[January AD 1890]
Eakring Parish Magazine
‘The Church of the living God, the pillar and ground of the truth’ I. TIM iii 15
‘Earnestly contend for the faith which was once delivered unto the Saints’ S Jude 3
HOLY COMMUNION – Every Sunday at ; but on the first Sunday of each month after the Morning Service. On Christmas Day, Easter Day, Whitsunday, and Trinity Sunday two Celebrations, one at 8am and the other at mid-day.
BAPTISM – On the second Sunday in the month, at the service.
MATTINS – Sundays ; Weekdays 10 am
EVENSONG – Sundays ; Weekdays
CHILDREN’S SERVICES – 1st, 2nd and 4th Sundays of each month at
CHURCHINGS – Before any service. There is no fee, but an offering is usually made, as directed by the Prayer Book.
In the Parish Room:
MISSIONARY MEETING – 3rd Sunday in each month at
SUNDAY SCHOOL – and
CLOTHING CLUB – 12 to 1 every other Monday
LENDING LIBRARY – every other Wednesday
VISITATION OF THE SICK – On information being given to the Rector.
W. LUMLEY B. CATOR, Rector
Mr Thomas Burne – Churchwardens
Mr W T Burne, Organist
Mr S Broome, Parish Clerk and Sexton
Magazine printed by John Whittingham, Printer, Southwell
Our Words and Work for Eakring January 1890
Christmas and the New Year – There was no lack of zeal this last Christmas on the part of those who undertake the decoration of the Church, nor on the part of those who are in the habit of attending the services. The decorations were neat, and had evidently had much care bestowed upon them; but the scarceness of red berries prevented their appearance being so bright as usual.
The congregations were larger than ever, and it was especially gratifying to see so many availing themselves of the privilege of attending the highest and most holy service of all ‘The Holy Eucharist’ without which no Christmas services and rejoicings can be complete. 32 communicated at 8am and 33 at , the largest number on any Christmas Day at Eakring on record.
On New Year’s Eve, the usual Midnight Service was held to usher in the New Year, and seek Gods Blessing on it and on those spared to see the beginning of it. We would take this opportunity of wishing the supporters of our Magazine – which has reached its eighth year – a very happy and prosperous year, and ask them to continue to give it their patronage and favour.
Parish Church Statistics – The statistics which have been very carefully drawn up for the year ending Advent 1889 manifest a very considerable progress in the interest taken by the parishioners in their Parish Church and its services, as will be clearly seen from the following averages which we subjoin (fractions omitted) and we trust that this is but an outward manifestation of a real growth in true religion and spiritual knowledge.
Attendances on Sunday Mornings – Adults 56 previous year 45
Attendances on Sunday Mornings – Children 39 previous year 32
Attendances on Sunday Evenings – Adults 110 previous year 89
Attendances on Sunday Evenings – Children 50 previous year 43
Communicants (Sundays) 12 previous year 11
Communicants (other days included) 11 previous year 11
Sundays Total £45 16s 3¼d, Average 17s 7¼d Previous Year £42 5s 11¾d, Average 15s 11½d
Sundays and other days £56 9s 8½d Previous Year £49 15s 5¼d
Baptised 15, previous year 14
Confirmed 12, previous year 10
Marriages 1, previous year 1
Burials 11, previous year 12
Christmas Examination at the
VII 1st Joseph
Standard VI 1st Fred Colton 2nd Arthur Walker
Standard V 1st Jessie Walker 2nd Alfred G White
Standard IV 1st Annie M Colton 2nd Percy Ward
Standard III 1st Ethel Palin 2nd George Robinson
II 1st Esther
Infant Class 1st Cecil Speight 2nd John W Rowland
Dec 8th Maurice, daughter [?] of Thomas and Josephine Thornhill
Dec 13th Harriet Ann, daughter of Harriet Alice Hayes (6 years old)
Dec 13th William Albert, son of Harriet Alice Hayes (5 years old)
Dec 13th Mary Ann, daughter of William and Harriet Alice Marshall (1 year old)
Dec 13th Joseph, son of William and Harriet Alice Marshall
Charles Bird and
Dec 19th John Hurt and Mary Ann Hurt
Our Words and Work for Eakring February 1890
Collections for Foreign Missions in 1890 – We are glad to be able to record a slight increase in the amount collected in this Parish for Foreign Mission work, during the year ending December 31st 1889, which, it is to be hoped, testifies to a greater interest in that very important part of the work of Christ’s Church, by which she is endeavouring to carry out the command of her Master, in preparation for His coming again, by making disciples of all nations, and extending His kingdom throughout the world.
