[January AD 1883]


Eakring Parish Magazine



‘The Church of the living God, the pillar and ground of the truth’ I. TIM iii 15


Parish Church of S. Andrew


HOLY COMMUNION – Every Sunday and Saint’s Day, at 8 am; but on the first Sunday of each month after the Morning Service. 


BAPTISMS – Sunday afternoons, on notice being given.


MATINS – Sundays 11am ; Weekdays 10 am


EVENSONG – Sundays 6.30 pm ; Weekdays 7 pm


CHILDREN’S SERVICES – 1st, 2nd and 4th Sundays of each month at 3 pm


CHURCHINGS – Before any service.


In the Parish Room:


MISSIONARY MEETINGS – 3rd Sunday in each month at 3 pm

SUNDAY SCHOOL – 9.45 am and 2 pm

CLOTHING CLUB – 12 to 1 every other Monday morning

LENDING LIBRARY – 12 to 1 every other Monday morning


BIBLE CLASS – 2pm on Sundays in the Vestry


TEMPERANCE MEETINGS – The last Tuesday in each month, in the Board School.


VISITATION OF THE SICK – On information being given to the Rector.





John Hurt, Thomas Burne – Churchwardens



Magazine printed by John Whittingham, Printer, Southwell

Our Words and Work for Eakring January 1883


The year of grace 1883 sees the first number of a Parish Magazine for the village of Eakring.  Such a thing, we may safely say, has never been seen here before.  ‘What is the good of it?’ is an Englishman’s first question. We answer it will afford your Pastor a ready means of communication with his people; it will be a record of ‘something attempted, something done’ and it will afford wholesome Christian reading for young and old. Although it is late in appearing, this is the new year’s number, and something must be said of what progress the Church in Eakring has made during the past year. Speaking generally, that progress has been very satisfactory.  The one great service of the Christian Church – in fact the only one which our Saviour himself commanded – is the Holy Communion.  How have we obeyed his command of ‘Do this in remembrance of me?’ Comparing the number of communicants in 1881 with those of the past year, we find an increase of 223, the total number being 603.  On Christmas Day 17 communicated at the early celebration, and there were in all 37 communicants on that Holy Day, which was a much larger number than in previous years.  This is encouraging, but the year’s total ought to be much larger, and we hope it will be so now that the number of celebrations has increased.  Many have yet to learn that to be true Christians we must be regular communicants.  The ordinary services of the church have been well attended, the average Sunday attendance being 105, or 20 more than during 1881. The offertories also have been better, and we hope they will continue to improve, as there is still a heavy debt on the Church.  The total amount of the offertories during the past year was £38 5s 9¼d which is an increase of nearly £8.  We can therefore thank God and take courage, hoping and praying for the day when the Church shall be free from debt and all Eakring shall acknowledge ‘one Lord and one faith’.  Your Pastor is not without valued fellow workers amongst his flock, but any thanks of his might obscure the truth that work done for ‘Jesus only’ is always plentifully rewarded.  The Christmas decorations, though not profuse were very effective; and although it is pleasing to the decorators when their work is generally admired, we ought not to forget that the great object of church decoration is to please Almighty God and set forth his glory.



All who love sobriety and hate drunkenness will rejoice that the Church of England Temperance Society has been extended to Eakring.  A regular branch is to be established this month, and we trust that all who really have the cause and not any particular organisation at heart, will unite in becoming members of the branch, even if they wish to give the Blue Ribbon movement their support also.

Our Words and Work for Eakring February 1883


Lent   This holy season has once more come round, and although it is very early this year, it can never come too soon for those who knowledge of self makes them yearn for true Repentance, nor for those who have not yet realised that they are ‘miserable sinners’. During these forty days the pattern before us is our sympathising Saviour, who deigned for us to be tempted of Satan, to teach us we must all be tempted by the evil one, but also how we may resist him with the sword of the Spirit.  Let our faith be in Jesus as a living person, let us love Him who has already shown His love for us, and then our religion will show what we can do for love of Him.  Only such love will cause us to value the frequent services and additional devotions which we shall have at church.  It alone will urge us to make sacrifices, if need be, in order to attend those services. But if the love of Jesus is cold in the hearts of Eakring Christians, their religion will remain that of words instead of deeds, the religion of excitement it may be, but not of the ‘quietness and confidence’ which the Bible tells us shall be our strength.  There will be Special Services with Addresses on Friday evenings at 7.30 during Lent.


Confirmation – The Confirmation for Eakring this year will be at Southwell on March 4th; this being a Sunday, the times of our services will have to be altered and the Morning Service will commence at 10.30 with the Litany followed by Holy Communion.  Matins will be said early at 8 o’clock, and it is hoped that those who have accustomed themselves to begin the Sunday with Divine Worship will make an effort to attend.  The candidates and friends will start from the Rectory at 1pm, the service at Southwell being at 3pm.  The Rev R Whitworth, Vicar of Blidworth, will give an address on Confirmation on the Friday evening previous (March 2nd), which it would be well that those who have been, as well as those who are to be, confirmed, should hear.


