[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


Parish Church of S. Andrew


HOLY COMMUNION – Every Sunday 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 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 midday celebrations, and there was a large congregation at Evensong when the Anthem ‘Let us now go even to Bethlehem’ by Hopkins, was well rendered by the Choir.  A goodly number also attended the usual Midnight Service on New Years’ Eve.


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

Standard V                               Mary Ann Burne                                   Elizabeth White

Standard IV                             Edith Garland                                       Ellen Whitworth

Standard III                              Annie Colton                                        Jessie Walker

Standard II                               Alice Bradley                                        Lucy Dobb

Standard I                                George Robinson                                  Mary Osborne

Infant Class                              Alice Drabble                                       Ada Louisa White



Baptism  - Dec 11th 1887 John William, son of William and Sarah Paulson

MarriageDec 5th 1887, Charles Cartwright and Agnes Walker       

Our Words and Work for Eakring February 1888


Concert in the Board School – We were able to secure a good deal of fresh talent at the Concert which was held on Tuesday the 3rd ult in the Board School.  The Programme included some very good songs, a Part-Song and a Glee, besides instrumental music.  The room was fairly filled and the appreciation of the audience was repeatedly manifested by the encores that were called for.  We might, if we had space for it, mention several of the songs which were sung with great taste and with a very clear and distinct pronunciation of the words (which is of so much importance and often not sufficiently attended to) but we forbear to particularise where so much was worthy of commendation.


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 Parish Church, when an address suitable to the occasion was given by the Rev W J Cruft, who took for his text Acts ix 6. Several of the parents of the children were present to witness the distribution of the Prizes by Mrs Cator of Ollerton.


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.


Lent Services

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 7.30pm


The following have kindly promised to preach on Fridays during Lent at Evensong 7.30pm 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 16th

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 Dec 31st 1887. For Attendance throughout the school:-


1st Prize – full marks 104; never missed

Alice Kirkland, Annie Colton, Geo H Ellis, Walter Ellis, Walter Broome, Alice Drabble, Mary Broome


2nd Prize – 102 marks; only missed one Sunday

Joseph Kirkland, Arthur Betts, Elizabeth White, Clara Jane Broome, Ada Louisa White, William White


Class Marks

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 Westminster, in the room of our late Rural Dean and neighbour the Vicar of Caunton, Canon Hole, now Dean of Rochester.  There being two candidates nominated, a poll was demanded, which resulted in the election of our friend Canon Gray, Vicar of Blyth, by a majority of 43 over the other candidate, the Rev Canon Jackson, Vicar of S. Stephen’s Nottingham.


Confirmation at Farnsfield – On Monday 20th ult the Bishop of Southwell held a confirmation in the Parish Church of Farnsfield at 3pm, 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 Old Palace at Southwell, kindly lent for the occasion by the Bishop of Nottingham (Archdeacon Trollope).

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.


The Registers



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 Board School. As to general results the number of passes does not compare unfavourably with last year; but we are sorry to say there were several failures in Arithmetic and in several instances in which it might have been least expected.  We trust that neither teachers nor pupils will be disheartened, but will be stimulated to greater earnestness and diligence in future, so as to prevent any such failures as are calculated to bring disgrace on the School.  We hope in our next number to give Mr Sewell’s Report of the School.

We are pleased to hear that Harry Speight, Pupil Teacher at the Board School, has again passed the Examination in Holy Scripture, Liturgy and Catechism, held at Laxton in December last.


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.





March 8th (private) Ellen, daughter of William and Mathilda Rayworth of North Laiths, Rufford

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 midday 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 2 o’clock 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 Cannes, a special service, by the request of Miss Lumley, was held in Rufford Abbey Chapel, which was conducted by the Rector of Eakring, who gave an address.  The Chapel was full and the Service seemed to be appreciated.


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 at The Board School

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.


The following is a list of the Prize Winners for the year ending Feb 29th 1888 during which period the school has been opened 429 times.


