Eakring Parish Magazine

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Our Work and Words for Eakring January 1895


Eakring Clothing Club – Messrs Bainbridge and Co., of Newark, supplied the goods this year for the Sale, which took place in the Rector’s Parish Room on Tuesday Nov 20th and we have every reason to believe that the members were satisfied with their purchases.  The subscribing members this last year, having been fewer in number than usual, obtained good interest for their money in the shape of a handsome bonus of 4s 2d added to the amount of the credit of those who paid up to the end.


Dedication Festival – on S. Andrew’s Day Friday Nov 30th, as usual, was kept the Dedication Festival in the Parish Church.  The Services were as follows: Celebration at 8am, Matins and Litany at 10am and Choral Evensong at 7, at which the Sermon was preached by the Rev H T Hayman, Vicar of Edwinstowe, whose Text was S. John vi 8, 9 and i 40, 41. A suitable and effective Hymn ‘Hail Festal Day’ was sung in place of an Anthem. The collections, morning and evening, were given to the Southwell Deanery Church Restoration Society, which has lately undertaken the restoration of the interesting Tower and Steeple of Maplebeck Church, about £30 being still required to meet the expenses incurred.


Election of Parish Council and District Councillor – On Tuesday 4th ult., at 7pm, a Parish Meeting was held in the Board School, which was attended by a very fair portion of the Parish Electors, by whose unanimous vote the Rector was elected as Chairman.


Nine nomination papers were handed in, the names of the proposers and seconders, as well as of the candidates, being all correctly entered.  The names of those nominated for the office of Parish Councillor were as follows:

Thomas Cooper, Farmer; George Mettam, Farmer; John Palin, Joiner; Robert Palmer, Farmer; John Paulson, Labourer; John Robinson, Cottager; John Rowland, Farmer; Walter White, Farmer; Charles Whitworth, Labourer.


Two of the above viz John Palin and Charles Whitworth withdrew, upon which the seven remaining candidates were declared by the Chairman duly elected, that being the number allotted to our Parish.  The meeting was closed after a vote of thanks had been accorded to the Chairman, who has since convened the first meeting of the Parish Council for Monday December 17th.


We feel sure that it must be a source of congratulation to the great majority of the Parishioners that this first election to our Parish Council has passed off so quietly, and without the Parish being put to the expense and worry of a poll, and we see no reason to doubt that the interests of the Parish will be faithfully and conscientiously served by those who are now entering on their duties as Parish Councillors, as well as by our District Councillor, Mr Thomas Cooper.




Dec 9 – Annie, daughter of David and Mary Wilkins


Nov 24 – Emily Clayworth, aged 17 years

Dec 4  - Ruth Moody, aged 2 years




Ironmonger and Complete House Furnisher


Cheapest and Best Shop for Agricultural Implements, Tools &c.,

Sewing Machines, Washing and Wringing Machines, Lamps, Stoves

Kitchen Ranges &c.

Wood Furniture of all Kinds     Bedsteads and Bedding




Westgate & King Street, SOUTHWELL

The New Branch in King Street is the shop lately occupied by

Mr J J Bates, Grocer etc.



The Christian Memorial Works





Memorials, Designs of every description neatly executed in Stone, Slate,

Marble and Granite, with inscription in imperishable letters.


Superior Designs on view, or sent on application.


Large stock of Metal and Porcelain Wreaths and Crosses,

Glass-cases, Tablets, Zinc Troughs &c., wholesale or retail




MEAT!    MEAT!!    MEAT!!!






Deals only in Home-fed English Beef, Mutton, Pork, Veal and Lamb

Pickled Tongues, Home Cured Hams, Bacon, Lard etc


Families waited upon for Orders and Meat delivered to any

part of the Neighbourhood


Orders by Post receive prompt attention

Our Work and Words for Eakring February 1895


Parish Council – The first Meeting of the Parish Council was held in the Board School on Monday December 17th, when all the members being present signed the statutory declaration on taking office.  All passed off with the greatest harmony, the resolutions being carried unanimously.  The Rector was elected Chairman and Treasurer, and Mr Thomas Cooper, Vice Chairman.


Christmas Services &c – The Parish Church was, as usual, decorated for Christmas and bright services were held on Christmas Day and the Sunday following, there being a goodly number of Communicants on the great Festival of the Nativity of our Lord.  On New Year’s Eve, the usual Midnight Service was held in the Parish Church, when, in spite of the severity of the weather, a very fair number of the parishioners attended together to join with their Rector in spending in a suitable manner the closing half hour of the Old Year and commencement of the New one, the Rector in his address suggesting some thoughts calculated to awaken the conscience as to the responsibility incurred in the spending of time and the preparation for eternity.


