[January AD 1888]
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
HOLY COMMUNION – Every Sunday at ; 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 service.
MATTINS – Sundays ; Weekdays 10 am
EVENSONG – Sundays ; Weekdays
CHILDREN’S SERVICES – 1st, 2nd and 4th Sundays of each month at
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
SUNDAY SCHOOL – and
CLOTHING CLUB – 12 to 1 every other Monday
LENDING LIBRARY – every other Wednesday
VISITATION OF THE SICK – On information being given to the Rector.
W. LUMLEY B. CATOR, 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 1888
Christmas-tide Services – The Church looked
particularly bright and cheerful on the morning of Christmas Day with the new
white Altar Frontal, Dossal and Falls for the Litany Desk and pulpit, and the
tastefully executed decorations, which evidently manifested that those who for
many years now have devoted so much care to the Church at these holy seasons
were not backward in their zeal on this occasion. The Services were well attended, 26
communicating at the early, and 30 at the celebrations, and there was a
large congregation at Evensong when the Anthem ‘Let us now go even to
Statistics, Advent 1886 to Advent 1887 – The last Christian year does not compare unfavourably with the previous one – in most respects indeed there is perceptible a gradual improvement which seems to show that the Church is gaining the affections of the people. In spite of the general depression and the Jubilee collections, the Offertory collections amounted to £45 8s 5½d compared with £44 3s 11d the previous year; the Sunday collections amounting this last time to £36 3s 1½d giving an average of 13s 10d each time, compared with £35 6s 3½d the time before with an average of 13s 6d each time.
The following attendance averages show also that the services of the Church have been appreciated:
Sunday mornings – Adults 46, Children 34
Sunday evenings – Adults 75, Children 40 (afternoon and evening)
Sunday (whole day) – Adults 121, Children 75
The average number of Communicants for Sundays is about 10.
There have been 10 Infants baptised and two as Adults; 4 marriages and 13 burials, 7 of the latter being persons over 80 years of age.
On May 3rd of last year the Bishop of Southwell held a confirmation in our parish church, when 53 persons were confirmed, 17 males and 36 females – of whom 13 were from this Parish viz 6 males and 7 females.
Christmas Charities – Sir John Savile has kindly continued the Benefactions of his predecessors at Rufford towards the Parish of Eakring at this season of the year. In addition to the Annual Subscriptions to the Clothing Club and other parochial institutions, the usual amount of coal has been given by him to the poor; nor has Mr Charles Greenfield (of Little Carlton) been behindhand this winter in bestowing Coal on those who are really in need as he has done now for several years. The Rector’s usual gift of meat was given in time for Christmas Day, and the sum of £3 13s 6d out of the Offertory money has been divided amongst the poor.
Christmas Examination at the Board School – An Examination of the Scholars attending the Board School was held on Dec 21st and 22nd by the Master (Mr Speight) who distributed small prizes to the successful competitors, of whom the following is a list:
1st Prize 2nd Prize
Standard VII Herbert Speight Walter Burne
Standard VI Annie Palin Albert Walker
V Mary Ann Burne
Standard II Alice Bradley Lucy Dobb
Standard I George Robinson Mary Osborne
Our Words and Work for Eakring February 1888
Concert in the
Mr J Edlington, our worthy Organist, for whose benefit the Concert was held, is to be congratulated on the support he received, and also on the way in which the choir acquitted themselves in the Part-Song and Glee. The proceeds amounted to £1 16s 3d which Mr Edlington received without deduction, the Rector being responsible for the expenses.
Church Supper and Entertainment – The Parish Room was only just large enough to hold the large party who availed themselves this year of the Rector’s invitation to the Church Supper, on Tuesday the 24th ult; the number, including old and young, who sat down to supper we believed amounted to 78. After supper followed the usual entertainment, to which the other members of the families of those who had supper were invited. Several songs were sung chiefly of a light and comic character, which seemed to afford much amusement to the audience.
The Rector and Mr Cruft gave addresses referring to the progress which had been made during the past ten years in the Parish in regard to Church work, which should prove a stimulus to greater efforts in years to come. Mr Cruft specially mentioned with commendation the great improvement which had been effected in the Choir. The party separated after giving hearty cheers for the Rector and having spent, we believe, a very pleasant evening.
