Seagoe Archives

October 1935


October 1935

Seagoe ff>ari8b flftaga3ine.
OCTOBER, 1935.

Rev. Chancellor Archer, B .D ., The Rectory,

Rev. W. F. Hayes, B .A ., The Bungalow, Lower

Seagoe, Portadown.

Rector’s------Mr. H . MURRAY GIBSON.

Harvest Thanksgiving Services.
The annual Services of Thanksgiving for the

Blessings of H arvest will (D .V .) be held in the
Parish Church on Thursday, October '24th. at
8 p.m ., and on the following Sunday, October
27th, at 11.30 a.m ., and 7 p.m . Special music
has been arranged for the Services. The Rev.
G. C. Johnston, M.A., Rector of Magherally,
will preach at the Service on Thursday, and the
offerings will be given to Foreign Missions. On
Sunday, at the 11.30 a.m . Service the preacher
will bé the Very Rev. E . A. Myles, M.A., Dean
of Dromore, Rector of Tullylish. At Evening
Prayer the Rev. Thomas P arr, M.A.. Rector of
Seapatrick, will preach. The offerings a t the
Services on Sunday will be on behalf of the
Parochial Fund for the upkeep of the Church and
its services.

District Harvest Services.
District H arvest Services will be held on the

following dates: —
Levaghery— Sunday, Oct. 6th. at 3.30.

,, Monday, Oct. 7th, a t 8.
Drumgor—Sunday, Oct. 13th, at 3.30.

,, Monday, Oct. 14th, at 8.
Carne— Sunday, Oct. 20th, a t 3.30.

,, Monday, Oct. 21st, a t 8.
Edenderry— Sunday, Nov. 3rd, at 3.30.

,, Monday, Nov. 4th. at 8.
The collections a t these Services on the Sun­

days will be given to the local Sunday School
Fund, and on the Mondays to Foreign Missions.
The Rev. B. de G. Lougheed, B .A ., Curate of
Seapatrick, will preach in Levaghery on Sunday,
October 6th, and on Monday evening the Rev.
E. Burns, M.A., Rector of Aghaderg, Lough-
brickland, will be the preacher.

Bocom bra Harvest Services.
The first of the d istric t H arvest Services was

held in the Bocombra Church H all on Sunday,
September 22nd, a t 3.30. The Hall was very
nicely decorated with splendid samples of flowers,
u'uit and vegetábles. The preacher was the Rev.

F. M'Cullogh, Curate of Shankill. Lurgan.
There was a very large congregation, who joined
heartily in the Service. Miss Hilda W alker pre­
sided at the organ, and a solo was sung by Miss
Clara Kirby. On the following Monday evening
the Service was continued. The Rev. J . G.
Sandford, Curate of Ballinderry, was the
preacher. The offerings were on behalf of For­
eign Missions.

Harvest a t Hacknahay.

H arvest Thanksgiving Services were held in
Hacknahay on Sunday, Septem ber 29th, at 3.30,
and on the following Monday a t 8 p.m . The
School was very prettily decorated. The large
congregations at both Services joined heartily in
the singing and in answering the responses. Mr.
T. H . Wilson, organist of Seagoe, presided at
the harm onium and arranged the musical part
of the Service. The Rev. J . H am ilton, B.A.,
Curate of Donaghcloney, W aringstown. was the
preacher on Sunday afternoon. On Monday
evening the Rev. Canon Orr, L L .D ., Rector of
Gilford, preached. The offerings were on behalf
of Foreign Missions.

