Seagoe Archives

July 1936


July 1936

Seagoe Parish Magazine.

JULY, 1936


Re-Opening Services will be held (D. V) in the

Parish Church on Sunday, July 5th, at 11-30 am.

and 7 p.m. The Right Rev. the Lord Bishop will

preach at the 11-30 service. The offerings at both

Services will be on behalf of the Renovation Fund.


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


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

Seagoe, Portadown.


Rector's— Mr. ROBERT SCOTT.

People's—Mr. THOS. E. MAGINNIS.

The Somme Anniversary.

Services in memory of the Somme Anniversary

will be held on Sunday, June 28th, at 11.30

and 7 in the Parochial Hall. The offerings will

be on behalf of the Co. Armagh Protestant

Orphan Society. The Society has been very generous

in its help of necessitous orphans in Seagoe

Parish, and we ask for liberal offerings in the

great cause. The Society originated in Seagoe

Parish in the year 1869 mainly through the efforts

of the late Major Blacker. An election of Orphans

takes place on June 30th.

Anniversary Service.

A Special Anniversary Service will held in

the Parish Church on Sunday, July 12th, at 7

p.m. The Rev. Canon Marks, B. D, , will preach.

The collection will be on behalf of the Lord

Enniskillen Orphan Fund.

An In Memorium Gift.

Mr. James McDowell and his sister, Miss Sarah

McDowell, of Killicomaine have decided to erect

at the Pulpit a richly carved balustrade beside

the steps leading to the Pulpit, and a similar

handrail on the opposite wall in memory of their

father and mother, who were most highly respected

parishioners. This is a most thoughtful

and valuable gift.

The Parish Church

The Renovation of the Church is now almost

completed and has proved a great success. It

is seldom that a Church receives at the same

time such a successful renovation, both inside

and out. The outward appearance of Seagoe

Church has always been a disappointment

compared with the fine interior. The fact that portion

of the exterior walls and the whole of the

tower were dashed and cemented and portion

neatly pointed suggested a "patchiness" which

spoiled its appearance. The question which had

to be decided was—Would the stonework of the

outer walls and tower if deprived of their coating

of plaster be sufficiently good for pointing. This

could only be ascertained by stripping the walls

and when this was done it was found that the

stonework was good. It was then decided by the

Committee to get the walls pointed . The effect

has proved to be very good, and the tower especiallv

is now an ornament to the Church and to the district.

The inside of the Church has

been transformed. The walls, instead of being

distempered as formerly, have been oil-painted

in a cream colour. The walls of the Chancel

are coloured a light green. The dark staining

has been washed off the pews and it is now possible

to note the fine natural graining of the

wood. The pews have received two coats of

varnish. The heavy brass gasolier has been removed

from the Chancel and a system of electric

flood-lighting has been installed there instead.

An electric light has also been fitted over each

door leading into the Church. A brick flue was

discovered leading from the old Vestry, and the

bricks have been removed and stonework substituted.

The stone at the West Door, which had

become greatly worn in the course of over 100

years, has been removed and replaced by

cement step.

The Collecting Cards.

Any cards not returned, we would be glad if

the holders would do so without delay, so as

the accounts can be closed. We take this opportunity

of thanking all those who subscribed,

and also the Choir for their generous gift. Chancellor

Archer gives half the proceeds of Guest

Tea to the Mothers' Union Fund and half to the

exterior work on the Church.


Mrs White £0 5 0

Mrs Abraham £0 5 0

Mr Wilson and choir £5 0 0

Mrs Vance – guest tea £12 0 0

Chancellor Archer—Half proceeds from

Guest Tea £5 14 3


£23 4 3


Cards up to date £52 7 6

Subscriptions in the Temple he said,


£75 11 9

List of Card Collectors.

