Eakring Parish Magazine

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Our Work and Words for Eakring January 1893


Our Parish Magazine and the New Year – On entering on the second decade of our existence, our readers will see that we appear under a slightly altered outward form, which we hope will not be otherwise than pleasing.  The two Texts which have hitherto formed part of our Title Page viz, ‘The Church of the Living God, the pillar and ground of the truth’ (1 Tim iii 15) and ‘Earnestly contend for the faith which was once delivered unto the Saints’ (S Jude 3), will henceforth be embodied in and represented by a picture of our Parish Church, which has been a witness by its very presence, and by the Services held in it and the truth taught therein, to generation after generation of ‘the faith once delivered unto the Saints’; a visible emblem of the Union with which all the children of God in one Parish should assemble together in one place to join with one heart and one mind to worship Almighty God; and moreover by its existence for so many years in the midst of so many changes in the Nation’s History, a type or figure of God’s unchanging love and care for his people in spite of all vicissitudes; and once more, by its massive Tower, which has borne the brunt of so many storms, reminding us that God is indeed as a strong fortress or tower to us, ‘our refuge and strength, a very present help in time of trouble’.


The notices which have hitherto appeared on the Title Page, the Parishioners who are chiefly concerned must be familiar with by this time, and therefore there will be no need henceforth for them to be printed in each number of the Magazine; but any material alteration will be duly notified.


The reduction in the price of the Magazine from one penny half penny to one penny for each copy per month, we hope, will be an inducement to many to become supporters of it, who have not hitherto been in the habit of taking it in.


The cost of it now therefore will be only one shilling a year, or if sent by post one shilling and sixpence.  The Editor hopes henceforward to have the Magazine in circulation quite at the beginning of each month.


Relying then on the goodwill and sympathy of our friends and supporters, with every good wish to them for the New Year now dawning upon us, we enter upon a new phase of our existence as a Magazine, with much hopefulness that our circulation amongst an increased number of parishioners and other friends will be a means of knitting us all together, and stimulating us to greater zeal in the great cause which we all have at heart as workers for God, and members of His Church.





Dec 17 – Walter Robinson (of Bilsthorpe), aged 22 years.

Our Work and Words for Eakring February 1893


Christmastide – Until a short time before Christmas, the weather had been very mild, but from Christmas up to the present time, we have had a taste of winter of the old fashioned type, which, though called seasonable and no doubt enjoyable by the well fed and healthy and young, yet involves much suffering to the families of those thrown out of work, to the ill-clad, scantily fed and aged poor.  Happily the annual gifts of coal and meat, and the distribution of the amount collected in the Parish Church on Christmas Day and the Sunday following have warded off from the Poor of our Parish the extreme sufferings which many in our large towns are frequently exposed to.  Nor should the annual recurrence of such benefactions make the recipients less grateful, nor unmindful of the kindness of heart which prompts voluntary offerings for their benefit in these and similar ways.  A permanent benefit has been secured to the poor of the Parish by the foundation of ‘The Greenfield Coal Charity’ and for many years a liberal supply of coal has been granted by the owner of the Rufford Estate and we have no reason to doubt that such kind liberality will be continued for the time to come.


The Christmas Day services were bright and hearty as usual in our neatly decorated Parish Church, and well attended, and the number of Communicants which was large, was exactly the same as the Christmas Day of the preceding year.  The New Year’s Eve Service, though falling on a Saturday this time, was attended by a large number of the Parishioners who, we hope, will have found it helpful to them in making a good start for his New Year on which we have entered and the duties of which are now occupying our time and our thoughts.


During the Octave of Christmas on Tuesday the 3rd ult., the children attending the Board School and a few friends partook of the Chairman’s hospitality in the shape of a Tea, after which Mrs George Greenfield, wife of the Vice Chairman of the School Board, distributed the Chairman’s Prizes to those who acquitted themselves best at the examination in Religious subjects conducted by the Rev R H Whitworth, Vicar of Blidworth and Hon. Diocesan Inspector last June; and also the Schoolmaster’s Prizes to those most successful in the fortnightly examinations before Christmas.  Before the children dispersed for the evening they had plenty of opportunity for amusing themselves with games of various kinds in which they were assiduously helped by Mr Speight, Miss Girkin and others.  A Hymn and a verse of ‘God Save the Queen’ were sung at the close of the entertainment, the children taking away with them an orange and a bun.


