Seagoe Archives

July 1935


July 1935

Seagoe parish /Iftagajtne.
JULY. 1935.___________________

CLERGY :Rev. Chancellor Archer, B .D ., The Rectory, Seagoe.Reï. W. F. Hayes, B.A., The Bungalow, Lower Seagoe, Portadown.

The Excursion.
Our annual Sunday School Excursion is

I always a great and notable event in the Parish.
It is looked forward to with great expectation

' for m any weeks beforehand. This year it took
place on Thursday, Jun e 27th, and its destina­
tion was Bangor, Go. Down. A short service

I was held at 8 a.m . in the Parish Church. We
I sang the nice Children’s H ym n, 612, and joined
in the Collects for Morning Prayer. The Rec­
tor, in a brief address, welcomed the children

; and gave some useful advice about the E xcur­
sion. Our splendid Seagoe C .L .B . Pipe Band
played the procession to the station. A large
Union Jack, vigorously waved, led the way. At
the Parochial H all m any ‘from the outlying

[Sunday Schools fell in with the others, and a
large num ber of the residents of Edenderry
crowded their doors and windows to watch the
children pass. The special tra in left at 9.5 a.m.
and was crowded with eager and excited passen­

gers. The Rector and the Rev. W . F. H ayes
] accompanied the Excursion. The w eather was
jtine but dull. However, as the rain kept away
no one ' m inded the clouds. An hour’s run
'brought us to beautiful Bangor. The sea looked
lovely and the air was very fresh and bracing.
Air. and Mrs. Victor M atchett were at the s ta ­
tion to m eet us and we were very glad to see
them. The band struck up a lively tune, and all

(marched through the m ain s treet and round to
the fine Dufferin Hall, where Messrs. Davison
bad a great supply of sandwiches, pastry and
excellent tea. W e never rem em ber seeing so
many “ pram s” at an excursion, and each con­
tained a fine Seagoe baby. A pair of Edenderry
twins were in great form. One baby of a few
[months old achieved a record by consuming a
! whole sandwich. After the first refreshm ent
this excursionists wandered 'jn alj! directions.
I Most of them w ent to or into the water. A
'photographer who claimed to be a Portadown
jman did a good business in the photographic
line. Some took ’buses to Donaghadee, bu t we
beard of one excursionist who did not go on the
I M ystery” Tour because she was afraid. At
p p.m. all returned to the Hall for the Second
Refreshment, and then had tim e to get back for
j!l couple of hours to the water. The return
préin, in charge of Guard Simpson, made a quick

journey back to Portadown. A great crowd
awaited our return . The band again headed th e
procession back to the Parish Church, where the
Rector thanked the band for their great help.
The National Anthem was then sung and hearty
cheers given for the King and Queen. Altogether
our 1935 Excursion was a great success.

The Somme Anniversary.
On Sunday, June 30th, Special Services in

commemoration of the B attle of the will
be held in the Parish Church, both at Morning
and Evening Service. The Portadown Branch
of the British Legion will be present at the 11.30
a.m Service. The Seagoe C .L .B . band, with
Cadets and Training Corps, will also parade at
this Service. The collection at both Services
will be on behalf of the County Armagh P ro test­
ant Orphan Society.

July Anniversary Service.
An Anniversary Service will be held (D .Y .) in

the Parish Church on Sunday, Ju ly 7th, at 7
p.m . Special places will be reserved for the
Lodges which attend. The Rev. J . I . Lea; M.A.,
Rector of Mullavilly, will preach. The collec­
tion will be in aid of the Lord Enniskillen Me­
morial Orphan Fund.

Protestant Orphan Society.
This Society has ever since its foundation in

1869, given m ost useful and valuable help to the
Widows and Orphans of Seagoe Parish. The
Society had its origin largely in the efforts of
the late Major Stew art Blacker, who also in
many ways assisted the Parish in the dark days
of D isestablshm ent and Disendowment. We
ask for a liberal offering on next Sunday, June
30th, for th is great Society. An effort is being
made to increase its funds so th a t a larger al­
lowance m ay be given to the Widows and Or­
phans. G rants are only made to the most de­
serving cases. Widows who receive the S tate
Pension are not eligible for grants. Those who
receive help are those who receive no help from
any pension fund.