Entertainments – Besides the usual distribution of the Coal kindly given by Lord Savile, the Greenfield Charity Coal and the Meat given by the Rector, all of which gifts must have been especially appreciated by the recipients, owing to the severe cold we have been experiencing, the village has been enlivened by some Entertainments which have taken place. First, in order, closely following upon Christmas, came a Supper in the Rector’s Parish Room, given by the Members of the Reading Room and Working Men’s Club, at which both the Rector as President and Mr George Greenfield as Vice President, were voted to posts of honour, the one as Chairman and the other as Vice Chairman.  The Churchwardens had also received an invitation and were present.  The evening was passed very pleasantly, a good substantial supper being followed by a vote of thanks, speeches, songs and games.  The greater portion of the party adjourned later to the Parish Church to join in the Midnight Service.


On Tuesday 15th ult., the Board School was the centre of attraction.  A party numbering about 100 partook of the Rector’s hospitality at what is regarded as the Annual Church Supper, though last year it never came off, owing to the unfortunate illness of the Rector.  The supper having been done justice to, the room was re-arranged for the Concert that followed upon an address from the Rector.  By the kind help of friends in the neighbourhood, as well as in the Parish, a programme had been drawn up, consisting of  instrumental music – piano, violin and banjo – and songs, the comic songs of Messrs Walter Speight and W T Burne being received with vociferous applause and irresistible demands for an encore.


Votes of thanks to the Rector and others who had in any way assisted in connection with the Supper or the Concert were very heartily passed.


The Thursday following (17th ult) was observed as the S Andrew’s Sunday School Festival, the proceedings being commenced by a short service in the Parish Church, at which the Rev W G Cruft (Assistant Curate of the Parish Church, Mansfield, and son of the later Choirmaster of the Notts Church Choral Union) preached a very appropriate sermon, taking as his text the words ‘Giving thanks always for all things unto God’ (Ephes v 20).  After Service, Tea was provided in the Parish Room for the children and their parents, very few of whom failed to avail themselves of the invitation they had received.  Before the children left the tea table, the prizes were handed by Mrs Cator (of Ollerton) to those who were fortunate enough to have deserved them, several having, as has been the case generally, obtained prizes for having never missed when the Sunday School was open during the past half year, others having also gained full class marks.  Mr Speight was most active afterwards with others in helping to amuse the children, who at length were dismissed to their homes, each one receiving a bun, an Evening Hymn and the National Anthem having been sung.


Foreign Missions – Sermons were preached morning and evening by the Rector on the 3rd Sunday in Advent on behalf of the Society for the Propagation of the Gospel in Foreign Parts, the collections amounting to £1 5s 9d.


On the Wednesday following (December 19th) a Meeting was held in the Board School at which the Rev W H Thompson (Missionary from China) gave a most interesting Lecture, illustrating his experiences of his work there and the manners and customs of the people and their mode of travelling, by lantern views.  The room was crowded, the audience evidently appreciating the opportunity thus afforded them of gaining authentic information concerning a country that is brought so prominently before us in connection with the War in the East between the people of that country and the Japanese.  The collection after the Lecture amounted to 16/3.


The total amount collected for SPG in this Parish during the year 1894 - £3 17s 6d – has been sent to the head office in London.  Included in this amount, besides the collections mentioned above are:-


                                                            £   s   d

The Rector’s Subscription                     1   1   0

Mr Marshall’s Subscription                   0  10  6                       

Mr W J Whitworth’s Box                     0   4   0


Miscellaneous Items – The Rector has sent £2 1s to Mr Nye Financial Secretary of the Church Defence Institute, £1 being collected in the Parish and the Rector’s subscription £1 1s being included in that amount.


The Master of the Board School (Mr Speight) has lately received a special certificate as Teacher of Drawing, under the new regulations, from the Science and Art Department, London, the School having received the mark ‘Good’ in two successive years.


The Rector wishes to remind the parishioners and those who attend the Parish Church that the time for the holding of the Mission, which has already been announced, is close at hand, Saturday the 9th instant being the day fixed for the Missioner, Rev F Boag, Vicar of St Albans, Nottingham, to arrive.


Readers of the Magazine are asked for their prayers for God’s blessing on the work to be carried on during the Mission Week.