Foreign Missions – The usual Sermons were preached and the collections made on behalf of the Society for the Propagation of the Gospel in Foreign Parts on the 3rd Sunday in Advent, 11th ult., and on the following Tuesday a Meeting was held in the Board School at which a very interesting account was given by the Rev Deans Cowan of his work as a Missionary in Madagascar; it is much to be regretted that the audience was so small, such a contrast to our generally well attended Missionary Meetings.


The sum of £4 3s, the amount collected for the last year and sent to the SPG Secretary in London, consists of the following items:

                                                            £   s   d

Collections in Church                            1  10  0

Collection at Meeting                            0    4   6

5 Boxes                                                0  17  0           

Rector’s Subscription                           1     1  0

R Marshall Esq                         0   10  6


Also £3 10s has been sent to the Secretary of the CAM Children’s Fund.                     





Jan 14th Wallace, son of William and Sarah Paulson

Our Work and Words for Eakring March 1893


Church History Lecture – On Tuesday the 24th ult., a very interesting Lecture was given in the Board School by the Rev T W Windley, Rector of Thorpe near Ashbourne, on the period of English Church History extending from the time of Charles the 2nd to the present time; some most critical and important features affecting its prosperity or otherwise being especially noticed, eg the steps taken to bring ‘The Book of Common Prayer’ into the form into which we now find it; the prosperity of the Church in the reign of Queen Anne, and the subsequent dismal period of the Georges; and the Revival of Religion under the successive influences of John Wesley and his associates; Evangelicanism, and what has been known as ‘The Tractarian Movement’, resulting by God’s blessing in the increased vitality which has been manifested during the last fifty years in the building and restoration of Churches, and more frequent and hearty services.


Church Supper and Entertainment – On Tuesday 31st ult, the Board School was well filled with the guests invited to partake of the Church Supper, which was done ample justice to, and did great credit to the Rector’s housekeeper who had the task of preparing the good things provided.  Immediately after the supper a transformation took place, the School Room being turned into a Concert room, which was very speedily crowded by an audience who seemed to fully appreciate the efforts being made to entertain them. Our Eakring performers, Miss Girkin, Miss Coupe, Messrs W T Burne, Joseph Broome, and Walter White received most substantial help from friends in the neighbourhood, viz the Misses Vickers, whose instrumental Trio (cello, violin and piano) was most cordially appreciated; the Misses Skin and Mr Norman.  A little speechifying occurred as usual, and the hearty way in which the vote of thanks to the Rector and others concerned in the management of the supper was proposed and received, was sufficient proof of the good feeling and satisfaction which prevailed.


S Andrew’s Sunday School Festival – Yet another gathering took place during the same week as the Church Supper, for on the Thursday, the Feast of the Purification of the Blessed Virgin Mary, it was the children’s turn to share in the festivities in connection with the Church.  The children belonging to our Church Sunday School, with their teachers,  members of the Choir, parents and friends assembled in the Parish Church for Services at 3 o’clock, when an Address was given by the Rector on the ‘Care and Training of Children’ Exodus ii 9 being the text.  At the Tea, which took place afterwards, the Parish Room was well filled, the greater number, if not all, the parents being present: the prizes were handed to the successful candidates by Mrs Cator (of Ollerton) as well as the Rector’s presents to the Teachers.  And on this occasion the Rector himself, much to his surprise, was presented by Mr W J Whitworth, as representing the teachers and the children, with a substantial token of their regard and esteem, all having joined in purchasing for him a handsome Bible, and a Reading Lamp.  The Rector, in response to Mr Whitworth’s address, assured them of his sincere appreciation of the good feeling which had prompted them to make him such a present.





Feb 11 (private) Samuel, son of William and Mathilda Rayworth

Feb 12 Sarah Ellen, daughter of Charles and Clara Harriet Lee

Feb 17 (private) William Henry, son of Daniel and Catherine Thorpe



Feb 7 George Hurt aged 63 years

Feb 16 Thomas Scott aged 74 years

Our Work and Words for Eakring April 1893


Confirmation – On Friday 10th ult a Confirmation was held by the Lord Bishop of the Diocese in the Parish Church of Edwinstowe, when five from this parish – three males and two females – were confirmed; a few relatives and friends accompanying them on that (to them) eventful occasion.  Fortunately the weather was fine though cold.


