OPENING OF THE CLEATOR PARISH
CHURCH SUNDAY SCHOOLROOMS.
A very interesting ceremony took place Friday last at Cleator, viz.,
the opening of the new Parish Church Sunday Schoolrooms, which although late in
the day, was really a Jubilee effort. The opening ceremony was proceeded by a
service in the church, at which the Rev. C. B. S. GILLINGS and the Rev. W.
GABBOT officiated, the sermon being preached by the vicar, who took his text
from the 22nd chapter of Proverbs, and the 6th verse. After the service a
procession was formed, consisting of the following clergy:
Rev. G. FISHER
Rev. W. SAYERS
Rev. W. THWAITES
Rev. J. A. ALEXANDER
Rev. W. GABBOT
Rev. C. B. S. GILLINGS
Rev. G. B. ARMES, R. D.
Mr. J. S. AINSWORTH
On reaching the door the Vicar presented him with a sterling silver
key, handsomely engraved by MAPPIN & WEBB. After saying a few brief words, Mr.
J. S. AINSWORTH opened the door and the whole party filled into the rooms.
Mr. AINSWORTH then addresses the assembly thanking the Vicar and
Committee most heartliy for the honour they had in asking him to open these
beautiful rooms. He only regretted his uncle, Mr. STIRLING, was unable to be present
in his place, as all knew how generously he had contributed to the schools.
He was glad to hear the room was to be used for all good parochial work, and
he must say a word of praise to all the parishioners and friends of Cleator for
raising such a handsome building. Even the children of Cleator had done all
they could to help on the work.
The vicar then responded, thanking Mr. AINSWORTH for coming. In aid
for the funds of the new room, a sale of work was held in the building, which
Mrs. J. S. AINSWORTH, with her usual charming manner, declared open. Among those
present we noticed:
Mr. Jack AINSWORTH
Mrs. and Mr. MACHELL
The stalls were very prettily decorated with green and white muslin,
the gift of Mrs. AINSWORTH, The Flosh, Cleator, who also very handsomely
contributed by sending china, tea, groceries, and cakes to the sale.
The stalls were presided over by:
Mrs. A. BELL
Mrs. Mark JACKSON
Mrs. John STEELE
Miss. M. B. RIGG
Miss. H. JACKSON
One stall was entirely given and presided over by Mrs. FISHER, of
Trumpet Road. The afternoon tea tables were presided over by the Misses ARMES.
There was much brisk selling, and the rooms were very full both afternoon and
evening. Mr. E. GAYTHWAITE had a most excellent gramaphone, which was greatly
patronized. Most excellent music was rendered during the evening by Mr. MACHELL,
Mr. CLUTTERBUCK, Mr. GOLDING, Miss. HOGG, Miss. TODD, Miss. GREGGAN, Miss.
COWLEY and Miss. SMITH.
Very pretty gypsy and bell songs were given by the Misses M.
GAYTHWAITE, S. M'GEE, M. BURGESS, L. BELL, S. JACKSON, M. A. CARSON, A. M. GARDINER and