[January AD 1891]


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; except on the first Sunday of each month and on Trinity Sunday when it is after Matins. On Christmas Day, Easter Day and Whitsunday there are two Celebrations, one at 8am and the other after Matins; also on Ascension Day and Maundy Thursday at 8am.


BAPTISM – 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 – Every Sunday except the third in 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 MEETING – 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 Thomas Cooper, Mr Thomas Burne – Churchwardens

Mr W T Burne, Organist

Mr Joseph Broome, Parish Clerk and Sexton


Magazine printed by John Whittingham, Printer, Southwell

Our Words and Work for Eakring January 1891


Past & Present – Every year that passes, as we well know, makes gaps in many a family circle, and removes individuals of note – distinguished statesmen, dignitaries of the Church, or men of science.  This has been especially noticeable in the year which has just closed, during which have passed away, amongst others, Cardinal Newman, Canon Liddon, and Dean Church (of St Paul’s Cathedral, London); and since the beginning of the new year the Primate of the Northern Province – the Archbishop of York.  In our own Parish too there have occurred the average amount of deaths; and one cannot help feeling now that we have arrived once more at a year when the Census will be taken (another decade or period of ten years having passed) how many familiar faces have been removed from our midst. To all who have been spared to begin another year, and who have helped to support and taken an interest in our Monthly Chronicle of local events, which has now survived for nearly ten years, the Editor tenders his sincere thanks and every good wish for happiness and prosperity during the present year.  The Statistics of Church Attendance &c for the year ending last Advent were such as to give encouragement to all who are engaged in Church work and who are interested in its prosperity; for they show that our people of Eakring are still proving, by their regular attendance, their appreciation of the privileges offered them in connection with their Parish Church.  For instance the Average Attendances on Sundays were: adults am services 54; pm services 119 – total 173 : children am services 42; pm services 55 – total 97. Communicants average each Sunday 11.  Offertory Collections average 17s 9d. Baptisms – 18 in church, 2 private. 5 males and 4 females confirmed. 5 marriages. 12 burials. Let us hope that all connected with the Church in the Parish will manifest such zeal and energy in the present year as to justify the hopefulness which the experience of the last few years gives us good ground for cherishing.


Christmas and the Weather – The severity of the weather and especially the dangerous state of the roads has, as might have been expected, had a marked effect on our congregations.  Especially on Christmas Day was this noticeable in the diminution of the number of Communicants, and the attendance at the services, in comparison with the previous year.  The services, however, were bright, and the Church carefully decorated as usual.  The collections that day and the Sunday following, were for the Poor of the Parish, amongst whom £3 18s out of the Church Offertory Fund has been divided, great care having been taken to select those most in need of help.  Lord Savile’s gifts of coal and meat have been distributed as usual, and the Rector’s gift of meat. About Mr Greenfield’s gift of coal we shall have something to say in our next number.


Bassetlaw Election – Very widespread has been the sorrow felt at the tragic end of the late Mr William Beckett, Member for the Bassetlaw Division of this County, who had endeared himself to so many by numerous acts of kindness and beneficence.  His successor, as our Representative in Parliament, is his Son-in-Law, Sir Frederick Milner, of Nun Appleton, in Yorkshire, who was elected last month by a large majority.





Dec 27th 1890Frederick Stocks and Susan Lowden Kirk



Dec 30th 1890 – Charlotte Freeker, aged 80 years


The Bishop of Lincoln’s Submission to the Archbishop’s Judgement


The Bishop of Lincoln, in a letter to the Archdeacons and Rural Deans of his Diocese, dated Old Palace, Lincoln, 12th December 1890, which has appeared in the newspapers, after a few preliminary remarks, says “I would say then that (while retaining the opinion that ‘a trial of Bishop in Synod would be more in accordance with ancient precedent and more satisfactory to the Church at large’) I am most thankful to have at once been able conscientiously to comply with His Grace’s Judgement, and to discontinue those actions of which he disapproves”.


“The following points appear to me to demand especial thankfulness –


  1. “That the judgement is based on independent inquiry, and that it recognises the continuity of the English Church.
  2. “That the primitive and all but universal custom of administering a mixed cup in the Holy Eucharist has been preserved.
  3. “That the remaining elements may be reverently consumed by the cleansing of the vessels immediately after the close of the service.
  4. “That it is allowable by the use of the two lights and of singing during the Celebration of Holy Communion to assist the devotion of our people.


“With regard to the manual acts I defer to the construction which his Grace has put upon the Rubric.


“Similarly with regard to the use of the Sign of the Cross in pronouncing the Absolution and Benediction (however harmless and edifying that might be to my own mind) I shall in deference to the ruling of his Grace no longer practice it.


“While the points that have been given in my favour are declared to be lawful, it is not intended that they should be obligatory.  You, my reverend brethren, are well aware that I have never desired to enforce unaccustomed ritual upon any reluctant clergyman or congregation.


