[January AD 1886]


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


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.  On Christmas Day, Easter Day, Whitsunday, and Trinity Sunday two Celebrations, one at 8am and the other at mid-day.


BAPTISMS – On the second Sunday in the month, at the 3 o’clock service.


MATTINS – Sundays 10.30am ; 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.  There is no fee, but an offering is usually made, as directed by the Prayer Book.


In the Parish Room:


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

SUNDAY SCHOOL – 9.30 am and 2 pm

CLOTHING CLUB – 12 to 1 every other Monday

LENDING LIBRARY – 4 to 5 pm every other Wednesday


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





Mr John Hurt, Mr Thomas Burne – Churchwardens


Mr J Edlington, Organist

Mr G Maude, Parish Clerk

Mr S Broome, Sexton


Magazine printed by John Whittingham, Printer, Southwell

Our Words and Work for Eakring January 1886


Christmas Decorations and Services – The ringers, as usual, hailed the blessed event commemorated on Christmas Day by a hearty Peal at midnight, another early in the morning and again in the evening.  The Decorations in Church also demonstrated in an unmistakable manner the Festival which was to be kept.  Evidently great pains had been taken and much taste shewn in their preparation and arrangement, the number of red berries this year adding greatly to the effect of the whole.

The Font and the Cross over the altar have been especially admired.  We are glad that our trusty friends to whom the Church has been chiefly indebted for its decorations for so many years received some assistance this time, and have promise of further help another time.  There were a goodly number of Communicants at the celebrations, more in fact we believe than any Christmas before.  There was also an excellent congregation at Evensong, and a hearty Service.  In the afternoon also a short Children’s Service with Carols.


Laying of the Foundation Stone of the New Rectory – On the 14th of last month an interesting ceremony took place which is not likely soon to be forgotten by any of those who were present.  On that day in presence of a large concourse of people – chiefly inhabitants of the Village – Countess Manvers laid the foundation stone of the new Rectory.  God’s blessing on the work being sought by a Service of Prayer and Praise conducted by the Rector assisted by the Organist and Choir in their Cassocks and Surplices.  The Rev Canon Hole (Rural Dean), Rev G Chell, Rev J J Wardale (son of the late Rector), Colonel and Mrs Cator were present, also the Architect J G Finch Noyes (who came on purpose from London), the Builders Messrs Smith and Lunn, and the Clerk of the works, Mr Crocker.  At the conclusion of the ceremony the rector addressed a few words of the company present, explaining the reason for substituting a Bible and Prayer Book for the coin usually deposited under the Foundation-Stone, and also on behalf of himself and those present, thanking Lady Manvers for coming: - Before her Ladyship left, a hearty cheer was given, and we hope that her first visit to Eakring will have left on her mind such a favourable impression and she will ere long pay us another visit.


Diocesan Inspector’s Report of S Andrew’s Sunday School – The Rev R H Whitworth examined our Sunday School on Saturday the 12th of last month.  We have since received his report which, on the whole, is sufficiently favourable to stimulate all concerned to increased interest and energy; not calculated to make any of us sufficiently satisfied with what has been accomplished.  ‘The children (he says) were neat, orderly and attentive.  The advance made is not perhaps so great as on the last occasion, but very good and useful work was done.  The teaching is clear and definite and must prove in the end very valuable in the diffusion of Christian Truth.’  It is to be regretted that out of 51 on the Books no more than 31 were present at the Examination; some, we know, were ill, but there were others, who, we think, might have been present if a little more interest and effort had been exerted in their behalf by their Parents.



Church Supper – Tuesday 19th at 6.30pm in the Parish room

Sunday School Festival – Thursday 21st.  Evensong at 3 o’clock

Lending Library Meeting – Monday 25th at 7.30 pm

Concert for the benefit of the Choir – Tuesday 26th in the Parish room

Guild Meeting – Wednesday 27th at 7.30 pm

Confirmation by the Right Rev The Lord Bishop of Southwell (DV) in Eakring Church at 11 am – Monday February 22nd



Baptism – December 27th, Eliza, Daughter of Francis and Sarah Dack (of Nottingham)

Marriage – December 24th, William Paulson and Sarah Broom

Our Words and Work for Eakring February 1886


Church Supper and Entertainment – On Tuesday, the 19th of last Month, the Annual Gathering of Church-workers and friends took place at the Rector’s Parish Room, the capabilities of which were stretched to the utmost on this occasion to enable so large a party of find seats at the supper provided for them, the usual guests having been considerably augmented by the Workmen at the New Rectory.  Though ample justice was done to the substantial repast provided, yet the exigencies of the occasion had been so well calculated for by Mrs Burson that sufficient was left to have regaled several more if need had required.  After supper followed as usual, a Musical Entertainment with an interesting reading, interspersed by Mr Elvidge, entitled ‘Niche by Niche’.  The encores with which several of the Songs were greeted showed evidently the appreciation of the Audience of the efforts made to entertain them.


