Seagoe Parish Magazíne.
S E P T E M B E R , 1935.
Rev. Chancellor Archer, B .D ., The Rectory,
Rev. W. F. Hayes, B .A ., The Bungalow, Lower
Rector’s------Mr. H . MURRAY GIBSON.
People’s— Mr. THOMAS MARTIN.
Harvest Thanksgiving Services.
The Parish will soon be joining in a Service of
Thanksgiving to Almighty God for the gift of the
Harvest. With unfailing regularity year after
year there comes to mankind this wonderful gift.
The Psalmist expresses the fact in a vivid illustration: “ Thou openest Thine Hand and fillest all
things living with plenteousness.” Mankind
must not be ungrateful for God’s gifts nor think
less of them because they come with almost mechanical regularity, and so the Church holds these
Services that Christian people may have an opportunity of worshipping in God’s House of
Prayer in a spirit of true thankfulness and praise.
Services will be held in the Parish Church on
Thursday, Oct. 24th, a t 8 p.m . The offerings at
that Service will be on behalf of Foreign Missions.
The preacher will be the Rev. G. C. Johnston,
M.A., Rector of Magherally. Mr. Johnston is
himself the son of a distinguished Missionary, the
Rev. A. E . Johnston, B .D ., Principal for many
years of the C.M .S. College at Allahabad, India.
The Services will be continued (D .V .) on Sunday,
Oct. 27th, at 11.30 a.m. and 7 p.m . The offerings
at the Services on Sunday will be on behalf of
Seagoe Parochial Fund. The Rev. J . F . G.
Magill, ALA., Rector of Milltown, will preach at
the Morning Service, and the Rev. Thomas Parr,
M.A., Rector of Seapatrick, at the Evening Service.
District Harvest Services
During the coming weeks Harvest Services will
be held in the various Sunday School centres
throughout the Parish. The following is a provisional arrangement for these Services: —
Bocombra— Sunday, Sept. 22nd, at 3.30.
Monday, Sept. 23rd, at 8.
Hacknahay— Sunday, Sept. 29th. at 3.30.
Monday, Sept. 30th, a t 8.
Levaghery— Sunday, Oct, 6th, a t 3.30.
Monday, Oct. 7th, a t 8.
Drumgor— Sunday, Oct. 13th, at 3.30.
Monday, Oct. 14th, a t 8.
Carne— Sunday, Oct. 20th, a t 3.30.
Monday, Oct. 21st, at 8.
Edenderry—Sunday, Nov. 3rd, at 3.30.
Monday, Nov. 4th, at 8.
The offerings at the Services on Sundays will
be given to the local Sunday School Fund, and on
the Mondays to Foreign Missions.
The Rector's illness
In our last issue it was announced that the
next issue of the Magazine would be published in
the second week of September. The reason for
that slightly later date being that the Rector was
about to take a holiday. Much has happened
since then. On Sunday, August 4th. just before
Evening Prayer the Rector was struck down by
sudden illness and has since been confined to his
room under the care of Doctors and Nurses.
Hopes are held out that he may soon regain much
of his lost strength, and he has already improved in health.
The Rector desires to thank all those from within and without the Parish who have so kindly
written to him or enquired about him. He has
received great sympathy and kind wishes for his
recovery from very many sources. The Select
Vestry, the Choir, the Mothers’ Union and Edenderry Sunday School have most kindly sent him
resolutions of sympathy which have helped him
much in his time of weakness. The clergy have
been very kind in helping a t the Services in the
Church. The Rev. G. H . D aunt preached at
Morning Prayer on Sunday, Sept. 1st, and the
Rev. G. A. Boulger, Curate of Shankill, will
preach at Evening Prayer on Sunday, September
The S u n d a y Schools.
All the Sunday Schools in the Parish re-opened
on Sunday, August 18th. The teachers and
children are glad to be together again after their
long holiday. The Sunday Schools have now
adopted the system of a weekly collection. Each
teacher has been supplied with a book in which
an account is kept of the amount contributed by
each member of his or her particular class. We
are glad that this new system is being generally
The Bocombra Hall.
The Church Hall at Bocombra, which was damaged. when struck by lightning in the early summer. has been repaired. New slates have been
placed on the roof. The cost of this has been defrayed by the Insurance Company, which made
an allowance for the damage done. Other minor
repairs have been carried out in the building.
On Sunday, September 15th, Special Sermons
will be preached in the Parish Church at Morning
and Evening Prayer on behalf of the Diocesan
Board of Education. This Is a most important
Diocesan organisation, for it controls the Religious Instruction of the children of the Church
in this great and populous Diocese. We appeal to
all those who value the religious upbringing of the
young to help by their gifts this great work. Envelopes for special subscriptions will be placed in
the Church on Sunday, September 8th.
C.L.B. S o c i a l
The Cadets had their opening Social on Tuesday, September 3rd. in the Parochial H all. There
was a very large attendance. A good tea was
provided. Afterwards games and musical items
were enjoyed. During the course of the evening
Captain E . Mitchell outlined the programme for
the year, and made special reference to the formation of an Old Comrades’ Association. At the
close the Rev. W. F. H ayes gave a short address.
