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Issue Number: 66   June    1897
Lydney and Aylburton Parish Magazine
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THE LYDNEY & AYLBURTON

Parish Magazine

No.66, New Series June, 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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OFFERINGS AND ALMS
(Upon the first day of the week let everyone of you lay by him in store, as God has prospered him.)

..................................£. s. d.
May 02 -- Sunday School........... 2. 1. 8
May 09 -- Church Expenses......... 1. 6. 7
May 16 -- Church Expenses......... 1. 6. 4
May 23 -- Church Expenses......... 1. 2. 4

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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.)

April 29 -- Sarah Arthie Violet, daughter of E. and S.S.Pritchard,Lydney
April 30 -- Margery Constance, daughter of F.G. and R.J. Mills, Aylburton
May....2 -- Edith Irene, daughter of A. and E.Holder, Lydney
May....7 -- Maria Catherine, daughter of J. and M. C. Craddock, Aylburton
May....7 -- Frances Lucy May, daughter of H. and M.A. Morgan, Aylburton
May...16 -- Beatrice May, daughter of G.J. and R. Ellaway, Lydney
May...16 -- John Vincent, son of F.W. and F. Leach, Lydney
May...19 -- Martha Ann, daughter of J. and S.A. Williams
May...19 -- Stewart John, son of S. and M.A. Beard
May...19 -- Reginald Alfred Jack, son of E.A. and C.F. Bell, Lydney.


MARRIAGES

(Christ loved his Spouse the Church.)
May....1 -- Walter James Lewis and Martha Jane Lodge
May....1 -- Nigel William Legge and Johanna Richards


BURIALS
(Blessed are the dead which die in the Lord.)
May....3 -- Emily Pritchard, Lydney, aged 61 years.
May....7 -- John Day, Awre, aged 80 years.
May...16 -- Edith Maude Haddock, Aylburton, aged 3 years
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Sunday, June 6th, is Whitsunday. The Eucharist will be offered at 8 and 12. Those who for one cause or another were not able to attend on Easter Day will find in Whitsunday an opportunity of thanking that Holy and Blessed Spirit, whose coming into the Church is commemorated that day, for His continual striving with them, and that in spite of their neglect He has not left them.

Spirit of purity and grace,
Our weakness pitying see;
O make our hearts Thy dwelling-place,
And worthier of Thee.

The offertories throughout the day will be for Home Missions.
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There will be a Confirmation in the Parish Church on October 2nd. The names of those who wish to be confirmed should be sent in as soon as convenient.
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Sunday, June 20th, is the day appointed as a day of Thanksgiving for the 60th year of Her Majesty's Reign.
A Special service is issued by authority, and will be supplied in Church to those who are able to come on that day.
There will be a Celebration of the Eucharist at 8 and at 12.
The offerings throughout the day will be for the "Queen Victoria Clergy Sustentation Fund (see below).
The day should be observed by every Churchman as one of thanksgiving to God for the blessings this Country and Church has received from Almighty God during the last 60 years. Compare, for example, 1897 and 1797. In 1797 we were engaged in a death struggle with the French atheistic Republic. Food was at famine prices. Everywhere the anxiety and sorrow, incident on a time of war, and a war in which our very existence as a nation was at stake. The Church of God too, had suffered with the Country, and Sacraments rarely administered, no life, no energy, and it pitied people to see Her in the dust. And now, in 1897, what a difference! The Country powerful and prosperous; the Church instinct with life, and administering Her life through the Sacraments, Sunday by Sunday, to all who come. Let us thank God for these benefits, and with one accord give praise unto Him for the same.
Amidst the multitude of voices one hears at times such as these, we have to keep before us what otherwise we are apt to forget, to a certain extent, viz. that the Jubilee IS A THANKSGIVING TO GOD. The worship of humanity is in these days the one thing thought of, and the glory of God is held to be quite a secondary matter. We should always be on our guard against the spirit, the world spirit of the age in which we live, which is always striving to close our ears against the voice of the True Spirit. In 1797 the spirit of the age was the worship of materialism. In 1897 the spirit of the age is worship of humanity. The true spirit is the Holy Spirit, who came to enable us to glorify God alone.

"BY ME KINGS REIGN." --Prov.viii.15.

The Monarch holds his post direct from God,
For Him he sways his sceptre or his rod;
To punish evil-doers, and to raise
The good to place of eminence and praise;
Th'anointing oil sets him apart for this,
The crown doth show what his dominion is.

Then come the Lords and Commons in their might,
Still to uphold and vindicate his right;
'Tis theirs to supervise and make the laws,
And of the rich and poor to plead the cause;
To redress each grievance, that the nation be
Secure in peace and glad tranquility.

