Seagoe Archives

March 1935

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March 1935


Seagoe ipartsb /Iftaga3íne.
M ARCH , 1935.

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

Seagoe.
Rev. W. F. Hayes, B.A., The Bungalow, Lower

Seagoe, Portadown.
CHURCHWARDENS :

Rector’s—Mr. John Harrison Twinem.
People’s— Mr. Robert M'Clements.

The Collect for Lent.
Almighty and everlasting God. who hatest

nothing that thou hast made, and dost forgive

the sins of all them that wre penitent ; create

and make in us new and contrite hearts, that

we worthily lamenting our sins, and acknow­

ledging our wickedness, may obtain of Thee,

the God of ali mercy, perfect remission and

forgiveness; through Jesus Christ oui’ Lord.

Amen.

Special Lent Services.
During the season of Lent, which began on

Wednesday (Ash Wednesday), March 6th, Spe­
cial Services will be held in the Parish Church
on each Wednesday evening at 8 p.m. On Sun­
days, at Morning and Evening Prayer, special
subjects suitable to the season will be dealt
with.

Temperance.
On Sunday, jMarbh 10th, at Morning and;

Evening Prayer, Temperance Sermons will be
preached in the Parish Church. The offerings
will be on behalf of the Diccesan Temperance
Society and the Irish Temperance Alliance.

C.L.B Parade
On Sunday, March 10th, at Morning Prayer

there will be a Parade of the Seagoe and Carrie
Companies of the Church I id s ’ Brigade. Cap­
tain Mitchell will be in command. The C .L.B .
Training Corps and Cadets meet in the Parochial
Hall on Tuesday evenings at 7 p.m.

A M issionary Play.
On Thursday, March 14th, a Missionary Play

"ill be performed in the Parochial Hall at 8
P-m. The tickets, 9d and >Yi are now on sale.
The Play is of great interest and the performers
ai'e members of Shankill (Lurgan) Parish
Church. Special costumes and accessories will
be used by the players. The play is being most
kindly given on behalf of c.ir Church Funds.

Sunday School Concert
What promises to be a most enjoyable con­

cert will be given in the Parochial Hall on
Thursday, March 28th. at 8 p.m. The object
of the concert is to raise funds to cover the cost
of the Sunday School prizes for Edenderry Sun­
day School.

Lurgan Conference
On Saturday, February 16th, a largely at­

tended Conference of Sunday School Teachers
was held in Lurgan. I t had been organised by
the liev. ,1. Hamilton, Curate of Donaghcloney.
The Conference began at 3.SO with a service in
Shankill Parish Church, at which the Bishop
gave an address. After the service the Teachers
gathered in the large Parochial Hall, when an
address on Sunday School work was given by
Miss Millington, Organising Secretary of the
Church of Ireland Sunday School Society. The
address was very practical and useful, dealing
with the various difficulties and encouragements
of Sunday School work. Tea followed, and
then the second session opened with a further
address by Miss Millington. Among those who
spoke at the Conference were the Rev. Chan­
cellor Archer, Mr. T. E. Maginnis and Mr. R.
Scott. The Bishop having expressed his sense
of the importance of the Conference, the pro-
cedings terminated.

Visit o f M iss M illington.
On Thursday, February 28th, our Sunday

School Teachers attended a meeting in Seagoe
School, at which Miss Millington gave an im ­
portant address on Sunday School work. There
was a large attendance of the Teachers. The
proceedings began socially with tea, and this
was followed by the Conference. Preparation
and Punctuality were the tw j points emphasised
by Miss Millington. Speeches were made by
the Rev. W . F. Hayes, Mr. R. Scott, Mr. Harry
Hynes, Mr. M ‘Clements, Mr. Stanfield and Mr.
W. Hutchinson.