Church Supper – This was given on January 23rd; fifty were present, and a musical entertainment followed.  Mrs Chell, Miss Clarke, the Rev G Chell, FH Cator Esq, Messrs Adkin, Clarke, Edlington and the Church Choir giving their assistance.  In reply to a vote of thanks, the Rector urged the necessity of unity amongst all true Church-people.


The Sunday School Festival was on the following Thursday, the Feast of the Conversion of S Paul.  After Service at the Church the children and their friends had tea at the Board School, and two hours of riotous amusement followed.


Temperance – The Board School was filled at our meeting on January 26th, and the Eakring Branch of the Church of England Temperance Society was formally established.  Messrs J Paling, J Clarke, and J Edlington were elected as a Committee of Management and Mr Goatley as Secretary, until a permanent one is appointed.  Mr F H Cator gave testimony to the beneficial results of total abstinence on Lord Ducie’s Example Farm in Gloucestershire.  Mr Boyd also gave one of his interesting addresses.  The Church Choir rendered efficient assistance.  After the meeting the Committee decided to hold a meeting in the last Tuesday of each month in the Board School, and the Board have kindly granted the use of the room.  We have heard of two or three who have broken their pledge, but such persons either never knew their own minds, or do not know what an Englishman’s word of honour is.


The Registers

Baptisms – January 14th, Robert, son of Henry and Ellen Parsons (Rufford).  January 28th, Lewis Hine, son of Job and Mary Godfrey; William Henry, son of ditto, publicly received into the church.


Marriages – January 25th, Samuel Bird (of Halam) to Mary Broome.  Jan 29th William Hurt to Lucy Mary Broome.  Jan 30th John Eyre (of Littlewood, Shirebrook) to Charlotte Elizabeth Bell.


Burial – January 6th, Elizabeth, daughter of Thomas and Alice Farrow, aged 14 days.

Our Words and Work for Eakring March 1883


Holy Week  - An address will be given every night at 7.30 Evensong. On Maundy Thursday, Celebration at 8am; Matins at 11.


Good Friday – this day which commemorates the saddest event in the world’s history, is drawing near.  As the days pass by let us have our suffering Saviour more and more in our thoughts, and never forget that our sins caused his anguish.  Then on the Friday which men call ‘Good’ because for our good Jesus died, our hearts will be full of penitence for the sins which caused him more pain that the piercing nails and the soldier’s spear.  Sad indifference may still be shown by many in Eakring who ‘pass by’, but let us be amongst the faithful ones who, when the day is over, shall have ‘stood by the Cross of Jesus’ and found him the refuge for their souls.

Morning Service will be at 11.  The Story of the Cross from 2 to 3, Evensong at 7.30.

Remember darkness was over the earth from 12 to 3, and try to attend the 2 o’clock service, when the hour of Jesus’ death will be spent in meditation and prayer.


Easter Day – The very words sound joyful – Christ is risen!  We are risen! Will be our waking thoughts on this happy morn. Shall we not go to meet him?  Yes, at the place He Himself has appointed. ‘I will go unto the altar of God, even the God of my joy and gladness’. ‘This do in remembrance of me’. The Prayer Book says ‘Easter shall be one’ of the times for every communicant to draw near. Let us accept the loving invitation, either at the quiet early celebration, which will show our earnestness, or at the choral celebration, which will set forth our joy.  Morning Service in Easter Day will be at 10.30.


Easter Decorations – As Easter is so early this year we shall not have many flowers for church decoration, and therefore the Rector will be glad of any contributions in the shape of flowers or moss that may be sent to the church on the Saturday before Easter Day.


Confirmation – It has been a difficult task for those to prepare for confirmation who had not learnt their catechism at school.  All parents are not aware that it is only at Sunday School that the Church Catechism is now taught.  Let them remember that they are responsible for the welfare of their children’s souls as well as for the instruction of their minds.


Night School – The Night School will be discontinued after March 15th.  It was well attended at first, but as two-thirds of the lads gave in their names for confirmation they were not able to attend both classes.  We hope to have a tea for the most regular attendants, but it must be after Lent – in Easter week perhaps.


Temperance – The usual monthly meeting was held on Tuesday evening February 27th.  In introducing the deputation from Nottingham, the Rector referred to the amusing fear which some profess to have that joining the Church of England Temperance Society means becoming a churchman.  In reality every person is welcomed who advocates Temperance on the grounds of Christianity, but the Society does not treat it as though it were a gospel of itself.  Mr R Phillips, the deputation, then gave an earnest address, and appealed to parents to set a good example to their children and allow them to join the Band of Hope.  Mr Goatley also spoke, but complained of the intemperate language which some people use in speaking of temperate people and the frivolous stories they tell.  Temperance work is a serious contest with a deadly evil, and not an amusement for those who have become abstainers.  Some were desirous of shifting the blame from the drunkard to the drink, but alcohol has its use and was a creature of God.  Would S. Paul have advised Timothy to use a creature of the devil?  Nevertheless, Total Abstinence was the surest way to grapple with the evil of excessive drinking.


