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Issue Number: 61    January    1897
Lydney and Aylburton Parish Magazine
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THE LYDNEY & AYLBURTON

Parish Magazine

No.61, New Series January,1897.

Published on or near the First Day of every Month,
AND TO BE HAD OF THE MAGAZINE DISTRIBUTORS.

H. Osborne, Printer, St. Mary's Square, Gloucester.
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LYDNEY
Services at Lydney Parish Church

HOLY COMMUNION. - 1st, 3rd, & 5th Sundays in the month at 12; 2nd and 4th Sundays at 8.30. Saints days at 11.
HOLY BAPTISM, - Sundays at 3.30, Wednesdays at 6.30.
MORNING PRAYER. - Sundays AT 11, Weekdays at 7.40.
EVENING PRAYER. - Daily at 6.30.

Classes
MOTHERS' MEETING at Furnace Room, January 11th and 25th.
BIBLE CLASS at Vicarage, Jan 4th, at 3.
YOUNG MEN'S BIBLE CLASS at Vicarage, Sundays at 2.30.
YOUNG WOMENS' BIBLE CLASS at Vicarage, Sundays at 3.30.
YOUNG MEN'S BIBLE CLASS, at Highfield, alternate Sundays at 3.
G.F.S. AT VICARAGE, Jan 7th and 21st.
PUPIL TEACHERS at Vicarage Mondays at 5.30.
WORKING PARTY FOR MISSIONS, Jan 1st.
WORKING PARTY at Vicarage, Jan 8th.
WORKING PARTY (No.3) at Vicarage, Jan 15th.
YOUNG MEN'S COMMUNICANTS' CLASS at Vicarage, Friday, Jan 1st and 15th.
BAND OF HOPE, Fridays at 7.
GIRLS' CLASS AT Vicarage, Alternate Fridays at 5.30.

.....J.C.E.Bessant, M.A., Vicar
.....E.L.DANIELS, B.A., Curate
.....A.J.LUMBERT, Missioner.

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Baptisms.
(My Baptism, wherein I was made a member of Christ, the child of God, and an inheritor of the Kingdom of Heaven.)
Nov 29.....Melinda Mary, daughter of W. and E. Merret.
Nov 29.....Edward James, son of E.G. and J.E. Legg.
Dec 2........Jenkyn, son of W. and C. Jones.
Dec 8........Iva Kathleen, daughter of A.E. and M.J. West.
Dec 15......Percy William, son of J.and D. Baxter.
Dec 15......Frederick James, son of A. and E. Powell.
Dec 16......Leslie, son of H. and A Seabright.
Dec 16......Albert George, son of G. and A. Goulding.
Dec 20......Arthur William, Son of A. and C.M. Smith.
Dec 23......Frederick Charles, son of C. and A. English.


Marriages
(Christ loved his spouse the Church)
Dec 24.....David Jewisson and Cora Power.
Dec 26.....William Ford and Alice Barrow.
Dec 26.....Frederick John English and Fanny Blower.

Burials
(Blessed are the dead which die in the Lord.)
Nov 29....Edwin Jones aged 67 years
Nov 27.....Joseph Powell, aged 88 years
Dec 17......Cameron Baxter aged 22 days.
Dec 19......Celia Fisher, aged 17 months
Dec 21......George Prosser aged 5 years
Dec 23......Mary James, aged 80 years

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Offerings and Alms

(Upon the first day of the week let everyone of you lay by him store, as God hath prospered him.)
.............................................£.. s... d
Nov 29.....P. Hill Mission..... 1.. 13.. 0
Dec 6......S. School.............. 2.. 11.. 6
Dec 13.....Ch. Expenses....... 0.. 17.. 3
Dec 20.....Ch Expenses........ 0.. 17..10
Dec 25.....Sick and Needy... 0.. 14.. 0
Dec 27.....Ch Expenses....... 1.. 2.. 0

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The Visitation of the Sick
(Is any sick among you? Let him call for the elders of the Church)

In cases of illness it is the Christian duty of friends or neighbours to send word to the Clergy, as the practice was in the early Church, as stated above.