Our Work and Words for Eakring March 1895


The Mission – The Mission, of which notice had been given long before, and for which reparation had been going on for a considerable time, is now a thing of the past, though we have good hope that’s its effects will have far reaching issues in the lives and characters of those who attended the frequent Services which were held in the Parish Church during the period that the Mission lasted viz., from the evening of Saturday 9th ult till Monday 18th ult., when it was concluded by a Service in the evening of a festal character.  It is very pleasing to notice how the attendance at the Mission Service each evening grew (a large portion of the congregation consisting of men) as the Evangelical character of the addresses of the Missioner, his eloquence and earnestness  became more widely known in the village.  Whatever may be the immediate results of the mission, we feel well assured that our Missioner, the Rev F Boag, Vicar of St Albans, Nottingham, may rest satisfied that his work amongst us has been appreciated and that the stirring and eloquent words with which he set forth the great Truths which it is the office of the Church to hold fast and to teach, will have found a response in the hearts of many, and will, in due season, bring forth fruit abundantly.


Miscellaneous Items – Tuesday Jan 22nd an Entertainment took place in the Rector’s Parish Room at which Herr Valde (of Hockerton) exhibited a succession of clever feats of conjuring and slight of hand before a crowded audience, who in various ways gave sufficient evidence of their astonishment and admiration of the cleverness of the conjurer, who, on his part, was well satisfied with the pecuniary result of his visit.


On Friday 8th ult the Parish Council met for the second time, the chairman and all the members being present.  Several matters of local interest were discussed and Monday March 25th was decided on as the date for the Annual Parish Meeting.


Wednesday 13th ult The Drawing Inspector paid our Board School a visit, and examined the Pupil Teacher and the boys in drawing – with what result remains to be seen, the Report having not yet been received.


We are sorry to have to record the death of Mr Close since his visit to us for the Drawing Examination of last year.


Eakring Clothing Club Balance Sheet for the Year 1894

Dr                                            £   s   d                                     Cr                                £   s   d

To Balance of 1893                  0   0   5                                    By Bainbridge & Co

Hon. Subscribers:                                                                     Bill for goods sold

Earl Manvers                            2   10   0                                  to members, paid

Lord Savile                               2   2   0                                    Dec 19th 1894              25  16  11

The Rector                               1   1   0

Post Office Savings

Bank Interest 1893                   0   5   1

Members’ contributions            20   0  3                                   Balance                        0   1   10

                                                £25 18 9                                                                      £25  18  9




Private Baptism

Jan 26 – Walter, son of Matthew and Mary Jane Dobb



Jan 30 – Walter Dobb, aged 7 days

Our Work and Words for Eakring April 1895


Benefaction to the Parish Church – Through the kindness and generosity of Miss Caparn in voluntarily carrying out what she knew to have been the intention of Miss Hurt, had she lived, the Church of Eakring has received a Benefaction of £100, which, with Miss Caparn’s entire approval, has been appropriated to the cost of a new heating apparatus, on the high pressure system, supplied and fixed in the Parish Church by Messrs Jerram, Furner and Co of Derby, with the aid of Mr David Rickett of Kirklington, who has built the vault required for the furnace.  We are glad to be able to add that, now that the apparatus has had a fair trial, it works very satisfactorily and warms the Church much more evenly than the former systems which it has supplanted.


We feel that a debt of deep gratitude is due to Miss Caparn for conferring such a benefit, which is calculated to add so much to the comfort of worshippers in our Parish Church, not only at the present time, but for many years to come.


The Board School – HM Inspector, Mr Sewell, being unable to come himself, Mr Webster, the Assistant Inspector, conducted the Annual Examination of our Board School Children on Friday the 8th ult., the result of which we have not yet heard.  The attendance was good that day and a favourable report is anticipated.


We are sorry to have to announce a less favourable Report of the Drawing Examination last February than the two preceding years, only ‘Fair’ being allowed instead of ‘Good’ and the Pupil Teacher , unfortunately, was not successful.


The Welsh Church Disestablishment Bill – The Government have not lost much time in reintroducing this measure, which in its character and in its provisions, is unmistakably unjust and injurious to the Church’s best interests.  The Church’s best friends in England and Wales are bestirring themselves to defeat the efforts of those who would spoil and rob her, and weaken her efforts for the progress of true religion, not only in the Principality of Wales, but in England as well.  We are glad to know that the village of Eakring has not been behindhand in manifesting its disapproval of such a measure, a Petition from this Parish against it, with 112 signatures, having been presented to the House of Commons by our Member, Sir Frederick Milner, on the 12th ult.


