Seagoe Archives

Dec 1941


Dec 1941

Seagoe Parish Magazine.



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

REV. W. F. HAYES, B.A., L.Th., 14, Margretta Park, Portadown.








December 2nd—Meeting of Diocesan Synod in Belfast.

December 3rd—Mid-week Advent Service at 8 p.m.

December 7th—2nd Sunday in Advent.

December 10th—Mid-week Advent Service.

December 14th—3rd Sunday in Advent.

December 17th—Mid-week Advent Service. Ember Day.

December 19th—Ember Day.

December 20th—Ember Day.

December 21st—4th Sunday in Advent. St. Thomas.

December 25th—Christmas Day.

December 26th—St. Stephen.

December 27th—St. John The Evangelist.

December 28th—1st Sunday after Christmas Day. Innocents' Day.

Carol Service at 7 p.m.


As announced in last month's Magazine, Seagoe

Select Vestry decided that an appeal for the Bishops'

Fund to help the Belfast Parishes, which suffered in

recent air raids, should be made during the first week

in December.

Before these words appear in print two Belfast

Rectors, from parishes which suffered, will have

preached on Sunday, November 30th, viz., the Rev.

R. H. White, Trinity Church, and the Rev. S. P. Kerr,

of St. Mary's, Crumlin Road.

During the week beginning December 1st, a leaflet

explaining the heavy losses incurred in air raids,

together with an envelope for each wage earner, will be

distributed to every home in the parish, and it is

hoped that a generous response will be made for this

most urgent object. ENVELOPES SHOULD BE


but not later than Dec. 14th, as the money will be

needed before the end of the year.

If you cannot bring your envelope to Church on the above

mentioned Sundays, give it to a friend who will take it for you.


On the Wednesdays in Advent, commencing on

Wednesday, December 3rd, there will be the usual Advent

mid-week intercession Service in the Parish Church at 8 p.m.


Holy Communion at 8 a.m.

Morning Prayer and Holy Communion 11.30 a.m.


There will be a Carol Service on Sunday evening,

December 28th, at 7 p.m.


On the 11th November, 1941, the C.L.B. celebrated

its Golden Jubilee.

The Pioneer Company was formed in 1891 by the

late Colonel W. M. Gee, as a parochial effort to hold

the older lads to the Church.

The success of this company justified the calling

together of a committee, and on November 11th, 1891,

the Church Lads' Brigade was founded.

The first company to be formed in Ireland was St.

Luke's Company in Belfast, which was formed in 1897

by the late Chancellor Archer, B.D., when he was a

curate in that parish.

The oldest existing Company in Ireland today is

St. Aidanis Company, Belfast, which has

been carrying on since 1902.

Throughout its history the object of the C.L.B. has

remained unaltered, viz., the advancement of Christ's

Kingdom among Church lads of all classes, and the

promotion of charity, reverence, patriotism,

discipline, self respect and all that tends towards true

Christian manliness.

The Badge of the C.L.B. is designed from St. Paul's

description of the Christian's armour in Ephesians,

chap. vi., verse 11. It is comprised of the shield, helmet,

sword, girdle and the breast plate, and around

the badge is the motto " Fight the Good Fight."

During the last war 200,000 past and present members

served in one branch or other of H.M. Forces.

Two Battalions of the King's Royal Rifle Corps were

formed from C.L.B. members; 863 decorations were

won, including 22 V.C.'s, 36 D.S.O.'s, 131 Military

Crosses, 175 D.C.M.'s, and 498 Military Medals.

During the years of peace, the work of the C.L.B. was

extended, and prospered. Many past members bear

testimony to the benefit they derived from its training.

Today, when we are again plunged into the horrors

of war, many of our members are serving in the

Forces. Many Companies are experiencing difficulties

in securing halls for training, as so many nave

been requisitioned by the military authorities, but in


spite of these handicaps the C.L.B. stands solid,

determined, united and prepared to " Fight the Good Fight."

