Seagoe Parish magazine.
Rev. Chancellor Archer, B.D., The Rectory,
W. F. Hayes, B.A., The Bungalow, Lower
Rector's— Mr. ROBERT SCOTT.
People's—Mr. THOS. E. MAGINNIS.
The Harvest Services.
The Harvest Thanksgiving Services this year
were very devotional and hearty and were attended
by very large numbers. On Thursday,
October 22nd, the first Service was held in the
Parish Church. The Church never looked nicer
than it did this year. The recent renovation
had brightened it up, and the new electric lighting
was very effective. The decorations also
were fine, and we thank heartily all those who
so kindly sent gifts of flowers, fruits and evergreens.
The chancel looked especially well.
The unseen flood-lights made the flowers and
the wood carving stand out in splendid style.
The Service began at 8 o'clock. At that hour,
notwithstanding the very rough weather, with
rain and wind, the Church was quite full. Mrs.
Casey presided at the organ, and there was a
large choir. The Rector was present and began
the Service. A Harvest Hymn, "Come,
ye thankful people, come, “
was the opening hymn. The Anthem
" Sing unto God with Thanksgiving, "
was taken from the 147th Psalm.
It was splendidly sung, the various
voices being well represented. The Rev. W.
F. Hayes conducted the Service. The Preacher
was the Rev. Canon Moeran, Rector of St.
Mark's, Armagh. He dwelt on the need of
Christianity to solve our social and national
problems, and spoke of the vast mass movements
toward Christianity now taking place in
the mission field. On Sunday the Services
were continued. The preacher at, Morning
Prayer was the Rev. E. Burns, Rector of
Loughbrickland. There was a very large congregation,
and the Service was very bright and
hearty. The Harvest Hymns were joined in by
the congregation, and the Harvest Anthem was
splendidly rendered by the choir. Mrs. Casey
was at the organ. The bright lights from the
choir roof made the chancel look very nice. The
offerings were on behalf of the General Parochial Fund.
At the evening Service the
preacher was the Rev. G. W. Millington, Rectoy
of St. Mark s, Portadown. His subject was
“The thorns that choke the good seed.” There
was again a crowded congregation. Altogether
the Services this year seemed brighter and more
hearty than usual.
Death of Mrs. Jennett.
We record with great regret the death of Mrs.
Caroline Jennett, of Breagh, after a very brief
illness. She had been preparing to come to the
Thursday evening harvest service, but on the
previous Wednesday got a sudden and severe
stroke and passed away the next morning. Mrs.
Jennett was very popular with all her neighbours
and friends. She took a great interest in
all our Parish work. We will miss her much
from our social gatherings. Our deep sympathy
goes out to her bereaved family. Her funeral
to Seagoe was largely attended notwithstanding
the very inclement weather.
H. B. S.
These letters stand for the Hibernian Bible
Society. On Sunday, November 22nd, a special
collection will be made on behalf of the Society.
A great Missionary work is done by the Society
in providing Bibles in many languages for the
Missionary Societies, and in this Parish the
Society makes cheap grants of beautiful Bibles
for prizes in our Sunday Schools. Look on the
shelves in your house and see there the beautiful
Bibles which your children have won in our
Sunday Schools and which have been graciously
presented at a reduced rate through our Sunday Schools.
The recently observed Tindale
Centenary reminds us of the treasure we possess
in our English Bible and his cruel Martyrdom
should remind us of the sufferings which
the first translators of the Bible had to endure.
Let your offering be more generous in memory
of the Martyr, William Tindale, who gave his
all, even to life itself, that we might have the
Book of Books.
The Lighting of the Church.
Before very long we must get an improvement
in the lighting of the Church. The gas
lighting looks very dim when contrasted with
the flood-lighting of the chancel. When gas was
first introduced into Seagoe Church to replace
the paraffin lamps everyone noticed the great
improvement, but now the new electric light
seems to make the gaslight quite dim. The
electric lights installed at the entrance doors of
the Church are a great improvement.
On Wednesday, Oct. 28th, a very pleasant
choir social was held in Seagoe School at 8 o'clock.
Mr. and Mrs George Wilson
met the guests as they arrived. The rooms
looked very nice and bright, and there was a
large attendance of choir members. The Rector
was present. Before tea the grace was sung. A
hearty tea followed. After tea, round games
were played. During an interval a presentation
was made to Mr. Tom Leake, a member of the
choir who had been married in Drumcree Church
that morning. Mr. Leake has just been appointed
Postmaster at Toomebridge, Co. Antrim.
He has been a most useful and popular
member the choir. in making the presentation
the Rector expressed the congratulations and
good wishes of all present to Mr. and Mrs.
Leake in their future life. He also expressed
their pleasure at the presence of Mr. and Mrs.
T. H. Wilson, and their gratitude to Mrs. Casey
for the kind help she gave from time to time.
Referring to the recent Harvest Services, the
Rector said that the musical parts of the services
were the best he had remembered.