The Registers – There are no baptisms, marriages or burials to record this month.  We are always glad to record baptisms and general marriages, but not during Lent, when they are contrary to the church’s rule.

Our Words and Work for Eakring April 1883


An Episcopal Visit – The Saturday before the Confirmation at Southwell, the Lord Bishop of Lincoln drove over to Eakring, and having inspected the Church in company with the rector, expressed himself much pleased with all the arrangements.


The Confirmation – This important event of the year took place on Sunday March 4th at Southwell Minster.  After several weeks preparation, 18 candidates were presented at the sacred rite – 16 males and 2 females.  The weather was very fine and the candidates and their friends, filling the two carriers vans, had a pleasant journey.  The Service at Southwell, and the Sanctuary in which it was rendered, were so beautiful, that we hope those who were confirmed will never forget the day, nor the vows they then made.


Holy Week – During Holy Week the weather was such as to afford an excuse for any who wanted one for not attending the evening services, but each night there was a small congregation.  Good Friday was observed in the same way as last year and ‘The Story of the Cross’ was attended by many who have learnt that going to a late evening service when the day is nearly over is not the proper way to keep Good Friday.  On Easter Eve three grown children were baptised, after previous preparation.


Easter Day – The Church having been nicely decorated by a band of workers who were not daunted by a scarcity of spring flowers, the Festival of the Resurrection was commenced with a Low Celebration at 8am, at which 17 communicated.  Morning Service was at 10.30 and at the High Celebration which followed 27 communicated – making, with 17 at 8am, 44 communicants, which is an increase upon last year’s total.  Moreover the role is now increased by 12 new communicants.  The Sanctuary has been much improved by new hangings and the beautifully worked kneeling mats, which have been made and presented to the Church by Mrs Cator (late of Ollerton) and Mrs Ward of Wellow Hall.


Communicants Guild – We hope soon to gather together our most regular communicants into a S. Andrews Guild, so that each may undertake some small but definite Home or Missionary church work.


Saturday School – A school is held from 9 to 10 in the Parish Room, for the religious education of any children who like to come and a Penny Bank will shortly be established in connection with it.


Missionary Intelligence – The following account of the African boy Basil who is supported by Eakring and Laxton subscribers, will be interesting to them.  He is supposed to be 17 years of age, and was rescued from a slave dhow off Zanzibar by HMS London.  He has since been baptised, maintained and education by the Central African Mission at Zanzibar, with many other rescued slave children.  He is a handsome boy with jet black skin and long eye lashes.  He says that he was walking alone near his home, in the interior of Africa, when some men pounced on him, and having tied him up and carried him away, crying and struggling, into slavery.  Happily however he was rescued by the Christian English.  The last report concerning him is that he now teaches others in the school, but learns slowly himself.


Temperance – A lecture on ‘Thrift’ was announced for the monthly meeting on Easter Tuesday, but it being the Village Feast Day, a magic lantern entertainment was substituted.  It will interest those who signed the petition for closing public houses on Sunday to learn that it was presented by F T Mappin Esq, MP for East Retford, to the House of Commons on 12th March last.


Baptisms – Easter Eve – Frederick Charles, Ernest and Eliza, children of Charles and Charlotte Bellamy.


Marriage – Easter Monday – William Wraith of Clipstone to Ann Spittlehouse of Eakring.

Our Words and Work for Eakring May 1883


Easter Vestry – The Officers of last year have been re-elected but the accounts have not yet been passed.  This is because two or three have delayed to contribute the voluntary rate.  There is an old saying that ‘he who gives promptly gives double’ and we hope another year to be able to publish the year’s account in the May magazine.  We have lately been looking into the Churchwardens accounts a hundred years back and the people of Eakring in those days certainly did not ‘offer to the Lord of that which cost them nothing’.  The Churchwarden, however, frequently entered charges ‘for my own trouble’ and we are thankful therefore to have now a people’s warden, who takes the trouble without the charge. ‘It is more blessed to give than to receive’, although it is not so easy.


Eakring Provident Club – Sobriety and thrift go hand in hand, and having done a little in the cause of Temperance, we are glad to help on the new Provident Club which is being formed for Eakring and its neighbourhood.  It is similar to one which has been very successful at Mansfield Woodhouse, and it combines the advantages of a Sickness Club and Savings Bank.  What is paid in is treated as a deposit which can at any time be drawn out; or if it is left in, it bears interest, and sickness pay can be received so long as a part of the pay can be drawn from the deposit.  Any balance remaining at death can be paid to whomsoever the member wills, or at the age of 65, it can be drawn out for the purpose of buying an annuity for life.  A Public Tea will be held in the Parish Room on May 22nd to inaugurate the Club


Marriage with a Wife’s Sister ­ - We have obtained the signatures of the principal inhabitants of Eakring to Petitions against a Bill in Parliament which proposed to ignore our Lord’s declaration that man and wife become one flesh and to allow a man to marry his dead wife’s sister, although, according to God’s law, she stands to him in the same position as his own sister.  A Petition will be presented to each House of Parliament.