Lightning in Seagoe.
Seagoe did not altogether escape damage

in the recent severe storm . The new Church
H all a t Bocom bra was struck and slates strip ­
ped from the roof. Fortunately , the felt-covered
rafters did not catch fire, otherwise the H all
might have been burned. The people in the
neighbourhood heard the loud crashing sound
when the H all was struck. The lightning also
struck and wrecked the fountain lam p in E den­
derry, to which a fine stream er advertisem ent of
our C .L .B . Sports Rally had been attached ju st

C-L.B Sports Rally.

Eem em ber Friday, Ju ly 5th. I t is the day
of the C .L .B . Sports Rally, to be held a t 5 p.m .,
in Mrs. B est’s field a t Church Lane, which she
has m ost kindly len t for the occasion. The
charge for admission will be Sixpence. All
kinds of events have been arranged for and they
are open to all comers. The field is beautifully
situated and at this tim e of the year the coun­
tryside looks perfect. Full particulars as to the
Sports can be seen on the posters throughout
the Parish. The proceeds are in aid of the B ri­
gade Funds. A giant stream line advertisem ent
spans Bridge S treet to rem ind everybody of the

The Storm.
A very violent storm of thunder and rain

broke over Seagoe about 10 p.m . on Jun e 25th.
The lightning w'as continuous and very vivid.
Towards the close of the storm, about 11 p.m .,
rain fell like a waterspout. At Upper Seagoe
it flowed from the roadway and flooded the
houses. No such rain has fallen in Seagoe for
m any years. The atm osphere has been very
close and heavy for some days. Similar storm s
have occurred all over the U nited Kingdom.
In Edenderry the central road lam p collapsed.

Uncut Hedges.
Many hedges at dangerous corners in the

Parish rem ain uncut. This adds greatly to the
danger of motor accidents, of which we have re­
cently been reminded by some sad cases. The
risk of such neglect is very serious and ought to
be avoided.

Road Repairs-
The splendid road to Lurgan through the

Parish has been in the hands of the road re­
pairers. W e are sure it will all come righ t bu t
it is a t present in a very rough and dangerous
condition. A cem ent passage-way has been
laid a t each side of the road. There is such
great traffic on th is road th a t any obstruction
becomes very inconvenient.

Death of Captain Dobson.
W e record w ith great Jregret the death of

Captain J . J . Dobson, who for some years up
to the outbreak of the G reat W ar acted as a
Lay H elper in Seagoe Parish. His death oc­
curred w ith great suddenness on Sunday m orn­
ing, June 2nd, at Nairobi, in Kenya, E ast
Africa, where he had resided with his wife and
son for th e past ten years. H e had taken a
very active p a r t in the organisation of Ex-ser­
vicemen in Nairobi, and had done m uch for
those in th a t district who had been unemployed.

He founded and was secretary of a flourishing
organisation known as “ The Nairobi Associa­
tio n ." At the time, of his death lie was a candi­
date for the Nairobi Council for the district of
Ngong, and the election was to have been held
on June 20th. Much regret was fe lt a t his
death at a comparatively early age. He had
felt slightly unwell on Saturday, June 1st, and
passed away suddenly on the following norning.
The medical report was th a t his death was due
to haemorrhage from an old war wound. There
was a large attendance at his funeral to the
Forest Cem etery at Nairobi. Captain Dobson
was a very keen and active member of the
U lster Volunteers when in Seagoe, and at the
outbreak of W ar joined the Young Citizen Volun­
teers and served through the W ar, being se­
verely wounded. H e was always greatly in­
terested in the Parish of Seagoe, and in his
letters to the Bector often referred to it. Our
sym pathy goes out to Mrs. Dobson and her son
in their sad and sudden bereavem ent. In a
letter to the Bector Mrs. Dobson says “ H a
loved Kenya. ’ ’

Two Excursions.
During last m onth, on June 13th, there were

two excursions in the Parish. They both left
the Parochial Hall a t the same hour, 1.80. and
both travelled by special 'buses. The M others’
Union travelled to Bangor and had a most en­
joyable time. The weather was dull but fine,
and the m others enjoyed to the full the bracing
air of the seaside. The other excursion was for
the Seagoe C .L .B .. who journeyed to Tyrella,
in the Co. Down. The lovely and extensive
strand at Tyrella provided a splendid playground
for the lads, and the drive there and back
through lovely scenery, added greatly to the plea­
sure of the excursion. The Bev. W. F. Hayes
and Captain Mitchell accompanied the lads.

