Seagoe Archives

November 1937


November 1937

Seagoe Parish Magazine.



REV. J. W. APPELBE, M.A., Carrickblacker Avenue.

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

Lower Seagoe.


Rector's—JOHN H. TWINEM.







1st—A11 Saints' Day.

2nd—Diocesan Synod in Belfast.

3rd-6th—Sunday School Teachers' Conference in Lurgan, at 3.30 p.m.

7th 24th Sunday after Trinity. Armistice Service at 11.30 a.m.

9th—Mothers' Union Meeting, 7.30 p.m.

8th—Sunday School Teachers' Reunion at 7.30 p.m.

14th—25th Sunday after Trinity.

18th—Reunion of those recently Confirmed.

21st—Sunday next before Advent.

26th—Jumble Sale in Edenderry Orange Hall.

27th—G F.S. Conference in Lurgan at 3.30 p.m.

28th—First Sunday in Advent.



On Friday, October 8th, at 3 p.m., the

Lord Primate, the Most Rev. C. F. d'Arcy,

D.D., dedicated a bronze mural tablet to

the memory of the late Col. W. W. Blacker,

erected by his wife, Mrs. E. Blacker, of

Chideock Manor, Bridport. His Grace, in

a short address, paid eloquent tribute to

the worth and sterling character of the

te col. Blacker. The Rev. G. W. Millington,

Rector of St. Mark's, Portadown,

acted as chaplain to the Primate, and the

lesson was read by the Rev. Canon

Moeran, Rector of St. Mark's. Armagh.

Mrs. Blacker, Captain and Miss Blacker

were present. The Rev. F. J. Halahan was,

unavoidably absent owing to a preaching

engagement in Maryborough.

The tablet is worded thus:—

In memory of Stewart William Ward

Blacker, D.S.O., D.L., Lt.-Colone1 Royal

Artillery (2nd son of the Rev. Canon R. S.

Blacker), of Carrickblacker and Woodbrook,

Co. Wexford. Raised and commanded

the 9th Service Bn. Royal Irish

Fusiliers (1914-1917). Born 4th July,

1865—died 6th sept. 1935."

We are glad to have this memorial of

one whose family has been for generations

connected with this parish.

Harvest Festivals.

The harvest festivals held in the various

schools throughout the parish were

well attended, and we are grateful to the

neighbouring clergy who so kindly

preached—Rev. G. A. Boulger, M.A., and

the Rev. J. I. Lea, at Hacknahay; Rev. R.

F. Scott, M.A., and Rev. C. J. M'Leod, at

Edenderry; Rev. H. A. Lillie, B.A., and Rev.

S. McKelvie, B.A., at Drumgor; Rev. J.

Douglas, B.A., at Levaghery; the Rev. J.

Warner, B.A., and Rev. A. N. Parkinson,

B.A., at Bocombra, and the Rev. J. M.

Wright, B.A., and the Rev. L. Macmanaway,

B.A., at Carne. These schools were

tastefully decorated with the emblems of

the harvest, and the collections were in

aid of the individual Sunday Schools and

the South American Missionary Society.

Our harvest thanksgiving services came

to a fitting climax in the Parish Church,

when on Thursday, Oct. 21st, at 8 p.m., the

preacher was the Rev. C. H. B. Craig, M.A.,

Rector of St. Mark's, Ballysillan, Belfast.

The Rev. G. A. Boulger, Ardmore, and the

Rev. Canon McTighe, LL.D., Rector of Lisbellaw,

also took part. The collection was

in aid of the Dublin University Mission to

Fukien, China. In spite of the rain which

fell heavily, there was a good congregation

present. On Sunday the Rev. R. H. Kimber,

M.A., Vicar Choral and Minor Canon

of St. Anne's Cathedral, Belfast, preached

at morning and evening prayer and at the

Children's Service at 3.30 p.m. As a result

of this service we shall be able to send £18

4s to the Armagh Protestant Orphan Society.

There were record attendances at

the Sunday Services. We are deeply

grateful to all who sent flowers, greenery,

vegetables, etc., for the decorations, and

also to those who so kindly helped to put

up the decorations.