“At the same time, I earnestly hope that this authoritative utterance of our revered and beloved Archbishop will tend to remove the suspicion of lawlessness and unfaithfulness to the Church of England, which has unhappily arisen in some places with regard to points of ceremonial observance.  My prayer is that this judgement may be for the greater glory of God and for the edification of our souls in unity and peace.  Thanking you for your prayers and your loyal forbearance, believe me to be, my Reverend Brethren, always yours sincerely and affectionately,


Edward Lincoln”


(see ‘The Guardian’ (London) Dec 17 1890, page 2016)




Our Words and Work for Eakring February 1891


Greenfields Charity – In accordance with the desire of Mr Charles Greenfield (of Little Carlton) a board has been fastened up in the Vestry of our Parish Church, with the following inscription printed on it in Old English type:-



Mr Charles Greenfield (of Little Carlton near Newark) gave to the Rector and Churchwardens of Eakring Two Hundred Pounds (£200) to be invested in Consols of the United Kingdom (and which realised £205 12s 11d) the annual interest thereof is to be spent in the purchase of Coals to be distributed and delivered free at Christmas by the said Rector and Churchwardens to such poor Male and Female Inhabitants of Eakring as may be selected by the said Rector and Churchwardens as recipients thereof, preference being given to Widows and Widowers – January 6th AD 1890 {sic} W Lumley B Cator, Rector. Thomas Burne, Thomas Cooper Churchwardens.


Entertainments – On New Year’s Day the children attending the Board School were provided with a Tea, followed by Games, in the Eakring Board School Room.  Most of the members of the School Board were present and addresses were given by the Chairman and Messrs George Greenfield and Robert Marshall.  The arrangements for Tea were very efficiently carried out by the School Mistress Mrs Speight, Mr Speight having drawn up a programme of Games.  Occasion was taken of this gathering by the Chairman to distribute his Prizes to those who acquitted themselves best at the Religious Examination by the Diocesan Inspector Rev R H Whitworth, last June.  The School Master’s Prizes for his Christmas Examination of the children attending the Board School were also given at the same time.


The Annual Church Supper – took place at the Board School on Tuesday 27th ult after which followed as usual the Entertainment, when the room was quite crowded.  Ample justice was done to the good things provided at the Supper; and the performers at the Entertainment (all members of the Parish Congregation) met with a very cordial reception and acquitted themselves very creditably.  The Rev G R Chell, Vicar of Kneesall, proposed a vote of thanks to those who had taken part in the Entertainment and in preparing the Supper, and the Rector gave a hearty welcome to his guests and spoke a few words of advice and encouragement – especially urging the duty of ‘Thrift’ and mentioning the prosperous condition of the Eakring Provident Club started in 1883 in connection with which during the past year a Juvenile Branch has been formed.


Sunday School Festival – On the Thursday following, the Winter Festival of our church Sunday School was kept, commencing as usual with shortened Evensong in Church at 3 o’clock, when the Rev W H C Malton, Assistant Curate, Hoveringham, gave a very appropriate address.  Afterwards in spite of the unfavourable state of the weather, the children spent a pleasant evening at the Parish Room.  Most of the mothers, as well as other friends, being present to witness the distribution of the Prizes after the children’s tea and before their own.  We are glad to be able to record the continued prosperity of our S Andrew’s Church Sunday School.


Miscellaneous Items – On the 8th ult the Rector sent to the SPG Secretary in London £5 14s made up of the following sums, viz, 6 Collecting Boxes £1 2s; Collections in Church, £1 8s 9d; Collection at Annual Meeting 10s 9d; Mrs Cator’s (of Ollerton), the Rector’s and Mr Marshall’s subscriptions, £2 12s 6d.


On the 7th ult the Rector sent to Miss J Randolph, Dunnington Rectory, York (Secretary of the CAM Childrens Fund) £3 10s, Eakring’s Share of the Expense of Educating and keeping the Africa Boy ‘Andrew Beaumont Uyeka”.


On the 8th ult also a very interesting Lecture, illustrated with limelight views, was delivered in the Board School by W H Mason Esq MA (of Morton Hall near Retford) entitled ‘The Church and Non Conformity’ embracing a very important and critical period of English History, commencing with the reign of Elizabeth and ending with the restoration of Charles the Second.  In spite of the severity of the weather, the room was well filled and much interest taken in the Lecture.


During the past month the triennial election of the Eakring School Board has taken place, resulting in the re-election of the same members as before, namely, The Rector, Mr Thomas Cooper, Mr Robert Palmer, Mr George Teather, and Mr George Mettham.


Lent – Again the solemn time of Lent has come upon us, when special opportunities will, as usual, be provided in the Church for helping us to make a profitable use of its Teachings and Warnings.  It will be well for each one of us to try and see how we may make some step forward in the Christian Life, if we have happily begun to turn to God in earnest; and begin at once to do so, if we have not already done so. There is now a special call to self discipline.  Can we not all find some ways of practising this?  Are there not those who might make others happier, as well as being happier and more prosperous themselves, if they were to abstain from ‘drinking’ except at meal times? Might not parents find more time, by a little careful management, to devote to their children, instructing them out of the Bible and making them familiar with the prominent features of interest therein recorded in connection with the history of God’s people and the life of our Blessed Lord and His Apostles.  Above all, let them make sure that their children say their prayers night and morning.  Oh! How many suggestions for self examination do such thoughts as these suggest!  How far have Elders and Superiors been mindful of their duties towards those under their authority?  How far has their example been helpful to those who look up to them for guidance, and who naturally imitate them?  In the present state of Society and in the way Education is carried on in the present day, there is a great danger in all classes of society of parents abdicating their responsibilities as teachers and guides of their children to their teachers in school.  Nothing can take the place of a pious mother’s influence at home.  None of us should wish or dare to draw back from the responsibilities God has laid upon us in our several spheres of life.