Sunday School Festival – It was the Children’s turn next to have their usual entertainment, and so the following Thursday there was a half-holiday at the Day-School, and the Scholars of the S. Andrew’s Sunday School assembled at the Parish Room at 2.30 pm and went to Church, except a few little ones who were prevented by the severity of the weather from joining the rest.  After a short and hearty Service and an Address from the Rector a large party assembled at the Parish Room for Tea, the Parents of the children, as well as other friends, having been invited.  Then followed the distribution of the Prizes.  A list of the successful competitors is given below.  The cheering with which each was greeted as he or she went up to the Rector to receive the reward, showed the good feeling existing among the scholars towards one another.  Our friends will be glad to hear that the Sunday School still keeps up its numbers and efficiency under the able superintendence of Mr Packford.  It is well worthy of note that no less than four in the 1st Class this time received a first prize, having obtained full marks.


1st Class – Conduct and Attendance

1st Prize – Clara Cooper, Fanny Drabble, Frances Kirkland and Laura White.  2nd Prize – Joseph Kirkland


Lessons – 1st Prize – Walter White,  2nd Prize – Mary Esther Freeker,  3rd Prize (Extra) – Walter Burne


2nd Class – Conduct and Attendance

1st Prize – Elizabeth White,  2nd Prize – Alice Kirkland,  3rd Prize (Extra) – Annie Colton


Lessons – 1st Prize – Mary Ann Burne,  2nd Prize – Susan Godfrey


3rd Class – Conduct and Attendance

1st Prize – Alfred White,  2nd Prize – Fred Colton


Lessons – 1st Prize – George Ellis,  2nd Prize – Samuel Freeker


4th Class – Conduct and Attendance

1st Prize – Ada Louisa White, 2nd Prize – Walter Ellis


Lessons – 1st Prize – William Henry Godfrey,  2nd Prize – Arthur Tarr and Edith Burne


The Lending Library and Guild Meetings announced in last month’s Parish Magazine, have been unavoidably postponed.  Also the Choir Concert has been postponed until Tuesday, the 16th of this month.  The Confirmation will be held by the Bishop of Southwell (DV) in our Parish Church, on Monday the 22nd at 11 o’clock.



Baptisms – Jan 10th, Phoebe, daughter of John and Ellen Osborn.

(Private) Jan 18th Edey, daughter of Joseph and Eliza Spittlehouse


Burials – Jan 6th Henry Walker, aged 54 years

Jan 22nd, Edey Spittlehouse, aged 14 days

Our Words and Work for Eakring March 1886


Choir Concert – The Concert for the Benefit of the Parish Church Choir, postponed from January, took place in the Rector’s Parish Room, on Tuesday the 16th of last month, and proved in every respect a great success. The room was crowded with an appreciative audience whose interest and enthusiasm were sustained to the end, notwithstanding the programme was a very full one.  In addition to our well known friends at home, who were very heartily received, we had the very efficient help on this occasion of much talent, which to a considerable extent was new to an Eakring audience;  for besides our old friend Mr Cruft who is always ready on these occasions to lend a helping hand, we had the good fortune to secure the services of the Rev H T and Mrs Hayman of Edwinstowe, the Rev G Gorton  and his niece Miss Ashton of Walesby, Miss Sampson of Kneesall, Mr Webb of Kelham and Mr Hatton a friend of Mr Packford.  We can assure them of a hearty reception when they pay us another visit, as we hope they will do when we have sufficient inducement to attract them here again.  Our friends will be glad to hear that the proceeds amounted to ₤2 12s. 0d., which has been divided among the members of the  Choir, whilst the Probationers have not been forgotten.


Confirmation at Ollerton – The readers of our Magazine are aware that a Confirmation was to have been held in our parish Church on Monday the 22nd of last month; as however when the time drew near, it turned out there were hardly any but the Eakring Candidates expected, it was decided that they should join the rest at Ollerton, in which Church (the Service being held at three o’clock) Eleven from our Parish were confirmed by the Lord Bishop of Southwell – namely Herbert Burne, Walter Broome, Charles William Rhodes (Leyfields), Mrs Colton, Minnie Broome, Anna Riley, Frances Highfield, Laura Ann White, Fanny Drabble, Elizabeth Osborn and Fanny Kirkland.


