[January AD 1892]


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 1892


Collections for Foreign Missions in 1891 – The Rector has lately sent to the Rev. The Secretary SPG, 19 Delahay Street, Westminster SW, the sum of £6 8s 2d, consisting of the following items, viz:


5 Collecting Boxes                                                        £0 18s 8d

Collections in Church 3rd Sunday in Advent                   £1 7s 0d

Collection at Meeting in Board School              £1 10s 0d

The Rector’s Subscription                                             £1 1s 0d

Mrs Cator’s Subscription (Ollerton)                              £1 1s 0d

Mr R Marshall’s Subscription (Leyfields)                      £0 10s 6d

                                                                                    £6 8s 2d


In addition to the above £3 10s has been sent to Miss J C Randolph, Dunnington Rectory, Yorkshire, for the CAM Children’s Fund towards the Support and Education of a Boy in Africa; and a private subscription of two guineas has been sent to the Universities’ Mission to Central Africa, which is in urgent need of both men and money for the carrying on of its very great and extending work.


Statistics for the Church’s Year ending Advent 1891 – The Attendances at Church were not so good as in the preceding year, as will be seen from the following figures:-

                                                                                                1890-91                       1889-90

Sunday Morning Services, Average, Adults                               49                                54

Sunday Morning Services, Average, Children                39                                42

Sunday Afternoon and Evening Services, Average, Adults         104                              119

Sunday Afternoon and Evening Services, Average, Children  53                                    55

Sunday Whole Day, Average Adults                                         153                              173

Sunday Whole Day, Average, Children                         92                                97

Number of Celebrations on Sundays                                         54                                50

Number of Celebrations on Holy Days &c                                8                                  9

Number of Communicants on Sundays only                               558                              546

Number of Communicants on Sunday and other days

together                                                                                    650                              654

The Average therefore on Sundays was                         about 10                       about 11

The Average on Sundays and other days together                      about 10                       about 11

Offertory Collections on Sundays only                           £43 3 1                        £45 19 3

Offertory Collections on Sundays and other days

together                                                                                    £51 2 11                      £53 16 3

Baptisms                                                                                  8                                  20

Confirmed                                                                                12                                9

Marriages                                                                                 2                                  5

Burials                                                                                      7                                  12


It will be noticed, in considering the figures above, that though the Attendance during the last year has not been so good on the whole, yet in two important items the numbers have kept up, and that is in the number of Communicants and in the number Confirmed – this last being more than the year before; moreover the state of the weather and the amount of sickness prevalent during a considerable portion of the year may account in some degree for the falling off in the attendance at the Services.  Let us hope that another year we may be able to report greater progress and renewed vigour in the Church’s work in our Parish.


Lectures and Classes in connection with Agriculture – A Lecture will be delivered in the National School, Ollerton, on Friday Jan 29th by Mr Dunstan on ‘The Chemistry of Common Life and its Bearings on Agriculture’.  Chair to be taken by County Alderman Cecil Foljambe, at 7pm.  This will be first of a course of ten lectures.  If the proposed course of Lectures is as interesting as those delivered lately by the same Lecturer at Blidworth is reported to have been, those who attend them will be amply repaid for any trouble which the journeys to and from Ollerton may involve.





Dec 25th Hubert Reeve and Mary Ann Robinson



Dec 5 Ellen Louisa Hurt, aged 5 weeks


Our Words and Work for Eakring February 1892


Board School Tea – Other matters of importance crowded out the mention which should have been made in last month’s number of the tea which was given as usual at Christmas time to the children attending our Eakring Board School, which took place on the Tuesday after Christmas Day last year, December 29th, and passed off very happily.  Occasion was taken of this gathering to present to the successful candidates at the Scripture examination the summer previous, the prizes awarded by the Rector, which were handed to them by Miss Cator, the Rector’s niece.  The following were the recipients of the prizes:- Upper or 3rd Division: 1, Alice Kirkland; 2 Jessie Walker; 3 Elizabeth Robinson; 4 Ethel Palin. 2nd Division: 1 John William Walker; 2 Ada Louisa White; 3 Benjamin Moody; 4 Annie Favell. 1st (Lowest) Division: 1 George Farrow; 2 William Henry Hayes; 3 Caroline Teather.


Christmas and other Charities – The usual Charities have been distributed to the widows and others in need in the Parish eg the coal and meat from Rufford, the Greenfield Charity Coal and the Rector’s Gift of Meat at Christmas.  We can well understand how acceptable such gifts must have been when we know how severe the weather has been and how trying it must have been to those who had a difficulty in obtaining for themselves a sufficiency of food and fuel.


Church History Lecture – A lecture, illustrated by Magic Lantern views, was delivered in the Board School on Monday 11th ult by Mr Chambers (from the Church Defence Institute, London) who would have given more satisfaction to several of the more intelligent members of his audience, if he had given a more connected and detailed account of a definite period of Church History, instead of merely giving brief explanations of the slides as they were exhibited and rapidly withdrawn.  There was a large and attentive audience.