The choir, under Mrs. Casey's leadership

at the organ, was at its best, and the

rendering of the Harvest Anthem and special

music went a long way in helping to

make the services as inspiring as they were.


The Candidates' class, which commenced

a few weeks ago, is showing signs

of being a real help as a feeder for our

G.F.S. They meet as announced on Saturday

afternoons in Edenderry Parochial

Hall at 3 p.m. The members enjoyed their

Halloween party on Saturday afternoon,

October 30th.


Programme for November:

Monday, Nov. 1st—Games.

Monday, Nov. 15th—Bible Class.

Monday, Nov. 22nd—Work Class.

Monday, Nov. 29th—Bib1e Class.

On Monday, Oct. 25th, a social reunion

was planned, but the torrential downpour

of rain prevented the majority from attending.

However, there were enough

present to do justice to the delicious tea

provided. Mrs. Millicent Guy, nee Coulter,

was presented with the beautiful

framed G.F.S. marriage card. The Rector

presided. We are glad that Mrs. Guy has

promised to help the G.F.S. by becoming

an Associate.


There was a splendid attendance of the

members on Tuesday, Oct. 12th, when

Mrs. Callender Bullock very kindly gave a

most interesting talk. The next meeting

will be held in Seagoe School on Nov. 9th.


There will be a Jumble Sale in Edenderry

Orange Hall on Friday, Nov. 26th, at

7.30 p.m. Proceeds for the funds of Levaghery

Sunday School, Admission 3d.


Wreath Laying.

Each Armistice Day a wreath from the

Down and Connor and Dromore Battalion

of the Church Lads' Brigade is placed at

the Cenotaph, Belfast. This year at the

request of the Battalion, it will be laid by

Lieut. J. Hynes and the Rev. W. F. Hayes.

Officers' Training Course at Harrow.

The Rector has received excellent reports

concerning the work, efficiency, and

general demeanour of the three Seagoe

C.L.B. officers who attended the above

course at Harrow from August 21st—Sept.

4th. We congratulate C.S.M. Foster

Shanks, 2nd Lt. Hynes and 2nd Lt. Allen,

and feel sure that as a result of this experience

they will be helped in their work

for Seagoe C.L.B.


The attendance at this Service has been

encouraging, though there is still room

for more. Miss Alice McDougall and her

children's choir lead the singing, and we

are grateful for this help. During the season

of Advent the mid-week Services will

be held in the Parish Church, and then

after Christmas they will be resumed in

Edenderry Parochial Hall.

Sunday School Teachers' Re-union.

A social evening will be held in Seagoe

school on Monday, November 8th, at 7.30

p.m., and we hope all the Sunday School

Teachers and Superintendents from our

nine Sunday Schools will be present. We

are fortunate in procuring Miss Millington,

a well-known expert on Sunday

school work, to give a talk. There will

also be tea and games.


Sunday, Nov. 7th, will be observed this

year by the various churches as Remembrance Sunday.

The local branch of the British Legion

and the C.L.B. will parade at the 11.30 a.m.

Service on Nov. 7th. The collection, as is

usual, will go to the Earl Haig Poppy Day

Fund, which helps the disabled soldiers

and their dependents.


Saturday, 6th November, 1937.

The Sunday School teachers of the

Rural Deanery are invited to attend the

above Conference, which will be held in

the Parochial Hall, Lurgan.

The Conference will be preceded by a

Devotional Service in the Parish Church

at 3.30 p.m., at which an address will be

given by Rev. W. H. Good, M.A., Rector of

Christ Church, Lisburn.

Two Sessions will follow, at which talks

will be given by Miss Millington, Sunday

School organiser. The subjects will be:

1. The Equipment of the Sunday

School Teacher.

2. The Secret of Achievement.

Tea will be at 5 p.m.

A charge of 6d will be made to cover all


Teachers are asked to think about these

subjects beforehand as there will be

ample opportunity for discussion and


The Conference will close at 6.30 p.m.


The Select Vestry has decided to erect

a box in each porch of the Church for the

W.F.O. envelopes, as they feel that there

are many who would like to put them into

one of these boxes and put a collection

into the basket. One in the main porch

has been erected and there will be another

in the side entrance shortly.