Visit of the Bishop to Eakring – The Bishop and Lady Laura Ridding lunched at Eakring with the Rector and a few friends on their way to Ollerton, and inspected with much interest the Parish Church and the new Rectory, the building of which has made good progress, in spite of hindrances arising from the severity of the weather.   It must be a source of gratification to the Parishioners as well as to the Rector that the Bishop expressed himself as so well satisfied with what he saw, for our parish Church should be regarded as a Centre for unity for all in the Parish as ‘Our Father’s House’ dear to all from the religious as well as other associations by which we are drawn to it, as our forefathers have been before us from generation to generation; and the Rectory should be looked upon as not being built for the  gratification of an individual, but as intended to be the Centre and Source from whence should issue from generation to generation influences of piety and beneficence to raise the tone and gain the affections of the people; a ready resort for them in their troubles, both bodily and spiritual – the house of one whom they have confidence in as their true friend, of one who is willing to spend and be spent in their service for his Master’s sake.



February 14th John William, Son of Thomas and Alice Farrow.

February 14th William Arthur, Son of Mary Hall

February 15th (Private) Herbert, son of William and Matilda Rayworth (of North Laithes, Liberty of Rufford)

Our Words and Work for Eakring April 1886


Board School – On the 3rd of last month the Accounts were Audited at Southwell, by Mr Chamberlain, and on the 11th the School was examined by Her Majesty’s Inspector the Rev C J Sewell and his Assistant Mr Webster, with the following results:- Out of 57 presented for examination 50 Passes in Reading, 47 in Writing, and 34 in Arithmetic, showing a percentage of 77 Passes; whereas last year out of 51 presented for examination there were 41 Passes in Reading, 39 in Writing and 37 in Arithmetic, showing an average of 76 Passes. In consequence of the alteration of the School year which closes now at the end of February instead of the end of November as it used to, 15 months had to be reckoned for Attendance, the average being 65.  Besides the 57 in the different standards, there were also 20 Infants presented for examination.  Thus it will be seen that there were 6 more in the standards presented this time than last year and 14 more passes.  While on one hand there has been an advantage in having 15 instead of 12 months to prepare for the examination, and also in the change giving a longer time after the harvest holidays, yet there have been many drawbacks, as for instance the change of Master and the amount of illness there has been in the Parish during the winter, as well as the severity of the weather.  We doubt not that if only the Parents will back up the efforts of the Master by sending their children regularly to school, as they are bound to do, we shall see at the end of another year a great improvement in every respect.


Special Lent Services – The special Services in Church on Friday Evenings have been well attended.  The Sermons have been preached by Rev J F H Mills, Rector of Hockerton; Rev J M Dolphin, Vicar of Coddington and Rev W M Benson (of Ollerton) Curate of Edwinstowe.  We trust that the good attendance will be maintained on the Fridays which yet remain before Holy Week, when the preachers will be Rev W T Webb, MA, Vicar of Rolleston, on the 9th, and Rev G F Filliter on the 16th, service as hitherto to commence at 7.30.  Cottage Lectures have also been held in different parts of the Parish, and one also by the kind permission of Mr and Mrs Marshall at Leyfields, which was well attended.  The Rector hopes to have two more before Easter, one of them to be held in the Parish Room on Wednesday the 14th at 7.30 when T Cecil Smith-Woolley (of Collingham) has kindly promised to give an address.  During Holy Week  there will be the usual services – Holy Communion at 8am, on Maundy Thursday, Services at 8, 10.30, 2 and 7.30 on Good Friday, the story of the Cross at 2 o’clock.  On the other days of the week an address at Evensong 7.30 except Saturday.  The Rector hopes that notwithstanding the backwardness of farming operations and the prolongation of labour into the Evening, that yet many will be able to avail themselves of the opportunities thus afforded them of help in spending the last and most solemn period of Lent in a profitable manner, and that having thus prepared themselves they will hail the approach of Easter with sincere and heartfelt joy and gladly avail themselves of the privilege of coming on that day to the Lord’s Table either at the Early or Mid-day Celebration.



Baptism – March 28th, Walter Edward, Son of Thomas and Rose

Allice Ellis (of North Laiths, Rufford Liberty)


Burial – March 16th, William Wykes, Aged 87 Years.

