[January AD 1885]


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.  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 10.30am ; 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 – 9.30am and 2pm

CLOTHING CLUB – 12 to 1 every other Monday

LENDING LIBRARY – 4 to 5pm every other Wednesday


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 1885


The Year 1884 – The end of one year and the commencement of a new one is, without contradiction, a time for reflection.  Events which have occurred; opportunities taken advantage of or neglected; privileges slighted or made the most of, either in the case of a nation or of individuals, will have had more than a passing influence either for weal or for woe.  Besides those events which have had an interest for the nation at large, such as the passing of the Franchise Bill and the bringing in of the Redistribution Bill, and the expedition for the relief of General Gordon, there are certain events in which the Parish of Eakring has a more immediate interest.  For instance we may remember that it was on May 28th that the first Bishop of Southwell (Dr Ridding) was installed in his Cathedral Church of Southwell.  We cannot either forget the Mission which was held in our midst by the Rev C E Jarvis, Rector of Hatton in Lincolnshire, which lasted from February 10th to 18th, during which period the frequent services which were held were for the most part so well attended, many appearing to be much impressed: we cannot doubt that seed was sown then which has borne fruit and will bear fruit.


Then again on March 29th a Confirmation was held in our Parish Church by the Bishop Suffragan of Nottingham, when 28 were confirmed (7 males and 21 females) of whom 18 belonged to the Parish of Eakring (6 males and 12 females).


On June 28th our Sunday School was examined by the Rev R H Whitworth (Diocesan Inspector) who expressed himself well satisfied with the result of the examination.  We may take this opportunity of remarking that the attendance on the whole during the past year has been very satisfactory.


On July 13th a Flower Service was held in the Parish Church, and the flowers given the day following, as in the previous year, to the inmates of the Southwell Union, who thoroughly appreciate the kind gifts of their Eakring friends.


In order that we may see how far the Services of the Church and its ordinances are appreciated, and note any signs of progress, it may be interesting to some of our friends elsewhere as well as in the village to compare some of the statistics of the past year with those of the previous year:-


In 1882-3 the Holy Communion was celebrated 71 times, and the average each time was about 8.  In 1883-84 it was celebrated 79 times, the average still being about 8.


In 1882-3 the average attendance of adults at Church on Sundays for the whole day was about 105.  In 1883-4 the average attendance was about 119.


In 1882-3 the Offertory Collections amounted to £27 14s 5¾d, the average each time being 2s 11¼d.  In 1883-4 they amounted to £32 9s 3¼d, the average each time being 3s 6¾d.


The number of Communicants on Christmas Day 1882 was 38; on Christmas Day 1883, 43.  On Easter Day 1883, 44; and on Easter Day 1884, 54.


The periods referred to above are from Advent 1882 to Advent 1883; and from Advent 1883 to Advent 1884.


The above figures will show that there has been a decided progress in every respect, seeming to show a greater appreciation of the Church and her Services, which may well be an incentive to all who love the Church and her Lord to take courage and press forward with greater zeal in the good cause in which we are engaged.


The Registers


Burials – Dec 12th Sarah Godfrey aged 87 years.  Dec 16th John Tom Hopkin aged 27 years.  Dec 26th Joseph Hutchinson aged 86.

Our Words and Work for Eakring February 1885


The Victories in Upper Egypt – Every Englishman who is worthy of the name he bears must feel proud of his countrymen who have so distinguished themselves at the Battles of Aby Klea and Gubat, near the Nile.  While, however, we admire the courage and determination with which they held their own and gained the object they had in view, notwithstanding the fearful odds that were against them (not much less than ten to one) and the bravery and skill of their adversaries; yet we must deeply deplore the great sacrifice of life at which those victories were achieved – the loss of so many gallant officers and men – in particular one of them of world-wide reputation, ‘Fred Burnaby’; and the number of wounded besides, especially the daring leader of that noble band of brave men, General Sir H Stewart.  While we now look forward with hope to the speedy liberation of General Gordon, who has been more or less a prisoner at Khartoum on the Nile for so many months, let us not forget to remember in our prayers the bereaved relatives of those who have fallen, as well as the sick and the wounded; and let us pray that some lasting fruits may be the eventual result of an expedition which has been carried out at the cost of so much money, and the loss of so many valuable lives.  May we not indeed hope that God in his Providence will overrule all to the bringing about at last a more secure and prosperous condition of affairs in both Upper and Lower Egypt; and above all to the preparing of the ‘way for the extension of Christ’s Kingdom and the preaching of the Gospel of peace, that the people who now sit in darkness and in the shadow of death may see the light of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ’ (see prayer issued by the Bishop of Lichfield).