(1)   Good Attendance Prizes, given by the Chairman of the Board

1st Prize

Elizabeth Robinson 429 (never missed for two years), Jessie Walker 429, John William Walker 429

2nd Prize

George Robinson and Ada Louisa White 428

3rd Prize

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

Infants Alice Drabble


(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


(4)   Good Conduct Prize for Whole School – Joseph Kirkland


(5)   Needlework Prizes

  1. Clara Tarr (work box) given by the Chairman
  2. Edith Garland (silver thimble) given by Mrs Speight
  3. Emma Rayworth (book)


(6)   Those who have attended above 400 times in the year, and have not won any other prize:

  1. Clara Broome 424
  2. Emily Coupe 407
  3. Alice Kirkland 404
  4. Benjamin Moody 410
  5. Walter Broome 409


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 – ‘Reading and Writing are very successfully taught, but Arithmetic was decidedly weak above the First Standard.  English was fair, Grammar being imperfect in the second and third Standards.  Geography was very good at the top of the school. Needlework was good although some of the exercises had been neglected, as was also the case with mental arithmetic.  Order and Singing quite satisfactory’ Government Grant £48 15s 9d.


Infants’ Class – ‘the Condition of this Class is fair’


‘Harry Speight has passed fairly but should attend to Euclid


‘Herbert Speight has passed the entrance examination for Pupil Teacher’.


A 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 Secretary in London.

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.


The Prizes, some of which were both useful and ornamental, were distributed by Mrs George Greenfield (of North Laiths).  The Colwick Brass Band was engaged for the occasion and seemed to give perfect satisfaction.  Thanks are due to Mr Palmer for kindly allowing again this year, as he has done in previous years, the use of his field for the Sports.




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 Parish Church, he having obtained the appointment as Organist of one of the Churches at Appleby, the capital of Westmoreland, where he receives a larger salary, and has greater opportunities for private tuition.  After nine years of faithful service he has left for his new post with the good wishes (we believe) of all who have been in the habit of attending the services of our Parish Church and especially of those who hold any office in connection with it.  As a public testimony of this good feeling towards him, and of gratitude for his efficient services for so many years, he was presented on Wednesday 6th ult (the evening before he left for the scene of his future labours) with a handsome clock, the contributions towards which Mr Wilfrid Whitworth collected in a very few days.


Mr 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 Parish Church, conducted by the Rector immediately after the 10.30am service.  The new Organist has our best wishes for his success in the discharge of the duties he has entered upon, and we trust that he will endeavour to imitate the good example that has been set before him, not only in pain staking efforts for self-improvement, but also in his bearing towards those with whom he has to do.


The Diocesan Inspector’s Visit – Our Board School was examined in Religious Knowledge on the 6th ult by the Rev R H Whitworth, Vicar of Blidworth and Honorary Diocesan Inspector.  The following is the report which has since been received:-

“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 National School.  With the exception of a sharp shower during the rehearsal in the morning, the weather was favourable, and all spent a pleasant, and let us hope, not unprofitable day.




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 6.30pm 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 Newark Hospital, which stands in much need of help.  The next day, as usual, the Rector took a hamper full of flowers to the Southwell Workhouse, where they were received with the greatest gratitude, being evidently much appreciated as it is testified by a letter received since by the Rector, of which the following is a copy:


Southwell 20th July 1888

Dear Sir, The Board of Guardians of this Union, at their meeting today, directed me to write and thank you for your kind present of flowers, which were much appreciated by the inmates of the Workhouse.

I am your obedient servant,

John Kirkland, Clerk to the Guardians


The Rev W L B Cator, The Rectory, Eakring, Newark.


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 Eakring Church on August 11th 1887.  The Rector hopes now very shortly to have a copy of the Table of Fees which have been thus authoritatively fixed for the Parish put up in the Church, so that all the Parishioners may have ready access to it.


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 Parish Church.  At the end of the magazine will be found a balance sheet, showing the whole amount received and expended.  It must surely be a source of great satisfaction to the Parishioners that such a large sum should have been raised, and mainly amongst themselves; and also that the Clock, by its way of going thus far, gives reason to hope that the money has been well expended.  It is proposed to have a List of the Names of all who have contributed, and the amount contributed by each, written on a sheet of parchment and deposited in the Parish Chest.