Jan 8th (private) Mary Alice, daughter of Frederick and Sally Hurt

Jan 16th (private) Walter, son of George William and Eliza Walker (of Broomhill, Liberty of Rufford)



Jan 2nd Walter Teather aged 11 years

Jan 6th Ann Hurt, aged 77 years

Jan 20th Walter Walker, aged 36 hours

Our Words and Work for Eakring March 1891


The Passion Play at Oberammergau  - Our readers will remember that the Rector, in company with Rev H M Holden (the Vicar of Caunton) paid a visit to Oberammergau last July to witness the celebrated Passion Play. On the 25th ult Mr Holden (now Vicar of S Leonard’s Newark) gave a very interesting Lecture, illustrated by Magic Lantern views in the Board School Eakring, describing the route taken, and mentioning interesting particulars about some of the principle places of note represented on the sheet at the end of the room.  The Lecturer, after giving a description and views of the village of Oberammergau (secluded as it is among the mountains of the Bavarian Tyrol) referred to the purity of the motives by which the late Parish Priest Dr Dalsenberger, was actuated in organising the Passion Play as it is now represented and the notable influence for good on the lives and characters of the inhabitants of the village, as the fruits and result of preparation for and taking part in these performances, which are repeated every ten years.  A series of views followed, illustrating the principal scenes connected with out Lord’s last Sufferings and Death, as represented in character at Oberammergau and witnessed by the Lecturer and the Rector. A few verses of appropriate hymns were sung by those present at suitable intervals, Miss R Cooper accompanying on the harmonium.  The room was well filled with an attentive audience, upon whom both the Lecture, and the views by which it was illustrated, were calculated to impress deeply the reality of what has been so often heard with the ear in the Gospel account of the last Sufferings and Death of our Blessed Lord.


Confirmation at Kirklington – on Monday 2nd inst a Confirmation was held by the Bishop of Southwell in the Parish Church of Kirklington, at 3pm, at which the number of persons confirmed was 46, of whom 12 were from our Parish of Eakring, viz 4 males and 8 females.  The Rector of Eakring, as Rural Dean, acted as Bishop’s Chaplain.  As usual, several of the relations and friends of the Candidates accompanied them to Kirklington and back.


Visit of HM Inspector of Schools – On Tuesday 3rd inst the Annual Examination of our Board School took place, the Rev C Sewell being assisted in conducting the Examination by Mr Webster.  The Report will probably appear in our next number.


Holy Week and Good Friday – We would remind our readers of the very Solemn Season which is close at hand, and earnestly urge upon them the extreme importance of not letting slip any opportunity within their reach of attending services in Church well calculated to impress on their minds and hearts the solemn and tragic events commemorated, and their individual concern therein.  In our own Parish Church there will be (DV) the usual services on Good Friday and the usual additional services on the other days of the week, of which due notice will be given.


The Eakring Provident Club – We have much pleasure in drawing your attention to the “Rise and Progress” of this Club, which has, in so short a time, become one of our principal and most deserving institutions.  Its numbers have increased beyond the expectation of the most sanguine, and its accumulated funds point to the fact that one of its chief aims ‘The Promotion of Thrift’ is being realised.


For many years it has been recognised, that while provision for times of sickness, old age and death, is the imperative duty of all men, the amount that can be saved weekly or monthly by most men is so small, that such provision becomes impracticable individually, but possible by co-operation.  Hence arose the Friendly Benefit Societies of England.


But when working men have decided to form a Club for mutual self help, how necessary it becomes that its rules should be carefully drawn, its management efficient and economical, and that legal redress may be secured when necessary.


The non observance of these conditions has been the cause of many village clubs breaking and an immense amount of distress and distrust.  Further, as in most clubs, the members receive no return for the contributions unless they can declare themselves ill and unable to work, it has led to members acting dishonestly, while many young men in robust health decline to become members of such a society.


These considerations led some sincere friends of the working men of Eakring and the neighbourhood to the conclusion that the clubs existing there were not such as they could recommend.  So in the year 1883, after mature deliberation, a new one, to be called ‘The Eakring Provident Club’ was instituted.  The chief characteristics are:-


  1. It is registered under the Friendly Societies Act 1875.
  2. A moderate entrance fee (one shilling)
  3. An annual subscription of one shilling per member to cover all expenses of management.
  4. The surplus funds at the close of each year to be equally divided among the fully paid up members.
  5. These dividends to be placed to each member’s private account and to receive interest at the rate of 5 per cent.
  6. Members permitted to withdraw a part or the whole of such fund in case of necessity.  In 1890 this rule was amended so that a member must not now reduce his private account below a sum of four pounds except in cases of dire necessity.
  7. After eight weeks full sick benefit, a member has to subscribe one half of future weekly allowances from his private account.
  8. That the meetings be not held on licensed premises.
  9. That the Annual Festival be celebrated by Divine Service, a good Tea, Athletic Sports in a field and the public invited.


And now after seven years trial, are the promoters justified in their anticipations and in continuing their exertions?  We say ‘yes’ and submit the following facts and figures to bear us out in our assertion.