Misses Annie and Maggie Magee £0 10 0

Misses Maud and Eileen Cousins £0 17 0

Miss May Simpson £0 1 9

Miss Minnie Crawford £0 12 0

Miss May Bell £0 10 6

Miss Maggie Ruddell £0 5 0

Misses Peggy and Myrtle Caddell £0 5 0

Miss Agnes McClements £0 7 0

Miss Dorothy Montgomery £0 6 6

Misses Sarah and Rhoda Hoy £0 14 0

Miss Sarah Montgomery £0 5 0

Miss Edna Gray £1 0 0

Misses Cox £1 0 0

Miss Mary Coulter £0 12 0

Miss S. Jennett £2 9 6

Miss Primrose Preston £0 15 0

Miss Mayes £0 16 6

Miss McDouga1 £0 5 6

Misses McLoughlin £0 9 0

Miss M. Preston, Lylo £0 14 0

Miss Robinson £0 14 6

Miss Hilda Walker £0 10 0

Miss Agnes Webb £0 13 6

Miss Lily Hoy £0 13 6

Mrs. Vennard £0 5 3

Mrs. Hunter £0 12 6

Mrs. Allen, 40 Bridge St. £0 10 0

Mr. Stanfield £0 8 6

Mr. and Mrs. Kairns £0 6 0

Miss White £0 4 0

Mrs. Margaret Porter £0 12 0

Mrs. Ballentine £0 5 0

Misses Anderson £1 0 0

Mrs. Gilpin £0 10 0

Mrs. Jas. Twinem £0 12 0

Mrs. Taylor £1 4 0

Mr. Vennard £0 9 9

Misses McCormick, Lylo £0 7 0

Miss Sophie McMurray £0 7 6

Mrs. W. Neill £0 6 0

Mr. J. Walker £0 6 0

Mrs. Sherman £0 13 6

Mrs. Stoops £0 12 0

Mrs. Sands £0 12 0

Mr. and Mitchell £0 10 0

Mrs. Best, Goban Cottage £0 12 0

Mrs. Metcalf £1 0 0

Misses Bradshaw £0 12 0

Mr. and Mrs. Scott £0 12 0

Mrs. Coulter £0 12 0

Mrs. Best, Church Lane . £0 8 6

Mr. Jack Walker £0 6 0

Mrs. Collins £0 10 0

Mr. Hutchinson £0 12 0

Miss Maginnis £0 8 0

Miss McDonald £0 9 0

Miss Matchett £0 13 6

Miss Kirby £0 4 0

Miss Flannigan and Mrs. Shields £0 16 0

Mrs. Reid, James St. £0 13 6

Mrs. Vance £1 14 6

Mrs. Preston, Carrickblacker Rd. £0 10 0

Mrs. Dunlop £2 0 0

Mrs. Campbell £0 2 0

Miss Atkinson £0 12 0

Mrs McCormack £1 4 0

Miss. Calvert £5 10 0

Mrs. J. H. Twinem £0 17 6

Mr. Dick Twinem, America £0 12 0

Miss McDowell, Levaghery £1 13 0

Mrs. Pentland £0 6 0

Mrs. Rainey £0 7 9

Mrs. Marks £0 13 6

Mr. and Mrs. Alfonso Kirk £0 10 0

Roy and Margaret Twinem £0 17 6

Mrs. Darling £0 10 0


£52 7 6

Our Sunday Schools.

It has been decided to close the Morning and

Afternoon Sunday Schools Of the Parish for six

Sundays. They will be closed for the four Sundays

in July and the first two in August. They

will re-open (D. V.) on Sunday, August 16th.

The Closing of the Schools should mean a fuller

attendance of both teachers and children at the

Services in the Parish Church. When our

Blessed Lord heard the voices of the children

in the Temple he said, “If these should hold

their peace the very stones would cry out. " The

Psalmist of old said, " A dav in Thy Courts is

better than a thousand." Our renovated Church

should be a fresh call to truer and deeper worship

on the part of our people.

A Generous Gift.

The Committee of the Mothers' Union has

offered to place in all the pews of the Church

a covering of fine felt, and the gift has been most

gratefully accepted by the Vestry.

