Seagoe Parish magazine.
THE EASTER VESTRY.
At the Easter General Vestry held in Seagoe School on Thursday April 16th, at 8 p.m., the
following appointments were :
THOMAS E. MAGINNIS,
JOHN GEORGE GRACEY, J.P.
SUPLEMENTAL PAROCHIAL NOMINATORS:
JOHN GEORGE GRACEY, J.P.
ROBERT SCOTT (Rector's),
THOMAS E. MAGINNIS, (People's)
JOHN G. GRACEY, J.P.
H. M. GIBSON,
Hon. Sec.—MOSES GILPIN.
Hon. Treasurer— ROBERT SCOTT.
J. R. REID H. MURRAY GIBSON.
J. R. REID
J.G. GRACEY J.P.
J. H. TWINEM,
W. H. CASEY,
C. S. A. TWINEM.
The Easter Vestry, though not largely attended,
is always an interesting and important
We regret that Mr. Tom Hall and
George Wilson have, owing to pressure of
other work, had to resign their places on the
W.F.O. Committee. They did splendid work
and gave up much time and attention to the
opening and entering of the Weekly Envelopes.
Messrs. Stanfield and Hutchinson were appointed
in their place and will, we are confident,
prove a great success. A great loss sustained by
the Vestry is the resignation of our trusted Hon.
Treasurer, Mr. Hugh Stoops. We will still have
the benefit of his advice as a member of the
Select Vestry. He was an ideal Hon. Treasurer
and had filled that arduous post for many
Rev. Chancellor Archer, B.D., The Rectory,
Rev. W. F. Hayes, B.A., The Bungalow, Lower
Rector's— Mr. ROBERT SCOTT.
People's—Mr. THOS. E. MAGINNIS.
years. Mr. Robert Scott was elected Hon. Treasurer,
and will, we are sure, carry on the good
work done by Mr. Stoops. At the General
Vestry Mr. Stoops made his annual financial
statement which was satisfactory, although
there is a sum due to the Bank. The Rector,
in a brief address, referred to the work of the
several Parish organisations and described the
good work being done in the Men's Bible Class,
the C. L. B. under Adjutant Mitchell,
the Mother's Union and the various Sunday Schools
in the Parish with their energetic band of Superintendents
and Teachers. He thanked all who
had so kindly sympathised with him in his recent illness.
At the close of the Vestry a most
hearty vote of thanks was passed to the Rev.
W. F. Hayes m appreciation of his splendid sevvices
rendered to the Parish during the Rector's
illness. It was proposed by Mr. W. Hutchinson,
seconded by Mr. James Twinem, and passed by
Renovation of the Church,
The Parish Church is now in the hands of the
painters, and it will not be possible to hold Service
in it for several weeks. Sunday, May 3rd,
is the last Sunday on which it can be used for
Public Worship. While the Church is closed
the usual Sunday Services will be held in the
Parochial Hall, Edenderry, at 11.30 and 7. The
Church Bell will be rung as usual, but the Services
will be held in the Parochial Hall. Special
arrangements as to celebrations of Holy Communion
will be announced at the Sunday Services.
The special Services held in the Parish Church
during Holy Week and Easter were very helpful
and devotional. On each evening except Saturday
some incident relating to the Passion of our
Lord was the subject of the address. On Good
Friday a morning service was held at 11.30 and
took the form of a Penitential Service. The
Church was nicely decorated for Easter Day,
and the Services were very bright. A large
number communicated at the first Communion
at 8 a.m. and also at the later celebration. There
was a large choir and a musical portion of
the Service was rendered with great heartiness.
The solo anthem was finely sung by Miss
Clara Kirby. Mrs. Casey presided at the organ.
The C.L.B. Battalion Service
On Sunday afternoon, April 19th, at 3.30. the
Down and Connor and Dromore Battalion attended
Service in the Parish Church. The Belfast
Companies came down by special train, and
at the station were joined by other Companies
from Armagh, Omagh and Maghera (Co. Derry) .
Four bands, including the Seagoe band, played
the Companies up to the Church. The lads more
than filled the Church. They were over 600 in
number. The Rector received the Battalion and
Cadet colours at the beginning of' the Service.
Mr. Wilson presided at the organ, and the Rev.
T. H. Parkinson read the Lesson. The Service
was taken by the Rector and the Rev. W. F.
The special preacher was the Rev. F.
