Seagoe Archives

June 1938


June 1938

Seagoe Parish Magazine.

JUNE, 1938


REV. J. W. APPELBE, M.A., B.D., Carrickblacker Ave.

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

Lower Seagoe.



People's—H. A. CATHCART.





June 3rd—Excursion Committee Meeting at 8.30 p.m.

in Seagoe School.

,, 5th—Whit Sunday.

C.L.B. Parade at 7 p.m.

,, 9th—Sunday School Excursion to Warrenpoint.

,, 11th—Choir Outing to Portrush.

,, 12th—Trinity Sunday. Holy Communion 11.30 a.m.

,, 14th—Mothers' Union Meeting at 7.30 p.m.

,, 19th—1st Sunday after Trinity.

,, 24th—St. John Baptist.

,, 26th—2nd Sunday after Trinity.

Somme Anniversary Service

,, 29th—St. Peter.

C.L.B. Annual Sports.


The Select Vestry, at a special meeting held on

Wednesday, May 25th, accepted the tender of Mr. T.

Gray for £2,095, subject to the approval of the

Diocesan Glebe's Committee and the Representative

Church Body (This price includes making of carriageway,

entrance gates, etc., and the house when completed will

be one of which the Parish may justly be proud. The

above-mentioned figure is significant and more than

justifies the course adopted by the Vestry to solve the

problem of a rectory; indeed, it is plain now that to have

persisted in patching the old one would have been sheer

folly, for it would have taken anything from £1,250 to

£1,500 to modernize it, and this was a very moderate

estimate. It would not have been a satisfactory solution,

but rather shirking the problem at a very heavy expenditure.

The subscriptions received up-to-date will just buy the site,

and there is a little over £1,000 standing to our credit in

the hands of the Rep. Church Body. This means that,

roughly speaking, £1,200 must still be found. We hope

to be able to borrow £1,000 from the R.B., repayable

over a 30-year term. The five-year plan which is now

in action will, it is hoped, enable us to clear off a

considerable part of the capital debt standing against us

as well as meeting the annual interest on the loan.

The majority of the parishioners have made a very

encouraging response to this five-year plan appeal.

We hope that those who promised will see to it that

the Vestry's confidence in their support has not been

misplaced. Now that the project is taking shape before

our eyes we hope it will be an inspiration to every

parishioner to do his or her bit. No one is expected

to give more than they can afford, but if every

parishioner contributed regularly for the next

five years the whole debt would be almost wiped out.

There is another way in which the Select Vestry

could be helped considerably, viz., anyone knowing of

old Seagoe parishioners at home or abroad who would

be likely to subscribe should send their names and

addresses to the Rector, when a special appeal letter

will be sent to them; or if you have friends, to whom

you would like to write yourself, the Rector or any

member of the Select Vestry will be able to give you

as many appeal letters as you may need. This letter

is now being printed and will be ready on June 1st.

There must be many friends of Seagoe elsewhere, who

if asked, would be only too glad to help us and to

have a share in what is for us a big and difficult task.


The following subscriptions are gratefully acknowledged:

William Hall, Seagoe Lower £0 10 0

Mr. Jack Williamson, Levaghery Gardens 0 10 0

R. M'Cormick, 6. Collendale Tce. 0 5 0

R. H. Best & family, Goban Cottage 1 0 0

T. H. Hall, Seagoe Upper 2 0 0

T. J. Montgomery & family, 6, Mountpleasant 0 2 6

James Reid, Seagoe Upper 0 2 6

John Mitchell, 23, Seafield 0 10 0

George Leake, 26, Seafield 1 0 0

H. A. Cathcart, Seafield 1 0 0

David M'Kane, Ballymacrandle 0 5 0

S. Geo. M'Nei11, Ballymacrandle 0 5 0

William Curry, Drumlisnagrilly 0 10 0

Nicholas Campbell, Knock 2 0 0

Robert Nixon, Knock 0 10 0

T. E. Maginess, Breagh 5 0 0

Alfred Magee, Ballynaghy 0 3 9

David Campbell, Knock 1 0 0

Frank Metcalfe, Seagoe Lower 0 12 0

Mrs. Lewie, Levaghery 5 0 0

22 5 9

Previously acknowledged £303 16 6

£326 2 3


A further meeting of Superintendents and teachers

was held in Seagoe School on May 19th to make

detailed arrangements for the Excursion. The Rector

presided. Three tenders were submitted for catering,

and that of Messrs. Davison, Portadown, was accepted.

