[January AD 1887]


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 Saint’s 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 – On the second Sunday in the month, at the 3 o’clock service.


MATTINS – 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 – 9.30 am and 2 pm

CLOTHING CLUB – 12 to 1 every other Monday

LENDING LIBRARY – 4 to 5 pm every other Wednesday


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





Mr John Hurt, Mr 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 1887


The NEW YEAR – Our Parish Magazine, in commencing the fifth year of its existence, though late in appearing this month owing to unavoidable causes – tenders to all its readers and supporters its hearty good wishes for the New Year on which we have entered – the Jubilee Year of our Gracious Queen’s reign – wishing them all much happiness and many blessings.


Another year has passed with its hopes and fears, its pleasures and sorrows, and as we stand on the threshold of the New Year and look back on the past, we feel that we can take courage for the future from the remembrance of what God has done for us in the past.  Though there remains much, very much to be done, yet we cannot help feeling with deep gratitude to God that the various agencies that have been at work in the Parish for some years past have not been unattended with His blessing – there are signs of moral and spiritual progress in our midst, and our motto must still be Onward! Excelsior!


The Past Month – During the past month we have had two Band of Hope Meetings, one on the 7th very well attended, the other on the 27th not so well attended, owing probably to it being holiday time.  Also on the 7th the Rev H Jukes, Vicar of Christ Church, Newark, gave an address at a Temperance Meeting in the Parish Room.  On the 12th the Annual Sermons on behalf of the Society for the Propagation of the Gospel in Foreign Parts were preached in the Parish Church in the morning by the Rector and in the evening by the Rev W C Leeper, Curate in Charge of Winthorpe, near Newark, who also have an interesting Lecture on ‘Burmah’ the next evening in the Board School - £1 12s 3d being collected in Church and 8s 3d at the Meeting.


On the 20th the Reading Room was opened for the winter at Ivy Cottage; the Working Men’s Club of last winter being reorganised on a firmer and sounder basis; those who had paid up all subscriptions for last winter being constituted original members, others wishing to join having to be elected.  We are glad to find that so far the Club seems to be in a prosperous condition and the Room well attended.  We have full confidence in the Committee who have the management of the Room, and the Club is fortunate in having an energetic and methodical Secretary.  We wish the Reading Room and the Club in connection with it every success.


We are also glad to record the progress of another useful Institution in our midst – we mean our Eakring Provident Club which having only been started in the year 1883, now numbers over one hundred members, who will be able to see for themselves by studying the Statement of Accounts which will shortly be in their hands the satisfactory financial condition of the Society to which they belong.


The old fashioned winters seem to be coming back to us again.  A year ago we have cause to remember, we had a long spell of snow and frost and there seems every prospect of a long continuance of the same kind of weather this winter – in fact it has begun earlier this time than before.  We fear it will be very trying to a very great many throughout the country, not excepting our own village.  Such benefactions as Mr Savile’s and Mr Charles Greenfield’s kind gift of coal at Christmas time must be doubly welcome such seasons as this!


The Registers



Dec 28th, Thomas Thornhill and Josephine Girkin



Dec 19th Sarah Trevett, aged 42 years

Dec 23rd Joseph Osborne (Southwell Workhouse) aged 85 years.

Our Words and Work for Eakring February 1887


The Past Month – We have had during the past month several parochial gatherings of one kind or another, most of them having been well attended in spite of the severity of the weather.


On the 4th a Lecture was delivered in the Board School by Mr Helm, on ‘The Church of England, its past history and present position’.  The room was nearly full, and the Lecture was listened to with great attention, as indeed it deserved to be both on account of the manner in its delivery and the clearness with which the matter was arranged and set before the audience.


On the 11th a Temperance Meeting was held in the Parish Room at which an earnest address was given by the Rev H C Pollock, Vicar of St Leonard’s Newark, who insisted strongly on the necessity of the use of temperate language in advocating the Temperance cause.


On the 12th took place in the Parish Room the usual Annual Gathering at this time of year which has come to be known as the ‘Church Supper’ as the nucleus of it consists of those who hold any office in connection with the Church – i.e. Churchwardens, Organist, Choir, Ringers &c., while regular members of the congregation are invited.  Not having with us this time workmen from the Rectory as we had last year, the room was not crowded but comfortably filled, and Mrs Bursons skill and care in providing for so many guests were evidently quite appreciated.  After the supper there was the usual Musical Entertainment.


The next day followed the Sunday School Festival when there was a goodly muster of Mothers to whom it cannot fail to be a matter of great interest to hear when the Report for the half year is made known, how their children have acquitted themselves – especially if any of their children have been fortunate enough to obtain a prize.  Mrs Cator (of Ollerton) kindly distributed the prizes – the prize winners being very heartily cheered by their companions in the usual Eakring style – a good clapping of hands.  In another number of the magazine we hope to be able to mention the names of the successful competitors for prizes.


On the 31st a Meeting of the Band of Hope or Juvenile Branch of the Temperance Society, was held in the Parish Room, and was very well attended.