Annual Sermons on behalf of the Society for the Propagation of the Gospel in
Foreign Parts were preached on Advent Sunday (which was observed as a Day of
Intercession for Missions ) in the Morning by the
Rector, and in the Evening by the Rev J M Dolphin, MA Vicar of Coddington and
Organising Secretary for SPG in the Archdeaconry of Nottingham who the day
following gave a very interesting Lecture on the progress of Church Work in
Japan. The Church was very full at Evensong
for SPG for the year ending
Six Collecting Boxes s. d. £ s d
Mrs Speight 5 7½
Mr Wilfrid Whitworth 5 6½
Alfred G White 5 6
Rectory Servants 3 1
Mr Frederick Jackson 2 11½
William H Godfrey 1 10½
£1 4 7 1 4 7
Collections in Church Advent Sunday 1 15 0
Rector’s Subscription 1 1 0
Mrs T Cator’s Subscription (Ollerton) 1 1 0
Mrs Marshall’s Subscription (Leyfields) 0 10 6
£6 5 0
Of the £3 10s 0d that was sent to Miss Randolph for the African boy ‘Uyeka’ £1 13s 3½d was collected at the Children’s Missionary Meetings held once in each month of last year in the Rector’s Parish Room, as against £1 7s 0d in the preceding year; the balance being made up by the Rector. Those who wish to aid this important branch of the Church’s work by collecting small sums this year, should apply without delay to the Rector or to Mr Wilfrid Whitworth for a collecting box.
The Season of Lent – The Rector earnestly hopes that an effort will be made by those in the Parish who are anxious for the growth of Spiritual Life within them, to snatch some time during the Holy Season from worldly occupations and especially from time usually devoted to pleasure and amusement, to be devoted to profitable reading and meditation and to attendance at the daily services in Church, the hours of which, as must be well known in the Parish, are 10am and 7pm. On the Friday evenings of Lent, sermons will be preached at Evensong 7.30; special Preachers being invited for those occasions. In the midst of the worry and bustle of life, we all need some time for serious thought and retirement; and in the midst of the temptations which abound around us; and aware, as we must be if we know anything of ourselves, of the corrupt tendencies of our fallen nature, it cannot be difficult to realise the necessity of some self restraint and watchfulness. This then is the season which our Church provides for us wherein to avail ourselves of such retirement and self discipline as we must be conscious we have need of. It will be well for us not to let such opportunities pass by without being taken advantage of.
Jan 29th Elizabeth Bird, aged 20 years
NB We are sorry this month to have no space left for any account of the Board School Tea on New Year’s Day; the Church Supper and Concert on January 28th; and the Sunday School Festival on January 30th, all of which were very successful gatherings.
Our Words and Work for Eakring March 1890
Our S Andrew’s School Winter Festival was held on Thursday January 30th
commencing with the usual Service in Church at , when an address was
delivered by the Rev C F G Turner, Assistant Curate, Hoveringham, who took for
his text Matt xviii 2. After the Service, the Tea took place as usual in the
Rector’s Parish Room, the mothers of the children attending the Sunday School as well as other friends, having been invited. The Superintendents Report for the half year
Lecture on Church History - On Monday the 3rd ult, a Lecture was delivered in the Board School illustrated by the Magic Lantern, by the Rev C A Wells, Organising Secretary of the Church Defence Institute, who passed in review some of the salient features of the chequered history of the Church of England during the period extending from the Norman Conquest till the reign of Henry the Eighth, showing the successive attempts of the Papal Power at Rome in various ways to bring under her allegiance and to deprive of their proper national independence the Church and Country of England; and on the other hand the efforts made from time to time by the people of this country – the old Saxon spirit reasserting itself in spite of the domination at first of the Normans – to assert their rights. Especially he quoted the exact words in which it is declared that the ‘Church of England shall be free’ used in the Magna Carta wrung from King John (who had surrendered the English Crown to Rome) by the Barons of England headed by Stephen Langton, Archbishop of Canterbury; the process by which the Church of England succeeded in at length freeing herself from foreign interference and from erroneous doctrines being rather one of reformation than a single act of Reformation; and so far from the Church of England having been created by Act of Parliament, the first National Parliament met in AD 1265 and for many years sat in the existing Chapter House of Westminster Abbey, where the Clergy had met in Convocation from AD 673. The lecture was a most interesting and instructive one. The slides were very clear, and the way they were manipulated and the whole management of the Lantern gave evidence of a well practised hand. The room was crowded by a very attentive audience, Mr Taylor acting ably as chairman, and a Vote of Thanks to the Lecturer was proposed by Mr Marshall of Leyfields, Honorary Secretary of the Eakring Branch of the Church Defence Institute, and seconded by Mr George Greenfield (of North Laiths). We hope that one result, at least, of such lectures as this will be to stimulate the members of our Church to take a deeper interest in her history and to give some time to the study of it. The following may be mentioned as useful books on this subject for those who have not much time for reading and as an introduction to the subject – ‘A Popular Story of the Church of England’ by G H F Nye (Griffith, Farran, Okeden and Welsh, Newbery House, London) 6d; and ‘Illustrated Notes on English Church History’ by Rev C Arthur Lane, 1/- (SCK Northumberland Avenue, Charing Cross, London WC)
Choral Festival at Edwinstowe - A very successful District Choral Festival (in connection with the Notts Choral Union) took place in Edwinstowe Parish Church on Tuesday the 11th ult in which the Choirs from six Parishes took part, Eakring being one of them. The Rev W F Cruft conducted, the Rev H T Hayman (Vicar of Edwinstowe) sung the service and the Rev J M Dolphin RD (Vicar of Coddington) preached a very appropriate and practical sermon from the text S Matt vi 13 ‘For Thine is the Kingdom, and the Power and the Glory for ever. Amen’. The collection was devoted to the funds of the ‘Notts Choral Union’.
