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February 1936


February 1936

Seagoe Parish magazine.


God bless King Edward VIII,


Rev. Chancellor Archer, B.D., The Rectory,


Rev. W. F. Hayes, B.A., The Bungalow, Lower

Seagoe, Portadown.




Death of the King,

Little did we think last month when issuing

our January number of the Magazine that we

should this month be announcing the death of

our beloved King George the Fifth. He seemed

so active and so full of life that no sign of failure

or weakness was perceptible in his public life.

To-day the Empire mourns his loss and certainly

110 part of it more deeply and sincerely than does

Northern Ireland, for no part has made greater

sacrifices than our Province for the union with

the British Empire and its crowned Head. During

the late King's reign Ulster shed its blood

freely in the Great War in defence of the Empire,

and as King George himself expressed it; "Ulster

knew how to fight and to die" for the cause she

had at heart. The Memorial Pillars at the gate

of the Parish Church with their long list of those

who made the supreme sacrifice from this Parish

are a proof of the readiness with which the flower

of our youth went forth to fight for God and

King and Country. The wonderful outburst of

sorrow and sympathy displayed at the death of

the King proves the place he held in the hearts

and minds of the Nation. We welcome to the

Throne our new King, and the prayers of our

people will ascend to the King of Kings that he

may have the Divine Blessing and guidance

throughout his reign. Nor must we omit from

our thoughts and prayers Mary, the Queen

Mother, who has showed herself such a splendid


Two Minutes' Silence,

On Tuesday,

January 28th, the day of the

King's funeral,

a short service was held in the

Parish Church

at 1.15 p.m. Psalm xxxix was

read and a Lesson from I. Corinthians, chap. xv.

The Rector suggested some suitable subjects to

occupy the minds of those present during " The

Silence.” at 1.30 p.m. a stroke of the Church

bell marked the beginning of "The Silence," and

at its close, 1.32 p.m., the bell rang once again.

Seagoe Mothers' Union.

The next meeting of the Mothers' Union will

be held D. V. in Seagoe School on Tuesday,

February 11th, at 7.30 p.m. A full attendance of

members is requested. The meeting held on

January 14th took the form of a business meeting,

when the officers and committee for the ensuing

year were elected. Our new President for

1936 is Mrs. James Twinem, of Lylo. Mrs.

Twinem held the office once before and made an

excellent President. She has also held the office

of Hon. Treasurer. Much of the success of

Seagoe Mothers' Union has been due to Mrs.

Twinem, and we welcome her very heartily back

again to that post.

Lecture by Dean Myles.

The very Rev. E. A. Myles, M.A., Dean of

Dromore and Rector for many years of Tullylish,

has kindly consented to deliver a lecture in Edenderry

Parochial Hall on Thursday evening, Feb.

27th, at 8 p.m. This will be illustrated by

a set of very special slides made by the Dean for

the Lecture. The subject, of the Lecture is

From Derry's Walls to Limerick Treaty

Stone." Tickets are now on sale for the Lecture,

price 2/– and 1/- The proceeds are on

behalf of a very fine object, our Seagoe C.L.B.

The Band has recently been fitted with new

Highland uniforms, on which a deficit still remains,

and we wish to clear it off. Those who

enjoy an evening replete with knowledge conveyed

in a most attractive garb should secure

their tickets without delay. Please remember

the date of the Lecture, Thursday, February

27th, at, 8 p.m.

Concert in Edenderry.

On Thursday, March 26th, a Concert will be

held in Edenderry in aid of Edenderry Sunday

School Prize Fund at -8 p.m. Tickets, 9d each,

are now on sale. A very attractive programme

has been arranged. Edenderry children's choir

will sing.


Memorial Services.

On Sunday, January 26th, special Services in

memory of King George V. were held in the

Parish Church. There were large congregations.

The preacher at Morning Prayer was the Rector,

who took as his text Rev. xix., 12,

" On His head were many crowns.”

At Evening Prayer the preacher was the Rev. . F. Hayes.

The Hymns chosen were appropriate to the solemn occasion,

and the music was led by a large choir. Mr. T.

H. Wilson presided at' the organ.

Seagoe in Australia,

We offer our hearty congratulations to Mr.

James Porter, formerly of Kernan, now of

Officer, Melbourne, Australia, on his recent marriage.

Mr. Porter was very popular when resident here

and was a member of Seagoe Choir.

He never f01gets his old home. and the Rectory

has recently received from him a beautiful illustrated

copy of " The Australasian, " a famous Australian paper.

Several former parishioners

of Seagoe now reside in Melbourne, and as you

walk through the suburbs of the city your eye

will vest on a pretty bungalow bearing on its

front in clear letters the name " Seagoe. "


Last month we recorded the death of our old

and much respected parishioner, Mr. Nicholas

England, of Ballymacrandle, this month we regret

to have to record another bereavement in the

same household, the death of his wife, Mrs. Ellen

Jane England.

