SOCIAL & WHIST DRIVE.
A Social and Whist Drive was held on November 16th by the Members of the Girls' Guild. A very fair number attended, and when expenses had been paid, a balance of £3 : 11 : 2 was handed over to the working Committee to provide wool for the making up of various articles for the soldiers.
Since the November magazine was published the sum of £7 : 7 : 3 has been received towards the war sewing funds (Penwortham Girls' and Men's Whist Drive £3 : 12 : 0, Mr. Barron's Lecture £1 : 0 : 10, Private Subscriptions £2 : 14 : 5), which has been spent on flannel, wool, and the postage of parcels to our men at the front and in training camps. 126 pairs of socks, 53 shirts, 52 mufflers, 76 helmets, 56 pairs of mitts, 28 sweaters, 66 body belts, having been sent off, or given for Xmas; also 14 pairs of stockings and 11 flannel helmets sent to the mine sweepers, a large parcel of navy blue comforts to the Navy League, and a parcel of children's clothes to West Flanders.
The Annual Congregational Tea took place on January 7th, and never has there been a "wetter" night in the annals of the parish. The rain came down in torrents, but in spite of this we had a crowded gathering. This annual event in our Parish is to me the most important social gathering we have, and I was glad to see so many present. We were all very glad also, to welcome an old friend - Mr. Livingstone, who saw many changes since he worked here eleven years ago, and alas, missed many old friends. His account of his travels in France and his work in the hospitals interested everybody. The musical programme given after tea was a splendid one, but as all arrangements had as usual been in Mr. W. H. Crane's hands, this was not to be wondered at. Suffice it to say that the efforts of each and all of the singers were appreciated to the fullest, and we offer them, Mr. Crane, and the members of the Penwortham End Male Choir, our hearty thanks. We also thank the Male Choir for their beautiful rendering of "In Memoriam," - sung as a tribute to those who have given their lives for King and Country. The Vicar in his speech referred to the retirement of Miss Jane Hodge, owing to ill-health. Miss Hodge's retirement from active work in school and parish is a loss no one can quite estimate or realize as yet. She has been a devoted worker for over thirty years. Hundreds of the little children in this parish have been taught and loved by her, and what is more, several of their fathers and mothers too, before them. We all offer Miss Hodge our sincerest wishes that she may soon be restored to health, and spared to be amongst us for very many years to come.
The Children's Christmas Tree took place on Dec. 28th. Over two hundred children were present, and, (in spite of having to sit for more than half-an-hour looking at laden tea tables and touching nothing, because the water was turned off at the main), had a real good time. After tea the Vicar had arranged a Lantern display for them, an had obtained a large number of slides depicting the War in Belgium and France. Mr. Frank Hudson kindly explained the different slides as they appeared on the sheet, and young and old realised very fully what horrors Belgium and Northern France were passing through. As the photo of the King of the Belgians, the Czar of Russia, and the French President appeared, the children stood and sang the various National Anthems. The Prizes were afterwards presented to the children by Mrs. Rawstorne, who, with the Squire on her entrance amongst us, received loud and prolonged cheering. Everyone also was very glad to see our Belgian guests from Howick present with us, and hope we may often welcome them amongst us.
None of us are likely to forget the Christmas Season we have just passed through. It was in many respects so different from the same season in other years. To some, the marks of joy and thanksgiving seemed singularly out of harmony with our feelings at this critical time in the history of our Nation. We could not forget the terrible conflict which is being waged in Europe, and the recollection brought a saddening influence on our thoughts. Yet I think, we all learned as perhaps never before, that the true Christmas Joy lies, not in our immediate surroundings, but in the Eternal significance of that great event which occurred in Bethlehem when "the Word was made Flesh and dwelt amongst us."
The Services were well attended and there was a large number of Communicants at each of the early Services, and although the collections were a little less than in former years, this was not to be wondered at, considering the generous response with which the many appeals made during the past few months have been met.
Looking back as far as Parochial Work goes, we have been obliged to postpone the building of our Parochial Hall, for all energy, all surplus money has had to go and will have to go to help our soldiers and sailors in the many ways where help is needed. But we must keep going the funds to meet the necessary expenditure, and I appeal to you all earnestly to do this. First there is the Assistant Clergy Fund, the Maintenance of the Sunday Schools, the Sick and Needy, and our Share in the Church Levy. These, I think I may safely leave in your hands. We have a good reputation as a Parish for generosity, let us see to it that "our own" do not suffer. "Charity begins at home, though it doesn't end there."