In Memoriam The Duke of Clarence and Avondale – Among those who have fallen victims to the remorseless epidemic that has again been stalking through the land has been one whom the Nation could ill spare.  The almost overwhelming sorrow which has befallen the Royal Family and more especially the Queen, the Prince and Princess of Wales, and the bereaved betrothed Princess – in the irreparable loss of the Queen’s Grandson, the eldest son of the Heir-Apparent, has met with universal sympathy throughout the length and breadth of the land, and the touching expressions of affection and confidence in her subjects as manifested in the Queen’s letter to them, has gone home to their hearts and made them feel in a very real way the closeness of the ties of loyalty and mutual interest by which they are bound one to the other.


The Late Widow (Jane) Hurt – Another familiar figure has passed from the scene of Eakring life – year after year in succession to her mother ‘Jane Hurt’ (as she was best known), jealously watched over and cared for the Fabric of the Church and its belongings; her chief and most valued occupation would have been gone, if she had no longer been able to do any work for the Church; and so when the time came that her strength had failed and her bodily frame was enfeebled, and she was compelled to resign into other hands what she had loved to be occupied in, God took her – and may she rest in peace!


Lent Pastoral – My dear Parishioners and Friends, the Season of Lent is, as you are aware, just drawing near, allow me therefore to suggest one or two ways in which it may be made of real use to us in helping forward our Spiritual growth and progress.

Let us snatch some extra time every day from that which is usually given to business or recreation to give to Prayer and Meditation.

Let us by sincere self examination try and know our own characters better, and find out what our main object and aim in life is, and from what motives we act and speak.

Let us find out some real way in which to deny ourselves, and so get the mastery over our own evil inclinations and dispositions, and thus learn how to practise self discipline in all things.

Let us watch for opportunities of doing acts of kindness, willingly making sacrifices of our own ease and comfort in order to help others.

Let us endeavour to arrange our necessary occupations and duties on Sunday, in such a way as to allow for attendance at the Morning as well as Evening Services of the Church, which can be done by early rising and proper method.

Let us endeavour to avail ourselves of the daily Services in the Church, at least in the Evening; and in particular in Holy Week and on Good Friday.

Let us use this time of retirement for preparation for Holy Communion on Easter Day, when every Communicant who wishes still to be considered a faithful member of the Church, is especially bound to partake of that Holy Sacrament. If any are in doubt as to their fitness to Communicate, let them seek an interview with their Pastor, which they know will not be sought in vain.

In proportion as we endeavour to use to the utmost advantage the season of Lent, in the same proportion we may hope to participate in the Spiritual joy which the Easter Commemorative Services are calculated to awaken in the heart and mind of the true believer and earnest Churchman.

Each Lenten Season neglected or misused is a serious loss to our Spiritual growth; and on the contrary, all that we gain by making the most of this season helps to light up our onward and upward path, and to cheer us, and give fresh confidence and hope in the ultimate realisation of all that the devout soul aspires after and yet patiently waits for.

As guides and helps to those who wish to spend that Holy Season profitably, in addition to the usual Sermons on Sundays, there will be Sermons on the Wednesdays in Lent by the following Preachers:-


Ash Wednesday, March 2nd, 7.30pm The Rector

Wednesday March 9th, 7.30pm Rev G Wharam, Vicar of Rolleston

Wednesday March 16th, 7.30pm Rev B Stuart Wilton, Vicar of East Hardwick, Yorkshire

Wednesday March 23rd, 7.30pm Rev A P Woodhouse, Vicar of Tuxford

Wednesday March 30th, 7.30pm Rev A Fraser, Vicar of Harby, near Lincoln

Wednesday April 6th, 7.30pm Rev H T Hayman, Vicar of Edwinstowe


And during the Holy Week there will be (DV) the usual Services, Sermons and Addresses, of which due notice will be given.


The Bishop of Southwell has kindly promised to hold a Confirmation in our Parish Church on Monday March 7th at 3 o’clock.  No doubt many of you will gladly avail yourselves of the opportunity of witnessing and joining in that solemn Service, and will be glad to welcome a visit from your Chief Pastor,


Yours affectionate Pastor,


W. Lumley B. Cator

Our Words and Work for Eakring March 1892


Drawing Examination – As most of our readers are probably aware, the boys in our School have been learning Drawing for several months. The first examination in that subject took place on Tuesday 9th ult., being conducted by Mr Close (of Nottingham), local Assistant Inspector (Science and Art Department).  Since then the result of the examination has been received; ‘Fair’ being the award of the Report.