Our Words and Work for Eakring May 1886


Lent and Easter Services – The attendance at the Friday Evening Services during Lent, when there were special Preachers, has been very satisfactory; also during Holy Week , besides the attendances on Palm Sunday and Good Friday, which were considerably in excess of last year, there were not a few who joined attentively in the Evening Services of the days preceding Good Friday; while on Easter Day, when the church looked particularly bright and attractive owing to the labour of love which had been bestowed upon it by skilful hands evidently not unaccustomed to the Work – there was abundant evidence that the people of Eakring have learnt to value this great Festival – the number of Communicants being greater than ever before and the Church being nearly full in the Evening when the service was very hearty, the Choir performing their part in a very creditable manner.  Altogether the great improvement this year in the attendances at the Services of the Church during Lent and Holy Week as well as on Easter Day seems to testify to a greater appreciation on the part of our people of the Holy Seasons of the Church; and we cannot for one moment think that, though some may not have attended from the highest motives, the earnest words which have been spoken have been uttered in vain or that the Services of the Sanctuary have been without a hallowing influence on those who have taken part in them.


Report of Her Majesty’s Government Inspector – (copy) ‘Mixed School’ – “The style of the work is good except the Arithmetic of the fifth and sixth standards, but there are an undue number of failures in the second and fourth standards.  English is intelligent, but the upper Grammar is very weak.  Geography, except in the third standard is satisfactory, especially the Boys’ answering.  Sewing is fair. Upon the whole there is an inequality in the work of the School, which the new Master may be expected to correct.”


Infants Class – “The infants are orderly, but instructed only with moderate success, except in Writing.  Improvement should be secured.  The Master’s attention seems hardly sufficient given to the Infants. A Girkin has passed fairly. She should be informed that she is now qualified under both Articles 50 and 52.”


From the above it would seem that there is plenty of room for improvement, which, however, we doubt not, that Mr Speight will do his best to secure before the Inspector’s next visit, if only the Parents will do their part by seeing that their children attend regularly and punctually, and are not kept away for any insufficient reasons.


Tea and Entertainment in the Board School – On Tuesday in Easter-week the School-room in the afternoon presented a very gay and animated appearance.  Evidently something very different to lessons was about to take place, the day had arrived when the Tea kindly provided by the Countess of Manvers in honour of the Laying of the Corner-stone of the new Rectory, was to be partaken of by all the children of the Day School, and at the hour appointed 108 sat down and did justice to what was set before them.  Later in the evening there was an Entertainment in which upwards of 100 children took part, consisting of School Songs, Rounds and Recitations.  The way in which they acquitted themselves, and in particular in their ‘Action-songs’ has given, we believe, a very general satisfaction to Parents and others, of whom the goodly audience who pretty nearly filled the Room, was composed.  It was very evident great pains had been taken in preparing the children beforehand.  Miss Speight also sang very nicely a Song entitled ‘Come, Birdie, Come’ and, being encored, ‘The Wishing Cap’.  Mr H Speight read an amusing piece called ‘Yorkshire Pudding’ in the Yorkshire dialect.

Our Words and Work for Eakring June 1886


Vestry Meetings – At a Vestry Meeting held on Tuesday May 4th, Mr John Hurt was appointed Rector’s Churchwarden, and Mr Burne was re-elected as the Parishioners Churchwarden.  At the adjourned meeting on Friday the 21st both the Constable’s and the Church accounts were passed.  For particulars of the latter we refer our readers to the Balance Sheet at the end of this month’s number of our Magazine.


Gifts to the Church – The Rector has presented a Flag and an Organ to the Parish Church, the latter in memory of his mother the late Lady Louisa Cator.  On Sunday the 16th of last month, on the occasion of the opening of the Organ, Sermons were preached in the parish church both Morning and Evening, by the Rev C Webb, Vicar of Mansfield Woodhouse and the Collections amounting to ₤2 were devoted to the Additional Curates Society.  Mr J A Edlington presided at the Organ and the Services both Morning and Evening were choral. In the Evening the Church was nearly full.


Eakring Provident Club Anniversary – Tuesday the 18th the day appointed for the Anniversary of our Provident Club (mustering over eighty enrolled members) did not turn out so propitious as regards the weather as its friends could have wished and in fact at one time the down pour of rain threatened to prevent any attempt to carry out the programme for the Sports in Mr Palmer’s field (kindly lent again this year for the occasion) – however ‘all’s well that ends well’ as the saying goes, and so it has proved with our Anniversary, for the Balance in hand after all expenses is this year ₤2 2s. 3d., and in spite of all drawbacks and gloomy forebodings, all went off successfully.  The Members mustered in good numbers and together with others who were present, filled the Church, where a short Choral Service was held as usual.  Rev H T Hayman, Vicar of Edwinstowe, preaching a hearty and stirring Sermon, taking as his Text Psalm cxlviii 14 ‘Praise ye the Lord’.  A Meat Tea was provided in the Rector’s Parish Room, which the members use for the meetings, admission being gained this time as before by ticket.  The necessities of the body having been attended to, it was determined in spite of the state of the ground, to carry out the programme of the day, and wonderful to relate!  The amount taken at the gate for entrance to the field was more than in former years when we had fine weather; fortunately later on in the afternoon the clouds rolled by and it turned out a fine evening overhead.  We only hope that colds were not caught by standing on the wet grass so long.  Several of those in the field wound up the evening with a dance in Mr Garland’s barn, which he kindly threw open for their use.  We have reason to believe that the Farnsfield Band which was engaged on this occasion, gave general satisfaction.  It may be mentioned in conclusion that the Funds of the Club are in a very prosperous condition, and the more the principles on which it is founded are know, the more it is appreciated.  The Club now have their own Banner, which was used at this year’s Anniversary for the first time.  The Motto that has been adopted is ‘Strive and Thrive’.