The need for boys' Church organisations is greater

today than ever before, when there are so many

secular influences which tend to lure lads away from

his first loyalty to Christ and His Church. The

C.L.B. is alive to this danger and is determined to

do its part in linking up the adolescent youth to the

Church of Christ. In spite of war-time difficulties a

special effort is being made to introduce the

organisation into parishes where there is already no such

movement to cater for the needs of youth. This

effort has the whole-hearted support of His Grace,

the Lord Primate, who writes:—

"I am glad to know that an effort is being made

to extend the operations of the C.L.B., and I heartily

commend your effort. I have many happy recollections

of its work and influence in Ballymena as long

ago as 1897, as well as in another parish in which

I served in the South of Ireland. Quite apart from

what it does for the rank and file, it offers a fine

opportunity for service on the part of men, who are

ready to give themselves to the work of officers in

their spare time."

With all good wishes,

Sincerely yours,


The C.L.B. has always been held in the highest

esteem by the leaders of both Church and State. On

the occasion of its Golden Jubilee the following

message was received from the King

" The King as Patron of the Church Lads' Brigade,

sends his congratulations and best wishes on the

occasion of the Fiftieth Anniversary of its Foundation.

It is His Majesty's hope that the ideals for which

the Brigade stands may come to play an ever

increasing part in our national life, and that the Brigade

itself may look forward to a future of growing usefulness

in the 'service of youth and the

His Grace. the Lord Archbishop of Canterbury writes

" I most heartily congratulate the Church Lads

Brigade on reaching its Jubilee year. Fifty years

ago it was a pioneer in the endeavour to train the

lads of the country to be useful citizens. Since then

other organisations have been formed—partners

rather than rivals in the same cause. But the C.L.B.

has always held and still keeps a special place of its

own. For its object is not only to make its members

fit in body and mind to be good citizens, but also to

keep before them the ideals of a true Christian

manhood and of loyalty to their Church. Never was such

training more needed than now. I hope that for

many years the C.L.B. may carry on its own work and

witness. I send my cordial blessing to all its officers

and members."

In these days, when so much is being heard about

the problem of juvenile delinquency, it is well to

consider what positive opportunities we are providing for

the young men and boys of our parish to enable them

to find an outlet for their energies in a useful development

of mind and body and to cultivate the ideals of

Christian manhood, which are emphasised in the life

and teaching of our Lord Jesus Christ.

The Church Lads' Brigade is primarily an organisation

for Church boys, with the object of extending the

Kingdom of Christ among them and making them

useful and faithful members of the Church. The

methods used include physical and recreational

activities, which make a strong appeal to boys, but

these are not ends in themselves, but only means

which are used to promote something higher, namely,

a sense of responsibility and discipline. Great emphasis

is laid on Church attendance, and boys are

encouraged to become regular worshippers.

To carry on this most important work we need the

two M's—Men and Money. To maintain the highest

traditions more men must be found, self sacrificing

men of untiring energy. Money is the treasurer's need

to meet the demand for equipment.

You can become an Honorary Member of the C.L.B.

by paying an annual subscription of at least 2/6. In

this way you will have a share in maintaining and

extending its work.

Our Junior Training Corps has extended to

Drumgor, and we congratulate Mr. George Nixon on the

formation of this Company. There are already 27

lads on parade each week. It is hoped to found a

senior section here later. Mr. Nixon has done good

work in forming this Company, and we wish him

every success.—(E.M.)


We appeal to all past members of the C.L.B., who

still have uniforms belonging to Seagoe Company to

return them.

War conditions have made it impossible for General

Headquarters to supply any further uniforms.

To carry on our Company efficiently and maintain

a 'high standard, we wish to equip our lads with

uniform wherever possible. Many uniforms are out in

various homes in the parish, and we earnestly request

that parents and lads should see to it that these are

returned. Any deposit paid in the first instance will

be refunded.—(E.M.)


Owing to the fact that this is the Jubilee Year of

the C.L.B. and also as we have not had an enrolment

service in Church for some time, we intend to

have an Enrolment Service in the Parish Church at

Morning Prayer on Sunday morning, January 11th, 1942.



