Seagoe Archives

Aug 1938


Aug 1938

Seagoe Parish Magazine.

AUGUST, 1938


J. W. APPELBE, M.A., B.D., Carrickblacker Ave.

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

Lower Seagoe,



People's—H. A. CATHCART.





August 6th—The Transfiguration.

,, 7th—8th Sunday after Trinity.

,, 14th—9th Sunday after Trinity.

,, 21st—10th Sunday after Trinity.

,, 24th—St. Bartholomew.

,, 28th—11th Sunday after Trinity.


This annual Service took place on Sunday, 26th

June, at 11.30 a.m. There was a large turn-out of

Ex-Servicemen. The Seagoe Company of the C.L.B.,

with their Band, were also on parade. The preacher was

the very Rev. R. C. H. Elliott, M.A., Ex-C.F., Dean of


After the service there was the usual short service

at the War Memorial Gates, during which a wreath

from the C.L.B. was laid by Lieut. W. G. Best.


On Sunday evening, July 10th, an Anniversary

Service was held in the Parish Church. The Rector

took the service, and the sermon was preached by the

Rev. Canon J. R. M'Donald, Rector of St. Matthew's,

Belfast. He stressed the value of steady, practical

adherence to the principles of Christianity and of the

Orange Order. The collection was on behalf of the

Lord Enniskillen Memorial Orphan Fund. A large

number of members from Lurgan District and

Portadown Lodges were present.


For some time past the Superintendent and teachers

of the Levaghery Sunday School have been engaged

in an effort to raise funds for the provision of better

seating accommodation for that building. Suitable

new seats have now been procured and placed in the

Hall. To mark the improvement a Service will be held

in the School, on Sunday, August 7th, at 3.30 p.m. The

Preacher will be the Rev. G. F. G. Mann, M.A., Rector

of Knocknamuckley. The collection will go towards

a balance which remains due on this expenditure.


We gratefully acknowledge the receipt of the

following amounts since our last issue: -

Mr. Jas. M'Dowe11, U.S.A. £5 0 0

Miss Maggie Mathers, Lower Seagoe 0 2 6

Bertie Kilpatrick, Lower Seagoe 0 2 6

Alfonso Kirk, Ballinacor 0 5 0

Chas. Montgomery, Druim-an-deur 5 0 0

Samuel M'Cormick, Margretta Park 4 0 0

W. A. Casey, Thomas Street 2 2 0

Samuel Hall, Upper Seagoe 2 0 0

Joseph Ward, Upper Seagoe 1 0 0

19 12 0

Amount already acknowledged 353 7 3

Total 372 19 3


On Thursday, June 30th, the members of the

Mothers' Union joined together for their annual outing.

This year it was a whole day affair. They travelled

in a comfortable motor coach to Newcastle. They

were accompanied by the Rector and Mrs. Appelbe,

and by Mrs. J. H. Twinem, the popular President of

this parochial organisation. On arrival in Newcastle

they had a good and substantial lunch, and later in

the afternoon a much-enjoyed tea. On the beautiful

strand under the shadow of the Mourne Mountains,

they enjoyed a variety of pleasures and thus spent a

very happy day.


The Sunday Schools, which have been closed from

June 26th, will re-open on Sunday, August 14th, at

the usual hours. The children of this Parish are fortunate

to have within their easy reach so many comfortable

and well-equipped Sunday School centres. Each school

has a capable Superintendent and a staff of regular teachers.

We hope that all parents will see that their children are

regular attenders, not only in the Afternoon, but more

especially at one of the Morning Schools.


The holiday habit, so much developed in recent years,

is more marked than ever this summer in the Parish.

Greater numbers of our people have gone away. The

great influx of visitors to Northern Ireland has given

its share to this district. Many holiday-makers, including

several former parishioners, have come to the neighbourhood.

We welcome them to our midst, and we especially invite

them, while here, to join us in out Sunday Services in the

Parish Church.


The Men's Bible Class, held each Sunday morning,

at 10.15, in the Orange Hall, Edenderry, will resume

work on Sunday, August 14th, at the usual hour. The

class is taken by the Rev. W. F. Hayes. New recruits

are always welcome. This opening session we appeal

particularly to boys leaving Sunday School to become



We are grateful to the Rev. G. H. Daunt for a donation

of £l towards the L.E.M.O.F. Collection at the

Orange Anniversary Service, on July 10th.


The candidates had a most enjoyable pic-nic to the

shore of Lough Neagh on Saturday, July 2nd. The

weather, though overcast, was dry, and the large party

present thoroughly enjoyed the outing. Outdoor games,

with an interval for tea, added to the enjoyment of the


We are deeply grateful to the Rev. G. A. Boulger,

M.A., for so kindly placing his beautiful Rectory

grounds at our disposal for the occasion. Also to Mr.

M'Clements and Mr. Mitchell for car transport, and

to Miss I. Atkinson for 5/- towards expenses.

Mrs. Appelbe sent a large parcel of articles for

Foreign Missions made by the G.F.S. Candidates

during the last session, and has received the following: -

"Church Missionary Society,

"6, Salisbury Square, London, E.C. 4.