Foreign Mission – The receipt for £6 14s 6d sent up by the Rector to the Secretary for the Society of the Propagation of the Gospel in Foreign Parts will have been seen by those who have been to our Parish Church.  Other Readers of the Magazine, however, who are interested in the Parish will like to see an analysis of that amount, for whose benefit we therefore give the following particulars of monies collected for that Society during the past year.


In addition to the above amount £3 10s 0d has been sent to Miss Randolph, Secretary of the CAM Children’s Fund, being Eakring’s share of the £10 which has been contributed for some years by the Parishes of Eakring and Laxton, and a friend of Mr Martin’s towards the education and support of an African boy ‘Basil Kamna’, who has now grown into a young man, and will in future work for his own living, being apprenticed to a mason close to the town of Zanzibar.  Also at the Dedication Festival £1 16s 0d was collected in Church for the Universities Mission to Central Africa.  Thus it will be seen that £12 0s 6d represents the total amount collected in this Parish during the past year for Foreign Missions.  It is to be hoped that we shall not be backward in the same good cause another year.




Jan 9th, Clara Ellen, daughter of Charles and Charlotte Bellamy



Jan 20th Ann Tarr, aged 85 years.



Our Words and Work for Eakring March 1887


Temperance – There has been considerable activity in this cause during the past month.  We had our Monthly Meeting on Tuesday the 8th when the Rev R J King (Assistant Curate of Warsop) gave a most interesting account of the progress of the Temperance Cause at Warsop, showing in how many ways it had been useful in developing different modes of drawing the people together and providing recreation of a healthy kind.  The stirring address with which he concluded, in which he appealed both to young and old, has left, we believe, a most favourable impression on those who heard him.  We have had a meeting once a week during the last month of our Band of Hope which is steadily increasing in numbers.


Lent – Since our last number was issued, we have entered once more upon the period of the year (lasting about six weeks) which the Church sets apart every year before Easter at a time of retirement for fasting, prayer and self examination.  We may all, surely, without neglecting our necessary duties in the world find some time each day for extra prayer and meditation, some time for self examination; and some opportunities (if we are on the watch for them) of really denying ourselves, and so bringing our bodies into subjection, and thus fitting ourselves for the better discharge of our religious duties.  The Church Bells invite us day by day, morning and evening, to come to our Father’s House to pray to Him and hear His Word.  Many, we are aware, cannot avail themselves of this privilege from the nature of their duties, but several, we feel, might come if they had the will to do so.  Now during Lent would be a good time to make a beginning.  And for those who have no quiet place at home to pray and meditate, the Church is open all day long.  Moreover on Fridays during Lent, Evensong is at 7.30 with a Sermon.  The more diligently we endeavour to use this season to the best advantage the more likely we shall be to appreciate the blessings which Easter is calculated to bring us, and the better prepared shall we be for our Easter Communion, which it is to be hoped none of those who are really in earnest about their souls will fail to avail themselves of.


Confirmation   - Our Bishop has intimated his intention of holding a Confirmation in our Parish Church on Tuesday May 3rd at 3 o’clock and the Rector, after having given due notice in Church, has commenced the instruction of the candidates.  He earnestly appeals to the Parents and employers of labour to afford facilities for them to come to him for instruction, and to help them in learning what is necessary to enable them to understand what they are preparing for.  He would also ask the prayers of all on behalf of those who have offered themselves for this holy ordinance, and for himself, that we may be endued with wisdom and discretion in dealing with those who come to him for instruction.





Feb 16th George Freaker, aged 86 years

Feb 18th Elizabeth Thompson, aged 76 years

Feb 25th Richard Hurt, aged 83 years


Local News


The following is a List of those to whom Prizes were given on the occasion of the School Festival, January 12th:-


1st Class                                   Conduct                       1st Prize Joseph Kirkland

                                                                                    2nd Prize Walter White

1st Class                                   Lessons                        1st Prize Clara Emma Cooper

                                                                                    2nd Prize Frederick Colton

2nd Class                                  Conduct                       1st prize Annie Colton

                                                                                    2nd Prize Mary Ann Burne

2nd Class                                  Lessons                        1st Prize Alice Kirkland

                                                                                    2nd Prize Elizabeth White


3rd Class                                   Conduct                       1st Prize Alfred White

                                                                                    2nd Prize John Mettham

                                                Lessons                        1st Prize George H Ellis

                                                                                    2nd Prize Susan Godfrey


4th Class                                   1st Prize Ada Louisa White

                                                2nd Prize Elizabeth Marriott


5th Class                                   1st Prize Walter Ellis

                                                2nd Prize Edith Burne


6th Class                                   1st Prize Alive Drabble

                                                2nd Prize Beatrice Ellis


The Teachers of the different classes, namely Messrs Whitworth and Freeker, and Harry Speight – Miss R Cooper, Laura Ann White, Frances Ward Kirkland and Fanny Drabble each received a present from the Rector.


We should have announced in an earlier number the success of Harry Speight, Pupil Teacher in the Board School, and son of the Schoolmaster, in passing the Examination of Pupil Teachers and Monitors in Religious Knowledge, on Saturday December 4th 1886.  We heartily congratulate him on his success and trust that it will stimulate him to give as much time as he possibly can to that which is by far the most important of all knowledge and which, if pursued in sincerity and humility, will help to make him wise unto Salvation.