Sunday School Festival – The day after the supper,
Wednesday ‘The Conversion of S. Paul’ – followed the winter Sunday School
Festival, when again the Parish Room was filled, after the usual service at the
The Rector was able in the short address he gave to speak very favourably of the attendance and working of the School. Seven received full marks for attendance, not having missed once during the half year ended 31st ult and six received a second prize having only missed once.
After tea followed the usual amusements and in our next number we hope to give a list of those who obtained prizes.
We have been giving accounts of concerts, supper, tea etc but now a more solemn time has come when it behoves us to make the utmost use we can of the extra Services and other opportunities within our reach, to endeavour to come to a more thorough knowledge of ourselves and our short-comings and to stir us up to more resolute strife against sin, and to greater devotion to God’s service.
The services on Ash Wednesday Feb 15th will be as follows:
Celebration of Holy Communion 8am
Matins and Litany 10am
Commination Service, Evensong and Sermon
The following have kindly promised to preach on Fridays during Lent at Evensong namely:
Feb 24th (S. Matthias Day) Rev A M Y Baylay, Vicar of Thurgarton
March 2nd Rev A Fraser, Vicar of Harby
March 9th Rev F Boag, Curate in Charge S. Alban’s Sneinton Nottingham
March 23rd Rev C Turner, Curate, Hoveringham
Jan 6th Herbert, son of Richard and Susan Hurt
Jan 6th Wright, son of Henry and Mary Ann Walker
Jan 8th Robert Wilson, son of Robert Blanchard and Sarah Anne Jackson
Jan 10th Clara, daughter of Thomas and Alice Farrow (private)
Jan 20th Charlotte Bellamy, aged 40 years
Our Words and Work for Eakring March 1888
S. Andrew’s School Prize Winners – The following is a list of
the successful Competitors for prizes for the half-year ending
1st Prize – full marks 104; never missed
Kirkland, Annie Colton, Geo H Ellis, Walter Ellis, Walter Broome,
2nd Prize – 102 marks; only missed one Sunday
Kirkland, Arthur Betts, Elizabeth White, Clara Jane Broome,
Class I 1st Prize Alice Kirkland, 728 marks
2nd Prize Elizabeth White, 727 marks
Class II 1st Prize Annie Colton, 728 marks
2nd Prize Edith Burne, 696 marks
Class III 1st Prize George H Ellis, 728 marks
2nd Prize Alfred G White, 716 marks
Class IV 1st Prize Ada Louisa White, 721 marks
2nd Prize Elizabeth Godfrey, 694 marks
Class V 1st Prize Alice Drabble, 726 marks
2nd Prize Beatrice Ellis, 657 marks
Re-Opening of Southwell Cathedral – Thursday Feb 2nd, the Feast of the Purification of the Blessed Virgin, deserves to be marked as a Red Letter Day in the calendar of the Diocese as the date when the ancient Minster Church was handed over by the Ecclesiastical Commissioners to the Diocese as its Cathedral Church, they having been responsible for several years for the due preservation of the fabric and for other expenses connected with it; and having expended a considerable sum of money in the work of restoration thereof spread over many years. The Dedication of the new work therein was celebrated by a Celebration of the Holy Communion at 9am and a solemn Service of Thanksgiving with Te Deum and Sermon by the Bishop of Lichfield at 11.15am and Evensong at 3pm with sermon by the Bishop of Salisbury (son of the late Bishop of Lincoln). The Archbishop of Canterbury and the Bishop of Southwell performed the most important functions in connection with the morning Services – several Bishops joined in the procession and the services, and there were crowded congregations, many of the Clergy and others came from a considerable distance, having put themselves to great inconvenience in order to be present on so important an occasion.
Election of Proctor for Convocation – February 13th
was the day fixed for the nomination of a Proctor to represent the Clergy of
this Diocese in the Convocation which is held in
Confirmation at Farnsfield – On Monday 20th ult the Bishop of Southwell held a confirmation in the Parish Church of Farnsfield at , when 29 were confirmed (9 males and 20 females) of whom 6 males and 4 females were from our Parish, the rest from Farnsfield. Several of the friends of the Candidates from Eakring having expressed a wish to accompany them, we made up a goodly party, filling both the Carriers’ vans and in spite of the heavy fall of snow during the day and night preceding, and the cold wind which prevailed, the journey there and back was accomplished without any mishap or serious inconvenience, though the progress along the road was not very rapid.
