Seagoe Archives

Apr 1940


Apr 1940

Seagoe Parish Magazine.



REV. J. W. APPELBE, M.A., B.D., Seagoe Rectory.

W. F. HAYES, B.A., L.Th., The Bungalow,

Lower Seagoe.



People's—J. R. REID.





April 7th—2nd Sunday after Easter.

April 9th—Monthly meeting of Mothers' Union.

April 14th—3rd Sunday after Easter.

Monthly Service in Drumgor at 3 p.m.

April 21st—4th Sunday after Easter.

April 5th—St. Mark.

April 28th—5th Sunday after Easter.

Monthly Service in Hacknahay at 3.30 p.m.


The annual meeting of registered vestrymen and

vestrywomen took place in the Parochial Hall,

Edenderry, on Thursday, March 28th, at 8 p.m. The

Rector presided over a fair attendance and opened

the meeting with prayer, after the reading of the 46th

psalm by the Rev. W. F. Hayes.

The Chairman, in his introductory remarks,

congratulated the Hon. Treas., Mr. W. White, on having

the financial report printed with such promptness,

that it had been in circulation several days before

this meeting. He pointed out that, as the report of

the accounts showed, the finances of the parish were

in a healthy condition. It was an occasion for

thankfulness to Almighty God that this was so and

it was a token of the loyalty and generosity of the


He voiced his appreciation of the untiring efforts

of the Hon W.F.O. Secretary, Mr. J. H. Twinem, who

never spared himself where the interests of Seagoe

were concerned, and it must be gratifying to him to see

an increase of over £40 in the W.F.O. contributions as

compared with the previous year.

The Rector then reminded those present that the

chief function of the Church was to be a living witness

to the things of the Spirit and the Body of Christ, through

which He is seeking to redeem men and nations. In these

days the Christian Church is the only witness in the world

for righteousness; evil is strong; in a great part of the

world Christian Standards have been abandoned and

as a result, we meet to-night under the cloud of war.

There is a great need today for worshipping Christians

but the sad fact remains that a great number of our

parishioners do not avail themselves of the privileges

of worshipping in God’s house regularly. Let us work

and pray that there may soon come an awakening to

the value and need of worship.

In concluding he referred to the loss the Parish

had sustained by the passing of Mr. T. H. Wilson

after a unique record as organist.

He also expressed his grateful thanks to the Rev.

W. F. Hayes for his valued help during the year, to

the outgoing Churchwardens for their services, and

to the members of the Select Vestry for their cooperation.

The Rector then referred to Mr. W. R. Sherman,

who had been obliged to resign his position as Hon.

Secretary to the Select Vestry owing to his appointment

as Assistant Town Clerk; whilst congratulating him on

his success they were sorry to lose the services of an

efficient secretary, and he felt sure that Mr. Leake, who

had at the request of the Vestry, kindly undertaken this

office, would keep up the high tradition of his predecessors.

The following elections were then made: —

Rector's Churchwarden—Mr. Geo. Leake; People's

Churchwarden—Mr. J. R. Reid.

Select Vestry— Messrs. R. McClements, S. McCormick,

W. White, E. Mitchell, J. H. Twinem, D. F. Stoops, T. Martin,

Jas. Maginnis, John Stephens, John G. Gracey, James

Twinem, H. M. Gibson. Glebe-wardens—Messrs. R,

McClements and S. McCormick.

Sidesmen: - T. E. Maginnis, J. Allen, W. A. Casey,

R. Scott, J. Walker, N. Campbell, I. Dickson,

G. Wilson, A. Kirk, C. S. A. Twinem, Thos. Gracey,

Wm. Hutchinson, T. Stanfield, W. R. Sherman, W.

Hewitt, D. Allen, J. Gee, A. Pickering, H. Ellis, W.

G. Best, J. H. Wilson, S. D. Walker, Thos. Hall, Geo.

Moore, W. H. Best, Wm. Neill, G. Nixon, R. M'Murray,

Jos. Ward, J. McLoughlin, F. Shanks, D. Sherman,

Holmes White, G. Steenson, Thos. Maginnis, Gilbert


A vote of thanks was passed by acclamation to all

the voluntary workers in the parish for their splendid

services, including the Sunday School Teachers and

Superintendents, the C.L.B. Officers, the Mothers'

Union, the choir, W.F.O. Distributors, Parochial Hall

Committee, the Hon. Auditors, Messrs. Rocke, Hall &

Co., etc.


During the past month we had the privilege of

hearing two visiting speakers, who, in a forceful way,

reminded us of our duty to play our part in the

Missionary work of the Church. The Rev. J. I. Lea, B.A.,

C.M.S. Northern Secretary, preached at both services

on Sunday, March 10th. Lenten self-denial envelopes

were given out and about 100 were returned on the

following Sunday, resulting in the realisation of

£6 13s 4d for the Church Missionary Society.

