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Our Work and Words for Eakring January 1894


Christmas-tide and the New Year – We are now approaching the end of the Old Year and the beginning of the New.  We must therefore wish all our friends a Happy and Prosperous Season, and hope that the New Year will bring many and various blessings to all.


Judged by human standard and from an agricultural point of view, the year just gone may not be reckoned to have been a prosperous one; unfavourable seasons and low price of corn and stock, and also a good deal of sickness, have caused the last season to be regarded as anything but a favourable one.


Though to many of us this season may not be so bright as we could wish, and a cloud seems to be hanging over us, we must hope that it will pass away, and will reveal a brighter prospect beyond.


Amongst the other causes of regret, we must mention the unfortunate illness of our Rector, which incapacitates him from taking any part in the Services of the Church at the great Festival of Christmas.


Dedication Festival – On the 30th November 1893, St Andrew’s Day, the usual Dedication Festival was observed in Eakring Parish Church.  The Services were as follows: Celebration at 8am, Matins at 10am, Choral Evensong at 7.30pm.  A good and eloquent sermon was preached by the Rev Archibald Moncrief, MA, Vicar of Rugeley, Staffordshire, the text being the 1 St Peter xi 5. The musical portion of the Service was very effectively rendered; the Hymn ‘Hail Festal Day’ was sung as an Anthem, the solo parts being taken by two members of the Choir, Mr Walter Burne taking the leading part in clear and melodious tones, and Walter Ellis taking the treble part.  The total collections during the day amounted to £1 13s., which has been sent to the Secretary of the Southwell Deanery Church Restoration Fund.


Band of Hope Entertainment – On Tuesday the 12th ult., Mr Marcus Chorley (Secretary of the Junior Branch of the CETS) kindly came over from Nottingham and gave a Magic Lantern Entertainment in the Board School Room.  The subject was the Lecturer’s journey to the ‘World’s Fair’, Chicago, illustrated by beautiful slides.  After Mr Chorley gave a series of amusing slides for the youngsters.  After a vote of thanks to the Lecturer, the children were started home, highly gratified with the Entertainment.  The audience, composed chiefly of children, but amongst whom there was a considerable number of grown up persons, were vastly pleased with the Lecture and Illustrations, and we hope that the Lecturer’s allusions to our Band of Hope, for whom the Entertainment was especially intended, will not be forgotten, and will be an encouragement to others to join the Band.


Parish Registers



Dec 18 – Henry Hallam, aged 64 years

Our Work and Words for Eakring February 1894


During the past month the Parishioners of Eakring have been deeply concerned through the prolonged illness of their esteemed Rector.  The fact will call for another pen to tell the record of Church Work during that period – therefore no apology is needed for making special reference to the anxiety stirred up, not only in Eakring, but in the neighbourhood, by reason of his serious indisposition.  We tell no secrets, when we make known how deeply touched the Rector has been, and is, by the sympathy and concern shown in his time of trial.  It will be a source of satisfaction to hear that as we go to press, a slight improvement has set in.  God grant that it may be continued.


Our first reference in Church matters, must be to Christmas-tide.  The absence of the customary early celebration on Christmas morning was unavoidable, but a matter for regret.  The above record is a sufficient explanation.  In spite of Christmas Day falling on Monday, the congregations throughout were very good and the services bright and hearty.  The Church decorations were very tasteful and effective, reflecting credit upon the decorators.  The customary Midnight Service at the close of the civil year was much appreciated – the large congregation being a proof of this.  Perhaps some reference is due to the Rev F A Minty, who officiated, his address being most helpful and stirring.


It is clear that at present the duties of the Priest in the Church must be discharged by another than the Rector.  Our readers will therefore like to be informed that preparations are being made for the duty to be taken until Easter.  The arrangements for the Lenten Services are not yet completed.


The Rector’s Christmas gift of meat was made, as in years past, to some thirty aged poor in Eakring, and was much appreciated.  Lord Savile’s dole of coal also for the aged poor, was duly distributed to about the same number of families.  With coal above the usual price, it came as a great boon.


The Annual Tea given by the Rector to the children attending the Board School took place on New Year’s Day, the invitation being extended to the members of the School Board. An excellent Tea was provided under the supervision of Mrs Speight.  The Prize distribution, as the result of the Religious Examination, held in June, followed.  The books being the gift of the Rector, Miss Cator on behalf of her uncle gave to the children. Games etc followed and a very enjoyable evening was spent, lacking only the presence of him, who tho’ absent in body, was present in spirit.


