Seagoe Parish Magazine.
A U G U ST, 1935.
Rev. Chancellor Archer, B .D ., The Rectory, Seagoe.
Rev. W. F. Hayes, B.A., The Bungalow, Lower Seagoe, Portadown.
CHURCHWARDENS :Rector’s------Mr. H. MURRAY GIBSON.People’s—Mr. THOMAS MARTIN.
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The next number of the Magazine will be published in the 2nd week of September instead of
as usual in the first week of the month.
The Sunday Schools
The Sunday Schools of the Parish which have
been closed for holidays since July 7th, will
(D .V .) re-open on Sunday, August 18th, a t the
usual hours, it is very important that all the
children, as well as the Teachers, should be in
their place as usual on that date. It will be the
Ninth Sunday after Trinity, and the Afternoon
Lessons in the Calendar will be as. follows:—Repetition for Seniors— “ A Prayer for Pardon” (see
Page 50 Book of Common Prayer), Psalm 65
verses 9 and 10. Repetition for Juniors— “ Duty
to God’’ in the Catechism. Subject of Lessons
Perseverance in Prayer—Reality in Religion,”
St. Luke 11 to verse 14 and verse 87 to end.
For the Morning Sunday Schools the Lessons in
the Calendar will be—Repetition for Seniors,
The Apostles Creed” and Hymn 273 verse 4.
Repetition for Juniors, Hymn 631. Subject for
study— “ The Need of Decision,” 1st Kings 18.
verses 17-45. At a meeting of Superintendents
and Teachers held in June, it was decided that it
would be a great advantage in our Sunday Schools
if a collection were made every Sunday instead of
on occasional Sundays. If the amounts contributed by each child are entered by each Teacher
in a note-book then the amount required each
year for prizes and for the annual excorsion could
be found beforehand. In Sunday Schools where
a collection is made each month for the Indian
child in South America the Mission Box would
take the place of the other collection on that particular Sunday. Each Superintendent is asked to
arrange for his or her particular Sunday School.
The Men’s Bible Class.
The Men’s Bible Class held by the Rev. W. F .
Hayes, each Sunday morning in the Orange H all,
Edenderry, will resume work on Sunday. August
4th, at the usual hour.
America in Seagoe.
We had a welcome visitor to our Parish in
July in the person of Mr. William Reid, from
Pittsburg, U .S.A ., who was staying with his
father, Mr. George Reid, at Killycomaine Road.
It is many years since Mr. Reid left Seagoe for
the States, but he is still remembered by many
in the old place. We were glad to see him look
so well. He never forgets the old Parish.
Seagoe C .L .B . has had representatives both at
the Cadet Camp in Blackpool and in the Training
Corps Camp at Strangford, Co. Down. A great
compliment was paid to our Seagoe Company in
the fact that our Captain— Captain Mitchell was
appointed by Headquarters to be in command of
the Training Corps Camp at Strangford. Both
Camps were very successful. The weather was
very fine and the lads enjoyed every moment of
C.L B Sports Rally.
The C .L .B . Sports Rally on Friday, July 5th.
was a great success. The weather was fine and
not too warm, and the field, so kindly lent by
Mrs. Best, of Church Lane, looked perfect. The
junior events took place at 4 p .m ., and the senior
events a t 7.30 p.m . All the events were well contested and some of the records were very good.
It was very nice to have with us m any competitors both from Lurgan and St. M ark’s, Portadown and many of the events were won by their
representatives. Captain Mitchell was indefatigable and the success of the gathering was largely
due to his strenuous efforts. He was well helped
by the Cadets and Training Corps. The fancy
dress parade was won by Fred Crossen, who was
dressed as a Courtier of the 18th century. He
played the part splendidly. It was the best
thing of its kind we have ever seen in Portadown.
The sports lasted to a late hour, and then the
prizes were gracefully distributed to the winners
by Mrs. Mitchell. The Rector thanked all for
their kind help, and after the singing of a verse
of the National Anthem the Rally came to an
end. The proceeds were on behalf of the C .L .B .
Seagoe C .L B. Band.
Our C .L .B . Band has received its new Royal
Stuart Highland Uniform, and much admiration
has been expressed for it. The Band is now very
efficient and popular.
We offer our hearty congratulations to Mr.
John George Gracey, of Balteagh, on receiving
the Silver Jubilee Medal from the King. Mr.
Gracey is a Magistrate and also occupies the responsible post of Chairman of Lurgan Rural
Council, He is also a Parochial Nominator of
Seagoe Parish, a member of the Select Vestry,
and also represents the Parish of Seagoe in the
The Somme Anniversary
The Memorial Services held in the Parish
Church on Sunday, June 30, in commemoration
of the Battle of the Somme were very impressive.
