subjects specified was very well done, reflecting credit upon themselves and their teachers.  The children are classified so as to bring them into comparison with the standard maintained throughout the Diocese.  I see no reason why the remaining subjects should not be prepared by some of the children and another advanced made by forming a III Division before and for the next examination.

R H WHITWORTH, Hon. Dio. Inspector

Blidworth, July 1884


Sunday School Festival – On Thursday 31st ult our Summer Sunday School Festival was held, and most fortunate we were in the weather, which was everything that could be desired.  Proceedings commenced with a procession to the Parish Church for evensong, a very suitable address being given to the children by Rev H M Wellington, Vicar of Hickleton, Yorkshire, founded on Prov iv7. After Service and the usual Tea in the Parish Room, the Rector read the Diocesan Inspector’s Report, and also a letter which he had received from him, from both of which he derived ground for congratulation for the past and encouragement for the future.  The prizes were then distributed by the Rector, who mentioned that out of 35 names on the Register, the average attendance had been 31.  Afterwards all adjourned to the Pingle Close (kindly lent for the occasion by Mr Job Godfrey) where the evening was spent in the usual games.


The following is a list of those who obtained prizes:



1st Class                       Lessons: Clara Cooper, first; Sarah Ann Freeker, second

                                    Attendance and Conduct: Fanny Kirkland

2nd Class                      Lessons: Mary Freeker, first; Walter White, second

                                    Attendance and Conduct: Herbert Burne

3rd Class                       Lessons: Elizabeth White, first; Alice Kirkland, second

                                    Attendance and Conduct: Ada Broome

4th Class                       Lessons: George Ellis, first; Alfred White, second

                                    Attendance and Conduct: Edith Burne



Joseph Kirkland, first prize; Ernest Tarr, second

Special Prize by Mr Packford, Laura White

Our Words and Work for Eakring September 1884


Lending Library – During the past months the Books have been called in as usual for repair &c; we are sorry to have to complain of the bad condition in which they are frequently returned, and hope that in future those who have books out to read will take more care of them.  We should be glad, moreover, to see a greater taste for wholesome and profitable reading springing up among us.  In the Library in the Parish Room there are a number of Books both interesting and full of useful information.  We often think what a pity it is that the Parishioners do not avail themselves of it more than they do, the subscription being so trifling as it is, namely One Penny per month or One Shilling for the year in advanced.  On Wednesday the 3rd of this month, Books can be obtained from the Library between the hours of 4 and 5 in the afternoon, and on the same day and time once a fortnight, the Library day always being in the same week as the Clothing Club.


Circulation of Tracts – We have been glad to find that the Church Tracts which have been from time to time taken round the Parish have met with such a ready welcome almost universally; we would wish, however, that they had been taken better care of, some of them being returned in such a state that they ere not fit to lend out again; we trust in future that those who receive them will read them carefully and digest their contents and take a pride in returning them in as good a condition as that in which they are delivered to them.  The busy time of Harvest will soon now be over, the days drawing on, and the long evenings beginning.  Then will be the time to avail ourselves of all opportunities of self improvement.  The Books and Tracts will then we trust, be anxiously sought after, and the Night School well attended, especially by the young men and lads.  In good time next month, we hope it will be open again in the Parish Room, as it has been in other winters: and we would strongly urge upon our young friends the importance of beginning their attendance at once, so as to get a good many weeks of instruction before the unsettling times of Martinmas and Christmas.


The Harvest Festival – This year we have had such weather and especially such a summer as we have not experienced for many a year; it has been a good old fashioned summer – ‘one of the olden time’ – and surely none the worse for being ‘old fashioned’, though there seems to be such a craving for change and things new in the present day.  The weather has been all we could wish for the gathering in of the fruits of the year, though all the crops have not been so abundant as in some seasons.  Surely this year, then, we have much cause for thankfulness to Almighty God for His goodness and the Blessings He has bestowed upon us, and our Harvest Festival will be the genuine expression of our gratitude and thankfulness.  Tuesday the 9th of this month is the day fixed for it, and we are glad to be able to announce that our late Missioner, the Rev C E Jarvis, Rector of Hatton near Wragby, has consented to preach the sermon on that occasion.  Notices will be issued in due time as usual.


