Seagoe Archives

October 1937


October 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.






Sun., Oct. 3rd—19th Sunday after Trinity.

Edenderry Harvest Festival Service, 3.30 p.m.

Mon., Oct. 4th—Edenderry Harvest Festival, at 8 p.m.

Fri., Oct. 8th—Dedication of Blacker Memorial Tablet

by His Grace the Lord Primate, at 3 p.m.

Sat., Oct. 9th—Opening Meeting of G.F.S. Candidates

in Edenderry Parochial Hall, at 3 p.m.

Sun., Oct. 10th—20th Sunday after Trinity.

Harvest Festival—Drumgor, at 3.30 p.m.

Levaghery, at 3.30 p.m.

Mon., Oct. 11th—Harvest Festivals at 8

.pm. Levaghery at 8 p.m.

Wed., Oct. 13th—Mid-week Service in Edenderry at

8 p.m.

Sun., Oct 17th—21st Sunday after Trinity.

Harvest Festivals—Bocombra, at 3.30 p.m.

Carne, at 3.30 p.m.

Mon., Oct. 18th—St. Luke.

Harvest Festivals—Bocombra, at 8 p.m.

Carne, at 8 p.m.

Wed., Oct. 20th Mid-week Service in Edenderry, at

8 p.m.

Thurs., Oct 21st—Parish Church Harvest Festival

at 8 p.m.

Sun., Oct. 24th—22nd Sunday after Trinity. Holy

Communion at 8 a.m. Harvest Festival,

Parish Church at 11.30 a.m. and 7 p.m.

Children's Service at 3.30.

Mon., Oct. 25th—G.F.S. Social Evening in Seagoe


Wed., Oct. 27th—Mid-week Service in Edenderry at

8 p.m.


My Dear Parishioners,

I feel it is my duty to point out the very unhealthy

state of our Parochial Finance. In spite of the fact

that the late Chancellor Archer bequeathed the sum

of £100 to this Parish, which sum was paid by his

executors to our parochial treasurer in the month of

July, at present we are in debt to the Bank to the

amount of £77. This surely is a regrettable state of

affairs and cannot be allowed to go on. It need not

be the case, if every parishioner did his or her duty by

taking a Freewill Offering envelope and bring it to

Church every Sunday. The minimum that is required

per year for the maintenance of parochial expenditure

free of debt is £600; this means that from our

Church collections and Freewill envelopes at least an

average of £12 per week is needed. The total receipts

from Church collections and freewill offerings for the

month of August, in which there were five Sundays,

was £44 18s 7d—this makes the weekly amount for

August just under £9 per week, This means that we

must raise £3 per week more than we are raising at


How is this to be done? It can easily be done without

undue hardship on any one. (1) Let all subscribers

increase their freewill offerings by 3d per week;

there are about 500 subscribers; if this were done at

the end of the year we would not be in debt to the

bank. (2) Bring your envelope regularly week by


In the 1936 report there are far too many

names with sums like 1/3, 9d appearing as their

annual contribution to the upkeep of their Church. (3)

Let every adult wage-earner become a regular

subscriber through the freewill envelope system.

I am writing this statement as I feel that the

parishioners of Seagoe do not realise the gravity of

the situation. No business man, no farmer or house—

keeper would allow expenditure to exceed income.

Are we going to allow God's work to be carried

on in an unbusinesslike, slovenly manner? The

estimate I have given of our weekly needs, if we are

to keep free of debt is the very minimum, and I am

not including in it extraordinary expenditure such

as rent of temporary house or repairs to Church fabric

(this year about £60 was spent on the heating system


It is surely a mean thing for people to claim

to be parishioners and to use the Church for funerals,

marriages and baptisms and make no effort to help

in its upkeep. As I write this, I am not unmindful of

the chosen few who by their example and regular

contributions are doing their bit; to them we are grateful

but it is hardly fair that a few should have to shoulder

the responsibilities of the majority. There is no

home in our parish so poor that could not subscribe

at least 3d per week for the maintenance of the

Church's work in this Parish. I hope all who read

these words will act on the suggestions I have made

and that they will use their influence on others to do

be classed in the category of a poor parish, and yet

every year the Select Vestry have a substantial

balance over On the year's working which they are able

position our people should not rest contented. For

number of years this Parish has been spending more

than its income. We have now come to the time,

when something must be done to put our finances on

a sound basis. I am confident that when our people

know the facts they will not be slow in putting things

right.—Yours faithfully,




The dedication of the mural tablet which is to be

erected by Mrs. Blacker in memory of the late Col.