Church Supper and Concert – On the same day as the Drawing Examination, the Annual Church Supper took place in the evening in the Board School, the invited guests numbering about a hundred.  After ample justice had been done to the substantial repast, the tables were moved and the room rearranged for the Concert which followed, which, in the opinion of several of those present, was a success, or even more so than any that has been previously held in the place.  Thanks to the kind and ready help of friends in the neighbourhood efficiently supplementing local talent, a varied programme was ably carried out – several encores being required by the audience.  The members of the Choir were not so numerously represented as on some previous occasions, but yet formed an efficient element in the Concert; Mr W T Burne (Organist) singing two songs, ‘The Stowaway’ and ‘Johnnie Sands’ with his usual vigour; Mr Herbert Burne ‘A Hunting We Will Go’; Mr Walter White junior ‘Yes let me like a soldier fall’; and George Ellis ‘The Shady Glen’, which was well rendered and received with much applause, an encore being demanded. The Rector had something to say, as usual, as to the progress of Church work in the Parish, and a vote of thanks was heartily accorded to him for the Supper &c by those present, on the motion of Mr Marshall (of Leyfields), seconded in a humorous speech by Mr George Greenfield (of North Laiths).


S Andrew’s Sunday School Festival  - On Tuesday 16th inst, just a week after the Church Supper, another large gathering took place in connection with the Parish Church viz: the Winter Festival of our S Andrew’s Sunday School.  On this occasion the mothers of the scholars being invited as well as other friends of the Rector. As usual the proceedings were ushered in by a service in the Church, at which the Rector gave an address, taking as his Text 2 Tim iii 15.   After Tea in the Parish Room the Rector read the Report of the Superintendent of the Sunday School, Mr Wilfrid Whitworth, which showed that the numbers of the scholars in regular attendance and the efficiency of the school are well maintained, thanks to the services of Mr Whitworth and the teachers of the different classes.  As a proof of the regularity of the attendance and diligence of some of the scholars, it may be mentioned that five of them, viz: Alice Kirkland, Elizabeth Robinson, Ada White, George Robinson and Rosa Coupe were credited with the total number of marks obtainable both in the Register of Attendance and the Class Books; and the following obtained the total number of marks obtainable in the Register of Attendance viz: Alice Drabble, Walter Broome, William White and Charles Ellis.  After the reading of the Report, the prizes were distributed, being handed to the various prize winners by Mrs George Greenfield of North Laiths.  Before the party separated the children were entertained with amusements of various kinds, the festivities being at length brought to a close by a vote of thanks to the Rector, proposed by Mr Speight, followed by the singing of an evening hymn and a verse of the National Anthem; a bun being given to the scholars, each of them, as they left.





Feb 14 Daniel, son of George and Eliza Kirk

Feb 14 John George, son of John and Mary Ann Hurt



Feb 3 Jane Hurt, aged 74 years

Our Words and Work for Eakring April 1892


County Council Election – The Triennial Election for the County Council of Nottingham took place on the 3rd ult when Mr Simpson (of Boughton) was re-elected for the Division of Rufford, obtaining a substantial majority over his opponent, Mr Henry Greenfield (of Belle Eau Park).  On this occasion the result of the poll was declared at Eakring.


Confirmation – On Monday the 7th ult., a Confirmation was held in the Parish Church, Eakring at 3 o’clock by the Rt Rev The Bishop of Southwell, when 33 were confirmed viz – 11 males and 22 females, of whom 10 belonged to this Parish ie 1 male and 9 females.  The Bishop, as usual, gave two Addresses, one before, and the other after the Laying on of Hands; they were both of a very practical character and were listened to attentively by those present, the Church being well filled.  Afterwards at the Rectory the Bishop was pleased to express to the Churchwardens his gratification at the way in which the musical portion of the service was rendered.


Ruridecanal Chapter Meeting – On Thursday 10th ult a Chapter Meeting of the Rural Deanery of Southwell was held under the Presidency of the Rector of Eakring, in his Parish Room, at which he announced to those present that he had found it necessary, owing to the condition of his eyes, to tender to the Bishop his resignation of the office of Rural Dean, and that the Bishop had been pleased to appoint as his successor Canon Trebeck (Rector of Southwell) who addressed a few words to the brethren announcing his acceptance of the office.


Examination of Board School – On Monday 14th ult our Board School was examined by the Rev C Sewell, HM Inspector of Schools, but unfortunately we are unable to announce the result, as the Report has not yet been received, though there is good ground for hoping that it will be of a more favourable character than last year’s and that the grant will be larger.


Communicants’ Meeting – On Tuesday the 29th ult there was a considerable gathering of Communicants, in response to a special invitation of the Rector.  There was first a service in the Church at 7.30pm with a sermon by Rev H L Williams (Vicar of Bleasby) after which a good many of those present at the service adjourned to the Rectory, where Mr Williams explained the origin and object of a ‘Communicants’ Union’ lately formed in his Parish.  The Rector hopes that the gathering which on that day took place will be the beginning of a Communicants’ Union for this Parish of a somewhat similar character, which will be a means of helping those who partake together of the same spiritual food at the same altar, to realise more effectually the bond of union which ought to exist between them.


