Seagoe Archives

July 1940


July 1940

Seagoe Parish Magazine.

JULY, 1940


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

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

Lower Seagoe.



People's—J. R. REID.





July 5th—Confirmation Service at 8 p.m.

July 7th—7th Sunday after Trinity.

Orange Anniversary Service at 7 p.m.

July 14th—8th Sunday after Trinity.

July 21st—9th Sunday after Trinity.

July 25th—St. James.

July 28th—10th Sunday after Trinity.

We apologise to our Readers for the unavoidable

delay in the printing of this Month's Magazine.


(We print below the contents of a letter recently

published in the Press in which the two Archbishops of

the Church of Ireland issue a call to all members of

the Church of Ireland, to earnest prayer in these difficult

days through which we are passing): —

"In these days of ever-deepening gravity, as we see

one free people after another losing the power to control

its own destiny, we desire to impress upon members

of the Church of Ireland, the duty which lies upon

them as Christian men and women to watch—that

is to say, to keep awake and pray.

"The air is thick with tragedy, and we observe the

unleashing of forces of a magnitude and upon a scale

of destructiveness altogether beyond our experience.

"And here in our own land we wait in a period of

almost unnatural calm, ignorant as to how events will

develop themselves in England and in Ireland. Some

of us are wondering how soon, and in what way, the

storm, which has fallen on so many other lands, will

fall upon us, while others of us—and there are still

many—seem incapable of believing that the disasters

which have befallen others may not fail to overtake


“Governing authorities are taking such measures for

the protection of the country and its population as

they deem necessary, but we believe that, side by side

With the mobilisation of the military resources available,

the spiritual forces of a Christian people should

marshal themselves without delay.

“Prayers have been offered in our churches throughout

the land since, and even long before, the outbreak

of war in September, and it is not our mind to suggest

at present any additional day or occasion of public

prayer; but we seek to lay upon the heart and conscience

of every individual among our people that privately

they should pray, and pray without ceasing,

that God in His mercy will defend our land; that He

will bless and uphold the measures being taken in

these islands for the public protection; that He will

grant to us all such a sense of the over-ruling strength

of His Almighty Power that we at large, and ourselves

as individuals, might have steadiness of purpose and

courage to face whatever the future has in store for us.

“Prayer presupposes trust in God, and prayer faithfully

engaged in strengthens that trust, and those who thus

pray will make the most important moral contribution

to the public prayers by their calmness, their readiness

to do whatever they are called upon to do, their refusal

to give way or to pass on to others fear or pessimism—

in short, their maintenance of a firm and resolute morale."


The members of the Select Vestry have given very

careful consideration to the overhauling of the organ

in memory of the late Mr. T. H. Wilson; they also

feel that the parishioners would wish to do something

by way of improving the Church in memory of the

late Chancellor Archer, and suggest that something

should be done with this end in view to put right the

ugly condition of the walls, especially in the Chancel

and East end of the new aisle. While they are agreed

on the urgency and appropriateness of these proposals,

they feel that in these days of uncertainty and strain

it would not be the best time to embark upon these

schemes, so they are postponing these matters for six

months. Competent builders have advised the stripping

and re-plastering of the bad walls, as the only efficient

cure for the present disfigured patches on the walls;

this prevents the overhaul of the organ for the time

being, for until the walls are put right it would be

unwise to spend money on the organ, as the risk of

damage by dust would be very great.

Mrs. Dunlop, niece of the late Chancellor Archer, has

sent a cheque for £10 for the proposed memorial to

her uncle. Any parishioner wishing to subscribe to

the above-mentioned objects are asked to send or give

their contributions to the parochial treasurer, Mr.

Wm. White, or to any member of the Select Vestry.


On Thursday, June, 27th, the annual Sunday School

excursion took place to Newcastle. The proverbial

“Seagoe weather" was much in evidence, and the large

crowd of children and parishioners, who availed

themselves of the opportunity of spending the day at

this pleasant seaside resort enjoyed the outing to the


We were glad to have a number of children and

parents from Ardmore Parish with us. Messrs.

Davison had charge of the catering arrangements,

and all present were loud in their praises of the

excellent fare provided. The morning and afternoon

meals were taken in a field a few minutes' walk from

the railway station, and the fact that these were in the

open air added to the enjoyment of the day.

It was fitting that before the children set out for

the day they should meet at the Parish Church

for a short service, and it was gratifying to see the

different Sunday Schools so well represented at this


The Hon. Treas., Mr. R. M'Clements, and the Hon.

Secretary, Mr. Wm. Hutchinson, attended to all details

with their usual efficiency, and we hope next

month to print a detailed statement of the accounts,

which should show a balance on the right side.


The annual young people's service for the children

of the Parish took place on Sunday morning, June

23rd. There was a good attendance of children with

their teachers, from the various Sunday Schools, and

their reverent demeanour and attention went to show

that they entered fully into the spirit of the Service.