An Excursion to Lough Neagh.
The members of the Bocombra Sunday School
and their friends had a very pleasant outing to
Lough Neagh on Saturday, August 17th. The
party , which numbered over sixty, assembled at
the Bocombra Church H all a t 4 p.m . I t was a
splendid day. They were conveyed in a luxurious
charabanc to the Lough. There they enjoyed
some light refreshment. The party then scattered
along the shore. Some bathed and some paddled.
Some wandered through the beautiful stretches of
heather, others sat along the pier. Everyone enjoyed the sunshine, the fresh air and the lovely
views of the wooded shores on the opposite sides
in the Counties of Antrim and Tyrone. At 7 p.m .
the party returned to the Bocombra Hall. There
they enjoyed a very substantial tea which awaited
them . Mr. James Twinem, the Superintendent,
and the teachers accompanied the excursionists.
We wish to thank all who helped to make the occasion such a happy one.
A M a n ch e s t e r Wedding.
' A pretty wedding took place in Flixton Parish
Church, Manchester, on Saturday, August 31st,
between Oliver Best and Ellen Wright. The
bridegroom is the eldest son of Mr. and Mrs.
Robert H. Best, Goban Cottage, Seagoe Upper.
Mrs. Best and other members of the family were
present at the ceremony. Miss Mabel Best was
bridesmaid, and Mr. William H . Best acted as
groomsman. The marriage was performed by the
Rev. J . Jolly, who also gave a short address.
After the ceremony a reception was held at the
bride’s residence. We wish them every happiness in their new home at Flixton.
Flixton Parish Church is one of the oldest
Churches in Manchester.
Parish Register for August.
The following were Baptised in the Parish
Church on August 3rd, 1935.
Bonis—Thomas, son of Robert John and Elizabeth Bonis, of Kernan.
Sponsors — Ellen Dowd, Elizabeth Bonis.
Gracey—Samuel Harold, son of Samuel George
and Elizabeth Jane Gracey, of Edenderry.
Sponsors—Anne Greenaway, Elizabeth Jane Gracey.
Boyd—Anne Norah, daughter of David and Minnie Boyd, of Seagoe Upper.
Sponsors—Evelyn Porter, Minnie Boyd.
Webb— Dorothy, daughter of William James and Elizabeth Jane Webb, of Lurgan.
Sponsors— Sarah Jane Webb, Ethel Webb.
Galwey and Forsythe—Aug. 17th, 1935, Charles
Hillier Galwey, of Portadown, to
F'lorence Forsvthe, of Seagoe Upper
Vaughan—Aug. 7th, James Vaughan, of Levaghery, aged 75.
Roberts—Aug. 20th, George Roberts, of Killicomaine, aged 69.
Death of Mr. Roberts.
We regret to record the death of Mr. Roberts, of Killicomaine, at an advanced age. Mr. Roberts
during his life held many responsible positions. In the old days before motors he was employed
by many of the great families who lived near Bray, Co. Dublin. He took great pleasure in the
splendid horses and equipages he was called upon to drive. On one occasion when employed by the
Knight of Glyn he drove King Edward VII. To the very end he loved to recall these good old
The A n n u a l Report.
The Annua] Report is in the hands of the printers and will be published shortly.
Seagoe P .E . School.
Seagoe P .E . School re-opened after the holidays oil Monday, Aug. 16th. There was a large
attendance of pupils. During the holidays the
School received a very thorough cleaning. The
health of the pupils attending Seagoe School has
always been remarkably good and epidemics rarely occur.
A Seagoe Giant.
Big men and great men have through the centuries been associated with Seagoe. Just here
we would like to refer to a splendid specimen of Seagoe manhood who holds a high position in
Queensland Australia. He is Major Costello, nephew of Mr. Andrew Costello, of Tamnificarbet.
In his stocking feet Major Costello stands 6 feet 6 1/2 inches in height, and is broad in proportion.
He is Member of Parliament in the Queensland
Government. He visited Seagoe before the War,
through which he served with distinction. His
height and alertness may be guessed by the fact
that whenever lie was getting into his uncle’s trap
for a drive lie just threw his leg over the wheel
and took his place.
The M o t h e r s ’ Union.
A meeting of the Mothers’ Union was held in the Bocombra Church Hall on Tuesday, 13th
August. Since the erection of the Bocombra Hall
it has become almost an annual procedure that
the Mothers hold one of their meetings there during the summer months. The gathering was of a
quiet social nature. The Rev. W . F . H ayes presided and opened the meeting with prayer. There
was a large attendance, and a very good tea was provided by the Committee. During the course of
the evening the members passed a resolution of sympathy with Chancellor Archer, in his illness,
and expressed their earnest hope for his speedy
recovery. The next meeting of the Mothers
Union will be held in Seagoe School on Tuesday,
10th September, a t 8 p.m . An address will be
given on that occasion by Canon Taylor.
Edenderry P a r o c h i a l H a l l.