Confirmation at Bilsthorpe – At a Confirmation in Bilsthorpe Church, held by the Bishop of Southwell, four male and three female candidates from this Parish were amongst those confirmed.  The Rector acted on the occasion as the Bishop’s Chaplain.





Feb 28 – William Henry, son of John and Mary Ann Hurt

Mar 10 – Ann, daughter of Frederick and Sally Hurt

Mar 10 – John Henry, son of John and Charlotte Rowland

Mar 10 – Albert, son of Henry and Ann Randall



Mar 18 – Mary Osborn, aged 16 years


NB The Rector will be glad if his Parishioners and Friends will remember in their prayers his nephew, Arthur Cator, on his voyage to South Africa, starting from Southampton Saturday 30th ult.

Our Work and Words for Eakring May 1895


Lent, Holy Week and Easter – The Mission having so lately been held in the Parish, the Rector did not arrange for any special Preachers during Lent, but undertook the usual week day Sermons himself, as also the special Services during Holy Week and on Easter Day.  The attendance on the evening of Ash Wednesday was better than usual, but on the other week days in Lent, it was far from encouraging; it seems, indeed, that a number of Church people have still much to learn before they will value, as they ought, the opportunities afforded them in the efficient carrying out of the Prayer Book’s teaching and rules of attendance at the Public Services of the Church on Holy Days and during the Holy Seasons, instead of being content with a mere ‘Sabbath’ or a one day a week religion.


The Church was neatly decorated for Easter Day, on which day the Services were bright and very fairly attended, the number of Communicants, including both Celebrations, amounting to 57, of whom 36 communicated at the 8 o’clock celebration.


All of those from this Parish lately confirmed at Bilsthorpe received the Holy Communion for the first time on Easter Day.


The Easter Services were continued on Low Sunday, the 1st Sunday after Easter, when the Church looked bright with the fresh flowers added to replace the withered ones.


The Collections on Easter Day, for Church Expenses, amounted to the sum of £2.


Confirmation at Lowdham – In addition to those from this Parish who were lately confirmed at Bilsthorpe, two more from this Parish, one male and one female, were confirmed by the Bishop of Southwell in Lowdham Parish church, on Monday in Holy Week, 8th ult.


Children’s Entertainment in the Board School – On Easter Tuesday 16th ult. the usual Children’s Entertainment took place in the Board School, consisting of various songs and recitations in which they acquitted themselves very well, much to the credit of those who trained them, the action songs of the Infants, in which they had been carefully trained by Mrs Speight, evidently affording them as much pleasure as the audience.  Miss Jessie Walker, the Pupil Teacher, sang very sweetly two songs viz ‘Scenes that are brightest’ and ‘Home, Sweet Home’.  The last part of the programme however drew forth from the audience the greatest applause, and evidently suited their taste best.  This consisted of a recitation by seven girls (in character) entitled ‘Mind your own business’ in which both girls and boys took part; and as a finale, ‘A Stump Speech’ (in character) by Mr Herbert Speight, which evoked a clamorous applause, which naturally necessitated an encore.


In the interval between the two parts the Prizes were distributed by the Chairman of the Board School (the Rector) to the fortunate winners, too many in number to be named individually, though the following must not be omitted viz John William Walker, who has achieved a record in the way of attendance very difficult to be surpassed in any School, having never once missed for a succession of eight years! As a well earned reward, he received a cricket bat.  Beatrice Ellis received this time the first prize in proficiency for needlework, viz a workbox given by the Rector; and Ethel Palin, the second prize, a silver thimble, given by Mrs Speight.  The half time prize, a book, being given by the Vice Chairman (Mr Marshall) to William White.


The Entertainment which concluded with the singing of the National Anthem, and a collection amounting to 17s on behalf of ‘The Church Schoolmasters and Schoolmistresses Benevolent Society’ passed off most satisfactorily, the only drawback (and it was a most serious one) was the inability of Mr Speight, through an illness which confined him to his bed, to be present and conduct the entertainment himself.  The regret which he felt at his enforced absence being very feelingly expressed in a letter from him which the Chairman read to the crowded audience.  Great credit is due both to Mrs Speight, and his son, Herbert, for the way in which everything was carried out, and the excellent behaviour of the children, some of whom were little more than babies.


Various Meetings in the Parish – The annual Parish Meeting took place in the Board School on Monday March 25th in the evening, the Chair being occupied by the Rector.  Very little interest in the meeting seemed to have been aroused in the Parish, hardly any being present besides Parish Councillors and there was not much business to transact.


