This joyful season has once more passed, and we hope the inhabitants of this parish have every reason to look back upon it with feelings of gratitude, thankfulness, and satisfaction.  The spirit of liberality has again been manifested in a very praise-worthy manner.  Twenty-four poor families in the townships of Longmarton, Brampton, and Knock received ten shillings worth of coals each, the gift of MRS. NOBLE, of Marton House, and E. HEELIS, Esq., Marton Hall.  The REV. CANON HELLIS, rector, distributed amongst the parisioners two fat sheep killed for the purpose.  MRS. HEELIS, with her usual kindness and liberality, gave away a large quantity of tea, and many yards of flannel, to the aged and poor.
 
On Christmas Eve, before breaking up for the usual holidays, each of the scholars of the day school received a large bun, the gift of MR. and MRS. HEELIS.  On Wednesday (New Year's Eve), the members of the choir and Sunday school teachers partook of an excellent supper in the school-room, provided by the REV. CANON and MRS. HEELIS.  Upwards of sixty sat down to the repast.  The school-room was very tastefully decorated for the occasion, with flags, diagrams, flowers, evergreens, &c., was beautifully lighted up, and presented an unusually gay appearance.  There was a very plentiful supply of good things, and it was a pleasing sight to see the tables display to the best advantage, their delicious burden.
 
After supper, a variety of games were entered into with great zest, the enjoyments being varied by the choir singing in good style, "King Christmas",  "The roast beef of Old England:, and the "Boar's Head Carol".
 
At ten p.m. coffee and cake were handed round to all present, after which three hearty old English cheers were given for the good RECTOR and MRS. HEELIS, and also for all who had been engaged in providing the entertainment.
 
The doxology was then sung, the benediction pronounced and the company separated after having spent a most enjoyable evening.
 
New Year's Day had been looked forward to by a large number of young people in connection with the Band of Hope, in anticipation of a treat in the form of a tea party.  The weather was most propitious for the occasion, the day being beautifully fine.  The proceedings of the day were ushered in by the arrival of the Appleby Band of Hope Fife and Drum Band playing lively airs.
 
At one o'clock a procession was formed at the school, which then proceeded to march into the village, preceded by the Fife and Drum Band, which had kindly volunteered its services for the occasion.  The whole village was quite astir on hearing the lively strains of the martial music, every house presenting some spectators.
 
The procession presented quite an imposing appearance, the members to the number of about seventy-six, marching in capital order, each with a white rosette on the left breast.
 
After parading the village and singing several temperance melodies, they returned to the school, where a capital tea was provided, which all most heartily enjoyed.
 
In the evening, at seven o'clock, a lecture was given by the REV. L. O. LEWIS, on "Old Moore's Almanac".  The REV. J. HEELIS, M.A., rector of Dufton, occupied the chair.  In opening the lecture, the REV. L. O. LEWIS said the subject he had chosen was suggested to him by seeing one of Old Moore's Almanacs on a parishioner's table.  After showing that the word Almanac was derived from the Arabic language, and meant "The Reckoner", the lecturer proceeded to detail the various items found in the Almanac, and the changes which those items have of late years undergone.
 
He then selected from the Almanac a few of the wise sayings of  "Poor Richard", and commented on each.  The adages chosen were, "Dost  thou love life; if so, do not squander time, for that is the very stuff life is made of ",  "Diligence is the mother of good luck", "A great bargain is a great pick-purse", "Buy what thou hast no need of, and thou wilt soon have to sell what thou hast", "At a great pennyworth, pause a while" , "The Devil's meal is all bran."
 
At intervals the members of the Band of Hope sung the following temperance melodies from Hoyle's songs:  "Our hopes are bright",  "Father come home",  "Joe Perkins",  "Don't go near the bar room",  "The Mantrap",  "When we say we'll pass a law".  MR. LEIGHTON presided at the harmonium, and accompanied the singing.  The room was well filled with a very attentive audience.
 
After the usual thanks were presented, the hymn, "In the golden west" was sung, accompanied by the harmonium, and the members of the newly formed band on their tin whistles.
 
The benediction was then pronounced, and the company dispersed, all being very much gratified with their evening's proceedings.