Newly Elected School Board – On Thursday the 23rd ult the first meeting of the Board since the election took place, on which occasion the Rector was chosen as Chairman, and Mr John Hurt as Vice Chairman; the other members of the new Board are Messrs Cooper, Palmer and Hallam for Eakring and Messrs George Greenfield and Marshall for Rufford.
Presentation to Dean Hole – On Friday the 24th
ult, S. Matthias Day, an interesting ceremony took
place in the Hall of the
Those Clergy who had been in the habit of meeting from time to time for consultation under the hospitable roof of the genial Dean at Caunton for several years when he was Rural Dean did not like to allow him and his excellent wife to leave the neighbourhood for the new home at Rochester without some tangible testimony of their esteem and regard. The present Rural Dean of Southwell, in the absence of Canon Trebeck, was voted to the Chair, and in the name of his brethren of the Old Deanery of Southwell, presented the Dean of Rochester with the Speaker’s Commentary on the Bible, 10 Volumes, handsomely bound, and with the Arms of the old Chapter of Southwell outside, and handed to Mrs Hole an album containing a series of handsome photographs of the Cathedral of Southwell.
Holy Week and Easter – We would remind our readers that before another magazine appears, Lent will have passed and Easter Day will have come. It behoves us to make the most of the season through which we are passing and not to allow ourselves to miss any opportunity which may help to deepen in us the religious life. None can tell, unless they have tried it in earnest, how helpful daily attendance at Church during Holy Week, and listening to the account of the last sufferings of our Lord is to deepen in us a conviction of the heinousness of sin and the infinite love of Christ to man. On Good Friday there will be (God willing) the usual Services in our Parish Church and we hope that this year more will avail themselves of the earlier Services of the day, as well as that in the evening, and that all in the Parish will spend the day as the most solemn in the whole year, remembering the great event thereon commemorated – the death of our greatest, best and truest friend, and the momentous issues involved to ourselves and all mankind in that awful event! The benefit to us of our Easter Communion will depend very much upon how we have spent the preceding Lent. Let us remember the injunction of our Church that every Parishioner shall Communicate three times a year at least, of which Easter is to be one; and let us begin in good time to prepare ourselves that it may be a profitable Communion to each one of us.
Feb 12th Arthur, son of Henry and Ellen Parsons (of Rufford)
Feb 12th Albert, son of Mary Alice Broome
Feb 14th, James and George, twin sons of James and Jane Tarr (private)
Feb 11th Octavius Goodall Wilkins, aged 71 years
Feb 18th James and George Tarr, twins, infants.
Our Words and Work for Eakring April 1888
Vestry Meeting – At a Vestry Meeting held on the 14th of last month the following were elected to fill various offices in connection with the Parish –
Mr Thomas Cooper, Guardian
Messrs Thomas Burne and George Teather, Overseers and Constables
Mr Thomas Burne, Surveyor of the Highway and to do the parish business.
The Rector explained the delay which has occurred in obtaining authority for a ‘Table of Fees’ to be fixed up in the Church, which was agreed to at a special Vestry Meeting held August 11th of last year. The rule which applies to new Parishes of the Chancellor of the Diocese sanctioning such a Table of Fees and so giving it authority, does not, it appears, hold good in old Parishes, in which (according to law) the Ecclesiastical Commissioners have to be applied to, and they draw up a Table of Fees to be submitted to a Vestry Meeting and after it has been agreed to and has obtained the sanction of the Bishop, it is properly engrossed and stamped with the Commissioners’ Seal, after which it can be put up in the Church and has authority.
School Inspection – On Thursday the 22nd
ult Her Majesty’s Inspector of Schools (Rev C Sewell)
paid a visit to Eakring, and with the assistance of Mr Webster, examined the
children attending the
are pleased to hear that Harry Speight, Pupil Teacher at the
Item of News – Complaints having been made from time to time of the cold in the Chancel and Vestry of the Church, and in the Board School, steps have been taken by the Rector which will prevent any inconvenience or ground of complaint on that score in future, as the hot water apparatus in the Chancel and Vestry (Hartley & Sugdens) and the slow combustion stove in the Board School appear to act very effectually.