A t Morning Prayer the local members of the
British Legion of Ex-servicemen, under Captain
Whitsitt, attended the service in large num bers,
and the Seagoe Company of the C .L .B ., with the
Pipe Band in their handsome new uniforms, were
also present. The Rector read from the pulpit
the names of those from the Parish who fell in
the Great War. After the Service a wreath was
laid at the Memorial Pillars by our C .L .B ., under
the command of Captain Mitchell, and the Reveille and L ast Post were sounded by one of the
Ex-servicemen, who were drawn up opposite the
Memorial Gates. The collection was on behalf of
the Co. Armagh Protestant Orphan Society and
amounted to £4 0s 6d. The Services were continued at Evening Prayer.
The Anniversary Service.
On Sunday evening, July 7th. an anniversary
Service was held in the Parish Church. The
Rector and the Rev. W. P . H ayes took the service, and the sermon was preached by the Rev.
J . 1. Lea, Rector of Mullavilly. A very large
number of members from Lurgan District and
Portadown Lodges were present. The Service
was very hearty. The collection was in aid of the
Lord Enniskillen Memorial Orphan Fund and
amounted to £7 2s 9d.
S e a g o e P .E . School.
The School broke up for the Summer Holidays
on July 5th. Before the children separated the
Rector spoke to the children, and a Hymn was
sung and prayer said. Hearty rounds of cheers
were given for the Teachers and the Manager.
The school is being thoroughly cleaned during the
holidays and will (D .V .) resume work on Monday, August 19th, a t 9.15 a.m .. when a punctual
attendance of all the pupils is requested.
Seagoe M o t h e rs ’ Union.
The usual monthly meeting of the Mothers’
Union will be held (D .V .) on Tuesday, August
13th, in Bocombra Church Hall, a t 7.30. It will
be an informal gathering and tea will be provided
for all who come. We are glad to be able to announce that the Rev. Canon Taylor, our former
Curate and now Rector of Lisburn, will give an
address to the mothers at their meeting in September. It will be held on Tuesday. September
10th, in Seagoe School, a t 7.30 p.m.
MARJORIE AND KENNETH CRAWFORD.
It is seldom that we have to record such a sad
event as the death of two little children from the
same home and their burial in the same grave at
the same time. Marjorie and Kenneth were two
bright, happy and dearly-loved children. Until
a few months ago they had lived in Spence’s Cottages, in Levaghery, and had made many friends
there. Since coming to reside in Edenderry their
winning ways had won for them many more
friends and playmates. A severe attack of scarlatina and measles contracted by both children
proved fatal in a few days. The double funeral
made a very sad impression on all who witnessed
it. Their little playmates walked on each side of
the coffins. The Levaghery children were on one
side and the Edenderry on the other. The Rector took the Service at the Church and grave
side. Deep and heartfelt sympathy is felt for
Mr. and Mrs. Crawford in their great affliction.
On Tuesday, July 2nd, a presentation was
made to Mrs. Kirkpatrick (Miss Selina Bradshaw) on the occasion of her marriage. There
was a large gathering in Levaghery School. The
Rev. W. F. Hayes presided at the beginning of
the meeting, and the Rector towards the close.
After tea, games were played and much enjoyed
by all present. The presentation was then made.
It took the form of a fine parlour chiming clock.
The Rector spoke of the good work done in the
Parish by Mrs. Kirkpatrick, especially in the
Sunday Schools at Seagoe and Levaghery. They
congratulated her very heartily on her marriage
and wished her and Mr. Kirkpatrick great happiness and prosperity in their future life. The
Rector then asked Mr. James Davison to make
the presentation , which he did in a few suitable
words. Speeches were also made by Mr. Stanfield, Superintendent of Levaghery Sunday
School, also by Mr. Scott, Superintendent of Seagoe Morning Sunday School, and by the Rev. W •
F . Hayes. Mrs. Kirkpatrick having thanked all
for their kind gift, the Doxology was sung and
the meeting concluded.
SEAGOE PARISH MAGAZINE
We are glad to be able to announce that the
deficit on the Excursion this year is comparatively small. This is largely due to the fact that
many of our people very kindly subscribed towards the expenses connected with it. The actual deficit is £4 2s. We herewith give the
various Receipts and Expenses, also the List of
Subscribers. We congratulate Mr. Scott and
Mr. McClements on the satisfactory balance
Receipts:—Mr. Geo. Wilson, £3 1s 3d; Seagoe
Morning School. £4 8s 9d; Mr. Scott (tickets),
£2 10s 9d; Mrs. Vance. £4 11s; Miss Agnes Guy,
£2 17s 6d; Mr. W . H utchinson, £2 18s; Mr. Jas.
