Seagoe Archives

Aug 1940


Aug 1940

Seagoe Parish Magazine.

AUGUST, 1940.

It all depends on me and I depend on God”


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

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



People's—J. R. REID.





August 4th—11th Sunday after Trinity.

August 6th—The Transfiguration of our Lord.

August 11th—12th Sunday after Trinity.

Monthly Service in Drumgor at 3 p.m.

August 13th—Mothers' Union at 7.30 p.m. in


August 18th—13th Sunday after Trinity.

August 24th—St. Bartholomew.

August 25th—14th Sunday after Trinity.

Monthly Service in Hacknahay at 3.30 p.m.


The Lord Bishop confirmed thirty boys and thirty

four girls, all belonging to the Parish, on Friday,

July 5th, at 8 p.m. The following are the names of

those confirmed: — Desmond Gillespie; Thomas Currie,

David Magee; Samuel Kearns; Nelson Hall; William

Simpson, Alfred Guy; Cecil Gracey; Victor M'Neill;

Walker Vennard; William Best; Wilson Roney, Robert

Alexander; Kenneth Pentland; James M'Cormick;

William Carville; Eric Gilpin; Bertie Ellis; Victor

Ellis; William Montgomery; William Hall; David

Moore; Brian M'Court; George Hunter; Sydney Guy;

Thomas Walsh; Samuel McKay; Roy Stanfield; Robert

Stanfield; Henry Abraham; Rhoda Marsden; Dorothy

Milligan; Helen Sharpe; Lila Rainey; Annie Sharpe;

Maud Irwin; Dorothy Fletcher; Ray Lyness; Irene

Gracey; Isobel Kirk; Willo Hoy; Ada Lester; Isobel

Ruddell; Dorothy Ruddell; Betty Metcalf; Helen

M'Murray; Lilian Campbell; Ethel Treanor; Maureen

Lyness; Molly Maxwell; Millicent Hoy; Hilda Walker;

Hannah Simpson; Gwen Major; Hazel M'Crory;

Evelyn Roney; Muriel Donaldson; Adeline Walsh;

Edna Montgomery; Viola Morrison; Violet Creeny;

Ruby Russell; Susan Anderson; Margaret Ann Metcalf.


The above was chosen as his subject by the Rev. H.

O'Connor, M.B.E., when addressing the congregation

present at the annual Orange Anniversary Service held on

Sunday evening, July 7th, and in a most helpful way he

stressed the need for A.R.P., which he developed as follows: —

"Acquaint thyself with God"—Job. chap. 22, verse 21.

"Repent and be converted"—Acts, chap. 3, v. 19.

"Prepare to meet thy God"—Amos, chap 4, v. 12.

In these verses are contained thoughts which are

essential for us all in these difficult days. It is only

by keeping in touch with God by public worship and

private prayer that we can get the spiritual strength

we need. We hear much about the necessity of keeping

up the public morale, in plain language this simply

means that men and women are needed, who are

calm and confident in days of anxiety and strain,

and who are brave and courageous in the midst of

disappointment and suffering. These qualities are

all matters of the soul and will only be found in

those whose inner lives are strengthened and

nourished by communion with God.

The present world catastrophe in the last resort

is due to man's sin, his refusal to live in God's world

as God's child. Hitlerism and Fascism are the outward

symptoms of this deep-seated evil in the soul of

man. It is not God's will that twentieth century

man should use his God-given powers and his

God-given scientific knowledge to destroy and waste

human life and property. It is the result of human

sin, Christianity is again being attacked by the forces

of paganism which it met and vanquished in the

early centuries of our era. But here is a point

which we must not neglect—are our hands clean as a

nation and as individuals? Are our consciences

guiltless? It is true we have not organised our national

and private life on the Nazi or Fascist basis, but

nevertheless, the canker of secularism is much in

evidence since the last war. God was not publicly

denounced, but He has been ignored, His commandments

have been set aside, Christ's teaching has been treated

with contempt in many quarters. That this is no

exaggeration can be seen, when we recall to mind

facts like these which cry out in our midst the neglect

of public worship on the Lord's Day; the refusal to

apply Christ's teaching to problems like unemployment;

the appalling revelations of the divorce courts; the

turning of a deaf ear to the appeal of the Foreign

Missionary Societies for financial help to enable them

to cope with amazing opportunities in India, China, Africa

and elsewhere to extend the knowledge of Christ;

the absence of self-discipline and self-sacrifice in

many lives; (It is interesting, that a leading French

Statesman recently gave this as the reason for the

downfall of France); the secularising of education,

the gambling traffic in football pools and dog and

horse racing. These are some of the evils which are

only too obvious in Christian Britain. Unless we

"repent and be converted" we may win the war but

we will never win the peace.