Communicants’ Meeting – On Friday 17th ult at Evensong in the Parish Church, an Address was given by the Rector to Members of the Communicants’ Union, in which he especially dwelt on the Holy Communion as a Bond of Union, drawing us closer and closer to God through Christ, and to one another as Members of the same Body and children of the One Family of God.  Afterwards, several of those who had been at the Service adjourned to the Rectory for a gathering of a more social character.  We trust that this, the third meeting of a similar character, will not have been without profit to all who took part in it.


Suspensory Bill for the Church in Wales – The light in which the highest authorities in the Church of England, representing the Province of Canterbury, regard the above Bill, which has been introduced into the House of Commons, though the title of it has been changed to ‘The Established Church (Wales) Bill’ may be gathered from the following quotation from their Address to Her Majesty: - “We view with grave anxiety, as affecting the well being of the whole Church of England, the indication of an attempt to begin an assault upon the integrity of this Province, and to prepare to sever therefrom four ancient Bishoprics which, from an early period of our national history, have been part of this Church of England, and have been represented for ages in this Convocation of Canterbury. By such an act of severance, we are persuaded that the interests of true religion would grievously suffer, and the steadily advancing work of the whole Church of England be seriously impeded.  We further deprecate any interference with the endowments provided for the maintenance of a Christian Ministry in Scotland and guaranteed by the Act of Union with this country.  We are confident that, ever since we had the honour of addressing your Majesty at the opening of the last Convocation, continued advance has been made by the Church of England, both in directly spiritual efforts and in the work of moral and social improvement of the people.’





March 12 Stephen, son of Parker and Alice Broome

Our Work and Words for Eakring May 1893


Children’s Entertainment in Board School – On Monday in Easter week the crowded attendance at the Children’s Entertainment in the Board School bore testimony to the interest taken by the parents and others in the village in the work which is being carried on under the auspices of the School Board for the training and education of the young.  The behaviour and appearance of the children as well as the manner in which they acquitted themselves in their Recitations and Songs did great credit to their teachers, who had evidently taken great pains with them, especially in reference to such important matters as pronunciation of words and clearness of utterance.  If we wished to be very critical, we might perhaps venture to suggest that another year some pieces might be chosen for recitation likely to be more interesting to the general public.  The usual prizes for ‘Good Attendance’, for ‘the Fortnightly Examination Marks’, and for the Infant Class were given by the Chairman of the Board; and also by the Schoolmaster, to those who had attended over 400 times or over, and had not succeeded in gaining another Prize, also one for Proficiency in English; and one for good conduct for the year.  It would take up too much space to mention by name all the prize winners; but it may be mentioned that Alice Drabble was the successful competitor this last year for the workbox, a prize annually given by the chairman for proficiency in needlework; while the Silver Thimble, the second prize given by Mrs Speight was awarded the Annie Favell.  It may be mentioned that ‘Good’ was the report received as the result of the Examination in Drawing by Mr Close in the month of February.


Dedication of Mompesson Cross – It is with sincere pleasure we are able to record the fact that through the generosity of Lord Savile a Cross has been erected to the memory of the Rev W Mompesson in a grass field in the occupation of Mr White (Farmer), on or near the spot where tradition tells us that he held Service when he first came to the parish in his appointment as Rector by Sir George Savile in the year 1670.  In the unavoidable absence of Lord Savile, the Cross was unveiled and dedicated in the presence of a considerable number of the parishioners, as well as a few visitors, by the present Rector of the Parish, who gave a short address on the occasion, and was assisted in the short Service that was held on the spot by most of the Parish Church Choir, Miss Girkin accompanying the hymns that were sung on a small harmonium.  The following is the inscription on the Cross – ‘Near this spot stood ‘Pulpit Ash’ where Mompesson preached on coming to Eakring as Rector in 1670 AD, after leaving Eyam in Derbyshire which had been decimated by the plague’.