I should like to thank here all who have helped me with their services, both personal and financial. It is a privilege and a pleasure to work amongst such willing and capable helpers.
Our thoughts now turn to the coming year, and I cannot do better than ask you to take with you as you enter 1915, these thoughts from a letter written by the Bishop of Winchester:
"The year 1914 has taught us with terrific force what a year may bring forth: But 1915 may prove even more momentous. There will be victories or defeats, sacrifices of life and happiness, but there may be also endings and beginnings. In many ways we may see rising out of the red ruin of war a world in many ways new. It is well that we should be stirred by this great spectacle of the world's history. But we must be more than spectators, we must each take our part in the making of a great future. Every English man and woman must help England to do right in the difficult decisions, opportunities, trials and tasks, which lie before her. Doubly so then must all in this land who call themselves by the name of Christ realise this duty, in order that His kingdom of righteousness and love may be set forward.
As Christians and Churchmen therefore we are called upon at this crises to think, and watch, and pray.
Here are some thoughts that may help us:
FIRST. - Let us, as men of faith, keep our belief that God is behind all the happenings of history, stronger than Empires, armies or navies. Men's efforts have their place, but God and His Providence over-rules all.
SECOND. - Let us remember that as Christians we must keep bringing things to Christ for judgement. We must be guided, not by what others think, but by what Christ thinks. We are learning the great lessons of Unity, duty to Country, and common service of a common and righteous cause, - which is patriotism. But Christ's standard is higher even than patriotism, which if He is forgotten, may grow insolent and selfish, as Germany is teaching us to-day.
THIRD. - Let us examine ourselves and see what share of blame we have in this struggle. Germany we believe has forced this war, and it would be unreal and untrue for us to say we were just as much to blame as she. But are we entirely without sin in the matter? Has not the war sprung out of a general condition of the Nations: Europe armed to the teeth, the Nations jealously watching one another in their own interests, with no common effort to convey to the non-Christian world Christ's gifts. Have we no sin with us of materialism, self-confidence, unchristian contempt for other peoples. International conditions were indeed miserable, and we were all in it, and all more or less responsible. But the judgement upon it has come, and we shall do well if we would look into our own faults, and have something better and humbler to say than that "it was all Germany's fault." Let us pray that all the Nations, and Germany among them, may come through suffering to a better mind.
There is special reason why we in England should take this to heart. When we remember the industrial and social troubles of our land before the war broke out, how imminent was civil strife - more terrible even than international war - how struggle and competition were accepted as the only law of life, we cannot deny that these principles were at bottom the principles underlying the present war. We need then to think, and just now God has given us two great helps to thought, the great shock of the war which has proved to us the fatal consequences of wrong principles, and at the same time the great encouragement from the discovery through the war, of how much there is in our country of unselfishness, loyalty, self-sacrifice and devotion.
Is not this the result of the truth and teaching of Christ through the long history of this nation, shaping, guiding and confirming the best natural instincts of Englishmen.
This is our encouragement and should lead us all to pray that we may realise, use and increase this corporate force of mutual goodwill, respect and forbearance which makes the real strength of the nation.
Let us pray, and pray earnestly that this war may make England more united and more unselfish, and enable us to cast away for ever the horrible cynical and selfish motto "Everyone for himself," which has in it all the dynamite of war, and take instead the Christian precept "Look not every man on his own things, but every man also on the things of others."
There is the secret of peace alike at home and abroad.
May God grant that if He "spares" us a little after this war we may "recover our strength" for the task of making the life of England sweet at home, and the might of England an instrument of God for the good of the world."
Sunday, January 3rd, was the "Great Day of Intercession" throughout the Empire, throughout France, Belgium and Russia, and surely one realised, more than ever before, the words of the hymn:
"The voice of prayer is never soilent
Nor dies the strain of praise away."
These certainly are not the days when we must allow the Voice of Prayer to be silent, so I beg once again all of you to make an effort to attend the week-day intercessary Services. We are all apt to lose heart and to say, "What is the use"? Then remember these lines of Faber's:
O, it is hard to work for God,
To rise and take His part
Upon this battlefield of earth,
And not sometimes lose heart.
Workman of God, oh! lose not heart,
But learn what God is like;
And in the darkest battlefield
Thou shalt know where to strike.
Thrice blest is he to whom is given
The instinct that can tell
That God is on the field when He
Is most invisible.