Our Sunday Schools.
It has been arranged with the Superinten­

dents and Teachers of our Sunday Schools, both
Morning and Afternoon, to close them for the
four Sundays in Ju ly and the first two Sundays
in August, so th a t all the Sunday Schools will
(D .V .) re-open and resum e work on Sunday.
August 18th. This closing of the Schools has
become necessary owing to the extension of the
holiday system. So many of our Teachers and
young people now go on holiday th a t it has been
found difficult to provide Teachers for the
classes. We hope to see our people in large
num bers at the Services in the Parish Church.
Sunday is God’s Day of W orship. W ith the
Psalm ist of old we can say “ A day in Thy
Courts is better than a thousand .”

Parish Register for June.

The following were B aptized in the Parish

Church on Jun e 1st, 1935: —Richardson—Dorothy, daughter of Robert and
Jane Richardson, of Upper Seagoe.

Sponsors — E m m a Richardson, Dorothy
M 'Nally.Johnston—Joseph Bell, son of Robert and Helen
Clow Johnston, of Lower Seagoe.

Sponsors—Eva W hite, Helen Clow Johnston. M'Mullan—Mary Elizabeth, daughter of H er­
bert and Amelia M 'M ullan, of Lylo.

SponsorsEvelyn Carlisle, Amelia M 'M ullan.
Marriages .

Livingston and Shields—Ju n e 13tli, in St.
A nne’s Cathedral, Belfast, by the Very
Rev. the Dean of Belfast, John George
Livingston, of Portadown, to Irene
Doris Shields, of Edenderry.Kirkpatrick and Bradshaw—Jun e 18th, at Gil­
ford, Parish Church, Cecil Beresford
Kirkpatrick, Upper Seagoe, to Selina
Bradshaw, of Breagh.

Armstrong—June 6th, W illiam John Armstrong,

of Balteagh, aged 89.Dowd—June 6th, Thomas J . Dowd, of E den­
derry, aged 7 m onths.Abraham—Ju n e 10th, David Abraham , of Kil-
vergan, aged 90.

We record with regret the death of three of

our Parishioners during the past m onth. One
a little in fan t of only a few m onths, the other
two of a great age. David Abraham was resid­
ent in the Parish for m any years. H e was a
great worker and engaged in field work on his
son's farm up to within a short tim e of his
death. He could plough and harrow when over
80 years of age. H is death leaves a great blank
ui the home circle. The death of W illiam John
Armstrong cam e very soon after the deatli of his
sister-in-law, Mrs. M 'Donald. He lias passed
away a t a great age. In middle life when a col­
lier in Scotland he had been seriously injured in
amine accident. H e was a m an of high and in­
dependent principle and was m uch respected by
*11 who knew him. To all those who have been
bereaved we offer our sincere sym pathy.

A Curious Coin.
. Mr. John Gordon, when digging last m onth
1,1 Ins garden a t Ballinacor, tu rned up a curious
ai'd ancient coin. I t is of copper and about the
Slze of a penny. I t contains on both sides in ­
scriptions in Hebrew. On one side “ Jerusalem

the H o ly ,” and on the other “ Shekel of Israel. "
U ntil the exile the Hebrews did not use coins.
The Shekel was then only a standard of weight
(see I. Sam. ix., 8). On their re turn from the
Babylonian exile the Priests introduced “ The
Shekel of the S anctuary ,” and in th is all the
Temple dues were paid. On the coin found by
Mr. Gordon at Ballinacor are to be seen the
same symbols as were represented on the
Shekels of the Sanctuary, on one side a chalice,
cup, or vase, and on the other a Lily or the
Rose of Sharon. Mr. Gordon, who dug up the
coin, is still active at 78 years of age. W e won­
der how a Shekel of the Sanctuary found a
resting place in the townland of Ballinacor.
There is no trace of any Jewish family having
resided there in past days.