Events of Last Month – We feel sure the readers of our magazine will sympathise with the Rector on the loss of his mother, the Lady Louisa Cator (the last of her generation), at the advanced age of ninety.  On consequence of this sad event, which took place on the 7th, the Rector was prevented from being present at the S. Andrew’s School Tea, which took place on Tuesday the 27th; the Rev W T Norton kindly conducting the service in Church and giving an address to the children.  On Monday the 5th the Clothing Club was re-opened for the new year.  Members’ subscriptions are received as before at the Parish Room, every other Monday from 12 to 1.


The Night School – We are glad to hear that the attendance at the Night School has been so good; we see in this satisfactory evidence of the benefits to be derived from it being appreciated, as well as Mr Packford’s unremitting zeal and energy in carrying on this good work.


The School Board – Fortunately for the Parish, especially during this period of agricultural depression, a contest has been avoided on the occasion of the recent Triennial Election of the Eakring School Board.  The following who were nominated have been declared duly elected – namely Messrs Thomas Cooper, Henry Hallam, John Hurt, Robert Palmer, and the Rector.  We understand that Messrs George Greenfield and George Teather have been elected as members of the Board by the Rufford Ratepayers.

Our Words and Work for Eakring March 1885


Confirmation at Caunton – On Monday the 23rd of last month, the Bishop of Southwell held a Confirmation in the Parish Church of Caunton.  Amongst those who were presented to the Bishop for the laying on of hands were five from this Parish, namely John Ellis, Albert Glen, James Smorley, William Templeman and Charles Caudle.  It will be well for them if they ever cherish a faithful remembrance of that day’s Service and the important part they took in it; and strive not to forfeit by any future misconduct the Blessing then imparted.


Letter from Basil Kam’na – The following is a translation of a letter the Rector has received from Basil Kam’na, a boy whom the S. Andrew’s Sunday School Children have been helping for several years past to support and educate at one of the Schools of the Universities Mission at Zanzibar:-


Kiungani House, January 1st 1885


My Dear ……………………….

Many thanks for your letter which you sent me.  It please me very much to get a letter from you and above all those cards which came from you my friend.  I am very pleased with those who sent me the cards, I hear you want a letter from me.  I write to tell you all my news.  I am quite well, and now I tell you my news.  Zanzibar is a bad place because there are very few Christians but a great many follow Mahomet, because of this it grieves me, neither will they listen to what we tell them.  Is it true in England that all Christians every day please God our father of Heaven and Earth, who created all people that are in Heaven and on Earth?  If all are Christians in England, do they not want all to be so here?  I shall be very pleased to see all Christians here.  Now I will tell you that I am going to Nyassa to help my brethren there, I am going with Mr Johnson to build a house.  Our Father will be pleased if some lay hold of the Gospel of Jesus Christ and become Christians.  You and I know that Jesus is our Saviour, the Son of God.  Now I go to Nyassa to help to deliver our Brothers.  I should be very pleased if you came to us at Nyassa.  I ask you to ask my friends in England to pray for me, that the Almighty God will guard me there.  Give my salaams to all the children who sent me cards.  Tomorrow we go on board the ship.  Now I have come to the end of my letter. Salaams to all my friends in Jesus Christ our Lord.  I am going now with Mr Johnson. I shall be very pleased for any of you to reach Nyassa.



Fridays in Lent – The following is a list of preachers engaged or the Fridays in Lent at Evensong, 7.30, during the month:

6th – Rev R F Smith, Vicar of Halam-cum-Edingley, and Minor Canon of Southwell Cathedral

13th – Rev J Ellerbeck, Vicar of Boughton

20th – Rev R L Davies, Vicar of East Drayton-cum-Stokeham

27th – Rev T W Smith, Vicar of Calverton

The other services on the Weekdays as usual at 10 in the morning and 7 in the evening.


We trust that not a few will avail themselves during the remainder of this solemn season of the opportunities afforded them in the weekday services as well as those on the Sundays, of obtaining instruction and encouragement in their efforts to further their eternal interests.