H. P. L'Estrange, Rector of St. John's, Malone,
Belfast. The collection was for the Battalion
Funds. The parade was under the command of
the Battalion Commander, Colonel F. W. Fryer.
At the close of the Service the Rector took the
salute at the Memorial Gates. The Companies
laid a wreath at the War Memorial in the town.
A Festival C. L. B. Service was held in the
Cathedral, Belfast, on Tuesday, April 29th,
at 8 p.m. The Seagoe Cadets, with band and the
Training Corps, travelled up by bus. At the
close of the Service the Companies marched
past before the Lord Bishop. The Seagoe Band
led the procession. Captain Mitchell and the
Rev. W. F. Hayes accompanied the lads.
Easter Good Turn.
Seagoe G.F.S., for its Easter
Good Turn's decided to collect eggs for distribution to some
of our more needy folk in the Parish, and during
the week before Easter 21 dozen eggs were
collected by the following members—Maud Cousins,
Iris Downey, Helen Johnston, Peggy
Brownlee and May Simpson. They were distributed
to a number of poor families in the Pavish
by Mrs. Scott, who wishes to thank all those
who so kindly contributed to the collection.
Our Summer Migrants
Our summer migrants have greatly delayed
their arrival this year, no doubt owing to the
cold spell early in April. A corncrake was seen
on April 19th, but not heard until a later date.
Six swallows were seen at Lylo about the same
date. They were sheltering in an outhouse.
Nelson Hall, of Lower Seagoe, writes,
"I heard the Cuckoo on Sunday, the 26th of April, and
the corncrake on the 27th April, in Seagoe.
SEAGOE PARISH MAGAZINE
The Alan Bell Fund.
During the week before Easter gifts in memory
of the late Mr. Alan Bell were distributed
through the Parish. The sum distributed
amounted to £ 17 10s 0d, and the number of
recipients was 32.
Bricks of Gold
In connection with the brick-cards issued by
the Seagoe Mothers' Union for the Renovation of
the Parish Church, a card has been returned
by Miss S. Jennett, Breagh, with 49/6. The
card is supposed to raise 12/-
She sold three bricks at 10 - each.
Will this be a record, we wonder?
Sunday School Excursion.
At a meeting of the Superintendents and
Teachers of our Sunday Schools held in the
Parochial Hall on Wednesday, 29th April,
it was decided to have the Excursion to Warrenpoint
on Thursday, 18th June. Unfortunately,
the G. N. R. Co. have raised their charges this
year, but a large number of the Sunday School
children have been contributing each Sunday towards
the cost of their tickets.
It was decided that the cost of the Excursion would be 2/-
for each child, this including two Refreshments.
The money already paid in by each child will,
of course, go towards the cost of their ticket.
Parish Register for April
Kane—April 4th, 1936, Beatrice Doreen,
daughter of David and Letitia Isabella
Kane, of Edenderry.
Sponsors—Matilda Kane, Letitia Isabella
Hunter—April 14th, 1936, Rita Carol, daughter
of William James Graham and Emma Hunter, of Edenderry.
Crozier and M'Na11y—April 13th, 1936, Richard
Crozier, of Portadown, to Dinah Mc Nally, of Edenderry.
Graham and Boyce—April 28th, 1936, William
Albert Graham, of Artabracka, Porta-
down, to Kathleen Boyce, of Bocombra.
Taylor and Wilson—April 29th, 1936. Stephen
Taylor, of Drumnacanvey, to Eliza Jane Wilson, of Hacknahay.
Craig—April 26th, Sarah Jane Craig, of Drumgor, aged 70 years.
Quigley—April 26th, Samuel Quigley, of Killicomaine, aged 60 years.
Guy—May 3rd, Rhoda Guy, of Lower Seagoe. aged 62 years.
A successful Jumble Sale was held in the
Parochial Hall on Friday, May 1st. It was organised
in aid of the Uniform Fund of the C.L.B.
There were many ready purchasers who secured
many bargains. Captain Mitchell and the lads
are to be congratulated on the success of their
Our thanks are due to all who helped
towards the success of the sale.
Lurgan Choral Union
The annual Festival in connection with the
Lurgan Choral Union will be held (D. V.) on
Saturday, May 30th, at 4 p.m., in Dromore
Cathedral. Seagoe Choir will take part in it
and are at present busy practising the Festival
Our Advertising Columns are now complete.
They present our readers with a great and varied
choice of goods Our advertisers ave a great
help to the Magazine and our readers will further
the good cause by placing their orders with them.