Blacker has been postponed until Friday, October 8th,

at 3 p.m. His Grace the Lord Primate has kindly

promised to preach and dedicate the memorial.



Sunday, Sept. 26th, at 3.30 p.m. Rev. G. A. Boulger, M.A.

Monday, Sept. 27th, at 8 p.m. Rev. J. I. Lea, B.A.


Sunday, Oct. 3rd, at 3.30 p.m. Rev. R. F. Scott, M.A.

Monday, Oct. 4th, at 8 p.m. Rev. C. J. McLeod.


Sunday, Oct. 10th, at 3.30 p.m. Rev. H. A. Lillie, B.A.

Monday, Oct. 11th, at 8 p.m. Rev. A. McKe1vie, B.A.


Sunday, Oct. 10th, at 3.30 p.m. The Rector.

Monday, Oct. 11th, at 8 p.m. Rev. Jas. Douglas, B.A.


Sunday, Oct. 17th, at 3.30 p.m. Rev. J. Warner, B.A.

Monday, Oct. 178th, at 8 p.m. Rev. A. N. Parkinson, B.A.


Sunday, Oct. 17th, at 3.30 p.m. Rev. J. M. Wright, B.A.

Monday, Oct. 18th, 8 p.m. Rev. L. MacManaway, B.A.

Parish Church—

Thursday. Oct. 21st, at 8 p.m. Rev. C. H. B. Craig,

M.A., Rector of St. Mark's Ballysillan.

Sunday, Oct. 24th, at 11.30 a.m., 3.30 p.m. and 7 p.m.

Rev. R. H. Kimber, M.A.. Vicar Choral of St.

Anne's Cathedral, Belfast.

The Collections at all these Services, except those

in the Parish Church, will be allocated as follows:—

The Sunday afternoon service collections will be

devoted to the work of each Sunday School.

The Monday evening Collections will be sent to the

South American Missionary Society for the support of

an Indian girl.

The Thursday evening Collection in the Parish

Church will be in aid of the Dublin University Mission

to Fukien. On Sunday the Collection will be in aid

of the Armagh Protestant Orphan Society.


The winter's work is now in full swing. On Tuesday,

Sept. 21st, there was a very successful social for

the senior members of the Brigade. The officers,

assisted by some of the ladies of the parish, dispensed

tea, after which the whole gathering took part in the

old-time games until it was time to go home. On

Thursday evening, Sept. 23rd, the members of the

Training Corps had their tea party. At both these

functions the prizes for the past year were distributed

to the boys with the best record for parade and

Church attendance.

May we here appeal to the parents to encourage

their boys to join this splendid organisation, the aim

of which is to train boys to be loyal Christians and

good Churchmen. In Captain Mitchell and his assistant

officers we have a C.L.B. staff of which any parish

should be justly proud, and apart from the help of the

C.L.B. in itself, it is a privilege for any boy to be

able to associate with our C.L.B. leaders. This

association in itself should go a long way in making men

of our boys.


During the past month no less than five presentations

were made in Seagoe Parish. At a choir social

held in Seagoe School on Thursday, Sept. 16th, on

behalf of the choir, Mrs. Appelbe handed to Mrs.

Pollock (nee Miss White) a beautiful set of table

linen on the occasion of her recent marriage. Mr.

Harry Hynes received a dressing case on his leaving

the choir to pursue a course of theological training

in St. Johns College, Highbury, London. They were

both faithful choir members and well deserved this

recognition from their fellows. After a sumptuous

tea, the ever popular games were played until breaking-up time.

On Monday, Sept. 20th, Seagoe Christian Endeavour

Society paid their tribute to Mr. Hynes, by presenting

him with a wallet of notes, as a token of their good

wishes for his future in the high calling to which he

is devoting his life. Miss Montgomery, the senior

member present, m handing over the gift paid a high

tribute to Mr. Hynes's work in the C.E., and she was

supported in her remarks by the Rector and almost

all who were present.