This year both adults and children are assured of two

splendid meals. In the morning there will be two ham

sandwiches and two fine pastries, and in the evening

three fine pastries. The train will leave Portadown

on the morning of the Excursion at 9.50 a.m., returning

from Warrenpoint at 8.30 p.m. Seagoe C.L.B.

Band is being asked to lead the procession. The

railway tickets are 2/- each; adult refreshment tickets

1/- each (two meals). These are now on sale and can

be purchased from Superintendents of Sunday Schools,

and from Mrs. Jas. Vance, Mr. John Dermott, Mr. J.

H. Twinem, Mrs. Preston, Miss Agnes Guy, Mr. Ernest

Gibson, and Mr. Willie Neill. A further meeting of

Committee will be held on June 3rd to make final

arraignments. It is anticipated that the children will

receive their tickets in the various Sunday Schools on

Wednesday, 8th June. We understand that Seagoe

is the first Sunday School Excursion of the year. We

hope the parishioners will bear this in mind and rally

around in large numbers to make it a success. — (W.H.)



May we appeal through the pages of this Magazine

to all its readers for help and assistance on the matter

of hospitality during the above Convention period. At

that time in Portadown there will be gathered about

300 C.E. delegates from all parts of Ireland. For these

housing accommodation has to be found, particulars

of which are as follows.

Saturday, 17th September—Supper.

Sunday, 18th September—All meals.

Monday, 19th September—Breakfast and Supper.

Tuesday, 20th September—Breakfast.

It is to be understood that sleeping accommodation

is included. Offers of hospitality will be gratefully

welcomed by the Hospitality Convener, Mr. W. J.

Green, " Mirok," Portadown, or the Convention

Secretary, Mr. Wm. Hutchinson, 27, Railway Street,



This annual Service will be held on Sunday, June

26th, at 11.30 a.m., and it is hoped that the members

of the local branch of the British Legion will parade.

The collection will be in aid of the Earl Haig Poppy

Day Fund for disabled ex-servicemen.

The preacher will be the Very Rev. R. C. H. G. Elliott,

M.A., Dean of Down.





To Proceeds from Shamrock Tea £15 9 6

Cash in hands from 1937 0 15 11

£16 14 11


By Morning Prizes £3 6 5

Afternoon Prizes 5 2 9

Invitation Cards and Roll Book 0 5 6

Catering for children 2 12 0

Gas 0 1 0

Tea and Sugar 0 10 0

Hire of Hall 0 10 0

Balance 4 7 3

£16 14 11


The next meeting will be on Tuesday, June 14th, in

Seagoe School at 7.30 p.m. The speaker will be Miss

M. Hunter. The following is the result of the Missionary

boxes given out at a meeting last year, for the Educational

and Medical Auxiliary of the C. of I. Jews' Society, and £l

has been sent by Mrs. Metcalfe to the Society. Boxholders: -

Mrs. Appelbe £0 10 0

Mrs. J. H. Twinem 0 2 6

Mrs. M'Cormack 0 2 6

Mrs. Sherman 0 2 3

Mrs. Metcalfe 0 2 8

The monthly meeting was held in Seagoe School on

Tuesday, May 10th, at 8 p.m. It took the form of a

social gathering. Mrs. M'Clure and over thirty members

of the Tartaraghan Branch were the guests of the Seagoe

Mothers. The Rev. W. F. Hayes was present and

welcomed the visitors. After tea, a pleasing programme

of recitations, sketches and songs was rendered. At the

close Mrs. M'Clure expressed the gratitude of the visitors

for a very enjoyable evening. Mrs. J. H. Twinem, on

behalf of the Seagoe Union. suitably replied.