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A NEW YEAR'S THOUGHT
A noble ship is lying in the bay
.. About to start,
And soon she sets forth on her wat'ry way
.. Without a chart!
The captain oft has ta'en that course before,
.. And by his art
He thinks he'll safely reach the distant shore,
.. Without a chart
O had he known the various rocks and shoals
.. That lie apart
He'd not have risk'd the fate of precious souls
.. Without a chart.
Our chart is still the Holy Word of God,
.. Hid in our heart;
O may we not go forth this year abroad
.. Without our chart!
......................................SENEX.

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My Dear Friend,

As usual, with the first issue of our Magazine for 1897 I give a brief account of our work - our failures and successes - during the past year on behalf of the Church of Christ in this Parish. For more than 1000 years the Church has laboured in this place, and her work becomes more arduous as time goes on. Each year there are more to minister to, for there is no doubt the population is higher than it ever has been,- we gauge it by the number of children in the Schools. This means more work; and with work for Christ it is difficult to say which predominates, success or failure, probably failure; e.g.,the Church has, as we said, laboured for 1000 years in the Parish, and yet there are those who have no affection for her - Englishmen singularly enough who have no affection for their English Church, though bound up with history of their country, of whose greatness and happiness that very history shews she has been the chief cause.
These remarks about failure in the Church's work for Christ at the beginning of our year's record are to shew that we are not in the least surprised nor discouraged by any amount of failure whatever we may encounter, but rather that we expect such - that He warned us about it, and gave His words about obedience to Him, and perseverance in labour to encourage us to work, not expecting anything in return but His favour.
Let us come, then, to the chief centre of work and interest in the Parish, and first of all to the repair of

THE PARISH CHURCH
(a) The spire is completed, and the seats and roof restored. The amount of money actually expended is as yet £519 12s.9d. We have to raise £1000 at least, to pay the rest of the contractor's bill, the architect's fees, etc. Then the heating apparatus has to be improved, for some of our congregation are unable at present to attend the Church in cold weather. This must be done before the walls are cleaned and coloured, and the bells put in ringing order.
These are works which will not admit delay, and we intend to proceed with them in due order. We cannot dwell in comfortable and well-furnished houses, and leave the House of God in a worse condition, as David said.
It may be asked how we are to do this with our funds already well-nigh exhausted. Very easily. In the first place there are a large number of subscribers who have only given ONCE. In fact but a few have given TWICE. Of course all those who contributed BEFORE THE SPIRE FELL will give again this year, for that unhappy accident was not calculated on when we gave our first subscription towards the renovation of the walls, etc.
Again, there are a large number of inhabitants in Lydney who have given nothing. I am unwilling to believe that they do not mean to give. It may be said, why are they not asked? I reply, because it is much better that people should give to God without being asked to do so. We may ask our friends at a distance, and here again we might do much. I have asked some twenty of my own personal friends, and have had gifts from all who could afford anything. If any person who is unable to give more asked a friend or two, we should soon raise the money. All that is wanted is interest, zeal, and love for God and His Church amongst us.
Moreover, 1897is the 60th year of Her Majesty's happy reign. I intend to mark that event, with your assistance and co-operation, by the complete restoration and beautifying of our Parish Church. In no better way could we in Lydney mark that event. This is how we may. Raise the money, and if we all join together, each doing his or her own part, as is right in such a matter, it will be done easily.
An old friend or mine - once estranged from but now a loyal member of the Church in England - has made a memorial offering in the shape of two handsome candlesticks for the Communion Table. You are doubtless aware that two lights are the proper adjuncts for the Eucharist. The inscription on them runs thus:- "To the glory of God and in memory of Ellis Besant Powell, who fell asleep.
A beautiful statue of the Good Shepherd, carved in Portland stone, by Messrs Boulton of Cheltenham, has been placed in the empty niche over the west door. It is the gift of some old pupils of mine, who heard of the disaster to the Church; and wished to give something towards its restoration.

