Eakring Parish Magazine
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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
Band of Hope Entertainment – On Tuesday the 12th
ult., Mr Marcus Chorley (Secretary of the Junior Branch of the CETS) kindly
came over from
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.
Annual Tea given by the Rector to the children attending the
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
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.
Drawing Examination took place at the
Jessie Walker, Probationary Pupil Teacher, passed the Religious Examination of the Board of Education for Notts, last December.
Eakring Clothing Club
Sheet for Year ending
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
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
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 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.
Meat Tea in the
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.
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.
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
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.
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:-
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 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
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
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
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
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.
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
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
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
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
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.
Nov 11 – Sarah, daughter of Samuel and Edith Sophia Parr
Oct 22 – George Watson and Mary Stocks
Nov 5 – Ellen Stocks, aged 2 years