The members of St. Mark's C.E. Society visited

Seagoe on Monday evening, April 4th, to conduct the

meeting and were cordially welcomed by the President

of Seagoe C.E. (Miss Nellie Montgomery).

The devotional meeting was of a deeply spiritual

nature and was presided over by Mr. C. Hunniford

(vice-president of St. Mark's). Mr. S. Hill led in

prayer, and the Secretary (Mr. E. M'Cann) read a

portion of Scripture.

Many members availed themselves of the opportunity

of telling how and when they accepted Jesus Christ

as their own personal Saviour.

A very enjoyable tea was provided after which Mr.

J. Dermott and Mr. Harry Hynes spoke on what C.E.

meant to them.

Thanks and good wishes were extended to each

Society, and the meeting closed with the Benedictions—



A social evening was held on Thursday, April 28th.

In the unavoidable absence of the Rector and the

Rev. W. F. Hayes, Mr. Wilson, organist presided. After

tea, games were played and enjoyed by all present.

During the proceedings the opportunity was taken of

giving Mr. Harold Watson a dressing set on his leaving

the choir to take up a position in Clogher, as a token

of the good wishes and appreciation of his fellow choir

members for his services to the choir. Mr. Watson

was a regular attender and he carries with him to

his new post the best wishes of all who knew him.


One of the delightful features of our Sunday Services

in Seagoe Church is the reverent atmosphere which

pervades the service. This is only as it should be and

goes a long way in promoting a spirit of worship. Of

late this reverent tone was in danger of being spoilt

by a too hurried rush out when the service ended. The

suggestion made by the Select Vestry that the congregation

remain in their seats until the churchwardens and clergy

have retired to the vestry is being carried out by the

congregation and all agree that it is a decided improvement

and prevents from being spoilt what is an inspiring service.


We regret to have to chronicle the passing of two

Parishioners in this issue of our Magazine, both of

whom passed away in Lurgan Hospital. Mrs. Fawcett

had been very poorly for some time. Mr. Webb had

a serious operation and complications developed. To

the bereaved we express our deep sympathy and we

pray that He Who is "the Resurrection and the Life"

may comfort and strengthen them in their sorrow.


(Morning and Afternoon.



Daffodil Tea, 1937 £ 5 6 9

Jumble sale, 1938 10 0 0

Dr. Walker Donation 4 0 0

£19 6 9


Prizes, 1937 £4 14 6

Prizes, 1938 7 1 9

Catering, 1937 1 14 7

Catering, 1938 2 10 8


Jumble Sale Expenses: —

Hire of Hall 0 10 0

Printing 0 7 6

Balance in hand 2 7 6

£19 6 9

Credit balance as shown above 2 7 9

Specially collected by Miss Matchett for

Seagoe Afternoon 3 0 0

Total in hand £ 5 7 9



A sum of £4 has been sent to the above-named

Society's Belfast Office from this parish, made up as

follows: —

Donation from Men's Bible Class £2 0 0

Part of proceeds of Miss Ashdown's play, 2 0 0

“Grey Matter"

£4 0 0


We append financial statement showing result of

the "Radio Seagoe" Concert organised and produced

by Miss D. Ashdown for Edenderry Parochial Hall.


Tickets sold £5 17 3


Hire of piano 0 15 0

Printing, etc. 0 15 3

Caretaker 0 5 0

Cash in hand 0 2 0

£5 17 3


We regret that Miss R. Matchett has been obliged to

resign her position as Superintendent of this Sunday

School owing to her leaving the parish to take up a

post. During her short period of office she proved

herself an efficient and zealous worker for the welfare

of the Sunday School, and it was flourishing under

her management. The success of the recent jumble

sale was in no small degree due to Miss Matchett's

tireless efforts beforehand, and she carries with her to

her new sphere the good wishes and affection not only

of her Sunday School teachers but also from a very

large number of the parishioners of Seagoe. We are

very grateful to her for her valued help.