Trinity Ordination – Our readers will be glad to learn that Mr Thornton and Mr Goatley, who have been helpers in our church work on many occasions and in various ways, will be ordained Deacons on Trinity Sunday next.  Mr Thornton will be ordained at York Minster to S. James’ Hull; and Mr Goatley at Worcester Cathedral to Tysoe, near Kineton, in Warwickshire.  Our prayers are asked, that they both be endued with the gifts of the Holy Spirit, and blessed in their lives and work.


The Choir – The Easter gifts to the Choir have been gladly given this year, as there has been a general improvement in the singing, and if a few men would volunteer to help in the praise of God, Eakring would have a choir equal to those of the neighbouring churches.  The senior reward for attendance was obtained by Frederick Stanley and the junior reward for conduct by Herbert Burne.


The Registers


Burials – April 16th Harriet Wibberley, wife of Thomas Wibberley, aged 37

17th Hannah Foster, wife of George Foster aged 53.

30th Lewis Hine, son of Job and Mary Godfrey, aged 5 months.

Our Words and Work for Eakring June 1883


Church Accounts By studying the balance sheets at the end of this number of our Magazine, it will be seen how utterly inadequate a ‘Penny Church Rate’ is to meet the expenses of our Parish Church.  Even with the great help of the ‘Weekly Offertory Collections’ it seems impossible to make two ends meet without seriously curtailing the Services of the Church and crippling its usefulness, which we cannot believe that any of its earnest members would wish for one moment.  We must then appeal to those who attend the services to prove their appreciation of the privileges which they enjoy by denying themselves and supporting liberally the Weekly Offertory, as well as not grudging the small annual contribution to God’s Service which the Voluntary Penny Church Rate involves.  Possibly a Church Tea and an entertainment might be arranged for the Harvest Festival, and might be instrumental in wiping off some of the debt.


Club Festivals – On Monday in Whitsunweek the Eakring Unity Benefit Club attended Divine Service as usual in the Parish Church, at 11 o’clock, accompanied by a Brass Band from Calverton.  The Rector preached taking as his text S. Matt vi 11.  On Tuesday May 22nd the new Eakring Provident Club attended Divine Service at the Parish Church at 3 o’clock, attended by a Drum and Fife Band from Blidworth.  Choral Evensong and Sermon by the Rector.  Text S. Matt xxv 24, 25. Later on there was a substantial Tea in the Rector’s Parish Room, which, it is to be hoped, paid its expenses, as there was too large an attendance to allow for all sitting down at the same time.  After tea cricket and the band were a source of enjoyment to many in a field kindly lent by Mr Garland, the day being particularly favourable. We are glad to find that this new Club has made a good start; twenty have already joined, and others, we understand, are intending to do so.


Marriage with Deceased Wife’s Sister – Those who signed the Petitions to the Houses of Lords and Commons against the Bill which has this title, will be glad to hear that they were presented on Friday May 25th – one by Earl Manvers and the others by Mr Cecil Foljambe MP (of Cockglode). Let us earnestly hope that this mischievous bill, which is to be brought forward for second reading on the 11th of this month, will be defeated by an overwhelming majority.


Trinity Ordinations – Mr Goatley’s friends will be glad to hear that having left Eakring on the 17th of last month, he was ordained Deacon in Worcester Cathedral by the Bishop of that Diocese, on Trinity Sunday, and has since entered on his work as Assistant Curate at Tysoe, near Kineton.  On the same day Mr Thornton was ordained by the Archbishop of York and has been licensed to the curacy of S. James’, Hull.  We doubt not that the best wishes and prayers of their friends at Eakring will follow them in their new spheres of work.


Tithe Tea – Teas certainly seem to be the fashion now in Eakring.  There is yet another tea to record as one of the events of the last month.  On Tuesday the 29th a goodly number of Tithe payers accepted the Rector’s invitation to tea in his Parish Room.  We have good reason to believe that this social gathering was appreciated by all who were present, and they will doubtless not be sorry if it be repeated another time.


Pulpit Ash – We would call the attention of our readers to a paragraph in the Nottingham Daily Guardian under this title.  We have not space now to enter into an explanation, which we reserve for our next number.


The Registers


Baptism – John William, son of John and Ellen Osborne.

Our Words and Work for Eakring July 1883


Pulpit Ash – Many of our readers are, doubtless, aware of the tradition which has been handed down in connection with an ash tree, which, till quite recently stood in a hedge near a footpath on the right hand side of the common road leading out of the village on the way to Bilsthorpe. Under this ash tree Mr Mompesson is said to have preached on his first appointment to the Rectory of Eakring by Sir George Savile, his parishioners being afraid to admit him into the village, coming, as he did from Eyam in Derbyshire, which had been decimated by the Plague; his patron also provided him with a hut in Rufford Park, as he was unable at first for the same reason to take up his abode in the Rectory.  The stump is all that remains standing of that venerable and historic tree.  We trust that those who are anxious to prevent so interesting a tradition dying out will aid the Rector in taking steps  for the preservation of what remains of it, and for erecting a suitable memorial on or near the spot where Mompesson preached.