On Thursday, March 14th, the Rev. E. J. Mackie

addressed a meeting in the Parochial Hall, Edenderry,

at which there was a fair attendance. He spoke of

his experience while working in Chile, under the

South American Missionary Society. We are glad to

note that as a result of his talk several new boxes

were taken out, as well as new subscribers to the

S.A.M.S. Magazine.

We print below the result of the box collections for

C.M.S. and the C. of I. Jews' Society. We are grateful

to the box-holders and the Hon. Secretaries for their



The next monthly meeting will take place on Tuesday,

April 9th, in Seagoe School, at 7.30 p.m., when it is

hoped that an address will be given by Miss Wightman.

Members should note that this is the first meeting since

the outbreak of war, which is being held at the usual

peace-time hour and date, and so we hope to see many

present who were unable to attend the afternoon meetings.

C.M.S. BOX COLLECTIONS, 1939-1940.

(Miss G. E. Atkinson, Hon. Secretary.)

Miss Lily Dickson £0 7 6

Miss E. Gracey 0 8 3

Miss E. Collins 0 2 6

Mrs. G. Price 0 4 9 ½

Mrs. H. M. Gibson 0 6 2 ½

Mrs. Dawson 0 7 1

Miss Flannigan 0 1 2

Mrs. Metcalf 0 4 0

Miss Atkinson 0 2 6

Miss G. E. Atkinson 0 10 0


Mrs. George McNeill 0 2 6

Miss. McCormick 0 4 1

Miss M. England 0 4 7 ½

Miss M. Bradshaw 0 3 0

Miss S. Maginnis 0 8 10 ½

Miss Rachel England 0 3 1

Miss L. Neill 0 0 7

Miss Gladys Magee 0 5 4

Miss Dinah Montgomery 0 2 6

Mrs. W. H. Currie 0 6 7

Mr. Norman Creggan 0 5 0

Miss Calvert 0 12 9

Lenten Self-denial 6 13 4

Advent and Lent Services, 1939 1 7 0

Total £13 13 3

A cheque for the amount has been forwarded

to the C.M.S. office, Belfast.



Mrs. Appelbe, Seagoe Rectory £0 10 0

Miss S. Halliday, 82 Ravenhill Park, Belfast 1 0 0

Miss N. K. and N. Montgomery, Edward St.,

Portadown 1 0 0

Miss Jean Watters, Goban St., Portadown 0 10 0

Miss Amy Cox, Carrickblacker Rd., Portadown 0 4 0

Mrs. Thomas Martin, Balteagh, Portadown 0 7 6

Mrs. Wm. Neill, Lower Seagoe, Portadown 0 4 2

Mrs. James Shanks, Kernan, Portadown 0 5 8

Mrs. Magee, Carrickblacker Rd., Portadown 0 3 7

Mr. Arthur Allen, Bridge St., Portadown 0 4 4

Miss M. L. Best, Goban Cottage, Seagoe 0 10 0

£4 19 3

Good Friday Collection, 1939 1 7 3

£6 6 6

M. L. BEST, Secretary.

A cheque for the above amount has been forwarded

to the Diocesan Treasurer of the C. of I. Jews' Society.


For year ending December 31st, 1939.

To Balance 6 7 11

,, Harvest Offertory 3 16 0

,, Payments for use of Hall 25 18 5

£36 2 4

By Caretaker's Salary £11 2 6

,, N.I.E. Board 11 6 8

,, Star Electric Co. 0 5 5

,, Coke and Coal 3 8 2 ½

,, Cleaning Materials 0 18 7

,, Tuning and Repairs 1 2 0

,, Ground Rent 0 1 0

,, Sundries 0 3 6

,, Repairs 0 13 5

,, Paid over to Boiler Account 2 15 6

,, Balance 4 5 6 ½

£36 2 4


Morning Prayer—The Churchwardens, Messrs. T. E.

Maginnis, R. McClements, G. Wilson, W. R. Sherman.

Evening Prayer—Messrs. J. Walker, A. Kirke, T.

Stanfield, H. Ellis, W. H. Best, J. McLoughlin.


Morning Prayer—The Churchwardens, Messrs. S.

McCormick, Gilbert Price, Foster Shanks, Jos. Ward.

Evening Prayer—Messrs. N. Campbell, Thos. Gracey,

Wm. Hewitt, S. D. Walker, Geo. Nixon, Holmes White.