Holy Week – Once more the most solemn season of the year is close upon us, when we are invited by the Church to meditate on the last sufferings and death of our Blessed Lord, of such infinite value to us all.  We cannot realise to the full extent in the present life the consequences involved in neglecting to use, as far as we possibly can, the opportunities provided for us to help us to meditate on such solemn subjects and to bring home to our consciences each one of us, our individual concern in them.  Besides the services on Palm Sunday and Good Friday, the Rector intends (DV) to give a reading or Meditation at Evensong on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday in Holy Week, and as usual the Holy Communion will be celebrated (DV) on Maundy Thursday at 8am.





March 4th Arthur Daniel, son of Daniel and Catherine Thorpe (private)

March 13th Ethel, daughter of George and Mary Ann Favell

March 29th George William, son of George and Mary Stocks (private)



March 28th Arthur Daniel Thorpe, aged 3 weeks

Our Words and Work for Eakring May 1892


Holy Week and Easter Services – Owing to the illness of the Rector the usual Services and Readings in Holy Week, of which notice was given in last month’s magazine, had to be given up; but with the kind help of his neighbours, the Rector was able to provide for the Parishioners two Services on Palm Sunday; the one in the morning being undertaken by Rev F B Manners, Vicar of Kirklington, and the one in the evening by Rev G G Toombe, Assistant Curate of St Mary’s Cathedral Church, Southwell.  On Good Friday the Rector was sufficiently recovered to conduct two Services, one in the morning and the other in the evening; and on Easter Day the usual Services were held and the congregations very good, there being also a large number of Communicants.  The usual decorations had not been neglected, but owing to the backwardness of vegetation there was a lack of flowers, which prevented the Church looking as bright as it has sometimes done.  At Evening on Easter Day and the Sunday following, an Anthem by Edwyn Clare ‘Christ is Risen’ was well rendered by the Choir and it appears to have been much appreciated by the Congregation.


Board School Entertainment – On Easter Tuesday 19th ult., there was crowded audience in the Board School to listen to the children’s songs and recitations, and to witness the annual distribution of prizes.  The way in which the children acquitted themselves did great credit to their teachers, the distinctness of utterance, and the intelligence they displayed in their recitations, being much noticed and commended: especial admiration being expressed at the good order and tidy appearance of so large a number of children as were gathered together on this occasion, and at the way in which the little ones recited their pieces and sang their songs.  Addresses were given by the Chairman of the Board, Mr Marshall, and Mr Geo Greenfield and the prizes were handed to those who had earned them by the Chairman.  9 prizes were given for good attendance; the following having never missed, viz Elizabeth Robinson for 6 years, Jessie Walker for 5 years, John W Walker for 5 years, and Ada Louisa White for 4 years.  Eleven prizes were given for fortnightly examinations since October 12th 1891.  Edith Burne was the fortunate recipient this year of ‘The Work Box’ and Alice Drabble of ‘The Silver Thimble’ given by Mrs Speight (Schoolmistress); both of them needlework prizes.  The good conduct prizes were awarded to Ethel Palin and William Ernest Woodcock.


Report of HM Inspector of Schools (copy) – MIXED SCHOOL – ‘Except for the higher Arithmetic, the Standard Exercises were very well done indeed.  Reading at Sight in the Third Standard should be more practised.  Recitations were particularly accurate and intelligent, but Grammar was only fair in the upper classes. Needlework and general order were quite satisfactory. INFANTS CLASS – This Class is now in the hands of a competent teacher and is in a satisfactory condition.’ Amount of Annual Grant £57 18s 4d.  The above Report compares very favourably with that of last year and the Grant this year is considerably larger, and would have been much larger still if the average attendance had been greater, and if the efficiency of the staff  had existed during the whole instead of only a portion of the last School year.  The low average of attendance may be in a great measure accounted for by the frequent prevalence of illness in the village during the last year, from which we hope this year we may be spared.  Since the commencement of the new School year the attendance has very much increased and we hope that the parents will see to it that it does not go down again, in so far as they are concerned.





April 1st Sarah Jane, Emmeline, Mary Ann (daughters) and John William, son, of John and Mary Elizabeth Campion, of North Laiths.



April 11th Sabina Mary Dobb, aged 72 years

April 13th Mary Broome, aged 91 years

April 14th Charlotte Mee, aged 65 years


Our Words and Work for Eakring June 1892


Eakring Provident Club Anniversary – We are pleased to record the continued prosperity of our Provident Club, as testified by the balance sheet produced at the annual meeting which took place on Tuesday 17th ult and by the growing increase of the number of young men on the roll of members.  The Parish Church was well filled, as usual, for the Anniversary Service, the musical portions of which were efficiently rendered under the leadership of the organist and choir, and an excellent and eloquent sermon was preached by the Rev H T Hayman, Vicar of Edwinstowe, who took for his text 1 Chron iv 10, wherein is recorded the prayer of Jabez, and the answer to it which he received from God; and showed how the conduct of Jabez and the blessing he received, provided an example and an encouragement to the members of such a club as ours.  The members, headed by the Farnsfield Brass Band, paraded the village as usual; and, after a substantial tea in the Board School, which was well patronised this year, all proceeded to Mr Palmers field, kindly lent again as in others years, for the Sports, in which Mr John Robinson’s sons specially distinguished themselves, carrying off several prizes, which were distributed to the successful competitors by Mr Geo Greenfield of North Laiths.  It may be interesting to our readers to know that the number of members on the role of the Senior Branch of the Provident Club has now reached 134, and the number of members on the roll of the Juvenile Branch 33. Both Branches of the Club took part in the proceedings of the day; and though from time to time the clouds looked threatening, and there were slight showers, yet there was nothing of sufficient consequence to prevent the carrying out of the programme, nor to hinder those in attendance enjoying the social gathering which on the whole passed off with great success.