The heating arrangement of Edenderry Parochial Hall has ben in an unsatisfactory condition
for some time. It was examined recently by a
representative of the firm of Messrs. Musgrave,
Belfast. He considers that the present apparatus
needs immediate attention . The Committee of
the Parochial Hall have decided to have the necessary repairs carried out. This Hall serves a
very useful purpose in the Parish. It is used
twice each Sunday for Sunday School, and each
evening of the week throughout the greater part
of the year it is occupied by some parochial organisation. It is very essential that the building
should be well heated and kept in good general repair.
On August 3rd the Choir held their annual excursion to Portrush. A very comfortable ’bus
from Messrs. Gastons arrived at the Church at
7.30 a.m ., and 37 members started at 8 o ’clock.
The weather was beautiful, and all enjoyed the
lovely drive, arriving about 11 a.m . Dinner was
ready a t 12 noon. After dinner some members
went to the Causeway, others bathed, and all enjoyed themselves, till after having a good tea a
start was made for home at 8 p.m . Miss Nora
Montgomery very kindly sent a large box of toffee
which was much appreciated.
The C. L. B.
The Seagoe Company of the Church Lads’ Brigade will begin its new session on Tuesday, 10th
September. The Training Corps will meet weekly
in the Parochial Hall, Edenderry, on Tuesdays at
7.30; the Cadets on Tuesdays, a t 8.30 p.m . The
Carne branch of the Training Corps will meet on
Fridays at 7.30. The Brigade is strong in numbers, but it is hoped at the beginning of this session that many new recruits will come forward.
A special effort is being made in that direction at
present. A circular is being sent to parents of
possible candidates explaining the aim of the organisation.
The Church Lad s’ Brigade exists solely for a
religious purpose. It aims primarily at the building up of Christian character. The General Headquarters of the Organisation insists on all its
members attending each week at the services of
their Parish Church. It expects them also to become enthusiastic Church workers.
D r u m g o r Sunday School.
The pupils attending the above School received
a delightful surprise when the School re-opened
after holidays. Apparently fairies had been at
work, for the school interior had taken on a new
coat. The children beheld walls that had been
tastefully distempered a beautiful primrose tint.
The windows and door were resplendent with new
paint. The woodwork, organ and prayer-desk had
received fresh coats of varnish. The lamps had
also been cleaned in preparation for the winter’s
work. The forms and floor had been scrubbed by
willing hands, and everywhere there was a charming atmosphere of freshness and neatness. The
furniture of the School has recently been enhanced by the addition of a number of beautiful
bentwood chairs for the use of the teachers. The
good fairies in this case were the teachers of the
School, who had undertaken all the alterations
voluntarily. There has been some little expenditure in the matter of distemper and paint, but we
understand this will be met out of the funds of the
Sdhool. At the moment the pupils are practising hard for their forthcoming H arvest Festival.
The Superintendent and teachers are to be congratulated on their efforts.
Twenty-Five Years Ago.
The issue of the Magazine for this ancient date
contains a reference to the fact that the Magazine
had been already in existence for five years and was still going strong. Other local Magazines
started since Seagoe Magazine had been started had come to an inglorious end. Reference is also
made to the approach of the Harvest Season
There is a long list of no less than eleven Baptisms, but only one Marriage is recorded. There
are 7 Burials. A long account is given of a G. .F .S . excursion to Lough Neagh, where tea was
enjoyed on the lake short in front of Ardmore
Rectory. Sir Robert Bredin’s recent visit to
Portadown from China is noted. Unsettled weather threatens to spoil the harvest. A Missionary
exhibition in the Ulster Hall is announced to be held in November. Among the Old Seagoe Notes
is one on “ The Ghost at Portadown Bridge” and " Seagoe in the Ice-age.”
There are good prospects of an excellent harvest.
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Apples have ripened this year at an earlier date
than for the past 50 years.
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We congratulate the Rev. G. H. Daunt on the
new and pretty bungalow which he has built for
himself in the Mahon district.
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Mr. Wm. Reid, of Pittsburg, U .S.A ., after a
brief holiday visit to Seagoe, sailed again for the
States in the liner “ Samaria " last week.
SERVICES—The PARISH CHURCH
HOLY COMM UNION 1st Sunday after Morning
Prayer ; 3rd Sunday at 8 a.m., and on the Chief
HOLY BAPTISM— 1st Saturday of each Month at 3
p m 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
expected to bring a thankoffering.
(See Book of Common Prayer.)
MORNING PRAYER- Sundays and Chief Festivals,
EVENING PRAYER—Sundays, 7 p.m
Hacknahay—Last Sunday : of Month at 3-30pm.
Drumgor—second Sunday of Month at 4 pm
Edenderry—Wednedays at 8 p.m.
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
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.
GIRLS' FRIENDLY SOCIETY in Seagoe School on
Mondays at 8 p.m.
SEAGOE P.E. SCHOOL , 9-15 a.m. Principal—Mr.
MARRIAGES must be performed between 8 a.m. and 3 p m. Licenses are issued by Rev. Canon 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, 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); MARRAGE 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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