This present war is different from all preceding

wars in this that the distinction between soldier and

civilian no longer holds good in the matter of risk.

There is a sense in which it is true to say, that every

resident in these islands is on active service, it has

often been pointed out that in this struggle the members

of the civilian population are now called upon to share

the risks and the suffering, which hitherto were borne

only by those in the fighting services. This means that

just as the soldier, sailor or airman has always to accept

the possibility of death, as a result of his position; so

too in these days, we on the home front, are no longer

immune; if we are all in a sense combatants now, we

must accept the consequences. For the Christian there

is nothing terrifying in this, for he knows, with St. Paul,

"that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities,

nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come, nor

height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able

to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ

Jesus our Lord." Are we ready suddenly to pass into the

nearer presence of God? If we live as in His Presence

here day by day we need have no fear of coming closer

to Him in the Life beyond the grave.


There was a large attendance of members at the

afternoon meeting held in the Rectory on Thursday,

July 25th. Considering the very wet weather during

the preceding weeks, it was fortunate that the day

was comparatively fine, so that after tea indoors all

present were able to enjoy the fine view and good

Killicomaine air for an hour out of doors. Mrs. Marks

did good work for the Red Cross by collecting 11/-

from those present with the help of tea-leaves! Others

tried their skill at putting, and Mrs. Hoy returned the

best score, for which she received a prize.

The next monthly meeting will be held on Tuesday,

August 13th, in Seagoe School at 7.30 p.m., when it

is hoped there will be a special speaker.


All Sunday Schools in the Parish will be resumed on

Sunday, August 11th, when it is hoped that all children

and teachers will be in their respective schools refreshed

and ready for another year's work.


The Hon. Treasurer for the above gratefully acknowledges

the receipt of the following subscriptions:

Mr. J. R. Reid, Killicomaine Road £5 0 0

Mr. David M'Kane, Ballymacrandle 0 5 0

£5 5 0

Already acknowledged £642 5 7

Total £647 10 7


We congratulate all concerned, and especially

the Honorary Secretary, on the healthy state of

the recent Excursion accounts. The committee is

in the happy position of possessing a substantial

balance, which has been put into the keeping of the

Select Vestry until such time as it is needed. We

print below a detailed statement, which sets out very

clearly the income and expenditure.


461 Adult Rail Tickets at 2/6 £57 12 6

239 ½ Adult Refreshment Tickets 11 19 6

256 Children's Rail and Refreshment Tickets 32 0 0

Allowance on Catering Account 0 10 0

Total £102 2 0


By 719 Railway Tickets, G.N.R. £56 18 5

Catering A c (Messrs. Davison) 27 0 0

Hire of Hall and Field 1 0 0

Printing Account 0 18 6

Insurance of Children 1 0 0

Bill posting account 0 2 6

Gratuities 0 12 6

Incidental expenses and postages 0 4 6

Balance on hands 14 5 7

Total £102 2 0

To Balance on hands—£14 5s 7d.

R. M'CLEMENTS (Treasurer).

W. HUTCHINSON (Secretary).



Morning Prayer—The Churchwardens, Messrs. J. H

Twinem, R. Scott, T. Maginnis, J. Ward.

Evening Prayer—Messrs. Holmes White, N. Campbell,

Wm. Hewitt, H. Ellis, Wm. Neill, J. M'Loughlin.


Morning Prayer —The Churchwardens, Messrs. Geo.

Wilson, D. F. Stoops, J. Gee, T. Stanfield.

Evening Prayer —Messrs. J. Walker, D. Allen, R.

M'Murray, A. Kirke, W. H. Best, G. Nixon.


Drumgor—Sunday, August 11th, at 3 p.m.

Hacknahay—Sunday, August 25th, at 3.30 p.m.


The Edenderry Parochial Hall Committee hope to

run a "Bring and Buy Sale" in the near future, in

order to raise money to keep the finances out of debt.

The date will be announced in Church. The idea is

as the title suggests, that you bring something in the

way of provisions, garden or farm produce, or

something of a similar nature and this is placed on a

stall for sale. The "black-out" last winter considerably

reduced the income for the letting of the hall, and so

an effort must be made to find money for running

expenses, heating, etc.

It is hoped that our parishioners, both in town and

country, will help the committee by their gifts and

by their presence at the sale.