Parish Register for June,


The following were Baptized in the Parish

Church on June 6th, 1936

Roberts—Norma Edith, daughter of Harry Geo.

and Edith Roberts, of Killicomaine.

Sponsors—Mary Isabel Steenson, Marguerite


Roney—.Jean, daughter of Hugh and Phoebe

Roney, of Edenderry.

Sponsors - Isabel Roney, Phoebe Roney.

Medlow—Margaret Elizabeth, daughter of John

Joseph and Hannah Margaret Medlow

of Lisniskey.

Sponsors—Violet Elizabeth Haddock. Hannah

Margaret Medlow.


Hunter—June 6th, 1936, Rita Carol, daughter

of William James Graham and Emma

Hunter, of Edenderry.

Sponsors—Mary Robinson, Emma Hunter.


Kennedy and Fletcher—June 12th, 1936, Robert

Kennedy, of Ballygargan, Parish of

Knocknamuckley, to Gertrude Fletcher,

of Killicomaine.

Mitchell and McCabe—June 13th, 1936, Thomas

Mitchell of Portadown, to Dinah McCabe, of Seagoe Upper.

Gillis and Mayes—June 24th, 1936, James Gillis,

of Portadown, to Louisa Anne Mayes,

of Carrickblacker.

Hyslop and Hewitt—June 25th, 1936, Alexander

Hyslop, of Portadown and Glasgow, to

Anne Jane Hewitt, of Edenderry.


Reid—June 1st, Elizabeth Reid, of Edenderry,

aged 78 years.

Dynes—June 6th, Sarah Dynes, of Edendervy,

aged 75 years.

Preston—June 9th, James Preston, of Lylo, aged

58 years.

Sloane—June 26th, Samuel Sloane, of Drumnagoon, aged 57 years.


Our deep sympathy is given to those among

us whose homes have been visited by the Angel

of Death. Mrs. Elizabeth Reid passed away

after a long and tedious illness which she bore

with great patience. We express our sincere

sympathy with Mr. George Reid, Miss M. Reid,

Mr. J. H. Reid and her sister in their sad loss.

The death of James Preston, of Lylo, was very

sudden. He had never quite recovered from a

gassing during his service in the War. He

passed away after a few hours of weakness. Our

sincere condolence goes out to his bereaved wife

and family, who were united to him by ties of

deep affection. A detachment of the British

Legion was present at his funeral, and the Union

Jack covered his coffm.

The death of Mrs. Dynes at an advanced age is

also much lamented.

Visit of the Lord Bishop.

The Lord Bishop the Right Rev. Dr. McNiece,

has most kindly consented at very short notice

to preach in the Parish Church at 11.30 a.m.

Service on July 5th, when the Church will be

re-opened after the Renovation.

A Splendid Excursion,

Our Excursion to Warrenpoint on Thursday,

June 18th, was indeed a splendid success. The

children, with their teachers, assembled at the

Parish Church at 8.45 a.m., where a short service

was held by the Rev. W. F. Hayes. Headed

by the Seagoe C.L.B. Pipe Band, a long line of

young people made their way to the station. It

was a glorious morning. The sun shone out of

a cloudless sky, and although the weather on prevous

days had been unsettled no sign of rain appeared.

The train for Warrenpoint steamed out,

of the station at 9.55 sharp, and we were soon

flying through the beautiful green fields and

along the fragrant hedges of the County Armagh.

The excursionists were very numerous. A large

number of adult tickets had. been sold. The

journey to Warrenpoint took just an hour, and

at 11 a.m. all dismounted from the train. The

first, refreshment was soon ready in the spacious

Pavilion, and the good tea and tasty sandwiches

were much enjoyed. During the day the excursionists

went everywhere and enjoyed every moment, of the day.