April 9 - Lily, daughter of James and Esther Annie Lacey

April 9 – John William, son of Frederick and Sally Hurt

Our Work and Words for Eakring June 1893


Report of HM Inspector of Schools – The examination of the children of our Board School took place on the occasion of the visit of HM Inspector, Rev C Sewell on Monday March 20th.  The result of it is thus summed up in the Report.


Mixed School – ‘Except for inaccurate working of sums in the Upper Standards, the work was well done, the papers being marked by great neatness.  The Recitation and Grammar in the Lower Standards were remarkably good, and accurate rather than intelligent in the upper. The order is very good.  The singing wanting in taste and refinement.  Needlework, very satisfactory.’


Infant Class – ‘This Class is now under good discipline and satisfactorily taught.  The boys in the second class are backward in Reading, and the first class Needlework should show more advance.  Knitting is well done.’


J Walker is recognised under Article 33 of the Code, JWJS.


On the whole the Report may be considered very satisfactory, though leaving room for improvement in certain particulars.  The Grant this time, £65 13s 6d is £7 15s 2d in excess of the grant for the previous year; the higher grant having been awarded this last time both in the Mixed School and the Infants’ Class, as also for English, the class subject.


It may be mentioned also that the Drawing Grant is twenty two shillings in excess of the grant for the previous year.  We trust that the improvement thus manifested in our village school will stimulate all concerned to work together for the promotion of the efficiency of the education carried on in our midst, that so as one year after another passes by the Reports received may be more and more satisfactory and the grants higher.


Welsh Suspensory Bill – There can be no mistake as to the strong feeling of indignation which has been roused against the insidious designs of the enemies of the Church fortunately for her only too imperfectly veiled under the appearance of a very short Bill which the unwary might have thought to be of little consequence to us in England.  During the last two months indignation meetings and petitions have multiplied and increased day after day, both in England and Wales, throughout the whole country.  Nor have the villages been behindhand – village after village has sent up petitions against the Bill with numerous signatures; and amongst others may be mentioned one from Eakring, with 101 signatures, presented in the House of Commons by our Member, Sir Frederick Milner.

Our Work and Words for Eakring July 1893


Provident Club Anniversary – It is not surely unreasonable to consider Ten Years a sufficiently long period of time to be in some degree at least a test as to whether an Institution is founded on sound principles and likely to be of a permanent character or not.  Applying this test to our Eakring Provident Club, founded in the year 1883, it will be found by careful study of the Balance Sheet for last year, that instead of showing any signs of weakness or decline, it is in a most flourishing and progressive condition, judging by the state of its finances, the small amount of sickness in proportion to the number of members, and lastly by the fact that of the number of enrolled members of the Senior Branch having reached 144; while there are 44 members of the Juvenile Branch, which has only been in existence about three years, and will act as a feeder to the Senior Branch.


The Anniversary which was celebrated this year on Tuesday in Whitsunweek, May 23rd, was observed in the usual way, our preacher being the Rev F Boag, Vicar of St Albans, Nottingham, whose eminently practical and useful sermon was evidently much appreciated.  The Church was crowded, the Tea in the Board School well patronised, and the Sports in Mr Palmer’s field (again kindly lent for the occasion) were more full of life and interest, we think, than ever before; there was more competition, and some very good races.


Notts County Council Dairy School (June 12 – 22) – It was thought desirable that Eakring should not be left behind when so many other villages in the County are seeking to derive benefit from the opportunities which the County Council is providing for instruction in various subjects at all likely to be practically useful in different neighbourhoods.  We trust that those who joined the class will be able to turn to good account in their home dairy work much of the information and experience which they have gained in the course of instruction and practice they have been through.  We trust also that Miss Hall and her Assistant will carry away with them a pleasant remembrance of their visit to Eakring and of those who have been members of the Class as well as of those who have visited The Dairy School.


Band of Hope Fete – Our Eakring Band of Hope took part together with several of their relations and friends in a most enjoyable expedition to Thoresby Park on the Anniversary of the Queen’s Accession, Tuesday June 20th, in order to join with the Bands of Hope from Edwinstowe and Rufford in a Grand Fete.  A short service in Perlethorpe Church with a stirring address from the Vicar, Rev H T Hayman inaugurated the fete.  An excellent site was chosen for the Tea, under wide spreading branches of large trees in the beautiful Park.  Nor was there lack of amusements, such as Punch and Judy, Aunt Sally and cricket.  The weather was everything that could be desired and the day was spent most pleasantly by both old and young.





