Seagoe Parish Magazíne.
The Silver Jubilee.
A Seagoe Wish.
God Save our gracious King and Queen !
Long may they reign !
THE EASTER VESTRY.
The following appointments were made at the Easter Vestry held on Thursday, 25th April,
1935, in Seagoe School, at 8 p.m .: —
H . MURRAY GIBSON, Rector’s.
THOMAS MARTIN, People’s.
THOMAS E . MAGINNIS.
JAMES TWINEM .
MOSES GILPIN .
WILLIAM WHITE .
GILBERT PRICE .
J . G. GRACEY, J .P .
JOHN H . TWINEM .
Hon. ;Sec.— MOSES GILPIN , Drumnagoon.
Hon. Treas. HUGH STOOPS, Killicomaine Rd .. Portadown.
Assistant Hon. Treas.—THOMAS H. HALL.
Hon. Auditors—J. R. REID and H . MURRAY GIBSON.
W. J . M ‘KINNEY,
JAMES ALLEN ,
ARTHUR ALLEN ,
CHAS. S. A. TWINEM ,
JOHN H . TWINEM ,
JAMES REID ,
JOHN G. GRACEY, J .P .
WM. A. CASEY,
JOHN R. REID ,
THOMAS STANFIELD ,
WILLIAM HEWITT .
W .F.O. COMMITTEE:
THOS. H . HALL,
THOMAS STANFIELD .
The E aster Vestry, although not largely attended, discharged its important duties in an
efficient manner. The meeting was opened with
Prayer by the Rector, after which a portion of
Scripture was read by the Rev. W. F . Hayes.
The Rector then, in a short speech, reviewed the
work of the Parish during the past year. The
minutes of the last meeting of the General Vestry
were read and signed. The Rector nominated as
his Churchwarden Mr. Herbert Murray Gibson,
of “ Rathlin ,” Edenderry. Mr Gibson is a son
of the late Ven. W. Gibson, Archdeacon of Ferns,
and has recently come to reside in Seagoe Parish.
His father occupied for many years a leading
position in the Church in Southern Ireland, and
we welcome Mr. Gibson to the Parish. Mr.
Gibson served throughout the Great War.
Mr. Thomas Martin, of Kilvergan, who has
been appointed People’s Churchwarden, has for
many years occupied positions of responsibility in
the Parish. He has on several occasions filled
the post of Churchwarden and has for many years
been a member of the Select Vestry.
The only new name on the Vestry is that of
Mr. William Hutchinson, who has helped in
Parish work in many ways during the past year.
We welcome him to the Vestry. Mr. Thomas
Stanfield, of Levaghery, who has given, excellent
help in connection with the Weekly Freewill
Offering Fund, has been elected a member of the
W .F.O . Committee. A statement of Finance
was made by the Hon. Treas., Mr. Hugh Stoops.
The Easter Services.
The Services during Holy Week and Easter
were very helpful and the quiet contemplation
of the great verities of the Faith within the walls
of the Parish Church on each evening of the week
enabled the worshippers to realise more fully the
meaning and significance of the Cross and Passion.
On E aster Day there was a large number of
Communicants present at the Services. The
Church looked very bright with its decoration of
flowers and palms, and the musical portion of the
Service was very reverent and devotional. The
Anthem was Clare’s “ Hallelujah, for the Lord
God Omnipotent reigneth .” The solo was taken
by Miss Clara Kirby, who sang it with fine expression.
Easter Service at Drumgor.
On the afternoon of Easter Day a Young
People’s service was held in Drumgor Church
Hall. There was a large attendance. The Rev.
F . McCullough, Curate of Shankill. gave an address. The children’s choir sang the special
Hymns and Miss Gracey kindly presided at the
harmonium . Mr. W H utchinson, Superintendent, had arranged the service, in which the
Rector and he took part. The collection was in
aid of the improvement and furnishing of the
Hall and amounted to £1 15s 2d. The Hall was
prettily decorated with flowers.