Our Words and Work for Eakring July 1886


Eakring and Rufford School Board – At a meeting of the Board on Friday June 4th Mr George Kirkland (Junior) (of the firm of Messrs Kirkland Solicitors, Southwell) was elected Clerk of the Board in place of Mr Dunkley, who has resigned.


Examination of Board School by the Diocesan Inspector – On Monday June 21st the Rev R H Whitworth, Vicar of Blidworth, Hon. Diocesan Inspector, examined the children of the Board School in religious subjects, 85 being present on the occasion.  Considering that they had not been many months under special preparation for this examination they acquitted themselves very creditably, as will be seen from the remarks of Mr Whitworth at the foot of the Report which he has sent – he says ‘This was the first Examination in Religious Knowledge of the Rufford and Eakring Board School, and the result is encouraging.  The Bible subjects in Divisions III and IV viz the Book of Genesis and the Gospel according to Saint Matthew were creditably done.  The slate work of Division III was fair.  The written work of Division IV good generally, five or six papers being very good in writing, spelling and knowledge.  The appearance of the children was creditable to their parents – the collective answering was ready and discipline good.  Individual reply was weak and hesitating except in Division IV’.  The following are the successful competitors for the Prizes for religious subjects, given by the Rector and Mr Speight.


1st Division (upper) Herbert Speight and Clara Cooper

2nd Division Elizabeth White and Gertrude Whittington

3rd Division Annie Colton and George Ellis


Ruridecanal Conference – on Tuesday June 22nd after a short service in the Cathedral at 1.30pm a conference was held in the North Transept, under the presidency of the Rural Dean (Canon Hole); the Clergy, Churchwardens and Lay representatives of the several parishes in the Deanery of Southwell having been invited to attend.  Eakring was represented by the Rector, Mr Burne (the people’s Warden) and Mr Thomas Cooper.  The special subject brought before the conference was the necessity of organisation for the defence of the Church.  The rules for a branch association in this Deanery of the Church Defence Institution drawn up by a committee appointed some months ago were submitted to the conference and approved, and it was resolved that the members of the said committee should be recognised by the conference as the executive committee of the Southwell Deanery Branch of the Church Defence Institution, with power to add to their number.  It was also resolved that efforts should be made to form branch associations in several Parishes of the Deanery.  The Rural Dean having announced to the conference his resignation of that office which he has held for 14 years, a vote of thanks to him for his services mingled with regret at his resignation was unanimously passed.  We hope that Eakring will not be behind in doing her part in the work of Church Defence and that ere long a Branch Association will be formed in the Parish.



Baptisms – June 9th (private) Betsy, daughter of George and Sarah Hunt

June 24th (private) Annie, daughter of Henry and Annie Hurt


Burial – June 27th John Godfrey aged 67 years

Our Words and Work for Eakring August 1886


Choral Festival at Southwell – On the first of last month, a large party from Eakring, consisting of the Church Choir and Friends, went to the Annual Festival of the Notts Choral Union, which was held in Southwell Cathedral (as it has been for some years past). At Evensong 3.30 an excellent and eminently practical sermon was preached by the Bishop of Lincoln (Dr King) from Psalm cxlviii. 12, ‘young men and maidens, old men and children, praise the name of the Lord’. (Prayer Book Version).  In the interval between our Picnic Dinner and Evensong, Miss Monckton again this year kindly admitted the Eakring party to the pleasure grounds of the Manor House, a privilege which was quite appreciated by them.  A pleasant drive home after Tea concluded a pleasant, and we trust, not unprofitable day.