June 9 – Florence May, daughter of Charles and Selina Annie Hardwick (private)

June 11 – Edith, daughter of Stephen and Frances Broome

Our Work and Words for Eakring August 1893


Diocesan Inspector of Board School – The attendance of the children on the occasion of the visit of the Diocesan Inspector (Rev R H Whitworth, Vicar of Blidworth) on Tuesday June 27th was not nearly so good as one could have wished, but on the whole the Report of the Examination in religious knowledge was satisfactory, testifying, as it did, to progress in intelligence on the part of the children in respect of the subjects which had been prepared during the preceding year for the Examination. There must, however, be no diminution of zeal and labour in the part of both teachers and pupils in striving after still further progress and improvement in this, the most important branch of Education, without which all other instruction will be of little value in regard to the efficient moulding of the character, and the training of the young in such a way that all their duties on earth may be carried out from the highest moral and religious motives, and that their life on earth may be a preparation for a more perfect life hereafter.


The Royal Marriage – In spite of there having been no official declaration of a Bank Holiday on the occasion of the Marriage of the Duke of York with the Princess Victoria May of Teck, yet the day on which that auspicious event took place (viz July 6th)  was observed very generally throughout the country as a Holiday and the enthusiasm displayed so universally seemed to manifest the loyalty in the hearts of the vast majority of Her Majesty’s subjects, which only needs an occasion of such a kind to draw forth an expression of it.  Thus the absence of any authoritative declaration brought out more strongly the good will of the people, shown so clearly in such a spontaneous outburst of loyalty and enthusiasm.  Though in Eakring we had no public feasting or amusements as there were generally throughout the country, yet the event was marked by the distribution by Mrs Marshall (of Leyfields) to the Teachers and Pupils of the Board School the day following a commemorative medal, the gift of the members of the Board, which will be an interesting memorial in years to come of an event of no small importance in this Country’s annals.


Flower Service – Our Annual Flower Service took place on Sunday the 9th ult., the Preacher on that occasion being the Rev R A McKee (Vicar of Farnsfield) who, taking for his text Song of Solomon ii 11, 12, gave an address especially suited to the Children who were present, describing some of the many benefits and lessons to be derived from the study of Nature, and in particular in respect to flowers.  The Service was, as usual, bright and cheerful, and there was, besides the children, a good number of grown up people at the Service, which was held at 3 o’clock.  The number of bouquets was not nearly so great as last and preceding years, probably on account of the scarcity of flowers this season.  The flowers were next day taken to the Southwell Workhouse, where cordial thanks were returned for so welcome a present.  The Collections during the day were for the Newark Hospital, and amounted to £2 9s 0d.





July 6 – Thomas Godfrey Robinson and Hannah Moody

Our Work and Words for Eakring September 1893


Harvest-tide – The exceptionally hot weather that has lasted with but little intermission for such a lengthened period this year, has brought about a very early harvest, while rain fell most seasonably in time to save the root crops.  On Monday July 31st, our usual Harvest Commencement service was held in the Parish Church at 5.30am in testimony to our dependence on God for his blessing on the harvest operations, and affording an opportunity to all who realise that dependence to join in a public act of worship in God’s House, and to seek that blessing of which they feel the need. The attendance was not equal to that of other years, but this may be accounted for by the shortness of the notice, many not knowing in time to avail themselves of the opportunity of joining in the Service, as they would otherwise have done.


S Andrew’s Sunday School Festival – Notwithstanding the unfavourable prospects of the morning, when the storm of the preceding night had not yet spent itself, yet by the time the Service in Church and the Tea were over, the sun had been shining long enough and with sufficient power to allow of the usual sports in Mr Burne’s field (kindly lent, as in years past, for that purpose) the weather during the rest of the day being all that could be desired; and thus the festival, in spite of all forebodings of the morning, passed off most successfully.  The Preacher at the short Service in Church was the Rev J Tinkler, Vicar of Caunton, who in his address alluded to some of the lessons which harvest-tide is intended to teach us.  Very few of the adult members of the Choir were able to attend owing to duties at a busy time which could not be neglected.  Our Organist, however, was at his post at Church, though unable through press of business to join in the after proceedings of the day.  Several friends of the Rector, as well as Mrs Marshall (of Leyfields) and Mrs George Greenfield, and Miss Greenfield (of North Laiths) and Mrs Skin, showed their interest in the proceedings by attending at the Tea, and witnessing the distribution of the Prizes by Mrs Cator (of Ackworth).  Amongst the prize winners the following may be specially mentioned as having well earned what they gained, viz., Alice Drabble and Rosa Coupe, who obtained every obtainable mark in both class book and register; while Walter Broome, Theresa Broome, Beatrice Ellis, Mary Broome, William White, Charles Ellis, William Osbourne, Harry Ellis, William Thornhill, and John Stocks, were credited with every obtainable mark in the Attendance Register, but not in the class book.