The Silver Jubilee.
We will all join in wishing our gracious King
and Queen hearty and respectful congratulations
on reaching the 25th anniversary of their Accession. Special Services will be held in the Church
on Sunday, May 12th, at Morning and Evening
Prayer. The collection at Morning Prayer will
be on behalf of the Jubilee Trust Fund.
Our Summer Migrants.
The corncrake was first heard in the Parish at
Ballyhannon on Saturday, April 20th, and the
welcome note of the cuckoo broke silence at
Seagoe on Friday, April 26th. The swallow has
not yet been observed She seems to have delayed lier coming this year. The cold easterly
and northerly winds have no doubt held her back
in southern climes.
G.F.S. Egg Collection.
Mrs. Scott and the members of the G.F.S.
wish to thank all those who kindly gave them
contributions of eggs towards their Easter “ Good
Turn .” 900 eggs were collected, of which 732
were distributed among the sick and poor of the
Parish and 168 given to Lurgan Hospital.
Twenty-five Years Ago.
In looking over the copy of the Magazine for
May, 1910, there is no intimation of the shadows
then overhanging the nation. King Edward is
not referred to. There is a reference to the Confirmation about to be held on June 26th. Two
Baptisms are recorded and four Burials. One of
the latter is that of Martha Allen, of Balteagh,
aged 79 years. The corncrake was heard on:
April 13th, the cuckoo 011 April 26th, and the
first swallow was seen on April 14th. It is noted
that the roads have been badly cut up with heavy
traction engine traffic. When we turn to the
Magazine for June, 1910, the local matter is
crossed with heavy black lines. King Edward is
dead and King George 5th has begun to reign
There is a note on “ The New King” as follows
— “ King George the Fifth has ascended the
Throne. We believe that in the providence of
God he will accomplish great things for the Empire and for the world. The thing that appeals
most to the nation is the purity and happiness of
his home life. King George and Queen Mary
shine in their domestic virtues and are happiest
when enjoying with their young family the delights of an English home. We feel sure that
all will join heartily in wishing King George the
Fifth and Queen Mary a long and happy reign
God Save the King .” On Friday, May 27th, the
day of King Edward’s funeral a Memorial Service was held in Seagoe Church at 3.30. The
Church was draped for the solemn occasion.
Parish Register for April.
The following were Baptized in the Parish Church on 6th April, 1935: —
Morrison—Joseph Ronald, son of John and Margaret Hester Morrison, of Lisniskey. Sponsors—Elizabeth McMahon, Margaret Hester Morrison.
Best—Anne Adeline, daughter of Robert and Jane Best, of Edenderry. Sponsors— Gertrude Quin, Jane Best.
Whiteside—April 6th, 1935, Mary, daughter of Ferguson and Mary Whiteside, of Edenderry.
Ruddell and Pentland—April 16th, Joseph Ruddell, of Kernan, to Sarah .Jane Pentland, of Portadown.
Gardiner and Ruddell—April 17th, Thomas Geo. Gardiner, of Dollingstown, Parish of Maralin, to Ivy Kathleen Ruddell, of Lisniskey.
Nesbitt and M‘Keown—April 20th, Thomas Nesbitt, of Levaghery, to Susan M'Keown, of Killicomaine.
Walker and Giffln— April 23rd, Norman Walker of Kernan, to Rachel Giffin, of Edenderry.
Matchett and Dickson—April 24th, Josepr Fras. Victor Matchett, of Ballyhannon, to Mabel Dickson, of Tamnifiglasson.
Black—April 12th, Hannah Black, of Knock, aged 81 years.
We offer our hearty congratulations to Mr. and Mrs. Victor Matchett on the occasion of their
marriage. Both of them have a large circle of friends in the Parish and both have given much
help in Parish work. Mr. Matchett has been a member of the Select Vestry, and Mrs. Matchett
has been a Sunday School Teacher in Drumgor and Seagoe, and also a distributor of the Magazine.