The annual Meeting of the Parish Council took place on Monday 15th ult. all the councillors being present.  The Rector was re-elected Chairman, and Mr Thomas Cooper, Vice Chairman for the ensuing year, and Mr Walter Burne was elected Clerk of the Council.  Mr Wilfrid J Whitworth having kindly acted in that capacity hitherto.  Mr Thomas Burne and Mr Mettam were chosen for the Office of Overseers; and Mr Thomas Burne was appointed Surveyor of Highways.


On Monday 22nd ult Sir Frederick Milner, our representative in Parliament, paid a visit to Eakring and gave an excellent address at a meeting held in the Board School, presided over by the Rector. Notwithstanding the heavy rain which fell in the evening there was a good audience, who gave great attention to Sir Frederick’s speech, as well as that of the Rector and Mr Moss, the Editor of the Retford and Gainsborough Times.  Votes of thanks were passed to Sir Frederick and the Chairman.  We feel sure that Sir Frederick’s visit and earnest words will be an encouragement to his supporters in this village, and will be an assurance to them that there are some at least in Parliament who act from patriotic and conscientious motives.





April 4 – Alfred, son of Thomas and Elizabeth Hayes, of Inkersall Farm (private)

April 11 – Adeline Eliza, daughter of Joseph and Mary Elizabeth Broome (private)



April 16 – Richard Osborne, aged 76 years

Our Work and Words for Eakring June 1895


Vestry Meetings – At a Vestry Meeting held on Wednesday April 24th, Mr Thomas Burne was re-elected Churchwarden for the parish, and the Rector again nominated Mr Thomas Cooper Churchwarden for the ensuing year, and they were both duly admitted to the said office on the occasion of the Archdeacon’s visitation at Southwell on the 13th ult.  At a subsequent meeting held on Saturday 11th ult the church accounts and the Constables Accounts were audited and passed.  Unfortunately there is a balance on the wrong side of £9 4s 6½d in the former accounts at the end of the financial year, as will be seen in a summary of them, which appears in this number of the magazine.


Church Defence Meeting – A Social Gathering of Churchmen and Churchwomen was held at the Rectory on Tuesday the 7th ult. when the Rural Dean, Canon Trebeck, explained the organisation which is being carried out in the different Dioceses throughout the country, in connection with the Central Committee appointed by the Archbishops, to enlist the sympathies and help of all classes of the community in every Parish in defence of the Church and her  privileges and endowments, handed down from generation to generation.  He showed, moreover, how each individual could help in the work by correcting in course of conversation with friends and neighbours, erroneous notions about the Church and her work and endowments.


Mr Salt, the Secretary of the Southwell Committee, made some remarks on the subject also of a practical character and a vote of thanks to Canon Trebeck was passed on the proposition of Mr Marshall, seconded by Mr George Greenfield.  Before the meeting separated an Executive Committee was chosen to spread information on the subject and to be in touch with the Diocesan and Central Committees, Mr Marshall (of Leyfields) having consented to act as Honorary Secretary.   The numbers present at the meeting and the interest manifested are we feel, a pretty safe guarantee that the practical suggestions of the speakers will not have been listened to in vain.





May 12 – Naomi, daughter of George and Eliza Kirk

May 12 – Lilian, daughter of William and Mathilda Rayworth

May 12 – John Henry, son of Henry and Susan Bingham

May 19 – Mabel, daughter of Sam and Emily Osborne



May 16 – George Henry Redmile and Ada Annie Broome

Our Work and Words for Eakring July 1895


Provident Club Anniversary – Our Readers will be glad to hear of the continued prosperity of our Eakring Provident Club and the Junior Branch of it, the members of the latter numbering 40 and of the Senior Branch 156.  The Anniversary this year was kept on Tuesday in Whitsunweek 4th ult., when, favoured by the weather and a goodly number of visitors in addition to the members present, the programme for the day was very successfully carried out.  The Church was well filled, as usual, the Sermon being preached by the Rev H K Warrand, who took for his text Genesis xli 38 and conducted the service in the unavoidable absence of the Rector on account of family bereavement.  The Members of the Club are again indebted to Mr Palmer for his kindness in allowing the use of his field for the Sports which were carried out with more alacrity and zeal than ever before.


Funeral of the Rector’s Nephew – The day after the Provident Club Anniversary, a service took place in the Parish Church, in strange contrast to the jubilant festivities of the previous day, the remains of the late Bertie John Lumley Cator, Nephew of the Rector, and only son of Mrs John Cator of Ackworth, being laid to rest in the churchyard, the beautiful service of our Beloved Church being conducted by the Rector, with assistance of the Organist and several members of the Choir, men and boys; a goodly number of the Parishioners also showing their respect by their attendance.