The Registers



February 19th Sarah Waters aged 91

February 21st Lucy Knowles aged 22 years

Our Words and Work for Eakring April 1885


The late Bishop of Lincoln – Another name has been added to the roll of those who were honoured and revered in their lifetime, and whose labours have not only benefited the generation in which they lived, but are calculated to bring untold blessings to future generations.  A worthy successor to Bishop Hugh, the Founder of the See, was the late Bishop of Lincoln (Christopher Wordsworth) who did not survive the resignation of his office which he had held for sixteen years – ending his earthly labours the 21st of last month, almost at the very time that his successor, Canon King (Canon of Christ Church and Regius Professor of Pastoral Theology at Oxford) was elected by the Dean and Chapter of Lincoln.  The crowd in the Cathedral at Lincoln on the day of his funeral, Wednesday 25th of last month, in spite of it being the Lincoln Cup day, testified to the great esteem in which he was held.  Though he was buried in Riseholme Churchyard, by the side of his wife, whom he outlived only a few weeks, yet the first part of the Burial Service was read in the Cathedral at Lincoln, the Students of the Chancellors School (Theological College) in accordance with his expressed wish acting as bearers.  In him the Church of England has lost one who adorned the office which he held by his simplicity of character, his piety, his learning and his princely liberality and large heartedness.


Holy Week and Easter – We cannot help feeling that the customary time for giving up and taking to houses and lands in this part of the country oftentimes interferes seriously with the due observance of the most solemn period of Lent.  It must surely be a source of deep regret to those who are in earnest and would gladly avail themselves of the aids to meditation and devotion which the Church provides for them, that their minds should at such a time be so much occupied with extra cares and anxieties.  We sincerely trust, however, that in spite of the numerous changes that have been taking place in our village, the better disposed have found time to prepare themselves, and will not fail to avail themselves of the opportunities which will be afforded them on Easter Day, both at 8am and midday, of partaking of the Holy Communion.


Easter Vestry and Meeting of Churchmen – The Easter Vestry Meeting for the choice of Churchwardens will be held (DV) on Friday the 10th at Five O’clock.  It is proposed also to hold a meeting of Churchmen in the Vestry on Friday the 17th at 7.30 to choose two representatives to attend the Ruri-Decanal Conference, which the Rural Dean proposes shortly to summon in accordance with the Bishop’s wishes.  All Churchmen of full age are earnestly invited to attend the Meeting on the 17th.




Baptism – March 8th, Edwin, son of Job and Mary Godfrey


Marriage – March 15th, William Allen (of Hucknall Torkard) and Sarah Hurt (of this Parish).

Our Words and Work for Eakring May 1885


S. Andrew’s Sunday School – Mr Packford’s report for the half-year ending Christmas 1884 was extremely satisfactory, though in some respects there is room for improvement.  The average attendance was 35 out of 39 on the books.  The Prizes were distributed by the Rector on Sunday March 15th, circumstances having occurred to prevent them being distributed at the usual time.  The following were the Prize Winners:-


Attendance and Conduct


1st Class – Joseph Kirkland, 1st Prize                Ernest Tarr, 2nd Prize

2nd Class – Walter White, 1st Prize                    Walter Burne, 2nd Prize

3rd Class – Susan Godfrey, 1st Prize                  Ada Broome, 2nd Prize

4th Class – Walter Ellis, 1st Prize                       Edith Burne, 2nd Prize



1st Class – Clara Cooper, Fanny Kirkland         Laura White, 2nd Prize

                  (equal 1st Prize)

2nd Class – Mary Freeker, 1st Prize                   Herbert Burne, 2nd Prize

3rd Class – Alice Kirkland, 1st Prize                   Elizabeth White, 2nd Prize

4th Class – Alfred White, 1st Prize                     George Ellis, 2nd Prize


Four children obtained the maximum number of marks for Attendance and Conduct, namely Clara Cooper, Fanny Kirkland, Joseph Kirkland and Alice Kirkland; hence, three of these children would have carried off the first  prize for Attendance and Conduct as well as Lessons had any of the children been allowed to receive more than one prize.  It is satisfactory to find the school steadily increasing, though the want of sufficient efficient Teachers will soon be felt if the increase continues.


Easter Entertainments &c – The Church was prettily decorated for Easter Day, as usual, the flowers in vases on the Altar especially being arranged with great taste.  The Parish Room was in great request during Easter-week and the week following; hardly a day passing without a Meeting or an Entertainment of some kind.  First there was on Easter Monday a Tea for those who had attended the Night School during the winter months, followed by various amusements which seemed to be highly appreciated; out of 22 on the books the average attendance was 17, John Andrews obtaining a prize presented by Mr Packford.  On Wednesday in the same week, the Rector gave a tea to the Eakring Band of Hope and a few of their friends, who after listening to one or two recitals and singing a few hymns and songs, ended with romps and games.  On the 15th of last month the Church Supper, which usually takes place at Christmas, came off; about fifty, consisting of those holding any office in connection with the Church, other Churchmen and a few friends sat down to a Supper provided by the Rector, which was followed by a Concert.  At the usual Easter Vestry Meeting held on Friday the 10th, Messrs John Hurt and Thomas Burne were re-elected Churchwardens for the ensuing year.  The Church Accounts were passed at an adjourned Vestry Meeting held on Friday the 24th; we desire to call attention to these accounts, a statement of which is printed in this number of the Magazine, and shall probably have more to say about them in the next number.


