Seagoe Parish magazine.
REV. J. W. APPELBE, M.A„ Carrickblacker Avenue.
REV. W. F. HAYES, B.A., L.Th., The Bungalow,
Rector's—JOHN H. TWINEM.
CLERGY WILL ESTEEM IT A FAVOUR IF
IN CASES OF SICKNESS THEY ARE INFORMED
CALENDAR FOR OCTOBER.
Sun., Oct. 3rd—19th Sunday after Trinity.
Edenderry Harvest Festival Service, 3.30 p.m.
Mon., Oct. 4th—Edenderry Harvest Festival, at 8 p.m.
Fri., Oct. 8th—Dedication of Blacker Memorial Tablet
by His Grace the Lord Primate, at 3 p.m.
Sat., Oct. 9th—Opening Meeting of G.F.S. Candidates
in Edenderry Parochial Hall, at 3 p.m.
Sun., Oct. 10th—20th Sunday after Trinity.
Harvest Festival—Drumgor, at 3.30 p.m.
Levaghery, at 3.30 p.m.
Mon., Oct. 11th—Harvest Festivals at 8
.pm. Levaghery at 8 p.m.
Wed., Oct. 13th—Mid-week Service in Edenderry at
Sun., Oct 17th—21st Sunday after Trinity.
Harvest Festivals—Bocombra, at 3.30 p.m.
Carne, at 3.30 p.m.
Mon., Oct. 18th—St. Luke.
Harvest Festivals—Bocombra, at 8 p.m.
Carne, at 8 p.m.
Wed., Oct. 20th Mid-week Service in Edenderry, at
Thurs., Oct 21st—Parish Church Harvest Festival
at 8 p.m.
Sun., Oct. 24th—22nd Sunday after Trinity. Holy
Communion at 8 a.m. Harvest Festival,
Parish Church at 11.30 a.m. and 7 p.m.
Children's Service at 3.30.
Mon., Oct. 25th—G.F.S. Social Evening in Seagoe
Wed., Oct. 27th—Mid-week Service in Edenderry at
My Dear Parishioners,
I feel it is my duty to point out the very unhealthy
state of our Parochial Finance. In spite of the fact
that the late Chancellor Archer bequeathed the sum
of £100 to this Parish, which sum was paid by his
executors to our parochial treasurer in the month of
July, at present we are in debt to the Bank to the
amount of £77. This surely is a regrettable state of
affairs and cannot be allowed to go on. It need not
be the case, if every parishioner did his or her duty by
taking a Freewill Offering envelope and bring it to
Church every Sunday. The minimum that is required
per year for the maintenance of parochial expenditure
free of debt is £600; this means that from our
Church collections and Freewill envelopes at least an
average of £12 per week is needed. The total receipts
from Church collections and freewill offerings for the
month of August, in which there were five Sundays,
was £44 18s 7d—this makes the weekly amount for
August just under £9 per week, This means that we
must raise £3 per week more than we are raising at
How is this to be done? It can easily be done without
undue hardship on any one. (1) Let all subscribers
increase their freewill offerings by 3d per week;
there are about 500 subscribers; if this were done at
the end of the year we would not be in debt to the
bank. (2) Bring your envelope regularly week by
In the 1936 report there are far too many
names with sums like 1/3, 9d appearing as their
annual contribution to the upkeep of their Church. (3)
Let every adult wage-earner become a regular
subscriber through the freewill envelope system.
I am writing this statement as I feel that the
parishioners of Seagoe do not realise the gravity of
the situation. No business man, no farmer or house—
keeper would allow expenditure to exceed income.
Are we going to allow God's work to be carried
on in an unbusinesslike, slovenly manner? The
estimate I have given of our weekly needs, if we are
to keep free of debt is the very minimum, and I am
not including in it extraordinary expenditure such
as rent of temporary house or repairs to Church fabric
(this year about £60 was spent on the heating system
It is surely a mean thing for people to claim
to be parishioners and to use the Church for funerals,
marriages and baptisms and make no effort to help
in its upkeep. As I write this, I am not unmindful of
the chosen few who by their example and regular
contributions are doing their bit; to them we are grateful
but it is hardly fair that a few should have to shoulder
the responsibilities of the majority. There is no
home in our parish so poor that could not subscribe
at least 3d per week for the maintenance of the
Church's work in this Parish. I hope all who read
these words will act on the suggestions I have made
and that they will use their influence on others to do
be classed in the category of a poor parish, and yet
every year the Select Vestry have a substantial
balance over On the year's working which they are able
position our people should not rest contented. For
number of years this Parish has been spending more
than its income. We have now come to the time,
when something must be done to put our finances on
a sound basis. I am confident that when our people
know the facts they will not be slow in putting things
JOHN W. APPELBE.