On Tuesday, Sept. 21st, at the C.L.B. social, Lieut.

David Allen was made the recipient of a handsome

chiming clock, suitably inscribed, by the members and

offcers of Seagoe C.L.B. as a token of their good

wishes for him and Mrs. Allen on their recent marriage.

Mrs. Appelbe presented it to Mr. and Mrs.

Allen on behalf of the C.L.B. The Rector, Capt.

Mitchell and Lieut Hynes bore testimony to Mr. Allen's

sterling qualities and his usefulness to the C.L.B.,

which he has served faithfully since he entered the

Training Corps.

On Wednesday, Sept. 22nd, the senior children and

superintendent and teachers of Edenderry Afternoon

Sunday School met to show their appreciation of Mr.

Hynes's work there as Superintendent, and on their

behalf Mrs. Appelbe handed to him a camera as a

mark of their esteem and good wishes on his leaving.

The Rector presided. Mr. Cathcart, his successor in

Edenderry, Mrs. Magee, Mr. Mitchell and Mr. Jos.

Hynes paid a high tribute to their late superintendents

zeal and work for the welfare of the Sunday

School. Tea and games added to the enjoyment of

the evening.

It remains for us to congratulate the recipients.

We wish Mr. and Mrs. Pollock, and Mr. and Mrs. Allen

many years of health and happiness, and we pray

that Mr. Hynes may have every blessing both in his

training for the sacred ministry and afterwards in his

exercise of it.

Seagoe Afternoon Sunday School

We are glad to be able to announce that Miss Ruby

Matchett has kindly consented to act as Superintendent

of Seagoe Afternoon Sunday School. We know

the teachers will give her a hearty welcome and co-operate

with her in keeping up the high standard

which has always been the mark of this Sunday

school. Miss Matchett takes up her duties on Sunday,

October 3rd, and we wish her God's blessing.


We hope to introduce this side of G.F.S. activity

into the parish this winter. Mrs. Appelbe, with the

help of Miss S. Montgomery, will be responsible for

it. It is really a junior branch of the Girls' Friendly

society and is open to all little girls of our Parish who

are eight years of age and over, and they remain in

it until they are eligible for full G.F.S. membership.

Here the G.F.S. spirit will be taught by work and

play. The first meeting will be held in Edenderry

parochial Hall at 3 p.m. on Saturday, October 9th.

We hope that parents will encourage their little girls

to attend.


The opening meeting of the winter session took

place in Seagoe School on Tuesday, Sept. 14th, at

7.30 p.m. After tea, the Rector delivered an address

on the Lord's Prayer. There was a fair attendance

of members.

The next meeting will take place on Tuesday,

October 12th, at 7.30 p.m. The name of the speaker

will be announced in Church later.



Sale of Rail and Refreshment tickets £75 3 0

Balance from 1936 £ 0 0 11


£75 14 0

Expenses :—

To Railway Co. £43 10 4

Messrs. Davison—Catering £30 10 0

" Portadown News"—Printing £ 0 17 6

Billposting £ 0 2 6

Insurance of Children £ 0 12 0


Balance in hand £ 0 1 8

( R. S. )


During the winter months it is proposed to have a

service in Edenderry Parochial Hall on Wednesday

evenings, commencing on Wednesday, October 13th,

at p.m. The Service will be of a simple nature, and

it is hoped that many will take advantage of it. A

great many homes in the town end of Seagoe Parish

are scarcely ever represented in the Parish Church,

and it is hoped that many of these will make an effort

to attend. Here is an opportunity for old people who

find the distance too great to walk to Church on



We regret to have to record the passing from among

us of two parishioners. Mr. Eddie Crawford was in

failing health for a considerable time; he bore his trying

illness with true Christian fortitude. Mrs. Best

had reached the alloted span and her comparatively

sudden Home-call came as a great shock. To all the

bereaved we extend our deep sympathy, and pray

that God may comfort them in their sorrow.


