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Issue Number: 70    October    1897
Lydney and Aylburton Parish Magazine
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Parish Magazine

No.70, New Series October, 1897.

Published on or near the First Day of every Month,

H. Osborne, Printer, St. Mary's Square, Gloucester.

Services at Lydney Parish Church.

HOLY COMMUNION.- 1st and 3rd Sundays in the month at 12; 2nd and 4th Sundays at 8. Saints' Days at 11
HOLY BAPTISM, Sundays at 3.30, Wednesdays at 6.
MORNING PRAYER. - Sundays at 11, weekdays at 7.40.
EVENING PRAYER.- Daily at 6.30

MOTHERS' MEETING at Furnace Room, October 11th and 25th.
BIBLE CLASS at Vicarage, Monday, Oct. 4th.
YOUNG MEN'S BIBLE CLASS at Vicarage, Sundays at 2.30.
YOUNG WOMEN'S BIBLE CLASS at Vicarage Sundays at 3.30.
YOUNG MEN'S BIBLE CLASS, at Highfield, Sundays at 3.
G.F.S. at Vicarage, Oct.20th.
PUPIL TEACHERS at Vicarage, Mondays at 5.30.
WORKING PARTY at Vicarage, Oct.8th.
WORKING PARTY (No 3) at Vicarage, Oct. 15th.
YOUNG MEN'S COMMUNICANTS' CLASS, at Vicarage, Friday, by notice.
GIRLS CLASS at Vicarage, alternate Fridays at 5.30.

J.C.E. BESANT, M.A., Vicar
A.J. LUMBERT, Missioner.

(Upon the first day of the week let everyone of you lay by him in store, as God hath prospered him.)

. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . £. s. d.
Sep 05 -- Sick and Needy. . . . . . . . 1. 4. 2
Sep 12 -- National Society. . . . . . . 3. 8. 6
Sep 19 -- Sick and Needy. . . . . . . . 1.16. 6
Aug 22 -- Church Expenses . . . . . . . 1. 3. 9



(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.


(My baptism, wherein I was made a member of Christ, the child of God, and an inheritor of the kingdom of Heaven.)

Aug. 25 -- Ernest Lacey, son of E. J. and A. L. Cornes.
Aug. 27 -- John Hartland, son of J. and L. J. Davis.
Aug. 27 -- Mary, daughter of T. and E. Cullis
Sep. 03 -- Elizabeth Gwendoline Dorotea, daughter of J. T. and E. H. Fisher
Sep. 04 -- Melinda, daughter of G. and A.Nelmes.
Sep. 15 -- Theresa Annice, daughter of A. H. and A, Sandford
Sep. 19 -- Violet Gladys, daughter of W. and J. Waters


(Christ loved His Spouse the Church.)

Sep. 21 -- Edwin Charles Morgan and Eleanour Louisa Brown

(Blessed are the dead which die in the Lord.)

Aug. 25 -- Gertrude Saunders, aged 25 years, at Lydney
Aug. 30 -- Thomas Holford, aged 64 years, at Lydney
Sep. 09 -- Richard Bailey, aged 49 years, at Lydney
Sep. 14 -- Hilda F.M. Lewis aged 5 months, at Aylburton
Sep. 22 -- James T. Legge, aged 66 years, at Lydney
Sep. 22 -- Richard Jones, aged 60 years, at Aylburton
Sep. 24 -- Ada F.C. Bevan, aged 18 years, at Lydney
Sep. 24 -- Ivor L.C. Edmunds, aged 2 years, at Lydney

Bishop Marsden will (p.v.) hold the Confirmation in the Parish Church on Saturday, Oct 2, at 12, in place of the Bishop of the Diocese.
There are in all 54 Candidates, as follows:-
. . . . . . . . . . 40 from Lydney
. . . . . . . . . . 14 from Aylburton.

The numbers confirmed on the last 3 occasions are as follows:-

1893. Lydney 17 -- Aylburton 12.
1895. Lydney 33 -- Aylburton 11.
1897. Lydney 40 -- Aylburton 14.

Sweet warbler of out summer day,
Who, when the other birds have gone,
Waiting to cheer us on our way,
Still liftest up thy voice alone.

We hear thee through the thickest trees,
Though other sounds may fill the air.
Yet, when upbourne along the breeze,
We seem to meet thee everywhere.

Remonstrating yet soothing voice,
As though a gentle sister child,
That we in vice no more rejoice,
And leave those sins which now are hid.

So doth the Hold Heavenly Dove
Plead with us to forsake our way,
Promising blessings from above
To all like sheep who've gone astray.

O on the holy happy Day*
May they, whose hearts to God are given,
Feel His enlightening cheering ray
To guide their souls from earth to Heaven

. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . SENEX.
* Of confirmation

On Tuesday, Oct. 5th, the Rev. F.W. Williams, Canon of Hereford, an old friend of the Vicar, will visit Lydney and address the Church-Workers, Communicants, and Confirmed. The Churchworkers will meet at the Vicarage at 4.30 for tea. The address will be in Church ar 5.30. Canon Williams will speak to Communicants and Confirmed at 7.30. There are few who have had equal experience to Canon Williams in this kind of work, and we are singularly fortunate in obtaining the help of one whose labours extend all over the Church in England.

