Seagoe Archives

June 1935


June 1935

Seagoe Parish Magazine.

JUNE, 1935.


Thursday, June 27th.

Train leaves Portadown 9-5 a.m.; leaves Bangor 8-15 pm,

Tickets 2/6 each ; Two Refreshments 1/ extra

The Excursion

The date fixed for our Annual Seagoe Excur­sion is drawing near. It will take place on

Thursday, June 27th. Bangor, Co. Down, is our

destination. It is without doubt the finest sea­side resort in Northern Ireland, surrounded as it

on three sides by the ocean. The bracing air

blows in from the Northern ocean and fills our

lungs with the briny ozone straight off the open

sea. We have secured the fine Dufferin Hall as

our Headquarters. I t is very centrally situated

and is very spacious and comfortable. The excursionists will assemble at the Parish Church at

8 a.m.. where a short service will be held. The

procession to the station will be headed by two

bands. The Special Train will run right through

to Bangor, passing through Belfast on the way.

The train will leave Portadown at 9.5 a.m.

The return train will leave Bangor at 8.15 p.m.

The following is a list of the Price of Tickets for

those whose names are on the Sunday School

Rolls of the Parish. Each Ticket includes two Refreshments:—

Children 8 years old and under—1/3.

,, 8 years to 14—2/-.

14 years and over—2/6.

Teachers, Bible Class Members and Band­s 3/- each.

All the above Tickets include two Refreshments.

Outsiders’ Tickets 2/6 each. Two Refreshments

can be had for 1/- if the Refreshment Tickets be

bought not later than June 24th. Tickets are

now on sale at all the leading firms in Portadown.

each Sunday School Superintendent will ar­range the day and hour for the sale of Tickets

to the children in each Sunday School.

The Silver Jubilee in Seagoe.

The Silver Jubilee of King George and Queen

Mary has come and gone. Monday. May 6th.

was a great day all the world over. The weather

was perfect. There were splendid decorations in

Portadown. Every street was gay with bunting, |

and the people were in great holiday mood.

Every householder gave something to the deco­rations. A short service was held in the Parish

Church at 10.15 a.m. At 11.15 the children of

the Day School were each presented with a handsome Silver Jubilee Medal and a little book

about the Jubilee. Each child was also given a

ticket for the special Jubilee Cinema perform­ance at the Regal Cinema, in Portadown. The

film described events in the Life of King George.

At 3.30 the various youth organisations of Portadown assembled in Railway St. Seagoe C .L .B .,

Band, Cadets and Training Corps were also there.

Marching up to the centre of the town, where a

platform had been erected, an exhibition of gymnastic exercises was given, after which a short

religious service was held. At night bonfires

were lighter all through the country. On Sun­ay. May 12th, the Services in the Parish Church

had special reference to the King’s Jubilee. The

morning collection was for the Prince of Wales

Jubilee Trust Fund.

Seagoe Mothers’ Union -

On Thursday, May 23rd, the Mother’s Union

had a social gathering in Seagoe School at 3.30

p.m. The Seagoe mothers had as their guests the

members of the Milltown Mothers’ Union, with

Mrs. Magill their President. A very pleasant

afternoon was spent. After a hearty tea the

members adjourned to the Rectory gardens, over

which (in the unavoidable absence of the Rector) they were shown by the Rev. W . F. Haves.

At the meeting on Tuesday, June 11th, Mrs.

Magill, of Milltown, has kindly consented to give

an address to the members. A day at the sea has

been arranged for the members. On Thursday,

June 13th, a ’bus will bring a party of the

mothers to Bangor, leaving the Parochial Hall at

1.30 p.m.

C.L.B . at Tyrella.

Seagoe C .L .B . is having a day at Tvrella Co

Down, on Thursday, June 13th. leaving the

Parochial Hall at 1.30 p m



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


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

Seagoe, Portadown.


Rector’s--- Mr. H. MURRAY GIBSON.


Seagoe C .L .B . in London.