The P/lothers’ Union.
A m eeting of the M others’ Union was held in

Seagoe School on Tuesday evening, September
10th, at 7.30. I t was the first m eeting of the
year. There was a very large gathering. The
Rev. Canon Taylor, Rector of L isburn, addressed
the m others. The Rev. W. H . Ruddock, Rec­
tor of ÏSroomhedge, was also present. Canon
Taylor expressed regret a t the R ector’s illness
and deep gratitude on the recovery which he
was making. In the course of a very practical
and stirring address based on the faithfulness of
Naomi and R uth, Canon Taylor stressed the
great privileges and responsibilities which are
shared by the m em bers of the organisation. He
em phasised their need for the continual deep­
ening of their spiritual lives, both privately and
in the public worship of their Church. E spec­
ially he urged th a t they should no t neglect the
C hurch’s great Service of W itness, the Holy
Communion. After tea, Mrs. J . H . Twinem. the
President, thanked Canon Taylor for so kindly
coming to speak k> the members. The
Rev. W. F. H ayes also thanked him on be­
half of the Rector. The next m eeting of the
M others’ Union will be held in Seagoe School
on Tuesday, October 8th, a t 7.30. An address
will be given by Mrs. A. G. Hannon, Shankill
Rectory, Lurgan.

C L, B

A very enjoyable social was held in the Paro­
chial H all, Edenderry, on Thursday, September
5th, a t 7.30 p.m . Twenty-eight members of the
Training Corps were present. The tables were
laden with a very plentiful supply of tea and
cake which quickïy disappeared. After tea, the
boys joined vigorously in com m unity singing.
Games were conducted by L ieut. W . Currie,
Sergeant-M ajor Allen and Mr. H . Hynes. A
m ost amusing football sketch was rendered by
P rivates Kenneth Pentland and Alan Jennett.
An O’Grady drill down was conducted by Capt.
Mitchell. At the close Rev. W. F . H ayes
spoke to the Lads and said the Brigade Prayer.

We offer our hearty congratulations to Mr.

and Mrs. George M 'Neill, of Ballym acrandle, on
the occasion of their Silver Wedding. We wish
th a t they m ay continue to enjoy m any years ot

Service in Edenderry■A Service will be held in the Parochial Hall,
Edenderry, a t 8 p .m . on W ednesday, October
9th . T hat Service will be held on each W ednes­
day throughout the winter m onths. The Paro­
chial Hall is within easy reach of those residing
in the populous townlands of Edenderry, Le-
vaghery, Killicomaine and Seagoe. It is hoped
th a t many will avail them selves of this m id­
week privilege of joining in these bright services.

Resolutions of Sympathy.
At the last m eeting of the M others Union and

of the Select Vestry resolutions of sym pathy
were passed with Mrs. Blacker on the sad death
of her husband, Lieut.-Col. S. W. W. Blacker.

Edenderry Paroohia! Hall-Very necessary im provem ents have been car­
ried out in the Parochial Hall. Edenderry. The
heating installation has been thoroughly over­
looked and renovated. A new brick structure
has taken the place of th e outworn sheet iron
casing th a t enclosed the coil of the pipes in the
heating chamber. Other im provem ents are to
be made in the near future. As there is no spe­
cial fund to m eet th is necessary expenditure the
H all Comm ittee are asking for subscriptions to
defray th is outlay. The following lis t of sub­
scriptions have been received up to the 2nd
October:—W illiam Sherm an, 10s; Miss Calvert,
10s; Jam es Lewie, 10s; Mrs. Vance, 10s; Hugh
Stoops, os; George Gracey, 5s; W. A. Casev,
5s; David Bock. 5s; Mrs. W aters, 2s 6d; W.
M etcalf, 2s 6d; R. Hoy, 2s; Mrs. Reid, 2s 6d;
Mrs. Jam es Allen, 2s 6d; Mrs. Wolsey Atkinson,
10s; Miss G. E . Atkinson, 10s; Jam es Twinem,
5s; Jam es Sands, 5s; John Hoy, 5s; Miss
Atkinson, £1 ; Robert M ‘Clements, 10s; Mrs.

M 'Clem ents, 5s; Migs M 'Clem ents. 5s; W
M ‘Clements, 5s; Mrs. W. M 'Clem ents, 5s; A
Friend. 5s; Charles Montgomery, 10s; Miss
Nora K. Montgomery, 10s ; Miss Sarah Dawson,
10s; John H . Twinem, 5s; John R. Reid, 2s 6d;
Jam es W ightm an, 5s; Rev. Chancellor Archer,

Parish Register for September.
Baptism sThe following were baptised in the Parish

Church on Septem ber 7th, 1935: —M'Nally—Brian, son of Richard and Margaret
M 'Nally, of Edenderry.