Board School – The School broke up for harvest holidays on Friday August 18th, two weeks having been previously allowed by the Board at the time of turnip singling.  It will be all important for the parents to see to the regular and punctual attendance of their children on the re-opening of the school, that good attendance averages may be obtained, and the work of the school carried on with vigour to satisfy the exacting requirements of the Educational authorities of the present day.





July 22 – Leonard, son of Herbert and Eva Hurt (private)



July 24 – Leonard Hurt, aged one month

Aug 15 – George Dobb, aged 79 years


Our Work and Words for Eakring October 1893


Diocesan Inspector’s Report – The following is a copy of the Report received from the Diocesan Inspector after his examination of the Board School children in Religious Subjects last June, and which we insert now, it having been crowded out before:-


“More work was put in by this School than last year, and the general result more than maintained last year’s improvement.  The children were neat and in good discipline, apprehended questions more readily, and their intelligence is advancing.”  R H Whitworth (Hon Diocesan Inspector).



Division I, Viva Voce, Good – Old Testament

Division II, Moderate – Old Testament

Written work, Divisions II and III – Good – Old Testament

New Testament, Divisions I, II, III – Good

Written Work Divisions II, III – Good

Repetition of Scripture – all Divisions Good

Repetition of Hymns – Fair

Repetition of Private Prayers – Good

Singing of Hymns – Good


Out of the nineteen subjects, fifteen were marked Good; three Fair; and one Moderate.


Effect of Strikes – Though not living in the immediate neighbourhood of Coal Pits, yet we are not so far distant as to have been  free from some experience of the consequences involved thereby; in fact, the far reaching effects resulting from a succession of Strikes one after the other are, alas! too plainly evident to anyone who has noticed what has been going on in this country of late years, even if they have not had painful personal experience of it themselves. Does not this seem to bring before us very forcibly the fact of our mutual dependence on one another, though some of us are tempted to act as though we were independent of one another?  Ought not this feeling of a mutual brotherhood to induce those at least who profess Christianity to consider one another’s interests and the interests of the Community at large instead of their own selfish and worldly ends and objects, whether they be masters or men? But alas! When bitterness of feeling is aroused between the two, such thoughts seem to be stifled and the bitter consequences too much ignored, and, so long as one side or the other may gain the day, thousands are allowed to suffer in various ways, numbers indeed of the wives and families of those in enforced idleness being reduced to such abject poverty and want as to be at the mercy of those who will take pity on them and supply their wants.  Nor are these the only ones who are thrown into involuntary idleness and are reduced to poverty, but sooner or later, through the scarcity of coal and its high prices, factories are shut up and furnaces are put out and works of various kind are stopped in different parts of the country and as a consequence, in the world’s market we are heavily handicapped in our competition with other countries.  Surely in this age of civilisation and in a Christian country it ought to be possible to devise some way of adjusting a fair proportion of gain between Capital and Labour, according to the demand for the article in question and its marketable value, without a resort from time to time to such arbitrary ways as are at present in vogue, viz a Lock Out on one side, or a Strike on the other.  Without entering into the details of the questions at issue, we who look on from outside, yet sympathising deeply with the misery and sorrow entailed by these Strikes, ought surely most fervently to pray and wish that the Leaders on both sides may be willing to exercise mutual forbearance and to come to an arrangement which shall be fair and just to both parties concerned.