From the Church we pass to

(b) THE CHURCHYARD

and I think you will say it looks well cared for. But I must say this, that nothing has so surprised me as the difficulty there is of getting people to subscribe to the Fund. One would have thought that its case would have appealed to the affectionate care of everyone in Lydney. There is is hardly a person who has not some dear relative lying there, and yet there are only 50 subscribers on the list! The excuses given are really such as I am surprised should be given. Were it not so serious they are enough to make one smile, that plain men should give them to a plain man like myself and others who help them to help. I appeal to every person's sense of duty and Christian feeling that this is a thing which should not be left to others. Unless next year an improvement is made in the number of subscribers it is certain that the Churchyard will not be cut as it should be, and as it is now.

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A list of subscribers since out last issue is given below.
(c) The number of classes, choir practices, meetings, etc., which take place in a parish of this size make a room where such can be held an absolute necessity. For two years my own dining room did duty for this; with what inconvenience and discomfort may be imagined by any who reflect that there are on an average two classes every day.
I have been compelled, therefore, to get a room at whatever cost, and for this purpose I bethought me of the stable. The living is so very poor that a horse is our of the question, and so instead of waiting for what is very unlikely I have addressed myself to what is needful, and have a room at last.
It cost much more than I anticipated. Two kind friends, Mr Bathurst and Mr Harrison, helped me, and I have done the rest at my own cost; but there was no help for it, and the money had to be spent, and was spent well in

THE CLASSROOM.

(d) The measles have closed the Schools, Sunday and weekday, for more than a month. Parents have learned what they are apt to forget - the value of the Schools, and the blessing of having their children well looked after. Last year the subscription list begun for parents was continued, and it will be so always, and it is one to which all parents who can afford it will subscribe, we have no doubt.
The Schools will open early in January - the Sunday School on the first Sunday. Some or our readers are apparently not aware that there is a good Club at the Sunday School, for the use of the children who attend, in which good interest is given.

(e) THE DAY SCHOOLS
throughout the Parish are exempted from examination, which means they are in first rate order.

Our weak point is

OUR SUNDAY SCHOOLS.
We hope to place these Schools on a better financial footing this year. The prizes and the interest on the club and other expenses make up a good sum for meeting which there is at present no provision. Our kind supporter, Mr Bathurst, defrays the whole expenses of the annual treat at his own cost.
What is fair is, that those who cannot or are not prepared to teach should help those who do. But more of this later on.
This is the third year the Primrose Hill has been working on its present lines. I have placed a Statement below.

(f) THE SEAMEN'S ROOM
at the lock was started by Mrs. Besant two years ago. I append a Statement of Account, by which it will be seen that Miss Hathaway's Concert was a much needed and very welcome and successful effort to pay the debt which Mrs Besant has contracted by the rent and care of the room.
It will be seen that there is a balance against her of £9 11s. 21/2d.,a considerable sum, but a great reduction on what it was before the Concert. The expense of warming has been met by Mr Hockaday, who has kindly given the coal. The room must be a great benefit to the seamen to read and write in, when one reflects how small and uncomfortable are their quarters on board ship. I wish I could get some layman to take a Service there on Church lines on Sunday evenings. At any rate, the men can feel that the Church does not forget the needs of those for whom she prays three times a week:-"That it may please Thee to preserve all those who travel by water."
RECEIPTS . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .. . . . £.. s. .d.
To Donations:
............. C Bathurst,Esq. ...................... 2.. 0.. 0
..............Mrs. Willesford....................... 2..10.. 0
..............R.B.Thomas Esq. ................... 0..10.. 0
..............Messers. Sully ........................ 0..10.. 6
..............Vicarage Children................... 0.. 4.. 0
To Collections in Church (1895)........... 2..12.. 7
.. Soiree in 1895................................... 6..10.. 0
.. Cash received in box.......................... 0.. 1.. 2
.. Cash from hire of Piano....................... 1.. 0.. 0
.. Cash from Miss Hathaway's concert (Dec.10/96).... 8..14.. 6
.. Balance.............................................. 9..11.. 2 1/2
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. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .£34.. 3..11 1/2
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EXPENDITURE
By Rent, 117 weeks, to Dec. 26, 1896............... 11..14.. 0
..Caretaker's wages to ditto................................ 14..12.. 6
..Furniture, total cost to ditto................................ 5..13.. 0
..Stationery and Papers........................................ 0..18..11
..Oil, Soap, &c.; for Lighting and cleaning............. 1.. 3.. 6 1/2
..Repairs.............................................................. 0.. 2.. 0
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. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .£34.. 3..11 1/2
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Examined and found correct ....F.H. HATHAWAY, Auditor.