Choral Festival at Southwell – The annual Festival of the Notts Choral Union was held this year in the Collegiate Church of S. Mary the Virgin, Southwell, on Thursday the 14th of last month.  The nave was full to overflowing at Evensong, when a sermon was preached by the Very Reverend the Dean of Carlisle, which could not, nor was likely to be heard by the greater portion of those in the choir.  We hope in future occasions arrangements will be made by which the choirs who attend will be able to profit by the Preacher’s discourse, many of his remarks at such a time of course being likely to be especially directed to them.  It is to be regretted that after the pains which had been bestowed in preparing for the Festival so many of the elder members of the S. Andrews choir were prevented accompanying the rest to Southwell.  We believe that those who went had no reason to be sorry for the trouble which had been incurred by preparation beforehand.


Infant School at Rufford – What takes place at Rufford cannot be without interest to the people of Eakring, as there are many ties by which the two places are still and have been for generations connected with one another.  It is well known that Rufford participates in the benefits of the Eakring Board School; there are however many children too young or too delicate to attend a school at any distance; for the benefit of such as these Miss Lumley has determined at her own cost to build a school with a Mistress’s house attached, of which she laid the Foundation Stone on Monday 25th of last month in presence of her brothers Sir John Lumley and Mr Savile, and a goodly number of visitors and spectators.  We feel sure that as the want has long been felt, her munificence and kindness will be appreciated when the school is opened, as it is hoped it will be in October.


Miscellaneous Items

On Saturday June 2nd the Rev R Whitworth examined the S. Andrews Sunday School.  We are sorry there were not more present, and hope the next time he will be able to report favourably.

On Friday June 29th the village was visited by a severe thunderstorm, during which two contiguous cottages were struck by lightning, and considerable damage done, but most providentially no-one was hurt, though several of the inmates were in the cottages at the time.

On Thursday June 28th the Deceased Wife’s Sister Bill was rejected on the third reading in the House of Lords.  Let those of us who have been striving to uphold the sanctity of marriage and the purity of

our homes thank God and take courage.


The Registers


Baptisms – June 10th George Reginald, son of Charles and Sarah Marriott.

June 10th William, son of Joseph and Eliza Spittlehouse


Marriage – June 18th George Cartwright to Clara Sarah Birkett.

Our Words and Work for Eakring August 1883


Mr Goatley’s Successor – We can well imagine the curiosity excited when it became known in the parish that the Rectory was actually being cleaned and prepared for someone to live in – could it be that the Rector was going to live there himself after all he had said about building a new Rectory?  The truth of the matter is that one or two rooms have been made habitable and we hope that the new tenants will not be uncomfortable and will meet with a ready welcome from the people of Eakring.  We feel sure that Mr Packford has come among us with the sincere intention of carrying on diligently and faithfully the work of those who have in past time assisted the Rector in so many ways in the Parish.  And we doubt not that Mrs Packford will gladly lend a helping hand as occasions arise and opportunities present themselves.


Dedication Festival at Bilsthorpe – On Sunday the 22nd of last month, Evensong was sung in the afternoon instead of the evening, to allow those who wished to take part in the Choral Evensong in the Parish Church of S Margaret, Bilsthorpe.  The Dedication Festival being kept that day. A goodly contingent of church folk availed themselves of the opportunity; an additional attraction presenting itself this year in the announcement that the preacher was to be the Rev George Goatley, whose presence and work in our midst are still fresh in the memory of many.  A hearty service and an able and earnestly delivered sermon left no cause for regret to any who took the trouble to go.  One great drawback, however, there was – the Rector of Bilsthorpe was unable himself to be present through ill health; much, we know, to his own disappointment; let us hope that his health may be speedily restored.


The Southwell Bishopric – We are glad to find that such progress has been made of late towards completing the amount required before the new See of Southwell can be founded.  Ten sums of £1,000 each have been given since the beginning of June, besides smaller offerings; £16,000 or £17,000 being now required; so that there is reasonable hope that what seemed or a long time to hang fire, may very soon (perhaps even this year) be an accomplished fact.  There are two causes to which are to be attributed the increased interest which of late has been shown and proved in so many cases by such noble offerings – One: the important meeting held in London at the Mansion House, under the presidency of the Archbishop of Canterbury, which was the means of making the subject known, and demonstrating the urgent need of an increase in the Episcopate in the two Dioceses of Lincoln and Lichfield, out of which it is proposed to constitute the new Diocese of Southwell.  The other: the public announcement by our beloved Diocesan of his determination to resign the See of Lincoln, feeling, as he does, the infirmity of age creeping on, and the heavy responsibility laid upon him, which it is impossible for him to discharge so long as the See of Lincoln is weighted with the spiritual care of the County of Nottingham, and especially its large and increasing capital: the only inducement which could prevail on him to desist from carrying out his intention being the severance of the County of Nottingham from the See of Lincoln this year, and the creation of the new See of Southwell.  Let us then, one and all, especially as we are nearly interested in it, unite our prayers and our alms (though they may be small) with those of the faithful, to prevent so grievous a loss to our Church as the discontinuance of the active exercise of his office, by so faithful and devoted a Bishop as our present Diocesan; and to further the speedy accomplishment of that which is so well calculated to bring untold blessings, not only on those counties intended to form part of the new Diocese, but also on those Dioceses from which it is to be separated.