The Annual Church Supper will not take place this year, much to the regret of the Rector, who, though ill, has been very anxious that things should be carried on as far as possible as in past years.





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Our Work and Words for Eakring March 1894


The Rector’s Recovery – It must have been with no ordinary feelings of satisfaction that the Parishioners of Eakring heard last month of the change for the better in the Rector’s health.  The anxiety and tension, owing to the uncertainty of the result, has at last been replaced by a feeling of heart-felt gratitude to the Author of Life.  The prayers offered, both in public and in private, have been graciously heard; and it is hoped that the change of air to Bournemouth will restore him to health and strength again.  One indirect and beneficial outcome of this trial has been the proofs, many and convincing, of the deep attachment of Eakring folk to their Rector.  It has been to him a real comfort, and will be an inspiration for work in the future.  A further and unexpected welcome awaited the Rector also upon his convalescence, the Bishop having nominated him to a vacant stall in the Southwell Cathedral.  Not only to his people of Eakring, but to his many friends in the County, the announcement of his appointment to an Honorary Canonry has been received with pleasure, as a recognition of several years service in the Diocese, and in his Parish.


On the first Sunday in lent, the Rector went to Church for the first time since his severe illness, to return thanks to Almighty God for His great goodness in restoring him once more to health.  The congregation was sincerely thankful to see him once again in his wonted place and taking part in the Morning and Evening Services.  After the Morning Service, the Ringers rang a merry peal on the bells.


During the Rector’s absence the duty will be taken by the Rev S W Walter.


Eakring and Rufford School Board – The Triennial Election has passed off without any excitement, a contest having been avoided by the re-election of the old members, i.e. for Eakring – The Rector, and Messrs Cooper, Palmer, Teather, and Mettam; and for Rufford – Messrs Greenfield and Marshall.


The Drawing Examination took place at the Board School on the 5th ult., when in spite of increased requirements, the children did some satisfactory work.


Jessie Walker, Probationary Pupil Teacher, passed the Religious Examination of the Board of Education for Notts, last December.


Eakring Clothing Club

Balance Sheet for Year ending Dec 31st 1893


Dr                                            £   s   d                         Cr                                            £   s   d

To Hon Subscriptions               5   13  0                       By Mr Branston’s Bill for

PO Savings Bank Interest         0    8   7                       goods sold to Members            27 6  1

Members Contributions            21 14  5                       Members paid out                      0  9  9

Balance from 1892                   0   0   3                        Balance                                      0  0  5

                                                £27 16 3                                                                     27  16  3         


Our Work and Words for Eakring April 1894


[Unfortunately the page relating to April 1894 has been removed from the book at some time … so please continue with May 1894 below!]

Our Work and Words for Eakring May 1894


Easter-tide – The usual Services were held in the Parish Church on Easter Day and were well attended; the number of communicants was nearly the same as Easter Day last year, and was about equally divided between the early and the midday celebrations, the latter being choral.  The musical part of the services was well rendered, in particular the Anthem at Evensong, ‘Now is Christ Risen’ (Clare).  The Church was neatly decorated, but Easter being early this year, flowers could not be so freely used as usual.  The Rev S W Walter, who has been responsible for the conduct of the Services for about 3 months, was the principal officiant, the Rector only being able to take a very small share in the duties at the 10.30 and 6.30 services.  Unfortunately his health has not been so satisfactorily re-established by his visit to Bournemouth as he had hoped it would have been.


At a Vestry Meeting held on Saturday March 31st Mr Thomas Cooper was nominated Rector’s Churchwarden and Mr Thomas Burne was re-elected the People’s Warden.


Also at a meeting of Churchmen held in the Vestry 3rd ult., Messrs Robert Marshall and William T Burne were re-elected members of the Southwell Ruridecanal Conference as Lay Representatives from the Parish of Eakring, in conjunction with the Churchwardens, who are ex officio members of the Conference.