The Services with Sermons on the Fridays in Lent were not so well attended this year as last, but during Holy Week there was rather an improvement in the attendance at Evensong, when there was an Address every day except Saturday, and the attendance on Good Friday on the whole compared favourably with last year.
8th (private) Ellen, daughter of William and Mathilda
March 11th Sarah Ellen, daughter of Elizabeth Stocks.
March 12th Clara Farrow aged 2 months
Our Words and Work for Eakring May 1888
The Past Month – Several important events have taken place during the past month partly in connection with our own Parish and partly in connection with the Diocese. Before, however, alluding to them we may just mention that in spite of the scarcity of flowers owing to the severity of the weather the Church looked very nice on Easter Day and showed that there had been no lack of care on the part of the decorators to use to the greatest advantage the materials for its adornment to which they had access. The number of Communicants was larger than we have ever known – viz 29 at the early Celebration, and 36 at the Celebration, and there was a large Congregation at Evensong when the Anthem ‘Christ is Risen’ (Sydenham) was well rendered by the Choir.
Easter Vestry – On Easter Tuesday a Vestry Meeting was held when Messrs John Hurt and Thomas Burne were reappointed to the office of Church Wardens, the former being nominated by the Rector, and the latter elected as the People’s Warden. A Church Rate of One Penny in the Pound was also made.
Church Meeting – On Tuesday the 10th a Meeting of Churchmen (of which due notice had been given) took place in the Rector’s Parish Room to elect two Churchmen to presented the Parish as Members of the Ruridecanal Conference. Messrs Robert Marshall and Thomas Cooper who have been our lay representatives for the last three years were re-elected. At the same meeting the Rector read out the new Terrier, which was agreed to, and signed by Mr Thomas Burne, the People’s Warden, and by most of those present. Having been exhibited at the Bishop’s Primary Visitation, one copy written on parchment has been deposited in the Register Chest and the other has been handed to the Diocesan Registrar.
The Bishop of Southwell’s Primary Visitation – On Friday the 13th there was a large gathering at Southwell Cathedral of Clergy, Churchwardens and Lay Readers from the Deaneries of Southwell, Gedling, Mansfield, Newark, East Newark and Norwell to attend the Bishop’s Primary Visitation, on which occasion there was a short service in the Choir, followed by a call of the names and a Charge from the Bishop in the Nave. At the Bishop presided at a Conference of the Clergy and Laity in ‘The Hall’ of the Archbishop’s Palace.
Anniversary of Mr Savile’s
Death – The
same day in the evening, being the Anniversary of the late Mr Savile’s death a year ago, at
Diocesan Sunday – Sermons were preached and collections made on Sunday the 15th in our Parish Church on behalf of the Diocesan Sunday Funds, and the amount collected (£1 12s) was sent during the week to the Nottingham and Notts Bank, Newark to be paid to the ‘Diocesan Fund’.
The Church Accounts and the Parish Accounts were passed at a Vestry Meeting held on the 27th.
We hope in our next number to insert particulars of the Church Accounts as usual.
April 8th Walter, son of Richard and Emma Thompson
We would call the attention of our readers to a new publication, the first number of which appeared in March and which is to be continued monthly – price Twopence – and that is ‘The Southwell Diocesan Magazine’, acquaintance with which may be looked upon as indispensable for those who wish to keep themselves informed of all that is going on in the Diocese.
Distribution of Prizes and Entertainment
On Tuesday the 24th an Entertainment was given in the Board School in the evening, consisting of Songs, Rounds and Recitations by the children who, by the way in which they acquitted themselves did great credit to the management and previous training of Mr Speight and his son (the Pupil Teacher). A surprise was in store for the audience after the distribution of the Prizes and Certificates, in the shape of an amusing piece entitled ‘Apartments to Let’ in which the actors were Harry Speight, Herbert Speight, Walter Burne and Joseph Kirkland, who ably sustained the parts assigned to them and elicited a thunder of applause from the spectators with whom the room was crowded.