Lent Preachers – The following is the list of Preachers on the Fridays in Lent this year:-
February 28th Rev F H Paley, Rector of Gonalston
March 7th Rev R H Whitworth, Vicar of Blidworth
March 14th Rev J F H Mills, Rector of Hockerton
March 21st Rev F Brodhurst, Vicar of Sutton in Ashfield
March 28th Rev W C Leeper, Curate in Charge, Winthorpe
Week there will be (DV) an Address or
Feb 9th Richard Spittlehouse aged 56 years
Feb 15th Rebecca Tarr, aged 60 years
Feb 25th Leonard Lillford, aged 73 years
Our Words and Work for Eakring April 1890
Confirmation and School Inspection – The two events in connection with our Parish most worthy of notice during the past month have been – The Confirmation at Caunton on Tuesday the 18th, when nine from this Parish (five males and four females) were confirmed by the Bishop of Southwell; and on the day following the Examination of the children attending the Board School by Her Majesty’s Inspector Rev C Sewell, assisted by Mr Webster. The following report has since been received.
‘Mixed School’ – ‘Except for Arithmetic in the Upper Standards, the exercises were well done. The Upper Grammar was also very weak, though English Repetition was satisfactory both for accuracy and intelligence. Except in the Third and Fourth Standards, the geography was satisfactory. Mental Arithmetic should be more practised. Order is very good; singing fair. The Staff appears insufficient for thoroughly successful instruction.’
‘Infants Class’ – ‘The Upper Division is well taught. Order, Recitation and needlework are good. The Singing is indifferent’.
The Government Grant awarded this year is £51 4s 9d against £54 5s 5d; the principal deduction being £2 not allowed for the Pupil Teacher as it was last year, he having not passed in two subjects this time, viz ‘Euclid and History’.
‘Rectors of Eakring 1270 to 1670’ – We feel sure that those of our Readers who have not had an opportunity of seeing the Notts Guardian of the 8th ult., will be interested to read the following account of Eakring and its former Rectors, which we reprint with the Editor’s and Publishers’ permission. In a future number we hope to insert another extract from the Notts Guardian of an earlier date, giving some account of the ‘Torre Manuscript’.
part of the town of
List of the Rectors
16 Apl 1271 - Hen de Edwalton, Idem (died)
Idem (resigned for a chantry
Joh Waryn (resigned)
THE OTHER MEDIETY
Joh de Bautry,
Idem (resigned for the
(resigned for the
LIST OF THE RECTORS
Roger Conway (as above, resigned)
9 May 1467 – Will Worsley, Feoffees in possession of Eykering (resigned)
Mar 1492 – Hen Wod, Tho Lovell, mil (died)
May 1519 – Nic Kirkby, Idem (died)
Apl 1586 – Gec Hyggin, Brigitta, Countess of
1629 – Geo Lawson, William, Earl of
Dec 1670 – Guil Mompesson, George, Viscount Halifax
Our Words and Work for Eakring May 1890
Easter Day Services – This great day in the Church’s annals, which has been named ‘The Queen of Festivals’ was observed by the usual services in our Parish Church, the attendance at which was most gratifying, showing how the people have learned to appreciate the services of the Sanctuary and the teaching of the Church. At Evensong Dr Stainer’s beautiful anthem ‘’They have taken away my Lord’ was very creditably rendered by the Choir, George Ellis taking the treble solos. The music throughout the day was bright and effective, and the Church was neatly decorated. The most satisfactory feature of all, however, was the number of communicants, which exceeded the record of any previous year, being this year only one short of 70.