Our deepest sympathies are with Mrs. Hall, of Hutton Row, in her sad bereavement, her husband being killed in action during the last week in October. To Private H. Hall belongs the honour of being the first of the Longton contingent to give his life for his Country.
During the past month recruiting has gone on steadily, and our Roll of Honour, placed in the Church porch, contains 51 names - the following being added this month:- J. Barnes, A. Carr, E. Clease, T. Dandy, C. Hindle, H. Harrison, H. Jackson, W. Orritt, W. Rawcliffe, R. Rimmer, N. E. Swindells, E. Wignall, J. Wignall, J. Hull, W. Strickland, G. Edgley.
On Wednesday, November 25th, a meeting of the Mothers' Union was held at the Hall, when A very able address was given by Mrs. Longden, on the War, its origin and effects, and the duty which involved on Wives and Mothers towards their husbands and sons. At the conclusion of the meeting, Mrs. Swindells said a few kindly words to the Mothers as to the necessity of restraining their daughters from all foolish behaviour towards recruits.
Our Working Party are preparing to send a Christmas Parcel to each of our men whose names are on the Roll of Honour, as a slight token that we have not forgotten them.
On Thursday evening, the 5th November, a most successful Whist Drive was held at the school. The promoters, Miss E. Crook and Miss D. Archer, had induced several Ladies of the district to give the refreshments, and other residents to provide the prizes. The result was that a sum of £4 5s. od. was handed over to the Ladies' Sewing Class for the purchase of materials.
The Ladies' Sewing Class (for making articles of clothing for our Soldiers and Sailors) is held every Thursday afternoon and evening, at the Chapel, near Howick Station, from 3 to 7 o'clock, - Tea at 5 o'clock.
Since the last bundles of clothing were sent, on September 16th, two more lots have been sent to Mrs. Rawstorne, Hutton Hall, for distribution. They were made up as follows: - 20 shirts, 4 belts, 52 pairs of socks, 4 pairs of bed socks, 15 scarves, 4 helmets, 2 pillows, 20 pairs of mittens.
The Ladies' Committee wish to thank Frank Hobson, Edwin Giles, Kenneth Hayhurst, Doris Barton, and Vera Kerfoot, - instead of buying fireworks, they sent their money for the "Soldiers."
The amount expended on materials up to date, is £26 11s. 6(and a half)d., and as the ladies have only £1 10s. 9d. in hand, subscriptions in money and material will be gratefully received.
FOR THE NURSE'S FUND: - We acknowledge with many thanks -
Mrs. Dale, 15/-; Mrs. Woodburn, 12/6; Mrs. W. Gaskell, 12/-; Mrs. Currie, 10/-; Mrs. Culshaw, 10/-; Mrs. F. Baylis, 10/-.
S. Leonard's Men's Bible Class.
At the above Class a special collection was made on September 27th, for the relief of distress caused by the War. The result was highly satisfactory, £2 being given to the Mayor of Preston Belgian Fund, and £1 2s. 0d. to the Local Belgian Fund.
S. Leonard's Sunday School.
A collection was made in the Sunday School on October 25th, and result in the magnificent sum of £5. £2 were given to the Local Belgian Fund, and £3 were set aside for wool to provide socks for the Men who joined the Forces from this parish.
S. Leonard's Church Institute.
A very enjoyable Ladies' night was held at the above Institute, on Friday evening, Nov. 13th, from which the sum of £2 2s. 9d. was raised and handed over to the Penwortham Belgian Home.
The Committee beg to state that another Ladies' night will be held on Friday, December 18th, when all Members and friends will be heartily welcomed.
These combined Clubs held a Whist Drive and Ladies' Billiard Handicap, on November 26th, in the Sunday School, for the purpose of obtaining funds for Christmas comforts for the members of our parish who have volunteered and are showing their willingness as men and Britishers to serve their King and Country.
Unfortunately, the weather was unpropitious for a general gathering, but considering the weather there was a good number present to enjoy a nice Social evening.
Too much praise cannot be accorded to the Girls' Secretary for the admirable arrangements she has made, to her Committee for so ably supporting her, and to the Men's Committee for their share of the work. As a result of the united efforts, a sum amounting to £3 10s. 0d. will be handed over to Miss Ketton to dispose of for the object above-mentioned.