The Registers



Aug 10, Susan Frances, daughter of Harry William and Fanny Papworth

Aug 28, Joseph, son of Joseph and Mary Broome

Our Words and Work for Eakring October 1884


Harvest Festival  - This year we have had an old fashioned summer such as we have not had for many a year, and thus have been able to keep our Harvest Festival about a month earlier than we have done of late years.  On the day appointed (Tuesday the 9th of last month), in addition to the usual Services in Church, a Cricket Match was played in a field (kindly lent by Mr Burne for the occasion) between ‘Married and Single’, which created a considerable amount of interest in the village, many being present to witness the contest, which resulted eventually in a victory for the ‘Married’.  Afterwards football and other amusements were indulged in for some time before the company dispersed.  We trust that the farmers and the tradesmen in the village, finding how much their kindness has been appreciated in thus granting those in their employ a half-holiday, will make this a precedent for future Harvest Festivals.  In the early morning there was as usual a Celebration of Holy Communion; and in the evening a Service of Thanksgiving (Choral Evensong, ending with a solemn ‘Te Deum’) was held in the Parish Church, when the Rev C E Jarvis, Rector of Hatton in Lincolnshire, preached a very instructive and appropriate Sermon from Psalm lxv 11, to a large and attentive audience, showing how the Harvest is the crown of the year.  We feel sure that many were heartily glad to have an opportunity of listening once more to one from whom they had learnt much during the Mission that was held in the parish during the winter.  Mr Joseph A Edlington officiated ably as usual as organist; and Messrs Ball and Adkin (of Bilsthorpe), as on former occasions, rendered efficient help to the S. Andrew’s Choir.  There was not the same amount of decoration in the Church this year as in some years past, but what there was was executed and arranged with much taste, special care and attention having been bestowed on the Chancel, as should always be the case.  Those to whom the credit is due for the effect produced did their work, we trust, as a real labour of love, and from higher notices than to obtain the praise of man; it could not, we feel sure, have been without considerable self sacrifice that the time was gained for the work which they accomplished.


On the Sunday following, Harvest Festival Services were also held in the Parish Church, the Rector preaching in the morning from S. James v 7, 8; in the afternoon at the children’s service from S. Mark iv 26-9; and in the evening from Psalm lxv 9, 10.


The Collections on the Tuesday and Sunday, amounting in all to £3 16s, will be devoted towards paying off the Debt on the Church Expenses Account for the year ending last Easter – viz £16 2s 8¼d.


The Registers



Sept 14th, Mabel Ellen, daughter of Robert and Harriet Wrath.



Harry Hollis and Ruth Walker



Aug 29th Clement Randall aged 84 years

Sept 9th Sarah Haywood aged 82 years

Our Words and Work for Eakring November 1884


Universities Mission to Central Africa – On the 18th Sunday after Trinity (October 12th) Sermons were preached, both morning and evening, in the Parish Church, by the Rev J C Yarborough, Organising Secretary for the Northern Province, on behalf of the Universities’ Mission to Central Africa : S. Matt xiv 17, 18 being the text in the morning and Isaiah xviii 7 , the text in the evening.  In the afternoon Mr Yarborough gave an Address at the Children’s Service, giving some account of the Special Mission to the Tribes in the neighbourhood of the Lake Nyassa under the Rev P Johnson, and some particulars of the locality, and of the steamer which he is now taking out with him for use on the Lake as a means of communication with the natives of that District.  The next day Mr Yarborough gave a Lecture, illustrated by dissolving views, representing very clearly the character of the country and the people, amongst whom the work of this Mission is being carried on, and in which Mr Yarborough was a few years ago engaged; but which he was forced reluctantly  to relinquish on account of his health giving way. £1 10s (£1 out of the Church Offertory Fund and 10s collected at the meeting) has been sent to the Secretary in London towards the Funds of this Mission, the workers in which, almost without exception, give their services freely, being content with food and raiment and the payment of necessary expenses.