Useful Suggestions.
At the Parish Social Mr. .!. H . Twinem sug­

gested that work parties should be organised in
each of the seven districts o! the Parish and
tiiat each should strive to raise £50. I t was
also suggested that a large Sale of Work should
be held towards the end of the year. The pro­
ceeds to be used to pay the balance on the New
Burial ground and also the cost of the Repair of
the Church Tower and the painting of the in­
terior of the Church.



8EAG0E PARI8H MAGAZINR

Supervisar of Envelopes.
Mr. Thomas Stanfield, of Levaghery, has

very kindly consented to supervise the Envelope
System on the invitation of the Select Yestry.
For this purpose the Parish will be divided into
four sections. Edenderry will form one of the
sections. Mr. George Wilson and Mr. Tom
Hall, who check and enter the envelopes as they
come in, will furnish Mr. Stanfield with a list
each month. This system nas been followed in
many parishes with excellent results. I t is the
system adopted in the Parish of Shankill (Lur-
gan) and of St. Mark’s, Poitsdown. The sys­
tem will come into force in Seagoe without
delay.

The Parish Social.
The Parish Social was a great event in our

Parish life of last month. It was held on Tues­
day, February 19th, in Seagoe School. Mem­
bers of the Select Vestry and the Churchwardens
had made a thorough canvass of the Parish, and
tickets had been widely sold in every townland.
The result was very gratifying. So many of the
Parishioners assembled that there was scarcely
room enough for them in the School. The three
large rooms were quite filled. Everyone w*\s in
the best of humour and a very friendly spirit
prevailed. The tea was very good. We have
never before seen such a display of beautiful
teapots, and the tea was made separately in
each teapot. All kinds of wonderful cakes
adorned the tables. Grace was heartily sung
before tea. Mr. Albert Wilson most kindly had
his band, which played very nice selections dur­
ing tea. Owing to the numbers present the ar­
ranging of the forms and removal of the tables
took some time, but when all were seated the
Rector took the chair. After prayer and the
singing of “ The Church’s One Foundation,”
the chairman spoke a few words of welcome to
all present. An interesting programme of songs
and recitations followed. At the close of the
evening short addresses were given by the Rev.
W . F. Hayes and by the V-;n. Archdeacon H an­
non. During the programme Mr. J. H. Twinem
made a very clear statement as to the Finances
of the Parish and suggested that the best way
to increase the Sustentation Fund was by a more
regular and punctual payment through the
Weekly Freewill Envelopes.

The ladies who assisted at the tea-tables were:
— No. 1. Mrs. Sloan, Miss H. Walker. Miss
Hynes, Miss Anderson ; No. 2— Mrs. Stoops,
Miss Monroe, Mrs. Richard Hoy, Miss Mayes;
No. 3— Miss Maginnis, Miss Bradshaw, Miss
Coulter, Miss Matchett; No. 4— Mrs. Jack
Walker, Mrs. Scott, Mrs. Porter, Miss May
Bell; No. 5—Miss M. Dickson, Miss S. Gray,
Mrs. M'Cormick, Miss Betty Hynes; No. 6—

Mrs. J . H . Twinem, Mrs. Metcalf, Mrs. John
L. Gilpin, Miss Johnston; No. 7— Miss Guy,
Miss Lizzie Gracey, Miss ( ’. Kirby, Mrs. W at­
son Walker; No. 8— Miss M ‘Clements, Miss
Jennett, Miss Primrose Preston, Miss J. W at­
ters; No. 9—Mrs. J . G. Gracey, Mrs. Ballen-
tine, Miss Margt. Gracey, Mrs. Bertie Picker­
ing; No. 10— Mrs. James Twinem, Miss M.
Webb, Mrs. Cairns, Miss S. Hoy; No. 11—Miss
White, Miss Isa Best, Miss R. England, Miss
Cox; No. 12— Miss Atkinson, Miss M'Dowell,
Miss Sara Dawson, Mrs. John R. Reid; No.
13—Mrs. Mitchell, Miss Mabel Best, Mrs.
Betty, Miss P. Robinson; No. 14—Mrs. Moses
Gilpin, Mrs. Collins, Mrs. M'Clatchey, Miss
M ‘Laughlin. Mr. John H. Twinem had charge
of the arrangements, and he was ably assisted
by Mr. James Twinem, Mr. R. M'Clements and
other members of the Select Vestry.