The number of members has increased from 27 in December 1883 to 117 at the close of 1890.  During the seven years and eight months, only £22 13s 4d for sickness and £20 9s 6d for deaths has been paid to members and their relatives.  This speaks volumes for the care that is taken in the selection of members, and also bears out the statement of the promoters that members of a club will not lightly go on the sick fund, nor stay on longer than is absolutely necessary if benefits may be obtained otherwise.  The dividends have averaged 17s 3½d per member per year, and at the present time the members have the noble sum of £475 5s 5d standing to their private account, while £170 15s and 8d has been withdrawn.  Who can tell what relief these withdrawals have given!  But the members recognise how much to their advantage it will eventually be to leave their dividends and interest thereon to accumulate for old age.  The cost of management has been remarkably small, not amounting for the seven years to the sum that is paid by some clubs of 100 members in two years.


The promoters, therefore, fearlessly maintain, that as members have been relieved in their times of sickness, the relatives enabled to decently inter their dead, and the living to lay the foundations of a fund against evil times and old age, ‘The Eakring Provident Club’ is fulfilling its mission and carrying out the motto inscribed on its banner – ‘Strive and Thrive’.  C HUGH DOWLE


NB The rules and further information about the Club can be obtained by application to the Secretary, Mr John Rowland, Eakring, Newark, Notts or to the Rector of Eakring.

Our Words and Work for Eakring April 1891


Lent, Good Friday and Easter – The Special Preachers in the Parish Church on the Friday evenings in Lent were the following, viz:

Rev R A McKee, MA, Vicar of Farnsfield, Feb 20th

Rev W Fulford, MA, Assistant Curate of Blidworth and Newstead, Feb 27th

Rev A M Y Baylay, MA, Vicar of Thurgarton, Mar 6th

Rev H Giblin, MA, Assistant Curate of Edingley with Halam, Mar 13th

Rev T W Smith, MA, Vicar of Calverton, Mar 20th

The Services were not so well attended as last year; but during Holy Week on the whole there was an improvement in the attendance at the several Services that were held.  On Good Friday, in the morning and afternoon the attendance was better; but in the evening not so good as last year.  On Easter Day the number who communicated at 8am was 42 – the highest on record in this Parish at an Early Celebration.  At the midday Celebration, which was choral, there were 26 communicants, making in all 68 – only one less than on Easter Day last year.  The Congregation at the Evening Service, when the anthem ‘Christ is risen from the dead’ (1 Cor xv 20) [Thomas Smith] was sung, was very large.  The collections during the day, devoted to Church expenses, amounted to £2 2s 5½d.

Owing to the coldness of the weather, and the consequent backwardness of vegetation, it was not possible for those who undertake the decoration of the Church to make it look so bright and fresh as it usually does at this great Festival.  The decorations were, as usual, kept up over the Sunday following, which completes the Octave and the Services, both at 10.30am and 6.30pm were again choral; and at Evensong the same Easter Anthem was repeated.  The Rector, taking for his text in the Evening Ps xc 12, enforced on the congregation the importance of the Census Papers, to be gathered in the next morning, being correctly filled up, and the responsibilities which the thought of the Census and its meaning was calculated to bring home to every individual.


Annual Board School Entertainment and Prize Distribution – On Easter Tuesday (31st ult) there was a large gathering in the Board School to witness the varied entertainments arranged by the Schoolmaster (Mr Speight) in connection with the distribution of prizes.

The Children’s Songs and Recitations which opened the proceedings were not so numerous as on other occasions; the special features of attraction for the audience this time being the ‘Amateur Negro Entertainment’ and a farce entitled ‘That Boy Pete’.

The various parts in each piece were well sustained, and the performances were a source of great amusement, especially among the younger portion of the audience, though a little severer and more critical overhauling of the parts to be taken by each of the actors would have rendered them less open to adverse criticism as to moral effect and influence on character.

After the Songs and Recitations the Chairman of the Board distributed the Prizes, some of which were given by him, others by the Schoolmaster and one as usual by the Schoolmistress, Mrs Speight, viz a silver Thimble, won this last year by Elizabeth Robinson; Jessie Walker having a Work-box awarded to her this time.

The financial result of the Entertainment was small, the net proceeds from sale of tickets and admissions to send to the ‘Church Schoolmasters’ and Mistresses’ Benevolent Society’ being only 13 shillings and seven pence.

Our Words and Work for Eakring May 1891


Eakring and Rufford Board School – HM Inspector’s Report.  Mixed School – ‘The Standard work of this School, especially of the lower Standards, is satisfactory.  Arithmetic of fifth Standard was inaccurate, though that of the sixth Standard has improved.  Grammar has improved also, though it is still unequal.  Geography is indifferent in the lower classes; Repetition also.  Needlework and general order good.’

Infants’ Class – ‘The Infants’ Class is not in a satisfactory condition.  The Teacher is able, but unsuitable to have charge of infants.  He has taught the first Standard well.  There seems no good reason for the backwardness of the second Class, and the third Class, who alone are of infant age, are not taught with effect.’

‘The Staff is insufficient for the payment of a Grant under Article 105.’

The Government Grant for the School year ending February 28th was £46 11s 0d.


