Seagoe Parish Magazine.
EXCURSION TO BANGOR.
Thursday, June 27th.
Train leaves Portadown 9-5 a.m.; leaves Bangor 8-15 pm,
Tickets 2/6 each ; Two Refreshments 1/ extra
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
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
SEAGOE PARI8H MAGAZINE
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.
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.
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.
SEAGOE PARISH MAGAZINE
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.
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.
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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