Entertainment and Prize Distribution – On Tuesday in Easter week,
on occasion of the usual Entertainment and Prize Distribution, the
Easter Vestry – At a Vestry Meeting held on the 17th ult., (adjourned from the 10th), Mr Thomas Cooper was chosen as Rector’s Warden in place of the late Mr John Hurt, and Mr Thomas Burne was re-elected as People’s Warden; and the Rector announced his appointment of Joseph Broome to succeed his father in the Offices of Parish Clerk and Sexton, and Mrs Broome, widow of Stephen Broome, to succeed Mrs Jane Hurt (widow) as Caretaker &c of the Church, Mrs Hurt still retaining the care and washing of the altar linen and surplices.
Southwell Deanery Day School Association – The first Annual Meeting of this Association which has been formed to promote a closer communication between the Managers and Teachers of the Day Schools in the Deanery who are members of the Church, was held at the National School, Southwell, on Saturday the 19th ult., the Rural Dean in the chair, when two Papers were read; the one by Rev R H Whitworth, Vicar of Blidworth, on the proposed ‘New Code’ which in his judgement would be in many ways advantageous to Voluntary as well as other Schools; the other by Mr Boardman, Master of the National School, Hucknall Huthwaite on ‘The Selmston System’. He advocated very strongly the adoption of a system of such a kind in which a return part of the fee is made for each child that has a made a full attendance for a week, and explained the way this has been for some considerable time carried out in his School, and the great success that has attended it, the attendance having increased to a great extent. Votes of thanks were passed to the Readers of the papers, and a resolution advocating the raising of the 17s 6d limit of Government Grant to £1. At the conclusion of the business the Members partook of Tea together, ample provision having been made by Mr Rumford at a very reasonable cost.
Choral Funerals – Our Readers will notice by the Extracts from the registers how busily Death has been at work in our Parish during the last month, three out of the four having been taken from us within about a week – two of these having been Members of the Church and Communicants for many years, and having held office in the Church, had special honour rendered to their memories at their death. The funeral in each of these cases took place on a Sunday and the Choir took part in the service, suitable hymns were sung, and an address was given by the Rector. In the case of the late Stephen Broome, Parish Clerk and Sexton, the greatest respect was shown for his memory, the Church being crowded, some of the Choir-men by special request acting as bearers. By the death of John Maude, whose funeral took place the previous Sunday afternoon, the Church in this Parish has lost a steadfast and faithful servant – a Teacher in the School in his youth and a Member of the old Choir long before surplices for Members of Choirs were as common as they are now. It is to be fervently wished that many of the younger generation now growing up may prove as faithful and steadfast as he has been.
April 13th Ellen, daughter of Frederick and Sally Hurt
April 13th Minnie, daughter of Richard and Emma Thompson
April 6th John Maude aged 75 years
April 11th Henry Rollingson aged 55 years
April 13th Stephen Broome aged 54 years (Parish Clerk and Sexton)
April 21st Frances Eveline Tarr aged 8 months
NB Some account of the ‘Torre Manuscript’ must be reserved for a future number.
Our Words and Work for Eakring June 1890
The Torre Manuscript – Naturally our readers who
saw in the April number of our Magazine the List of former Rectors of this
Parish will be anxious to know the authority of the Manuscript from which the
information was derived. The following
account of that interesting and valuable document is gathered from the
introductory number on ‘Parish Histories’ in the Notts Guardian: “In the
Library of the Dean and Chapter of York are to be seen five portentous
manuscript volumes in small folio, well known to writers on Church History and
archaeologists generally as ‘The Torre Manuscript’. They contain a summary of the contents of the
registers of Archbishopric of York from
the earliest recorded periods to the close of the seventeenth century and have for
many years been the source whence most of the facts regarding parochial
histories in the diocese have been drawn’. (And it must be remembered that
until about 50 years ago the
Offertory Balance Sheet – At an adjourned Vestry Meeting held Monday 19th ult., the Parish Accounts were audited. It will be remembered that no Church Rate was made last year, it having been decided to trust to the Offertory Collections for all the expenses which might be incurred during the current year. The Balance Sheet at the end of this number of the Magazine will show how far this venture of faith has been successful. It is true that there is a considerable balance on the wrong side, but a careful perusal of the creditor side will show that several items of the expenditure this last year have been of an unusual kind, and that there is good reason to hope that by the end of the next financial year we shall be able to present a much more favourable Balance Sheet.