Both of them have at all times been most ready in helping any Parochial effort. There was
a large gathering in the Church at the wedding.
The happy couple will be residing at their new house Ballyvernet House, Bangor, Co. Down.
We wish them much blessing and true happiness in their future life.
Another of our Church workers entered the state of Matrimony during the past month. Mr.
Norman Walker has been a valued helper in Seagoe Afternoon Sunday School as teacher of
the Senior Boys class, and he has shown much
interest in this important work. Mr. Walker
now occupies an important position in Messrs.
McGredy s Royal Nurseries in Portadown. We
wish him and Mrs. Walker every happiness and prosperity in their future life.
There have been no less than five marriages
in Seagoe this E aster. To one and all we wish a very happy and prosperous time.
The Alan Bell Fund
This Fund was distributed in the week before-
Easter. The amount available th is year owing to
the reduction in the rate of interest was only £17
10s instead of £25. There were 35 recipients.
Seagoe Mothers’ Union
The next meetng of the M.U. will be held
(D .V .) on Thursday, May 23rd. a t 7.30 p.m.
Mrs. Magill, the wife of the Rector of Milltown, will give an address.
At a meeting of Superintendents and Teachers
of our Sunday Schools held on April 15th in
Seagoe School it was decided that the Excursion
this year should go to Bangor. The date fixed
was Thursday, June 27th. Mr. Scott was appointed Hon. Sec.,
and Mr. McClements and Mr W. Hutchinson, Hon. Treasurers. The
price of Tickets will be as follows :— Children
(on S. School Roll) 8 years old and under, 1/3
each , 8 years to 14 years, 2 - each ; 14 years and
over 2 /6 ; Teachers, Bible Class Members and
Band, 3 - each. The above Tickets include Railwav Fare and Two Refreshments.
Outsiders’ tickets, 2 /6 each, two Refreshments, 1 '- each
It was suggested that children should be advised
to pay m something each week in the Sunday
School to their Teacher towards the cost of the
Ticket, Bangor will be a specially attractive
resort this year, and it is expected that some of
the larger navy ships will be anchored there
about the time of the excursion.
Annual C.L.B. Inspection.
Sergeants Martin and Walker, of the R Ulster
Rides, conducted the Inspection of the Seagoe
C.L.B .in the Parochial Hall on Tuesday, April
30th. at 8 p.m . It was a most interesting occasion and the lads, both the Training Corps and
the Cadets, acquitted them selves with great
credit. The Training Corps squad under Corporal
Little, won first place, although Corporal Best’s
squad was only one mark behind. Simpson and
Beatson won the drill down after a most strenuous competition. Cadet W. Best won in the
senior competition. Mrs. Lynas, of Carne,
kindly distributed the prizes. Captain Mitchell
expressed the thanks of all present to the judges.
In the Cadets drill down George Lynas and Billy
Leake got 1st and 2nd prizes respectively. Sergeant Martin gave a very interestng and clever
exposition on the Bugle, sounding out the various military calls. He said of the C .L .B . Display,
“ I t was a real good out-and-out show. The turning movements were splendidly done."
Seagoe C.L.B . and the Jubilee.
Seagoe C .L.B. Cadets will give an exhibition
of gymnastics in Portadown on Jubilee Day at 3.30 p.m .
C-L.B. in Belfast ,
The Seagoe Company, in three buses, journeyed to Belfast on Thursday evening, May 2nd,
at 6, to attend the great C .L .B . Service in St.
Anne’s Cathedral. The Cathedral was crowded,
and the Lord Bishop preached. The presentation of Banners and of a Commission of Membership to the Bishop was a very impressive part
of the Service. Seagoe Band, with the Cadets
and Training Corps, marched past the Bishop
outside the Cathedral after the Service. The
Rector, the Rev. W. F Hayes, Captain Mitchell,
and Lieuts. Currie and Hynes accompanied the
Old Seagoe Notes.