SEAGOE PARISH MAGAZINE
COLONEL BLACKER MEMORIAL.
The dedication of the mural tablet which is to be
erected by Mrs. Blacker in memory of the late Col.
Blacker has been postponed until Friday, October 8th,
at 3 p.m. His Grace the Lord Primate has kindly
promised to preach and dedicate the memorial.
HARVEST THANKSGIVING SERVICES.
Sunday, Sept. 26th, at 3.30 p.m. Rev. G. A. Boulger, M.A.
Monday, Sept. 27th, at 8 p.m. Rev. J. I. Lea, B.A.
Sunday, Oct. 3rd, at 3.30 p.m. Rev. R. F. Scott, M.A.
Monday, Oct. 4th, at 8 p.m. Rev. C. J. McLeod.
Sunday, Oct. 10th, at 3.30 p.m. Rev. H. A. Lillie, B.A.
Monday, Oct. 11th, at 8 p.m. Rev. A. McKe1vie, B.A.
Sunday, Oct. 10th, at 3.30 p.m. The Rector.
Monday, Oct. 11th, at 8 p.m. Rev. Jas. Douglas, B.A.
Sunday, Oct. 17th, at 3.30 p.m. Rev. J. Warner, B.A.
Monday, Oct. 178th, at 8 p.m. Rev. A. N. Parkinson, B.A.
Sunday, Oct. 17th, at 3.30 p.m. Rev. J. M. Wright, B.A.
Monday, Oct. 18th, 8 p.m. Rev. L. MacManaway, B.A.
Thursday. Oct. 21st, at 8 p.m. Rev. C. H. B. Craig,
M.A., Rector of St. Mark's Ballysillan.
Sunday, Oct. 24th, at 11.30 a.m., 3.30 p.m. and 7 p.m.
Rev. R. H. Kimber, M.A.. Vicar Choral of St.
Anne's Cathedral, Belfast.
The Collections at all these Services, except those
in the Parish Church, will be allocated as follows:—
The Sunday afternoon service collections will be
devoted to the work of each Sunday School.
The Monday evening Collections will be sent to the
South American Missionary Society for the support of
an Indian girl.
The Thursday evening Collection in the Parish
Church will be in aid of the Dublin University Mission
to Fukien. On Sunday the Collection will be in aid
of the Armagh Protestant Orphan Society.
CHURCH LADS BRIGADE.
The winter's work is now in full swing. On Tuesday,
Sept. 21st, there was a very successful social for
the senior members of the Brigade. The officers,
assisted by some of the ladies of the parish, dispensed
tea, after which the whole gathering took part in the
old-time games until it was time to go home. On
Thursday evening, Sept. 23rd, the members of the
Training Corps had their tea party. At both these
functions the prizes for the past year were distributed
to the boys with the best record for parade and
May we here appeal to the parents to encourage
their boys to join this splendid organisation, the aim
of which is to train boys to be loyal Christians and
good Churchmen. In Captain Mitchell and his assistant
officers we have a C.L.B. staff of which any parish
should be justly proud, and apart from the help of the
C.L.B. in itself, it is a privilege for any boy to be
able to associate with our C.L.B. leaders. This
association in itself should go a long way in making men
of our boys.
During the past month no less than five presentations
were made in Seagoe Parish. At a choir social
held in Seagoe School on Thursday, Sept. 16th, on
behalf of the choir, Mrs. Appelbe handed to Mrs.
Pollock (nee Miss White) a beautiful set of table
linen on the occasion of her recent marriage. Mr.
Harry Hynes received a dressing case on his leaving
the choir to pursue a course of theological training
in St. Johns College, Highbury, London. They were
both faithful choir members and well deserved this
recognition from their fellows. After a sumptuous
tea, the ever popular games were played until breaking-up time.