Sponsors — Elizabeth Milligan, Margaret
M 'Nally.Liggett—M artha Iris Gwyneth, daughter of
Isaac and Josephine Liggett, of Eden­

Sponsors— M argaret M 'Nally, Josephine Lig­
gett.Nesbitt—K enneth Harold, son of Thomas and
Susan Nesbitt, of Levaghery.

Sponsors—E dith M 'Keown, Susan Xesbitt.
Elliott—W illiam Victor Chamberlain, son of

W illiam and E llen E lliott, of Seagoe

Sponsors—W illiam Cox, W illiam E llio tt and
M aria E lizabeth Cox.

M arriag e .Craig and Livingston— Septem ber 21st. 1935,
Desmond Craig, of 3 Victoria Terrace,
Portadown, to Irene Maud Livingston,
of Edenderry.

Silver Wedding.M'Neill and Fleming—July 8th, 1910, Samuel
George M 'Neill, Edenderry, to Eliza­
beth Anna Fleming, of Edenderry.

Death.Blacker—Septem ber 6th, suddenly, at Seatown,
Dorset, Stew art W. W . Blacker, Lieutenant-
Colonel, of Carrick-Blacker and Woodbrook,
Co. Wexford, aged 70 years.

Burials. ,Gillis—Septem ber 8th, 1935, Jam es Gillis, oi
Edenderry, aged 66 years. Interred at
Drumcree.Ewing—Septem ber 11th, 1935, W illiam Ewing,
of Newry, aged 87 years.Campbell— Septem ber 14th, 1935, Ellen Mar­
garet Campbell, of Edenderry, aged 80
years.Whiteside— Septem ber 15th, 1935, H arold Geo.
W hiteside, of Edenderry, aged 6 years.

Dickey—Septem ber 18th, 1935, Thomas Dickev,
of Edenderry, aged 1 year 10 months. Hearon— Septem ber 22nd, 1935, Ralph H earon ,
of Killicomaine, aged 68 years. Simpson—Septem ber 23rd, 1935, Sarah Anne
Simpson, of Ballinacor, aged 76 years.

Death of Lt.-Co l■ Blacker.

We record with the deepest regret the death
of Lieut.-Gol. Blacker, which occurred under
tragic circum stances a t Seatown, Dorset, on F ri­
day, Sept. 6tli. Lieut.-Col. Blacker had been
enjoying a bathe in company w ith some of his
relatives, and Mrs. Blacker was seated in a ten t
near-by. He had just come out of the water and
nas vigorously drying him self on the shore, when
lie suddenly fell backward in a faint. W hen
Mrs. Blacker and his relatives came to him he
>vas found to be actually beyond hum an aid. We
express our deepest sym pathy with Mrs. Blacker
and the members of her family in their tragic

For m any years Colonel Blacker resided in our
midst, and in the strenuous tim es of the Volun­
teers and the G reat W ar he gave up all his tim e
and his attention to the service of his country.
“ Our loyalty is not for b a rte r ,” were his great
and strenuous words when the W ar broke
out. We give here a description of his funeral,
taken from the columns of “ The Bridport
News” of Friday, Septem ber 13th.

“A deep sense of sadness overshadowed the
picturesque village of Chideock on Friday m orn­
ing when it became known th a t Lieut.-Colonel
Stewart W illiam W ard Blacker, D .S.O ., D .L .,
I.P., of the Manor House, had passed away with
tragic suddenness.

In the early morning he had visited B rid­
port and after shopping in the town returned to
the Manor in company with a friend, Major Pym ,
«ho was staying with the family. L ater, with
Mrs. Blacker and his daughter, Miss Joan
Blacker, he proceeded to the beach at Seatown,
"here he took his custom ary bathe ' in the open sea.

He had only left the w ater a short tim e
"lien, to the horror of those present, Col.
Blacker was seen to collapse. A message was at
<®ce sent summoning Dr. J . C. T. Sanctuary, of
widport, and stim ulants were fetched, but in
tte m eantim e death had supervened.