The Registers


Baptisms – April 5th, Mary Ann, daughter of Henry and Ellen Parsons

April 12th, Florence, daughter of Charles and Sarah Eliza Marriott


Burial – George Spittlehouse, aged 7 months.


Our Words and Work for Eakring June 1885


The Parish Church Choir – On the 10th of last month, George Godfrey, Charles Hardwick and Lawson Frost were formally admitted Senior Members; and on Whitsunday Charles Ernest Bellamy and George Ellis were admitted Junior Members of the Choir.  We sincerely trust that all who aspire to such a privilege will do their utmost to promote the reverent and intelligent rendering of the Services of Sanctuary.


The Eakring Provident Club Anniversary – As usual the third Tuesday in the month (this year falling on May 19th) was kept as the Anniversary of the Eakring Provident Club and the programme of last year was pretty closely adhered to, though there were a few alterations, the chief of which was the assembling and marching to church earlier, allowing more time after the Knife and Fork Tea for the Athletic Sports, which took place in the same field as last year, for which the club are indebted once more to the kindness and generosity of Mr Palmer.  We fear that the earlier hour of the service in church prevented some of the members attending, as doubtless they would have liked to have done.  Those who were present had the privilege of hearing from the Preacher, the Rev H M Wellington, Vicar of Hickleton, Yorkshire, a clear statement of the claim on their attention and their allegiance of a much older club than the one whose anniversary they were assembled to celebrate; for while he expressed in no uncertain language his appreciation of the principles on which the Provident Club is founded, he yet showed the infinitely greater privileges to be derived from belonging to that older club, which also has its organisation, its Head, its officers, its rules.  And by application of his Text (Hebrews ii 3, ‘How shall we escape, if we neglect so great salvation?’ warned his hearers of not giving proper attention to the claims on our allegiance of the Holy Catholic Church of Christ.


The Ruridecanal Conference – At a well attended Meeting of Churchmen, held in the Vestry on Friday April 17th, Mr Robert Marshall (of Leyfields) and Mr Thomas Cooper, were unanimously elected as the lay delegates to attend the Ruridecanal Conference, there to represent, in conjunction with the Rector and the two Churchwardens, the Parish of Eakring.  We understand Tuesday 23rd June is the day fixed for the assembling of the said Conference at Southwell.


Church Accounts – We are glad to notice a considerable improvement in the Offertory Collection in Church since Easter.  It is very plain that there is the utmost need of such improvement being sustained and of everyone exerting themselves to the utmost in face of such serious balances on the wrong side as showed themselves in the Church Accounts which appeared in the Parish Magazine for last month, namely £17 3s 6½d due to Mr Burne, Churchwarden, in the Church Rate Account, and £8 4s 3¾d due to the Rector in the Offertory Account.  Church Rates being now only a voluntary payment, and so few apparently being willing to pay, the chief burden of the expenses connected with the church and its services falls on the Church Offertory Account and the degree to which this is supported cannot fail to be a considerable test of the earnestness and devotion of the Members of the Church.


The Registers



May 7th, John William Cragg and Ellen Catherine Paulson

May 26th, Thomas Tarr and Elizabeth Garner

Our Words and Work for Eakring July 1885


Synod – Southwell, in general so quiet a town, has been during the past month, the scene of no less than three important gatherings.  The first took place on the 9th, when between four and five hundred clergy assembled in the Cathedral in response to an invitation from the Bishop.  In the morning there was a Celebration of Holy Communion and an address by the Bishops and in the afternoon certain important subjects were submitted for consideration.


Choral Festival – The next important gathering at Southwell was the Nottinghamshire Choral Union Festival, which took place in the Cathedral on Thursday the 18th of last month, and was on the whole very successfully conducted.  The weather was everything that could be desired.  It was especially gratifying to notice the great improvement in the behaviour of the members of the various choirs, no doubt in great measure arising from the better arrangements made for preserving order in respect to their  robing and the seats allotted to them.  Not one of our Eakring Church Choir failed to be in their places at the appointed time, and we flatter ourselves they looked as well as any of the choirs present that day, dressed as they were in their new surplices and violet cassocks, which they wore for the first time that day.  A few of their friends from Eakring joined in the usual picnic dinner and tea.  After dinner Miss Monckton kindly admitted the whole of the Eakring party, as well as a few of their Rufford friends, into the grounds of the Manor House.  We feel sure that all returned to Eakring having thoroughly enjoyed themselves throughout the day, which will long be remembered by them as one of the happy days of their life.