During Holy Week there were the usual week-night

services from Monday to Good Friday, as well as

Morning Prayer on Good Friday. On the Tuesday

there was a fine turn-out of the members of the C.L.B.,

and also, the local branch of the Mothers' Union was

well represented.

On Easter Day the choir rendered music appropriate

to the occasion, including a special Easter Anthem.

The singing was of its usual high standard and it went

a long way in making the services as inspiring as

they should be on this great day.

We are deeply indebted to Mrs. Casey for undertaking

the responsibility for playing during her father's illness,

and afterwards. It was the wish of the clergy, Select Vestry,

choir and congregation that Mrs. Casey should succeed

her father in the position he held for so long, but Mrs. Casey

did not wish to do so, though she has kindly promised to

help at any time she may be required.


During the past month these annual functions took

place in Hacknahay, Edenderry and Seagoe. In the

fore mentioned centre a variety concert was given by

the children of the Sunday School and their performance

reflected great credit on the children and on Miss

Maginnis, who trained them.

In Seagoe the social took place on a Saturday afternoon

on account of there being no "black-out" arrangements

in the School, and the change did not in any way detract

from the enjoyment of the gathering.

At Edenderry the Parochial Hall was filled almost

to crowding, but in spite of the large number present

the usual popular games were enjoyed to the full.

The numbers present at these Sunday School centres

and the number of prize winners both go to show that

these Sunday Schools are in a flourishing condition,

and their Superintendents and Teachers are, to be

thanked for their fine work and congratulated on

their success.


At a meeting of Sunday School Teachers and

Superintendents on Wednesday, March 20th, there

was a preliminary discussion as to the desirability of

holding an excursion for the Sunday Schools to the

seaside this year as in former years. It was decided

provisionally to hold an outing in a field in the parish

this year, as those present considered travelling as in

former years out of the question for various reasons,

e.g., inability of railway to provide facilities, rationing

of sugar and rise in catering prices, probable increase

in fares, etc.

There will be another meeting in Seagoe School on

Wednesday. May 1st, at 8 p.m., when a full attendance

of Superintendents and Teachers is requested, so that

the matter may be discussed fully in all its aspects.

There is no reason why a most enjoyable day could

Not be had at a suitable centre somewhere in the parish,

and with the proper organisation of competitions and

games, etc., it might be a pleasant change from excursions

of recent years, which do not seem to provoke the enthusiasm

amongst the children that one would expect.


Confirmation classes will commence during April.

Intending candidates should assemble in the Parish

Church on Sunday, April 14th, at 4 p.m., so that suitable

times may be arranged for the classes to meet weekly.

Intending candidates must have passed their fourteenth



On Sunday, March 10th, the mortal remains of Mr.

Thomas Henry Wilson were laid to rest near the

Church where for sixty-eight years he acted as organist,

being connected with the choir for seventy years,

as he entered it when a boy of seven. This is truly a

unique record of service faithfully discharged and the

fact that to the end, in spite of advancing years, he

retained the confidence of the choir is a striking tribute

to his virile personality. He loved the Church and its

services, and he was a regular communicant. He was

indefatigable in his efforts for the welfare of the choir,

and a few weeks before his death he provided a dozen

new hymn books for the choir and was also responsible

for procuring a new hymn board to match the existing one.

His health had been failing for some time, yet so strong

was his courage that he played until some weeks before

he passed away. It will be hard to think of Seagoe choir

without him, and he will be long remembered for his

unparalleled period of service, as well as for his bright

and cheery disposition. He bore a very trying illness with

true Christian fortitude and patience and to the end

he remained bright and brave. Now he is a member

of the Choir Invisible, and we thank God for his long

and useful service. Mr. S. P. B. Smith played at the

funeral service, at which two of his favourite hymns

were sung, and at the end the "Dead March in Saul"

was rendered, while the congregation stood in token

of respect to his memory; the large number of people

present was a tribute to the respect in which he was

held by a wide circle of friends.

At the funeral service and at Morning Prayer on

March 10th the Rector referred to the loss the parish

had sustained by his passing.

We also regret to record the death of Mrs. Costello,

who was not in robust health for some years; she had

passed the allotted span and the end came peacefully

without suffering.

To all the bereaved we extend our sympathy and

pray that the Risen Christ may sustain and strengthen

them in their sorrow.


"Suffer little children to come unto Me, and forbid

them not, for of such is the Kingdom of God.”

March 3rd—David Thomas, son of Thomas Henry and

Sarah Hall, Kintore, Seagoe.

March 3rd—Christina Thelma, daughter of Samuel A.

and Sarah Miller, 22, Seafield, Lurgan Road,


March 3rd—Cecil Rodney, son of Arthur and Annie

Allen, 23, Carrickblacker Rd., Portadown.