Meeting of Ratepayers in Board School  - A meeting at which most of the households in the parish were represented was held in the Board School on Tuesday 10th ult., at 7.30pm, the chair being taken by L Rolleston Esq of Edwinstowe.  An exhaustive and lucid explanation was given by the Rev R H Whitworth (Vicar of Blidworth), who has had a long experience in educational matters and in the management of country schools, showing in a forcible manner the absolute necessity of an efficient staff of teachers being maintained in order to ensure a good annual grant, and to satisfy the requirements (constantly increasing) of the Education Department, which indeed cannot be ignored with impunity.  For instance, he explained the conditions which cannot be evaded if the managers of a School desire to obtain the extra £10 extra offered to Schools in parishes or districts where the population is under 500. He also explained in detail the gain which accrued to our school during the two years that ‘The Department’ have been satisfied with the staff of teachers.  Opportunity was afforded to those present to ask questions for further explanation, which was taken advantage of by a few.  The duties of the Chairman were very efficiently fulfilled by Mr Rolleston, who made some very able and practical remarks on the subject in question, and we have reason to believe that those present left the room wiser than when they entered it.

Our Work and Words for Eakring June 1894


Eakring Provident Club Anniversary – On Tuesday 15th ult. was celebrated the Anniversary of the above mentioned Club, and we are glad to be able to report a continued and growing prosperity, the roll of members being at the present time: Senior Branch 149, Juvenile Branch 38.  The Officers and Members of the Club met as usual in the Rector’s Parish Room at 11.30am to transact business, at the close of which Meeting a vote of sympathy with the Rector was passed, the Members, one and all, hoping he would soon be restored to his usual health.


The Parish Church was well filled for the Anniversary Service; the prayers were read by Rev H K Warrant, and an appropriate and encouraging Sermon was preached by the Rev F A Minty of Ashbourne, who took as his subject 2 Kings iv 36.


The Meat Tea in the Board School was well patronised, after which, members and friends adjourned to Mr Palmer’s field (again kindly lent for the occasion) for the sports, which, notwithstanding the cold weather, passed off well.  Miss Greenfield kindly presented the prizes to the lucky winners.  We would venture to suggest to the younger Members of the Club, that they bestir themselves and stimulate others in good time to prepare for the next Anniversary, when we hope there will be a larger number of entries and more vigorous competition.  This year some who might have competed hung back at the last moment, and we should be glad to remind them of the proverb ‘Nothing venture, nothing win’.


The services of the Southwell Brass Band were engaged for the first time, and they gave every satisfaction.


A happy and well spent day came to a close only too soon, leaving us with only one subject for regret viz the absence of our esteemed Rector.


Items of News – On Fair-day at Ollerton, 1st ult., Sir Frederick Milner MP, our representative in Parliament, addressed a very well attended Meeting in the National School, in the afternoon, the chair being taken by Viscount Newark, who also addressed the Meeting, as did also Earl Manvers, in a short speech which was very much to the point.


Sir F Milner expressed a hope to the Rector that later on he would be able to attend a Meeting at Eakring.


On the 5th ult., the Constable’s and Church Accounts were audited and passed at the adjourned Vestry Meeting.


Foreign Missions – The Bishop of Southwell has issued a circular to the Clergy of the Diocese, inviting the Diocese to unite at Southwell Cathedral on June 12th for Special Services of Intercession on behalf of the Church’s Foreign Missions.  The hours of Services will be as follows, viz:-

8am Holy Communion

11am Matins in the Choir, Sermon by the Right Rev Bishop Knight Bruce, Bishop of Mashonaland

3pm Addresses in the Nave by the Right Rev Bishop Stuart, late Bishop of Waiapu; the Right Rev Bishop Scott, Bishop of North China; the Right Rev Bishop Matthew, Bishop of Lahore.

5.15pm Evensong


Eakring and Rufford Board School – Summary of Inspector’s Report

Mixed School – ‘Except for weak spelling in the third standard and arithmetic in the fourth standard, the work was very well done indeed.  English, both for grammar and recitation was good.  Singing is untunable and should be improved.’

Infants’ Class – ‘the work of these children is of very good character.  They are orderly and intelligent’.


The Amount of Annual Grant for the School year, ending February 28th last is £64 5s 6d; and as the highest grants have been obtained for all subjects except singing, it would have been considerably more if the average attendance had not been so low.