Twenty-five Years ago.
This old copy of the Magazine contains a very
fine block of the " Cloch-Bann" or Sacred Bell
The photograph from which the
block was made was kindly taken by Mr. Coffey,
of the Dublin Museum, for the Rector. It is so
fine that it is possible to read the original inscription
on the side of the bell. An outline
of the History of the Bell is also printed. The
Rector's Churchwarden is Mr. Andrew Costello,
and the People's Mr. Robert} Gracey. Reference
is made to an interesting pamphlet on " Apple
Culture" by Mr. Ruck, of Peacefield. A note
is also made of the appointment of the Rev. E.
Jennings, former Curate of Seagoe, to the Curacv
of Dingle, Co. Kerry.
Old Seagoe Notes.
Seagoe Parish Church in 1814
Parish Church of Seagoe, built in 1814 to take the place
of an older one, was not of an architectural
character, although it is recorded that it had
an architect, by name of I. Brownlee. It was
simply in the manner of that day, an ugly, plain,
four-square room of large dimensions, 70ft. long
30½ wide, and having a flat ceiling concealing
an ordinary roof of low pitch ; and it has a
gallery of the usual plain and unsightly sort. A
move unpromising building to be recast into
architectural form, according to move modern
standard of taste, could not well be conceived.
It, was too short, too wide, and too low in its
and there was not even sufficient
room at the East end to lengthen it bv extending
a chancel. With generous expenditure, however,
much is possible; and it is somewhat satisfactory
that the substantial old church, built
with much courage and churchmanlike spirit in
a depressing time, 76 years ago, and which has
known three generations of worshippers, is not
to be done away with. Seagoe Church will best
illustrate forcibly the advance that has been
made from 1814 to 1890, in good architecture, in
wealth. and the facilities for its production, in
the latter-day feeling among churchmen that in
the adornment and furnishing of the House of
God, and thoughtful care for the decency and
convenience of worship, even the best that can
be offered is but unworthy.
The first care in the improved church has
been to provide a worthy chancel. It has been
devised by extending its eastern wall as far as
the Churchyard boundary would permit. and by
taking some length from the nave. The plans
provide thus for a well-proportioned Chancel.
25ft. long by 171ft,. wide. opening to the nave
with a lofty chancel-arch, and on the north and
south sides with like arches to the organ-chamber
and vestry, and a lateral aisle respectively.
The chancel is a memorial, and the last-named
feature, while it gives additional seating room,
would be specially suitable as a kind of chantry
for monuments or memorials of the founders.
The parishioners' addition to the church
consists of a southern aisle 37ft. long and 21ft.
wide, and giving 200 additional seats. It opens
into the nave with three lofty pointed arches ;
and gives additional architectural character and
interest to the heretofore four-square building.
There remains athe nave of somewhat unusual
proportion of 66ft. of length to 30 ½ ft in
breadth, to be brought into architectural character,
with a low pitched roof, which it would not be
desirable to raise higher. It was at first
proposed merely to remove the ceiling, and case.
up the old roof and make it as fairly presentable
as possible. By the additional generosity of the
Baroness Von Stieglitz, however, a new roof,
and a handsome one is found; and the architect
has met the difficulties of proportion by adopting
a treatment in the manner of 15th century
architecture, which lends itself to lower pitched
roofs and wider spans. The roofs of the nave,
aisle, and chancel are accordingly of a design
not usual in other churches in the diocese;
four-centred arched frames. springing from hammer
beams, and all richly moulded and peculiarly massive,
and bearing the character of old
examples of the 15th century English roofs. They
will be of pitch pine, left untouched after the
carpenter's fools without varnishing, jt being
found that pitch pine treated in this way assumes
in time an appearance as pleasing as that of old oak.
The old vestry, on the north side, becomes
a spacious and imposing porch, encased and
adorned with cut-stone dressings, buttresses, and
pinnacles. The windows of the new additions,
as well as the old openings in the nave, will be
large and handsome traceried stone windows, de-
signed in the same consistent ' perpendicular'
style, as the rest of the work, and specially adapted
for effective filling with stained glass at a future day."
SERVICES—The PARISH CHURCH
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.
MORNING PRAYER—Sundays and Chief Festivals,
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,
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
Mondays at 8 p.m.
SEAGOE P.E. SCHOOL, 9-15 a.m. Principal—Mr.
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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