The following is a list of those who had Collecting Boxes for the Society for the Propagation of the Gospel in Foreign Parts last year, and the amounts collected:


s.                   d.

Mrs Cator, Ollerton                              7          0

Mr Arthur Cator, London                     6          0

Mr F H Cator, London             2          6

The late Miss Cator, London                3         

Mrs Burson, Eakring                             8         

Elizabeth White, Eakring                       5         

Creswick George Elvidge, Eakring        3          11¾

William Henry Godfrey, Eakring            3          10½

Herbert Speight, Eakring                       3          3

Samuel Freeker, Eakring                       2         

George H Ellis, Eakring             2          3

Fanny Elvidge, Eakring             1         

Charles Packford, Eakring                    0          6

Vernon L Packford, Eakring                 0          6


                                                £2        12        0                                             
Our Words and Work for Eakring April 1887


Lent and Holy Week – We have been glad to notice a very fair attendance at the Friday Evening Services in Lent, at which there have been Special Preachers who have kindly come at the invitation of the Rector to deliver God’s Message which we trust has not been spoken in vain, but will bear fruit abundantly in due course.


The most solemn portion of the Lenten Fast yet remains, and it is to be hoped the Parishioners will avail themselves of the Services provided in the Parish Church day by day during Holy Week, to help them to meditate on the last Suffering and Death of our Lord – especially we would urge the importance of the due observation of Good Friday, the Anniversary of our Lord’s death; kept, alas, by thousands as a day of amusement and pleasure which must to the earnest and devout Christian seem strangely out of harmony with the thoughts and feelings which the event commemorated are calculated to inspire.  Those who wish to spend the day in a fitting manner will be glad to know that on that day in the Parish Church in addition to an early Service at 8 o’clock, there will be Services as follows:-


10.30am – Matins and Litany with Sermon

2pm – Story of the Cross and Addresses

7.30 - Evensong with Sermon

On Easter Day there will be two Celebrations as usual, one at 8am and the other after Matins.


Temperance Meeting – On the 8th of last month, a Temperance Meeting was held in the Parish Room at which Mr Stocks delivered a most interesting Lecture, showing very clearly from his own experience (a very varied and extended one) the great and undoubted advantages of Total Abstinence.

The Meetings during the Winter Months have been very successful in point of numbers, and we have had some excellent addresses; it is to be hoped that the seed sown will in due season bring forth fruit.


Women’s Jubilee Offering to the Queen – It is our pleasant duty to place on record the loyalty of the women and girls of Eakring.  The following letter which the Rector has received from Lady Laura Ridding in acknowledgement of the amount collected in Eakring (£1 18s 2d) testifies sufficiently to the appreciation of Miss Bennett’s energy and zeal in collecting, and of the liberality of those who have contributed.


March 16th 1887, Thurgarton Priory

Dear Mr Cator,

Will you kindly tell the subscribers to the Women’s Jubilee Offering in Eakring how pleased the Committee is with their very  kind help towards the present, and assure them that the Queen has told many people that it is not the present which she values the thought of most, as it is from women giving it her to show her they love her as one who is like them, a wife and a mother, as well as because she is their Queen; and it has  touched her heart so much in these days of Irish Troubles, to know that the hearts of her English Women love her as they do.  You will have a formal receipt from the Committee, but I could not help writing this myself, as I was told about this about the Queen’s feeling in the present and so wanted your people to know it – that is why the Queen wants all the names, so as to read the names of all who give it to herself – Believe me, Yours very sincerely,

Laura Ridding


(It is a splendid sum to have come from a village of Eakring’s size I think.)


NB We hope in the next number to insert the report of HM Inspector Rev J C Sewell, who examined the Board School on Friday the 18th ult.


Register – Burial

March 4th, Alice Broome Rayworth, aged 21 months

Our Words and Work for Eakring May 1887


Board School – The Report of Her Majesty’s Inspector (Mr Sewell) for the year ending February 28th last is, on the whole very favourable, and we trust will be an encouragement to Mr & Mrs Speight to continue the earnest efforts with which they have been striving to improve the efficiency of the School.  The Report is as follows:

MIXED SCHOOL Except for Arithmetic in the 3rd, 4th, 5th and 6th Standards, the Exercises were done in a very satisfactory manner.  Writing generally is good, though spelling in the 2nd and 3rd Standards is weak.  English is good, though intelligence is poor in the 1st Standard, and Parsing in the 4th Standard.  The Boys’ Geography is good, and the Girls’ Sewing is of excellent character.  Order and singing pleasing.  Merit Grant – Good.

INFANTS’ CLASS The Infants’ Instruction is now satisfactory.  They sing and sew well, and are in good order. Merit Grant – Good

It is worthy of notice that this is the first time this School has obtained ‘Excellent’ for Needlework, for which credit is due to Mrs Speight.


Distribution of Prizes and Entertainment – On Monday in Easter week, a Children’s Entertainment was given in the Board School consisting of a Repetition of Pieces, Songs and Rounds to which the Parents and Friends of the children at School were invited.  In the interval between the two parts of the Entertainment, the Prizes and Certificates were handed to the successful Competitors by the Rector.  The Winners of the Vice-Chairman’s Prizes:

(1)   For good attendance – Elizabeth Robinson (never missed), Jessie Walker, Arthur Walker and George Robinson.