Ruridecanal Conference – The third important event which took place at Southwell was the Conference in the Chapter House of the Cathedral of the Rural Deanery of Southwell, presided over by the Rural Dean (Rev Canon Hole of Caunton), the different Parishes in the Deanery being represented by their clergy, the churchwardens and the elected delegates; amongst the latter Messrs Marshall and Cooper, our Churchwardens, not being able to attend.  The principal subject which the Conference had under consideration was the necessity of all Churchmen, both Clergy and Laity, uniting in defence of the Church and its liberties, privileges and endowments, and using every legitimate means for the circulation of sound and reliable information in respect to her history and constitution in refutation of the misstatements and attacks of her adversaries.


Resignation of Mr Dowle – We have left ourselves but small space for an important announcement which we feel sure has not become generally known without occasioning much regret on the part of many in the Parish, and especially the parents of the children in whose welfare and progress we feel sure Mr Dowle has always taken the greatest interest.  Great credit is due to him for the pains he has taken in the Board School to bring about the increased proficiency which is now apparent to anyone who has the opportunity of examining the school and of studying the Reports of Her Majesty’s Inspectors, and of noticing the Government Grants which have been made to the school since Mr Dowle has been master.  He has resigned his post in consequence of his having accepted a situation as financial secretary to Mr Smith (late of Leyfields) and tutor to his children.  We wish him and Mrs Dowle every success in their new home.  At a meeting of the School Board on the 29th of last month, Mr Sampson Speight, from Bowling, near Bradford, Yorkshire, was appointed Mr Dowle’s successor, to enter upon his duties after the harvest holidays.





June 28, Alice Broom, daughter of William and Harriet Rayworth

Our Words and Work for Eakring August 1885


Flower Service – Our Annual Flower Service was held at the Parish Church on Sunday the 12th of last month.  The usual Choral Evensong having been sung in the afternoon, a shortened Service was used in the Evening when a number of very tastefully arranged bouquets were presented at the Altar Rails and offered to God for the service of the poor and afflicted in Southwell Union; with few exceptions they were the offerings of  S. Andrew’s Sunday School Scholars.  An Anthem ‘Teach me, O Lord, the way of Thy statutes’ was very creditably sung by the Choir and though the congregation was not so large as last year, those present gave good proof of their appreciation of the service by the heartiness with which they joined in the hymns and other parts of it.  The amount required for Church Expenses and the Debt at Easter prevented the collection being given to any Extra-parochial Fund or Charity.  The following day the Rector took the flowers to the Southwell Union, where, as usual, he met with a hearty welcome, and since then has received from Mr John Kirkland, Clerk to the Guardians, the following acknowledgement of the Gift by the Board of Guardians:-


Southwell 20th July 1885


Dear Sir,

I am directed by the Board of Guardians of this Union, to inform you that at their last Meeting, a Vote of Thanks was unanimously accorded to you for your present of Flowers to the Inmates of the Workhouse.

I am, yours obediently,

John Kirkland, Clerk to the Guardians


NB The Vote of Thanks should have been accorded to those who offered the Flowers.


Bilsthorpe Dedication festival – On Sunday after the Flower Service, being the Dedication festival at Bilsthorpe Church, our usual Choral Evensong was sung in the afternoon to enable any who were so inclined to attend Evensong at Bilsthorpe at 6 o’clock, when the Rev George Goatley, assistant curate of Tysoe, Warwickshire, preached, giving an interesting account of the building of the Temple at Jerusalem by Solomon, and applying the teaching to be drawn therefrom in a spiritual sense to the building of the  Church of Christ.  The Service was very heartily rendered, and we believe the hymn ‘Faith of our Fathers’ which was sung as a recessional will become a favourite in the neighbourhood when it is more generally known.


Cricket Club – We are glad to hear that the Cricket Club which was started afresh in the village a short time ago is now in full swing, meeting for practice being held every evening, in a Close lent by the Rector, and we understand that the members mean business this time, having two or three matches in prospect.


S. Andrew’s Sunday School Summer Festival – Tuesday the 4th inst is fixed for our Summer Festival and the distribution of prizes; the Rev R H Whitworth, Vicar of Blidworth and Diocesan Inspector, has kindly consented to give an address at Evensong in the Parish Church at 3 o’clock.  None of those whose names have been erased from the register, or who have not been in regular attendance can be admitted to the Treat with the rest.