Miscellaneous Items – On the 2nd ult., Sir Frederick Milner, Member for the Bassetlaw Division, paid us a visit, accompanied by Mr Savile Lumley and Mr Bell, and have a very clear and straightforward address in the Board School, which was attentively listened to and well received by a large audience.


On the 4th ult., Canon Trebeck paid an official visit as Rural Dean being met at the church by the Churchwardens, Messrs Burne and Cooper, when he expressed to them his satisfaction at the condition of the Church and the Churchyard.


On the 20th ult., a Vestry Meeting was held, at which the Church Offertory and Constable’s Accounts were passed.  The Balance Sheet of the Church Offertory Account will be found at the end of this magazine.


On the 23rd ult., the members of the Cricket Club played the opening match of the season, the captain (Mr W J Whitworth) and Mr H Burne choosing sides: the former won the toss and gained the day, winning by only five runs after an exciting contest.


A few days previously the annual meeting of the members of the Cricket Club took place in the Rector’s Parish Room, when the following officers were elected for the ensuing year: Rector, President: Mr W J Whitworth, Captain: Mr Herbert Burne, Vice Captain; and Mr Walter Burne, Honorary Secretary.





May 15 Winifred May, daughter of Thomas and Josephine Thornbill of Bilsthorpe



May 2 William Worsley aged 94 years

May 31 William Henry Walker aged 38 years





Our Words and Work for Eakring July 1892


Marriage of Miss Speight – Mr and Mrs Speight having been resident in the village now for several years, and the different members of their family having become well known amongst us, considerable interest was aroused when it became known that their only daughter was to be married in our Parish Church on Tuesday in Whitsunweek, which most fortunately turned out to be a day of the most auspicious character as far as the weather was concerned.  The Rector officiated at the Service, which was enlivened by a voluntary played by the organist Mr W T Burne and by the singing of two hymns, one (No 350) at the commencement of the services, the other (No 351) just before the address, a few of the choir being present to lead the congregation.  After the service the Bride and Bridegroom and their friends were entertained most hospitably by Mr and Mrs Speight in the Board School nor were any forgotten who had any share in the important business of the day.  Amid the merry peals of the bells of the old Parish Church the happy Bride and bridegroom drove off to the Southwell Station, en route for their wedding trip, previous to settling at their home at Leeds.  The Bridegroom, Mr Sidney Smith, Secretary of the Leeds School Board, may well be congratulated in having won such a prize, for if her future career is equally successful with her school experience, Mrs Sidney Smith cannot fail to make one of the best of wives.  May God’s blessing rest upon them and much happiness be in store for them!


Concert and Sale of Work – For a long time previously, as many of our Readers are aware, preparations had been going on for our Sale of Work, the greatest interest was throughout taken in it by some, while others seemed to have little faith in any great measure of success; the result has however far surpassed what the most sanguine had at first ventured to anticipate.  First of all came the Concert on Thursday in Whitsunweek 9th ult., when a varied and interesting programme was ably carried out, local talent being largely assisted by the kind help of friends near home and from a distance; amongst others, Mrs S Smith’s Bridesmaids, the Misses Robinson, rendering most efficient help. The Sale of Work on the following Tuesday in the Board School was opened at two o’clock by Miss Cator, niece of the Rector.  The Sale was patronised by many of our neighbours as well as residents in the village, where the School Room presented a very gay appearance, and the various attractions were in due course patronised.  The Ollerton String Band played at intervals and all was brought to a close at about 9.30pm by a Dance.  The Gross Receipts (including £1 16s 2d proceeds of Concert) amounted to £24 9s 10¼d; leaving after deducting for expenses £1 3s 10d, a net gain of £23 6s 0d.  We would take this opportunity of offering sincere thanks to all who have in any way helped to bring about such a successful result.


Diocesan Inspector’s Report – On the day following the Sale of Work, viz Wednesday 15th ult., the Rev R H Whitworth examined the children of the Board School in Religious Knowledge. The following report is sufficient testimony to the satisfactory result of that examination and an encouragement for the future. It runs as follows:- ‘I have the pleasure of reporting a marked improvement in the religious teaching and religious knowledge of this school. The Assistant Mistress has done some excellent work with the infants, and the tone throughout is much more satisfactory.  Children were ready and intelligent and in appearance clean and well disciplined. The written work on slate and on paper was good.’ R H Whitworth, Hon. Dioc. Inspector for Southwell, Blidworth V., June 30 1892.