The lessons were read by Clifford Mitchell and Bobbie

Stanfield, and members of the remaining seven Sunday

Schools took up the collection. A helpful address was

given by the Rev. T. E. Beacom, B.A., Cuarte-Assistant

of Banbridge.


The Sunday Schools in the parish will remain closed

as usual for six Sundays. They will be resumed on

Sunday, August 11th. It is hoped that parents will

encourage their children to attend public Worship in

the Parish Church during the period when the Sunday

Schools are closed.


The annual Orange Anniversary took place on

Sunday, July 7th, at 7 p.m., when the preacher

the Rev. Henry O'Connor, M.B.E., Rector of

Dundrum, Co. Down. Owing to the war-time

conditions prevailing the custom of parading

from the various centres was abandoned this year;

instead the members of the Order assembled at the

Church in time for the Service. As in former years

the collection was in aid of the Lord Enniskillen

Memorial Orphan Fund.


The monthly meeting took place in Seagoe School

on Tuesday, June 11th, at 7.30 p.m. There was a large

attendance of members, and an inspiring address

given by Mrs. Sinton, of Tamnamore House, Tandragee.

The July meeting will take place at Seagoe Rectory

on Thursday, July 25th, at 3.30 p.m., when it is hoped

all the members will be present.



Morning Prayer—The Churchwardens, Messrs. C. S.

A. Twinem, D. Allen, W. G. Best, E. Mitchell.

Evening Prayer—Messrs. J. Walker, A. Kirk, Thos.

Gracey, T. Stanfield, W. H. Best, G. Nixon.


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 and J. M'Loughlin.


The Hon. Treas. for the above gratefully acknowledges

the receipt of the following subscriptions: —

Mrs. Sands, Killycomaine £1 0 0

Mrs. Heyburn, Bachelor's Walk 0 5 0

Thos. Laverty, Levaghery Gardens 0 5 0

Mr. B. Kilpatrick, Lower Seagoe 0 5 0

Mr. D. Turkington, Killycomaine 0 10 0

Mr. & Mrs. Robb, Killycomaine 2 0 0

Mrs. Wm. Best, Killycomaine 1 0 0

Mrs. Loney, Killycomaine 0 10 0

Mr. & Mrs. D. Kearns, Killycomaine 1 0 0

£6 15 0

Already acknowledged £635 10 7

Total £642 5 7


The annual inspection took place on Thursday, May

30th, in the Parochial Hall, Edenderry, at 8 p.m. The

inspecting officer was Col. Waring. The proceedings

opened by the Company falling in in squads, opening

hymn, Brigade prayer and then a varied programme

by both the Training Corps and Seniors formed items

for inspection, these included squad drill, vaulting

horse display, O'Grady drill down, games, physical

training, parallel bar display, all which went to show

that the officers and lads put a great deal of energy

and enthusiasm into the C.L.B. programme. The

inspecting officer was most flattering in his remarks

and expressed his satisfaction at the efficiency and

high standard of Seagoe Company.

A number of parents were present and displayed a

keen interest in the various items.


(For quarter ending June, 1940.)

W.F.O. Collection

April 7 £7 0 2 £1 3 1

April 14 9 12 4 1 6 10

April 21 5 14 3 1 1 6

April 28 7 3 51 7 1

Total for month £29 10 2 £4 18 6

May 5 £8 17 9 £1 7 9

May 12 9 19 5 1 12 4

May 19 7 16 5 2 1 11

May 26 12 3 02 12 1

Total for month £38 16 7 £7 14 1

June 2 £6 5 9 £1 12 7

June 9 6 7 4 1 7 7

June 16 8 7 11 1 11 8

June 23 7 9 10 2 19 3

June 30 8 9 51 9 4

Total for month £37 0 3 £9 0 5



Ending 3rd June, 1940.


Balance in hands £2 19 8

Compensation for windows 8 0 0

Harvest Festival Collection 1 0 9 ½

Collection at monthly Services 0 8 4

Bank Interest 0 1 4

S.S. Collection 2 14 5 ½

£15 4 7


Repairing windows £4 1 3

Material for entrance pathway 1 10 0

Carting of material 1 2 0

Caretaker 1 0 0

Sunday School Prizes 1 10 0

Share of deficit on S.S. Excursion 1939 0 7 6

Cash in hands 5 6 0

£15 4 7


Four parishioners have been called Home since our

last issue. Thomas M'Keague had reached a great age

and retained his faculties intact to the end. William

Heyburn passed away after a short illness. Mrs. Stanfield

and Robert Harra both died very suddenly, and though

for them it meant being spared suffering, yet for their

relatives it meant a great shock. To the bereaved families

we express our deep sympathy in their sorrow and loss

and pray that our Heavenly Father will enable them to

meet the days to come with steadfastness and courage,

and that they will not sorrow as those without hope,

knowing that "to be absent from the body is to present

with the Lord."