Twinem, per Cairns and Neill, £11 Is 9d; Chancellor Archer, 10s 6d; Rev. W. F. H ayes, £6 6s
6d; Mr. Maginnis, £2 16s 6d; Mr. Stanfield. £5
10s 6d ; Mr. H arry H ynes, £6 6s; Edenderry
School—Morning and Afternoon, £8 9s 9d; Mr.
Dermott, £2 12s 6d; Miss Wilson, 9s 6d; Mr. R.
M‘Clements. £8 13s; Miss Sarah Montgomery,
18s.— £74 1s 9d.
Subscriptions:—Chancellor Archer, 10s; Mrs.
Vance, 5s; Mrs. Sherman, 6s; Mr. Murray Gibson, 10s; Mrs. Stoops. 10s: Major McLean. £1;
Mrs. Atkinson, Clarisford, 2s 6d; Mr. Sands, 4s;
Mr. W. Greeves, 10s; Mr. and Mrs. McCormick,
5s; Miss M 'Dowell. 2s 6d; Mr. J . Munroe, 2s 6d;
Miss M ‘Shane, I s ; Mrs. Lewie, 5s; Mrs. Mayes,
2s 6d; Mr. Walker, 2s 6d; Miss Calvert. 10s;
Mrs. Abraham. 5s; Mr. Maginnis, 5s; Mrs. England. 5s; Miss Dawson, os; Mr. Jacob Sandford,
5s; Balance from 1934. £1 14s 9d ; balance deficit. £4 2s.— £86 12s.
Expenses—G.N.R. Co. (tickets), £55 16s 6d ;
Davison Bros., 600 teas, at 10d each, £25; hire of
Dufferin Hall, £4 4s; “ Portadown Times” (printing and advertising), £1 3s; “ Portadown News”
(advert.), 6s; Mr. Haack (bill posting), 2s 6d —
A Rare Plant. It is not generally known that a plant grows in
this neighbourhood which is not found elsewhere
in Europe. It is called by botanists Spiranthes
Stricta. It loves the Peat Bogs and is found at
Brackagh Moss, outside Portadown, and in the
cut-out bogs in Ardmore and along the shores of
Lough Neagh. It is a tall plant and a fine photograph of it is to be seen in a book recently published.
“ The Irish Botanist,” by Mr. R. Praeger.
It was first discovered by the late Rev. Canon
Lett. Rector of Loughbrickland, when searching
for Mosses in Brackagh Moss, more than thirty years ago.
Death of “ Æ .”A great deal has been written about the recent
death of “ Æ ,” otherwise Mr. George W illiam
Russell, a famous Irish Poet and Economists Mr.
Russell is said to have been born in Lisniskey,
in this Parish, in the year 1869, but this seems
to be an error as regards the place. It is more
likely that he was born in a townland nearer Lurgan. Perhaps some reader could give information on the point.
Parish Register for July .
The following were Baptized in the Parish
Church on July 6th, 1935: —
M‘Murray—Thomas Henry, son of James Henry
and Margaret McMurray, of Seagoe
Sponsors—Mabel Lena Best. Margaret McMurray.
Lester—Agnes Avril Andrews, daughter ,of Quiton and Adeline Lester, of Lisniskey.
Sponsors—Anne Jane Drurnm, Adeline Lester.
McVeigh—Joyce Bernice, daughter of William
Patrick and Maud McVeigh, of Edenderry.
Sponsors—Margaret Best, Maud McVeigh.
Marriages-Roberts and Steenson—July 15th, 1935. Harry
George Roberts, of Killicomaine, to Edith Steenson, of Breagh.
Tedford and McNeill—July 17th, 1935, Thomas Tedford, of Portadown, to Mary Jane
McNeill. of Ballymacrandle.
Metcalfe—July 1st,, Samuel Metcalfe, of Tarson, aged 84 years.
Leake— July 21st. William George Leake, of Portadown, aged 66 years.
Crawford—July 24th, Marjorie Crawford, aged 3 years, and Kenneth Crawford, aged 5 years, both of Edenderry.
Stoops—July 28th. John Hugh Stoops, of Belfast, aged 34 years.