We are very pleased to be able to announce that Jessie Walker has passed and has satisfied as a probationary pupil teacher all the preliminary conditions required and is now eligible for engagement as pupil teacher.  We cannot help feeling that great credit is due to all the teachers for having, each in their several spheres, combined together to achieve what must be regarded on a whole as a great success in spite of many difficulties and discouragements owing to irregular attendance, in great measure arising from the prevalence of sickness among the children for a considerable time.  At the same time it will behove them to take notice of and to try and make good what are noticed in the Inspector’s Report as weak points.  There is in fact every encouragement to carry on the School with the same staff of teachers, and with increased energy and zeal.  The parents’ help, however, is greatly needed in seeing that their children attend regularly and punctually.

Our Work and Words for Eakring July 1894


Cricket Club and Matches – The Annual Meeting of the Eakring Cricket Club was held, May 24th, when the following officers were chosen for the ensuing year, viz:- The Rector, President; Mr George Greenfield (of North Laiths), Vice President; Mr Wilfrid J Whitworth, Captain; Mr Herbert Burne, Vice Captain; Mr Walter Burne, Hon Secretary.


Mr Palmer’s grass close has been hired for the season.  Hitherto the only matches that have been played have been one on May 26th at Rufford, between the home team and Rufford, on which occasion the former were beaten with a loss of 50 runs. The other match between Lower Blidworth and the Home Team was won by the latter by eight wickets, having been played at Eakring.  We are glad to find that the interest in this thoroughly English game is developing in the village, and that some good bowling and fielding may be seen of an evening in the Cricket ground: and we trust that before the Cricket Season comes to a close several opportunities may be afforded for the members to manifest the beneficial results of diligent and regular practice by victories over neighbouring teams.  It must be gratifying too to all lovers of cricket in the village to know that the members of the Juvenile Cricket Club are taking such a keen interest in the game and making such progress that there is but little cause to fear that in due time recruits for the Senior Club will be forthcoming as occasion may require.


Foreign Missions – It is a sign of the Church’s life and vigour in this Diocese that the Meetings and Services at Southwell Cathedral on the 12th ult., on behalf of Foreign Mission Work, should have been so largely attended, and we cannot help feeling that those who heard the addresses of those who spoke from their experiences of the needs and progress of that important part of the Church’ work, and who joined in the Intercessions on its behalf must have gone away stirred with a desire to help forward the work more energetically than before, or to begin to take a real interest in it, if perchance they had neglected to do so hitherto.


The Return of the Rector – We feel sure that all those who have so kindly sympathised with the Rector in his severe illness and enforced absence from home for long a time, will now be glad to hear of his recovery and return to work.  He is very pleased to have been able to supply to his parishioners, by the help of his brethren in the Ministry, those spiritual ministrations which he was disabled from performing.  Our Church friends, who, we believe, have duly valued Mr Warrand’s reverent and earnest ministrations during the last few weeks will, we doubt not, be glad to hear that he is about to commence work in the parish of Eckington, where he will have abundant scope for the exercise of the ministerial duties to which he devotes himself with much zeal and energy; and we feel sure that he will very much appreciate the prayers offered for God’s blessing on the new work he is entering upon.


Parish Register



June 10 – Charles Wilfrid, son of John and Priscilla Ann Bartle

Our Work and Words for Eakring August 1894


Parish Church Statistics – We are not ignorant of the fact that a great many persons, and perhaps a majority of readers and audiences are terribly bored with statistics, and again others seem to take pleasure in showing, if they can, their untrustworthiness; yet for all that they have their value if the record from which they are gathered can be proved to have been accurately kept, and in regard to services and attendances at Church they show what provision has been made for the spiritual welfare of the people, and how far appreciation has been manifested for the means of grace provided; whilst the amount collected during the year, or the average each Sunday, is one test, at least, of earnestness and zeal on the part of those who attend the services of the sanctuary.  We believe, therefore, that there are several of the readers of our Parish Magazine who will have been disappointed not to have seen hitherto this year any allusion to the statistics for the year ending Advent 1893.  This omission is to be accounted for partly by the illness of the Rector and partly by the space usually allotted to them having been otherwise occupied.  On the whole the Christian year ending Advent 1893 compares favourably with the preceding Christian year, as will be seen from the following figures:-

1892-93                     1891-92

Average Attendance at Morning Services, Adults                                  53                    47

Average Attendance at Morning Services, Children                               42                    40

Average Attendance at Evening Services, Adults                                   100                  104

Average Attendance at Evening Services, Children                                54                    50

Number of Celebrations on Sundays                                                     49                    51

Number of Celebrations on 5 Holy Days & Harvest Festival      6                      6