The following is a statement of accounts up
to date:— Receipts— Collection at door, £1 10s,
Cake, per Miss Atkinson, 2s; Subscriptions—
Miss N. K. Montgomery, 5s, Friend, per Miss
M. Dickson, 3s, 422 tickets at 1/-, £21 2s—
£23 2s Od. Expenses:— Printing and cleaning,
19s 6d. Balance— £22 2s 6d.

Cash:— Handed to Mr. Stoops, £20 18s 6d;
cash in hand, 4s Od ; tickets outstanding, £1—
£22 2s 6d.

Prize Distributions-
All the Sunday Schools of the Parish have now

had their Prize Distributions. February was
indeed a very busy month. In one week there
were no less than three distributions. A very
large number of Hymn Books and Prayer Books
were given as prizes, also Bibles. Quantities of
story books were also awarded, although the de­
mand for stories was not as great as usual. All
the books given were handsomely bound.

Distribution a t Drumgor.
Drumgor held its social evening on Monday,

February 4th. at 7.30. We have seldom seen
the room so crowded with children and their
parents. A splendid tea v. as provided, which
was thoroughly enjoyed. Games of all kinds
followed and a nice programme of songs and re­
citations followed. Then came the distribution
of the prizes amid great excitement. Mrs.
Hutchinson, wife of the Superintendent, Mr.
W m. Hutchinson, kindly distributed the books
to the children. The Rector, in thanking all
who had helped to make sant. referred to the energy and zeal shown bv
Mr. Hutchinson in the Sunday School. The
School is now very large in numbers and has a
fine staff of teachers. The Rev. W. F. Haves
also spoke and invited the children to attend the
Morning School in Seagoe and to come to the
Parish Church.



8EAG0E PARISH MAGAZINE

Bocom bra.
On Thursday, Feb. 7th, ;he new Hall at Bo-

oombra was crowded for the Prize Distribution.
The active and genial Superintendent, Mr.
James Twinem, to whose efforts we owe this fine
new Hall, was present. The Rev. W . F. Hayes
presided. After a splendid tea, games were
played and at intervals music and recitations
■were given. Mr. Twinem sang several of his
songs, which wrere much enjoyed and loudly ap­
plauded. Mrs. Twinem was also present and
kindly distributed the prizes to the successful
children. At the close of the evening the Rector
thanked Mr. and Mrs. Twinem and Mrs.
Mecaren and all who had helped. Mrs. Mecaren
is most kind and helpful at the Hall.

Edenderry Prizes-
This Sunday School. Morning and Afternoon,

is the largest in the Parish, and the annual dis­
tribution of prizes is a great and outstanding
event. The Hall was crowded and at tea the
children sat in their respective classes. After
tea. a very interesting programme was given
by the children and was greatly enjoyed by the
audience. The performers gave their pieces
with great taste and expression. Mr. Hynes
bad kindly arranged the prog] amme. The dis­
tribution of the numerous puzes followed. The
Sector, the Rev. W . F. Haves, Mr. M'Clements,
Superintendent of the Morning School, and Mr.
Harry Hynes, who superintends the Afternoon
School, all assisted at the-giving of the books.
All separated just at 10 o’clock. I t was well
that it ended then for the electric light failed
»11 over North Armagh at 10.5 p.m.

Carne Sunday School.
On Thursday, February 14th (St. Valentine’s

Day) Carne enjoved its social evening. The
Hall was crowded as usual. Tea was provided
Snd games followed. Carne enjoys its games to
tbe full. “ The Farmer wants a wife” is a
special favourite, and the “ Bone” was left alone
a good many times that evening. Some pretty
songs and recitations were giver, by the children
®d much to the delight of all Mr. Gilbert Price
Produced “ M 'Gurk’s Cow.” Mr. George W il­
son, our capable Superintendent, was present
a'id also Mr. and Mrs. T. H. Wilson. Mrs. T
H. Wil son kindly distributed the prizes. The
jjev. W . F. Hayes having expressed thanks to

helpers, the Doxology was sung and all se­
parated after a very enjoyable evening.