The body was afterw ards removed to Brid-
Port by motor am bulance and later in the day,
® the instruction of the Coroner for W est Dor­
set (Mr. S. Edgar H oward) a post m ortem ex-
JMination was perform ed by Dr. Sanctuary,
"his revealed th a t death was due to natural
élises, and under the circum stances an inquest

deemed unnecessary.
“ During his residence at Chideock Manor,

covering a period of about five years, Col.
“lacker took a keen in terest in the life of the vil-
lage and was ever ready to support any good
^üse. Previously he had resided a t Shute
^aye, W alditch, where he was also held in high ^teem and respect.

At Chideock Parish Church on Sunday

morning the Vicar (Eev. C. F . U rquhart) pre­
faced his sermon with a reference to Colonel
B lacker’s career and his life in the parish, and
a t the close of the service the Dead M arch in
Saul was played by Mr. Leonard Hussey, depu­
tising a t the organ for Miss Mabel Hansford.

“ Villagers mingled with rank and distinction
a t the funeral, which took place at Chide'.ek at
10 o ’clock on. Tuesday morning. The coffin,
draped in the Union Jack, had been brought to
the ancient, ivy-clad Church the previous even­
ing, and the funeral service followed a celebra­
tion of Communion at 8 o ’clock.

“ During the service, which was impressively
conducted by the Vicar, assisted by the Rev. A.
J . Shields and the Bev. J . D. Macpherson, the
hym ns “ Fight tlje Good F ig h t” and “ Soldiers
of Christ Arise” were sung and Psalm 121
chanted, the surpliced choir leading the singing.
At its close the Nunc D im ittis was sung, and
the organist, Mr. H . Mearing, played Chopin’s
M arche Funebre. The flag on the Church tower
was a t half-mast.

There was a poignant scene as following the
service the coffin, covered w ith flowers, was
placed in a motor hearse which proceeded to
Bristol Crem atorium, where th e body was cre­
m ated. W earing his officer’s uniform, deceased’s
sailor son, Lieut. Blacker, was a grief-stricken
figure as the hearse moved slowly away. He
was accompanied by his brother-in-law, L ieu t.-
Commander George Thring, who was also in uni­form.

The other principal m ourners were Mr. A. T.
Bruen, Sir Bobert Paul. Mr. H . R. Boileu,
Major D. Graham Shillington and Major C. E. Pym.

In the evening on Tuesday a muffled peal
was rung on the Church Bells.

The ‘ B ridport News’ was informed by a
m em ber of the family th a t after the cremation
the urn containing the ashes would be brought
to Chideock and finally interred at Woodbrook,
Enniscorthy, County W exford, Col. B lacker’s estate in Ire lan d .”

The rem ains were finally interred in Killane
Churchyard, near Woodbrook, on W ednesday, October 2nd.

On Sunday, Septem ber 8th, a t Morning P rayer

in the Parish Church, the Bev. W. F. H ayes
read the following tribu te to the memory of the
late Lieut.-Colonel Blacker, w ritten by the Rec­
tor, who was unable to be present: —

I have been asked by the Rector to read to you
the following reference to the life and character
of Lieut.-Colonel S. W. W. Blacker, whose
tragic death occurred on Friday, Septem ber 6th,
and who was so well known to so m any in this
Parish. H e was a m em ber of a fam ily which
has had a connection for centuries w ith the

8 E A G 0 E PARISH M A G A Z I N E .
Parish of Seagoe. The history of the family and
the history of the Parish are m ost closely in ter­
woven in past days. The present Church in
which we worship is the fru it of their generosity ;
and the ruins of the old Church in Old Seagoe
graveyard are the remains of a Parish Church
built by a m em ber of the family in the 17th cen­
tury. B u t we th ink to-day not so much of the
familv as of Lieut.-Colonel Blacker himself.
W e recall his splendid leadership in the days of
the U lster Volunteers and in the m ore tragic
days of the Great W ar. H is courage, his com­
mon sense, his appreciation of the things th a t
m attered m ost gave to us all a measure of con­
fidence in m ost difficult days. Those who were
m em bers of the Volunteers and who served under
him in the Great W ar know hew lie shared with
his m en the dangers and trials of those trem en­
dous days. We m ourn his loss and wish to ex­
press our deepest sym pathy with his wife and
family. The Parish has lost a valued parishioner,
who had held from tim e to tim e every position
of parochial responsibility and whom the United
Dioceses honoured by election to the Diocesan
Council and to the m em bership of the General
Synod. His nam e will not soon be forgotten.