Mrs. England was well known

throughout and beyond the Parish, and her death

causes a sad blank in many homes. We desire

to express our deep sympathy with all the members

of her family, but especially with Miss

Rachel and Mr. Jack England, who have them-

selves been seriously ill. Sympathy has been

expressed for them on all sides at the double bereavement

they have suffered while themselves

so seriously ill. Another death which has caused

much grief in our midst has been that of Mrs.

Elizabeth Abraham, of Kilvergan, who passed

away after a brief illness. She leaves many to

mourn her loss.

" In the midst of life we are in death. "

The Season of Lent.

Ash Wednesday, the First Day of Lent, occurs

this year on February 26th. Special Services

will be held on that day in the Parish Church. A

Penitential Service will be held at 11.30 a.m.,

and Evening Prayer and sermon at 8 p.m. The

Church has two special Mission Seasons in the

year, Lent and Advent. During Lent a special

Lenten Service will be held in the Parish Church

each Wednesday at 8 p.m., beginning on Ash

Wednesday. The loss which the Nation

recently sustained in the death of the King must

have stirred the minds and hearts of the people

and reminded them of the shortness and uncertainty

of all earthly things. The duty of preparation

for the Life to come has surely been brought

home to us in a very vivid and striking manner.

We will during these coming weeks think more

seriously about things Eternal.

Prize Distributions.

Bocombra Sunday School held its Prize Distribution

on Thursday, January 23rd, at 7.30, in

the Church Hall. There was a large attendance

of children with parents and teachers. A splendid

tea was partaken of and after tea games were

enjoyed to a late hour. Songs and recitations

were given. Mr. James Twinem, the founder and

builder of the Hall and Superintendent of the

Sunday School, also sang and recited. The Rev.

W. F. Hayes presided and congratulated all on

the success of the evening. At the close of the

evening the prizes were distributed to the successful children.

Drumgor held its social for the Sunday School

on Monday, January 27th, at 7.30 p.m. The room

was crowded with eager groups of children. The

Rev. W. F. Hayes presided, and Mr. and Mrs.

Hutchison were also present. Mr. Hutchison

had gone to great trouble as Superintendent of

the School to make the evening a success. The

Hall has recently been greatly improved and

looked very nice. A splendid tea was arranged,

which was thoroughly enjoyed. Then games fol-

lowed and songs and recitations were given. The

Rev. J. McCullough, Curate of Shankill, was pre-

sent and gave a helpful address to the children.

The prizes were presented to the children by Mrs.

Hutchison. At a late hour all separated after a

most enjoyable evening.

Seagoe P.E. School.

A very pleasant social took place in Seagoe

School on Friday( January 31st, at 3 p.m.

Through the kindness of Miss Calvert and others

the children attending the School were entertained.

After tea, a happy programme of songs

and recitations was given by the children. The

Rector and the Rev. W. F. Hayes were present.

Miss Matchett conducted the musical part of the



A Coming Pleasure,

The teachers of Seagoe Afternoon Sunday

School have arranged for a musical evening to be

held in Seagoe School on Thursday, 12th March

(D. V.) commencing at 8 p.m. Tickets now on

sale, 9d. The programme, which is in the capable

hands of Mr. S. Robinson, promises to be

both varied and interesting. Part of the proceeds,

which are on behalf of the Sunday School

'Prize Fund, will be given to help the Morning

School Fund. There are now eighty-five names

on the roll of the Afternoon School, with an aver-

age attendance of sixty-seven, and sixty prizes

have to be given this year ; one of the senior girls,

Emma Walker, has now completed four years'

attendance without an absent Sunday. The teachers

make an earnest appeal for the loyal support

of all who are interested and who wish to encourage

the children.

Parish Register for January


Campbell—January 4th, 1936, Samuel Anthony,

son of Edward and Rebecca Campbell,

of Edenderry.

Sponsors—Rebecca Watters, Rebecca Campbell.

Sandford—January 4th, 1936, Elizabeth Anne,

daughter of Jacob and Jane Sandford, of


Sponsors—George M' Nally, Jane M' Nally,

Margaret Sandford.


King and Freeburn January 25th, 1936, Joseph

King, of Lurgan, to Margaret Freeburn,

of Edenderry.


England—January 10th, 1936, Ellen Jane England,

of Ballymacrandle, aged 74 years.

Interred in Knocknamuckley.

Abraham—January 13th, 1936, Elizabeth Abraham,

of Kilvergan, aged 45 years.