Such is a brief account of some of our work in the Parish for 1896. May God accept all we do and say for His glory and the
benefit of His Holy Church among us; may He forgive us all our sins,

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negligences, and ignorances of the past years, and give us grace to amend our lives for the time to come.

Your servant in Christ,
.................JOHN C. E. BESANT.

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The next Lecture on Church History will be on Friday, the 29th January, at the Schools, at 7.30. The period will be "The Conversion of the Saxons, from 500 to 750 A.D.
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Miss Hathaway gave her annual Students Concert on Thursday, Dec. 10th. It was a pouring wet evening, and we expected that even if, as we knew, many tickets were taken, the holders would not have ventured out on such a night. It certainly must have been very gratifying to Miss Hathaway that the weather had very little effect, for the Hall was crowded. The music gave evidence of the care she always bestows on her pupils, and the very substantial result was that she was able to hand over to the Seamen's Room the handsome sum of £8..14s.. 6d., after paying expenses.
Mr. Charles Bathurst, junr., distributed the certificates, and with them some encouraging words to the pupils, which he concluded with thanking Miss Hathaway for her excellent Concert, and by reminding the audience of the object to which the Concert proceeds would be given.
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The Bible Class at the Vicarage, which hitherto has met every alternate Monday, will, until notice, meet the first Monday in each month instead. The seasons and days of the part of the Christian year on which we are entering necessitate this alteration.
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Offerings for the Church Fund, which may Almighty God accept.
Mr Holder 2/6,
Traveler 3d.,
Mr. Jas Collins (sale of Mr. Lumbert's photos) 4/-.
Mr W. Jones 2/6,
Mrs. Legg 2/6.
Mrs. R James, 5/-
Mr Jas Prosser (by Mr Collins) 2/6,
Mr. T. Pollard (ditto) 5/-,
A friend (ditto) 1/-,
Miss Agnes Collins (ditto) 2/-
Mr. Veale 5/-
Messrs R.B. THOMAS & cO. £25,
Mrs S. Beard 5/-
A Friend 1/-
by Mrs. Hockaday 12/-
by the Misses Keeling 2/6.
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We acknowledge with best thanks the following subscriptions to the Churchyard Fund:-
Sir Jas. Campbell 5/-
Mr. Critchley 1/-
Mr. W. Jones 1/6
Mr. G. Wooles 2/-
Mr. J. Collins 2/-
Mr. Cotton 2/6
Miss Gollop 5/-
Miss C Gollop 5/-
Mr. Smart 2/6
Mrs. Bedson 5/-
Mr. S. Richards 2/6
Mr. Lee 2/-
Miss Ridler 5/-
Mr. J. Davies 2/6
Mr. W. Jones 2/6
Mrs. R. James 2/6
Mrs. Anderson 5/-
Mrs. W. Jones 1/6
Mr. J.S. Watts 2/6
Mr T. Collins 2/-
Mr. J. Richards 1/-
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The Vicar gave a Lecture in Lydney Schools on "early Church History" last month. The Lecture was illustrated by the lime-light under the direction of Mr. Bathurst, junr. assisted by Mr Wild. The period was from the planting of the Church amongst the ancient British up to the year A.D.480, when the Saxons had driven the Church out of England into Wales.
The slightest acquaintance with the facts of the Early Church History will shew how ridiculous is the idea that the Church in Wales was set up by the English. It is as true to history as to say that the British dispossessed the Saxons of their rightful territory! The truth is, the ancient British were Chirstians when the Saxons arrived, who proceeded to drive them, and succeeded in doing so, into Wales and Cornwall. So that just as the Welsh or Cornish men are now descended from the original inhabitants, and are not English, i.e. Saxon, so the Church in Wales is descended from the early British Church which had been before the English, i.e. Saxons, came. The Church is Wales is the oldest part of the Kingdom of Christ in the British Isles, and the origin of the remaining part.