We record this m onth a long list of those, both

young and old, who have been called from among
us to their E ternal Best. Jam es Gillis, of Eden-
derry, always a regular attender at the Parish
Church, passed away after a long, tedious ill­
ness. His rem ains were interred in Drumcree
Churchyard. The Rev. F . J . Halahan, M.A.,
M.C., officiated a t the Service.

Mrs. E llen M argaret Campbell, of Edenderry,
passed away a t an advanced age. She was a
lifelong resident of the Parish, to which she was
always deeply attached. To the end she could
recall m any links of the past in the days of Arch­
deacon Saurin.

The death, with tragic suddenness, of Harold
George W hiteside, came as a great shock to his
parents and the people of the district. Only six
years of age, he was taken suddenly ill on re­
turning from school and died within a few hours.
The funeral was a very touching one. The
children of Edenderry walked a t each side of the
coffin, and were present a t the Service in the
Church and at the graveside.

Thomas Dickey, only a year and ten months,
contracted pneum onia which proved fatal after a few days suffering.

Bal^li Hearon, of Killicomaine, who had been
in failing health for some tim e, passed away after a short illness.

The death of Mrs. Simpson, of Ballinacor,
who had been in her usual health, came very
suddenly. Always cheerful, kind and affection­

ate, she will be much missed bv all her neigh

To all those who have been bereaved we offe
our m ost sincere sympathy.

Death of Mr. William Ewing.
We record with regret the death of Mr

William Ewing, of Newry, a t an advanced age
For m any years he resided in Edenderry, wlier
lie was well known and highly respected. Dur
ing the intervening years, while resident ii
Newry, he m aintained a close connection witl
this Parish. His funeral, which was largely at
tended, took place in the Church ground at Sea
goe 011 W ednesday, September 11th. The Rev
R. A. Swanzy, Vicar of Newry, officiated.
Letter from Archdeacon Crichtor

B lacker’s Gardens, Cathedral P.O.,
M adras, 11th September, 1935

My plan at present is to sail from Madras 01
6th November, and to reach London about 6tl
December. As there is nothing to do at Home
I shall not go overland from Marseilles. Prob
ably we shall spend the Christm as holidays a
L ittleham pton and then move about unti
E aster. I do not want to take up a parish all a
once, but I m ust have a home for the summer
My girl has ju st gone to Cheltenham and tin
bov to Marlborough. I t is tim e for them to havi
a home of their own.

If the address on th is le tter starts you think
ing about “ Parish N otes,” you will be interestei
to know th a t th is house was built by Genera
Blacker, Quarterm aster-G eneral of the Madrai
Army. The last m em bers of the Blacker fain il;
to own it were two sisters, who lived in Ireland
I ana told th a t General Blacker died in Calcuttf
in 1824. The present owner is an Indian.

Thanks very much for all the copies of tli<
Seagoe M agazine” which you have sent me

I still read the publication with m uch in te re s t
I t is as good, if not better, as ever i t was. I t is
extraordinary to th ink th a t it is almost 28 years
since I went to Seagoe. The years have passée
very quickly. Hoping th a t you are feeling quit*
well again.—Yours very sincerely, W . R. Crich­

Many of the fine trees in the Eden Hal

grounds opposite W indsor Lodge have been re­

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A very extensive petrol station has been openec
in Lisniskey having pum ps on both sides of th<

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The entrance to the Railway Station and thf
lamp standards in the streets of Edenderry havi
recently been painted and look very bright. Stream Closed


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