"Suffer little children to come unto Me, and forbid

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

June 2nd—Olive Elizabeth, daughter of Albert and

Mary Lyttle, 6, James St., Portadown.


"Those whom God hath joined together let no man

put asunder."

June 13th—Thomas Wells Corcreeny, Lurgan, and

Elizabeth Ryans, Drumnacanvey.

June 20th —James Grattan, Ballinteggart, Loughbrickland,

and Esther Jane Livingston, Drumnacanvey, Portadown


"Blessed are the dead which die in the Lord from

Henceforth, yeas saith the Spirit, that they may rest

from their labours."

30th May—Thomas M'Keague, Drumgor, in his 92nd

year. (Interred in Shankill).

2nd June—William James Heyburn, Bachelor's Walk,

aged 55 years.

29th June—Mary J. Stanfield, Levaghery, aged 41 years.

30th June—Robert Harra, 10, Eden Avenue, aged 49 years.

We print below a letter received from Mr. Duff

Cooper, which speaks for itself.

"Ministry of Information,

"Malet Street,

"London, W.C.l.

"5th July, 1940.

"Dear Sir, —A great danger exists at the present

time of loose talk and of loose thinking about what

might be the consequences of defeat. There are even

people who are inclined to ask whether they would be

much worse off under the rule of Hitler. This danger

may be increased by accounts that German agents

will seek to spread of conditions now existing in those

parts of France which are occupied by the enemy. No

doubt the Germans will do their best at first and

during the Armistice to make conditions as pleasant

as possible for the French people in order that they

may be deluded into thinking that they have not lost

so much after all. The real peace terms when they

come to be dictated, as they will be when all further

resistance is impossible, will give such people a rude


“It is most important therefore that people of influence

such as yourself should do all in your power to fight

against such dangerous opinions. People should be

reminded that Hitler has sworn to destroy both France

and England and that he will never be content until he

has carried out this purpose. In the first place he would

take away all our liberties which we have fought for so

many centuries to obtain. His secret police would

dominate not only our public but also our private lives.

It would not be safe to make a joke about our masters

either in public or in private. In Germany, children

are encouraged to spy upon their parents and to repeat

any chance remark they may hear which criticises the

Government. Trade Unions would be abolished here

as they are in Germany, and everyone would be compelled

to work for whatever wages and during whatever hours

the State laid down. Worse than that, whole portions of

the working population would probably be transferred to

foreign countries, where they would be compelled to

labour under the lash, separated from their wives and

families, and treated as slaves. This has been the

policy pursued with regard to Poland, and only the

other day 120,000 working men were transferred from

Holland to somewhere in Germany to be compelled

to labour for their conquerors. Now the Germans

have far greater reason for hating us than they ever

had for hating the Poles or the Dutch, and the treatment

that we should receive would therefore be far more cruel.

Not only should we forfeit all political freedom, but our

religious liberty would be taken from us also. All

Christian associations and societies have been abolished

in Germany and hundreds of the bravest preachers have

been put in prison for daring to criticise the Nazi regime.

This is a matter upon which great stress should be laid

in giving guidance to people at the present time.

"This war is really a religious war, a war of right

against wrong. Everything in which we believe i.e.

attacked by the Nazis for they are seeking to create a

world in which neither free men nor Christians can

live at peace. In the society which they have already

set up in Germany every man and woman is the slave

of the State. The State is the new idol before whom

all private interests, all private opinion, all private

belief must bow down. Our independence will be

taken from us and also our means of livelihood; for

we depend upon our foreign trade; without it we

cannot pay for the food which it is necessary for us to

import in order to support the lives of our population.

Germany desires that trade and if once she had command

of the sea she would take it from us, which means that

many millions of our population would die of hunger.

"A German victory would mean for us starvation,

mentally, spiritually and bodily.

"I will add only one more point to this letter. We

are continually hearing the demand that people should

be told what they have to do, that they are ready

enough to do it, but that they are waiting for instructions.

Now it is the policy of the Government to give the people

as full instructions as possible; but at the same time

people should be encouraged to think for themselves

and to help themselves. All through our history we have

been a nation of individualists, full of a sturdy

independence of mind, acting on our own initiative.

We do not want now to become like the Germans or

inhabitants of any other totalitarian State, who cannot

move or think without being told what to do. Therefore,

I would urge people not only to carry out all instructions

but also to think for themselves what contributions they

can make both for the common cause and for their own

safety. There is no better advice than that given by Oliver

Cromwell long ago, to put your trust in God and to keep

your powder dry—that is to say, while we should rely

on the ultimate triumph of right against wrong, that

triumph can only be assured if those who are fighting

for the cause of right are prepared to put all their will

power, all their brain power and all their faith into

the battle. — Yours truly.



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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