A parishioner has sent in a newspaper cutting dated

October 7th, 1905, which will be of interest to many

of our readers, and which we print.

" 'The Very Rev. Abraham Dawson, A.M., Dean of

Dromore, who has just resigned the Parish of Seagoe,

has been a familiar figure in the neighbourhood of

Portadown for almost half a century. The Dean was

born in the historic town of Dungannon, where his

father occupied a leading position in the medical profession.

He was educated at Dungannon Royal School

under the Headmastership of the Rev. Dr. Darley,

afterwards Bishop of Kilmore. In the year 1846 he

entered Trinity College, Dublin, where, after a distinguished

course, he graduated in the year 1850, and

was ordained in the following year for the curacy of

Christ Church, Belfast, on the nomination of the

Incumbent, the late Rev. Dr. Drew. During his tenure

of this curacy Mr. Dawson (as he then was) did

strenuous work, and helped largely in building up

what is now one of the leading parishes in the city

of Belfast. His first Rector (Dr. Drew) proved a life-long

friend, and the Dean has ever cherished the most

affectionate remembrances of his former chief. In

1857 Mr. Dawson received well-deserved promotion in

his appointment to the important Parish of Knocknamuckley.

Here he laboured with great zeal, and

during the crisis of the Revival in 1859 controlled and

guided with great tact that remarkable outburst of

religious enthusiasm. Many a strange story can the

Dean relate from his revival experiences. As a result

of his efforts, the spiritual work of the Parish was

carefully organised, and a handsome rectory was built.

In the year 1879, on the death of Archdeacon

Saurin, Mr. Dawson was appointed Rector of Seagoe.

Here the most important work of his ministerial life

was accomplished. Under the skilful superintendence

of Sir Thomas Drew, President-of the Society of Architects,

and a son of his former Rector, the Church at

Seagoe was restored, so that it is now one of the

most beautiful Churches in the Diocese. The late

Baroness von Stieglitz, of Carrickblacker generously

assisted the Dean in the accomplishment of this most

important work.

In all departments of parochial

effort the Rector's capacity and energy were apparent,

and he succeeded in winning the affections of all those

in the parish of every creed and class.

“In 1886 Mr. Dawson was made Rural Dean, and

in 1892 the late Bishop Reeves appointed him to the

ancient office of Archdeacon of Dromore, which was

instituted so far back as the year 1244. In 1894, on

the death of Dean Campbell, of Lurgan, the present

Bishop of the Diocese (Dr. Welland) conferred upon

him the high office of Dean of Dromore. Dean Dawson

has also for many years been a member of the

Diocesan Council and a Diocesan Nominator for the

Diocese of Dromore. Latterly, failing health and the

infirmities of age, compelled him to abandon much of

his active work, and within the last few months he

felt obliged to resign his position as Rector of Seagoe.

During his long and active life he has never failed. to

keep abreast of the literary thought of the day, his

favourite study being Archaeology and Irish Antiquities.

Many papers and pamphlets on this latter

subject were published by him from time to time.

Dean Dawson will be much missed in this neighbourhood

for a long time to come, and we can assure him

that he carries into his retirement the respect of all

creeds and classes for his sterling Christian character."


“ Suffer little children to come unto Me, and forbid

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

Sept. 5th—Joan Elizabeth, daughter of Thomas James

and Ethel Walsh. Tamnifiglasson.

Sept. 5th—Robert Frederick, son of Robert and Jane

Richardson, Upper Seagoe.

Sept. 5th—Elizabeth Beryl, daughter of Samuel

George and Elizabeth Jane Gracey, 30, James


Sept 5th—Margaret Jane, daughter of Robert Henry

and Helen Violet McNulty, 11 James Street.


" Those whom God hath joined together let no man

put asunder."

15th Sept., 1937—Edward Walter Trimble, 28, Mourne.

view St.. Portadown, and Elizabeth Allen, 35,

Carrickblacker Road, Portadown.


" Blessed are the dead which died in the Lord from

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

from their labours,"

9th—Robert Edward Crawford, Century Street,

aged 35 years.

23rd—Mary Grahan, Corcreeny, Waringstown

aged 72.

24th—Emily Best, 139, Bridge Street, aged 70



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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