Provident Club Anniversary – Once more we have cause to record our gratitude that the Anniversary of our Provident Club was celebrated under very favourable circumstances; the spectators might, it is true, have preferred a rather more genial atmosphere, but those who took part in the Sports probably preferred the coolness of the temperature. The usual programme was carried out. The Church was full to overflowing, the service hearty, the sermon being preached by Rev H M Holden, Vicar of Caunton, from Acts xviii 3. We have much pleasure in recording the continued prosperity of the Club, which numbers now (including 10 elected at the Annual Meeting) 119 members. It would not be right to omit mention that on this occasion the number present was increased by the members of the Juvenile Branch, which already has 24 names enrolled, although it has only been formed this present year. The proceedings of the day were, as usual, enlivened by the welcome strains of instrumental music, the well known Calverton Band having again been engaged for the day.
May 3rd Walter, son of John and Mary Ann Hurt (private)
May 25th Mary Ellen, daughter of John and Maria Norton Would, Primrose Hill, Liberty of Rufford
May 25th Ellen, daughter of Henry and Ellen Parsons, Rufford
25th Charles Robert, son of Thomas and Ann Marshall,
Our Words and Work for Eakring July 1890
The Rector’s Locum Tenens – The Rector was very
fortunate in securing the services during his holiday of one not only known to
himself, but also well known in the Parish; indeed we have no reason to doubt
that Mr Thornton’s residence at Eakring for some two weeks of last month, was
both agreeable to himself and to the Parishioners. The renewal of his acquaintance with old
friends in this Parish and neighbourhood, will assure him of much sympathy and
many prayers which he may count upon in his labours in the parish of
Choral Festival at
Diocesan Inspectors Visit – The Rev R H Whitworth,
Vicar of Blidworth and Diocesan Inspector, examined the
Old and New Testament Divisions I and II, good.
Divisions III and IV, viva voce, moderate; writing, good.
Creed, Lord’s Prayer and
Ten Commandments Divisions I and II, good
Divisions III and IV, viva voce, fair; writing, good.
Repetition of Scripture Divisions I and II, good
Divisions III and IV, fair
Repetition of Hymns Divisions I, II, III and IV, good
Repetition of Private Prayers Divisions I, II, III and IV, good
Singing Fairly Good.
Remarks – Divisions I and II did very well for their age and their work, and the attention and discipline were satisfactory. Divisions III and IV were wanting in readiness and reply in some of their subjects. I may except about 7 or 8 children from the full force of this remark. The children were very clean and neat, and discipline and attention were good. The written work on slate and paper was well done.
Whitworth, Hon Diocesan Inspector,
The following is a list of Prize Winners:
Upper Division Boys, 1 John Eyre
Boys, 2 Joseph
Girls, Alice Kirkland
Middle Division Boys, George Robinson
Girls, Ethel Palin
Lower Division Boys, 1 George Farrow
Boys, 2 Albert Rowland
June 8th, Walace, son of John and Charlotte Rowland
June 8th, John George, son of George and Emma Woodcock
Our Words and Work for Eakring August 1890
Gathering at Southwell on Behalf of
– On Thursday the 10th ult., Southwell was made the centre of an
important Diocesan Gathering. Many Parishes in the Diocese have been doing more
or less in support of the Church’s evangelistic work abroad, some taking an
interest more especially in one society, or in one sphere of work, others in
another society, or in another sphere of work.
It was felt that a united effort should be made by a gathering from all
parts of the Diocese of those engaged in any way in this great work, in order
to bring prominently before the members of the Church the duty incumbent upon
all to take their share in it and help it forward by their prayers and alms at
least, if not at the cost of still greater self sacrifice. Our good Bishop and
those who had worked with him, must have felt themselves amply repaid for the
exertions they had previously made, when they saw the crowded congregation
assembled in the nave of the Cathedral in the afternoon, to hear the addresses
of the following speakers viz – Archdeacon Moule on
the work done and to be done in China; Bishop Smythies
on the work of the Universities’ Mission to Central Africa; and the Rev M
Joseph (of Antigua) on the work of the Church in the West Indies. We feel assured that such a gathering as
this, preceded as it was by an early celebration and a service at 11 am with an
eloquent and able sermon by Bishop Barry (late of Sydney and Metropolitan),
cannot fail to have left an impression which will produce lasting results. It is to be hoped, indeed, that individuals
and parishes, which have done little or nothing hitherto for this cause, will
be stimulated to emulate the zeal of those who have been before them in this
matter. The proceeds of the collections,
amounting to over £80, were divided between the SPG, the Church Missionary
Society and the Universities Mission to
Flower Service – Our usual Flower Service
was held on Sunday evening, 13th inst., when the sermon was preached
by the Rev F B Manners MA, Vicar of Kirklington, who chose as his text S Matt
vi 28,29. The offerings of flowers were numerous, many of the bouquets being
large and tastefully arranged. The
church was crowded. The collections
during the day amounted to £3 which was afterwards sent to the Secretary of the
The Rector’s Visit to Oberammergau – The village of Oberammergau, in a secluded spot in the kingdom of Bavaria,