Number of Communicants on Sundays only                                           531                  485

Number of Communicants on Sundays & the other days                        580                  569

Average Number of Communicants at a Celebration on Sundays           *11                  *9½

Average Attendance of Communicants at all the Celebrations    *10½               *10

*NB – Within a small fraction

                                                                                                            £  s  d               £  s  d

Offertory Collections Sundays                                                   43  6  2            40  13  0

Sundays and other occasions                                                                51  2  3            47  17  9


Baptisms                                                                                              21                    22

Confirmations                                                                                       5                      12

Marriages                                                                                             1                      2

Burials                                                                                                  9                      7


Flower Service – The Flower Service in the Parish Church on Sunday 16th ult at 3 o’clock was of the usual festal character, the sermon being preached by the Rector who took for his text the words ‘All Thy Works Praise Thee, O Lord, and Thy Saints give thanks unto Thee’, Psalm cxlv 10. The greater number of children attending the Service presented at the altar rails bouquets of flowers, most of them arranged with considerable taste and neatness.  The congregation was not quite equal in numbers to what we have seen on similar occasions even in an afternoon and we missed the elder members of the Choir, who have hitherto helped to make this Service effective.  The  collections both morning and evening, as well as in the afternoon, were on behalf of the Newark Hospital and amounted to £2 2s.  The flowers were taken the day following to the Union House Southwell and the Rector has since received a letter from the Master, an extract from which will show to what extent the gift is appreciated by the inmates.  He says – ‘Please accept our heartiest thanks for your gift of flowers to our old folk.  As you know, many of them are unable to leave their wards even in the warmest weather, so they fully appreciate having the flowers.  One old lady upwards of 90 years old says ‘they smell of her younger days’ and I have no doubt they do remind all of them more or less of their long past youth spent among fields and flowers.’

Our Work and Words for Eakring September 1894


Commencement of Harvest – As our readers must be aware it has been the custom in this Parish for several years now to have a Service held in the Parish Church quite early in the morning at the commencement of harvest, to ask God’s blessing on the work about to be entered upon and to pray for seasonable weather for the carrying on of the work to a prosperous issue.  An endeavour, moreover, is always made not to allow, if possible, the work to anticipate the prayer for God’s blessing.  On this occasion we were well forward with this service as regards the Parish of Eakring, though a beginning had been made in some of the surrounding Parishes a few days previously.  The short service, with an address by the Rector, was held at 5.30am on Monday the 13th ult., the attendance showing that there are several who attend year by year, and quite appreciate the little Service and its meaning.


Band of Hope Fete – Many of our readers will recollect the happy day spent by the members of our Band of Hope and their friends in Thoresby Park last year.  This year the scene of our gathering was changed – kinds friends in an opposite direction gave us a very hearty welcome, and were most anxious in every way to anticipate our wants, and we feel sure that those who in any way participated in the Fete will agree that all passed off with equal success this year, and that a very happy afternoon was spent on Thursday the 16th ult.  The place of meeting was Kirklington Hall, from whence the Bands of Hope marched in procession to the Parish Church, where a short and bright service was held, conducted by the Vicar, the lesson being read by the Rector of Eakring, and an address given by the Rev Andrew Ping, Curate in Charge of S. Luke’s, Nottingham, whose text was Psalm lix 9 ‘My strength I will ascribe unto Thee’.  The Church was crowded, yet without any confusion, everything having been so well arranged.  After Service an adjournment was made to the stable yard at the Hall, where the spacious coach house provided excellent accommodation for the tea, which had been catered for by Mr Rumford of Southwell, and efficiently carried out.  After tea, which was rather a long business, owing to the numbers whose bodily wants had to be supplied, the adult visitors were allowed the privilege of walking through the garden and the grounds, and amusements of various kinds were arranged for the children in front of the house till the sound of the Hall bell summoned all to assemble again in the stable yard, where, in the presence of a large concourse, Mrs J Boddam-Whetham kindly distributed the prizes to the successful competitors, both girls and boys.  Before, however, the party separated, a vote of thanks was carried by acclamation and cheers to Mr & Mrs J Boddam-Whetham, the owners of Kirklington Hall, for their great kindness in allowing the Fete to be held in their grounds, and for the help they had rendered in preparing for it.  A vote of hearty thanks was also passed to Mr Whitworth for the pains he had taken as Secretary to bring all to such a happy issue.  The day’s festivities were closed with the singing of the National Anthem and to each member of the Bands of Hope a bun and some milk were offered as they left.  On this occasion six Bands of Hope took part in the Fete, viz: those from the two Parishes of Southwell, from Kirklington, Eakring, Rolleston and Rufford, numbering in all about 200 children.