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 Elizabeth White                       728

                        1st Prize Walter Burne                           728

                        1st Prize Fred Colton                            728

                        2nd Prize Walter White             711

Class II            1st Prize Annie Colton                           728

                        2nd Prize Ada Annie Broome                 725

Class III           1st Prize George H Ellis             724

                        2nd Prize Walter Ellis                             718

Class IV           1st Prize Ada Louisa White                   726

                        2nd Prize Elizabeth Godfrey                   680

Class V            1st Prize Alice Drabble              728

                        2nd Prize Beatrice Ellis               678


Prizes given to the following for Attendance:

1st 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 Prize – Ada Annie Broome, 101.


The 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 Board School broke up for the Harvest Holidays on Friday 31st ult.





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 Nottingham, has kindly promised to preach.





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 England, Conferences are held, both Ruridecanal and Diocesan.

The 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 Derby provided an early celebration at 8am each day of the Conference.  Our readers may be interested to know that our Parish of Eakring is represented in the Diocesan Conference by one Layman and one Clergyman.  The Rector, as Rural Dean, is ex-officio a member; and Mr Marshall (of Leyfields) who was elected to represent Eakring in the Ruridecanal Conference, was one of those who were elected a Member of the Diocesan Conference.


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, near Nottingham, from Gen viii 22 ‘Seed time and harvest’.  In spite of fears to the contrary, flowers were forthcoming and the appearance of the Church did the decorators (of whom we had several this year) great credit. Thanks is due also to the farmers for not forgetting their usual offerings of corn, of which there was an abundance; in one case a present of a number of turnips being sent.  The Harvest Services were continued on the Sunday following when there was a Choral Celebration of Holy Communion after Matins.  The Collections (including both days) for the Church Expenses amounted to £4 3s 10d.

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, Eakring Oct 23rd 1888


DR                                           £  s  d               CR                                                       £  s  d

Money taken at the Trays         2  5             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 

                                                £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 7.30pm.  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 Board School.  The occasion was taken advantage of by the Chairman to distribute the Prizes due to those who passed the best Examination in Religious Knowledge at the visit of the Diocesan Inspector, Rev R H Whitworth, Vicar of Blidworth, last June.  These were, in the Upper Division: Herbert Speight, Albert Walker, Elizabeth White and Alice Kirkland.  In the Lower Division: Ethel Palin and George Farrar.  Mr Speight also gave a prize for neat writing at that examination to Emma Rayworth.

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 Richardson’s ‘O how amiable are Thy dwellings’ from Psalm 84.


Our Parish Church – The Evening preceding the Dedication Festival, a lecture was delivered by Colonel Vickers of Beesthorpe Hall, entitled ‘Our Parish Church’, illustrated by the aid of the Magic Lantern. The whole of the available space in the room was filled with an attentive audience, who had set before them in a very lucid manner an interesting account of the introduction of Christianity into this country and its progress up to the time of the Norman Conquest – the Lecturer showing very clearly how much had been done in this direction long before the arrival of S. Augustine and his party from Rome, on the shores of Kent; and how by reason of the inroad of the Saxons and Danes, and the consequent relapse into paganism of large portions of the population, fresh Missionary efforts were needed to their enlightenment and conversion, and how much of the success in this work was owing to S. Aidan, S. Paulinus and S Chad. We trust that the Lectures we had had during the last three years on Church History will stimulate some at least of those who have heard them  to study the subject more carefully themselves, as it cannot surely fail to be a matter of the greatest interest to those who value the privileges they enjoy to trace back as far as they can to the fountain head, to what causes they owe it that they possess them now, and what struggles and difficulties those had to encounter in days of old from who they have inherited them.


Pupil Teachers’ Examinations – The Pupil Teachers of our Board School, Harry and Herbert Speight were examined in the different subjects for Government Inspection at Laxton on Saturday October 20th and on Saturday Dec 1st they were examined together with Anthony Gales (Pupil Teacher of Kneesall School) in religious subjects set by the Diocesan Inspector at Eakring.





Nov 17th William Bennett, aged 82 years