Triennial Elections – On the 6th ult a Meeting of Churchmen was held in the Rector’s Parish Room, at which Messrs R Marshall and W T Burne were elected members of the Southwell Ruridecanal Conference as Lay Representatives, jointly with the Churchwardens Messrs T Burne and T Cooper (ex officio members) from the Parish of Eakring.  Also on the 27th ult., a meeting of the Ruridecanal Conference was held in the Holy Trinity School, Southwell, under the presidency of the Rector of Eakring, Rural Dean, for the purpose of choosing Representatives of the Clergy and Laity in this Deanery as members of the Diocesan Council and Conference for the next three years.  Elections to Diocesan Conference.  CLERGY – Revs RH Whitworth, RF Smith, TW Smith, HL Williams, RA McKee, J Huxley and WHC Malton.  LAYMEN – Major Becher, Colonel Hutton, and Messrs Edge, Wright, Pollock, Carding, Brodhurst, H Greenfield, Merryweather, Minkley and Mortimer.  Elections to Diocesan Council. CLERGY – The Rural Dean and Rev RF Smith. LAYMEN – Major Becher and H Pollock, Esq.


Ruridecanal Day School Association – The Annual Meeting of the Southwell Deanery Association of Church School Managers and Teachers was held in the National School, Southwell, on Saturday April 25th, under the presidency of the Rural Dean, at which Mr Speight was re-elected Honorary Secretary and the members of the committee for the current year were chosen in accordance with the rules of the Association.  After hearing a Paper from Mr Fisher (of Farnsfield) setting forth very clearly the object and benefits of the charitable Institution on whose behalf he pleaded, the following Resolution was passed, viz: ‘That it is desirable that a Local Board of the Church Schoolmasters’ and Schoolmistresses’ Benevolent Institution be formed with Southwell as a centre’.  Messrs Fisher, Salt and Gore, being appointed a Sub-Committee to circulate information about the said Institution, and to solicit contributions within the Deanery; and to report to the next meeting of the Church Managers and Teachers’ Association the result of the efforts on its behalf.





April 11th Edie Moody aged 79 years

Our Words and Work for Eakring June 1891


Provident Club Anniversary – The Anniversary of the Eakring Provident Club fell this year on Tuesday in Whitsunweek, the 19th ult, the Anniversary of the Eakring Unity Club having been celebrated on the day previous; the Calverton Brass Band having been engaged by both Clubs.  The Church on Tuesday was crowded, the usual service being held and an appropriate sermon being preached by the Rev C Webb, Vicar of Mansfield Woodhouse, who took for his text Galatians vi 2. The Meat Tea in the Board School was well patronised this year, and we were favoured with fair weather, though it was not so mild as might have been desired.  Mr Palmer again lent his field for the Sports, which, as usual, provided a source of attraction and interest to many besides the members of the Club; the members of the Juvenile Branch numbering now thirty, not being forgotten in the Programme.  The Prizes (which were almost without exception of a useful character) were at the end of the Sports handed to the winners by Miss Cator, Messrs W & H Robinson being the most successful competitors.  We would commend to the consideration of the Sports Committee the advisability in future of making such an alteration in the Programme as will tend to promote a keener interest in the Sports, and to increase the number of entries.  We are glad to be able to record the continued prosperity of the Senior Branch of the Club, and the hopeful condition of the Juvenile Branch at the end of its first year of existence.


Eakring Cricket Club – A Meeting was held on the 25th ult., for the formation of a fresh Adult Cricket Club, those which had been formed previously having died, as it appears, a natural death.  The Rector was chosen as President, Mr Wilfrid Whitworth Captain, Herbert Burne Vice-Captain and Herbert Speight Hon Secretary and Treasurer.  Mr Burne, for a consideration, has allowed the use of a grass close of his for practice and matches; and the Cricket season here has commenced with a friendly match between an Eleven of Mr J Whitworth and an Eleven of Herbert Speight, chosen principally, if not entirely, from the members of the Club.  It remains to be proved whether the interest and zeal with which the Club has been started will prove of a more lasting character than previous efforts of the same kind.


Church Offertory Account  - It will be seen on a careful study of the Balance Sheet at the end of this Month’s Magazine, that had we not begun the financial year 1890-91 with an adverse balance, we should have been a few shillings in hand this last Easter.  It is much to be desired therefore that we should make a special effort this year to wipe off the debt of £15 6s 5¾d that we may have a fair start free from debt another year.

Our Words and Work for Eakring July 1891


Ruridecanal Conference at Southwell –  A meeting of the Southwell Ruridecanal Conference was held at Southwell on Friday 5th ult., under the presidency of the Rural Dean, at which the following subjects were discussed, viz: (1) ‘The Church’s relation to Marriage Laws’, introduced by Rev R F Smith, Vicar of Edingley with Halam, and Minor Canon of Southwell Cathedral; (2) ‘Assisted Education’ introduced by Rev F B Manners; (3) ‘Thrift, with especial reference to Friendly and Building Societies’ introduced by Mr Dowle (of Eastwood).


The following resolutions were passed:-

  1. ‘That any alteration of the Laws of the State calculated to act antagonistically to the Church’s principals and rules concerning marriage ought to be strenuously opposed by all members of the Church, and that the County Members be urged to oppose the passing of the Deceased Wife’s Sister Bill.’
  2. ‘That in any fresh legislation in connection with Elementary Education no interference be made with the liberty of Religious Teaching hitherto given in voluntary schools.  That in any alteration of the Grant from the Education Department consequent upon Assisted Education, no denominational  school receive less than an equivalent to the school pence calculated upon an average of three years, in addition to the Grant made from the customary source.  That is the earnest wish of this Conference to see the conditions under which Religious teaching is given loyally observed, and it repudiates the charges of the violation of the Conscience clause being of frequent and general occurrence.’
  3. ‘That this meeting most strongly deprecates the encouragement or assistance in any way of ‘Friendly Societies’ of any kind that are not enrolled, and urges the importance of transacting their business and holding their Anniversaries away from the public house.