On Monday, Sept. 20th, Seagoe Christian Endeavour
Society paid their tribute to Mr. Hynes, by presenting
him with a wallet of notes, as a token of their good
wishes for his future in the high calling to which he
is devoting his life. Miss Montgomery, the senior
member present, m handing over the gift paid a high
tribute to Mr. Hynes's work in the C.E., and she was
supported in her remarks by the Rector and almost
all who were present.
On Tuesday, Sept. 21st, at the C.L.B. social, Lieut.
David Allen was made the recipient of a handsome
chiming clock, suitably inscribed, by the members and
offcers of Seagoe C.L.B. as a token of their good
wishes for him and Mrs. Allen on their recent marriage.
Mrs. Appelbe presented it to Mr. and Mrs.
Allen on behalf of the C.L.B. The Rector, Capt.
Mitchell and Lieut Hynes bore testimony to Mr. Allen's
sterling qualities and his usefulness to the C.L.B.,
which he has served faithfully since he entered the
On Wednesday, Sept. 22nd, the senior children and
superintendent and teachers of Edenderry Afternoon
Sunday School met to show their appreciation of Mr.
Hynes's work there as Superintendent, and on their
behalf Mrs. Appelbe handed to him a camera as a
mark of their esteem and good wishes on his leaving.
The Rector presided. Mr. Cathcart, his successor in
Edenderry, Mrs. Magee, Mr. Mitchell and Mr. Jos.
Hynes paid a high tribute to their late superintendents
zeal and work for the welfare of the Sunday
School. Tea and games added to the enjoyment of
It remains for us to congratulate the recipients.
We wish Mr. and Mrs. Pollock, and Mr. and Mrs. Allen
many years of health and happiness, and we pray
that Mr. Hynes may have every blessing both in his
training for the sacred ministry and afterwards in his
exercise of it.
Seagoe Afternoon Sunday School
We are glad to be able to announce that Miss Ruby
Matchett has kindly consented to act as Superintendent
of Seagoe Afternoon Sunday School. We know
the teachers will give her a hearty welcome and co-operate
with her in keeping up the high standard
which has always been the mark of this Sunday
school. Miss Matchett takes up her duties on Sunday,
October 3rd, and we wish her God's blessing.
We hope to introduce this side of G.F.S. activity
into the parish this winter. Mrs. Appelbe, with the
help of Miss S. Montgomery, will be responsible for
it. It is really a junior branch of the Girls' Friendly
society and is open to all little girls of our Parish who
are eight years of age and over, and they remain in
it until they are eligible for full G.F.S. membership.
Here the G.F.S. spirit will be taught by work and
play. The first meeting will be held in Edenderry
parochial Hall at 3 p.m. on Saturday, October 9th.
We hope that parents will encourage their little girls
The opening meeting of the winter session took
place in Seagoe School on Tuesday, Sept. 14th, at
7.30 p.m. After tea, the Rector delivered an address
on the Lord's Prayer. There was a fair attendance
The next meeting will take place on Tuesday,
October 12th, at 7.30 p.m. The name of the speaker
will be announced in Church later.
SUNDAY SCHOOL EXCURSION.
Sale of Rail and Refreshment tickets £75 3 0
Balance from 1936 £ 0 0 11
£75 14 0
To Railway Co. £43 10 4
Messrs. Davison—Catering £30 10 0
" Portadown News"—Printing £ 0 17 6
Billposting £ 0 2 6
Insurance of Children £ 0 12 0
Balance in hand £ 0 1 8
( R. S. )
During the winter months it is proposed to have a
service in Edenderry Parochial Hall on Wednesday
evenings, commencing on Wednesday, October 13th,
at p.m. The Service will be of a simple nature, and
it is hoped that many will take advantage of it. A
great many homes in the town end of Seagoe Parish
are scarcely ever represented in the Parish Church,
and it is hoped that many of these will make an effort
to attend. Here is an opportunity for old people who
find the distance too great to walk to Church on
We regret to have to record the passing from among
us of two parishioners. Mr. Eddie Crawford was in
failing health for a considerable time; he bore his trying
illness with true Christian fortitude. Mrs. Best
had reached the alloted span and her comparatively
sudden Home-call came as a great shock. To all the
bereaved we extend our deep sympathy, and pray
that God may comfort them in their sorrow.
A FORMER RECTOR OF SEAGOE.