Wednesday, Nov. 11th, the two minutes'
silence will be observed at Seagoe Memorial
Gates at 11 a.m. If the weather is inclement
the Church will be open for a brief service, during
which the "silence" will be observed.
Sunday, Nov. 8th, the Services in the
Parish Church at 11.30 and 7 will have reference
to the Armistice celebrations. The offerings
at the morning service will be on behalf
of Earl Haig's Fund for ex-servicemen. Although
many years have passed since the Great War
came to an end yet we must never let the names
of those who made the great sacrifice and of
those who served be allowed to pass from our
Drumgor Harvest Services.
The annual Harvest Thanksgiving Services
were held in Drumgor Church Hall on Sunday
afternoon and Monday evening, October 11th
and 12th respectively. In the matter of decorations
it would appear that the teachers compete
with one another in an attempt to make the
Hall move beautiful than the year before. On
Sunday afternoon the special preacher was the
Rev. Canon Marks, B. D. , Rector of Tandragee,
and he delivered a forcible address on the text:
“ I have planted, Apollos watered, but God
gave the increase." There was a crowded congregation
present. The services were continued
on Monday evening, when Mr. Wm. Hutchinson
gave an impressive address on the subject
of Sowing and Reaping.
Both Services were
conducted the Rev. W. F. Hayes, B.A.,
and Mr. Wm. Hutchinson.
The offering on Sunday was devoted to the work of the Sunday
School, and on Monday the cause of Foreign
Missions was subscribed to. Both objects received generous support from the congregations
Carne Harvest Services.
Harvest Services were held in Carne Church
Hall on Sunday, Oct. 18th, at 3.30, and on the
following Monday at 8 p.m. The Hall was very
nicely decorated with splendid samples of fruit,
flowers and other local products. At each service
the building was filled with people. Mr.
T. H. Wilson was at the harmonium. The congregation
joined heartily in the service, especially
in the singing of the Hymns. The Service
on the Sunday was taken by the Rev. W.
F. Hayes. He preached from the text “It is
more blessed to give than to receive." The collection
was on behalf of the Sunday School
Funds. On Monday evening the Rev. J. Haddock,
Rector of Donacloney, Waringstown gave
a very impressive address based on the Parable
of the Sower. The collection was given to the
cause of Foreign Missions.
A service of Thanksgiving for the Harvest was
held in Levaghery on Sunday, Oct. 4th, at 3.30
p.m. The Hall was artistically decorated. The
art of using material to advantage was striking
in the arrangement of the flowers, grain and
fruits used for the purpose. Miss Essie Mays
was at the harmonium and supervised the
musical portion of the service. The singing was
led by a large choir. The Rev. W. F. Hayes
preached. His subject was "Reaping.
The collection was for the Sunday School Funds.
The Services were continued on Mondav at 8
p.m. The Rev. A. N. Parkinson, curate of St.
Mark's Povtadown, was the preacher.
The offerings were for foreign missions.
Services were remarkably well attended.
The interior of the Levaghery School has been
made very bright and attractive., The walls
have been distempered, the wainscoating and
woodwork have been varnished, and the windows
have been painted. This freshness has
added greatly to the appearance of that spacious
room. The improvements were generously
undertaken and carried out during the bright
evenings by some of the young men connected
with the Sunday School. Their work has been
SEAGOE PARISH MAGAZINE
Presentation to Mrs Maurice Adams
A very pleasant function took place in Drumgor
Church Hall on Wednesday evening, 7th
October, when the teachers and pupils attached
to the Sunday School met in a social gathering
to pay a tribute of affection and esteem to Mrs.
Maurice Adams, formerly Miss Winnie Gracey,
to congratulate her on her recent marriage.
A splendid tea was served to the company present
by the teachers, after which games were
indulged in under the guidance of the Superintendent.
At a later stage in the proceedings
Mr. Wm. Hutchinson, on behalf of the School,
presented to Mr. and Mrs. Adams a beautiful
dinner service, to commemorate the occasion
of their marriage. In handing over the gift the
Superintendent referred to the fact of how much
the School owed to the members of the Gracey
family; it was a name that would ever be associated
with the School. Mrs. Adams in particular
had always been in the forefront of any
effort to promote the welfare of the School, and
her splendid class of boys were an example of
her diligent care and attendance. They wished
them both every happiness in their new home
in Belfast. My. and Mrs. Adams suitably replied,
the latter remarking that any little work
she ever done for the School was always a labour
of love. A further period of games having been
indulged in, a very pleasant evening was
brought to a close with the singing of Auld Lang Syne
Parish Register for October.
October 3rd, John Gordon, son of Norman
and Rachel Walker, of Seagoe Lower.
Sponsors—Norman Walker, Rachel Walker.
"Received into the Congreation. "
Robinson—Alan, son of Thomas John and Anne
Robinson, of Edenderry.
Sponsors—Margaret Watson, Elizabeth Watson.
Donaldson and Thompson—Oct. 13th, Israel
Donaldson, of Lurgan, to Charlotte
Thompson, of Drumgor.