At a recent C .L .B . Silver Jubilee Demonstra­tion held in London at the Albert Hall, six mem­bers of Seagoe C.L .B . Pipers Band were present

and took part in the demonstration. They were

Corporal Win. Donaldson, Piper Harry Abraham,

Piper George Hamill, Drummer A. Mawhinney,

Drummer Victor Porter and Drummer George

Pentland. The party left Seagoe on Friday, May

17th. The whole Diocesan contingent were under

the command of Capt. D. Martin. While in Lon­don the lads were accommodated at St. Simon s

Hall, Chelsea. On Sunday, May 19th, they at­tended a Drumhead Service in Westminster

Abbey at 3.30 p.m. The Down and Connor and

Dromore Band headed the march to the Abbey.

Drummer Victor Porter acted as one of the collectors at the Service in the Abbey. The lads

were treated with great hospitality and many

■compliments were paid to them in English newspapers. They were shown over London, visiting

Buckingham Palace and the Cenotaph and the

Unknown Warrior’s Tomb. On Monday evening.

May 20, the great demonstration took place in

the Albert Hall. The contingents from Northern

Ireland gave two special Band items, which were

received with great applause. The lads returned

home on Wednesday, May 22nd, after a most interesting and enjoyable time. Out of the 21

places allotted to the contingent from Ulster no

less than 7 were handed over to the Seagoe Company. Lord Ampthill presided over the

demonstration, and the Bishop of London was also pre­sent.

Protestant Orphan Society.

The Annual Appeal for the Co. Armagh Pro­testant Orphan Society will be made in the Parish

Church on Sunday, June 30th, at Morning and

Evening Prayer. This Society deserves our

heartiest and most generous support.

July Anniversary Service.

On Sunday, July 7th, an Anniversary Service will be held in the Parish Church at 7 p.m. The

Rev. J. I. Lea, M.A., rector of Mullavilly will

preach, and the offerings will be on behalf of the

Lord Enniskillen Memorial Orphan Fund.


On Wednesday evening. May 8th, a presenta­tion was made in Drumgor Church Hall to Mrs.

Victor Matchett on the occasion of her marriage.

There was a large gathering assembled in the

Hall, which was prettily decorated for the occasion. The evening began with games, and at

9.15 tea was partaken of. After tea, the Rector

presided, and the presentation was made to Mrs.

Matchett of a handsome drawing-room chair.

Mr. Wm. Hutchinson, Superintendent of Drumgor Sunday School, spoke of the good work done

by Mrs. Matchett as teacher in the Sunday

School, and the Rector and the Rev. W. F.

Hayes acknowledged the great help always given

by Mrs. Matchett in all branches of work in the

Parish. Mr. Matchett replied on behalf of Mrs.

Matchett and expressed thanks to all the kind

friends for the very handsome chair which had

been presented to them.

During the past month a handsome presenta­tion was made to Mr. Norman Walker on the oc­casion of his marriage. The presentation was

made by the Superintendent, Teachers and

Senior Boys of Seagoe Afternoon Sunday School,

and consisted of a set of fruit dishes and a cake

stand. Mr. Walker has sent the Rector the fol­lowing acknowledgment:— “ 16 Eden Ave.. Porta­down, 8th May. Rev. Sir,— I wish to express

my many thanks for the beautiful present ac­corded to me on the occasion of my marriage.

Please give my thanks to the Rev. W. F. Hayes,

the Superintendent and Teachers and scholars of

the Afternoon Sunday School. Hoping this ac­knowledgment wáll be accepted.— I remain, yours

gratefully, Norman Walker.”

Festival at Gilford.

Seagoe Choir took part in the Choir Festival, held in St. Paul’s Church, Gilford, on Saturday,

May 25th. Many of our local Parish Choirs took

part and the singing was very impressive. The

Archdeacon of Armagh was the special preacher.

The Anthem. Canticles and Hymns sung at the

Festival will be sung in Seagoe Church on Whit­sunday, June 9th, at Morning and Evening Prayer.

Our Advertisements

We would direct the attention of our readers to

an alteration in one of our advertisements. Mr.