Aug 12 – Edith, daughter of George and Mary Ann Favell



July 26th – Richard Hurt, aged 77 years


Our Work and Words for Eakring October 1894


Sunday School Festival – Notwithstanding the busy work going on in the fields, our Sunday School Festival, which took place on Tuesday August 28th was attended by several of our friends who take an interest in the progress of Church Work in the Parish, in connection with which the Sunday School holds a very prominent place.  It is true we missed some of the teachers and a few of the scholars, and only a few of the Choir were able to attend, owing to the presses of work in the harvest field, but we were favoured with suitable weather, which added materially to the success of the gathering.  At the Service in the Parish Church a suitable Address was given by the Rev E Coghill, Vicar of Holy Trinity, Southwell, who took for his text 2nd Kings ii 23,24.  Much credit is due to the organist, who, at the cost of considerable self sacrifice, made a point of being at his post on this occasion.


The tea took place on the lawn in front of the Rectory, after which the prizes were given by the Rector to the successful competitors, amongst whom the following especially distinguished themselves, viz., Alice Drabble and Beatrice Ellis, who obtained the full number of marks in both the class books and register for the year ending June 30th last, and Charles Ellis and Harry Ellis, who obtained the full marks in the register of attendance.


The rest of the evening was spent in a field of Mr Burnes’, kindly lent for the occasion, where amusements of various kinds were arranged for the children, who evidently thoroughly enjoyed themselves and did not leave the field without expressing in their own way the gratitude they felt towards those to whom they were indebted for their day of pleasure, and the privileges they enjoy as members of our Church Sunday School.  Thus ended another of those days, which, we doubt not, will be looked back on in after years among the happy memories of childhood.


Miscellaneous Items – We would remind the parents of the children attending the Board School that the School was re-opened after the harvest holidays, on the 24th ult., and we would urge upon them the great importance of seeing that their children attend regularly and punctually.


We are very sorry to have to announce the resignation of the Assistant Mistress, Miss Girkin, whose services have been so valuable in bringing up the Infant Department to a state of efficiency.  We feel sure that Mrs Speight, who is taking up that work, will do her utmost to maintain that efficiency.  In compliance with the requirements of the Education Department, a girls cloak room has been built during the holidays, which, we hope, will prove useful when the schoolroom is required for other purposes besides the usual school requirements.


We wish to take this opportunity of mentioning that our Harvest Festival has been fixed for Tuesday October 9th, when the Rev A Stuart Wilton, Vicar of Askern, Yorkshire, has kindly consent to preach.


Also that Tuesday December 4th is the day fixed by the Local Government Board for a Parish Meeting to he held for the election of members of the Parish Council.




Sept 2 – Lawson Henry, son of Lawson James and Ellen Frost



Sept 5 – Henry Wibberley, aged 71 years

Sept 20 – John Hunt, aged 74 years

Our Work and Words for Eakring November 1894


Board School Tea – Partly owing to the Rector’s illness, and partly for other reasons, the usual School Entertainment held in Easter Week was given up this year, and in consequence the Distribution of Prizes for the School year ending Feb 28th last was postponed until some convenient time.  Such an opportunity seemed to present itself on the occasion of the Harvest Festival, Tuesday 9th ult., on which day the Chairman of the School Board gave a Tea to all the children attending the Day School and the prizes were handed to the successful competitors by Mrs Cator (of Ollerton).  Most of the Members of the Board and other friends of the Chairman, as well as the Teachers, being present. In addition to the usual prizes given by the Chairman and the Schoolmaster and his wife, Mr Marshall (the Vice Chairman of the Board) gave a handsome book to the best attender and most successful of the half timers; George W Rowland being the scholar to whom it was awarded.  Limit of space will not allow of our mentioning the names of all the Prize winners, but such a special interest attaches to certain cases that we feel sure that many of our readers would be disappointed if they were not particularly noticed.  It is, for instance, regarded as a mark of honour and distinction for any girl to deserve the work box given annually by the Chairman as the highest prize for proficiency in Needlework, which was on this occasion awarded to Ethel Palin; the second prize, a silver thimble, given annually by Mrs Speight, being won this time by Caroline Teather. And last but no means least, in the scale of honour and distinction, we must not omit to mention the remarkable achievement of John William Walker in having never missed attending every time that the School has been opened during a period of seven years, in recognition to whose praiseworthy conduct in setting such an example of diligence and zeal in attending the Day School, the Chairman gave him as a prize a handsome oleograph picture.  It is with great satisfaction that we are able to record the successful commencement in the way of attendance which has been made since School was re-opened after the harvest holidays and we trust that there will be no relaxation of zeal in this respect in the future.