June 5, Arthur John, son of Arthur and Lucy Bowring of Warsop

June 12, Frederick Arthur, son of Frederick and Susan Sowden Stocks of Leyfields



June 7, Sidney Smith and Mary Speight

Our Words and Work for Eakring August 1892


Flower Service – On the 10th ult (the second Sunday in July) our Flower Service, which has now become one of the institutions of the village, was held in the Parish Church, the Special Service commencing at 3 o’clock, when a very appropriate address was given, especially applicable to the children who formed a large proportion of the congregation, by the Rev James Thornton, Assistant Curate of Brayton near Selby, who took for his text the words of our Lord ‘Consider the lilies of the field’ (S Matt vi 28).  The Service was bright and hearty and a great improvement was noticeable in the way the bouquets of flowers were put together, much taste being shown in many cases on the arrangement for the colours, suitable texts or mottoes being in some cases attached to them, of which we hope to see more another year.  The following day the flowers were taken to the Union House, Southwell, for the benefit of the inmates, and in due course the Rector received a vote of thanks for the gift, passed at a Meeting of the Board of Guardians.  The Collection at the Flower Service, as well as those at the Morning and Evening Services, when the Sermons were also preached by the Rev James Thornton, were given to the Newark Hospital, and amounted to £2 5s 6d.


General Election – Last month has been one of great excitement throughout the country owing to the Dissolution of Parliament; the old Parliament, the members of which were elected in the year 1886, having come very nearly to the end of its legal existence, and having therefore almost died a natural death. As the result of the Elections which have recently been held, many changes have taken place in the representation of several Constituencies, and in not a few cases fresh faces will be seen in the legislative assembly chosen by the people of this country.  With what influence for good or ill on the future destinies of the United Kingdom remains to be seen!  As we all know, in the Bassetlaw Division of this county in which our little village is situated, Sir Frederick Milner has, after a severe contest, been re-elected by a considerable majority.  We could wish, in the interests of all parties concerned, that such contests as have recently taken place in so many Constituencies, could be conducted with more consideration for the opposing party, and with a greater freedom from bitter and rancorous animosity, and uncharitable remarks of a personal character.  We feel very strongly that a determined stand should be made by all who love the Truth, and who desire to tread in the steps of their Divine Master, who so urgently enjoined His followers to love one another as a proof of their love to Him, against any attempts by speeches or otherwise to vilify the characters of others, to make false representations, or unwarrantable insinuations, or to disturb the peace and harmony of quiet villages by endeavouring to foment discontent or to set class against class.  It is not likely that we shall ever all be agreed on all points, but surely we may rejoice in finding in how many things we do agree; and wherein we differ, let us hold fast to the principles which we profess and endeavour to maintain them, and to win adherents by sound argument, unaccompanied by angry recrimination: by pursuing such a course we have the best hope of advancing the cause which we espouse, and of avoiding making enemies unnecessarily.


Our Words and Work for Eakring September 1892


Choir Treat – A most enjoyable expedition was made to Cleethorpes on the 4th of last month by the Choir and friends, accompanied by the Rector and Mr Whitworth. A saloon carriage had been engaged, which added very much to the comfort and convenience of the party, who, having made an early start from Eakring, arrived at Grimsby Docks at 10.30am, thus having a good long day before them, which was spent in various ways by the different members of the party – a few of them going by Steamer to Spurn Head and back, others walking through the extensive fish dock, watching, as they passed by, the process of packing the fish preparatory to its being sent to the different parts of the country.  By the time that Cleethorpes was reached, a picnic dinner in Mr Jackson’s booth was not to be despised, so early a start having been made in the morning.  Refreshed and invigorated, the party again dispersed and betook themselves to the various amusements provided there for visitors, and thus the time was whiled away; and after another meeting for tea, all found their way to the Station and were safely conveyed home again without any hitch or contretemps, Eakring being reached shortly before midnight, all agreeing that a very pleasant day had been passed; the beautiful weather from morning till night having added much to the success of the expedition.


S. Andrews Sunday School Festival – Only a week after the expedition to Cleethorpes, the Rectory Garden was the scene of another gathering.  After the usual service in Church, when an address was given by the Rector, the children of the S Andrew’s Sunday School, with their teachers and friends, assembled on the lawn of the Rectory for tea, after which the Report for the half year ending June 30th was read out by the Rector, and the prizes were distributed by Mrs Marshall (of Leyfields) presents being given by the Rector to the superintendent and teachers as usual.

As a proof of the regularity in attendance, good conduct and attention to their lessons of several of the children attending the school, it may be mentioned that give of them, viz. Edith Burne, Elizabeth Robinson, Ada White, Alice Drabble and Beatrice Ellis obtained every mark possible both in classroom and register; and the six following every possible mark in the register of attendance, viz Alfred White, Walter Ellis, George Robinson, Walter Broome, William White and Albert Hurt.  After tea Mr Burne kindly lent a field of his for games, and a cricket match between the Laxton and the Eakring boys’ teams, which ended unfortunately in the home team being severely beaten.