Lending Library – We would remind our readers and all concerned that this is the month for all books to be returned to the Library and none will be lent out again till the beginning of next month.  The Rector particularly requests that they be brought to the Rectory without delay, he hopes also that directly after harvest it will be possible to hold the Annual Meeting which should have been held at the end of January but was unavoidably postponed.

Our Words and Work for Eakring September 1885


S. Andrews Sunday School – Mr Packford’s report of our Sunday School for the half year ending June 30, is, we are happy to say, very satisfactory – showing the number on the books to be 48 compared with 39 at the end of the previous half year – and average attendance 41 compared with 35 before.  The prize winners were the following:


For Lessons

1st Class           Clara Cooper                           1st Prize

1st Class           Fanny Kirkland             2nd Prize

2nd Class          Walter White                            1st Prize

2nd Class          Walter Burne                            2nd Prize

3rd Class           Alice Kirkland                          Equal

3rd Class           Elizabeth White             Equal

4th Class           George Ellis                              1st Prize

4th Class           Alfred White                             2nd Prize


For Conduct and Attendance

1st Class           Laura Ann White                      Equal

1st Class           Joseph Kirkland                       Equal

2nd Class          Herbert Burne                          1st Prize

2nd Class          John Mettham                           2nd Prize

3rd Class           Mary Ann Burne                       1st Prize

3rd Class           Susan Godfrey                          2nd Prize

4th Class           Walter Ellis                               1st Prize

4th Class           Arthur Vivian Thomas Tarr       2nd Prize


Winners of Mr Packford’s Prizes for Behaviour and Attention in Church:-

1st Class           Fanny Drabble                          2nd Class          William Henry Godfrey

3rd Class           Annie Colton                            4th Class           Edith Burne


Our Summer Sunday School Festival was kept this year on Tuesday August 4th on which occasion the Rev R H Whitworth, Vicar of Blidworth, and Diocesan Inspector, kindly came over and gave an address in church and was present, together with several other friends, at the Tea and Distribution of Prizes in the Parish Room after Evensong; the rest of the evening was spent in Cricket and other games in a field of the Rectors; fortunately the weather was fair though cold. We may mention in conclusion that an eleven from the Kneesall School came over to play our Choir and Sunday School. Our boys however will have to learn the art of cricket a great deal better than they know it at present, and devote considerable time to practice before they will be in a position to challenge the Schools Clubs of other villages again.


Rufford Abbey School – The day after our Sunday School Festival, Mr Whitworth visited and examined Miss Lumley’s school at Rufford, of which Miss Curteis is the Mistress.  We are glad to say that he was able to report very favourably of it, though it has only been we believe, about six or eight months under the present mistress.


Our Harvest Festival will be held (DV) on Tuesday the 29th of this month (Michaelmas Day) when Canon Gray, Vicar of Blyth, has promised to preach.  Notice will be given as usual of the Services in the Parish Church and in all probability a cricket match will be played in the afternoon.


The Registers  - Baptisms

August 9th, Florence, daughter of George and Naomi Anthony;   August 9th, George William, son of John William and Ellen Catherine Cragg


Burials – August 21st Edwin Godfrey aged 9 months.

Our Words and Work for Eakring October 1885


The Board School – On Monday the 21st last month, School work commenced again after the Harvest Holidays, when our new School Master Mr Speight, entered upon his work.  We sincerely hope that he will, by a strict and impartial discipline without unnecessary severity, and by an intelligence and discerning energy and zeal, do his utmost to maintain the improvement achieved by Mr Dowle, and still further to promote the efficiency of the School.  In order, however, that he may succeed in his endeavours, it is of the utmost importance, not only that he should be supported and encouraged by the Board, but also by the Parents of the children who must be sent regularly and punctually to School; and taught to submit to proper authority: otherwise he will not have a fair chance.