hidden amongst the surrounding hills of the Bavarian Tyrol, distant several
hours journey from Munich, the capital of that kingdom, has become well known
of late years and frequented by thousands from almost all parts of the world,
on the occasion of the performance of the ‘Passion Play’ which has been
performed at intervals of ten years for about 200 years. ‘In the year 1633’ we are told, ‘the pest
raged so fearfully that in the parish of Kohlgrub (3
hours from here) there were only two couples left, and a man named Caspar Schuhler, coming here to
visit his wife and child, fell by the road side and was buried. From that day to the eve of Simon and Jude, a
period of three weeks, eighty four people died of the plague; accordingly
eighteen burghers, assembling from the
The late parish priest who died only a few years ago, took the greatest pains in teaching and training his parishioners for these performances, and in organising and arranging the parts to be taken by the various characters, so that all might feel the great solemnity of them, and take part in them as in a religious act of the most sacred character. Thus all, from their very childhood, have impressed upon them in a way which is next to impossible for them to forget the solemn events connected with our Blessed Lord’s last sufferings and death; while they are at the same time reminded of events in the Old Testament, which prefigured and typified what was fulfilled by our Lord, and in His kingdom of grace, and wanted against the bad passions and sins which led bad men to combine together to put our Lord to death. The Rector, in company with our neighbour the Vicar of Caunton (Rev H M Holden) enjoyed the privilege of witnessing one of these performances on the last Sunday of last month, and can testify from his own experience to the deep impression which the sight of it is calculated to make.
July 13th Mary Ann, daughter of Stephen and Frances Broome
July 13th Rhoda Ellen Catherine, daughter of William and Sarah Paulson
July 13th Ernest, illegitimate son of Alice Broome
July 8th Edward Oldeman and Minnie Broome
July 21st Henry Roe aged 73 years
Our Words and Work for Eakring September 1890
Harvest Commencement Service – It is pleasing to notice how the Service which is now held in our Parish Church at the Commencement of Harvest, is appreciated by the Parishioners, who flocked to the service held at the early hour of half past five in the morning, in goodly numbers again this year, on Tuesday 12th ult., as they did last year. We have indeed great cause to be thankful to Almighty God, for the propitious weather which He has granted to us thus far for the ingathering of the crops, and to regard it as an answer to prayer, especially when we have heard of the unfavourable weather experienced in other parts of the country. An opportunity will be given for the expression of our gratitude and thanksgiving in a suitable manner, on the occasion of our Harvest Festival, which will be held (DV) on Tuesday September 30th when the Preacher at Evensong will be the Rev W Maples, Vicar of S John’s Mansfield.
Sunday School Festival – Our Summer Sunday School Festival took place on Thursday 7th ult., on which occasion happily the weather was all that could be desired, and consequently after the usual Service in the Parish Church (at which our neighbour the Vicar of Caunton, Rev H M Holden, gave an address admirably suited to those for whom it was especially intended) the children, with their teachers and other friends betook themselves to the Rectory, where on the lawn the tea was served and done justice to; the Report for the half year ending June 30th was read and prizes distributed, Mrs Cator (of Ollerton) kindly assisting us in this part of the proceedings, as she has often done before. The rest of the evening was spent in a field kindly lent for the occasion by Mr Burne, where the children amused themselves with various games. We must not, however, omit to notice in particular the Cricket Match, in which our Church Choir Club obtained a complete victory over their guests, the Farnsfield Junior Team – Herbert Speight and Walter Burne especially distinguishing themselves. The following Thursday the return match was played at Farnsfield, where our Eakring team again beat their opponents. The following is a list of the Prize Winners:- Alice Kirkland, Joseph Kirkland and John Mettham (1st class); Elizabeth Robinson (2nd class); Ada Louisa White (4th class) and Alice Drabble (5th class), have each of them obtained full marks (ie 728) in the Class Books; Elizabeth and Walter White being only one short of that number. The following obtained full marks in the Register (ie 104) for attendance – Alice Kirkland, Joseph Kirkland, John Mettham, Alfred George White, Elizabeth Robinson, Walter Ellis, George Robinson, Ada Louisa White, William White and Alice Drabble. The following have only fallen one short, and have obtained 103 marks – Elizabeth White, Walter White, Emily Coupe, Edith Burne, Mary Elizabeth Godfrey and Mary Broome. The following also gained Class Prizes, though not obtained as many marks as those above mentioned:- In 2nd class Emily Coupe, Edith Burne and Mary Elizabeth Godfrey each obtained a second prize. In 3rd class George Robinson obtained the first and Walter Ellis the second prize. In 4th class William White obtained the second prize. Presents were given by the Rector to the teachers; and to Walter Burne for playing the Harmonium; and by Mr Wilfrid Whitworth to Walter Ellis for ringing the school bell and to Alfred G White for preparing the room for the Missionary Meeting.