We regret to record in this issue the death of
several who were well-known to many amongst
us. Samuel Metcalfe had been in ill-health for
some time but, the end came very suddenly. He
was always kind and considerate. For many
years he worked in the shipyards at Hull, but the
family has been for a long time associated with
Tarson. William George Leake, although not
connected with Seagoe Parish was very well
known and much esteemed in the neighbourhood.
We sympathise very sincerely with his bereaved
relatives. Mr. John Hugh Stoops, although a
resident in Belfast, had m any connections with
Seagoe Parish. H e has passed away in the prime
of life after a very brief illness. We offer our
sincere sympathy to Mrs. Stoops and his relatives in their sad and sudden bereavement.
8EAG0E PARISH MAGAZINE
Twenty-Five Years Ago.
The local matter begins with a 'note on the
recent Confirmation held on June ‘26th, 1910.
Seagoe School has ju s t been renovated and decorated. An improvement is noted in the Sustentation Fund.
No less than eleven Baptisms are
recorded, also two Marriages and four Burials.
The preacher a t the Anniversary Service was the
Rev. John McEndoo, Rector of Tandragee, and
his text was Esther ix., 26-28. A rthur Allen
heads the list for Church attendances. The Old
Seagoe Notes refer to the meanings of the names
of the Townlands in the Parish.
Old Seagoe Notes.
Horse Troughs from Coaching Days.— In the
old Coaching Days, about 130 years ago, when the
through fast Coaches with four or even six horses
were on the road, it was necessary to have places
where the horses could get water. It is still possible to trace out some of these places. They are
usually at the bottom of hills or half-way up
them . The old Lurgan Road through Killicomaine was a great coach road. It was known as
the Great Road or the King’s Road. There was a
drinking pool or trough just where Stewart
Avenue branches off from the main road. Another very much frequented trough was higher
up on the road where Church Lane joins it and
where some renovated cottages now stand. There
was also a drinking pool on Seagoe Road where
the Brickworks now stand. The gap in the hedge
still remains. Many a panting and thirsty coach
horse has refreshed itself at these places. They
were generally placed near Turnpikes.
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The Great East Window of Seagoe—1896.—
The stained-glass window is a fine work of art,
and has been executed by Messrs. Heaton, Butler,
and Bayne, a t a cost of £300. The subject illustrated is the Ascension. Our Blessed Lord,
rising towards the glory which streams from above,
occupies the centre; below in the distance are the
roof tops of the city of Jerusalem . In the foreground are “ the eleven” in various postures of
devout wonder, gazing up into heaven. While
in the tracery of the beautiful perpendicular
stone-work are angels and stars above “ the
cloud, ” the apex being occupied by a crown, presumably that of glory. The colouring is delicate
and subdued, and the drawing most lifelike. Mr.
Drew, the architect of the Church, gave the instructions to the artists, which is a guarantee for
the propriety of the treatment and execution.
IT E M S
The recent hot weather has greatly helped the
hay-harvest. It seems as if this would be a great
year for hay.
The re-laying of the Lurgan Road has been now
completed. The centre is of asphalt and the
sides of cement.
Many new houses are being built in the Parish.
Some of the graves in the Old Seagoe Graveyard are now very bright with flowers.
Two further interments have taken place in
the new extension Church Burial Ground. They
are those of Mr. Leake and Mr. Stoops.
SERVICES—The PARISH CHURCH
HOLY COMM UNION 1st Sunday after Morning
Prayer ; 3rd Sunday at 8 a.m., and on the Chief
HOLY BAPTISM— 1st Saturday of each Month at 3
p m and during any Service in the Parish Church,
notice be given ; Two Sponsers at least are required
and they must be Confirmed Members of the Church.
Churchings are held at each Baptism. Mothers are
expected to bring a thankoffering.
(See Book of Common Prayer.)
MORNING PRAYER- Sundays and Chief Festivals,
EVENING PRAYER—Sundays, 7 p.m
Hacknahay—Last Sunday : of Month at 3-30pm.
Drumgor—second Sunday of Month at 4 pm
Edenderry—Wednedays at 8 p.m.
BIBLE CLASS FOR MEN in Edenderry on
Sundays at 10 a m.
SUNDAY SCHOOLS 10 a m. Edenderry Parochial
Hall and Seagoe School. 3 p.m. Seagoe, Edenderry
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.
GIRLS' FRIENDLY SOCIETY in Seagoe School on
Mondays at 8 p.m.
SEAGOE P.E. SCHOOL , 9-15 a.m. Principal—Mr.
MARRIAGES must be performed between 8 a.m. and 3 p m. Licenses are issued by Rev. Canon 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, 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); MARRAGE 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 post free to any subscriber for 3/- per annum.
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