Eakring Parish Magazine
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Our Work and Words for Eakring January 1895
Eakring Clothing Club – Messrs Bainbridge and Co.,
Dedication Festival – on S. Andrew’s Day Friday
Nov 30th, as usual, was kept the Dedication Festival in the
Election of Parish Council and District
On Tuesday 4th ult., at , a Parish Meeting was held in
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
J. W. MINKLEY
GENERAL AND FURNISHING
Ironmonger and Complete House Furnisher
Cheapest and Best Shop for Agricultural Implements, Tools &c.,
Sewing Machines, Washing and Wringing Machines, Lamps, Stoves
Wood Furniture of all Kinds Bedsteads and Bedding
New Branch in
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.
Large stock of Metal and Porcelain Wreaths and Crosses,
Glass-cases, Tablets, Zinc Troughs &c., wholesale or retail
MEAT! MEAT!! MEAT!!!
JOHN H. FROST
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
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
Tuesday 15th ult., the
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.
total amount collected for SPG in this Parish during the year 1894 - £3 17s 6d
– has been sent to the head office in
£ s d
The Rector’s Subscription 1 1 0
Mr Marshall’s Subscription 0 10 6
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.
13th ult The Drawing Inspector paid our
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
Savile 2 2 0
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
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.
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
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.
Confirmation at Bilsthorpe – At a Confirmation in
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
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 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
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
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.
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
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
16 – George Henry Redmile and
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:
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,
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
‘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.’
R. H. WHITWORTH
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 , a very appropriate address
was given by the Rev G H Fooks.
Afterwards tea was provided in the
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
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
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
Opening of Post Office at Eakring – On Friday 13th
ult the Postmaster from
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
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
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
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