Postal Arrangements – In response to a letter informing the Postmaster-General of a Resolution passed at the Annual Meeting of our Parish meeting, the Rector has received the following communication:


General Post Office, London 13th June 1895


Sir, With reference to your letter of the 28th of March last, I beg leave to inform you that arrangements have now been sanctioned for establishing a Post Office at Eakring, and making the despatch from that place more than two hours later than at present.

The circumstances do not admit of Money Order and Savings Bank business being transacted at the new office, but Postal Orders will be sold.

I am, Sir,

Your obedient Servant,

Edward Yeld





June 17th – Thomas Taylor Chapman and Elizabeth Osborne



June 5th – Bertie John Lumley Cator, aged 33 years

Our Work and Words for Eakring August 1895


Diocesan inspector of Board School  - The following is a summary of the Diocesan Inspector’s Examination in Religious Subjects of the children attending the Board School at Eakring, which took place on Wednesday June 26th.


‘Number of children examined, 74. Repetition of Scripture (2nd and 3rd Divisions), very good; Singing, fair.  All the other subjects in the three Divisions, good.  Remarks: The Examination of this School has been very satisfactory.  The children are distinctly improved in general readiness and intelligence.  The discipline is good.  The appearance of the children on the day of the inspection was bright and creditable.  Slate work examined in School, together with the written paper work of the higher divisions, was neat and accurate.’


Blidworth, June 29th AD 1895, Hon. Dio. Inspector


Our readers will, we doubt not, agree with us in thinking that the above Report does credit to the teachers as well as the children of our School, especially when we consider the changes made in the staff of Teachers during the last School year, and the prolonged very serious illness of the School Master, Mr Speight who, we are glad to say, is sufficiently recovered to resume a considerable portion of his School duties, and we sincerely trust will very shortly be restored to his usual health and strength.  It has been most fortunate for all concerned with the School that during his most serious illness, Mr Speight was able to provide so efficient a substitute as his son Herbert, and latterly another son Walter has been rendering such assistance as to prevent his father being over-taxed on his first return to work.


Flower Service – The postponement of the Flower Service from the second to the third Sunday in last month proved rather unfortunate, as the weather by that time had become unsettled, frequent thundershowers having dashed the roses and other flowers, and the children not having the same opportunities as usual of gathering wild flowers.  However, in spite of thunder and rain, we had a very bright service on the afternoon of Sunday the 21st ult., when a very practical and instructive address was given by the Rev F B Manvers, Vicar of Kirklington, who chose as a text 2 Samuel I 23 ‘Lovely and pleasant in their lives’.  The children’s happy looking faces as they presented their offerings of Flowers at the Altar Rails, betokened the pleasure it gave to them to have a share in efforts to afford happiness to others less favoured than themselves knowing, as they did from what they had been taught, that the flowers would afterwards be given to the Inmates of the Workhouse at Southwell; and the collections during the day (which amounted to £2 7s) to the Newark Hospital.





June 30 – May, daughter of James and Esther Annie Lacey

July 14 – Ruth, daughter of James and Ann Moody

July 14 – Ernest, son of Samuel and Elizabeth Dolby

July 14 – Florence Lilian, daughter of Frank and Elizabeth Freeker

Our Work and Words for Eakring September 1895


Sunday School Festival  - The usual Summer Festival of the Parish Church Sunday School was held on Wednesday Aug 7th under favourable auspices, the weather being bright and sunny.  At the Service in Church at 3 o’clock, a very appropriate address was given by the Rev G H Fooks.  Afterwards tea was provided in the Rectory Garden for the children and the Rector’s friends, before the children left the table, prizes being handed to the fortunate winners by Miss Cator.  The Rector took the opportunity of commenting on the progress of the School during the past half year and exhorted the children by regular attendance and general good conduct to keep up the present high standard.  The Rector proposed a vote of thanks to Mr Whitworth for his untiring energy in having been so efficient a Superintendent, which was received with hearty cheers.  A vote of thanks was passed with acclamation to Mrs Davies and all the helpers’ and Mr Fooks proposed a vote of thanks to the Rector, and spoke in the highest terms of the general work of the School, and asked the children to continue to show their appreciation of the Rector’s great kindness in providing them with so enjoyable a treat, and such handsome prizes, by regular attendance and good conduct in the future.  Hearty cheers were then given and the whole party adjourned to the field kindly lent by Mr Burne for the occasion, where cricket, races and games of various kinds were indulged in until dusk, when a tug-of-war took place, after which each child received a bun and returned home, having spent a delightful afternoon.