Sept 13 – Elizabeth White, aged 17 years

Sept 15 – Mary Whitworth, aged 76 years


In Memoriam – Elizabeth White


We think none could have been present at the Funeral which took place on the 13th of last month without noticing the amount of sympathy so evidently manifested with the bereaved relatives and the tokens of affection for one so young and well known, taken from them in no sudden a manner.  Only the Sunday before her death she had attended Morning Service at the parish church and had received the Holy Communion, having come from her situation (where her services were much valued) to recruit her health. From her early childhood she was a most regular attendant at our Church Sunday School, year after year, while a pupil winning prizes, and afterward taking one of the Classes as a Teacher, in which capacity she acted the last time in our Sunday School on January 15th of this year.  During the time she was in service in Mansfield she continued the same work of love in S Lawrence’s Church School, where she will be much missed, as she is here by many to whom she had endeared herself.


In this loved one, thus early taken from us, we may surely see how in those in lowly station the love of Christ still, as in days of old, manifests its power of attraction; and how, in the quiet and conscientious fulfilment of the duties of our station in life, whatever it may be, is to be found the best way of imitating our great Pattern!


Our Work and Words for Eakring November 1893


Harvest Festival – Thanks to the long continuance of fine weather, both the hay and corn crops were almost without exception safely gathered in before our Harvest Festival and in comparison with other neighbourhoods where the long drought has been more severely felt, we have much to be thankful for in respect of the quantity which has been reaped and led, as many of our farmers stackyards bear witness.


Notwithstanding that we had lost the services of more than one of those, who on former occasions, had been in the habit of decorating the Church, yet the few that were left set to work with such commendable zeal, that on the day of the Festival Tuesday September 26th, when the decoration were completed, the appearance of the Church was not behind what it had been in previous years.  The Service at Evensong was bright and the musical portion well rendered and more especially the Anthem ‘Ye shall dwell in the land’, composed by Dr Stainer.  An excellent sermon was preached by the Rev Reginald Kirby, Rector of Mixbury, who took for his text 1 S. Peter iv 19 ‘A Faithful Creator’.  The Church was crowded.  The Festival Services, were as usual, continued on the Sunday following, when the Rector preached both in the Morning and in the Evening; and on both days there was a Celebration of the Holy Communion, it being Choral on the Sunday.  The collections which were for Church Expenses, amounted altogether to £4 13s 1d.


Cricket Season – We are glad to be able at the close of the Cricket Season to record the successes of our Men’s Club.  It appears that five matches were played, of which they won three and lost one, the other being a drawn game.  They seem to have pulled themselves well together, and the interest taken in this thoroughly English game is much keener in the parish now than it was a few years ago.  The members of the Juvenile Club have also done some good practice during the past season and acquitted themselves well in a match they played at Rufford, beating their opponents in an unmistakable manner.


District Choral Festival – Since the lamented death of Mr Cruft, (Choirmaster of the Notts Church Choral Union) no Choral Festival on a large scale representing the Choirs of the Church in this County has taken place.  On Tuesday however the Choirs of the Churches of Edwinstowe, Farnsfield, Eakring, Kirklington and Kneesall, joined in a Choral Festival in the Parish Church of Edwinstowe at 3 o’clock.  The Notts Choral Union Service Book of 1884, being used for the chants of the Psalms  and Canticles as well as the Responses etc., and the anthem was Stainer’s ‘Ye shall dwell in the land’. An appropriate sermon was preached by the Right Rev the Lord Bishop of Derby, whose text was Rev xv 1-4.


The balance of the amount collected (£6 10s 0d) after payment of expenses is to be given to the Diocesan Church Schools Sustentation Fund.





Oct 3 – Ellen Brompton, aged 46 years

Oct 27 – Charles Greenfield (of Little Carlton, South Muskham) aged 44 years


Our Work and Words for Eakring December 1893


CETS Annual Meetings and SermonsNottingham has been especially honoured this year by a Visit of the Council of the Church of England Temperance Society on the occasion of the Annual Meeting and Sermons at the end of October.  This visit gave a great impetus to the local interest in the Society and its work and afforded an opportunity of emphasising in a prominent way some of the various ramifications of that work and explaining the way in which it is carried on.  Thus, besides the sermons and collection on behalf of the Society on Sunday October 22nd, in the town and in various Churches throughout the county on the following Sunday, Meetings etc were held in Nottingham every day during the intervening week: for instance meetings of the Central Council on Monday and Tuesday.


