The harvest festival was held in Netherwasdale on Sunday and Monday last.
The church had been tastefully decorated by various ladies of the congregation,
aided by Mr. EDGAR, gardener of Low Wood Hall:-
Miss. LeROSSIGNOL, Gale SYKE
Mrs. CROSS, Gale Syke
Miss. TUSTIN, of the vicarage, undertook the work of decorating the church -
a task which was rendered all the easier by the generous way with which all
the parishioners came forward with contributions of corn, flowers, fruit and
Great regret was expressed at the absence of Miss. MUSGRAVE, of Wasdale
Hall, this year, who was prevented by a family engagement from being present,
but she kindly sent several textx as her contribution to the work. Mr. HALL
from Essendom, Herts, sent several texts, banners and shields, which rendered
good service in making the little church present a festive appearance.
The services on Sunday were taken by the vicar, The Rev. John BAKER, M. A.
The day being fine there were large congregations. The offertories on Sunday,
and the proceeds of the parochial tea which was held Monday evening, which
amounted to upwards of £7, will be devoted to the Parochial Schools, a fund
for lighting and warming the church, and the Church Missionary Society.
On Monday a Parochial Tea was held in the Schoolroom, when upwards of 100
people sat down to tea, which was presided over by: -
Subsequently another service was held in the church. The first lesson was
read by the Rev. J. WORDSWORTH, rector of Gosforth; the second lesson by the
Rev. W. GABBOTT, vicar of St. John’s, Beckermet. The preacher was the Ven. A.
B. CROSSE, M. A., vicar of St. George’s, Barrow and the Archdeacon of
Furness, who delivered an eloquent, practical and earnest address.
After the evening service an entertainment, consisting of readings and
songs was given in the schoolroom under the presidency of the vicar, Rev. J.
BAKER. There was a crowded attendance in spite of the very unfortunate weather,
and the concert was regarded as very satisfactory. The songs were respectively
accompanied by Messrs. KERSHAW, BROWN, and BOWMAN.
At the conclusion of the concert, the Venerable Archdeacon CROSSE proposed
a vote of thanks to the ladies and gentlemen who had contributed to the night’
s performance, and also assisted at decorating the church, and presiding at
the tea tables. This was seconded by Mr. MUSGRAVE, of Wasdale Hall. Mr. BAKER
Hensingham, the interior of which presented a very neat appearance reflecting credit
on those who carried out the decorations, namely: -
The vicar, Rev. W. H. WILKINSON
Mr. W. BLACK
Mr. J. BINEHAM
Misses BRAITHWAITE (two)
Miss. J. WILSON
Flowers and fruit and evergreens were sent by:-
Mr. POSTLETHWAITE, Hollins
Mr. FLETCHER, Cargate
Mr. MUSGRAVE, Richmond Hill
Mr. THOMPSON, The Cross.
Grain being sent by: -
Mr. SHERWEN, Jericho
Mr. BROWN, Chapelhouse
Mr. TURNER, Low Hall.
The morning service was conducted by the Rev. Stuart HALL, vicar of the
Christ Church, Whitehaven, the text from which the sermon was preached being St.
James, I., 17. At 3 p.m. an organ recital was given by the choir, conducted
by Mr. C. E. JAGGER, the members being assisted, for the day, by Miss. HODGSON
and Messrs L. TAYLOR, J. ROSE, and J. McGILL, members of the Trinity Church
Choir, Whitehaven. Miss. HODGSON rendered with much carefulness and feeling
the vocal solos, “How beautiful are the feet” and “I know that my Redeemer
liveth.” The evening sermon was preached by the vicar. The church was
crowded, many being unable to obtain attendance.
Collections were taken at all the services and the amount £6 13s 3d was
applied to the organ and choir fund.
Special Thanksgiving services were held at the Waverton Church on Sunday
last, when the Rev. J. B. KAYSS, vicar of Wigton, preached an effective and
appropriate sermon from the text in psalm 145, verse 10.
The church was very handsomely decorated, and bore evident signs of patient
labour and artistic taste having been devoted to it. Misses BARNES, Waverton
Villa; Misses HENDERSON and the Misses. JEFFERSON, of Waverton, and others
carried out the work.
The collections amounted to £2 6s 3d.
Thanksgiving services for the ingathering of the harvest were held in St.
Mango’s (sp?) Church, Caldbeck, on Sunday last.
The interior of the church was very nicely decorated, though not to the
profuse extent of former years. The ladies who kindly undertook the labour of
love were: -
Mrs. SIMPSON, the Rectory
Mrs. FURNESS, Hesket-New Market
Miss. EMMERSON, Caldbeck
Miss. PATTINSON, Wigton.