Board School – Her Majesty’s Inspector, the Rev C Sewell, paid a Surprise Visit on Friday 9th Aug to our School and found all going on satisfactorily in the Master’s absence, his son Walter, Certified Master from Lees, taking his place most efficiently.  There were 74 children present; and it is hoped that a favourable report will be received.  The Chairman of the Board was present during the Inspection, and the Master came in for a short time, of whom we are glad to be able to report that his health is improving and we trust that he will be able after the Harvest Holidays, to resume his duties.  The School will re-open (DV) on Sept 16th.


Harvest Commencement Service – This Service, which for several years past it has been our custom to hold at the beginning of the Harvest to ask God’s blessing on the work and for seasonable weather that the crops may be safely gathered in, took place in the Parish Church at 5.30 on Monday Aug 12th.  It was very gratifying to see such a large congregation, all of whom seemed to join heartily in the bright Service that was held.  A short address was given by the Rev G H Fooks on the subject ‘Labourers together with God’ taking for his text 1 Corinthians iii 9.





July 30 – William Snodin and Emily Robinson


Our Work and Words for Eakring October 1895


Band of Hope Fete – The day fixed for our Band of Hope Fete this year viz Monday August 26th found the greater part of our people fully engaged in harvest operations, consequently many were prevented from joining in it, but notwithstanding a goodly number mustered together and 38 members from our Eakring Band of Hope, accompanied by their friends, found their way to the place of meeting, Thoresby Park, kindly thrown open for the occasion by Earl Manvers. The Rector’s wagonette, Mr White’s cart and horse and Mr George Walker’s van being requisitioned for the conveyance of the party.  The weather proved very propitious.  Contingents having arrived from the following parishes viz Edwinstowe, Rufford, Kirklington, Mansfield and Eakring, the procession, headed by the Southwell Brass band, wended its way to Perlethorpe Church, the banners and flags of the various Bands of Hope standing out gaily in contrast with the green foliage of the trees under which they marched along.


Arrived at the Church, a bright Service was held, and a very appropriate address was given by F B Manners, Vicar of Kirklington.


After the Service which concluded about 3.15 the children and their friends assembled to partake of the tea which was provided under the magnificent trees in front of the noble Earl’s mansion.  The reminder of the evening was spent in amusements of various kinds.


Dedication Service St Cuthbert’s College – It must have become pretty generally known in the neighbourhood that a large building is being erected on Sparken Hill, about a mile outside Worksop; but probably a good many, even of those who have seen it in passing, have not had very clear ideas of the purpose for which it is intended, or of how much interest and value it may prove to them now or hereafter.  In these days a great deal has been done, and is being done for the education of labouring and working men’s children, but until quite lately there has not been the same amount of interest shown in endeavouring to provide suitable facilities for the education of the children of employers of labour, tradesmen, farmers, poor Clergymen and others of a similar position who cannot afford to send their children to Eton, Harrow, Winchester or other public Schools.  The building, which has been for the last five years in course of erection on Sparken Hill, S Cuthbert’s College, is intended to help to supply such a want in the South of Yorkshire; in Nottinghamshire and contiguous counties.  The temporary Chapel was dedicated by the Lord Bishop of the Diocese on Wednesday September 4th and the school has now been opened, accommodation being provided in the portion of the College already erected for 150 scholars.  Prospectus and particulars can be obtained on application to The Secretary, S. Cuthbert’s College, Worksop.


Opening of Post Office at Eakring – On Friday 13th ult the Postmaster from Newark came over to Eakring and formally opened a Post Office in our village close to the Rectory, and installed Mrs Coupe in her new capacity as Postmistress.  Business commenced next day; Stamps, Postal Orders and Registered Envelopes can now be obtained from there.  The letters are despatched from the office daily (except Sundays) at 4.45pm.


Our Work and Words for Eakring November 1895


Board School  - Our Board School re-opened after the Harvest Holidays on Monday September 23rd with a good attendance, which we are glad to report, has kept up hitherto; the average attendance at present being 80.  Such an attendance, if continued as we hope it will be, will be a great encouragement to the teachers to devote themselves with renewed energy and zeal to the teaching and training of the children committed to their care.  It will, we feel sure, be a source of satisfaction to all who are interested in the School to know that Mr Speight, The Master, has been restored to health and is now engaged, as before, in the work of the School.  We have much pleasure also in announcing the success of his son Herbert who has lately entered Bede College, Durham.  In an examination in Scripture there soon after his admission he came out first, being first in New Testament out of 37 first year Students; and bracketed with another Student as first in the Old Testament.