H acknahay.
Friday, Feb. 15th, was Hie day fixed for the

jocial at Hacknahay. I t was the third distribu-
l0I> in that week. As usual there was a crowded
,f)orn. Mr. T. E. Maginnis supervised every­

thing. The tea was very good, and the pro­
gramme was still better. Great trouble had
been taken and every item was first-rate. The
sketches and dialogues were very well done.
Hacknahay is distinguished for the good me­
mories displayed by the children in their recita­
tions. Mrs. Atkinson, of Glen Eyre, kindly dis­
tributed the prizes and also gave some splendid
special prizes herself to children who had not
missed a Sunday during the year. Miss Cal­
vert very kindly gave eacli child a large juicy
orange as it passed out at the close of the even­
ing. The Rector and the Rev. W . F. Hayes
were present and congratulated Mr. Maginnis
on the efficiency of the Sunday School.

Seagoe Distribution.
On Friday, Feb. 22nd, the distribution of

prizes for Seagoe Morning and Afternoon Sun­
day School took place >.n Seagoe School.
There was a large attendance. Tea and cakes
were in abundance and full justice was done to
them. After tea, the children assembled in the
Senior Schoolroom, and an interesting pro­
gramme of music and recitations was provided.
The Rector presided. The distribution of prizes
followed. Mrs. Dunlop, from Dublin, and Miss
Agnes Guy, Superintendent of the Afternoon
Sunday School, handed the books to the suc­
cessful children. At the close the Rev. W . F.
Haves and Mr. R. Scott spoke on the good wTork
done in the Sunday Schools.

Parish Register for February.
Baptism s.

The following were Baptized in the Parish
Church on February 2nd, 1935: —
Bell—Will iam Kenneth, son of Joseph James

and Em ily Bell, of Lurgan.
Sponsors— Margaret Jane Bell, Anne Jane

Bell.
Harra— Beatrice, daughter of Victor and Ethel

Ftarra, of Edenderry
Sponsors Elizabeth Be.-it, Ethel Harra.

M arriages -
Flannigan and Elliott—-February 23rd, 1935, ,

Richard Flannigan, of Upper Seagoe,
to Muriel Moore Elliott, of Portadown.

Watson and Law—February 26th. 1935, Thomas
John Watson, of Bcllydougan. Parish
of Knocknamuckle v, to Caroline Louisa
Law, of Edenderry.

Lynas and Freeburn— Marco 7th, 1935. Thomas
Joseph Lynas, of Ltvaghery, to Violet
Freeburn. of Edenderry.

Burial.
Preston—-March 6th, Constance Preston, of Le-

vaghery, aged 30 years. Interred at
Loughgall.



SEAGOE PARISH MAGAZINE

Seagoe Mothers' Union.
Miss (Dr.) Minford, of A-dmore. has kindly

consented to give a Health 1 alk at the meeting
of the M .U. in Seagoe School on Tuesday,
March 12th. This will be \ery interesting and
useful. Tea will be provided at 7.30. At the
last meeting, held on February 10th, the mem­
bers brought their needlework, and the Presid­
ent. Mrs. J. H . Twinem, gave very interesting
readings from the Mothe's’ Union Journal.
Those from the Parish who wish to join the
Mothers’ Union should send in their names to
the Hon. Sec.. Mrs. J. H . Twinem.