Flower Service – Sunday 11th July was the day fixed for our annual Flower Service, which was of the same character as on former occasions and was held in the Parish Church.  The service was hearty, the congregation large, and the bouquets which were brought by the children as offerings were handsomer and more neatly and tastefully arranged than ever before.  The day following the Rector took them as usual to the Southwell Union and was particularly requested by the Master of the Union to express to the children who made these offerings, the grateful thanks of himself and the inmates of the house; moreover the Board of Guardians at a meeting held on Friday, the 23rd unanimously passes a vote of thanks for the present of Flowers to the inmates of the Workhouse.  The collections in the Parish Church on the 11th, amounting to ₤2 3s. 0d. and a sum of 6s. voluntarily subscribed by the workmen at the new Rectory have been sent to the Newark Hospital and gratefully acknowledged.


Band of Hope Expedition to Oxton – this year the Eakring Band of Hope (the Juvenile Branch of the Church of England Temperance Society) joined in the demonstration at Oxton.  The party, which mustered in all, including relations and friends of the young people, not less than 50, spent we are sure, a very pleasant day, starting for the expedition about 10.45 am and not reaching home again till 10 pm.


Outbreak of Measles – School closed.  Our readers cannot fail to notice the unusually large list of burials we have to record for last month.  It appears that in many villages at the present time there is a great deal of illness, and ours is not an exception.  In our case it has shewn itself in an outbreak of measles, in consequence of which the Board School has been closed.  It is generally acknowledge that in the case of little children, if they are kept warm and the eruption is not checked, but encouraged to develop itself freely, the disease is not dangerous – we would therefore urgently entreat all parents to attend very carefully to such necessary precautions as they value the lives of the little ones whom God has given to them.





July 17th (private) Mary Ann, daughter of Frederick and Sally Hurt

July 21st (private) Johnson, son of Joseph and Mary Elizabeth Rayworth

July 25th (private) Albert, son of Henry and Sarah Hayes



July 3rd Annie Hurt aged 19 weeks

July 9th George Coupe aged 44 years

July 16th Betsy Hunt, aged 5 weeks

July 19th Mary Ann Hurt, aged 6 hours

July 24th George Tarr, aged 9 months

July 27th Albert Hayes, aged 12 months

July 29th Johnson Rayworth, aged 4 weeks


Our Words and Work for Eakring September 1886


Board School – We are thankful to be able to announce that since the last number of our Magazine was issued the measles which were so prevalent has subsided, and the School has been at work again since the 16th ult, after having been closed for a month. We trust that as soon as ever the harvest is gathered in, the parents will realise equally with the members of the Board and the Master, the importance of seeing that their children attend regularly and punctually, and so do their best to prevent the efficiency of the School being interfered with through any neglect on their part.  At the last meeting of the Board (9th ult) Mr Geo. Kirkland, Junr entered on his duties as Clerk to the Board, in succession to Mr Dunkley and we trust that he will give as much satisfaction as Mr Dunkley invariably has done.


Church Sunday School Festival – Our Sunday School Festival has been kept this summer unusually late, not taking place till Tuesday the 17th of last month.  The usual Service was held in the Parish Church at 4 o’clock instead of 3 – after which the Prizes were distributed by Mrs Cator (of Ollerton) in the Parish Rooms immediately before Tea, after which the Children and their friends adjourned to Mr Burne’s field (kindly lent for the occasion) where a Cricket Match was played between the Eakring and Kneesall Boys Elevens, which resulted in a draw, the evening closing in before both sides had had even one innings.  The rest of the children amused themselves in various ways, several of their elders joining heartily in the games and doing their best to make them happy.  At length all assembled once more in the Parish Room and a happy day was concluded by singing the National Anthem and giving several hearty cheers.


The following is a list of the Prize Winners in the various classes:


1st Class – Lessons                                                       4th Class Conduct and Attendance

First Prize – Clara Emma Cooper                                 First Prize – Charles Ernest Bellamy

Second Prize – Joseph Kirkland                                   Second Prize – William Henry Godfrey


Conduct and Attendance                                              5th Class – Lessons

First Prize – Mary Esther Freeker                                 Prize – Ada Louisa White

Second Prize – Herbert Burne                                     

Extra Prize – Walter Burne


2nd Class – Lessons                                                      Conduct and Attendance

First Prize – Elizabeth White                                         Prize – Emily Coope

Second Prize – Alice Kirkland 


Conduct and Attendance                                              6th Class – Lessons

First Prize – Annie Colton                                             Prize – Edith Burne

Second Prize – Mary Ann Burne


3rd Class – Lessons                                                       Conduct and Attendance

First Prize – John Meltham                                            Prize – Walter Broome (junr)

Second Prize – Alfred White                                        


Conduct and Attendance                                              7th Class – Lesson

First Prize – Samuel Freeker                                         Prize – Alice Drabble

Second Prize – George Ellis                                          Conduct and Attendance

                                                                                                                Prize – Beatrice Ellis

4th Class – Lessons                                                      

First Prize – Susan Godfrey                                          Catechizing in Church

Second Prize – Eliza Foster                                          Prize – Walter White


The Teachers also each of them received a present from the Rector.