(2)   For most marks in the Fortnightly Examination and in Repetition of Poetry – Herbert Speight, Annie Colton, Walter Ellis and Emily Coupe.

(3)   For Needlework – Edith Garland (work box), Mary Ann Burne (a silver thimble), presented by Mrs Speight.


The Schoolmasters Prizes for geography:

1st Class (1) Herbert Speight, (2) Walter Burne

2nd Class (1) Elizabeth White, (2) Ernest Bellamy

3rd Class (1) Fred Colton, (2) G C H Elvidge

4th Class (1) Alfred G White, (2) Sherod Greenfield

5th Class Edith Burne



For good attendance (1) Walter Broome, (2) Henry Hayes, (3) Caroline Teather, (4) Ada L White


The School Board Certificates were given only to those who passed in all three subjects, Reading, Writing and Arithmetic, at the Annual Inspection on March 18th.


Miscellaneous – The remains of the late Mr Savile (of Rufford Abbey) who died at Edelweiss Villa, Cannes, were brought over to this country and interred in the family vault at Bilsthorpe Church on the 21st of last month, in the presence of many of his friends and tenants.  The wreaths were very numerous – one of them being sent by the Queen, and another by the Prince of Wales.  By his death his tenants have lost a most kind and considerate landlord.


Amongst other events of the past month may be mentioned the Closing of the Reading Room for the Winter Season, and the starting afresh of the Cricket Club, which latter we hope may be managed as successfully during the summer months as the former seems to have been during the winter months.


We feel that this month’s Magazine ought not to be allowed to go forth without a word of congratulation to our Churchwardens, Messrs Hurt and Burne for the success they have met with in the canvas which they have carried on with so much energy and zeal for funds for the erection of a clock on the Church Tower.





April 10th – Arthur William, son of Geo. and Mary Ann Walton

April 30th – Elizabeth Ann, daughter of John and Mary Ann Garland (conditionally)

April 30th – Walter, son of Henry and Ann Walker



April 2nd – George Haywood, aged 86 years



Our Words and Work for Eakring June 1887


Confirmation in Eakring Church – On Tuesday 3rd of last month, soon after 3.30pm a Confirmation was held in our parish Church by the Rt Rev The Bishop of Southwell, who was met at the North Porch by the Clergy, Churchwardens and Choir; Hymn 391 being sung as the processional, and 274 as the Recessional; Hymn 157 before and 271 after the laying-on of hands.

The Bishop gave two earnest and practical addresses to the Candidates, of whom there were 53 (17 male and 36 female), those from our parish numbering 13 (6 male and 7 female).  The other villages from which the Candidates came were Ollerton, Rufford, Wellow, Kneesall, Maplebeck, Halam and Kirklington.


Provident Club Anniversary – The weather was most propitious on Tuesday May 17th, the day fixed for this year’s Anniversary of this thriving Club, the members of which mustered in goodly numbers.  The arrangements were carried out in the usual manner.  The Church was well filled, the Sermon being preached by the Rev. Canon Hole, MA, Vicar of Caunton, and Proctor in Convocation, who took for his text 1 Tim vi 18 and 19 – ‘Willing to communicate; Laying up in store for themselves a good foundation against the time to come, that they may hold on eternal life’.  After service there was the customary procession through the village, and a knife and fork tea, after which followed the Athletic Sports in a field kindly lent this year, as before, by Mr Palmer.  The Prizes were presented to the successful competitors by Miss Cator, a niece of the Rector. The services of the Farnsfield Brass Band were secured for the occasion and a great number of the inhabitants as well as many visitors shared in the Festivities of the day and seemed thoroughly to enjoy themselves.


At the Annual Meeting it was announced that there were 90 on the roll of membership, and there is every reason to believe that the Club will continue to increase in numbers and strength the more the sound principles on which it is carried on become known and understood.


The Jubilee Clock and Festival – Our readers will be glad, we are sure, to hear that Messrs Hurt and Burne have been so successful in their canvass for subscriptions, that the Committee felt justified in giving the order to Messrs Cope Brothers of Nottingham, for a Clock which they hope to have ready to fix in the Tower of the Parish Church in about two months from the time it was ordered.


It has been decided to keep the Jubilee Festival in our village on Monday the 20th inst (DV) the Anniversary of the Accession of the Queen.  Handbills are already outgiving particulars of the Service in Church, Band, Tea, Sports &c.  We are glad to know that Eakring is not behindhand in its readiness to manifest its loyalty on such an auspicious and unprecedented occasion.


Visit of the Diocesan Surveyor – Mr Naylor (Architect of the Diocesan Surveyors) paid a visit to Eakring on the 25th of last month, and examined the repairs &c which he had ordered to be carried out on the glebe and the Rectory premises, and expressed himself well satisfied with what had been done and ready to give the necessary certificate, which the Rector has since received.  This may be looked upon as the finishing stroke to what has been a long and tedious business, and the Parish may now be congratulated on having a well restored church, a new Rectory and glebe land, with fences &c. in a good state of repair.  And it is to be hoped that so costly an outlay as what was required to be done has involved, will not be needed again for many a long year to come.

