Seagoe Archives

January 1936


January 1936





Seagoe Pari



This is a photograph of the ruins of Old Seagoe Church taken from the

east end. It was in constant use for Public Worship up to 1815, when the

present Church was built on a neighbouring site. It was impossible to build

on the old site owing to the proximity of graves. The high level of the

ground immediately surrounding the Old Church is due to the numerous


"No other spot could claim their rest,

Save round these walls they loved the best."

For Services. Classes, etc., see end of Local Matter.

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Seagoe Parish Magazine.

JANUARY, 1936.

We wish all our readers at bome and abroad a very

Happy New year.


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


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

Seagoe, Portadown.


Rector's—Mr. H. MURRAY GIBSON.


The New Year.

Each New Year as it dawns upon us must

bring to our minds memories of the past and

hopes for the future. Our readers who dwell in

distant lands must often turn their thoughts

to the old folks at home and to the old Church

where they worshipped ill bygone days. They

would like to hear once again the tones of

great bell (it weighs one ton) as it rings from

the old Church tower. They would like once

again to trace the form of the Church as it

emerges from the cluster of trees which sur-

round it. They would like to hear the notes of

the organ as it peals out the old familiar hymn-

tunes. But this they cannot achieve for thou-

sands of miles of ocean roll between them and

the old Parish. Especially at the beginning of

a New Year such thoughts will fill the mind.

But after all the world is small and getting

smaller every day. Everything that binds us

closer to the places and the people we love gives

meaning and joy to life. This Magazine has now

for over 30 years been gailing the seas and cross-

ing the Continents and bringing news of home

to those of our kith and kin in distant lands.

From many letters we have received we know

how it has been appreciated. At home it fills

the same purpose informing our parishioners

from month of all Parish news and

revealing the inner life

of this great and ancient



Christmas has this year

been spent in a more

Christmaslike way than

in many other years.

This was partly due to the long spell of fine dry

weather which preceeded

it, but possibly another

influence which encouraged the joy of Christ-

mas was the improvement in trade which caused

more money to circulate. Nor must we omit

the move widespread sense of peace among the

nations as represented by the League of Na-

tions. The message of Christmas is that of

Peace on earth, good-will to men." The ser-

vices in the Parish Church were very bright

and a Christmas anthem was sung by the choir.

Mrs. Casey very kindly played the accompani-

ment. Many also marked the Christmas Fes-

tival by attendance at Holy Communion.

Concert in Carne

On Thursday, January 23rd, the Seagoe

C. L. B. have kindly consented to hold a concert

in Carne Church Hall at 8 p.m. on behalf of

Carne Sunday School. Tickets, 9d each, are

now on sale. This is only one of the many kind

efforts cur Seagoe C. L. B. has made to help

other Parish organisations. We believe it will

be a great success.

The Bishop's Visit.

The first visit of our new Bishop (Right Rev

Dr. Mc Neice) to the Parish was a very happy

event. On Sunday, December 15th, he very

kindly preached at both Morning and Evening

Prayer. His text at the Morning Service was,

My God shall supply all your need. "

At Evening Prayer his subject was " The Seven

I Ams of Scripture. "

There were large con-

gregations and the music was very hearty and

devotional. A special envelope collection was

made on behalf of the Parish Church Renova-

tion Fund. The offerings reached a total of

over If any of our readers have not yet

sent in their subscriptions they should do so

without delay. It is hoped to have the Church

painted, the Tower repaired and electric lighting


Cake Fair.

In December the Seagoe Mothers' Union had

a most successful Cake Fair in the Parochial

Hall. It was held on December 5th (Thursday)

at 3.30. There was a very large attendance and

a splendid display of cakes. The Rev. W. F.

Hayes presided, and Miss Dorothy Johnston, of

Lurgan, very kindly opened the Sale. The Hall

remained open until nine o'clock, when prac-

tically everything had been sold. The receipts

totalled some £42, which goes to the Church

Renovation Fund. Our hearty thanks are due

to all who so kindly helped.