"Suffer little children to come unto Me, and forbid

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

July 7th—Robert Norman, son of James Alexander

and Elizabeth Liggett, 4, Watson's Lane,


July 7th—Christina, daughter of Joseph Alexander

and Margaret M'Crory, 20, Florence Court,


July 7th—Thelma, daughter of James and Minnie

M'Cann, 1, Florence Court, Portadown.

July 7th—George Courtney, son of George and Lucy

Hewitt, 6, Railway Street, Portadown.

July 7th—Sophia Carolyn Murray, daughter of John

and Sophia Victoria Dobbin, Innishmore,

Eden Crescent, Portadown.


"Those whom God hath joined together let no man

put asunder."

8th July—George Barrington, 77, Grosvenor Road,

Urmston, Manchester, and Sarah Coulter,


10th July—Thomas John Liggett, Mullaglass, Scarva,

and Mary Preston, Lylo, Portadown.

11th July—William M'Murray, Ballygargan,

Portadown, and Annie Magee, Kernan.


“Blessed are the dead which die in the Lord from

yea, saith the Spirit, that they may rest from their labours."

July 20th—Martha Maginn, 42, Enfield Street, Belfast,

aged 80 years.

July 26th—Sarah Roney, Railway Street, Portadown.


We regret that Mrs. Margaret Porter has felt obliged

to give up her position of caretaker of Seagoe P.E.S.,

a position which she has faithfully fulfilled for a

number of years. Mrs. Porter never spared herself,

and her bright and obliging disposition endeared

her to us all. No matter what function or meeting

was held in the School she was always behind the

scenes. We are grateful for her unselfish and

devoted service, and we pray that she may be long

spared to enjoy her well-earned rest. We are glad to

know that she is well on the way to recovery after

her recent indisposition.


Owing to Mrs. Porter's retirement applications are

invited for the above position. Particulars as to

duties, etc., can be had from Mr. G. Leake, Hon. Sec.,

Seagoe Select Vestry, to whom also applications

should be made in writing. It would suit someone

living fairly near the school, as in winter time the

furnace has to be lighted early to have the School

heated in time for 9.30 a.m.


We regret the passing of Mrs. Roney after a long

and trying illness. For six years she had been

confined to bed, but in spite of this she was always

bright and cheerful and she bore her weakness with

courage and fortitude. To her son, who is serving

in H.M. Forces, and to her husband and relatives

we tender our sympathy, and pray that God may

strengthen and sustain them in their sorrow.


I knew a man and his name was Horner,

Who used to live in Grumble Corner;

Grumble Corner in Cross-Patch Town,

And he never was seen without a frown.

He grumbled at this; he grumbled at that;

He growled at the dog; he growled at the cat;

He grumbled at morn; he grumbled at night;

To grumble and growl was his chief delight!

He grumbled so much at his wife, that she

Began to Grumble as well as he,

And all the children, wherever they went,

Reflected their parents' discontent.

If the sky was dark and betokened rain;

Then Mr. Horner was sure to complain.

And if there was not a cloud about,

He'd grumble because of a threatened drought.

His meals were never to suit his taste;

He grumbled at having to eat them in haste;

The bread was poor, the steak was tough,

Or else he hadn't had half enough.

No matter how hard his wife might try

To please her husband, with scornful eye

He'd look around, and then with a scowl

At something or other, begin to growl.

One day, as I loitered along the street,

My old acquaintance I chanced to meet,

Whose face was without the look of care,

And the ugly frown he used to wear,

" I may be mistaken, perhaps," I said,

As after saluting I turned my head.

" But it is, and it isn't, Mr. Horner,

Who lived so long in Grumble Corner."

I met him next day, and I met him again,

In melting weather, in pouring rain,

When stocks were up, and when stocks were down,

But a smile somehow had replaced the frown.

It puzzled me much, and so one day,

I seized his hand in a friendly way,

And said: "Mr. Horner, I'd like to know

What can have happened to change you so?"

He laughed a laugh that was good to hear,

For it told of a conscience calm and clear,

And he said, with none of the old-time drawl:

Why, I've changed my residence, that is all!"

"Changed your residence?" "Yes," said Horner,

"It wasn't healthy in Grumble-Corner,

And so I've moved; 'twas a change complete;

And you'll find me now in Thanksgiving Street!"

Now, every day, as I move along

The streets so filled with the busy throng;

I watch each face, and can always tell

Where men, and women, and children dwell;

And many a discontented mourner

Is spending his days in Grumble Corner,

Sour and sad, whom I long to entreat

To take a house in Thanksgiving Street!

(The above poem recently appeared in a literary

paper and it is worth printing, as it expresses the

Christian duty of thanksgiving. St. Paul would

endorse it, for did he not say? "Giving thanks always

for all things to God.")


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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