following is a list of the Prize Winners for the year ending
(1) Good Attendance Prizes, given by the Chairman of the Board
Elizabeth Robinson 429 (never missed for two years), Jessie Walker 429, John William Walker 429
Mary Broome 425, Caroline Teather 422
(2) Fortnightly Examination Marks from Harvest Holidays to Feb 29th
In whole School – 1st Prize, Herbert Speight 588, 2nd Prize Annie Colton 512
Prizes given by the Master and Mistress – in Classes and Standards –
VI Albert Walker 401
V Mary Annie Burne 376
IV Arthur Walker 328
III Alfred White 315
II Walter Ellis 481
I Ethel Palin 344
(3) Geography Prizes
Upper Division 1. Walter Burne 2. Fred Colton
Middle Division 1. William H Godfrey 2. Arthur Ricketts
Lower Division 1. Walter Teather
Conduct Prize for
(5) Needlework Prizes
(6) Those who have attended above 400 times in the year, and have not won any other prize:
The Certificates of the School Board were given to those who passed at the Examination on March 22nd, and the Prizes were distributed to the successful competitors by the Rector, who read out the following Report of the Rev C Sewell –
Mixed School – ‘
Infants’ Class – ‘the Condition of this Class is fair’
Speight has passed fairly but should attend to
‘Herbert Speight has passed the entrance examination for Pupil Teacher’.
collection was made at the close of the Entertainment amounting to 1 14s in aid
of ‘The Church Teachers Widow and Orphan Fund’ which has been sent to the
Our Words and Work for Eakring June 1888
Reading Room and Cricket Club – On Monday 7th ult two meetings were held in the Evening at the Parochial Reading Room, at both of which the Rector presided. At the first meeting the Secretary and Treasurer, Mr Speight, read a Report of the number of members, the attendance and the financial condition of the Reading Room and Mutual Improvement Society during the winter months. We are sorry to find that so little taste for reading and self improvement is manifested, which were especial objects in view in starting the Society; and also that there is a balance on the wrong side of 8s 1d. There is moreover a balance of 13s 2½d due to the Secretary and Treasurer of the Cricket Club (Mr Speight) as appeared in the statement of accounts for last year read at the Meeting which followed immediately after the first. Mr Speight tendered his resignation of the offices which he has held for some time and has been succeeded by his son Harry. We understand that Mr White’s field has been hired for the season on the same terms as Mr Cooper’s last year.
Provident Club Anniversary – A slight alteration was made in the arrangements for our Provident Club Anniversary. In the first place the assembling of the members earlier and having the Service in Church a quarter of an hour later, gave a sufficient time for the transaction of the necessary business, and this year there was an additional feature in connection with this Anniversary which must not be omitted, and that was the presentation to Mr Dowle by the Rector, on behalf of the members, of a handsome Dinner Cruet with 6 bottles, mustard spoon, and an inscription in recognition of the great interest which he has taken in the Club from the time of its commencement and for his services as Secretary, gratuitously rendered for upwards of four years. Our Preacher this year was the Rev R J King, Assistant Curate of Warsop, who delivered an earnest and most appropriate address to an excellent congregation from Proverbs vi 6.
The weather was all that could be desired, notwithstanding which the attendance at the tea in the Board School, and at the Sports in Mr Palmer’s field, was not so large as it has been before; this however is not difficult to account for when we remember that our Anniversary this year occurred in the Newark Fair Week and Tuesday was the ‘Jumping Day’ at Newark. In spite of its attractive programme Eakring could hardly expect to compete successfully with such counter attractions in the neighbourhood. The Boot Scramble Race and Aunt Sally were new features in our programme and proved sufficiently popular apparently to bid fair for a place in it another year. We doubt, however, the wisdom of not allowing competition in the Races by any who are not Members of the Club.