We should be glad to receive the subscriptions to the Churchyard for 1897. It has been cut carefully for the winter and looks well cared for.
Acknowledged with thanks, subscription from Mrs Trollope, 10/-

At a meeting of the Bells Committee it was decided to put in hand the restoration of the present six at once. Enough to add the two extra ones has not been forthcoming, owing no doubt to a great extent to the stoppage of work amongst us, which has naturally paralysed any effort of this sort for the present. The bells will be ready to ring by Christmas time.
The following subscriptions have been received since our last issue:-

. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . £. s. d.
Sir James Campbell. . . . . . . . . . . 1. 1. 0
Mr J S Watts. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10. 0
Mr G Harris . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .5. 0
Mr W A Taylor . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .5. 0
Mr Esau Freeman . . . . . . . . . . . . . .5. 0


Subscriptions to Church Restoration Fund which we acknowledge with thanks: Mr E J Cornes, £1.1s.; Miss Hall, 2/6.

Subscriptions received with thanks for the Parish Magazine: Mrs T Holford (Lydney).

The Annual Sermons for Foreign Missions of the Church will be preached in Lydney and Aylburton on October 17th. Our readers will kindly note then and do their best in order that we may send a worthy offering. Every member of the Church should see that he gives so much annually to Mission work. This is the occasion when he will have an opportunity of doing so this year.

There will be a Harvest Home in the Town Hall, on Thursday, Oct. 21st, from 8 till 12. The usual Festivities.

The Band of Hope will begin (D.V.) on Friday, Oct 8th, at 7 o'clock.

When and why was it that tithes were given?
The answer is obvious. The Endowments of our Churches date from the very first conversion of our English forefathers. They began at the close of the 6th century; they are happily going on in the 19th. The continuity of the English Church has never been broken, except for a few years by the lawless violence of the Great Rebellion. But even then the Endowments were not relinquished, and very stringent ordinances were enacted by the Long Parliament in 1644 and 1647 to enforce payment of tithes either to certain trustees nominated by Parliament or to Ministers presented to livings under Parliamentary Authority. (This is to be noted carefully that even a Parliament so opposed to the Church as was Cromwell's insisted on the payment of Endowments). Tithes were given in precisely the same way, by the same persons, for the same objects, to the same recipients. When a benefactor, a converted heathen, was not able or not willing to part with an estate out and out, he settled on the Church which he was endowing a certain portion of the income arising out of the estate. But the ratio which this portion bore to the whole amount varied enormously. Human nature was much the same in the days of King Ethelbert or King Kynegils as it is now. There were liberal donors and illeberal, cheerful givers and grudging givers. And so one man gave a tithe of corn only, another a tithe or wood, another a tithe of meadowland, another a tithe of some kind of live stock, another tithes of all these put together; but this was done so irregularly, so much according to the individual fancy and caprice, that there are still pieces of land and some manors which pay no tithe at all! The latter fact amongst others disposes at once and completely of the very common though ridiculous mistake that tithes are a tax levied by Act of Parliament. Tithes are a certain portion of the income arising out of certain lands settled by former owners of these lands for the maintenance of certain corporation. The word corporation is used advisedly, because it covers not only the case of colleges, chapters, and hospitals, but also of parsons, who in the eyes of the law, as tithe owners, are corporation sole.


Sundays - Matins at 11
. . . . . Sunday School at 3.
. . . . . Evensong and Sermon at 6.30
. . . . . . . . . .ARTHUR J. LUMBERT, Missioner

A mistake appeared in last month's magazine with regard to the Harvest Thanksgiving. Sunday, October 10th is the day fixed upon. The Holy Eucharist will be offered at 10.0. The daily offices of Morning and Evening Prayer will be said at 11, 3, and 6.30. The Vicar will preach in the afternoon at 3. The offerings throughout the day will be for the mission.

The new Lecturn at Primrose Hill is the gift of the Vicar (Rev. S.E. Bartleet, M.A.) and Churchwardens of S. Mark's, Gloucester. They have lately been presented with a brass eagle Lectern, and have most kindly given to us the one which was used formerly. It is a handsome structure of brass and iron, and, fortunately, is not too large for use at the mission.
We desire to record our hearty appreciation of the kindness which prompted the gift.



Sundays: Eucharist, 2nd and 4th Sundays at 12.
Holy Communion, 1st, 3rd, Sundays at 9.30;
Morning Prayer at 11.
Evening Prayer at 6.30.
Children's Service, 4th Sunday at 3.
Holy Baptism, Fridays at 7, and 4th Sundays at 3.30.

The Harvest Festival will be Thursday, Oct 7th. Services: Eucharist (the Thanksgiving Service) at 11. Evening Prayer at 7.30. The Sermon at Evening Prayer will be preached by the Rev. C.R. Ward, Rector of Falfield.
The offerings throughout the day, will be for the renovation of the interior of the Church.
There will be a Harvest Home in the Schools a little later. Of this due notice will be given.



I wish most heartily to convey my sincere thanks to you for the Testimonial (viz., Cheque and Writing Desk) to which you have so kindly subscribed, and which has been duly forwarded to me by the Rev. E.L. Daniels. I regret very much that I am unable to thank you all personally, especially my little ones, with whom I was very sorry to part. The writing desk which, I understand is their present, I shall find most useful, and shall always highly treasure as a memento of them. To the Managers of the School I feel especially grateful for having shown their appreciation of my services under them; to know this is certainly a satisfaction and an incentive to still work on with renewed energy. I again sincerely thank you all for your kindness and sympathy during my stay with you, and trust that you will all think of me as your true friend and well-wisher.
Remaining always,
Yours faithfully,

to the Parishioners of Aylburton.


Transcribed by: May Brace

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