Many of the younger and more

active climbed to the Big Stone, others not quite

so active got as far as Fiddler's Green. Nearly

everybody bathed, some doing so three or four

times during the day. The second refreshment

was at 4.30, and again the Pavilion was crowded.

After tea, all again went to the shore and got

still further enjoyment. The return train left

Warrenpoint at 8.40 p.m. and made a quick run

to Portadown. The return march to the Church

was headed by the Band. Great crowds were

gathered in the streets. Arrived at the Church,

the Rector thanked the Band for the help they

had given, and the National Anthem was then

sung, and hearty cheers given for the King and

Queen Mary.

Seagoe Mothers' Union,

The members of the Mothers Union spent a

most enjoyable afternoon at Milltown Rectory on

Thursday, June 4th, on the very kind invitation

of the Rev. J. F. J. Magill and Mrs. Magill.

There is a very close link of friendship between

the Milltown Mothers' Union and the Seagoe

branch. The weather was fine and the members

spent the evening playing games and admiring

the delightful lake scenery of Milltown.


We regret, to hear of the death of the Rev. J.

Dunlop, M. A. , Rector of Lissan, near Cookstown,

and formerly Curate of Drumcree. We sympathise

very sincerely with Mrs. Dunlop in her bereavement.

Stormy Weather.

The latter part of June was of a trying character

and the fierce thunderstorm of last week

caused trepidation amongst many. Fortunately,

there was no serious casualty in the parish. but

the fatality at Ardmore was a sad result of the


Old Seagoe Notes.

Forty Years of Seagoe Parish Church.

Special Services will be held (D. V.) in Seagoe Church at Morning

and Evening Service, on Sunday next, August 9th, 1890. Preacher Thos. J. Welland.

D.D., Rector of St. Thomas's, Belfast.

A collection will be made at each of these Services on behalf

of the Church enlargement Fund.

Seagoe Church—Special re-opening services

are to be held in Seagoe Church on Sunday next.

9th inst. The preacher at both morning and

evening services is to be the Rev. Thos.

Welland, D.D., rector of St. Thomas,

With the exception of the west gable and tower,

this church has been entirely rebuilt with the

addition of a chancel (in the memory of the late

Stewart Blacker, Esq., D.L., of Carrickblacker),

and a south aisle. These improvements, resulting

in a building of great beauty, have been carried

out effectively from the plans of the Architect,

Mr. Thos. Drew, R H.A., by our respected

townsmen, Messrs. Collen Bros.

Seagoe Church in 1816.—At a Vestry held

March 31, 1812, a committee was appointed for

building the new church of the parish of Seagoe. '

It consisted of the following persons

Rev. Richard Olpherts, Captain Woolsey, and

Messrs. Robert Fivy, Woolsey Atkinson, Wm.

Overend, David Ruddle, Joseph Malcomson, and

Tolerton Lutton. When it was decided to erect

a new church it was found impossible to build

the larger edifice upon the old site—hallowed by

its religious use for centuries—because the graves

had been permitted to encroach upon the Southern

and Western sides of the church, so that the

earth was raised several feet above the floor. A

new site, measuring above two roods and thirteen

perches, in the adjoining townland of Upper

Seagoe, and about forty perches distant, was

granted by Lady Olivia Sparrow, acting as guardian

for her son, Robert Acheson St. John

Sparrow. The deed of conveyance is dated

March 2, 1814, and six days later, at a vestry

held on March 8, the unanimous consent of the

parishioners was given to the change of site;

which was finally confirmed by an order of the

Privy Council on June 21. 1814.


HOLY COMMUNION Sunday after Morning

Prayer ; 3rd Sunday at 8 a.m., and on the Chief


HOLY BAPTISM— 1st Saturday of cach 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

(See Book of

expected to bring a thankoffering.

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— Sccond Sunday of Month at 4 p.m

Edenderry—Wednesdays at 8 p.m.

MARRIAGES must be performed between 8 a.m. and 3pm


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.

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, at. 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 post free to any subscriber for 3/- per anunm.


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