“12th July, 1938.

“Dear Mrs. Appelbe, —Will you please thank your

G.F.S. Candidates for the scarves, bandages and other

things which they have made. We will send them

where they will be of the most use. We appreciate the

help of the girls. Thank you, too, for your postal order

towards the cost of freight. I enclose receipt. — Yours



“Superintendent, Hospital Supply Dept."


The resignation of Colonel A. Fryer has been

Received in C.L.B. circles with regret. His

appointment to a responsible Government position

has rendered this imperative. For the past four years

he was Colonel-Commandant of our Diocesan Battalion.

During that time he had the further honour of being given

the all Ireland Command of the Church Lads' Brigade.

Experienced, capable and impartial, he was a splendid

Commanding Officer and was highly esteemed by all

ranks of the Brigade. The present sound basis of the

Organisation is in no small measure due to his whole

hearted interest and wise direction. He was present

at many C.L.B. functions in Seagoe and was always

encouraging and helpful. We join with many others

in expressing gratitude for, his work in the CL.E. and

good wishes for his future in that high office he is

esteemed worthy to fill.


At a meeting of Chaplains and Officers held recently

at Donegal Square East. Belfast, Mr. S. Waring, of

Lisburn was unanimously elected to command the Down

and Connor and Dromore Battalion of the Church Lads

Brigade. Mr. Waring has had a long experience in C.L.B.

work and organisation. For some years he was Captain

of the Lisburn Cathedral Company. He is a keen, earnest

Churchman, who will keep before the organisation its

high object—the advancement of Christ's Kingdom

among boys. We are confident that he will prove a good

leader and a successor to Colonel-Commandant Fryer.

We assure him of our whole-hearted support.


Seagoe Public Elementary School, which has been

closed for the summer vacation since early in July,

will re-open on Monday, August 15th, at 9.15 a.m. A

full and punctual attendance of the pupils is requested.


The C.L.B. Sports, now an annual event, took place

on Wednesday, June 29th, at Killycomaine, in a field

kindly lent by Mrs. W. Best. Owing to the unsettled

weather part of the proceedings had to be postponed

to the following evening. There was a good programme

of events, all of which were well contested. These

included the usual junior and senior flat races, egg and

spoon race, thread-the-needle race, bicycle race, sack

race and ladies' race. A special feature of attraction

was the dog show. Prizes were awarded for the dogs

on parade in the best condition, with the longest tail

or with the saddest expression. Miss Cordner, "Beechcote,"

Portadown, once again, kindly acted as judge. The proceeds

were on behalf of the C.L.2. Camp and General Expenses


Captain E. Mitchell and the officers of the Brigade take

this opportunity of expressing their indebtedness to Mrs. Best

and her family and also their thanks to all who generously

sent subscriptions for the prize fund.


Miss Helen M'Dowell, U.S.A., has just left Seagoe.

She was on a visit to her aunt, Miss S. M'Dowell,

Saurin Lodge, Killycomaine. She was accompanied

by a friend, Miss Jones. They are at present on a tour

in the South of Ireland and will visit England and

Scotland before returning to the States.


The usual monthly Service will be held in the Drumgor

Church Hall on Sunday, August 14th, at 3 p.m.


Mr. and Mrs. William Sherman and Miss Betty

Sherman are at present on the Atlantic, aboard the

Letitia, on their way to Canada and possibly the U.S.A.

Both Mr. and Mrs. Sherman visited Canada some years

ago. It is Mr. Sherman’s third journey to "the Land of

the Maple Leaf." We wish them good sailing and a

pleasant time.


"Suffer little children to come unto Me, and forbid

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

June 26th—Elizabeth, daughter of Samuel Robert and

Elizabeth Phillips, Drumnacanvey, Portadown.

July 17th—William James Graham, son of William

James Graham and Emma Hunter, 12 Florence

Court, Portadown.


"Blessed are the dead which die in the Lord from

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

from their labours."

July 1st— Hampton Lyness, Derrytagh South,

aged 79 years.

July 2nd—Anna M. Bradshaw, Breagh, aged

73 years.

July 17th—Robert J. Edwards, 16 Molthe St., Belfast,

aged 66 years.


The death of Mrs. Bradshaw, of Breagh, came as a

shock to her family and acquaintances. Though she

had been in indifferent health for some time, she

seemed to have rallied of late, only to pass away very

unexpectedly. Possessed of a kind, bright disposition,

she will be much missed. Throughout a diligent life

she took a commendable pride in her family and home,

and followed with interest the concerns of this parish.

We express our sincere sympathy with her sons and

daughters in their bereavement.


The annual camp for the junior members of the

Church Lads' Brigade was held at Bangor, from

Saturday, July 16th, to Saturday. July 23rd. The site

of the camp and the weather conditions were ideal.