Our Advertisements.
The careful reader will n tice many changes

in our advertisements this month. W e are glad
to say that oil our old patrnns continue to ad­
vertise, but the form and contents of many of
the advertisements are necessarily changed.
This is all to the good, because the eye gets
quickly accustomed to the wording of an ad­
vertisement and even a slight change in the
setting or wording will attr; r;t the attention of
the reader, and the advertisement will thus
fulfil its purpose. We claim the patronage of
our many readers for the firms which advertise
in our columns. Please say when you are about
to make a purchase-—“ I saw ycur advertisement
in Seagoe Parish Magazine and T made up my
mind to give you an order."

ITEM S
The road through Upper Seagoe lias been

greatly improved and made much safer for
cyclists and motorists during the past month.
The steep camber at the side of the road has
been filled in and made level with the centre of
the road.

* * * *

Much regret lias been expressed at the death
of Molly Smyth, only daughter of the Eev. J.
Smyth, of Ardmore. We deeply sympathise
witli lier bereaved parents and only brother.

* * * #
The Rector preached at the Enthronement of

the Bishop of the Diocese ?n Lisburn Cathedral
on Wednesday, February 27th. at 3.30 p.m.

* . * % ïji

G .F .S. Social.— On Tuesday, March 5th, a
very pleasant social was held in Seagoe School.
The M en’s Bible Class were guests of the G.F.S.

25 Years Ago
MARCH, 1910.

In the issue of the Magazine reference is made
to the approach of the Easter Festival, which in
that year occurred on March 27th. On Sunday
evening, March 20th, the preacher announced

was the Very Eev. R. J . O Loughlin, Dean of
Dromore and Rector of Shankill. Five Bap­
tisms, one Marriage and three Burials are re­
corded. A Confirmation is to be held on June
26th. Regret is expressed at the departure of
Mr. Leonard Twinem for the United States. He
had for some vearjs been Superintendent of
Seagoe Morning Sunday Schoil. A Sunday
School Flower Show is announced for June,
1910. The burial is recorded of Robert MTully,
of Upper Seagoe, aged 93 years. The Old Sea­
goe Notes have details of the Seagoe Yeomanry.

Old Seagoe Notes.
The Old Church and the present Church.—

The Parish of Seagoe derives its name from the
early Irish Saint, Gobba or Gobanus, who died
A.D. 639. lie is said by Cclgan (Acta Sanc­
torum Hiberniae.— Vol. I. p. 750) to have lived
at the bank of the river Barm, at Teg-da-Goba,
or ' the house of Goba’ which, through the form
Suide-Goba, ‘ the Seat of Gcba,’ has been long
known as Seagoe. Gobanus, it is probable, had
his cell or oratory on the mound or fort which
ever since his day appears to have been dedi­
cated to the worship of God, 'and where the
ruins of the old church of Seagoe are still stand­

ing.
Tradition records that the first church erected

on this site was formed by studs, or rude posts
interlaced with hay-ropes, and covered with yel­
low clay. Towards the close of Elizabeth’s reign
the English settlers who accompanied Essex
here built a church which was destroyed after
a few years. No doubt it is this building which
is shown on the Plantation Map of 1609, stand­
ing here roofless, with a few trees around.
Again the English colonists repaired or rebuilt
the church, which was once more ruined in 1641.
Soon after the restoration in 1660, the church
was again rebuilt through the exertions of
Valentine Blacker, an ancestor of the Carrick-
blacker family, who died 17th August, 1677. at
the age of 80, and was buried in the church lie
had helped to rebuild. The church was enlarged
by the addition of a north tiansept in 1755.
Ninety years ago, as described^ it was a long-
low building, about 60ft. by 22ft.. having a small
southern porch (built in 1701). a belfry on the
West gable, and was roofed with oak shingles.
I t had a small gallery at the West end. ascended
by a short flight of steps, inside the church,
near the porch entrance, and on which the Sex­
ton, or his assistant, stood while ringing the bell
in the belfry overhead. The quaint old font,
afterwards removed to the new church, stood
under the gallery, near the stair foot. At the
opposite or North-west corner, a wooden en­
closure, about ten feet by eight, known as the
‘ Dressing Room ,’ served as a Vestry.


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