The Registers

Marriage – Aug 31st, William Hanson and Elizabeth Burton

Burial – Aug 8th Joseph Broome, aged 2 years.

Our Words and Work for Eakring October 1886


The Lay Reader – During the past month Mr and Mrs Packford have left the Parish, having been with us three years, during which time they have rendered valuable help to the Rector, and especially in the managing of the Church Sunday School; they will be missed by many.  In Mr Packford’s successor, Mr Wilfrid Whitworth, the Rector has confidence that he has found one who will work cordially with him in his endeavours for the promotion of the best interests of the Church and the Parishioners, who we doubt not, will give him a ready welcome, especially when they know that he can hardly be looked upon as a perfect stranger, seeing that he is the son of a neighbour, and one whom we may now look upon as an old friend – Rev R H Whitworth, Vicar of Blidworth, and Diocesan Inspector, whose voice and presence amongst us many of us have become familiar with.


Board School – School will recommence (DV) on Monday, the 4th of this month, after only a short Harvest holiday, in consequence of the School having been previously closed for a month owing to the outbreak  of measles.  We trust that all Parents will realise the importance of sending their children at once, and continuing to send them regularly, that they may have a fair chance of keeping up with other children of the same age, and of doing credit to their parents and teachers.


New Rectory and the Harvest Festival – The Harvest Festival has been fixed for the 12th of this month, on which occasion the Rev J E Phillips, Vicar of Hucknall Torkard, has kindly consented to preach.  The New Rectory being almost completed, the Rector proposes to take that opportunity of holding a Special Service in the afternoon to invoke God’s blessing on the Building before it is inhabited, after which there will be a Public Tea to which all Parishioners are invited by the Rector.  The Rev J M Dolphin, Vicar of Coddington, has kindly consented to give an address.  Handbills will shortly be issued stating particulars.


Night School and Reading Room – The drawing in of the days warns us that the winter season is fast approaching; this, we know, is a time which very many find the most convenient for self improvement and we trust that not a few will feel the importance of availing themselves of the opportunities which will shortly be provided (all being well) for that purpose.


A Night School will be opened (DV) on Monday the 11th in the Parish Room at 7.30 under the superintendence of Mr W Whitworth who hopes to be able to carry it on through the winter, three nights a week.  The Rector hopes to be in a position very shortly to provide also a Room to be used of an Evening for reading and innocent amusements.  It will be well if the readers of this Magazine will make known the opening of the Night School among their young friends; and if Elders will urge those over whom they have an influence not to be backward in using the opportunities now offered to them.




Baptisms – Sept 8th (private) Edwin, son of Samuel Hodgson and Maria Elvidge

Sept 12th Harry, son of John and Harriet Ellis


Burial – Sept 29th Edwin Elvidge, aged 8 weeks

Our Words and Work for Eakring November 1886


Church Congress and Diocesan Conference – The Month of October is always a busy one for Church folk, as it is almost invariably chosen for the Meeting of the Church Congress, and also in several Dioceses for the meeting of the Diocesan Conference.  Some important Town and a good centre in a district is always chosen for the Meeting of the Church Congress which moves about from year to year in different parts of England and Wales, and the number of persons who annually attend it is a proof of the widespread interest in the Church’s work and progress.  This year, when the Congress met at Wakefield, was no exception to the rule, the large building erected for the occasion, as well as the rooms in which Sectional Meetings were held, being at times crowded to a very uncomfortable degree.


On the first day (Tuesday October 5th) Service having been held in three of the Churches of the town, the Congress was opened by a very able speech by the Bishop of the Diocese, the Bishop of Ripon, after which meetings were held day after day from the Tuesday until the Friday.  In the week following our Southwell Diocesan Conference was held under the Presidency of the Bishop at Derby, the Meeting extending over two days, Thursday 14th and Friday 15th ult.  Several subjects having in view the increased efficiency of the Church were ably treated of in various papers and speeches.


Benediction of New Rectory and Harvest Festival – The event, however, of last month of the greatest interest to the inhabitants of Eakring, was, no doubt, the Celebration of the Completion of the New Rectory.  This was fixed for the same day as the Annual Harvest Festival, Tuesday the 12th when the day, having begun with the Celebration of the Holy Communion at 8 o’clock, followed by Mattins at 10; a Special Service was held at 3 o’clock, commencing in Church with a few prayers, a psalm, lesson, hymns and a very suitable address from Rev J M Dolphin, Vicar of Coddington, and ending with a few prayers and a hymn in the New Rectory, with the intention of asking God’s blessing on the building now completed and on those who are to dwell therein.  Afterwards the Parishioners were entertained in the Board School at a Tea provided by the Rector.  Several ladies in the Parish most kindly and willingly lent their assistance in a number of ways which those who are initiated in the mysteries of Tea-making and providing the accessories of a public tea, know well are necessary over and above the mere purchase of the food, to insure the success of such an undertaking.