The annual parade of all youth organisations

will take place at Christ Church,

Durham St., Belfast, on Wednesday, November

3rd, at 7.45 p.m. The preacher

will be Rev. Garfield Williams, Dean of


A detachment from Seagoe will be present

at this Service under Capt. Mitchell.


The above will be on sale, price 2d, about

the middle of November, in Mrs. Vance's,

Bridge St., and at Miss Agnes Guy's,

Lower Seagoe. There is only a limited

number available, so those who are keen

to possess one should lose no time in procuring copies.


On Saturday, Nov. 27th, there will be a

G.F.S. Conference in Lurgan for branches

in the Dromore Diocese. The meetings

will be as follows:

3.30 p.m.—Short Service in Church, followed

by a meeting in the Parochial Hall,

when an address will be given by Miss Scott, of Bray.

5 p m.—Tea.

5.30 p.m.—Address on Friendship, by Miss Scott.

The chair will be taken by Miss Hart-

ford, Belfast, who will give the closing devotional

address. We hope Seagoe branch

will be well represented at this Conference.


Inside a week during the past month

three much respected parishioners passed

on to their Eternal rest. David Rock

was known to many. His name will

always recall one of unassuming and

sterling character, who gave his life

in the service of others. The deep

interest he took in his native town,

coupled with his unfailing efforts for the

welfare of its people, won him a very special

place in their hearts. He took a leading part in public affairs and held many

prominent and important offices. For his

civic services he was deservedly honoured

by our late King, who deemed him worthy

to be made a Member of the Order of the

British Empire. He set a high standard

as a Christian citizen. His services to the

community will long be remembered.

John Hoy, of Edenderry, for some years

in indifferent health, was called away

somewhat unexpectedly. He led a quiet,

industrious life. His kind and inoffensive

manner endeared him to all who knew


The death of Mrs. Dinah Stevenson, of

Drumgor, removes another of the older

generation and one of our most faithful

parishioners. She had a great love for

the Church and was a regular attender of

the Services at Drumgor. Her good memory

gave her many interesting links with

Seagoe of the past. Strong convictions

and a deep faith carried her through

many troubles to a ripe old age.

With the bereaved we express our deep

sympathy. They will find comfort in the

thought that fulness of life reigns in the

nearer presence of God.—(W. F. H.)


" Suffer little children to come unto Me, and forbid

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

Oct. 3rd—Madeline Perdue, daughter of Samuel and Annie Mona

McCormack, Margretta Park, Portadown.

Oct. 3rd—Samuel James, son of David William and Hannah Jane

Simpson, 8 Wilmar Gardens, Portadown.

Oct. 3rd—Eileen, daughter of Robert and Agnes Bell, 14, Foundry St., Portadown.

Oct. 3rd—Elizabeth Florence Montgomery, daughter of John Spence

and Elizabeth Florence Williamson, Levaghery Gardens, Portadown.

Oct. 3rd—Norman James, son of Norman and Rachel Walker, 2, Rosemount,

Garvaghy Road, Portadown.


" Those whom God hath joined together let no man put asunder."

27th Oct.—James Gillespie, Lisavague, Tandragee, and Sophia Jennett, Breagh.


' Blessed are the dead which died in the Lord from

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

from their labours."

18th Oct.—David Rock, Bridge St., Portadown, to the Dobbin.

21st Oct.—John Hoy, Bridge St., aged 68 years.

22nd Oct.—Dinah Stevenson, Drumgor, to Shankill.


HOLY COMM UNION—1st Sunday after Morning

Prayer ; 3rd Sunday at 8 a.m., and on the Chief


HOLY BAPTISM—1st Sunday of each Month at 4

p.m., and during any Service in the Parish Church,

notice be given ; Two Sponsors at least are required

and they must be Confirmed Members of the Church,

Churchings are held at each Baptism. Mothers are

expected to bring a thankoffering. (See Book of

Common Prayer )

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 4 p.m.

Edenderry—Services as announced.


BIBLE CLASS FOR MEN in Edenderry on

Sundays at 10-15 a.m.

SUNDAY SCHOOLS -10 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,


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 £1. 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 by post to any subscriber for 3/- per annum.


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