Our Words and Work for Eakring July 1887


Choral Festival at Southwell – The Annual Festival of the Notts Choral Union was held this year as usual at Southwell in the Cathedral on Thursday 16th ult; Matins at 11; Evensong and Sermon at 3.30, the preacher being the Revd John Gray Richardson MA, Vicar of S. Mary’s, Nottingham and Rural Dean.  Our Eakring contingent spent a very happy day, eighteen joining in the procession of Choirs, and the whole party numbering thirty.  This summer the weather has been very favourable for excursions and it was not otherwise on this occasion.  This Choral Union which our Choir joined several years ago, has done a great work in the Archdeaconry of Nottingham; having contributed very materially to the great improvement which has taken place of late years in the rendering of the Services of the Sanctuary.  It is much to be regretted that it is not more liberally supported and that on consequence our good friend Mr Cruft, who has worked so zealously as Choirmaster for the Union for many years suffers such a serious diminution of Income.


Jubilee Festival – Amidst much that cannot fail to give cause for anxiety to those who have the best interests of this country at heart, it is very gratifying to notice from the accounts in the papers from different parts of the world, the unanimous outburst of loyalty which the keeping of the Jubilee evoked (if indeed we except some of Her Majesty’s Irish subjects and sympathisers).  For several days indeed the Jubilee seemed to be the chief object of interest both in conversation and in the daily newspapers. Great demonstrations were made in large towns, the event of chief importance being the visit of the Queen in State to Westminster Abbey on Tuesday 21st ult to join in a solemn Service of Thanksgiving to Almighty God for His Goodness in vouchsafing her so long a reign – 50 years complete – a period unequalled in length by any previous reigning Queen of this country and by three only of the Sovereigns who have preceded her.  Though, however great things were done in great places, yet the villages and hamlets throughout the length and breadth of the land have not been behind hand in their demonstrations of loyalty; nor was Eakring backward in this matter.  Monday the 21st inst the Anniversary of the Queens Accession being the day fixed for our Jubilee Festival.  As was meet and fitting the Parish Church was the first point of attraction, where a short service of praise and thanksgiving was held at 1.30pm, a most loyal and hearty address being delivered by the Rev H T Hayman, MA, Vicar of Edwinstowe; 1 Kings I 39 being taken as the text.  Outside the church (which had been filled with a most attentive congregation), a Procession was formed composed of the Brass Band (Farnsfield and Blidworth United), the Jubilee Committee, the Sports Committee, the Unity Club, the Provident Club, the Children of the parish and other Parishioners and friends, which wended its way through the different streets of the village until Mr Thomas Cooper’s house was reached, where a halt was made, ‘God Save the Queen’’ sung to the accompaniment of the Band, and a Proclamation by Mr J Robinson announced that the Queen had reigned 50 years which elicited hearty cheering from those present.  Afterwards followed a substantial Meat Tea (free to all parishioners) in Mr Cooper’s barn; and later on in his field, Athletic Sports and dancing.  Every child received a Jubilee Medal, provided by the Rector and Mr Marshall, though there is little doubt without this the events of the day will have made an impression on the rising generation which will not be effaced for many a long year.




Marriage – June 16th, William Freeman and Annie Mason

Burial – June 11th, William Hurt aged 60 years.

Our Words and Work for Eakring August 1887


Flower Service – The Flower Service which has now come to be an annual occurrence in Eakring, was held on Sunday the 10th of last month, in the Parish Church at 6.30pm. There was an excellent congregation, the front seats in the Nave being reserved (as is usual on this occasion) for the Children, by whom Offerings of Flowers were brought to the Rector and laid by him on stands on either side of the altar.  There were many beautiful bouquets amongst which the rose was decidedly the predominant flower. A short anthem was sung and the singing was hearty.  The Collections during the day amounting to £2 4s 0d were devoted to the Newark Hospital and Dispensary,  a most excellent institution which stands in need of much more liberal support and patronage than it appears to have received. The Flowers were taken by the Rector the next morning to the Union House, Southwell for the benefit of the inmates, who do not fail to appreciate this kind remembrance on the part of their friends at Eakring.


The Diocesan Inspectors’ Report – Since last month’s number of our Magazine was issued the Rev R H Whitworth’s Report has been received of the Examination of his of the Board School in religious subjects on the occasion of his visit as Diocesan Inspector, on Wednesday 15th June.  Considering the number of elder ones absent and the alterations recently made in the Standards in consequence of the recent Government Inspector’s Examination, the Report may be considered satisfactory and encouraging.


Number of children examined – 69

Division I          Boys 16 and Girls 21 (infants)   37

Division II         Boys 6 and Girls 8 (infants)                   14

Division III       Boys 11 and Girls 7 (infants)                 18

                                                                        Total    69


Division I – Old and New Testament, Creed, Lord’s Prayer and 10 Commandments – Good

Division I & II -                                                                                                   - Fairly Good

Division I, II, III – Repetition of Scripture – Very Good

Division I, II, III – Repetition of hymns and private prayers – Good

Division I, II, III – Singing – Pleasing

Remarks – “This School is in fairly good condition”.