Mr J A Edlington’s Concert – On Tuesday the 12st ult., Mr J A Edlington, Organist and Choirmaster of the Parish Church, gave an Evening Concert in the Parish Room (kindly lent for the occasion by the Rector) which was well filled by an appreciative audience, several coming from Kneesall, Bilsthorpe and surrounding villages.  Most of the performers were old friends, but several strangers appeared and won their way into favour.  The Rev E B Michaelson’s two songs ‘I fear no foe’ and ‘The Vagabond’ were both encored, and in response to the latter he sang ‘The Peep Show’ which fairly brought down the house. Mr W Hurt (of Kneesall) with ‘B.R.O.W.N.’ and Mr Adkin (of Nottingham) with ‘The Pilot’ also gained hearty encores, whilst the way in which Mr W Ball spun ‘The Yarn of the Nancy’ did him the greatest credit. The various Pianoforte solos, Readings, Trios &c were all exceeding well rendered, the two latter causing roars of laughter.  Mr Edlington received a very flattering reception, showing that his efforts, both as accompanist and as the promoter of the concert, were fully appreciated.  The proceedings terminated as usual with ‘God Save The Queen’.


The Eakring Clothing Club – Subscriptions for this year have been paid up, and members’ cards, showing the amounts of subscription with bonus added, will be returned to them (DV) at the Parish Room, on Monday November 3rd at twelve o’clock.


Church of England Temperance Society – Sermons will be preached (DV) in the Parish Church on Sunday November 9th both morning and evening; and as soon after as possible a Meeting of the Eakring Branch will be held in the Parish Room.


Bible Classes – The Rector will be glad to receive the names of any women (old or young) who would like to join a Bible Class at 5 o’clock on Mondays; and of any men (old or young) who would like to join one on Tuesdays at 7.30.

Our Words and Work for Eakring December 1884


Our Parish Magazine – The attention of our Subscribers is called to the fact that the price of each number of the Magazine will next year be raised to 1½d.  The Balance due to the Editor at the end of 1883 was £1 9s 7d* which would have amounted to £2 19s 7d if it had not been for a liberal donation of £1 10s 0d.  From what has been said we feel sure our subscribers will be satisfied that there is sufficient reason for raising the price of the Magazine and no doubt some among the more wealthy Subscribers will not allow the Editor to bear the whole burden of the deficit; any Contributions to the ‘Deficit Fund’ will be thankfully acknowledge by the Rev W Lumley B Cator, Eakring Rectory, Newark, Notts, to whom also, Subscriptions for this year which are still owing, should be paid without delay.


SPG Meeting and Sermons – On Friday November 28th a very interesting lecture was given in the Rector’s Parish Room by the Rev G Billing (Missionary from Madras and SPG Secretary for the Diocese of Madras).  He gave some account of the work in which he had been engaged in a District about 40 miles square, giving details illustrative of the difficulties and encouragement which he had experienced.  Those who were present seemed to be deeply interested; it is to be regretted that there was not a larger audience: we fear the ‘Hiring Holiday Week’ was not a very opportune time for our annual Missionary Meeting.  The collection only amounted to 7s.  Sermons on behalf of the Society for the Propagation of the Gospel in Foreign Parts, will be preached (DV) Morning and Evening in the Parish Church on the 3rd Sunday in Advent.


Eakring Clothing Club – Members’ cards, with amount of their Subscriptions and Bonus added, were given out to them on the 3rd of last month.  The Bonus this year amounted to 2s 10d., which one or two, we are sorry to say, forfeited by not complying with one of the Rules as to regularity of payment.  We have reason to believe that Mr Elvidge (of Eakring) who supplied the members with their goods this year, has given great satisfaction.  We would take this opportunity of mentioning that Monday January 5th will be the day for Members to commence subscribing for the New Year.


Dedication Festival – This year S. Andrew’s Day falling on Advent Sunday, we were obliged on that day to keep our Dedication Festival, when there was an early celebration and Sermons preached in the Morning by the Rector and in the Evening by Rev E B Michaelson.  The Collections, amounting to 16s ½d were for Church Expenses.  Unfortunately the snow coming in the afternoon thinned very much the Evening Congregation.


Surplices and Cassock Fund – Cassocks for the Members of the Choir and new Surplices is a want that has long been felt; there are now 8 men in the Choir and the organist and 6 Boys, and probably three or four more boys will ere long be admitted; £20 at least will be required to supply this want.  The Rector appeals to his friends, and especially the Readers of our Magazine, to help him in raising the required amount, so that Cassocks and New Surplices may be ready for use by Easter.


The Registers



Nov 9th George, Son of Joseph and Eliza Spittlehouse



November 13th, Joseph Wibberly, aged 85 years


* See July No.