Proper psalms were sung, and lessons appropriate to the occasion were read.
Canon PRESCOTT, Archdeacon of Carlisle, was announced to preach in the
evening, but owing to a severe cold he was unable to undertake so long a drive in
the night air. The sermon, however, which he had kindly prepared for the
occasion, was sent to the rector, who delivered it during the morning service. It
was founded on Deuteronomy xi, 11 and 12, and was a bright and able
exposition of the spiritual lessons of Harvest time suited to the population of the
Fellside parish, and more especially suggested by “a land of hills and valleys.
In the evening the place of the Archdeacon was filled by the Rev. Mr.
LOTHIAN, curate of Wigton, who preached an appropriate sermon from Isaiah ix, 3.
The congregations at both services were unusually large, and more especially
in the evening, when every seat in the in the church was occupied. The
offertories, amounting to £4, were devoted to the foreign missions.
The annual Harvest Thanksgiving Services in connection with the above place
of worship took place on Sunday last. The church had been very nicely
decorated for the occasion by the following ladies (who also provided the flowers): -
The Misses. STEPHENSON, Biggart Mire
The Misses GUNSON, Crook
The Misses. HUTCHINSON
Mrs. ATKINSON, Low Hurst
Miss. A. WALKER
Most of the farmers contributed grain. The morning service was conducted by
the vicar, Rev. W. KEWLEY.
The proper psalms were the 65th and the 103rd and the hymns 143, 144 and
141 (SP.CK). The choir sung the hymns and the responses very effectively. The
Rev. J. IRVING, vicar of Millom, preached a very eloquent and appropriate
sermon from St. Luke xiii, 39, “The harvest is the end of the world.” The
service was repeated in the evening, when the Rev. W. KEWLEY preached a very
effective and suitable sermon from 2nd Corinthians, ix, 10.
The offertory which amounted to £5, will be devoted to the expenses of the
organist and choir.
On Sunday evening, the special services for the conclusion of the harvest
were given in St. John’s Church, Workington. The church was most tastefully
decorated. Fringes of corn were run around the pulpit, reading desk and lectern,
with wreaths of evergreen, fruit and flowers. The communion table was also
prettily ornamented with corn, flowers &c.
The preacher in the morning was the Rev. H. D. RAWNSLEY, of Keswick, who
gave a most eloquent and impressive sermon founded upon the text, “Man shall
not live by bread alone.” The vicar, the Rev. J. J. THORNLEY, read the prayers,
and the choir, under Mr. LEWENDEN, rendered an anthem and other special music
in fine style. The church was crowded.
In the evening the capacious edifice was crammed to its utmost capacity, a
number of seats and chairs deposited about the aisles to accommodate the
great number of worshippers. The Rev. T. LNOWLES read the prayers and the Rev.
J. J. THORNLEY preached a very suitable extempore sermon from Psalms 145, 15th
and 16th, “The eyes of all wait upon Thee; and Thou giveth them their meat
in due season. Thou openest Thine Hand and satisfieth the desire of every
living thing.” The choir sang the anthem, “O give thanks.”
The collections were for the additional Curate’s Fund and the Home and
Foreign Missions, realized over £20. It may be added that the members of the
Workington Artillery Volunteers paraded on Sunday morning, and attended divine
service in St. John’s Church. There was a muster of between fifty and sixty men
under the command of of Captain CORNER and Lieut. SALTER. The Band of
Maryport Artillery Volunteers headed the procession.
The decorations were allowed to remain during the week, and the church was
visited by a great number of people to inspect them. The Communion table and
the lectern were especially chaste, and the pulpit and the choir were also
considerably beautified by a neat arrangement of flowers and corn. A large
number of exotic plants were arranged in front of the Communion rails and had a
pretty effect. The plants were supplied from the greenhouses at Workington
Hall, Stoneleigh, Ehen Bank, &c.
When the Workington Artillery Volunteers entered the church on Sunday
morning, the organist, Mr. LEWENDON, played the National Anthem, the whole
congregation rising to their feet during its continuance. The choir sang splendidly
at both morning and evening services. ELVEY’s well known Harvest Hymn was
sung on both occasions, and other special items in the morning were DYKE’s Te
Deum, WHITFIELD’s Nicene Creed, and the charming anthem, “Thou crownest the
year with Thy goodness.”