“Discipline seems good and ready although the Children might show more brightness and animation.  Perhaps the long distance many travel is the cause of this drawback. The Repetition of Scripture was very good and the general result satisfactory” R H Whitworth, Hon. Diocesan Inspector for Southwell.





July 10th – George Ernest, son of Herbert and Sarah Ann Wells

July 31st – Albert Girkin, son of Charles and Sarah Eliza Marriott



George William Turtle and Mary Elizabeth Wrath


NB See end of Magazine for Church Accounts for year ending Easter 1887

Our Words and Work for Eakring September 1887


Board School – We remind parents and scholars and all whom it may concern that the School will re-open (DV) after the Harvest Holidays on Monday the 12th of this month, by which time we trust that the greater portion at least of the corn will have been safely gathered in, and the gleaning nearly, if not quite finished, so that the children may not be prevented from making a good start, and may be encouraged in regular attendance, on which so very much depends.  The Prizes due to those who passed the Best Examination in Scripture at the Diocesan Inspector’s visit last June, will be given (DV) on the first opportunity after the re-assembling of the school.


The Cricket Season – Our Senior Cricket Club has played very few matches this season, but both the senior and junior clubs have devoted a considerable portion of the early part of the summer to practice until the busy time commenced first with the hay and afterwards with the corn; so that it is to be hoped that next year they will be better prepared than they have been before to complete successfully with neighbouring clubs.

On the occasion of one of the matches played on the Eakring ground we were glad to see amongst us some familiar faces, the match being between our Club and some of the workmen lately engaged in building the new Rectory, who came off victorious but not without a good contest.


Photographs of the Church and the Rectory – Some of our friends may like to know that two excellent photographs have been taken lately by Mr F J Capam (of Newark), one a near view of the Church, the other a distant one of the Church and Rectory.  Either of them may be obtained by application to the Rector, price One Shilling.


The Clock and Harvest Festival – We had hoped that the Clock would have been erected and the Harvest sufficiently advanced to have enabled us to keep our Harvest Festival on Tuesday 13th when the Rev E Cunningham, Vicar of Marnham, had promised to preach. The long spell of beautiful summer weather that we have been enjoying has however been succeeded by more unsettled weather, with frequent showers, which has hindered many who were not sufficiently advanced in their harvest operation; and moreover the Clock has not yet arrived, therefore the Harvest Festival has been postponed until Tuesday the 27th inst, when we hope the Rev E Cunningham will still be able to preach; and that by that time also the Clock will be in its place.  Notices of the Services will be issued in due time as usual.


The Sunday School Festival – Our summer Sunday School Festival has been held unusually late this year, having been postponed from the day fixed for it last month, owing to the early commencement of harvest.  We hope in our next number of give some account of this, and of the Distribution of the Prizes.





August 7th – Annie, daughter of Job and Mary Godfrey

August 14th – Alice Ethel, daughter of Maria Harriett Broome

August 14th – Rhoda Ellen, daughter of John William and Ellen Catherine Cragg



August 27th – Francis Thompson, aged 84 years

Our Words and Work for Eakring October 1887


Sunday School Festival – We were heartily glad to welcome to our Parish the Preacher on this occasion, the Rev Egbert Hacking, Rector of Eyam in Derbyshire and we were very glad that he alluded in the earnest way in which he did to the link which binds his parish with ours and the duties devolving on us mutually in consequence.

In spite of the heavy rain which came on at the close of the day and drove us under shelter for the latter part of the programme of sports, which had been arranged for the children, yet nevertheless, we believe that the remembrance of Tuesday September 6th of this year will be cherished by them as connected with pleasant and happy associations equal to any other Festival of the kind they have taken part in before.  In one or two points there was a slight deviation from the ordinary arrangements.  The children and their friends partook of their tea on the Rectory lawn and Mr Thomas Cooper kindly lent a field adjoining his house to which they adjourned afterwards for games and sports of various kinds.  Besides Col. and Mrs Cator and other friends of the Rector, we were honoured on this occasion by the presence of Miss Savile Lumley from Rufford Abbey, who kindly gave away the Prizes before the party left the Rectory grounds.  The following were the successful competitors:


Catechising in Church

Herbert Speight, Walter Burne, Joseph Kirkland and Clara Emma Cooper


For Attendance at Sunday School

1st Prize – Joseph Kirkland, Fred Colton and Alfred White – equal

2nd Prize – Alice Kirkland, Elizabeth White, Ada Louisa White – equal


Class Marks for Conduct, Lessons &c

Class I –           1st Prize – Joseph Kirkland and Fred Colton – equal

2nd Prize – Walter Burne, Walter White and Mary Esther Freeker – equal

Class II-           1st Prize – Alice Kirkland and Elizabeth White – equal

                        2nd Prize – Mary Ann Burne

Class III-          1st Prize – Alfred White   2nd Prize – George Ellis

Class IV-         1st Prize – Ada Louisa White   2nd Prize – Elizabeth Godfrey

Class V-           1st Prize – Walter Ellis   2nd Prize – Edith Burne


The Superintendent of the Sunday School, Mr W J Whitworth and each of the Teachers likewise received a present.