Transcribers note "Chirstians" is as it is in the Magazine
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PRIMROSE HILL
SERVICES
Sundays - Matins and Sermon at 11.
......... Sunday School at 3.
......... Evensong and Sermon at 6.30.
...........ARTHUR J. LUMBERT, Missioner
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Image: A J Lumbert, Missioner at Primrose Hill (10k)My Dear Friends,
The Mission has entered on its third year. It was in June, 1893 that Mr. Lumbert first began his work. Since then he has transformed the Schoolroom into a typical Mission Room, and built up a congregation. The Mission Room with its screen, pulpit, and painted windows, is an illustration of his ingenuity, and witnesses to his zeal and love for Christ and His Church. In spite of the many disappointments which are attendant on Mission or any other work for the Church I feel sure he has your sympathy and best wishes in his labour for God and the right.
A handsome Frontal for the Altar has been worked for the Mission by Miss Foxall, of Cinderford, and we wish to thank those who gave their time and labour for the making and fixing of the screen, etc.

I have never put out a statement of how the Mission is worked, and how the funds stand at present. I herewith give a brief account of the expenditure etc., for 1896:-
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Expended in journeys from Gloucester and back, gas, coal lodging 21.. 6.. 6
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. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . £ .. s.. d.

Received from C. Bathurst, Esq................... 2.. 0.. 0
Received from Mrs Willesford..................... 2.. 0.. 0
Collected in Parish Church........................... 2..18.. 8
Collected at Primrose Hill............................12.. 4.. 1
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.................................................................. £19.. 2.. 9
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Mr Hockaday has kindly given the Missioner his dinner on Sundays up till recently, when Mr. J. Davies has done so, as the state of the path to Highbury was impassible.
.....Your servant in Christ,
...................J. C. BESANT.
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AYLBURTON
There was a capital Social Evening held in the Schoolroom on Thursday, November 26th, when everyone, to the number of about 50 we believe, thoroughly enjoyed themselves. We take this opportunity of thanking all those who so kindly lent their assistance in playing the piano and violin, also in getting the room ready and looking after and supplying the refreshments, &c. After expenses were paid, there was a balance of £3..6s. 10d., which sum is placed to the credit of the Organist's fund. While mentioning this subject it may be as well to state that the Organist's Fund is at present £2 to the bad. We intend calling a meeting of subscribers to see what is to be done in this matter.
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Before this is issued we hope to see the Churchyard wall finished. This is one of the really necessary things which has been done during the year 1896. We intend next year taking in hand some other things which will improve the Church, e.g. a Churchyard Fund subscribed to by all who have an affectionate interest in it would enable us to keep it in much better order that it is at present. Will anyone begin the list with a subscription.
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The next Church History Lecture will be on Thursday, Jan. 28th at 7.30.

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Transcribed by: May Brace

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