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September 1937


September 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.






September 5th—15th Sunday after Trinity.

September 12th—16th Sunday after Trinity.

September 15th,

September 17th,

September 18th,

Ember Days.

September 19th—17th Sunday after Trinity.

September 21st St. Matthew.

September 26th—18th Sunday after Trinity.

Harvest Festival in Hacknahay School.

September 27th— Harvest Festival in Hacknahay, at 8 p.m.

September 29th—St. Michael and all Angels.


Mrs. E. Blacker, of Chideock Manor,

Bridport, is erecting a mural tablet in

memory of her husband, the late Colonel

Blacker, in Seagoe Parish Church. The

Lord Primate, the Most Rev. C. F. D'arcy,

has promised to dedicate it on Tuesday,

5th October. Further details of this service

will be announced in Church later.


It was with regret that we heard of the

accident to Mr. George Wilson. As a result

of a cycle skid he sustained a nasty

fall. We are glad to know that he is making

satisfactory progress and he has our

best wishes for a speedy recovery.


The annual Harvest Thanksgiving Services

will be held in Hacknahay School on

Sunday, September 26th, at 3.30 p.m., and

on Monday, September 27th, at 8 p.m.

The details as to preachers, etc., will be

announced later.


Many former parishioners, now living

abroad, visited Seagoe this summer. They

include Mrs. Best, of Hamilton, Ontario,

and Mrs. Montgomery, of Winnipeg. They

have been on a visit to their father, Mr.

John Flannigan, of Edenderry. Mrs,

Marks, of New York, formerly Miss Ena

Allen, has also been on a visit to her

parents, Mr. and Mrs. James Allen, of

Bridge Street. She travelled over with

her sister, Miss Florence Allen, whose

marriage to Mr. W. D. Rocke took place

last month. These visitors are now on

their return journey to their respective

homes. Our readers, to many of whom

their names are familiar, will join in wishing

them a safe and pleasant voyage.


Mr. Robert Sherman, for the third time,

is holiday making in Canada. He is accompanied

by his brother, Mr. David

Sherman, It will be an experience of

much interest and pleasure.


We record, with much regret, this

month the death of Frederick Robinson,

of Ballyhannon. For some considerable

time he had been in failing health. His

last illness—a long, protracted one—was

borne with unfailing patience and hopefulness.

He was a very faithful member

of this parish. A regular attender of the

Church services, he also took a keen interest

in the Seagoe Men's Bible Class. He

was, moreover a most liberal supporter of

all that concerned the welfare of the

Church, which meant so much to him. He

took a deep interest in his home and was

a keen gardener. He rendered many years

of faithful service to the G.N. Railway and

was always extremely popular among the

workers. The large numbers present at

his funeral testified the esteem in which

he was held. Faithful in all things and

possessed of many fine qualities, his memory

will not soon be forgotten.

The passing of Joseph Wilson, of Ballymacrandle,

removes one who was very

popular in that part of the parish. For

many years he had been in indifferent

health. In spite of much suffering he retained

his bright spirit to the end.

Robert Guy, of Derryvore, was one of

our oldest parishioners. He was well-known.

Possessed of a kind, genial nature,

he was much respected and will be greatly

missed. To all who have been bereaved

we tender our sincere sympathy.



The following list gives the provisional

dates of these Services:

Sunday, Sept. 26th, 3.30 pm Hacknahay.

Monday, Sept. 27th, 8 p.m. Hacknahay.

Sunday, Oct. 3rd, 3 30 pm Edenderry.

Monday, Oct. 4th, 8 p.m. Edenderry.

Sunday, Oct. 10th, 3.30 p.m. Drumgor.

Monday, Oct. 11th, 8 p.m. Drumgor.

Sunday, Oct. 10th, 3.30 Levaghery.

Monday, Oct. 11th, 8 p.m. Levaghery.

Sunday, Oct 17th, 3.30 p.m. Bocombra.

Monday, Oci 18th, 8 p.m. Bocombra.

Sunday, Oct. 17th, 3.30 p.m. Carne.

Monday, Oct. 18th, 8 p.m. Carne.

Thursday, Act. 21st, 8 p.m. Parish Church.

Sunday, Oct. 24th, 11.30 a.m. Parish Church.

3 p.m. Children. Parish Church.

7 p.m. Parish Church.


“Suffer little children to come unto Me, and

forbid them not, for of such is the Kingdom of


August 1st—Margaret, daughter of Robert Henry and Isabel Wilson,

4, Garland Avenue, Lurgan.