Dedication of the Jubilee Clock and Harvest Festival -      that which the good people of Eakring have set their hearts on for many a long year has now been accomplished.  We have now in the tower of our Parish Church a Clock, the workmanship of Messrs G & F Cope of Nottingham, with three dials whose hands and figures are easy to be seen at a distance.  Our Diocesan in the midst of his very numerous engagements very kindly made time to join in a short service in Church which was intended to set apart the clock – as now added to the House of God – to His honour and glory.  The very appropriate address of the Bishop bringing home to the goodly audience assembled there the solemn lessons as to time and eternity which a clock is calculated to remind us of, is not likely to be forgotten soon.


The Dedication of the Clock was purposely fixed for the day of the Harvest Festival (Tuesday September 27th) which was this year most successfully carried out in every way.  The day having been begun with a Celebration of Holy Communion.  After the Dedication of the Clock there followed a Tea in the Board School at which about 200 partook.  A net balance of 15/11 being cleared by it, which it is proposed to devote to the cost of the brass plate affixed to the West Wall of the Church inside – on which are inscribed the names of the Jubilee and Clock Committee and date.


The decorations of the Church elicited universal admiration.  In addition to our usual staunch Church workers, the Rector’s nieces also took their share in the work on this occasion.


The way in which the Anthem was rendered does much credit both to the Organist and Choir.


The Preacher at Evensong was the Rev E Cunningham Vicar of Marnham who gave a very appropriate address.


The Collection during the day amounted to £3 3s 0d., and will be devoted towards defraying the expenses of the Church.


The Church was crowded in the evening, and we believe the whole of the proceedings of the day were thoroughly appreciated by all who took part in them, and they will not easily be forgotten.


Winter Arrangements – The summer having now passed and with it the Jubilee and other festivities, it is time for us to brace ourselves for winter work and we hope that such arrangements will be carried out as will enable those who are so minded to turn the long winter evenings to good account.


The Reading Room at Ivy Cottage is open every evening from 6 until 9pm (Sunday excepted)


The Night School was opened on Wednesday the 19th inst and will be carried on under the superintendence of Mr W J Whitworth during the winter, in the Parish Room on Monday, Wednesday and Thursday, every week at 7.30pm.


The last Sunday in this month has been fixed for simultaneous Sermons throughout the Diocese on behalf of the Temperance cause, which will therefore be advocated on that day (DV) in our Parish Church.


On Tuesday Nov 8th we hope a Temperance meeting will be held in the Parish Room of which due notice will be given.


A Missionary Meeting will be held (DV) in the Board School on Friday the 28th of this month at 7.30pm when a Lecture will be delivered by the Rev H W Taylor of Bulli Vicarage, Sydney.


The Rector also hopes to commence again the Band of Hope meetings.  He is anxious also to have a Bible Class once a week, alternately for men and women, and will be glad to receive the names of any who would like to join it.





Sept 12th William John Shaw and Rachel Rebecca Walker

Our Words and Work for Eakring November 1887


The Clock and the Harvest Festival – The Clock having been completed and having been going regularly for upwards of three weeks, £30 as a first instalment was paid by the Rector on behalf of the Jubilee and Clock Committee and with their full concurrence to Messrs G and F Cope of Nottingham.

The Harvest Festival Services in the Church were, as usual continued over the Sunday following viz the 2nd ult when there was a midday choral celebration and an excellent congregation at Evensong when the anthem sung on the previous Tuesday was repeated and the sum of £1 4s 4d collected for Church Expenses in addition to the £3 3s announced in our last month’s number.


Our Missionary Meeting – On Friday 28th ult the Board School was filled with a very attentive and appreciative audience to hear an address from the Rev H W Taylor of Bulli Vicarage, near Sydney, who advocated the cause of the Society for the Propagation of the Gospel in Foreign Parts setting forth in most earnest and impressive language the duty incumbent on all true Christians to spread the Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ, and showing that the above Society is the truest representative of the Church in this respect in the way in which she carried on her work.  Mr Taylor gave some particulars of the past history and the present work of the Church in Australia, speaking in most helpful terms of the work which lies before her, if members will only be faithful to their trust.

After the lecture Mr Taylor showed some views of scenery and buildings in different parts of Australia and a Collection was made for the SPG amounting to 16s 4½d.


Funeral of the Parish Clerk – Few can have failed to have noticed for some time the failing health and strength of the late George Key Maude whose Burial we have to record in this number of our magazine.  He seems to have had an impression for a considerable time that his end was drawing near, and yet persevered in his attendance at Church until about a fortnight before his death; often coming to the services when he hardly had strength to get to the Church and home again and he was one of those who partook of the Holy Communion at the Choral Celebration  on the first Sunday in last month.  We have a good hope of him that now his labour is o’er, he is awaiting in peace and with joyful expectation the resurrection of the just at the reappearing of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ.  He quietly breathed his last on the morning of Tuesday 25th ult and was buried the Sunday following – the funeral having been fixed for that day to make it more convenient for the Organist and Choir to take their parts in the service in accordance with his wishes.  The six elder members of the Choir acted as bearers, the rest accompanied the Rector about 3 o’clock to meet the corpse which was carried into the Chancel, the organist meanwhile playing ‘The Dead March in Saul’.  One hymn ‘a few more years shall roll’ and the 90th psalm were sung in Church, and a short address was given by the Rector, and another hymn ‘The Strife is o’er’ was sung at the conclusion of the later portion of the service at the grave.  The Church was nearly full, many, no doubt, being anxious to pay a last tribute of respect for one whom they had known for many years and who has ever since the resignation of John Cooper endeavoured faithfully to discharge his duties as Parish Clerk.  It is to be hoped that his example in attending the services of the Church so frequently on week days as well as on Sundays may stimulate others to seek the blessing which those cannot fail to obtain, who, with the devotion of a Simeon and Anna avail themselves as far as possible of all the means of grace within their reach.