Harvest Festival – This year our Harvest Festival has been a particularly bright and successful one; though threatening at times, the weather was all that could be desired.  The day was begun as usual by a Celebration of Holy Communion, of which we should have been glad to have seen many more availing themselves, in order that by means of that highest service of thanksgiving they might render thanks and praise to God for fresh mercies and blessings, and dedicate themselves afresh to his service.  In the course of the day a Cricket Match (the last of the season) was played between our Club and Kneesall in the presence of a goodly number of Spectators, in a field kindly lent by Mr Burne.  Many were the surmises as to whether Eakring would avenge the defeat thrice inflicted upon them by their opponents: this, however, they did most decisively, beating them in one innings and 69 runs; the scores being Eakring 99 and Kneesall 5 and 27.  Evensong was sung in the Parish Church at 7 o’clock, the Sermon being preached by the Rev Canon Gray, Vicar of Blyth, and Rural Dean, from the Text 1 Sam xxv, 29 who explained and applied especially the words’ Bound in the bundle of life’ in a most instructive and appropriate manner.  The way in which the Choir acquitted themselves does them and the Choir Master the highest credit, indeed the way in which the service was conducted seems to have given every satisfaction.  In spite of the very scanty number of decorators and the very slender resources from which to draw for flowers, and further, the unavoidable absence of one of our best decorators during the greater part of the time the work of decoration was going on, yet still we flatter ourselves the Church looked equally as well as in former years.  The Harvest Festival was, as is usual, continued in the Sunday following.  The Collection, in all amounting to £4 10s and 8d will, as has already been announced, be devoted towards paying off the debt on the Church Expenses Account left last Easter.


The General Election – The time is fast drawing near when all who have a Vote (and the number of those who have one is far greater now than it was before the passing of the Franchise Act) will have the opportunity of exercising that privilege by helping to return a Member to represent them in the new Parliament.  It is very important for all to remember the responsibility which is thereby laid upon them.  No one should allow himself to be carried away by the inflammable language of partisans to encourage delusive hopes as to what he may gain by an unjust division among the many of what rightly and justly belongs to others.  Instead thereof, every one should endeavour in this matter to act in a conscientious and intelligent manner, and vote for that Candidate whom he believes to a God-fearing and faithful man, who will do his utmost to maintain the rights, privileges, and liberties of the Church and people of this land, as we have inherited them from our forefathers, without pandering to the selfish interests of any class of society.  Above all let us not fail to pray ‘that the Electors may faithfully and wisely make choice of fit persons to serve under out most religious and gracious Queen in the High Court of Parliament’ (see prayers put out by the Archbishop of Canterbury).


Reading Room and Working Men’s Club – On Friday October 9th at 6.30 a Reading Room will be opened (DV) at the Rector’s Parish Room, which it is hoped by the promoters will be found attractive and useful during the Winter Evenings, when we are likely to have amongst us many strangers engaged in the building of the new Rectory.  It is proposed that the Room shall be open every Evening from 6.30 till 9 o’clock and that the subscription shall be One Penny per Week, to be paid in advance.  The subscription being so very low, we hope none will be hindered from availing themselves of such an opportunity of spending their Evenings profitably and pleasantly, who are inclined to do so.  We hope also that arrangements will ere long be made to continue the Night School, which was carried on so successfully last winter under Mr Packford’s superintendence.





September 13th Ethel, daughter of John and Mary Ann Garland



September 7th, Joseph Hurt, aged 79 years.



Our Words and Work for Eakring November 1885


Opening of Reading Room and Working Men’s Club – On the 12th of last Month a Reading Room and Working Men’s Club was opened at the Rector’s Parish Room.  It is under the management of a President, Vice President, Secretary and Committee.  Mr Marshall of Leyfields who has been elected Vice President has shewn the greatest willingness to co-operate in this effort to promote the interests of the working men in the Parish, and to enable them to spend the winter evenings in a pleasant and not altogether unprofitable manner.  We are glad to find that this effort has hitherto met with such success, as has been manifested in the attendance which there has been night after night since the Club has been started.  It may be here mentioned that there are now two Rooms, one of which is kept for reading (several Papers bring provided), while in the other smoking is allowed and games of an innocent character, but gambling of course is strictly prohibited.  The Payment is a mere nominal one, being only One Penny per Week.  It is open from 6.30 till 9 o’clock; Mr Speight is Secretary and the following are members of the Committee:- Messrs Thomas Freeker, S Hayes, G Godfrey, C Hardwick, L Frost and W Colton.


Rebuilding of the Rectory – The contract for the rebuilding of the Rectory which has been taken by Messrs Smith and Lunn of Newark was signed on October 2nd and the work commenced in earnest on the 12th, the whole of the old building (parts of which had stood for so many generations but which had fallen by the lapse of age into sad decay) having been now levelled with the ground and disappeared entirely from the Landscape.  We are glad to feel that the work which will be progress for several months will afford an opportunity for the employment of labour in the village and neighbourhood, especially at a time of year when otherwise many might find difficulty in obtaining work.