We heartily congratulate two of oui- Parish­

ioners who have been m arried during the past
m onth. Miss Selina Bradshaw, now Mrs. Kirk­
patrick, has been a great helper in all Parish
work and has taught twice each Sunday in our
Sunday Schools, in the Morning at Seagoe, and
in the afternoon at Levaghery. We are glad to
know she will be residing in the Parish. Miss
Doris Shields, now Mrs. Livingston, has lived
all lier life amongst us and is well known to
m any. W e wish both couples God’s blessing
and a very happy future.

Seagoe P.E School.
At the annual Exam ination in Religious

Knowledge held in Seagoe P .E . School on F ri­
day, June 7th, by the Diocesan Inspector, the
Rev. J . Armstrong, the following children ob­
tained certificates: —

Senior Certificates—M yrtle Caddell, Em m a
Morrison, Chris. Eiddes, E dna Grey, Olive Ven-
nard, Sam M 'Cabe, Robert Ruddell, Robert
Abraham, Jam es Clayton.

Junior Certificates—B etty Metcalf, E dna
Montgomery, Isa Abraham, Bella Magee, Isobel
Ruddell, Dorothy Ruddell, Viola Morrison, W.
W hite, Robert M 'M inn, H arry Girvan, Alfred
Magee, W m. Caddell, Jam es W hiteside, Joseph
L iggett, Helen M ‘M urray, Alfred Guy, Cecil
M 'Loughlin.

The above list of nam es is not in the order of
m erit. The Certificates were publicly presented
to the successful children by the Rector at the
School on the morning of W ednesday, Jun e 12th.

Twenty five Years Ago.
JULY, 1910.

This old num ber of the Magazine contains a
list of the nam es of those who had been con­
firmed in June, 1910. I t was a large Confirma­
tion, men and boys 50 and girls 58. Bishop

Crozier Confirmed them . The excursion was to
W arrenpoint th a t year. George Calvert and

John Montgomery had made everything r e a d y
a t W arrenpoint. 5 Baptism s are recorded, t ne
marriage, and two Burials. A t the Religious
Knowledge examination in Seagoe School M ar­
garet Irw in had got full marks. Measles had
been prevalent in the Parish. N ature notes are
given. The wayside P lantain and the K nap­
weed or Hard-head are specially noted as very
common weeds. The Old Seagoe Notes deal
with ancient m aps of Seagoe.

O l d Seagoe Notes.
“ The Long Eleventh of June.”—This expres­

sion has been heard in the Parish and is familiar,
to m any. I t is of great in terest and carries us
back as far as the year 1752, when 11 days were
dropped out of the Calendar. People said then
th a t eleven days had been stolen out of their
life. The loss of these days caused m any
changes, and among them was the fact th a t the
21st of June became the eleventh of June. Buf
th e 21st of June was the Sum m er Solstice and
the longest day, so when it became the eleventh
people began to speak of the long ’leventh of
June. The 11th Jun e is and always was St.
B arnabas Day. And a rhym e runs—

“ B arnaby bright,
The longest day and the shortest n ig h t.”>;< v- >!<
SEAGOE, 1822.— (Records, Vol. IV. p. 1 .)—

Annaloist. Aughacommon, Ballydonaghv, Ballv-

gargin, Ballyhannon, Ballym acrandle, Ballina-
corr, Ballynaghy, Ballynamoney, Balteagh, Bo-
comra, Boconnell, Breagli, Caine, Carrick, Clan-
roll, Crossmacaughly, Drumgask, Drumgorr,
Drumlisnagrilly, Drum nacanway, Druminagoon,
Drum nakelly, Derryvore, Edenderry, Backna-
hay, Killicomane, Kilvergan, Kinnigo, Kirnon,
Knock, Knockmena, (Knocknamuckly, Knock -
ram m er, Levaghry, ’Lisnam intry, Lylo, Moy-
raverty, Seago Lower, Seago Upper, Silverwood,
Tannaghmore, Tam niffacarbett, Tamniffaglasin,
Tarson, Turmoyra. Total 47 Townlands.