John Sandford has let portion of his premises in

Bridge Street to Mr. Douglas Stoops. M .P.S.N .L,

who has started business there as a chemist.

The other portion of the premises will be continued by Mr. Sandford as a grocery business.

Mr. Stoops and Mr. Sandford are so well known

to all our people that we believe they will receive

a large share of the custom of our many renders.

Mr. Sandford has helped us with his advertisement for almost 30 years. Air. Stoops is a

highly qualified chemist.


A Sad Accident

We record with great regret the death in a

motor accident of Samuel M Reynolds, son of

Hr. Harry McReynolds, of Drumnagoon. The

accident occurred between Newtownards and

Bangor on Wednesday, May 22nd. We express

our deep sympathy with Mr. and Mrs. McReynolds in their sad loss. Sam M'Reynolds was

veil-known in Seagoe and was educated at Seagoe School. For the past five years he had lived

in Bangor, where he had also made many friends.

His funeral, which was largely attended, took

place in the Church ground at Seagoe on Saturday, May 25th. Many of his Bangor friends

were present at the graveside.

Parish Register for May.


McMinn—4th May, 1935, Eliza Jane Gracey, daughter of Samuel (the late) and Olive

McMinn, of Kernan. Sponsors— Emma Walker, Olive McMinn.

McCann— 4th May, 1935, Cyril, son of James and Minnie McCann. of Edenderry.

Sponsors— Rachel Jane Vennard, Minnie McCann.


Gilpin—May 6th, George Gilpin, of Belfast, aged 76.

Hewitt— May 12th, Alice Hewitt, of Edenderry, aged 76.

Black— May 15th, Samuel Black, of Knock, aged 50.

Hill—May 24th, David Hill, of Edenderry.

McReynolds— May 25th, Samuel McReynolds, of Drumnagoon, aged 23.

Boyd— June 1st, Thomas James Boyd, of Eden­derry, aged 60. Interred at Drumcree.


We desire to express our deep sympathy with

Mr. George Black and his family, of Knock, in

their double bereavement. In last month’s issue

we referred to the death of Mrs. Black, and this

month we have to record the death of her son,

Samuel Black, which took place after a brief

illness. The death of Mr. Hill, which we also

recorded this month, removes from our midst a

verv highly-respected employee of the G.N.R.

Mr. Hill had been in charge of the cabin at Seagoe Crossing for many years and was most diligent in the discharge of his duty. He had been

in failing health for some time. Mr. George Gilpin, who had for long resided in Belfast, has

also passed away. He was always very proud of

hls native Parish, and expressed a wish that his remains should be laid to rest in the old grave­

yard. An old and much respected resident of

Edenderry has also passed away in the person

of Mrs. Alice Hewitt. We also regret to record

the death of another resident in Edenderry well-known to many among us— Thomas James Boyd,

of Foundry St., who had been in weak health for

some time. To all those in our midst who mourn

the loss of their dear ones we offer our sincere

sympathy. They will receive comfort in the

Saviour’s words, “ I am the Resurrection and

the Life. ”

Seagoe P. E. School.

The annual Examination in Religious Know­ledge of the pupils attending Seagoe Public Ele­mentary School will be held on Friday, June 7th,

by the Rev. J . Armstrong, Inspector under the

Board of Education. The parents of the children

are welcome to attend.

June 22nd, 1934.

This was the date of the Confirmation held in

the Parish Church by Bishop Grierson last year.

We would recall to the memory of those who

were then solemnly set apart by the Laying-on-of-Hands of the Promises then made and of the

spiritual privileges then conferred on them. They

will remember the Bishop’s words exhorting

them to Private Prayer, study of the Bible, and

Regular Attendance at Public Prayer and Holy

Communion. A year has passed and those who

were then Confirmed will look into their own

heart and life and see how they have fulfilled the

promises then made. If they have failed, by

God’s Grace they will try once again and tread

the narrow path.

The Archdeacon of Madras.

The Ven. W . R. Crichton writes an interesting

letter. He is busy arranging for the Centenary

of the Diocese of Madras, which was founded in

1835. St. Mary Church in Fort St. George, Mad­ras, was dedicated 255 years ago and is the oldest

British building in India. The Diocesan Cen­tenary celebrations will take place on the 26th.