Levaghery School.

A very pleasant social in connection with Le-

vaghevy Sunday School was held in the Eden-

derry Orange Hall (kindly lent for the occa-

sion) on Thursday, Dec. 3rd, at 7.30 p.m. The

Rev. W. F. Hayes presided. After a .splendid

tea, games were enjoyed until a late hour,

when all separated after a very enjoyable even-

ing. Gifts were given by those who were pre-

sent which will go towards the Levaghery Sun-

day School Fund.

Seagoe P.E. School.

The Rector presided at the break-up of the

School for the Christmas Holidays. There was

a large gathering of the children in the School

on Friday, Dec. 20th, at '2.30 p.m. A splendid

selection of Christmas Carols were beautifully

sung by the children. Mr. Scott cordially wel-

comed the Rector back after his long illness.

Hearty cheers were given by the children for

their teachers. The Rector announced that the

holidays would extend to Monday, January

6th, when a punctual attendance of all the pupils

is expected. A School Social will be given in

January. We acknowledge with many thanks

the receipt of 10/- from Miss Calvert towards

the expense of the social.

Death of Mrs Atkinson.

It is with feelings of deep regret that we re-

cord the death of Mrs. Alice Atkinson, of Eden

Villa. Mrs. Atkinson had just passed her 90th

birthday, and although for some considerable

time weak through weight of years, yet remained

to the end her wonderful clearness of memory

and brightness of manner and spirit. She loved

Seagoe, and while health and strength permitted

she worshipped regularly in the Parish Church.

Her death creates a great blank in the life of

the Parish, and her memory will for long be

The memory of the

treasured in our midst.

just is blessed."

Our Advertisements.

We carry on into this issue of the Magazine

but in our

our advertisements for last year,

next issue will bring before our readers a new

set. The names of those who have so kindly

supported us in the past will, of course, reap-

pear, but the advertisements will be newly

set and will make a fresh appeal to the gene-

rous custom of our readers. We would sug-

gest to our readers that when they have read

carefully their own copy of the Magazine they

should post it each month to any relative who

lives abroad. One can hardly understand how

welcome such a gift is to our friends in the

Colonies or India. They long to hear about the

old home beyond the seas.


Death of Mr. Nicholas England.

Seagoe. Parish has suffered a serious loss m

the death, after a brief illness, of Nicholas Eng-

land, of Ballymacrandle. His regularity of at-

tendance at the Parish Church was an Inspiration

to many. No stress of weather prevented

him when the Day of Worship came round from

making his way to the House of Prayer. There

in Service and Sacrament he drew the grace

"which sustained him throughout life. He has

now heard the " Well done" of the Master whom

he served so faithfully here below. To his be-

reaved wife and family we offer our sincerest


C. L. B. Concert-

Thursday, Dec. 12th, a concert was held

in Edenderry Parochial Hall at 8 p.m. The Rev.

W. F. Hayes presided. The Hall was crowded,

and a most Interesting programme of recita-

tions, community singing, sketches was given.

The principal sketch was entitled " Roads of

Life" and illustrated the evils of gambling and

the good work done by the C. L. B. The accom-

paniments were played by Miss Topsy Wilson.

Much credit is due to Captain Mitchell, who

wrote the sketches and organised the pro-

gramme. The proceeds were on behalf of the

Seagoe Company of the C. L. B.

Seagoe Mothers' Union.

A meeting of the Mothers' Union was held in

Seagoe School on Monday, December 9th,


7.3() p.m. There was a large attendance. After

a hearty tea, an address was given by the Rev.

J. Sandford, Curate of Ballinderry. He stressed

the responsibility of parental control, and his

wise words were greatly valued by the mem-

bers present. The next meeting of the Mothers'

Union will be held (D. V.) on Tuesday, January

It will be the annual meeting for the


election of officers and for general business. A

full attendance of all the members is requested.

The meeting will be held in Seagoe School.