Prizes, some of which were both useful and ornamental, were distributed by Mrs
George Greenfield (of
May 12th Maria Harriet Broome, aged 27 years
May 16th John Stocks, aged 84 years
Our Words and Work for Eakring July 1888
Testimonial to Mr J A Edlington – Sunday 3rd ult was Mr J A Edlington’s last
Sunday at Eakring as organist of the
William T Burne was publicly admitted to the office
of Organist, as Mr J A Edlington’s successor on
Sunday the 17th inst by a short service in the
The Diocesan Inspector’s Visit – Our
“The Board School of Eakring passed a good Examination in religious knowledge, Division I and II (Standards 2 ,1 and Infants) were more ready and intelligent than last year. The repetition of Scripture throughout the School was very good. On the day of examination the children were neat, intelligent and quiet. Old Testament: Divisions I and II very good; Division III good; Division IV very good. New Testament: Divisions I and II good but rather unready; Divisions III and IV very good and intelligent. Creed, Lord’s Prayer and Ten Commandments: All Divisions good. Repetition of Scripture: Divisions I and II good; Divisions III and IV very good. Repetition of Hymns: all Divisions good. Repetition of Private Prayers: all Divisions good. Singing of Hymns: Lower Division heavy, upper Division better.”
On the day of Examination 74 children were present and none were withheld from Examination. The above is the Third Report received since our School was placed under Diocesan Inspection two years ago, and it affords sufficient evidence of the pains which have been taken in imparting religious knowledge to the children and of the satisfactory progress which they have made.
Notts Choral Union Festival – Our Church Choir took part
again this year, as it has done now for several years in succession, in the
Choral Union Festival of the Archdeaconry of Nottingham, in the Cathedral
Church of Southwell, which was held on Thursday the 14th ult, the Sermon being preached by Dr Butler, Dean of
Lincoln. The Choir were accompanied, as
usual, by a good number of relations and friends, and so mustered strong at the
picnic dinner and tea in the
Burial June 25th Walter Evitt Tarr, aged 4 years
NB ‘Evitt’ mistake for ‘Hibbert’.
Our Words and Work for Eakring August 1888
Flower Service – On the second Sunday in
last month our annual Flower Service was held in the Parish church at when in spite of the scarcity
of flowers and the backwardness of the season, there was a goodly number of
bouquets brought as offerings by the children, several of them being prettily
arranged and a good size. We have to
thank kind friends from Rufford for their help in
this matter. There was again this year,
as there was last year, an excellent congregation, and the service was heartily
rendered. The collections, both morning and
evening, amounting to £2 16s were for the
Southwell 20th July 1888
Sir, The Board of Guardians of this
I am your obedient servant,
John Kirkland, Clerk to the Guardians
Rev W L B Cator, The Rectory, Eakring,
Table of Fees – On the 3rd of last month,
the Rector received from the Secretary of the Ecclesiastical Commissioners a
parchment copy of an instrument, dated May 17th 1888 fixing a table
of fees for the Parish of Eakring, the original document with the official
seals of the Bishop of Southwell and of the Ecclesiastical Commissioners
attached thereto, having been sent to the Diocesan Registrar at Nottingham to
be deposited in the Diocesan Registry.
This document gives authority to the Table of Fees agreed to at a Vestry
Meeting held at
The Jubilee Clock – On the 27th ult Mr G Cope came over to Eakring and received a third and
final instalment of £30 on behalf of the firm of Messrs G and F Cope for the
Clock erected last year in the Tower of our
The Weather in July – The variableness of the weather in our country is proverbial; few however, if any, we suppose, can recollect such a July as we have just experienced, the temperature having been for the most part more like that of March or April, and very few days were there when, at all events during some part of the day, a fire was not comfortable.
On Wednesday in the Nottingham Show week snow was seen in some parts of the country; and, if report be true, a snow man made at Balmoral on June 4th. The cold weather has kept back vegetation, and the continuous rains have been very hindering to hay making and much, we fear, has been irretrievably spoilt. Let us still, however, hope for some summer before the season for it has altogether passed.
July 8th, Elizabeth, illegitimate daughter of Sarah Ann Hurt.
Our Words and Work for Eakring September 1888
St. Andrew’s Sunday School Festival – The weather was anything but propitious for our Sunday School Festival this summer. Consequently it was shorn of much of the attractiveness to which a bright sun, outdoor amusements and friends from a distance naturally conduce. In spite, however, of the elements being against us, a very pleasant afternoon was spent by the children, who were assisted in their games after Tea by their Teachers and other kind friends who were not daunted by the weather from putting in an appearance. We were much indebted to Mr Thomas Cooper for his kindness in giving up his barn for the games instead of his field which he had promised. The Vicar of Farnsfield (Rev R A McKee) gave a very suitable address at the Service in Church. Before the Children left the Parish Room after Tea, the Rector read Mr W J Whitworth’s Report of the Sunday School for the half year ending June 30th and Miss Cator distributed the Prizes.