August 12th, George Ernest, son of George and Mary Jane Greenfield, North Laiths, Liberty of Rufford
Our Words and Work for Eakring October 1890
Harvest Festival – With one consent it seems to be acknowledged, in this neighbourhood at least, that there has not been such a Harvest for many years, the weather having been most favourable and the wheat especially exceptionally good; therefore this year more than ever has a Harvest Thanksgiving been particularly appropriate; and if we may judge from the attendance at the services in the Parish Church and the heartiness of them, the spirit of thankfulness has been very cordial. Rather more than usual availed themselves on the Early Morning of Tuesday 30th ult of the privilege of joining in the Eucharistic Service, and of partaking of the Holy Communion. At Evensong the Rev M Maples preached a very suitable sermon, setting forth very plainly the duty (too often neglected) of ‘Thanksgiving’ taking as his text Ephes v20. The Church was very tastefully decorated and the musical part of the service was hearty, though a little more careful training and practice would have helped to make parts of the Choirs rendering more mellow and soft. The Harvest Thanksgiving Services were as usual continued on the Sunday following, when, after Mattins there was a Choral Celebration. The collections on both days amounted to £4 14s which together with 7/6 (the nett proceeds of the tea on the day of the Harvest Festival) have been devoted towards paying off the debt on account of Church Expenses last Easter). We are glad to have to chronicle, in connection with the Harvest Festival this year, the successful issue of a cricket match played in Mr Burne’s field, between Kirklington and Eakring, the latter scoring an easy victory – Herbert Speight’s bowling being quite a feature in the match, several wickets falling to his straight and well directed balls.
Sept 8th, Parker Broome and Alice Rose
Sept 24th, Robert Andrew Thompson and Jemima Cooper
Sept 20th, William Hurt (generally known as William Adkin Hurt), aged 56
is hoped that during the Winter months, Lectures will
be delivered in the village on behalf of the
Our Words and Work for Eakring November 1890
Diocesan Conference – The Annual Meeting of the
Diocesan Conference was held this year at
Church Day School Association – At the half yearly meeting of the Southwell Rural Deanery Church School Managers and Teachers Association, held in the National School, Southwell, on Saturday the 18th ult., the Rural Dean in the chair, the minutes of the April Meeting having been read by the Hon Sec (Mr Speight) and have been confirmed, two very interesting and useful papers were read; the one by Mr Salt, Master of the National School, Southwell entitled ‘How to Earn the Drawing Grant’; the other by Mr Gore, Master of the National School, Blidworth, entitled ‘How to make the best use of the New Code in its newest aspect’. It is to be regretted that there was not a larger attendance of the representatives of the Schools in the Deanery, for the promotion of whose best interests this Association has been formed. It was resolved that ‘ the formation of a Local Board of the Church School Masters and Mistresses Benevolent Fund be one of the subjects on the Agenda Paper for the next meeting of this Association.’
Opening of a Mission Room at Rainworth – For many years a Cottage Lecture has been held in the house of Mr Cooke at Rainworth, to whom the people of that little hamlet are much indebted; they are now, however to be congratulated on having, through the kindness of Lord Savile, a small house set apart for the worship of Almighty God, in which not only Prayer and Praise can be offered and Sermons preached, but in which also the Holy Communion can be celebrated. This little Sanctuary was dedicated to such purposes by religious services which were held in the afternoon and in the evening of S Simon and S Jude’s Day 28th ult., the Rural Dean preaching in the afternoon, and the Rev W Fulford, Assistant Curate of Blidworth, in the evening. On both occasions the Mission Room was crowded and the collection amounted to £3 4s 9d. We feel sure that the heart of the good Vicar of Blidworth must have been filled with joy at the successful accomplishment of what he has so long had in view.
Day of Intercession for Missions – It is proposed to hold a Special Service consisting of a Celebration of Holy Communion and an address in Southwell Cathedral on Friday 28th inst at after the usual service. And the Rector hopes to observe the Day of Intercession in the Parish of Eakring on Wednesday December 3rd by the Celebration of Holy Communion at 8am and Evensong at 6.30pm with an Address by Rev H J Wall (late Organising Secretary of SPG for London) who will also give a Lecture in the Board School the same evening at 7.30 on the Work of Foreign Missions.
The Lecture on Church History which was to have been delivered on the 4th inst., had to be postponed on account of the illness of the Rev T W Windley, who was to have delivered it; who, we hope, will be able early in the ensuing year to fulfil his engagement.