Mr Dowle mentioned the Eakring Provident Club as an instance of a sound and flourishing village club, and distributed some leaflets among those present, giving an account of its formation, progress and principles.


Diocesan Inspector’s Report – On the occasion of the visit of the Rev R H Whitworth (Honorary Diocesan Inspector) to examine the children of the Board School, 67 were presented for Examination in Religious subjects.  From the following remarks of the Inspector in his report, it will be seen that he noticed some improvement in the elder children, but that in the case of the Infants, there is much need of improvement.

Diocesan Inspector’s Remarks – ‘A short time only has elapsed since the last Examination, and therefore many children have not had religious instructions for any great length of time in the Divisions above tabulated.  The Infants were not in good form, and the contemplated change in teaching will be much in their favour; no reflection is here made in reference to the teacher who had lately charge of them.  The upper divisions passed a better examination than last year, but there is still a want of ready intelligence.  The written work on paper and slates was decidedly good.  Children were very neat and clean.’

June 20 AD 1891, R H WHITWORTH.





June 14th Emma, daughter of Thomas and Alice Farrow



June 10th James William Hallam and Hannah Eliza Bellamy



June 28th Mary Walker aged 90 years

Our Words and Work for Eakring August 1891


Sewing Class – The members of the Sewing Class will, we are sure, be glad to hear how much their work during the past winter has been appreciated, as is sufficiently testified by the following letter, which should have appeared in our last number:-


(Copy) ‘Church Extension Association, Nottingham Centre, 5 Derby Road, Nottingham. June 24th 1891

Dear Young Friends, We have through your Rector received a most acceptable and generous parcel, which we learn is the product of your industry and charity – that sweet bond which unites even strangers in one common fellowship.  Thank you heartily for all you have given and also for the sympathy which has doubtless prompted you to unite yourselves with us in our work.  Yours most sincerely, Sr in Charge.’


The writer of this letter is evidently not aware of how much the Association is indebted to others besides the young members of our Sewing Class for the parcel of work received.  We hope that during the ensuing winter the long evenings will again be turned to good account in a similar way, and that others, as well as those who have helped before, may find time and have the ready will to do a little work of a kind that will be useful to others besides themselves and their own belongings.


Flower Service – Again this year, as the day came round in due course, we had our Flower Service on the second Sunday in last month, the only alteration to time being that it was held in the afternoon instead of the evening.  This arrangement seems to present some advantages, e.g. the afternoon being a better time for young children and the full Evensong at 6.30 not being interfered with.  There was a good congregation, a hearty service, and a sermon specially adapted to children by the Rev H T Hayman, Vicar of Edwinstowe, who took for his text Song of Solomon ii 12 – ‘The Flowers appear on the Earth’.  Some of the bouquets presented before the Altar by the children were very beautiful, and every year their taste in arranging the flowers seems to improve.  The next day the flowers were, as usual, taken to the Southwell Union House, where they afforded much gratification to the inmates.  The Rector received a letter of thanks from the Master of the Union and a vote of thanks accorded by the Guardians at their first meeting afterwards.  The collections in Church on that Sunday were, as in former years, for the Newark Hospital, and amounted this year to £2 6s, which the Rector sent the day following with his subscription to the Secretary of that excellent Institution.


In Memoriam of the late W J Cruft – A familiar figure in Eakring will no more been seen amongst us.  No more will our choir have the benefit of his earnest care and efficient training. Our Choirmaster was bidden to follow his Master, and leave his work on earth in which he had laboured so assiduously and conscientiously on Saturday in the very early morning of the Feast of S James.  Well will it be for us and others who have profited by his instructions if we are found as ready, as we believe he was, when the Call shall come to us!

Our Words and Work for Eakring September 1891


Funeral of the late Rev W J Cruft – The mortal remains of our late Choirmaster (Rev W J Cruft) were committed to the ground on Tuesday July 28th in the Churchyard of the Parish of Edwalton, near Nottingham, where, as Parish Priest, he had laboured so long and so faithfully.  As was fitting on such an occasion, the service was choral and very efficiently rendered, owing to the kindness of Mr Furley, Organist of S John’s Church, Nottingham, and several of the Choir of that Church who came over and conducted the musical part of the service; the officiating Clergy were – Rev Canon Skelton RD, Rector of Hickling; the Rev H A Martin, Vicar of Laxton; and the Rev W Lumley B Cator RD, Vicar of Eakring.  The esteem felt for Mr Cruft was testified by the presence of so many of the Parishioners, and also of many friends from Nottingham, besides others from a greater distance.  The kind sympathy and affectionate remembrance of friends were also shown in the wreaths and other floral Tributes which were sent, some of which were very beautiful.