Harvest Festival – As regards weather, we have been particularly favoured in this neighbourhood this year so far, for though we have had a great deal of dry weather, yet, when needed, rain came in time for the seeds and many, if not all, of the root crops; and the hay seeds and corn have been gathered in in good order.  The unusually prolonged real summer weather not only gave time for the gathering in of some barley late in ripening, but also served to provide an ample supply of flowers for the decoration of our Parish Church for the Harvest Festival, which took place on Tuesday October 1st, and was observed with the usual services. At Evensong there was, as is generally the case, a very numerous congregation.  The Sermon was preached by the Rev W E Buckland, Vicar of Woodborough, who, taking for his text Genesis xxxvii 7, worked out in a rather original way its application to the harvest and the lessons to be derived from it.  The musical part of the service went well, including the Anthem ‘How great is His Goodness’ (Edwyn A Clare)


The Harvest festival was, as usual, continued on the Sunday following, when the Rector was the preacher both at the morning and evening services.  The collections on both days amounting together to £3 19s 5d have been devoted towards defraying the deficit on account of Church expenses for the year ending last Easter, amounting to £9 4s 6½d.  We must not omit to mention the credit which is due to those to whom we were indebted this year for the decorating of the church.  Though deprived of the help of more than one who usually take part in that work, the rest of the worker exerted themselves with redoubled zeal, and succeeded in making the Church look very nice, the decorations being carried out with much taste and care.  We should like also to record our indebtedness to Lord Savile and his head gardener for a number of beautiful flowers, which were a great help in the decorating of the Church.





Oct 13 John, son of Thomas and Ellen Walker

Our Work and Words for Eakring December 1895


The Marriage of Mr Wilfrid J Whitworth – The marriage of Mr Wilfrid Whitworth, which took place at St Nicholas’ Church, Nottingham, on Thursday the 14th ult. has created quite a stir in our quiet little village, the greatest interest being taken in the event; and no wonder, for during the nine years that he has been assisting the Rector in his work in the Parish he has endeared  himself to all by his utter unselfishness and readiness to help anyone and everyone of whatever position in life in the village.  The festivities which took place on the day of the wedding brought out into prominence on the one hand his well earned popularity in the village and on the other hand the very striking feature in his character already alluded to namely his readiness to spend on others rather than himself, for the money expended in the entertainments provided for his friends and associates in work in the Parish and the children of the Church Sunday School, might have been, and would by many have been spent in an enjoyable holiday or some other manner of amusement or recreation, of which there are so many in the present day.  Notwithstanding the absence of our Host on that day which was a source of regret to his guests, the entertainments (both held in the Board School) passed of with great éclat. The tea provided for the Church Sunday School children took place at four o’clock.  Mrs Cator, the Misses Cator and a few other friends and some of the older Parishioners having been invited, and addresses given by the Rector and Mr Speight, explaining to the children the occasion of the entertainment.


When the hour arrived for the supper, which took place at 7.30, one might have fancied the time for our annual Church supper had already arrived, the room being so well furnished with guests, who numbered in all not far short of one hundred.  Justice having been done to the good things provided which were rendered all the more enjoyable by the way in which they were served, and the excellence of the cooking, a few speeches followed, in which, as might have been expected, all kinds of good wishes for the happiness of the Bride and Bridegroom were expressed, as well as thanks and a hearty appreciation of the liberality and generosity of the absent Host in providing such an enjoyable entertainment.  A vote of thanks also was accorded to the Rector’s Housekeeper and all who had in any way helped in preparing for the entertainments of the day.  The speakers were the Rector and Messrs Marshall, Burne, Cooper and Speight.  We ought not to omit mention of the songs which were evidently much appreciated by the audience, who were indebted to the following, with Miss Wykes’ kind assistance as accompanyist for this part of the evening’s entertainment – viz Miss Girkin, Miss Burne, Mr Herbert Burne, and three of the choir boys, William White, Charles Ellis and Cecil Speight.  At length all was brought to a close by the singing of the National Anthem and finally all joined heartily in an expression of goodwill and thanks to the absent Host by singing ‘For He’s a Jolly Good Fellow &c’.  On the day following the Bride and Bridegroom were enthusiastically received, the horses being taken out of the carriage in which they arrived and they were drawn by willing hands to their house in the village.





Nov 10 - John George, son of Thomas Godfrey and Hanna Robinson