The Rector has appointed Mr. E. Mitchell as

Superintendent of Seagoe Afternoon Sunday School.

He has very kindly consented to act and he hopes to take

over on Sunday, May 29th. Mr. Mitchell needs no

introduction in Seagoe and we feel confident that in

his capable hands the Sunday School will continue

to flourish. His many friends are delighted to see

him well again after a somewhat trying illness.


" Suffer little children to come unto Me, and forbid

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

May 1st—Sarah Irene, daughter of David F. and Sarah

M'Allister, Drumlisnagrilly.


" Blessed are the dead which die in the Lord from

henceforth, yea, saith the Spirit, that they may rest

from their labours."

May 19th—Elizabeth Jane Fawcett, 9, James St.,

Portadown, aged 53 years.

May 23rd—Thomas J. Webb, Clanrolla, aged 59 years.


(Reprinted from "The Guardian.")

The Ascension of our Lord still plays a lesser part

in the spiritual life of Christian people than do the

thoughts of His Incarnation, Death or Resurrection.

And this is doubtless because the words "He ascended

into Heaven, And sitteth on the right hand of God"

describe a mystery that makes greater demands on the

imagination than do the assertions that God came

down to dwell with men, that in human form He gave

His life for His own, or that He survived the shock of

death. These, indeed, are mysteries also, but the

Ascension takes the mind into that upper region in which

the earth-bound spirit of man finds it hard to breathe.

Yet in the New Testament the ascended Christ

dominates the epistles, Acts and Apocalypse as clearly

as His earthly mission fills the foreground of the

gospels. And all these writings are bound into a

rounded whole. Taken together they form one picture

of the direct action of the One Holy God on human

life, an action which finds its climax—not its end -

where it began, in Heaven. The essence of that action

is the offering of a sacrifice that at last establishes the

true relations of God and man fulfilling the long-drawn

search of the human spirit for deliverance from the

constant pressure of the powers of evil. In the Ascension

humanity comes to the haven where it would be; it is

transformed once more into the divine image in which

it took its beginning.

The failure to grasp the true meaning of the Ascension

has had a debilitating effect both on worship and on life.

Christian preaching and Christian action are often thin

and superficial because they rest, not what Christ is but

on what He was, not on His present power but on His

historic example—or, indeed, on the thought of a

sacrifice completed once for all long ago. This is not

a conquering faith because it lacks that upward look

which makes St. Paul break out in a triumphant and

lyrical strain, when he recalls that God "set Him at His

own right hand, far above all principality, and power,

and might, and dominion, and every name that is named—

and hath put all thing under His feet. It must be admitted

that the English Prayer-book of 1662 has something to

answer for in this respect. In the highest point of its worship,

the Prayer of Consecration, it concentrates wholly upon

the Last Supper and Calvary, perpetuating a mistake

which regarded the Cross as the altar on which the

Sacrifice of the Son of God was offered. In the

Testament the altar is in heaven. It is there that the

life surrendered at Calvary is offered and accepted.

The connexion between the Holy Communion and

the Ascension is vital and close. The central cry of

the Church's worship is Sursum Corda, "Lift up your

hearts," and, from that point onwards, the soul's

commerce is with Heaven and the company of the

angels and the saints, with its true home and friends.

Nothing would do more to build up the rock-like faith

needed to resist the increasing pressure of an arrogant

materialism, that denies all influence to the "Beyond'

than a revived understanding of what is involved it

the oft-repeated words "He ascended into heaven."


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

to bring a thank offering. (See Book of Common


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—Services as announced.


BIBLE CLASS FOR MEN in Edenderry on Sundays at 10-15 a.m.

SUNDAY SCHOOLS 10-30 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.

GIRLS' FRIENDLY SOCIETY in Seagoe School on alternate 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 Ven. Archdeacon 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 £l. By Banns 5/-. FUNERALS will be attended by the Clergy if proper notice is 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 61 per annum.


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