Rector’s Holiday – The Rector returned home on the 11th inst., after about a month’s absence, during which time he has travelled a good many miles, seen a great many interesting sights, had experience of the ways and manners of the inhabitants of foreign countries, and imbibed plenty of good mountain air; and now hopes that, invigorated and refreshed, he will be able to take up and carry on with renewed vigour the threads of his work at home.  The Rector was glad to find in the Rev R A Fawssett, Rector of Broadstairs, Kent, who took charge of the Parish in his absence, one so ready and anxious to carry on the Services of the Church in the accustomed manner.  It was a great satisfaction to him also to learn that the Services have been so well attended.  Doubtless it will be gratifying to the Parishioners, as it is to the Rector, to know how much pleased Mr Fawssett has been with the Church and its Services, and how much he has enjoyed his visit and the rest and quiet of the country.


Harvest Commencement Service – The commencement of the harvest operations in this Parish was, as usual, ushered in with a Service in Church at 5.30am on Tuesday 25th ult., conducted by Mr Fawssett, with the object in view of seeking God’s blessing on the work.  There was a very good attendance, being much the same as last year.  We have no reason to doubt a favourable response to the prayers of the faithful then offered.


The Cricket Season  - We do not recollect any year in which our Eakring Cricket Club has been so successful as has been the case during the summer season just ended.  Four matches have been played, out of which our Club has won three, and one was a drawn game.  On June 27th a match was played between Eakring and Fountaindale (Blidworth) at Fountaindale, in which Eakring won by 104 runs.  On August 8th at Kirklington, between Eakring and Kirklington, when Eakring won by 72 runs.  On August 22nd at Eakring, between Eakring and Fountaindale (return match) when Eakring won again by 22 runs.  And on August 31st at Kneesall, between Eakring and Kneesall, when the wickets had to be drawn before the game was finished on account of the rain.  Herbert Speight will be much missed another season in the Cricket field, as his bowling and batting contributed much to the success of the Eakring Eleven in the matches they played this year.  We are glad to hear that he has obtained a good situation in Leeds.

Our Words and Work for Eakring October 1891


Cruft Testimonial – Before Mr Cruft’s death, and shortly after his first serious attack of illness, a meeting of the committee of the Notts Churches Choral Union was held, at which it was resolved that it was desirable, in consideration of his straitened means and in recognition of his valuable services in the Archdeaconry of Nottingham for so many years, whereby so many parishes have benefited to a great extent, to endeavour to raise by means of subscriptions and offertory collections a sum of money which would be of real use to him and relieve him to a great extent of pecuniary anxiety, and a small committee was appointed to draw up an appeal.  As is well known, soon after the appeal was circulated, Mr Cruft had a second and more severe seizure which proved fatal.  About £200 has been collected and it is hoped before November 30th when the fund will be closed, further contributions will be received.  Several choirs which had been in the habit of being visited by Mr Cruft have contributed, and amongst others our Eakring Church Choir have contributed a guinea, which has been sent to the Secretary Mr S Furley, 3 Waverley Street, Nottingham.  Whatever the fund may amount to eventually, it will, when given to Mr Cruft’s widow, or invested on her behalf, be a substantial proof that there are many in the Archdeaconry who are not unmindful of the loving labour which her husband spent during so many years in developing a taste for music, and in improving the rendering of the services of the Church in the different parishes he from time to time visited.  Our own parish, as well as many others that might be named, is a sufficient proof that his labours were not all in vain.  We sincerely trust that neither our own choir nor those in others parishes which he was wont to visit will fall back. Nor be less zealous to discharge efficiently their duties as members of the choir, for lack of his efficient instruction and kindly advice and sympathy.


Free Education – An Act has been passed this year which came into force September 1st, empowering the Education Department to make a grant of Ten Shillings per head for children attending Elementary Schools, in order to assist the labouring class in the expense of educating their children, as it has been for several years compulsory on them to have them educated.  It is optional on the part of the managers of those schools whether they put them under the Act, and thus oblige themselves to fulfil the conditions on which the above grant is made, namely, that no fees shall be charged for children attending the school in certain cases.  At a meeting of the School Board held at Eakring on the 5th inst., it was decided to accept the Free Grant of Ten Shillings per child in regular attendance, and to allow the children attending the Board School at Eakring a Free Education.  We hope that the parents of the children will duly value this privilege, and make the most of it by sending their children regularly and punctually.  We would take the opportunity of pointing out to parents the way in which they may turn to good account the money thus saved viz by enabling their children to join the Juvenile branch of the Eakring Provident Club; or by opening for them an account in the Post Office Savings Bank.

The school was re-opened after the holidays on Monday 12th inst.





Sept 13th Emily, daughter of Stephen and Frances Broome

Sept 13th Alice Rose, daughter of Parker and Alice Broome

Our Words and Work for Eakring November 1891


Harvest Festival – Owing to the unsettled weather that we have experienced during the summer, the farmers have most of them been a long time gathering in their crops this year, and consequently our Harvest Festival had to be held a good deal later than usual, and even then all was not gathered in.  Notwithstanding, however, what might have been feared to the contrary from late atmospheric experiences, we were fortunate in the day that was fixed for it, namely Tuesday 20th ult., when a fine day and a moon at night rendered it pleasanter than otherwise would have been the case for those who came to Choral Evensong in the Parish Church at 7 o’clock and had to return home afterwards, some of them some little distance.  The church was well filled, the music went well, and an excellent sermon was preached by the Rev C R Gorton, Vicar of Walesby, whose text was Eccles v 19.  As usual the Festival was continued on the Sunday following, when there was a Choral Celebration after Matins, and the Sermons, both morning and evening, were preached by the Rector.  The collections on the Tuesday and Sunday following amounted together to £5 2s 10d, which will be a good help towards wiping off the balance on the wrong side last Easter amounting to £15 6s 5¾.  We must not forget to notice how tastefully the Church was decorated – all the more credit being due to those whose zeal and labours this was due, as on this occasion more than one of our Church workers were not able to take their usual share in the work.