Diocesan Conference – The first Diocesan Conference for the Diocese of Southwell was held on the 13th and 14th of last month in the Mechanics Hall, Nottingham, the Bishop of Southwell each day presiding.  Perhaps one of the most important pieces of business that was transacted was the decision come to by a large majority of members on the first day of Meeting, as to the place of Residence for the Bishop, he having himself submitted this as a subject for consideration.  In was resolved that in accordance with the understanding implied in the foundation of the Bishopric, it should be Southwell.


District Choral Festival at Kneesall – On the 20th of last month a Choral Festival was held at Kneesall, in connection with the Notts Church Choral Union.  The Choirs from Eakring, Caunton and South Collingham joined with the Kneesall Choir in Evensong at Seven o’clock when a Sermon was preached by Rev J E Hatton, Assistant Curate of the Parish Church of East Retford.  By the kindness and generosity of Mr Chell, a Meat Tea was provided for the Choirs in the School Room previous to the Service in Church.



Nov 17th Concert in the Parish Room, doors open at 7 to commence at 7.30

Nov 18th Conservative Meeting at Eakring at 7pm, Speaker W Beckett Denison, Esq

Nov 24th Tithe Collection and Tea in the Parish Room

Nov 29th Day of Intercession for Missions

Nov 30th Dedication Festival, Preacher Rev H M Wellington




Marriage – October 20th, George Hunt and Sarah Ann Walker


Burial – October 25th, Elizabeth Warrener, aged 56 years





Our Words and Work for Eakring December 1885


Concert in the Parish Room – We feel sure that our worthy Organist must have felt amply repaid for any trouble it cost him in preparing for the concert which took place in the Rector’s Parish Room on the 17th of last month, by the enthusiasm displayed by the audience (being fair in point of numbers, especially considering a Liberal Meeting was being held at the Queens Head the same evening), for there could be no doubt from the repeated encores, made known in an unmistakable manner, that the Programme provided, and the way in which the performers executed their parts, gave very great satisfaction.  We hope also, that as it was for his benefit, it proved as remunerative as he anticipated.


Day of Intercession for Missions  - The Bishops of our Church, and the American and Colonial and others Bishops in communion with the Church of England, having agreed to observe S. Andrew’s Day, or the eve of S. Andrew’s Day, or any day within the octave as a day for United Intercessions for Foreign Missions, Advent Sunday was the day chosen for that purpose in this Parish, when Sermons were preached in the Parish Church both morning and evening by the Rev J C Yarborough MA, Organising Secretary for the Universities Mission to Central Africa, in the northern province, formerly Mission in Central Africa; and in the afternoon a meeting was held in the Rector’s Parish Room, at which Mr Yarborough gave some very interesting details of the work which is being carried on by the above Mission in Central Africa, and by describing the difficulties and dangers to which those who are engaged in the work are exposed, and in particular the very serious losses by fire which have lately befallen the Mission, made it evident how much it stands in need of substantial support in the shape of money, and above all, of prayer.  The Collections in the course of the day, amounting to £1 17s., have been sent by the Rector to the office of the Universities Mission to Central Africa in London, 14 Delahay Street, Westminster SW.


Dedication Festival – The weather this year was all that could be desired and the service in the evening was bright and cheerful, the Choir acquitting themselves well.  A useful and instructive sermon was preached by the Rev H M Wellington, Vicar of South Kirby, Yorkshire, from II Chron vi 18; in the course of which he shewed that, though God is everywhere, yet from the earliest time he has sanctified certain places by his special presence.  The Collections in the course of the day, devoted to the Church Expenses, amounted to £1 6s 9d.  It is very much to be regretted that so few availed themselves of the privilege of joining in the special service of praise and thanksgiving at the celebration of Holy Communion at 8am.



On three of the Wednesdays in Advent – 9th, 16th and 23rd – an Address will be given at Evensong 7 o’clock.

The Rev R H Whitworth will (DV) examine the Sunday School Children on Saturday the 12th.  The Rector earnestly hopes that parents and employers will make arrangements to enable the elder ones to attend at the Parish Room at 9am on that day, as well as the rest of the scholars.

A meeting of the S. Andrews Guild will be held (DV) in the Vestry after Evensong, on Tuesday the 15th.





Nov 3, Mary Elizabeth, daughter of Joseph and Elizabeth Lunn (private)

Nov 8, Henry, son of Matthew and Mary Jane Dobb

Nov 8, Albert, son of Frederick and Sally Hurt

Nov 8, George, son of James and Jane Tarr

Nov 8, Lizzie, daughter of Richard and Lucy Pearson



Nov 30, Mary Elizabeth Lunn, aged 11 months