Harvest Commencement Service – For the fourth year in succession a service was held in the Parish Church at 5.30am on Monday 22nd ult to ask God’s Blessing on the work of ingathering the crops about to commence.  An address was given by the Rector, who took for his text Psalm xc 17 ‘Prosper thou the work of our hands upon us, O prosper thou our handy work’.  There was a goodly muster at the service, though not quite as many as on former occasions.  The way that the service seems to be appreciated is a sufficient proof, we hope, that many in the Parish do feel how dependent we are on God’s Blessing for health and strength to carry on the work He gives us to do, and especially at this season of the year for suitable weather to enable us to gather in the crops He has provided for us.  If the need is keenly felt for the help which is required, the more hearty is likely afterwards to be thanksgiving for the help vouchsafed!





August 14th, Minnie, daughter, and Henry, son, of George and Emma Woodcock

August 14th, Clara Maud, daughter of John and Mary Ann Garland

August 14th, Ellen, daughter of William and Ellen Stocks

Our Words and Work for Eakring October 1892


Temperance Van – One day towards the end of last month no little curiosity was, no doubt, aroused in the village by the arrival of a large Van.  Perhaps some imagined that it was the vanguard of a party of gypsies, or of a travelling menagerie, only they would have been puzzled by there being none of the usual accompaniments of such travelling parties.  Possibly some may have been disappointed when they approached closer, and read what was printed on the van, and discovered that it belonged to the Church of England Temperance Society, 9 Bridge Street, Westminster.  Whatever, however, may have been thought or felt on the subject previously, those who attended the Meeting in the Board School in the evening of Friday the 23rd ult., could not have left the room without being satisfied that the chief occupant of the Van, ‘Mr Soley’, was able to give a good account of himself and of the object of the Society in sending him from London with the Van on so long a journey on which he started last May, making his way northwards until he arrived at our village near the end of his journey.  If at the other places where Mr Soley lectured and gave addresses, the subject matter was of the same character as the address he gave in our School Room, we are quite sure the long journey he has made will not have been in vain and that a much truer idea will have been spread abroad of the great work which is being carried on by the Church of England Temperance Society, through its various agencies, especially in connection with the rescue of young people from lives of degradation and shame.  And thus the duty must have been made manifest of supporting and promoting as far as possible the efficiency of such a Society, as a most important branch of the Church’s work in the cause of her Master.  Surely none who are endued with true patriotism, and who realise in any adequate degree the terrible dangers to which the young and inexperienced are exposed in the conditions of society at the present day, especially in our large towns, can fail to hail with delight the amount of success which has been met with already, and to pray for God’s Blessing on the work, an extended sphere of usefulness and a larger measure of success in the future.


Cholera – While we have been reading day by day in the papers of the ravages of Cholera in foreign countries, notably in Russia and Hamburgh, we in this country have, with but few exceptions, been mercifully preserved so far; probably in great measure owing to the stringent precautions taken by those in authority and to the improved sanitary arrangements enforced, especially in our towns.  While, however, we are thankful to God for His care and providence over us during such a time of danger, we must not neglect to use such proper precautions as our Sanitary Authorities urge upon us as most necessary to be attended to.  We are reminded, for instance, by them that filth, defective drainage, and impure water are sources of attraction to this disease; whereas cleanliness, wholesome food, temperate habits and proper care of health are the surest safeguards against its approach.


Harvest Festival – Tuesday October 11th has been fixed as the date of our Harvest Festival this year and the Rev J J Wardale, Rector of Dalbury (son of the late Rector) has kindly consented to preach.  We hope by that time the white corn at least will be safely gathered in; and we doubt not that in spite of low prices and other drawbacks, those who join in the services will this year, as in years gone by, find abundant cause for thankfulness to Almighty God for many mercies though not unmixed with trials.





Sept 6th, Sarah Hunt aged 51 years

Our Words and Work for Eakring November 1892


Harvest Festival – Our Harvest Festival, which took place on Tuesday 11th ult., was purposely fixed, as it was thought, late, to make sure, if possible, of the whole of the white corn at least being gathered in, but this hope was not quite realised owing to the very unsettled state of the weather, the result of which has been a desultory and protracted harvest time; though, notwithstanding, the bulk of the white corn was secured at the time of our Harvest Services and this year many of our neighbours have not been so forward in this respect as ourselves.  When the day arrived the Church was neatly and prettily decorated, though the hands were fewer than usual that had to carry out the work of decoration; so much the more, however, was credit due to those who worked so well.  The services in Church were of the usual character, Evensong with its canticles and hymns being brightly and cheerfully rendered; the anthem, one of Caleb Simper’s, ‘While the earth remaineth’, being specially suited for the occasion, and to the voices of the choir who sang it well.  The sermon was preached by the Rev J J Wardale, Rector of Dalbury, near Derby, whose presence and voice would doubtless recall to the minds and ears of many of the hearers thoughts and memories of old days, when the preacher’s father was Rector of the Parish. The duty of ‘Praise and Thanksgiving’ was the chief subject of the sermon, the text being taken from Psalm cvii, 5, 6, 7, 8.  The Harvest thanksgivings were, as usual, continued on the Sunday following, the sermons both at the morning and evening services being preached by the Rector, and the anthem of Tuesday being repeated at Evensong.  The collections on both days, which were for Church Expenses, amounted together to £4 5s 1d.