Forbes and McCoo—Oct. 29th John Forbes, of
Drumlellum, Parish of Tartaraghan, to
Jean Florence McCoo, of Kernan.
3rd, Mary Dickson, of Killicomaine, aged 45 years.
Jennett Oct. 24th, Caroline Jennett, of Breagh, aged 57 years.
Final list of Brick Cards
Amount already acknowledged £64 17 9
Misses R. and W. Gracey £ 0 7 0
Mrs. David Johnston, Thompson, £ 1 0 0
Mrs. Kirk £ 0 7 0
Subscription £ 0 5 0
Mr. H. Kane £ 0 3 0
Mrs. Guy, U.S.A. £ 1 4 0
Mrs. Thompson £ 0 4 0
Miss M. Gracey £ 0 5 0
£68 12 9
The committee of the Mothers' Union wish
to thank all those both at home and overseas
who so willingly helped with the Brick Cards to
make their appeal such a splendid success.
Visit of Mr, S, Johnstone
Mr. Samuel Johnston, of Thompson Ville,
U.S.A., paid a short visit to Seagoe recently.
His arrival, which was altogether unexpected,
was a pleasant surprise for his many friends in
Edenderry. He has always maintained a close
connection with Seagoe. He was greatly impressed
by the recent improvements to the
Parish Church, and by the general developments
that have taken place in the neighbourhood
since his emigration. This week Mr. Johnston
returns to the States on the Queen Mary. We
wish him a pleasant voyage.
Old Seagoe Notes.
The Big Frost of 1739-40 in Seagoe -
Funerals 1773, Feb. 13—William Whiteside, a
cripple since the big frost, 1739' '—Seagoe Register.
In January, 1740, people dwelt in tents on
the Thames for weeks' '—Chambers Book of
Days: Vol. 1., p 110.
As the severe season of 1708-9 was called
the ' Great Winter' so that of 1740 went by the
name of the ' Hard Winter.' The frost began
on Christmas Day and lasted nine weeks. During
its continuance persons who had lived near
Hudson's Bay, said they had never felt it colder
there than it was in England at this time. Very
soon floating blocks of ice were seen in the
Thames, and some artists seized the opportunity
of painting the unusual scene. Then the river
became so solidly frozen over that, as in 1683,
tents were erected on it, a huge kitchen set up,
and an ox roasted.
From a printing booth on the Thames were
issued numerous pamphlets, one of which contained
'An account of the principal Frosts for
a hundred years.' Another was entitled ' The
humble Petition of the River Thames to the
Venerable Sages of Westminster Hall,' saying
that ministers of punishment have treated
him with the utmost contempt and insolence,
have even made a public shew of him, have
called in heaps of ragamuffins to trample upon
him, and, what is worst of all, have forced a
numerous family which he used to provide for
to beg in the streets.'
This last sentence was an allusion to the
distress caused among the families of the watermen
and fishermen, who were entirely disabled
by the frost from earning a living, and for whose
aid large collections were made in most of the
parishes in London.
A few days after the frost set in a high wind
arose, which did much damage to the shipping
in the Thames. Some vessels had holes beaten
in their sides by falling on their anchors, and
others became embedded and sunk in the ice.
During this winter the inhabitants of St.
Petersburgh built a palace of ice, around which
they placed six cannons, also made of ice, and
loaded with ice shot.
A gentleman staying at Leyden wrote thus
to a friend in London, January 1st, 1740:—
' Books being now laid aside, our chief study
and care is how to thaw our eatables. My wine
freezes into a solid mass; bread cannot be cut,
without being first set by the fire near an hour.
In the same manner we serve our butter, and
also our oranges, which are otherwise as hard as
stones. Water poured into a glass froze and
stood up in the tumbler like an icicle.' In
France great numbers of persons died, and as
late as April the swallows which visited that.
country perished from the cold. "—E. Neville
Johms, in the Sunday Magazine" for February.
In the Parish Register, Vol. II. the Burials,
which were 35 in 1738, and 31 in 1739, rose to
76 in 1740, and to 88 in 1741. In 1742 they
fell to 47, rising again to 75 in 1743, and falling
to 50 in 1744. Of the 76 burials in 1740, 52
were those of children, and of the 88 in 1741,
47 were children; of the 75 in 1743, 45 were
W. Shaw Mason's Survey of Ireland (1816) :
Statistical Accounts of Glenavy, Camlin and
Tullyrusk :—Lough Neagh has been frozen three
times in the memory of man; once in the memorable
frost of 1739; again in January, 1784,
when the ice was of such strength that many
persons passed over it to Ram's Island; and
again in January of the present year (1814)
when such was the intensity of the frost, that
Lt. Col. Heyland undertook and accomplished
the hazardous expedition of riding his horse from
Crumlin Water-pool to Ram's Island; and the
singular novelty was exhibited of a drag chase
on the ice, round the island, with Mr. Stafford
Whittle's pack of hounds."
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 annum.
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