The voice parts in the creed were taken by Miss. Bessis THOMPSON (alto),
and Mr. E. J. BURROWS (bass). In the evening SYDENHAM’s jubilant anthem “O
give thanks unto the Lord,” was prettily rendered by the choir, the soprano solo
being taken by Mr. Joseph SCOTT. Mr. LEWENDEN played, “He shall feed His
flock” and “The Heavens are telling” amongst the organ voluntaries.
The handsome decorations were undertaken by: -
Mrs. J. F. HODGSON
Miss. THOMPSON, Ehen Bank
Miss. A. FLETCHER
Miss. Ellen THOMPSON
Rev. J. J. THORNLEY
Mr. W. DEIGHTON
Mr. Joseph SCOTT and others.
EMBLETON AND LORTON
Harvest Thanksgiving services were held in these churches on Sunday last, at
Lorton morning and evening, and at Embleton in the afternoon.
All services were conducted by the vicar, the Rev. W. S. DAVIS, and the
congregations were very large, more sepecially at Embleton in the afternoon and
at Lorton in the evening, some having to turn away from the latter from want
of room. Both churches were tastefully decorated by many skilled and willing
The annual harvest thanksgiving services of the Wigton Parish Church were
held on Sunday last, when special services were preached, in the morning by the
Rev. N. FALLE, of Brampton, and in the evening by the Rev. J. B. KAYSS,
vicar of Wigton.
The former took his text from Ehpesians, I., 8, “God is Love;” the latter
from Exodus, xii., 26, “What mean ye by this service?” Both sermons were
practical and appropriate.
The congregation in the morning was unusually large, and crowded in the
evening. The church was very beautifully decorated with the produce of the
garden, field and orchard. At the entrance, north and south, the more stable
produce of the season, as carrots, turnips, cabbage, cauliflowers &c., met the
eye, and all the windows on both sides were artistically arranged with devices
of oats, wheat, dried leaves, and cut flowers on a ground of red baize. The
twenty standards in the body of the church at first view looked like miniature
sheaves, each one being surrounded with neatly trimmed sheaves of oats, wheat
or other kind of grain. The font at the entrance was especially attractive;
in addition to a neat arrangement of the moss like foliage of one of the
saxifrages, fern leaves and flowers, surmounted by a fine speciman of
maidenhair fern, were the appropriate words, in gold letters on a white ground, “Come
unto Me; suffer little children.”
The pulpit, reading desk, and Communion rails offered a fine vantage
ground, and here seems to have been concentrated the best and choicest work of the
fair artistes - grapes, apples, growing ferns and follaged plants, while a
fine wheaten loaf, with other tokens of plenteous harvest, were profusely and
artistically arranged, and underneath the pulpit and in front of the Communion
rails was a fair display of field and garden produce.
On the wall below the East window were inscribed the verse, “God giveth the
increase,” in gold letters on a white ground, whilst just before it on the
table was a magnificent design of ferns and flowers, in striking contrast to
the rich maroon altar cloth, and over all this, right and left, were hanging
handsome shields emblematic of “peace” and “plenty.” On the west gallery, in
front of the organ, was a bold and effective inscription on a red ground, “
Joy of Harvest.” Altogether, the decorations, for design and execution, would
vie with or surpass former years, and much praise is due to those who had
undertaken the work. The ladies and gentlemen engaged in the work were:-
Mrs. Robert TWENTYMAN
Miss. S. GRAHAM
Miss. M. STAMPER
Mrs. STANLEY, Llandudno.
Miss. F. CARRICK
Miss. MANDUELL, Station Hill
Miss. BELL, Market Hill
The Misses. McMECHAN
Miss. Alice PATTINSON
Mrs. MITCHELL, Cockermouth
Rev. J. B. KAYSS
Mr. WILSON, Station Hill.
Those who contributed were: -
Mrs. BANKS & Mr. E. H. BANKS, Highmoor House
Mr. HIGHFIELD, Blencogo House
Mr. WILSON, Lowhouses
Miss. S. GRAHAM
Mrs. FIDLER, Standingstone
Mrs. TIFFEN, The Limes
Mr. GIBSON, Longthwaite
Mr. PERCIVAL , Station Hill
Miss. WILSON, Station Hill
Mrs. PORTER, Market Place
Miss BELL, Market Hill
Mrs. R. TWENTYMAN
Miss. CARRICK, Fleshfield
Misses. LOWTHER, Workhouse
Miss. DAND, West Street
Mrs. ARMSTRONG, Station Hill
Collections were taken both morning and evening, amounting to £13 13s 8d,
which we understand is to be devoted to the Church Pastoral Aid Society.