March 3rd—John Edgar, son of John and Esther

Hamilton Ramsey, Kernan.

March 3rd—James Austin, son of William and Ellen

Elliott, 17, Seafield, Lurgan Rd., Portadown.


"Those whom God hath joined together let no man

put asunder."

March 27th—William George Moles, Blacker's Mill,

Portadown, and Ellen Treanor, Drumnagoon.


"Blessed are the dead which die in the Lord from

henceforth, yea, saith the Spirit, that they may rest

from their labours."

10th March—Thomas Henry Wilson, Seagoe Cottage,

aged 80 ½ years.

12th March—Margaret Costello. Tamnificarbet.

12th March—Thomas F. Neill, 45, Chadwick Street,

Belfast, aged 31 years.

25th March—James Clayton, Water St., Portadown,

aged 90 years.


In the list of W.F.O. Subscribers in James St. the

following item should read: —Mr. and Mrs. Connor,

10s 3d instead of 3s 3d. We regret above mistake, and

are glad to note that Mr. and Mrs. Connor set a very

good example to the parishioners in James St. by their

generous contribution to the W.F.O. scheme.


The Hon. Treasurer for the above gratefully acknowledges

the receipt of the following subscriptions: -

James Twinem, Lylo Villa £5 0 0

Chas. S. A. Twinem, Lylo Villa 2 0 0

James J. Twinem, Lylo Villa 1 0 0

Mrs. S. J. Preston, Lylo 0 10 0

The Misses Hoy, Lylo 0 10 0

Joseph E. McMurray Lylo 0 10 0

The Misses McCormick, Lylo 0 3 0

Miss M. White, Lylo 0 2 6

David Webb, Lylo 0 10 0

Miss C. Kirby, Eden Avenue 0 5 0

Mrs. K. Carragher, Eden Avenue 0 5 0

J. Wilson, Seagoe Road 0 5 0

Mrs. T. Mitchell, Seagoe Upper 0 2 6

Mr. J. Mitchell, Seafield, Lurgan 0 10 0

David McKane, Ballymacrandle 0 5 0

£11 18 0

Already acknowledged £597 3 1

Total £609 1 1


HOLY COMMUNION—1st Sunday after Morning

Prayer; 3rd Sunday at 8 a.m., and on the Chief Festivals

HOLY BAPTISM—1st Sunday of each Month at 4 p.m.,

and during any Service in the Parish Church, notice to be

given; Two Sponsors at least are required. The father and

mother must be present. Churchings are held at each Baptism.

Mothers are expected to bring a thank offering. (See Book of

Common Prayer.)

MORNING PRAYER—Sundays and Chief Festivals,

11.30 a.m.

EVENING PRAYER—Sundays, 7 p.m.


Hacknahay—Last Sunday of Month at 3.30 p.m.

Drumgor—Second Sunday of Month at 3 p.m.

Edenderry—Wednesdays at 8 p.m., Oct—Easter.


BIBLE CLASSES FOR MEN in Edenderry on Sundays at 10.15 a.m.

SUNDAY SCHOOLS—10.15 a.m. Edenderry Parochial

Hall and Seagoe School. 3 p.m. Seagoe, Edenderry

Parochial Hall, Levaghery, Hacknahay, Carne, Drumgor, Bocombra

MOTHERS' UNION—2nd Tuesday of each month at 7.30 p.m.

CHURCH LADS' BRIGADE in the Parochial Hall on Tuesdays.

GIRLS' FRIENDLY SOCIETY in Seagoe School on Mondays at 8 p.m. as announced

G.F.S. Candidates - Oct. – Easter, Edenderry Parochial Hall, Saturdays at 3 p.m.

SEAGO CHRISTIAN ENDEAVOUR SOCIETY – Mondays, Orange Hall, at 8 p.m.

SEAGOE P.E. SCHOOL—9.15 a.m. Principal—Mr. R. Scott.

MARRIAGES must be performed between 8 a.m. and 3 p.m. Licences are issued by Ven. Archdeacon Hannon, the Rectory, Lurgan. Due notice (48 hours) must be given to the Rector of intended weddings. FEES—BY License—Labourers 5/-, Tradesmen 10/-, Merchants and Farmers £1, Professional £l. By Banns 5/-.

FUNERALS will be attended by the Clergy if proper notice be given. SICK CASES should be notified to the Clergy without delay. FEES FOR CERTIFICATES—BAPTISM 3/7, Children (Factory) 1/- and 2/- (non-residents); MARRIAGE 3/7. An extra Search Fee is chargeable in certain cases. It will be a help to the Clergy if they are notified of the arrival of new Church families in the Parish.

A copy of the Magazine will be sent by post to any subscriber for 3/- per annum.


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