No. on the Register – 39. Children Admitted – 33. Left – 4 (gone from village)
The total number of Marks obtainable in the Class Books is 728; and in the register 104.
As will be seen by the following list of Prize Winners, six of the scholars have obtained full class marks, and twelve of them full Register marks. The following obtained Prizes for Class marks:
No of marks
Class I 1st Prize Alice Kirkland 728
1st Prize Walter Burne 728
1st Prize Fred Colton 728
2nd Prize Walter White 711
Class II 1st Prize Annie Colton 728
Class III 1st Prize George H Ellis 724
2nd Prize Walter Ellis 718
IV 1st Prize
2nd Prize Elizabeth Godfrey 680
V 1st Prize
2nd Prize Beatrice Ellis 678
Prizes given to the following for Attendance:
Prizes, all with 104 points to: Alice Kirkland, Elizabeth White, Walter Burne, Fred Colton, Annie Colton, Geo Henry Ellis, Walter Ellis,
Alfred White, William Henry Godfrey, Ada Louisa
White, William White, Alice Drabble. 2nd
following also obtained Prizes for answering in Church at the catechising:
Alice Kirkland, Elizabeth White, Walter Burne and
Herbert Speight. The Sunday School
Teachers, each of them, received a present from the Rector. The
August 9th Sarah Ann Hunt, aged 25 years
August 13th, Mary Bennett aged 64 years
Our Words and Work for Eakring October 1888
Harvest Commencement Service – In the neighbouring Parish of Laxton it has been the custom for several years to hold a Service in the Parish Church at half past five o’clock in the morning at the commencement of harvest to thank God for the produce of the earth and to ask His Blessing on the work of ingathering about to commence. The Rector attended the service at Laxton on Monday August 27th, which was so well attended and evidently appreciated that he determined to see if the same could not be done at Eakring; finding therefore that the proposal met with the approval of those chiefly interested, he arranged for a short service in our own Parish Church at half past five o’clock on Monday morning 3rd ult, when there was an attendance sufficiently large to justify the repetition of the same another year. We may remind our readers that by God’s Ordinance the Jews were bidden not only to hold a Festival every year as a National act of Thanksgiving for the ingathering of the fruits, but they were also taught to offer the first-fruits thereof to the Great Giver of all, and to seek his blessing on their labours. Surely God cannot expect less of us who are taught to pray for His Blessings in all our doings, and ‘whether we eat or drink, or whatsoever we do, to do all to the glory of God.’
Re-Opening of School We would remind Parents of the Children and the Board School that School will commence again (DV) on Monday 15th inst. It is of the utmost importance to all concerned that the children should be punctual and regular in attendance and that the School Fees should be paid at the proper time. The Schoolmaster has strict orders from the Board to send back children who do not bring the Fees which are due. The Parents, it is hoped, will take note of the Extracts from the Bye Laws which they had had sent to them by order of the Board.
Death of Mrs Jackson – We are sorry to have to record the death of Mrs Jackson, who, to all appearance, seemed as healthy as anyone when she and her husband made their first appearance amongst us, not so very long we believe after their marriage. A few months after her confinement, she was taken very seriously ill and after having lingered on longer than was at first expected, she has at length succumbed (at Leake in Lincolnshire on the16th ult) to the fatal disease she was suffering from, all having been done for her, we believe, that the affection of her husband and his relations or medical skill could suggest. We feel sure that not only his friends at his own village of Leak, but many in this village whose esteem and respect he has won, will sympathise with Mr Jackson in his severe bereavement and will not forget him in their prayers.
The Bishop’s Recovery – We are sure that those who so constantly joined in prayer in Church for the Bishop’s Recovery when he was so seriously ill, will be glad to hear that he has once more been able to commence work in his Diocese again, having officiated at the ordination of a Priest and several Deacons in the Cathedral Church of Southwell on Saturday the 29th ult, the Feast of S. Michael and All Angels and he hopes to preside over the Diocesan Conference to be held at Derby the 9th and 10th, and the Diocesan Council on the 11th inst.