The monthly meeting took place in Seagoe School

Thursday, November 13th, when a most helpful

address was given by Mrs. Noble, of Lurgan. There

was a good attendance.

There will be no meeting in the School in December,

but instead the members are expected to attend

the midweek Advent Service in Church on Wednesday,

December 10th, at 8 p.m.


Since our last acknowledgement the following envelopes

have been received and for which the Select

Vestry is deeply grateful. These bring the amount

received up to date to the grand total of £114 14s ld.

Envelopes received since our last issue:—

£l Is—Mr. and Mrs. Charles Montgomery.

10/- each—Mr. and Mrs. J. L. Gilpin, Mr. and Mrs. John Dermott.

6S Miss E. Webb.

3/6—Mrs. Sarah Martin.

2/6 each—Mr. Thos. G. Breen; Mr. James Neill;

Miss M. Martin; Mr. John Martin; Mr. and Mrs.

Robert Walker; Mr. Robert Cummings.

2s—Mr. and Mrs. W. J. Walker.

1/6—Mr. Howard Neill.


Morning Prayer—The Churchwardens, Messrs. John

Gee, Gilbert Price, James Maginnis, W. G. Best.

Evening Prayer—Messrs. G. Wilson, Thos. Hall,

Holmes White, Harry Maxwell, Wm. Donaldson.


The Hon. Treasurer for the above gratefully acknowledges

the following subscriptions

Mr. Henry Sinnamon, Levaghery £0 10 0

Mr. Isaac Walker, Seagoe Farm 10 0 0

Mr. Geo. Connolly, Came 0 3 0

Mr. Wm. Simpson, Came 0 2 0

Mr. T. H. Gordon, Ballinacorr 0 2 6

Mr. C. Montgomery, Clounagh 5 0 0

Mr. S. M'Cormick, Margretta Park 2 0 0

Mr. W. A. Casey, Eden Crescent 2 0 0


£19 7 6


The annual service of Remembrance and Dedication

took place in Seagoe Parish Church on Sunday,

November 9th, at 11.30 a.m.

The local units of the Home Guard and "B" Specials

paraded and as well the Seagoe Company of the

C.L.B. In spite of very inclement weather there was

a fair congregation; an appropriate sermon was

preached by the Rev. Thos. Parr. M.A., Rector of

Seapatrick, Banbridge. After the service in Church there

was the usual short act of remembrance at the Parish

War Memorial Gates, when a wreath of Flanders

poppies was laid by the C.L.B.

The collection amounted to £5 16s 2d, and a cheque

for this has been sent the Earl Haig Poppy Day Fund

for disabled ex servicemen and their dependants.


Mrs. Richard Porter, of Lower Seagoe, had a unique

experience recently, when she was honoured in being

chosen, along with others, to broadcast a message to

her son, Wesley, at sea in the Merchant Service of

the Royal Navy. Mrs. Porter broadcast the following

message in the B.B.C. Forces programme on Oct.

26th Hello, Wesley. Are you keeping well? Your

father and I send you our best love, and Victor does,

too. We're all well and longing to see you again.

Uncle Charlie, Auntie, Bertie and Reg all send their

love. Bless you, and take care of yourself. Goodbye."

Some of her friends in Seagoe heard Mrs. Porter's

message, when it was being broadcast. We congratulate

her on her signal honour of being the first Seagoe

mother to be heard on the air.


The Hon. Treasurer takes this opportunity of reminding

W.F.O. contributors and those who pay their

sustentation annually that the Parochial accounts for

the current financial year close on Dec. 31st. In view

of this it would be a great help if subscribers would

make sure that their payments are received before

that date.


The Hon. W.F.O. Secretary hopes to have the sets

of envelopes for 1942 distributed in good time so that

they will be in the hands of subscribers for use on

the first Sunday of the New Year.