Over a hundred lads were present from various

companies in the Diocese, as well as representatives

from Armagh and Omagh. The Seagoe members were

—Privates B. M'Court, C. Mitchell, A. Campbell and

W. Johnston. Capt. E. Mitchell was the Camp Commandant.

Sergeant W. Donaldson was a valued member of the camp


Life in the Camp.

The boys had comfortable tents and a good supply

of blankets. They had four meals each day. The food

was well cooked and served liberally. A short service

was taken morning and evening by the Camp Chaplain,

the Rev. R. C. R. Ellis. On the Sunday the campers,

headed by the Seagoe Pipe Band, paraded to Morning

Service at Bangor Parish Church. Each day brought a

continuous round of attractions. The bathing parade

was very popular. There were many cricket and football

matches. The camp canteen did brisk business in the

sale of minerals and fruit. There was much friendly

intercourse with the officers and members of a

Scottish Company of Cadets, who were in camp in

an adjoining field.

Visitors and Sports Day.

On Wednesday afternoon many friends of the lads

were present at the camp sports and later were

entertained to tea on the field. The Seagoe visitors were

Mrs. Mitchell, Miss T. Wilson and Mrs. Lutton. Privates

Douglas M'Loughlin, Mervyn Simpson, Leslie Simpson,

Jim Porter, Nelson Hall and Jim Simpson were also

present with the Rev. W. F. Hayes.

The Last Hours in Camp.

On the last night of the camp an interesting camp

concert was held. The Scottish Cadets took part, and

all the Seagoe members rendered items. Many people

from the neighbourhood attended and greatly

appreciated the entertainment.

On Saturday, July 23rd, the camp came to an end,

and the happy party returned to their respective

homes, after a holiday which they thoroughly enjoyed

and will long remember.


Scripture Examination.

At the recent examination in Religious Instruction,

held on the 8th June, 1938, by the Diocesan Board of

Religious Education for the Diocese of Down and Connor

and Dromore, the following results were obtained:

Certificates of First Class—Nelson Hall, Alfred Magee,

Oswald Hall, Thomas Ruddell, Walker Vennard, Helen

M'Murray, Annie M'Cabe, Mabel Ruddell, Ellie Hall.

Certificates of Second Class—Alfred Guy, Sydney

Guy, Gerald Scott, William Ruddell, Ernest Ruddell,

Noel M'Murray, Norman Weir. Norman Hamilton,

Huston M'Cullagh, Cecil Totten, Wilson White, James

Porter, Alan Campbell, Leslie M’Cormick, David Magee,

Ronald Thompson, David M'Cabe, William M'Cabe,

Wilfred Morrison, William Montgomery, Wolsey Ward,

Hilda Walker, Marjorie Campbell, Moyra Scott, Joan

Bell, Doreen Vennard, Mary Webb, Anna Ramsey,

Doreen M'Murray, Evelyn Morrison, Emma M'Cann.

Certificates of third class. —Thomas M'Cann, James

Hughes, Frederick Thompson.

The Inspector, the Rev. Edward Burns, M.A., expressed

his appreciation of the sweetness and beauty of the

children's rendering of the Hymns, many of which he had

not heard before. These were a selection from "A Children's

Hymnal" by the Rev. Carey Bonner.

We print here the observations sent by the Examiner

to the Manager: -

"It was a pleasure to examine the pupils of this

School in the graded courses of Bible instruction.

"The Prayers were reverently said; the Hymns were

sweetly sung, and the pupils had a very commendable

knowledge of the programme of Holy Scripture.

"The teachers are to be congratulated on the effective

manner in which the instruction was given."


There may not now be many people in Seagoe that

know who made and presented the two handsome

kneeling stools at the Communion Table in Seagoe

Church. They are mahogany, and the ends are carved

with the device of Keys and an Open Bible. Dyne

Atkinson told a parishioner that they were the

and gift of Captain Hayes, of the R.I.C., who was

stationed in Portadown between 60 and 70 years ago.

He lodged in Edenderry, and when the stools were

finished he sent for Dynes, as sexton, to take them to

the Church. He went for them after dark on a very

frosty winter evening. The Captain brought him in

and, he said, " didn't affront him," but treated him

hospitably, "of the best," after which he set out with

the stools. In the meantime the roads had become so

slippery, he had great difficulty going home and

especially in getting up Seagoe hill. He was very glad

when the stools were safely placed in the Church,

where they have been in use ever since.

On one of the stools, though concealed by its

position in the chancel, there is the carved inscription—

1878, T. Hayes. Two parishioners remember Captain

Hayes, as District-Inspector at Portadown, and as a

regular worshipper in Seagoe Church. Can any other

whose memory goes back so far, verify his full

Christian name?


HOLY COMMUNION—1st Sunday after Morning

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


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


MORNING PRAYER—Sundays and Chief Festivals,

12.30 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—Services as announced.


BIBLE CLASS FOR MEN in Edenderry on

Sundays at 10-15 a.m.

SUNDAY SCHOOLS - 10-30 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 and Fridays.


alternate Mondays 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. Licenses are issued by Ven. Archdeacon Hannon, 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 15/-, Professional £1. 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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