Miscellaneous Items

We were glad to offer a hearty welcome to two former fellow labourers, now admitted to the Diaconate and we feel sure that many in the village were equally glad to see Mr Thornton and Mr Goatley again; and also to hear the voice of the former officiating in our Parish Church.


A Flower Service will be held (DV) on Sunday August 12th at 6.30 o’clock, when the children of the parish are invited to bring to the church bunches of flowers as offerings to God, to be given afterwards to the poor and suffering.


Thursday the 7th instant, is the day fixed for the S. Andrews Sunday School Festival.  The Teachers, Scholars and Members of the Choir will assemble as usual at the rector’s Parish Room at 2.30 o’clock and proceed thence to the Parish Church for Evensong and an address at 3 o’clock; after which Tea will be provided where they at first assembled for those connected with the S. Andrew’s Sunday School, the Choir and invited friends.


No books will be given out of the Library this month and it is particularly requested that those who have any in their possession will return them without delay.


The Registers


Burial – Williams Waters, aged 86 years.

Our Words and Work for Eakring September 1883


S. Andrews Sunday School Festival – The usual Summer Festival of S. Andrew’s Sunday School took place on Tuesday the 7th of last month.  Though the morning looked unpropitious, yet the weather in the afternoon was all that could be desired.  The children assembled as usual in the Rector’s Parish Room, whence they marched in procession to the Parish Church for Evensong at 3 o’clock, a short address being given by the Rev T McNulty, Assistant Curate of Ollerton, Mr Packford reading the lesson.  After tea Mr Packford took the children to the Pingle Close, where cricket and other games were played until dusk.  The cheers which were given on their reassembling in the Parish Room before they dispersed for the evening, leaving no room to doubt that the children heartily enjoyed themselves.  Besides the teachers and the choir, there were others who took part in the festival whom we should miss if they were not present on such occasions.  Some few, however, were absent, who rarely, if ever, fail us e.g. Miss Hurt, who we feel sure would not lightly forego the pleasure of seeing the young folk enjoy themselves.  Another absentee was the Rector himself, who was suddenly summoned to London the day previous.  We must not forget to express our gratitude to Miss Hurt and Miss Bennett for kindly supplying the milk, so important an element in a school feast.


The Flower Service in the Parish Church – On Sunday the 12th ult., the Flower Service which we announced in last month’s magazine, took place, and for a first attempt we think we have good reason to congratulate ourselves upon the success which attended it.  The service, which was choral, and heartily joined in by a large congregation, commenced at 6.30.  The children who brought flowers had seats reserved for them in front, and came forward just before the Offertory hymn, two at a time, to make their offerings of bouquets, which were carefully laid on the altar, some of them being arranged with considerable taste.  The next day the Rector and Mr Packford took to the Infirmary of Southwell Union forty-eight bouquets of flowers (a few having been given after the service).  The heartiness of their reception, and the gratitude expressed to their benefactors, leaving no room to doubt the sincere appreciation of the inmates for the kindness and forethought which had prompted these offerings.  Another year we would suggest that the Flower Service be held about a month earlier, when there will be less difficulty in obtaining flowers.


Board School Treat and Blue Ribbon Demonstration – On Friday the 17th ult., about ninety children assembled for tea in the Board School, and afterwards amused themselves in a field kindly lent by Mr Wright Walker.  There was also a public tea and a large gathering to hear temperance addresses from Messrs Mart, William Smith and others. It is much to be regretted that so often Friday, the day in the week on which we commemorate our dear Lord’s sufferings and death, and which our Church teaches us to keep as a day of abstinence, should so frequently be chosen for such festivities.

Our Words and Work for Eakring October 1883


S. Andrew’s Sunday School – On the first Sunday in August Mr Burden acted as superintendent for the last time, being succeeded the Sunday following in that capacity by Mr Packford.  We feel that it would not be right to allow Mr Burden thus to leave us, having been so long connected with the Parish – first as Master of the Village School, and afterwards, since Mr Allen’s departure, as Superintendent of S Andrew’s Sunday School – without expressing our gratitude to him for his labours amongst us for so long a time.  We believe there are very many people in Eakring who will always cherish a kindly remembrance of him and his work, and who will always be glad to see him.  Especially we feel indebted to him for  having so long helped in our Sunday School at no little cost of trouble, and sacrifice of ease and comfort, trudging over, as he has done, in all weathers and at all seasons of the year.  We have taken the opportunity of having now a resident superintendent to endeavour to make the teaching and discipline more efficient; and we have reason, we think, already to congratulate ourselves on a decided improvement.  We have enlisted the services of Mr  Thomas Freeker and Mrs Melville as Teachers, and have inaugurated a weekly meeting in the vestry after evensong on Saturday. We are glad to find also that the giving of cards to those who make the full number of marks has created a healthy emulation among the scholars, and been an incentive to greater punctuality, which is of such great importance in the training of children.  The following are the names of those who were successful in obtaining prizes for the Sunday School year ending June 30th last:


For Attendance

1st Sarah Ann Freeker

2nd Elizabeth White


For Lessons                                                                For Conduct

1st Class           1st Laura White                         1st Class           1st Walter White

                        2nd Rose Mettham                                                        2nd Herbert Burne

2nd Class          1st Fanny Kirkland                                2nd Class          1st Sarah Ann Freeker

                        2nd Clara Cooper                                                          2nd Mary Esther Freeker

3rd Class           1st Joseph Kirkland                               3rd Class           1st Mary Ann Burne

                        2nd Ada Browne                                                           2nd Walter Broome

4th Class           1st Elizabeth White                                4th Class           1st John Mettham

                        2nd Blanche Wright                                                       2nd Alice Kirkland


We hope that several who have not been successful this last time will be among the prize winners next year.


Notices – Monday the 15th of this month, is the day fixed for our Harvest Festival, when the thanksgiving Offerings will be devoted towards paying off the debt incurred for church expenses during the year ending last Easter. Rev R A McKee, Vicar of Farnsfield, has kindly consented to preach.  The service will be (DV) as follows: Celebration at 8am, followed by Matins; Choral Evensong at 7 o’clock with Sermon.


The Night School will be opened (DV) at the Rector’s Parish Room on Monday the 22nd inst, and it is hoped that many in the parish (both men and lads) will avail themselves of the opportunity thus afforded them of spending profitably to themselves some of the evenings of the week during the ensuing winter.  The Parish Room will be open for Night School on Mondays and Wednesdays from 7.30 till 8.45pm


Church of England Temperance Society -    Sunday the 28th inst being appointed to be kept in many places as the Twenty-first Anniversary, sermons will be preached (DV) in our Parish Church in support of the cause both morning and evening.

Our Words and Work for Eakring November 1883


Harvest Festival – Our Harvest Festival has been kept this year very late, as has been the case indeed in most of the villages in the neighbourhood on account of the ingathering of the crops having been delayed so long owing to the changeableness of the weather.  In fact a little barley and a good many beans were sill out when the appointed day (Monday 15 ult) arrived. We fear that the harvest on clay farms has been far from encouraging yet we feel that through the hymn 389 ‘What our Father does is well’ must have seemed more appropriate to many this year than the more jubilant ones, nevertheless there is abundant cause for thankfulness to Almighty God at the close of another harvest for many mercies and blessings vouchsafed to us, both temporal and spiritual.  To such a feeling of gratitude the crowded church on Monday evening seemed to bear testimony, when there was, as usual, Choral Evensong, ending with a solemn Te Deum, as a united act of thanksgiving: the Sermon being preached by the Rev R A McKee, Vicar of Farnsfield from Psalm lxv 8; there having been a Celebration of the Holy Communion at 8 am and Matins at 11.  The festival was continued on the Sunday following, when there was a Choral Celebration.  The collections on both occasions, amounting in all to £3 4s 1d., will be devoted to paying off the Church Expenses Debt.  On Monday afternoon there was a Public Tea in the Rector’s Parish Room, which, though not so well attended as we could have wished, yet in a financial point of view has certainly proved a success; the proceeds, after accounting for all expenses, amounting to £4 6s 0d.  For this success we are much indebted to several kind friends who, by their contributions, helped to swell the amount raised in our own parish.  Thus it will be seen that altogether £7 10s 1d has been raised towards paying off the Church Expenses Debt of £20 16s 8d due to Mr Burne as the People’s Warden last Easter.  We think it would be unbecoming to close our remarks on this subject without an expression of sincere gratitude to all who have in any way contributed to the success of our Harvest Festival this year, both as regards the Services in Church and the Tea, e.g. Mr Packford, Mr J Edlington and the members of the choir, assisted by our friends from Bilsthorpe – Messrs H Greenfield, Adkin and Ball – the decorators of the Church and all who contributed to the Tea Fund, especially those who assisted with the trays.


Opening of School at Rufford – Thursday the 18th ult. (s. Luke’s Day) was a most auspicious day for the inhabitants of the Liberty of Rufford.  The new school, of which Miss Lumley so lately laid the foundation stone, being on that day opened by a religious service conducted by the Chaplain, the Rev J P Royle, assisted by the Choir of Rufford Abbey in their new surplices and scarlet cassocks.  We think the builder (Mr James Bulling of Ollerton) well deserved the words of approbation used by Sir John Lumley in his speech on the occasion, in alluding to the satisfactory completion of the work.  After the opening ceremony was over, tea was provided in the School Room, to which all present were invited.  It will indeed be (as we believe one of the speakers remarked) a Red Letter Day in the Rufford Calendar.