But are the people, then, to have no share
In this our realm, so right, and seeming fair?
Oh yes! the Commons are by them select,
To make some laws and others to reject,
That so the people in this glorious land
In all its legislation have a hand.

Then let us thankfully to God draw near,
Our Queen has reigned unto her sixtieth year;
Wisely and well she's ruled o'er hut and hall,
And always had a mind and heart for all;
Happy the people, then, in such a case,
To whom God hath vouchsafed such wondrous grace
...............SENEX.
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QUEEN VICTORIA SUSTENTATION FUND.

There are many facts which point to a growing interest in this matter, and the more so as the purpose and means become more known. For instance, there is a Central Fund to which each Diocese sends a fifth, and receives in return a Grant largely in excess of the fifth. We append an extract from the papers on this point:-

"In the month of October, 1896, Lord Egerton of Tatton issued a general appeal by a lithographed letter, and the results of this are detailed in the report, which continues:- 'Although not actually coming within the year 1896, which is the period covered, it may be well to state that the following Dioceses contributed one-fifth of their disposable income for 1896 by January 1897, and in the month of February block grants were made to them, as shown in the following table:-


...........One fifth Quota............Grants
....................£ s d.............£ s d.
Norwich............98 11 2 .........1350 0 0
St. Albans........417 .3 7 ..........900 0 0
Exeter............192 14 6 ..........700 0 0
Salisbury..........45 .7 1 ..........700 0 0
Carlisle...........40 .0 0 ..........500 0 0
Peterborough.......34 15 4 ..........500 0 0
Llandaff..........100 .0 0 ..........500 0 0
Truro..............12 .6 6 ..........350 0 0

'In addition to the foregoing, twelve grants of £100 each, out of a special donation of £1,500, have been made on certain conditions towards augmenting the permanent endowment of twelve poor parishes.
'The total amount paid or promised to the Central Fund up to the present date is £30,668 15s. 2d.
'As questions have been frequently asked respecting the principles upon which this fund will be governed, the Executive Committee consider that it is desirable to call attention in this report to the following points:-
(1) The fund is not intended to be an additional clerical charity, but aims at providing a fair remuneration for work done.
(2) The scheme embraces the two Provinces of Canterbury and York, and every affiliated diocesan fund forms an integral part of the scheme.
(3) The raising of the money will be undertaken by the diocesan organisations as well as by the Central Fund; and they will contribute one-fifth of their disposable income to the Central Fund, in order to qualify themselves for receiving a grant in return.
(4) Grants from the Central Fund will not be made direct to individual Incumbents, but block grants will be handed over to affiliated diocesan organizations for allocation and distribution.
(5) The primary object of the Queen Victoria Clergy Sustentation Fund is the making of annual grants to supplement the income of poor benefices, and the Diocesan Funds, for the affiliation of which the contribution of the one-fifth is made a condition, are only those funds, already existing or to be hereafter formed, which have for their object the making of similar annual grants. Special contributions, however, for the permanent endowment of benefices can be received by the Queen Victoria Clergy Sustentation Fund under its rules.
(6) Money received by the Queen Victoria Clergy Sustentation Fund for permanent endowment will be carried to a separate account, and, unless otherwise directed by the donors, grants will be made there from through any diocesan organization to enable a benefice to take advantage of conditional offers of help from diocesan funds, or from such bodies as the Ecclesiastical Commissioners or Queens Anne's Bounty.
'In conclusion, the executive Committee desire to call the attention of Church people throughout the country to the paramount Christian duty that those who minister in spiritual things should be supported by those to whom they minister; and they strongly urge that this duty, which has not yet been fully recognised, should be more adequately fulfilled in the future.'"
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CHURCH RESTORATION
We hope our readers do not forget that the Parish Church is still waiting restoration. There is a debt still owing on the contract. We want £400 to complete the work and pay off the debt. A meeting will be called shortly to see what can be done and make a statement of account. We do not intend going on worshipping in a Church in such a state, with no bells and walls grimy. We feel sure that a response will be made to an appeal to do something at any rate this year as a thank-offering to God.