In spite of the weather, which unfortunately was most unfavourable, there was a large congregation in the Church in the afternoon; the School room was filled three times at least with guests, and at the evening Harvest Thanksgiving the Church was so full that several had to stand out in the porch.  The Service was very hearty, the Organist and Choir performing their parts in a very efficient manner.  The Church was decorated with much care and taste, and last, but not least, a very earnest and appropriate Sermon was preached by the Rev J E Phillips, Vicar of Hucknall Torkard, from S John vi 32.




October 10th Edwin, Son of William and Sarah Paulson

October 10th Rosey Ellen, daughter of George and Ellen Broome


NB Night School in Parish Room, Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays at 7.30 pm.

Our Words and Work for Eakring December 1886


Events of the Past Month – On Tuesday the 2nd a Temperance Meeting was held in the Rector’s Parish Room, which was very fairly attended.  Mr Boyd, Organising Secretary of the Church of England Temperance Society for the Diocese of Southwell, gave an interesting and earnest address.  The Rector expressed a hope that these meetings would be continued monthly during the winter.

On Tuesday the 16th a Concert took place in the same room, the proceeds of which, about 30/- were given (as was also the case last year) to the Organist whose ordinary salary is hardly adequate to the services for which he is responsible, at the cost, oftentimes of considerable inconvenience in bad weather owing to the distance he has to come.  For some reason or other the attendance was not so good as usual.

The Dedication Festival was observed as usual on S Andrews Day the 30th, when there was a Celebration of Holy Communion at 8 o’clock, Mattins at 10, and Evensong (Choral) at 7 o’clock, the Sermon, a very appropriate one, being preached by the Rev R A McKee, MA, Vicar of Farnsfield, who chose for his text S John i 40-41.

The Offertory Collections at Celebration and at Evensong amounted together to ₤1 16s. 0d. which has been sent by the Rector to the Secretary of the Universities Mission to Central Africa in London as a contribution to its funds.

            On Monday the 15th the Rector moved into the New Rectory and took up his abode there together with members of his household.  His friends will no doubt be pleased to hear of the honour conferred upon him by the Bishop who has appointed him Rural Dean of the Deanery of Southwell, in succession to Canon Hole, who resigned several months ago.


The Season of Advent – We have now entered upon a New Christian Year, which, with its rounds of special seasons, its services and teachings, we must hope, will bring abundant blessings on all, both old and young, rich and poor.  We may, however, be sure of this, that the benefits and blessings will be in proportion to our earnestness and zeal in seeking and desiring them, and our faithfulness and diligence in using the means appointed for conveying them.

The following have kindly consented to preach on three of the Wednesdays in Advent, viz:

Dec 8th, Rev C R Gorton, MA, Vicar of Walesby

Dec 15th, Rev J R Ashworth, MA, Chaplain, Newstead Abbey

Dec 22nd Rev J Huxley, BA, Assistant Curate, Southwell


The following statistics as to the Christian year just ended, will not, we are sure, be without interest to the readers of our Magazine, who take an interest in the spiritual welfare of the Parish.

Average attendance at Church on Sundays the whole day, Adults and Children together – 196

Average attendance on Sundays the whole day, Adults – 111

Average attendance on Sundays the whole day, Children – 82

Average no. of Communicants on Sundays, there having been a Celebration on 47 Sundays – (10 about)

Total number of celebrations – 54

Average number at each Celebration – 10 (about)

Amount of Offertory Collections on Sundays - ₤35 6 3½d

Amount of Offertory Collections on other days - ₤8 17 7½d

Average on Sundays - ₤0 13 7d (nearly)


There have been 17 Baptisms in Church and 8 in Private (being cases of dangerous illness); 17 Burials (double the usual number).

On February 22nd, Eleven from Eakring (three male and eight female) were Confirmed by the Bishop of Southwell in the Church of Ollerton.



Baptisms – Nov 14th Bertha Annie, daughter of Frank and Emily J Scory

Nov 14th Elizabeth Martha, daughter of Thos James and Emma Dennis

Nov 14th Arthur George, Son of George and Clara S Cartwright

Burial – Nov 24th Francis Heath, aged 88 years