Sunday School Conference,

A Sunday School Teachers' Conference is to be

held in Lurgan on Saturday, February 1st.

will begin with a Service in Shankill Parish

Church at 3 p.m. This will be followed by the

Conference in the Parochial Hall, opposite the

Church. When the Conference adjourns tea will

be provided at a charge of 6d per head, after

which the Conference will be resumed. Miss

Millington, Lecturer under the Sunday School

Society of Ireland, will give an address on "Sunday

School Work. '”


Seagoe CLB.

Our local company of the C.L.B. has been very

busy during the past month. The very attractive

programme which they gave in the Parochial

Hall in December has been repeated in several

other places by special request. Drumcree Parish

got a benefit performance in Richmount Schoolhouse

last month. The room was crowded and

a most attractive programme was provided by

the Seagoe Lads. Captain Mitchell was in command.

The sketches were not merely arranged

by Captain Mitchell but were composed by him

and do him great credit. On another evening in

the month the C. L. B. Lads gave a performance

in Knocknagor School, in the Parish of Tullylish,

and all the items were excellently performed and

elicited loud applause. Lieut. Joe Hynes's song,

"The Farmer's Boy," always brings the house

down. A third performance of the same pro-

gramme was given last month in Carne Church

Hall on behalf of the Sunday School Prize Fund.

The Hall was crowded with an enthusiastic


A Battalion Service,

The Down and Connor and Dromore Battalion

of the C. L. B. has arranged with the Rector to

hold its annual Battalion Service in Seagoe

Parish Church on Sunday, April 19th, at 3.30.

Further particulars in our next issue.

Lecture at Seagoe,

On Thursday, February 6th, Miss Millington

will give an address to Sunday School Teachers

in Seagoe School at 8 p.m. All our Teachers

heartily invited.

Levaghery Sunday School,

On Tuesday, February 4th, a social will be held

in Levaghery School at 7.30 p.m., and the Sun-

day School Prizes will be distributed.

A Curious Figure.

Mr. Isaac Walker ,of Seagoe Farm, has in his

possession a curious figure or statue. It is about

30 inches in height and is partly carved out of

wood and partly made of metal. The face has a

weird and somewhat fierce expression. The hair

on the head is most carefully arranged in long

locks. In the left hand the figure carries what

looks like a book suspended by a cord, the right

hand, which is broken, apparently held a sword.

The figure is well-proportioned and the clothing

is carefully arranged and neatly modelled. We

believe the figure came originally from England,

but its origin and purpose are a mystery.


A Diocesan Leaflet.

A small Diocesan leaflet appearing each month

has been issued by the Bishop of Down. It is

edited by the Rev. Canon Blackwood Price, of

Saintfield, and is on sale throughout the various

Parishes in the Diocese.

Old Seagoe Notes.

Seagoe Yeomanry.—The following Circular was

received by Colonel Blacker re the equipment of

the Seagoe Yeomanry:—

A Military Cap, Red Jacket, one pair of White

Breeches or one pair of Pantaloons, and one pair

of Black Leggings.

Dublin-Castle, 2d, October, 1820.

Sir, I have it in command from the Lord

Lieutenant to acquaint you, that Government

have been pleased to determine that the effective

Members of the Corps under your Command, as

well Non-commissioned Officers, as Privates,

shall be furnished with compleat New Clothing,

as heretofore; to consist of the Articles specified

in the Margin; and which are to be ready for de-

livery, on, or before the 25th day of December

next: And it is therefore His Excellency's desire

that you will adopt the necessary measures for

carrying this Arrangement into Compleat Effect.

The usual Allowance, for the Clothing which is

to be so provided, at the rate of Two Guineas per

Man, will be granted, under the customary Certificates,

that the Men have been fully and serviceably Clothed

according to the Orders of Government, blank Forms

of these documents will be

supplied to you by the Brigade Major of your District;

The Brigade Major has also, been directed

to furnish you with a statement of the Effective

Strength of the Corps, as returned by him to

Government, in order to prevent the possibility

of a greater proportion being Clothed than that

prescribed by the present Order.

An Erroneous opinion appearing to have prevailed

amongst the generality of the Members

of Yeomanry Corps, that the Clothing, after a

certain Period, becomes their own Property; The

Lord Lieutenant, with a view of doing away this

impression, desires me to refer you to the Yeomanry

Act of the 42nd of Geo. 3rd. Chap 68, by

which it is clearly defined that the Clothing, as

well as all other of the Stores issued by Government,

are exclusively the property of the Public ;

and His Excellency trusts that you will, as Captain

of the Corps, promulgate the same to the

Members, and make such an arrangement as will

prevent any part of the Clothing, now about to be

issued, from being worn, except whilst the Corps

shall be upon actual Duty.


Officer Commanding the Seagoe Corps of Yeomanry, at Portadown.


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,

11-30 a.m.

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

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.


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 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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