The Band Contest Committee have given a welcome donation of £5 to the Fund.
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The following subscriptions have been received for the Churchyard, and we acknowledge them with thanks: Mr Rugman 2/6, Mrs. Rees 2/6.
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At the Easter Vestry on Thursday May 6th, Messrs. Hanison and Hockaday were elected Churchwardens; Dr. Kennedy, Messrs Burgham, Butt, Jacob Denby, F.H.W.Hathaway, Marfell, C.Powell, F.Williams, Critchley, and Clarke were elected Sidesmen.
Mr. E. Wild was appointed organist in place of Mr Gollop, resigned.
An addition was voted to be made to the Clerk's stipend.
The Churchwardens wish to call the attention of those members of the congregation who, while attending and wishing seats, are not subscribers to the Churchwardens Account. They wish to point out that every person who attends regularly is expected to contribute to the Fund. They would be glad to receive at any time a contribution from someone who desires to subscribe without waiting till next Easter, especially in the case of those who have not perhaps realised what is expected of them.
To keep in proper repair and efficiency a large building, such as our Church, needs a considerable sum. They have lost, through death or removal, a number of subscribers, and so fresh ones should come forward.
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PRIMROSE HILL

SERVICES
Catechising at 11
Children's Service at 3
Mission Service at 6.30
ARTHUR J LUMBERT, Missioner.

There will be a Celebration of the Holy Communion at the Mission, on Sunday, June 27th at 8.30
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We append a further list of subscriptions to the Schools, and we are glad to see that the parents are, by the increasing number of subscribers, showing their appreciation of the efforts made for their children. Subscriptions may be sent to Miss Childs.
Messrs. Nelmes 2/6, Sandford 2/6, Love 2/6, Chas Prosser 2/6, Richards 2/-, W.Saysum 2/-, A.Jones 2/-, Mrs Grimes 2/-, Messrs Miles 1/-, J.Howells 1/-, R Bayliss 1/-, Hale 1/-, Chapman 1/-, Paritt 1/-, Willetts 1/-, J/Bath 1/-, Wixon 1/-, Mrs. Ellis 6d, Mrs Widow Bath 6d, Mrs W.Brown 3d, Mr J.C. Williams 5/-
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AYLBURTON

SERVICES AT S. MARY'S CHURCH
Sundays:
Holy Communion at 9 on 2nd and 4th Sundays in the month, and at 12 on the 1st and 3rd Sundays in the
month.
Evening prayer on Sundays at 6.30: Friday at 7
Children's Service every third Sunday in the month at 2 o'clock.
Baptisms on Friday at 7pm and on the 3rd SUnday in the month at 2pm
Afternoon Service and Sermon at the Mission Room, every Sunday at 3.30 pm
Holy Communion at 8, all Holy Days.
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ORGANIST'S FUND

INCOME..................................£. s. d.
First Quarter 1897:
By Subscriptions and Collections .......3.10. 5 1/2
Handed over from Church Expenses at
Vestry Meeting..........................2. 2. 3
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.......................................£6. 2. 8 1/2
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EXPENDITURE
Miss Pughsley, salary, March 27th.......5. 0. 0.
Balance due to Rev. E.L.Daniels (1896)..1. 2. 8 1/2
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.......................................£6. 2. 8 1/2
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LIST OF SUBSCRIPTIONS
First Quarter, 1897
Mrs Hewlett.............................0. 1. 0.
Mrs Harris..............................0. 1. 0.
Mrs White...............................0. 1. 0.
Mrs Clarke..............................0. 1. 0.
Miss Brice..............................0. 2. 6.
Mr W J Garland..........................0. 2. 6.
Mr Rymer................................0. 2. 6.
Mrs C Jones.............................0. 1. 0.
Mr Lawson...............................0. 7. 6.
Mr Cope (annual subscription)...........0. 2. 6.
Mrs Matthews............................0. 2. 6.
Mrs Hewlett (1896)......................0. 2. 0.
By two Church collections, March 21
and May 1...............................1.18. 5 1/2
Mr Matthews (1896)......................0. 2. 6.
Anonymous (1896.........................0. 2. 6.
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.......................................£3.10. 5 1/2
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AYLBURTON MISSION ROOM

INCOME..................................£.s. d.
1896 - Sept.20th,Collection at
.......Harvest Festival Service.........0. 8. 7 1/2
Mr Cope.................................0. 1. 0.
Handed over from Church History Lecture 0. 4. 0.
Dec. 22nd collection....................0. 4. 9 1/2
Dec. 27th Collection....................0. 3. 6.
Handed over from Concert March 1st 1897.0. 9.11.
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.......................................£1.11.10
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EXPENDITURE
1896/7..................................£.s. d.
Mr Parker, repairing glass &c...........0. 6. 8
Candles and Paint.......................0. 1. 8
Mr Cope, making Altar and other work....0. 6. 0.
Mr Parker, repairing roof, &c...........0. 7. 6.
Mrs Godwin, firing and cleaning.........0.10. 0.
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.......................................£1.11.10
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The Day School was opened on Monday, May 24th, after being closed for about eight weeks, on account of a serious epidemic of measles.

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Transcribed by: May Brace

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