Parishioners who are not yet W.F.O. subscribers,

will be gladly supplied with sets of envelopes for next

year if they would give their names to the Churchwardens

or to Mr. J. H. Twinem. There must be

several boys and girls, who have become wage earners

since this time last year. It is their duty to help their

Church by becoming regular subscribers, and to take

the place of those, who are absent on War Service,

very many of whom were regular supporters of the

W.F.O., and who now for obvious reasons are unable

to help.


Under the auspices of the above a lantern lecture

was given by Mr. Wm. Wilson on Monday, Nov. 24th,

in the Orange Hall, Bridge St., on the Life of Martin

Luther. The Rector presided and at the end he

conveyed to Mr. Wilson the best thanks of Seagoe C.E.

Society for his kindness in giving the lecture, which

was listened to with rapt attention by a crowded audience.

The proceeds will be divided between the Christmas

Parcels' Fund and the work of C.E. amongst


At intervals during the lecture there were two

quartets, one comprised of members of St.' Mark's

C.E., who sang " The Raven, He Feedeth," and the

other by the Seagoe Choir Quartet, who sang a piece

entitled " Saving Grace." Mr. N. Hamilton played the

music for the hymns and the quartets.


During the four Sunday evenings in Advent there

will be a congregational hymn practice commencing

at 6.40 p.m. Bring your hymn book along with you.

The response to the announcement that cheap

Hymn Books and Prayer Books were available, was

most encouraging; nine dozen of the former, and six

dozen of the latter being ordered. We hope that the

distribution of these will show a marked improvement

in our Sunday services. In no other Church does

the congregation get the same opportunity to take an

active part in public worship. Let us see to it, that


we do our part in the singing and by joining in the

prayers and the responses.

In Seagoe, we are very favourably placed by having

a splendid choir and a first class organist, but we

should bear in mind, that the function of a choir is

not to sing to us, or for us, but with us, to the honour

and glory of God. When we come to worship in God's

House, we do not come to be entertained, but to do

our best to lift up hearts in prayer and praise to God

our Eternal Father, whose children we are.


We regret the passing from our midst of three

parishioners during the past month. John Russell

was only ill for a few days; he will be greatly missed

in his home. Elizabeth Liggett was just an infant a

few weeks old. Mrs. Robb had been in indifferent

health for some months past but her Home call came

rather suddenly at the end; she was the lost local

representative of an old Seagoe family; her brother, Mr.

Sam M'Dowell, lives in the U.S.A. Christina Gillespie

(nee Ruddell) wag formerly a, member of Seagoe Choir.

She had been living out of the parish for many years.

Miss Lee had reached a ripe old age; to know her

was to love her, and in spite of her increasing weakness

she remained brave and cheerful to the end.

To the relatives and friends of the above we tender

our sincere sympathy and pray that God in His mercy

may comfort and sustain them in their sorrow.


“ Suffer little children to come unto Me, and forbid

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

2nd November—Robert Maurice George, son of Robert

James and Dorothy Florence Elizabeth Woolsey, 17, Margretta Park, Portadown.

2nd November—Mary Elizabeth, daughter of Joseph and Mary Jane Holland, Lisniskey.


" Those whom God hath joined together let no man put asunder."

November 1st-—Al$red William Loney, Killicomain,

and Christina Livingston, Killicomain.

November 4th—Marshall Ritchie, 1, Little Barrack St.,

Armagh, and Irene M'Broom, 17, Watson St., Portadown.



" Blessed are the dead which die in the Lord from

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

from their labours."

6th October—William J. Cochrane, 18, William Street: Portadown, aged 48 years.

9th November—John Russell, 28, Foundry Street Portadown, aged 67 years.

12th November—Elizabeth Liggett, 4, Watson's Lane,. Portadown, aged 5 weeks.

(Interred in Drumcree) .

21st November—Mary Ann Lee, 35, Killicomain Road„ aged 82 years. (Interred at Cloverhill.)

22nd November—Christina M. A. Gillespie, Polnagh, Killylea, aged 80 years.

28th November—Sarah Robb, Saurin Lodge, Killicomain, aged 53 years.






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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.

SEAGOE 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 Magazme will be sent by post to any subscriber for 3/-. per annum.


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