Harvest Festival – We have had cause for congratulation this year in having an abundance of corn and flowers for the decoration of the Church, notwithstanding the late date of our Festival and we doubt whether our dear old Parish Church was ever more tastefully decorated. The usual Services of Praise and Thanksgiving were held on Tuesday 9th ult., and were continued on the Sunday following, the Church being crowded at Evensong on the Tuesday, when the Rev A Stuart Wilton, Vicar of Askern, Yorkshire, preached a very appropriate sermon, taking for his text S John xii 24. The Collections on both occasions, amounting together to £3 18s 7d being devoted to Church Expenses.  The services were bright and hearty, and indeed much reason there has been for a sincere and hearty offering of Thanksgiving and Praise on our part to the great and bounteous Lord of the Harvest, as we have in this parish been particularly favoured in regard to the bountiful crops and the suitable weather granted us for gathering them safely in.





Oct 8 – Henry Bingham and Susan Ross

Our Work and Words for Eakring December 1894


Church Defence Lecture – On the 22nd October a visit was paid to this Parish by Mr Brockway, an agent of the Church Defence Institute, who has been engaged for some time in endeavouring to disseminate sound views and to correct erroneous notions with regard to the Church’s history and true position in this country, by distributing leaflets and tracts giving trustworthy information on their matters, by personal intercourse, and by lectures, in these various ways showing the antiquity of the church, its claims upon the affections of the people of this country and loyal recognition by them, as well as its value in so many ways to all, and the harm which would result to others besides the members of the Church by its disestablishment, not to mention the gross injustice which would thus be inflicted on those who are now deriving benefits, both temporal and spiritual, from her ancient endowments, as voluntarily and freely given by pious Churchmen of old as they have been by Churchmen in more modern days and in our own time.  The lecture which Mr Brockway gave on such subjects as these, in the Board School, was very interesting, and we could have wished that there had been a larger audience.


The Parish Councils Act – An opportunity was afforded to the parishioners on the 9th ult of hearing the advantages which it is hoped may be derived by the inhabitants of such Parishes as ours from the carrying out of the Local Government Act of 1894, which provides for the formation of a Parish Council in every Parish with a population over 300, and provides for the conduct of its business, as well as that of the Parish Meeting, which last is to be held in every Parish.  The audience, which was a very representative one, cannot fail to have received much help from Mr Byron’s ably and simply expressed explanations in the course of his lecture, which will be very helpful towards the effectual carrying out of the Act, which is so soon to come into operation by the election of our first Parish Council at a Parish Meeting to be summoned by the Overseer to meet in the Board School on Tuesday Dec 4th.  It will surely be for the best interests of the Parish, in preparing for the said Meeting, for all the electors to avoid any contest, which would involve a poll and considerable expense to the ratepayers, and to endeavour to choose representatives of each class in the village who will be most competent to carry on the business of the Parish faithfully, ably and conscientiously.


Rector’s Installation as Honorary Canon of Southwell Cathedral – It may interesting to the parishioners and other readers of the Magazine to know that the Rector has at length been duly and formally installed as Honorary Canon of Southwell, the ceremony having taken place on the 16th ult.  It would have taken place as long ago as The Feast of the Purification of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Feb 2nd, had it not been for the serious illness of the Rector at that time.


The Proposed Mission Next Year – The Rev F Boag, Vicar of St Albans, Nottingham, has kindly consented to conduct a mission in this Parish early in next year, for the Rector hopes in Advent to begin to make preparation by special addresses, and opportunities for joint prayer for God’s blessing on the work to be undertaken.





Nov 11 – Sarah, daughter of Samuel and Edith Sophia Parr



Oct 22 – George Watson and Mary Stocks



Nov 5 – Ellen Stocks, aged 2 years