These 31etteMs stand for " Weekly 'Freewill

It is most important that every

Offerings. ' '

household in the Parish should have a set for

The Church depends on the

the New Year.

offerings of her loyal members. The upkeep of

the Church and her services should be the con-

stant care and effort of her members. Rich and

poor, young and old, should all bear their part

in this great work. If by any chance you have

not got your set of envelopes you can get one

without delay from Mr. Moses Gilpin, Hon.

Sec. , Drumnagoon, or from your local dis-




We heartily congratulate Captain Mitchell, of

our Seagoe C.L.B., on his appointment to the

responsible position of Adjutant of the Dio-

cesan Battalion.

Parish Register for December


The following were Baptized in the Parish

Church on December 7th, 1935:—

M'Nu1ty—Wi11iam, son of Robert Henry and

Helen Violet McNulty, of Edenderry.

Sponsors—Letitia Tate, Helen Violet

Mc Nulty.

M 'Kane—George, son of David and Margaret

M' Kane, of Ballymacrandle.

Sponsors—Ellen Jane M' Kane, Margaret


Freeburn—Samuel, son of Thomas Henry and

Dinah Rebecca Freeburn, of Le-


Jane Harrison, Dinah

Rebecca Freeburn.

Harrison—Mary Anne, daughter of William

Henry and Emily Jane Harrison, of


Sponsors—Letitia Florence Connor, Emily

Jane Harrison.

Tedford—Florence Anne, daughter of William

Jolm and Florence Rebecca Tedford,

of Seagoe Upper.

Sponsors—Letitia Tate, Florence Rebecca


Marriages ,

Adamson and Nixon—Dec. 18th, 1935, William

of Ballydougan,

Henry Adamson,

Parish of Knocknamuckley, to Eliza-

beth Jane Nixon, of Ballyhannon.

Benson and Neill—Dec. 24th, Thomas Benson,

of Moyallon, Parish of Gilford, to Eva

Neill, of Killicomaine.


Harris—Dec. 6th, Martha Anne Harris, of Eden-

derry, aged 82 years.

Vennard—Dec. 10th, Elizabeth Matilda Ven-

nard, of Edenderry, aged 23 years.

Roney—Dec. 18th, Mary Jane Honey, of Eden-

derry, aged 80 years.

Atkinson—January 1st, 1936, Alice Atkinson, of

Edenderry, aged 90 years.

England—January 1st, 1936, Nicholas England,

of Ballymacrandle, aged 78 years.


terred in Knocknamuckley.


During December we have lost several parish-

ioners well known and much respected in the

Parish. One of them, Elizabeth Matilda Ven-

nard, just entering upon life, Martha Anne

Harris and Mary Jane Roney, far advanced in'

years. Death is no respecter of persons. Young

and old fall before Him. Mrs. Harris has onlv

been a few years in the Parish. Mrs. Roney

has been here for a lifetime. Both were most

patient sufferers in their time of weakness. We

offer our sincere sympathy to the bereaved re-

latives. Lizzie Vennard was called away

a brief illness, deeply regretted by her man,y


Twenty-five Years Ago

JANUARY, 1911.

*The picture on the cover of this ancient issue

of the Magazine is " Seagoe under Snow. '-' It

was a snapshot taken by the Rector during a

May snowstorm. Snow rarely falls in May.

Among the Burials recorded is that of Mrs.

Margaret Atkinson, of Lower Seagoe, aged 96

years. One Baptism and two Marriages are re-

corded. The issue of a Seagoe Blotter is

announced. Eight members of the Seagoe Men's

Class are said not to have missed a Sunday dur-

ing the year. Thomas M' Crory is recorded as

not having missed a Sunday at Edenderry

Men's Class for no less than six years, Isaiah

Shanks for four years, and Thomas Best for

three years.

Carols at Drumgor.

On Sunday, December 22nd, the children of

Drumgor Sunday School had a very nice Ser-

vice of Christmas Carols.

The School was crowded and a very helpful

address was given by the Rev. Forde Patterson,

Curate of St. Mark's Portadown.