Organ Opening, Southwell – Southwell Minster, the principal Church or Cathedral of the Diocese, now possesses an organ worthy of the Building in which it has been erected.  In the building of it, which has been going on for several months, the best portions of the old organ have been utilised; and its quality and power were put to the test on the day of the opening, Thursday 13th ult., when large congregations assembled to take part in the services at 11.15am and 3pm; on both occasions recitals were given by the organist (Mr Liddle) after each service: the music used in the recitals and the services being such as could scarcely fail to be appreciated by those who had the privilege of being present on that occasion.  A most able sermon was preached at the morning service by Dr Salmon, Provost of Trinity College, Dublin, from Rev. xix, 6.


Reading Room and Working Men’s Clubs – In response to the earnest request of several young men in the village, a Reading Room has been opened for the winter, at Mr Merrin’s house, he having concurred very readily in the suggestion made to him to let one of the rooms in his house for the purpose.  A good start was made on Monday 31st ult., and several have joined already as members, to whom we hope this resuscitated institution of the village will prove a source both of benefit and pleasure.  In order that it may be so it should be remembered that it will be found to be for the benefit of all concerned, to help and strengthen the hands of the committee, in seeing that the rules of the club are strictly adhered to.


NB The Rev George Aspinall, of Hall Ings, Southowram, Halifax (late Vicar of East Hardwick, Pontefract) has kindly promised to preach at our Dedication Festival, Wednesday Nov 30th.





Oct 28, Margaret, daughter of John and Elizabeth Chambers



Oct 10th, Mary Hurt, aged 88 years

Oct 25th, Jessie Broom, aged 1 month

Our Words and Work for Eakring December 1892


Band of Hope Tea and Entertainment – A Tea was given by the Rector on Tuesday 22nd ult., in the Parish Room, to the members of the Band of Hope and a few friends; some words of encouragement being addressed to the children by Mr Chorley (Secretary of the Junior Branch of the CETS), well calculated to stimulate them to persevere in the course on which they have made a good start.  Later in the evening Mr Chorley gave a Magic Lantern Entertainment in the Board School, describing first with amusing slides the story of a Bear Hunt and afterwards, with suitable illustrations, the pathetic tale of Lost Gyp.


Mr Hertz’s Entertainment – On the Thursday after the above entertainment, Mr Hertz was allowed the use of the Board School for an exhibition of his skills as a Conjurer and Ventriloquist, which afforded considerable amusement to the audience, several of whom probably had not had before any opportunity of witnessing anything of the kind.  We think he had good reason to be satisfied with the reception he met with in this village and apparently in the other villages in the neighbourhood also.


Dedication Festival – Our Dedication Festival was kept, as usual, on S Andrew’s Day. Which this year fell on a Wednesday, the day having begun with a celebration of Holy Communion; the preacher at Evensong on this occasion being the Rev W E Bury, MA, Rector of Screveton, who in his sermon laid special stress on the main object for which our churches are intended to be used, namely ‘Worship’, the highest form of it being in the celebration of the Holy Eucharist; the text was S Matt xxi 13 ‘My house shall be called the house of prayer’.  There was a very fair attendance, and the musical part of the service was very creditably rendered, in particular the anthem by Richardson ‘O how amiable are Thy dwellings &c’ from Psalm lxxxiv. The collections on the day, amounting to £1 17s 0d were devoted to the Southwell Deanery Church Restoration Society, which, since its formation about four or five years ago, has contributed altogether not less than £100 towards the Restoration Funds of both Rolleston and Edingley.


Church Statistics – As the net result of a comparison of the averages of attendances at the various services held in the Parish Church during the year ending just before Advent, with the averages of the preceding Church year, it is satisfactory to notice that, notwithstanding the bad weather which prevailed on many Sundays, yet there has been a very slight variation.  There is certainly room for improvement in the morning attendances on Sundays and especially at Holy Communion; though the number of Communicants in the whole year has slightly increased.  The total amount of offertory collections is £3 5s 2d less this last year than the preceding Christian year. The amount this time being £47 17s 9d., whereas the time before it was £51 2s 11d.  We need not be surprised at this when we consider the agricultural depression which, it is well known, is pressing hardly upon the farmers as well as others in our country villages at the present time.  If however it is a season of trouble through which we are passing, by which all are more or less affected, it is surely a time when above all others we should join together in our Parish Church in using more diligently and more faithfully the means of grace there provided for us, as helps to bring us nearer to God, and to draw down abundant blessings from Him, and grace to bear our trials.





Nov 13th George, son of Matthew and Mary Jane Dobb