A Note on the Rev. T. A. Jones, Curate of
Seagoe, 1873—1875.—Many in the Parish still
remember the Rev. Thomas Absalom Jones, and
speak kindly of his work and character. He was
the last Curate who worked in the Parish while
Archdeacon Saurin resided at the Rectory. He
was ordained Deacon in 1870, and Priest by the
Bishop of Down in 1871. He was Curate of
Moira from 1870 to 1873, and Rector of Woods
Chapel from 1876 to 1882. In the latter year he
became Curate of Killyman., and in 1883 Rector
of that Parish until 1886, when he resigned.
The following are interesting advertisements
and notes of a past day: —
SEAGOE PARISH CHURCH
THE CONCLUDING SPECIAL
Will be held (D .V .) in
AT MORNING AND EVENING SERVICES,
On SUNDAY NEXT, AUGUST 10th Inst., 1891.
The Sermons will be Preached by
REV. R. R. KANE, LL.D .,
Rector of Christ Church, Belfast.
A COLLECTION will be made at each of these
Services on behalf of the CHURCH ENLARGEMENT FUND.
The Evening Service will commence at 6.30 p.m .Seagoe Church.—The concluding special reopening services are to be held in Seagoe Church on Sunday next, 16th inst. The preacher at both
morning and evening services to be the Rev . R.
R , Kane, L L .D ., rector of Christ Church, Belfast.
Above £3,000 have been expended in the
reconstruction, enlargement, and ornamentation
of this church, besides many munificent gifts
which have been presented by the parishioners
and friends. The collections at the re-opening
services will be applied to the. reduction of the
balance due. The evening service on this occasion will commence at 6.30 o ’clock p.m.
REOPENING OF SEAGOE PARISH CHURCH
THE SERVICE FOR THE REOPENIN G OF
SEAGOE CHURCH, and the CONSECRATION
of the CHANCEL and AISLE by the LORD
BISHOP OF DOWN AND CONNOR AND DROMORE will be held (D .V .) in SEAGOE
CHURCH, on FRIDAY , August 7th inst., at
Three o ’clock p.m.
The Very Rev. the DEAN OF CONNOR, LL.D.
A Collection will be made after the Sermon in
behalf of the Church Enlargement Fund.
The Train leaving Belfast at 1.30 p.m . is due
at Portadown in time for the Service. Conveyances will ge provided to bring Visitors from and
to Portadown Station. Seagoe Church.—The concluding services connected with the re-opening of Stagoe Church were
held on Sunday last, 16th August. Very crowded
congregations attended both morning and evening. The Rev. Dr. Kane, rector of Christ
Church, Belfast, preached on, both occasions and
gave earnest and able expositions of the texts.
That at morning service was taken from Psalms
xxvii., 4— “ One thing have I desired of the Lord,
that will I seek after ; that I may dwell in the
house of the Lord all the days of my life, to be
hold the beauty of the Lord, and to enquire in
His temple ,” and at evening service from St
Luke xv., 6— “ And when he cometh home, he
calleth together his friends and neighbours, saying unto them , Rejoice with me ; for I have found
my sheep which was lost.” The collectors at
both services were—Thos. D. Atkinson, Esq.
Thomas D. Gibson, E sq., R .M .; Dr. Dougan
Messrs. John Collen, J .P . ; W m. J . Locke, J.P-
J . Malcomson, Charles Montgomery, °
McGredy, W m. Paul, John Walker, jun. ; Hugh
Wallace and Henry J . Uprichard. They were
assisted by Messrs. Jas. Atkinson, Jas. Albin
George Calvert, Chas. J . Collins, Thomas Gilpin
Joseph Munroe, Capel W. Reid, and David
Walker. The total collections at the re-opening
services amounted to £103 3s 6d.
Seagoe P.E. School. .
Seagoe Public Elementary School will share
all the Jubilee festivities. Each pupil will
presented with a handsome Jubilee Medal, a
a cinema ticket for the King’s Jubilee Film exhibit,
and also a pretty booklet on the King's
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