A parishioner has sent in a newspaper cutting dated
October 7th, 1905, which will be of interest to many
of our readers, and which we print.
" 'The Very Rev. Abraham Dawson, A.M., Dean of
Dromore, who has just resigned the Parish of Seagoe,
has been a familiar figure in the neighbourhood of
Portadown for almost half a century. The Dean was
born in the historic town of Dungannon, where his
father occupied a leading position in the medical profession.
He was educated at Dungannon Royal School
under the Headmastership of the Rev. Dr. Darley,
afterwards Bishop of Kilmore. In the year 1846 he
entered Trinity College, Dublin, where, after a distinguished
course, he graduated in the year 1850, and
was ordained in the following year for the curacy of
Christ Church, Belfast, on the nomination of the
Incumbent, the late Rev. Dr. Drew. During his tenure
of this curacy Mr. Dawson (as he then was) did
strenuous work, and helped largely in building up
what is now one of the leading parishes in the city
of Belfast. His first Rector (Dr. Drew) proved a life-long
friend, and the Dean has ever cherished the most
affectionate remembrances of his former chief. In
1857 Mr. Dawson received well-deserved promotion in
his appointment to the important Parish of Knocknamuckley.
Here he laboured with great zeal, and
during the crisis of the Revival in 1859 controlled and
guided with great tact that remarkable outburst of
religious enthusiasm. Many a strange story can the
Dean relate from his revival experiences. As a result
of his efforts, the spiritual work of the Parish was
carefully organised, and a handsome rectory was built.
In the year 1879, on the death of Archdeacon
Saurin, Mr. Dawson was appointed Rector of Seagoe.
Here the most important work of his ministerial life
was accomplished. Under the skilful superintendence
of Sir Thomas Drew, President-of the Society of Architects,
and a son of his former Rector, the Church at
Seagoe was restored, so that it is now one of the
most beautiful Churches in the Diocese. The late
Baroness von Stieglitz, of Carrickblacker generously
assisted the Dean in the accomplishment of this most
In all departments of parochial
effort the Rector's capacity and energy were apparent,
and he succeeded in winning the affections of all those
in the parish of every creed and class.
“In 1886 Mr. Dawson was made Rural Dean, and
in 1892 the late Bishop Reeves appointed him to the
ancient office of Archdeacon of Dromore, which was
instituted so far back as the year 1244. In 1894, on
the death of Dean Campbell, of Lurgan, the present
Bishop of the Diocese (Dr. Welland) conferred upon
him the high office of Dean of Dromore. Dean Dawson
has also for many years been a member of the
Diocesan Council and a Diocesan Nominator for the
Diocese of Dromore. Latterly, failing health and the
infirmities of age, compelled him to abandon much of
his active work, and within the last few months he
felt obliged to resign his position as Rector of Seagoe.
During his long and active life he has never failed. to
keep abreast of the literary thought of the day, his
favourite study being Archaeology and Irish Antiquities.
Many papers and pamphlets on this latter
subject were published by him from time to time.
Dean Dawson will be much missed in this neighbourhood
for a long time to come, and we can assure him
that he carries into his retirement the respect of all
creeds and classes for his sterling Christian character."
“ Suffer little children to come unto Me, and forbid
them not, for of such is the Kingdom of God."
Sept. 5th—Joan Elizabeth, daughter of Thomas James
and Ethel Walsh. Tamnifiglasson.
Sept. 5th—Robert Frederick, son of Robert and Jane
Richardson, Upper Seagoe.
Sept. 5th—Elizabeth Beryl, daughter of Samuel
George and Elizabeth Jane Gracey, 30, James
Sept 5th—Margaret Jane, daughter of Robert Henry
and Helen Violet McNulty, 11 James Street.
" Those whom God hath joined together let no man
15th Sept., 1937—Edward Walter Trimble, 28, Mourne.
view St.. Portadown, and Elizabeth Allen, 35,
Carrickblacker Road, Portadown.
" Blessed are the dead which died in the Lord from
henceforth, yea, saith the Spirit, that they may rest
from their labours,"
9th—Robert Edward Crawford, Century Street,
aged 35 years.
23rd—Mary Grahan, Corcreeny, Waringstown
24th—Emily Best, 139, Bridge Street, aged 70
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 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,
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
alternate 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 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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