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

3rd August—William David Rocke, 75, Carrickblacker Road, Portadown,

and Florence Allen, 147, Bridge St., Portadown.

4th August—John Nelson, 117 Hillhead, Airdrie, Scotland, and Florence

McCleary, Balteagh, Portadown.

12th August—George Quinn, Ballynaghy, Portadown, and Emily Mayes,

Carrickblacker, Portadown.

25th August—James M'Knight, Kernan Portadown, and Elsie Williams

Drumgor, Lurgan.

1st September—Edward George Clarke Artabracka, Portadown, and

Sarah Rose Jane Harra, 29, Watson St., Portadown.


" Blessed are the dead which die in the Lord

from henceforth, yea, saith the Spirit, that they

may rest from their labours."

30th July—Joseph Wilson, Ballymacrandle, aged 63 years.

13th August—Frederick Robinson, Ballyhannon, aged 55 years.

1st September—Robert Guy, Derryvore, aged 81 years.


The Seagoe Company of the Church

Lads' Brigade will begin its new Session

on Tuesday, 14th September. The Training Corps

will meet weekly in the Parochial Hall, Edenderry, on Tuesday at 7.30;

the Seniors on Tuesday, at 8.30. The Brigade at present, taken all round, is in a

more sound state and position than ever

before. This is in no small measure due

to the zeal and interest of the Commanding Officer and of other keen workers in

the Company. While we hope for many

new recruits, the principle of the C.L.B.

remains. It is not to hanker after members

but to seek for quality and thoroughness. The aim of the C.L.B. is to train up

active members of the Church, who will

also be worthy citizens of the State. The

General Headquarters of the organisation

insists on all its members attending each

week at the Service of their Parish



On the occasion of the August Demonstration

held in Portadown, on Saturday,

August 28th, the officers and senior members of the Seagoe Company of the C.L.B.

ran a successful refreshment stall in the

Parochial Hall, Edenderry. They were

ably and generously supported by many

young ladies of the district. The proceeds

will go towards the funds of the Company,


Three Officers of the Seagoe Company

of the Church Lads' Brigade are at present attending the Officers' Training

Camp at Harrow. They are Lieut. D. Allen,

Lieut. J. Hynes and Sergeant-Major F.

Shanks. With some hundreds of the

Church Lads' Brigade Officers assembled

from all over England, Ireland, Scotland

and Wales, and from beyond the seas, they

are receiving a special and intensive

course of instruction for the working of

this organisation. With the exception Of

a few hours in the afternoon for recreation, the whole of each day is devoted to

lectures and practical training in the

various departments of CL.B. activities.

There, in addition to instruction from experts,

they have the benefit of the companionship

and of the collective experience of their

fellow-offcers from all over

the British Isles. This is a great privilege

and a unique opportunity. The experience

will be invaluable to our representatives.

On their return they will have

much to teach. Our Company, in the session

which lies ahead, will in no small

measure, realise the value of the Harrow

Training Camp.



The New Call from India's Villages.

Recent news in the papers has attracted

widespread attention to the untouchables

of India. We have read of great conferences of outcast

peoples who have decided to break away from Hinduism. We

have heard of mass movements towards

Christianity, and of the baptisms of tens

of thousands of converts in recent years.

We have followed with growing interest

the development of the young churches

in these rural areas, particularly in the

Dornakal and Travancore Dioceses. We

are therefore compelled to examine more

closely what is happening in India and to

see how far we are reaping the harvest

which has come. May we remind ourselves

at the outset that the prayers of a

hundred years are being answered, that

the labours of earlier missionaries who

spent their lives in the plains of India are

bearing fruit, and that we are entering

into their labours. We are trustees of a

great heritage, and it is our duty to hand

on to others the task, stronger and more

fruitful than we received it, that others

in turn may enter into our labours.

Who are the Untouchables?

The outcaste communities of India

number over sixty million. They are probably

of aborigine origin, but the story goes

back so far into the dim distance that it

is impossible to say how and when the

Hindu system fettered upon these people

the religious disabilities which made them

outcastes and yet members of the system.

Hinduism has ever kept them in servitude

and bondage, and has made the untouchables

feel that they are in the unhappy

condition because of sins committed in

some previous incarnation. As untouchables

they must not approach a caste

Hindu, they must not worship in the

temples, they are forbidden to draw water

from the same well as caste people, and

they are literally the serfs of the caste

communities. They are paid starvation

wages and their poverty is probably

greater than that of any other community

in the world.

