[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
HOLY COMMUNION – Every Sunday at ; 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 and the other after Matins; also on Ascension Day and Maundy Thursday at .
BAPTISM – On the second Sunday in the month, at the service.
MATTINS – Sundays ; Weekdays 10 am
EVENSONG – Sundays ; Weekdays
CHILDREN’S SERVICES – Every Sunday except the third in each month, at
CHURCHINGS – Before any service. There is no fee, but an offering is usually made, as directed by the Prayer Book.
In the Parish Room:
MISSIONARY MEETING – 3rd Sunday in each month at
SUNDAY SCHOOL – and
CLOTHING CLUB – 12 to 1 every other Monday
LENDING LIBRARY – every other Wednesday
VISITATION OF THE SICK – On information being given to the Rector.
W. LUMLEY B. CATOR, Rector
Mr 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:-
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
A Lecture will be delivered in the
Dec 25th Hubert Reeve and Mary Ann Robinson
Dec 5 Ellen Louisa Hurt, aged 5 weeks
Our Words and Work for Eakring February 1892
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, The Rector
Wednesday March 9th, Rev G Wharam, Vicar of Rolleston
March 16th, Rev B Stuart Wilton, Vicar of
Wednesday March 23rd, Rev A P Woodhouse, Vicar of Tuxford
March 30th, Rev A
Fraser, Vicar of Harby, near
Wednesday April 6th, 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.
Bishop of Southwell has kindly promised to hold a Confirmation in our
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
Church Supper and Concert – On the same day as the
Drawing Examination, the Annual Church Supper took place in the evening in the
S Andrew’s Sunday School Festival - On Tuesday 16th inst, just a
week after the Church Supper, another large gathering took place in connection
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
Confirmation – On Monday the 7th ult., a
Confirmation was held in the
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.
Report of HM Inspector of Schools (copy) – MIXED SCHOOL – ‘Except
for the higher Arithmetic, the Standard Exercises were very well done
1st Sarah Jane, Emmeline, Mary Ann (daughters) and
John William, son, of John and Mary Elizabeth Campion,
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
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
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
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
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
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
Only a week after the expedition to Cleethorpes, the
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
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
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
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,
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
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
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
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