Harvest festival – The Harvest festival will
be held (DV) this year on Tuesday the 23rd inst when the Rev A G M Meugens, RD, Rector of Carlton near
Sept 29th, Lucy Mary Hurt (wife of William Hurt) aged 26 years.
Our Words and Work for Eakring November 1888
Diocesan Conference – There cannot be much cause
for complaint of want of opportunity for giving expression to one’s opinions in
the present day when we have so many Congresses and Conferences of various
kinds, nor is the Church behindhand in this respect, for every year we have our
Church Congress, which this year was held in Manchester and, as to numbers, at
all events, has been a great success.
Again, in almost every Diocese in
Southwell Diocesan Conference, consisting of Clergy and Laymen elected by the
members of the Ruridecanal Conferences, in addition
to a certain number of ex-officio and specially nominated members, met this year
in the Temperance Hall at Derby n Tuesday 9th ult,
meetings being held both that day and the day following, both morning and
afternoon, the attendance being much larger than at the previous Diocesan
Conference. Several subjects of interest
were discussed, such as the following, namely: ‘Education, especially in
connection with the Report of the Royal Commission’, ‘The Duty of the Church in
regard to Socialistic Problems’, ‘Spiritual Work in Parishes’, ‘Home and
Foreign Missions’ and ‘Increase of the Episcopate’. We were glad to find that the Bishop had so
far recovered his health as to preside over the Conference and to give the
opening Address. Four of the Churches in
Harvest Festival – In consequence of the
lateness of the season, our Harvest Festival has been kept late this year,
namely on Tuesday 23rd ult when the usual
Services were held, the Church being very full as usual at Evensong, when the
music was very hearty and our new Organist equal to the occasion. An excellent sermon was preached by the Rev A
G M Meugens, RD, Rector of Carlton-in-the-Willows,
A Public Tea was provided in the Board School in the Afternoon, which was not so well attended as on some other occasions, but the following financial statement will show that the management of it was in able hands, as Mrs Burne and Mrs Cooper can produce a balance sheet on the right side, though it is true, a very small one.
Balance Sheet, Harvest Festival Tea,
DR £ s d CR £ s d
Money taken at the Trays 2 5 7½ Provisions (Cake, Bread, Tea
Provisions sold after Tea 0 7 0 and Butter) 2 5 11
Hire of Room 0 5 0
Ditto Tea Urn 0 1 0
Coal 0 0 7
Balance in hand 0 0 1½
£2 12 7½ £2 12 7½
Considering the unsettled weather we experienced in July and August, we have had indeed special cause for offering up thanks and praise to the Giver of all good gifts, for enabling us to gather in such an abundance this year.
Winter Evenings – We would remind all to whom it concerns and especially the Young Men in the Parish that the Reading Room at Ivy Cottage was re-opened for the Winter Months on Monday 22nd ult.
The Night School, was also opened on Monday 29th Ult. Monday, Wednesday and Thursday are the days when Mr W J Whitworth attends at the Rector’s Parish Room at . We sincerely hope that these opportunities of self improvement will be appreciated and made use of.
Private – Oct 12th, Ethel Mary, daughter of Henry and Mary Elizabeth Radley of Rufford Farm.
Our Words and Work for Eakring Deeember 1888
Board School Tea – On Monday the 5th
ult the Chairman and other Members of the Board
provided a Tea for the children attending the
Addresses were given to the children by the Chairman and Mr Marshall and the rest of the evening was pleasantly spent in games interspersed with a few songs which were nicely sung by the children, the Entertainment being brought to a close by the singing of the National Anthem, each child carrying home one of Mr Jackson’s famous buns.
Dedication Festival – Our Dedication Festival was
kept this year, as usual, on S. Andrew’s Day, Friday 30th ult – the services in the Parish Church being – Celebration
at 8am, Matins at 10am and Choral Evensong at 7 o’clock when an excellent
sermon was preached by the Rev H Pennant Cooke, MA, Rector of Darfield in Yorkshire, who took for his text Acts xvii 24.
The Collections during the day amounting to £2 have been given to the Southwell
Deanery Church Restoration Society. The
musical portion of the service was well rendered by the Organist and the Choir.
The Anthem selected for the occasion being
Pupil Teachers’ Examinations – The Pupil Teachers of our
Nov 17th William Bennett, aged 82 years