Band of Hope Meeting and Tea in Parish Room, on Tuesday 8th inst (DV) at five o’clock

Temperance Meeting the same day and place at 7.30pm when the Rev J Halloran, MA, Vicar of Oxton has promised to give an Address.

On Wednesday the 30th inst, S. Andrew’s Day, our Dedication Festival, the Preacher at Evensong will be the Rev H Bertie Roberts, MA, Rector of West Wickham, Kent.



Baptism – October 9th – William Thomas, son of Thomas and Josephine Thornhill

Burial – October 30th – George Key Maude (Parish Clerk) aged 74 years

Our Words and Work for Eakring December 1887


Temperance Meeting & Band of Hope Tea – On Tuesday 8th ult the members of our Eakring Band of Hope were entertained by the Rector at Tea in the Parish Room, on which occasion the Rev J A Halloran, Vicar of Oxton, gave an address to the children in which they are not likely to forget, illustrated, as it was, in such a clear and practical manner.  Later in the evening a General Temperance Meeting was held in the same room when there was a fairly good audience who were addressed on the subject of Temperance and Total Abstinence by Mr Halloran and the Rector.


Mr Amos’ Lecture – On Monday 28th ult a lecture was delivered in the Board School by Mr Amos (of Leicester) an Agent of the Church Defence Institution, London, entitled ‘The Church of England, its claims and its duties in regard to the development and education of the people’.  His lecture teemed with facts illustrative of the claims of the Church of England as a true Branch of the Catholic and Apostolic Church of Christ, to the allegiance of the people of this country; disposing of the counter claims of the Church of Rome; of the erroneous idea of our Church of England being a State-made Church, and of the fallacies connected with the Establishment.  Amongst other Authorities he quoted from a facsimile words in the first clause of the Magna Carta, where Bishops of that day were mainly instrumental in wringing from King John at Runnymede, Windsor in 1215 AD wherein in the Church of England (not the Church of Rome) was recognised as the National Church, for it declared that ‘the Church of England should be maintained inviolate in all its rights and privileges’.  Mr Amos gave important statistics showing how much has been done by the Church of England for the Education of the people grounded on sound religious principles.  A vote of thanks was accorded the Lecturer, being proposed by Colonel Cator (of Ollerton), and seconded by Mr Marshall (of Leyfield).  The attendance was very fair, but not nearly so good as last January when Mr Helm have a lecture on a similar subject, namely ‘ The Church of England, its past history and present position’.  Probably Martinmas season being not quite over had a good deal to do with this.  Mr Amos has, at all events, left us plenty of facts and figures to think over; some of which, at least, it is to be hoped, we shall be able to digest and make use of.


Our Dedication Festival – On the occasion of our Dedication Festival this year, Wednesday 30th ult, St. Andrew’s Day, the services were as follows: Celebration at 8am; Matins and Litany at 10am and Choral Evensong at 7pm, when an earnest and impressive sermon was preached by the Rev H Bertie Roberts, MA (Rector of West Wickham, Kent) from S. Matt xvii 4. The Anthem ‘The Sun shall be no more thy light by day’ (Woodward) was well rendered by the Choir.  The Collections during the day (£1 19s 0d) have been sent to the Rev W H Penney, organising Secretary of the Universities Mission to Central Africa, 14 Delahay Street, Westminster, SW.


The Season of Advent -  The teaching of this Holy Season on which we have entered not only reminds us of the near approach of Christmas with the blessings in store for those who endeavour to keep that great Festival aright, and avail themselves to the utmost of the Services of the Church in connection with it, and especially the great Eucharistic Service – the Holy Communion; but it also reminds us of the passing away of time and opportunities, and of the near approach of the judge, the final judgement and our prospects for eternity.  The Special Services and addresses on the Wednesdays in Advent are intended to help is make due use of this solemn season of which the key-note should be ‘Watch and Pray’.  The following have promised to preach on three Wednesdays in Advent at Evensong at 7 o’clock.


Dec 7 – Rev G R Chell, MA, Vicar of Kneesall

Dec 14 – Rev S A Cuthbert, Assistant Curate, Mansfield Woodhouse

Dec 21 – (S. Thomas’ Day) Rev F Brodhurst, MA, Vicar of Sutton in Ashfield


NB The Editor hopes to give in the next number of the magazine some statistics of Church Attendance, Collections &c during the Christian Year ending Advent 1887.


The Registers



November 13th, Florence & Annie, daughters of George and Emma Woodcock (Dilliner Farm, Winkburn)



November 8th, Alice Ethel Broome, aged 6 months.

November 25th Mary Freeker, aged 84 years