The Annual Meeting in the large Mechanics Hall in the evening of Monday, at which the Bishop of Southwell presided, and the Bishop of London was the chief speaker, the crowded audience receiving him most enthusiastically.  On the Tuesday there was a Women’s Meeting in the afternoon in connection with the CETS Women’s Union, and in the evening the Annual Meeting of the Police Court Mission.


On the Wednesday evening Special Services were held in the Nottingham Churches; and a meeting was held in the Mechanics Hall for young women and girls of Nottingham in connection with the CETS Girls Evening Homes, at which Lady Laura Ridding presided, and Lady Frederick Cavendish was the chief speaker.


On the Thursday there was a special service in St Mary’s Church, at which the Rev W Hay Aitken preached.


On Friday a meeting was held in the Albert Hall of members of Church Bands of Hope and on Saturday a Conference was held of Clergy, Superintendents and Workers.


Thus it will be seen that there have been opportunities afforded of bringing this all important subject of Temperance before all who were willing to listen to its advocates; and we cannot but hope that the fruit arising from the efforts of the Temperance week will be abundant, and lasting, and in course of time make itself felt in the characters and habits of the inhabitants of the town and county.  In this connection it may be mentioned that sermons on behalf of this Society were preached both morning and evening on Sunday October 29th in our Parish Church by the Rector.  The collections amounted to £1 13s 7d., the amount being sent, with the Affiliation Fees of our Eakring CETS Society and Band of Hope to the Treasurer for the Southwell Diocesan Branch, Frederick Wright Esq, Lenton Priory, Nottingham.  Before leaving this subject, it should be noticed that subscriptions and donations are urgently needed to enable the CETS Police Court Missionary work to be carried on efficiently; and this Branch of the Society’s work has been found to be of such great value, that the enforced discontinuance of it, through lack of sufficient funds to carry it on, would be felt to be a very serious loss of legitimate influence on the character and future prospects of those brought before the Magistrates as we know from the testimony given by those in authority to the excellent work which is being done by the CETS Police Court Missionary.


The Proposed Mission Next Year – My dear Friends and Parishioners, to many or even most of you a Mission is no new thing: I believe there are those still in the village who look back to the Mission of 1884 as a turning point in their lives, when they began to realise in a greater degree than they had ever done before the true aim and object for which they were brought into the world, and when they learned to value the means of spiritual growth and strength which the Church provides for them.  Many changes however have taken place since then; some have left the village and others have come among us; death has been at work, year by year gaps have been made, now in one family and now in another.  Again, some who were mere children 10 years ago have grown into young men and young women.  And are there not those who, if they confessed the truth, would be obliged to acknowledge that impressions made on them at that time have faded away; strong feelings and good resolutions gradually lost their hold and they need awakening and arousing once more?  But surely we must all feel a temptation at times to relax our exertions and to be too easily satisfied with ourselves, and that it is good for us to have something to arouse us to fresh energy and to quicken our zeal and devotion!  Let us then, one and all, look forward to The Mission to be held (DV) in this parish early in next year with the greatest interest, hoping and praying that it may be a means, by God’s blessing, of stimulating and invigorating spiritual life and zeal in our midst.


That it may prove a blessing we must take pains to inform ourselves ‘What Mission Is?’ What is it intended to do?  For whom is it intended? And how is it to be prepared for?  As God of old sent S John the Baptist with a special message to prepare the way for the coming of His Son, so we must regard the Missioner who is to come to us as sent by God with a special message to us.  How far the Mission will carry out the object for which it is intended will depend very much on the way in which the opportunities of prayer and instruction, and exhortation are taken advantage of.  Some are living in sin; some are careless and worldly; some given up to pleasure; some are ignorant of spiritual truths; and some, perhaps, who think they need least really are in most need of spiritual instruction and awakening; and who is there amongst us that is so perfect as to need no further help and spiritual instruction?


But in order that the Mission may prove a blessing to us we must begin in good time to prepare for it. For this purpose I hope with God’s help to hold Special Services, commencing in Advent and I trust that many will avail themselves of these opportunities of joining with me and one another in prayer and intercession.


Yours affectionate friend and Pastor,



Eakring Rectory

Dec 1st 1893