Archdeacon Hannon preached in the Parish

Church on Sunday evening, Dec. 29th.

Fog and frost have been very pervalent dur-

ing the past month.

The Rev. W. F. Hayes was the special

preacher at the Watch-night Service in St.

Mark's Church on New Year's Eve.

With this issue the Magazine enters on its

31st year. The Magazine was first published in

Januarv, 1906.

We hear of several Sunday School Prize Dis-

tributions already arranged. Bocombra has its

Social Night on Thursday, January 9th.


The Rector has received many kind wishes at

Christmas from Seagoe parishioners living

abroad and heartily thanks all who have so

kindly remembered him.

Our Sunday School Teachers are now using

Dr. Paterson Smythe's Teachers' Notes on the

Sunday Lessons and find them very helpful.

Old Seagoe Notes,

Seagoe in the Rebellion of 1798.—In the

troublous times of 1798, when the spirit of fierce

and cruel rebellion had spread through Ireland,

Seagoe played! an important part in helping

to suppress it. The Seagoe Yeomanry, under

the then Captain William Blacker, of Carrick-

Blacker, performed a gallant work. We pub-

1ish here a most interesting letter from Lord

Castlereagh (afterwards assassinated) under

date " Dublin Castle, 16th July, 1798," to Cap-

tain Blacker on the Seagoe Yeomanry:—

Sir,—Having taken the earliest opportunity

of laying before the Lord Lieutenant your letter

of the 4th instant, stating that you had enrolled

the names of eighteen hundred persons who were

Willing to march to any part of the Kingdom, T

am commanded to express to you the very high

sense His Excellency entertains of this most

loyal and spirited offer; and although His Ex-

cellency does not at present feel it necessary to

avail himself of their services yet if any future

emergency should compel him to resort to then•

exertions, He entertains no doubt that T-Te shall

find them equally ready to bear arms in the

support of their King and of the Laws and Con-

stitution of their country. I have the honour


HOLY CO M MUNION 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 e, 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 3-30 p.m.

Drumgor—Second Sunday of Month at 4 p. m.

at 8 p.m.

to be, sir, your most obedient and humble ser-

vant, Castlereagh. "

Seagoe Church in 1891.—The works connected

with the renovation of Seagoe Church, from

plans of the architect, Mr. Thomas Drew R. H. A.,

have occupied the contractors, Messrs.

Collen Bros., of Portadown, for the past eighteen

months, and are now very nearly completed.

They embrace almost the entire reconstruction

of the church, with exception of the west wall

and the tower, and the addition of a chancel and

south aisle. A new roof, also, has been provided

for the nave; and the old vestry at the centre

of the north side of the nave has been con-

verted into a spacious porch, with lofty oak doors,

and adorned externally with cut-stone dress-

ings and buttresses. The new vestry forms

of the chancel buildings.

The old windows,

with wooden frames, have been replaced by

handsome -stone traceries, in keeping with those

in the new portions, and all designed harmonious.

ly in the perpendicular Gothic style which

distinguishes the whole building. The windows.

have all been filled in, according to the designs

of the architect, with cathedral-tinted glass. Sill)-

plied by Messrs. Forest and Co., Liverpool,

except the east window of the aisle, in which is

inserted stained glass representing our Lord con-

soling Mary and Martha (John xi. 23, 32). fur-

nished by Mr. G. Moore M'Dowell, of London,

and erected by the Atkinson family in memory

of their parents, the late Mr. Woolsey Atkinson

and Mrs. Charlotte Atkinson, of Eden Villa.



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) mus be given to the Rector of intended weddings. FEES— By License—

Labourers 5/- Tradesmen 10/- —, Merchants and Farmers 15/- ,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); MARRAGE 3/7.

It will be a help to the Clergy if they are notified of the

An extra Search Fee is chargeable in certain cases

arrival of new Church families in the Parish.

A copy of the Magazine will be sent post free to any subscriber for 3/- per anunm.


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