S. Andrew’s School Festival – On the Thursday of the same week in which the Harvest Festival took place, another Festival was held, viz that of our S. Andrew’s Sunday School.  As this should have occurred in the ordinary course in the summer, doubtless several, both of the children and parents, began to think it had been forgotten, or at all events  they would have to wait until after Christmas for the Tea, Distribution of Prizes &c connected with the Festival which it is well known then take place.  Perhaps when it was at last announced in School on the previous Sunday that the Sunday School Festival, so long looked forward to, was really to take place on the Thursday following, many may have been inclined to feel, even if they did not in words express their feelings – “Well! Better late than never’. It is not necessary now to explain the reason of the unusual delay which occurred, suffice it now to say that the day came at last and was spent, we believe, as pleasantly as many previous festivals, although, notwithstanding that we were favoured with fair weather until night, the children were obliged to be contented with games in the Parish Room in the evening instead of the field, owing to the time of year to which the Festival had been postponed.  At the Children’s Service in Church a very practical and useful address was given by the Rev G R Chell, Vicar of Kneesall, who aptly illustrated his remarks by reference to the lessons derived from Harvest operations.  Mrs Chell kindly undertook the task of distributing the prizes to those who had earned them by regular attendance or by marks gained for lessons learned during the half year ending last June 30.


The Board School- In order to increase the efficiency of our school in compliance with suggestions of her Majesty’s Inspector, and of Mr Cox, the Organising Visitor, an alteration has been made in the staff; Mr Speight has now to assist him instead of his son Herbert, Miss Girkin as Assistant Mistress, and Alice Kirkland as Monitor.  It is much to be desired that the parents will also do their part by sending their children without fail regularly and punctually, and by not taking them off from their studies for any save the most urgent cause.





Oct 4th Winifred Lucy, daughter to Edward and Minnie Oldham of Warsop.

Our Words and Work for Eakring December 1891


In Memoriam ‘John Cooper’ – Though several years have now passed since he resigned the office, yet it would not be fitting for a Magazine like ours, which aims at chronicling any events of interest in connection with our Parish, to allow one to pass from our midst such as John Cooper, who for nearly half a century discharged the important duties of Parish Clerk (an office held by his father before him) and who had served in that capacity under four Rectors.  Though when there was no evening service at church, he had attended Chapel, yet it was after the manner of Wesley himself in such a way as not to interfere with his duties at Church and the services held there – for his attachment to the Church was sincere, and his knowledge of the Collects and other parts of the Prayer Book, and of the Holy Scriptures was striking.  In fact during his latter days when no longer able to attend the Services at Church, he would read them to himself at home on Sundays; and we believe few week days passed without his reading the Psalms and Lessons for the day (a practice which we wish we could believe to be far commoner than we believe it to be in the present day!).  His mind thus became so saturated, as it were, with the word of God, and holy thoughts, that he had a fund in store from which to be sustained, and wherewith to be supplied with means of communion between himself and God in his old age, and especially in hours of sickness and loneliness, and so when the time came for him to depart, he was ready for the summons, and his labours on earth ceased at the ripe age of 88.


Sewing Class Meeting – At a meeting of the Sewing Class at the Rectory on the 10th ult., it was resolved by means of a Sale of Work to raise funds for paying off the debt on the Offertory Account last Easter amounting to £15 6s 5¾ and that efforts should be made to enlist the sympathies of others besides the members of the Sewing Class to make contributions of work &c for this purpose.  We hope that in this way an opportunity will be given to several who are unable to contribute much, to show in a very practical way the sympathy they feel for the work of the Church which is being carried on in the Parish.


SPG Meeting – Our Annual Meeting on behalf of Foreign Missions was held in the Board School on Friday 20th ult., when the Rev H M Joseph (of Antigua) gave a very interesting Lecture to a crowded audience on the work of the Church in the West Indies, in which he showed its indebtedness to the Society for the Propagation of the Gospel in Foreign Parts; and also the way in which it is giving proof of its life and vigour not only by the Voluntary Offerings of the people for the support of the Church and its Ministry and Services in their own country, but also by their zeal in propagating the Christian Religion in West Africa, as is evidence, for instance, in the Pougas Mission.  At the close of the Meeting £1 10s 0d was collected for SPG.


Dedication Festival – Our Dedication Festival was kept, as usual, on the 30th ult., S. Andrew’s Day, on which occasion the Sermon was preached at Evensong by the Rev H M Wellington, Vicar of South Kirkby, Yorkshire; Holy Communion having been celebrated at 8am.  The Collections, amounting to £1 4s 0d were for the Southwell Deanery Church Restoration Society.  In spite of the unfavourable character of the weather, there was a fair attendance at Evensong, and the Service was bright and hearty.





Nov 8th two children of James and Esther Annie Lacy, namely Mary Elizabeth and Bertha

Nov 30th Ellen Louisa, daughter of Herbert and Eva Hurt (privately baptised)



Nov 7th John Cooper aged 88 years

Dec 5th Ellen Louisa Hurt, aged 5 weeks