Rev Canon Skelton, Rector of Hickling, late Principal
of Burgh le Marsh,
Rev G Aspenall, MA, late Vicar of
October 12th, Frederick William, son of William and Matilda Rayworth
October 6th, Harriet Broome, aged 67 years
Our Words and Work for Eakring December 1890
The Judgement in the Bishop of
The Archbishop of Canterbury’s Judgement in the Bishop of Lincoln’s case, which has been waited for with much anxiety by almost all who are interested in the Church’s well-being, was at length delivered by him in his Court held at Lambeth Palace on Friday the 21st ult. Notwithstanding that many persons learned in Ecclesiastical Law have questioned the authority of the Archbishop’s Court, constituted as it has been during the Trial in question, yet surely few, if any, can be found who have carefully read the elaborate Judgement which it took the Archbishop four hours to read, who will refuse to acknowledge the extensive historical research and the sincere desire to consider all the points at issue with thorough impartiality and fairness which it displays. With regard to the observances at the time of celebrating Holy Communion, of which complaint was made in the Action against the Bishop of Lincoln as unlawful, the Archbishop pronounced the Bishop to be mistaken in regard to ‘the breaking of the bread’, which he said should be done so that the Communicants might see his manual act. The Sign of the Cross should not be used by the Celebrant as a public Act in giving the Blessing. The mixture of a little water with the Wine was a most ancient and universal practice of the Church, but should be done beforehand, and not in the middle of the service; the Eastward position of the Celebrant he considered allowable; as also two lighted candles on the Altar during the Celebration as an emblematical of Christ the true light, even though not required for giving light. The Cleansing of the Chalice and Patten (the Ablutions as it is called) and the Singing of the ‘Agnus Dei’, ‘O Lamb of God that takest away the sins of the world’ &c were also allowable. It should be observed that those observances which this judgment pronounces to be allowable are not to be enforced upon those who do not use them; nor can we consider it binding on any but the Bishop of Lincoln in respect of those points which are pronounced unlawful, without some Special Order and Admonition of each Bishop in his Diocese. We earnestly hope however that it may be a means of eventually bringing about greater peace and harmony among the various members of our beloved Church. And we cannot help calling attention to the strong expression of condemnation given utterance to at the conclusion of the Archbishop’s Judgement, and shared in by the Bishops, his Assessors, as to the impropriety of persons intruding as spies on the religious worship of others; as well as to the urgent need of offence in matters of ritual in the conduct of Church Services not being needlessly given or taken. The Archbishop concludes with the following well to be remembers remarks:- ‘The Church therefore has a right to ask that her Congregations may not be divided, either by needless pursuance or by exaggerated suspicion of practices not in themselves illegal. Either spirit is in painful contrast to the deep and wide desire which prevails for mutual understanding. The Clergy are the natural prompters and fosterers of the divine instinct ‘to follow after things which make for peace and things wherewith one may edify another’.
Sewing Class Meeting – The Rector invited members of the Sewing Class to tea at the Rectory to meet Mrs Cator (of Ackworth) on Wednesday the 5th of last month. After an inspection of the various useful garments which have been made, it was agreed that each one should undertake some work at home this winter and that another meeting should be held at the Rectory on the first Tuesday in January to report progress. Within a few days of the meeting, a parcel of several useful articles of clothing was sent to the Church Extension Society’s Depository in Derby Road Nottingham for which the Rector received a most grateful acknowledgement.
Band of Hope and Temperance Meetings – On Tuesday 25th ult, a meeting of the Band of Hope was held in the Parish
Room in the afternoon conducted by Mr Wilfrid
Whitworth; and in the evening a Temperance Meeting at which Mr Opie, from the Parish of Christ Church,
Dedication Festival – In spite of the great disappointment experienced by reason the Special Preacher (Rev George Aspinal) being unfortunately prevented by severe illness from fulfilling his engagement, the Services at our Dedication Festival, which was kept on Advent Sunday (S Andrews Day this year falling on that day) were bright and cheerful, and there was a very fair number of Communicants and at Evensong a good congregation, notwithstanding the inclemency of the weather. The Offertory Collections, amounting to £1 16s 6d, have been sent to the Rev R A McKee, Vicar of Farnsfield (Hon Sec of the Southwell Deanery Church Restoration Society).
Church History Lecture – We are glad to be able to announce that a Lecture on ‘Church History’ will be delivered (DV) by W H Mason Esq, Barrister at Law (of Morton Hall, East Retford) on Thursday January 8th 1891 in the Board School Eakring at 7.30pm. The Lecture will be illustrated with the aid of the Magic Lantern.
Nov 4th (private) Clara Kate, daughter of George and Clara Sarah Cartright
Nov 18th George Broome, aged 67 years