The Registers



Oct 12 (private) John Henry, son of Stephen and Alice Charlesworth

Oct 14 Robert Cooper, son of William and Annie Thompson

Oct 14 William, son of Walter and Ann White

Oct 14 Walter Hibbert, son of James and Jane Tarr


Burial  Oct 19 John Henry Charlesworth, aged 2 months


Church of England Temperance Society – Sermons were preached on Sunday the 28th ult on behalf of the Church of England Temperance Society, in the morning by the Rector, and in the evening by the Rev R J King (Assistant Curate of Warsop) who advocated the cause with much clearness and earnestness, pointing out the duty of all to help forward the good work in which this Society is engaged, and the urgent need in many cases of total abstinence.  We would take this opportunity of inviting all those who joined this Society last year as members of the Eakring Branch to a Meeting to be held (DV) in the Rector’s Parish Rooms, on Tuesday the 6th inst at 7.30pm.  Any friends whom they bring with them will also meet with a hearty welcome.  We hope that at this Meeting arrangements will be made for a series of Meetings during the winter for the furtherance of this important work in our midst.


Notices, &c – We would call the attention of all in the village who wish to spend their Winter Evenings profitably to the fact that a Night School has been opened at the Rector’s Parish Room for men and lads, on Mondays and Wednesdays from 7.30 till 8.45pm, the only charge being for copy books. The Mutual Improvement Society’s Rooms are also open every evening from 7 till 8.45pm.


We would remind Members of the Clothing Club that Monday November 12th is the day for paying up their subscriptions.


A Concert by the Choir and Friends is being arranged for Tuesday the 13th inst in the Rector’s Parish Room.  Admission Sixpence.  Proceeds to be devoted towards paying off Church Expenses Debt.  Application to Mr Packford (old Rectory) for tickets.


We hope that Mr Goatley will be able to preach at the Dedication Festival, on S. Andrew’s Day the 30th  inst.  Notice of the Services will be issued in due time.

Our Words and Work for Eakring December 1883


Advent – We have now entered on the solemn season of Advent.  Let us, one and all, be diligent in the use of ‘the appointed means’, that we may obtain grace to help us to prepare for Christmas and the second coming of our Lord.  On Fridays the 7th and 21st, and Wednesday the 12th, there will be (DV) a Sermon or Address at Evening Service 7 o’clock.


Events of the Past Month – On the 6th the Temperance Meeting, of which notice was given in last month’s Magazine, was held in the Rector’s Parish Room, when it was unanimously agreed that the Eakring Branch of the Church of England Temperance Society should be supported by all in the parish who can be enlisted in the cause of temperance; and a sub-committee was appointed to draw up Rules on the basis of the Warsop Branch of the CETS.


The Concert on the 13th given by the S. Andrew’s Choir and friends was a great success – the room was full – the audience seemed fully to appreciate the music – and the result in point of money satisfactory, £1 16s 0d more being obtained towards paying off the Church Expenses Debt.


The Members of the Clothing Club went to Southwell on the 26th to buy their goods, with which we have heard no dissatisfaction expressed; but we fear another year some different arrangement will have to be made unless the carriers can arrange to charge less for their conveyances.


On the 27th, the day of the collection of the Rector’s Tithes, a Tea was provided for the Tithe-Payers in the Parish Room, of which many availed themselves.  The Rector wishes to take this opportunity of heartily thanking them for the regularity in most cases in which payments have been made, notwithstanding the unfavourableness of the seasons of late years; he knows that in many cases it cannot have been done without considerable self-sacrifice.


On the 30th two very interesting events took place – one, the Consecration of the Rev C Alan Smythies, late Vicar of Roath near Cardiff in S. Paul’s Cathedral, as Bishop for the Universities’ Mission to Central Africa, for whom let us pray that he may be enlightened and strengthened for the arduous work he has before him.  The other, our own Dedication Festival, when as usual there was a Celebration at 8 o’clock, followed by Matins; and Evensong at 7.30, when the Rev George Goatley preached from Psalm lxxxvii 2, 3. No doubt the evening congregation would have been larger had the weather been more propitious.  The collections amounting to £1 16s 0d have been forwarded to the Rev A J Ingram for the Southwell Bishopric Fund and will, doubtless, be very welcome, as the constitution of the See is being delayed through money which had been promised not being paid in.


Notices &c – There will be a meeting of the Eakring Branch of the Church of England Temperance Society (DV) on Tuesday the 11th inst at 7.30 in the Rector’s Parish Room, the Members of the Board not consenting to the use of the School Room for this purpose.


On Friday the 14th inst a Missionary Meeting will be held (DV) in the Board School (by the kind permission of the Board) in support of the work of the Society for the Propagation of the Gospel in Foreign Parts, when the Rev J M Dolphin, Vicar of Coddington Newark, will give a lecture.  Sermons on behalf of the same cause will also be preached (DV) in the Parish Church on the following Sunday.


The Registers



Nov 11, Charlotte Annie O’Diono, daughter to Samuel Hodges and Maria Elvidge

Nov 11, Clara, daughter of George and Emma Woodcock

Nov 11, William Henry, son of William and Lucy Mary Hurt