The foregoing Townlands are grouped in the
three Manors of Brownlow’s Derry, Blacker and
Harrison, and Kernan, as follows: —

Manor of Brownlow-derry—Annaloist, Auglia-
common, '^Ballynamonev, Boconnell, Drum na­
kelly, Kilvergan, Kinnigo, Knockrammer, Silver-
wood. Tannaghmore, Turmoyra. Total 11 Town-

Manor *>f Blacker and Harrison—Ballydon-
aghv, Bajllygargin, Ballyhannon, Ballym a­
crandle, Ballynaghy, Breagh, Carrick, Derry­
vore, Drum lisnagrilly, 'Drumnacanway, Eden­
derry, Hacknahay, Killicomain. Knock. Knock­
namuckly, Levaghry. 16 Townlands.

Manor of K ernan—Ballinacorr, Balteagli. Bo-
comra, Cairn, Clanroll, Crossmacaughly, Drum ­
gask, Drumgorr, Druminagoon, Kirnan. Knock­
mena. L isnam intry, Lisniskv, Lylo, Moyraverty.
Seago Lower, Seago Upper, jl’amniffacarbett.
Tamniffaglassin, Tarson. 20 Townlands.

HOLY COMMUNION 1st Sunday after Morning

P rayer ; 3rd Sunday at 8 a .m ., and on the Chief
Festivals.HOLY B A P T I S M - 1st Saturday of cach M onth at 3
p m . , and during any Service in the Parish Church,i
notice be given ; Two Sponsers at least are required
and they must be Confirmed Members of the C h u rch .
C hurchings are held at each Baptism. M others are expected to bring a thackoffering. (See Book of
Common Prayer. \MORNING P R A Y E R - Sundays and Chief Festivals,
11-30 a.m .E V E N I N G P R A Y E R - Sundays, 7 p.m

DISTRICT S E R V I C E S .H a c k n a h a y —Last Sunda of M ontt at 3-30 p.m .D r u m g o r — Second - unda of M onth at 4 p .:rE d e n d e r r y —W ednesdays a 8 p m .

B I B L E C L A S S FOR MEN in Edenderry on

Sundays at 10 a.m .
S U N D A Y SCHOOLS 10 a m . Edenderry Parochial

H all and Seagoe School. 3 p.m. Seagoe, Edenderry
^?rochial H all, Levaghery, H acknahay, Carne,
D rum gor, Bocom bra

M O T H E R S ’ U N I O N—2nd Tuesday of each month
at 7 30 p.m .

C HURCH L A D S ’ B R I G A D E in the Farochial Hall
on Tuesdays and Fridays.

G I R L S ’ F R I E N D L Y SOCIETY in Seagoe School on
M ondays at 8 p.m.

S E A G O E P . E. SCHOOl , 9-15 a.m . Principal—Mt
R. Scott.

M A R R I A G E S m ust be perform ed between 8 a.m . and 3 p m Licenses are issued by Rev. Canon Hannon, Rectory, L u rg t i . D ue notice (48 hours) mus be given to the Rector of intended weddings. F E E S — By License
Labourers 5/ iradesm en 10/-, M erchants and Farm ers 15/-, Professional, £1. By Banns 5/-. FU N E R A L S will be
attanded by the Clergv if proper notice be given. SIC K CA SES should be notified to the Clergy w ithout delay. F E E S FO R C E R T IF IC A T E S BAPTISM 3/7, Children iFactory) 1 /-and 2/ (non-residents); M ARRAGE 3/7.
An ex tra Ssaroh Fee is chargeable in certain cases. It will be a help to the Clergy if they are notified of the

arrival of new C h u rch families in th e Parish.A copy of the M agazine will be sent post free to any subscriber for 3/- per anunm . Stream Closed


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