What is happening among these people?

There is a ferment among the millions

Of outcastes to-day which is unique in

Indian history.

In October, 1935, Dr. Ambedkar, the

acknowledged leader of the depressed

classes, held a conference near Bombay at

Which ten thousand representatives of the

outcastes attended. He advised the entire

community to forsake Hinduism and

join some other religion. His words were:

Choose any religion which gives you

equality of status and treatment." Speaking

for himself he said: " I had the misfortune

of being born with the stigma of

untouchability, but it was not my fault; I

will not die a Hindu, for this is in my

power." The conference passed a resolution

advising all untouchables to forsake

Hinduism, but they did not say what

should replace their old faith.

Who is Dre Ambedkar?

Dr. Ambedkar, who is leading this

movement, is, as we have seen, of outcaste

origin. As a boy he was eager to learn,

and yet he was forbidden to enter the

school building because he was an out-

caste. He was made to sit outside the

building, but the windows were left open

so that by overhearing the teaching in the

school it was possible to pick up a

smattering of education. He proved a bright

boy, and later was enabled to go to a high

school, but there he had to sit on a bench

by himself. Through the aid of friends

he was sent to America and England for

further education, and in both these

countries he took degrees.

In England he studied law and was called to the Bar

at the Middle Temple. After ten years'

study abroad he returned to India, only to

find that he could not even rent a house

or a room because he was an outcaste.

This brilliant lawyer was treated as a

pariah because of the Hindu system. He

has lived through that period and is now

principal of the Law College in Bombay.

He represented the depressed classes at

the Round Table Conference in London.

What does India say to Dr. Ambedkar's


There is no doubt that there have been

important repercussions all over India

from the conference of untouchables. Mr.

Gandhi had previously carried on a campaign

for the removal of untouchability,

but he has signally failed because he clung

to the Hindu system which has been the

cause of the trouble.

In Travancore, the Ezhava community

are definitely on trek. They are a superior

type of " exterior" castes. Many of them

are educated; some are land owners,

others lawyers, doctors, officials, and

teachers; but they are excluded from the

temples and suffer from the disabilities

of the outcaste community. The leaders

of one section of these people, numbering

over 850,000, have waited on the Bishop


in Travancore because they are anxious

that their entire community should

become Christian. This is by no means

entirely due to Dr. Ambedkar but to another

incident in a situation which is growing

in magnitude from day to day.

In the C.M.S. area of the Dornakal

Diocese there are no less than three hundred

villages appealing for teachers; they re-

present forty thousand people definitely

asking for baptism. The Bishop reckons

that probably about a million people in

his diocese are moving Christward.

In Hyderabad, Deccan, another

movement is in progress. The C.M.S. Missionary

at Aurangabad tells us that inquirers

are increasing all the time, and he adds:

We here have been feeling the burden of

success and it is becoming a very real

burden too. In each one of our six pastorates

new movements towards Christianity are

taking place, and there is an insistent,

urgent demand for more workers."

Similarly appeals for help have reached

us from the Punjab, where Canon Hares

has built up a far-reaching village

Christian movement based upon his central

station at Gojra. In the United Provinces

there are a number of movements among

the outcastes towards Christianity, and in

the Central Provinces we hear of three

different centres where people are seeking

for further instruction. So the story goes

on, each mail bringing in fresh news of

converts, and a growing

Church. Each mail adds to our responsibility,

and the appeal for additional help

becomes increasingly urgent.

How has this arisen?

It is not due to Dr. Ambedkar that this

spiritual revival has taken place, his campaign

is a mere incident in a much older

In the C.M.S. areas it goes

back to 1859, when a man named Venkayya

and a few friends from a village in

the Telugu country decided to try to find

God. The story of how they ultimately

met a C.M.S. missionary at Bezwada and

were baptized is told in a separate pamphlet.

They were the means of the conversion

of their own community of 200

people, and in this way they laid the

foundations of what is now the Dornakal Diocese.

We may gauge something of the progress

if we remember that in 1859 the

community consisted of four hungry, ill.

clad, outcaste men. By 1919 the

community had increased to 86,000 Christians

in the diocese, and by 1935 there were over

200,000 baptized Christians, and the

Church was increasing by over 10,000

In all the missions in

India of all societies, every month over

15,000 people are becoming Christians—

that is 180,000 a year, and the adherents

to Christianity are many times that number,

(To be continued next month.)


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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