27th and 28th October. Archdeacon Crichton had

heard with deep regret of the death of Miss

Emma Walker, for whom he had a great regard

when he lodged at Seagoe Villa.

C.L.B. Sports Rally.

On Friday, July 5th, a C .L .B . Sports Rally

will be held in Mrs. Best’s field in Church Lane

(kindly lent for the occasion). The Rally will

begin at 5 p.m. Admission Sixpence.

25 Years Ago.

JUNE, 1910.

This former number of the Magazine is chiefly

filled with references to the death of King

Edward, which took place on May 6th, 1910. The

King had only returned from a holiday in

Biarritz two days before. A Confirmation is an­nounced to be held on June 26th. Seven Bap­tisms are recorded, also 3 Marriages and 2

Burials. Nature Notes are inserted, attention

being drawn to the Stitchwort, Germander

Speedwell and the pink Cranesbill. Hailey's

Comet is expected but had not been seen. The

Misses Dawson are about to leave for South America. Jones’s Field, at Warrenpoint. has been

taken for the excursion. The Choir Festival had

been held at Banbridge on May 14th.

Old Seagoe Notes.

Forty Years Ago in Seagoe.— The foundation-stone of the chancel of Seagoe Church is to be

laid on Friday, 11th April, 1890, by the Baroness

Von Stieglitz, of Carrick-Blacker. This is an important portion of the extensive and elaborate

improvements designed by Mr. Thomas Drew,

R .H .A ., and which are now being carried out

under Ids direction by the Messrs. Collen Bro­thers, of Portadown. The following architectural

notes supply a graphic sketch of those interesting operations:— The parish church of Seagoe,

built in 1814, to take the place of an older one.

was not of an architectural character: although

it is recorded that it had an architect, by name

J . Brownlee. It was simply, in the manner of

that day. an ugly, plain, four-square room, of

large dimensions. 70 feet long, by 80$ feet wide,

and having a flat ceiling, concealing an ordinary

roof of low pitch, and it had a gallery of the

usual plain and unsightly sort. A more unpro­mising building to be recast into architectural

form, according to more modern standard of taste,

could not well be conceived. It was too short,

too wide, and too low in its proportions, and

there was not even sufficient room at the east

end to lengthen it by extending a chancel. With

generous expenditure, however, much is possible.

and it is somewhat satisfactory that the substantial old church, built with much courage and

Churchmanlike spirit in a depressing time

seventy-six years ago, and which has known three

generations of worshipers, is not to be done

away with. Seagoe Church will but illustrate

forcibly the advance that has been made from

1814 to 1890 in good architecture, in wealth, and

the facilities for its production, in the better ordering of church services, and the latter-day feeling among all Churchmen that in the adornment

and furnishing of the House of God. and thought­ful care for the decency and convenience of worship, even the best that can be offered is but

un­worthy. The first care in the improved church

has been to provide a worthy chancel. It has

been devised by extending its eastern wall as far

as the churchyard boundary would permit, and

by taking some length from the nave. The plans

provide thus for a well-proportioned chancel, 25

ft. long by 17 1/2 ft. wide, opening to the nave with

a lofty chancel arch, and on the north and south

sides, with like arches to the organ-chamber and

vestry, and a lateral side respectively. The

chancel is a memorial, and the last-named fea­ture, while it gives additional seating room,

would be specially suitable as a kind of chantry

for monuments or memorials of the founders.

The parishioners’ addition to the church consists

of a southern aisle 37 1/2 ft. long and 21 1/2 ft. wide,

and giving 200 additional seats. It opens into

the nave with three lofty pointed arches, and

gives additional architectural character and in­terest to the heretofore four-square building.

There remains the nave of the somewhat unusual

proportion of 65 ft. of length to 30 1/2 ft. in breadth,

to be brought into architectural character with a

low-pitched roof, which it would not be desirable

to raise higher.


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,

11-30 a.m.

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

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.


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 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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