The prize winners were as follows: - Whist: Ladies - Mrs. R. Danson (1st); Mrs. Foster (2nd); Mrs. Taylor (3rd); Gentlemen - Mr. Parkinson, Mr. Robinson, Mr. Wharton. Billiards: Miss Brown and Mr. C. Burgess (1st); Miss M. Bryning and Mr H. Dickinson (2nd).
As the amount raised, we are sorry to say, will not go far in the way of comforts, Mr. Barron has kindly offered to give us a Lecture on "the Port of Preston, and the development of the Ribble." This will be illustrated by Lantern views, which are of great merit. As this Lecture is very interesting and instructive, we may consider ourselves very fortunate in having Mr. Barron's experience to explain the different phases and diversions of the Ribble, and we thank him very much for his kindness in offering to give us this Lecture. The admission fee being very nominal (3d. each), and the object a good one, we hope that the members of the parish will show their appreciation by giving the Lecturer their support by their presence, and also help the object, which all will agree, is a most worthy one. The lecture will be given on Thursday, December 10th at 8.
The Penwortham Voluntary Aid Detachment is a body of Members of the St.John's Ambulance Brigade, recognised by the War Office, and working in connection with the West Lancashire Territorials. The members wish to do all they can for any wounded Sailors or Soldiers who may be sent to this district, by running a hospital. In order to start this hospital (which will be ready in a few days in Moor Park), the local Committee of the Voluntary Aid Association has spent £100 in buying a part of our necessary equipment. These goods are in the care of Mrs. Rawstorne, at Hutton Hall. We look upon this money as a loan and wish if possible to refund it. Through the kindness of many willing helpers we have added much to the stores, but are still in need of many things. The following will be most acceptable either as a loan or a gift: - Beds, blankets, sheets, pillows, hot water bottles, rubber gloves, macintosh sheets, towels, tablecloths, etc. etc. Also socks, vests, bedroom slippers, handkerchiefs, kit bags, etc.
Gifts to be sent to Mrs. Livingstone, Post Office, Penwortham,
or to Miss Cunningham, Hutton Grammar School, nr. Preston.
One more the "Festival of the Nativity of Our Lord Jesus Christ" draws nigh - with its threefold message of "Glory to God" - "Peace on earth" - and "Goodwill towards Men." It seems almost an irony to repeat the message when almost all the Great Powers of Europe are at War.
Yet, when we realise that this War is the direct issue of the teaching of doctrines absolutely opposed to the teaching of the Incarnation - that it has arisen from false principles and practices utterly hostile to the Gospel of Christ; we take hope that this War now raging may be the end of War.
The influence of Christianity and of the teaching of Jesus Christ has in by-gone centuries been the great reconciler between opposing and contending nations and classes, has "made one" divergences as great as those between the nations to-day. The one remedy for social discords and international differences lies in the "Gospel of Jesus Christ."
Therefore this year let the Christmas message come home to each one in its fullest sense!
"Glory to God" first - "it is only" as Bishop Welldon says, "when the world shall bow itself in humble reverence before Him who is the Prince of Peace, that the peace of the world can and will remain inviolate."
"Peace on earth" - Pray for peace in the family - peace in our own nation - peace upon all nations.
"Goodwill to men" - shown in unselfishness, charity and love one towards another. With these thoughts I wish one and all "A happy Christmas" - happy in the truest sense of the word.
Sunday, January 3rd, has been appointed by the Archbishops as a "Day of Intercession to Almighty God." Services will be held in every place of worship throughout the land. Particulars of the Services will be given later.
Here may I remind ALL again of the weekly Intercession Service on behalf of the Sailors and Soldiers of our King and of his Allies. When first these Services were held the Church was full - since then the numbers present have grown steadily less. Why? Is it because we have had no reverses? The need of those who fight, - of those who are wounded, - of those who have lost their nearest and dearest, - of the prayers of the Church is no less, - the War is still raging as fiercely as ever - why are there fewer to pray? We want fighters in the ranks of prayer - but alas what a number of slackers!
We have decided to hold the annual Parochial Tea as usual this year, but to have the entertainment afterwards entirely of a patriotic nature. I do not look upon this event as merely a means of enjoyment, I regard it as the one time of the year when we meet together socially as members of the parish - to encourage one another - to make suggestions as to the working of the parish - and also as an occasion to offer a very hearty welcome to any new comers who may have settled in our parish since the last annual Tea. I myself, the Churchwardens, and the Sunday School Superintendents hope that all new parishioners will come to this gathering, and can assure them how pleased we shall be to see them. The Tea will be held on January 7th.
We have also decided to give the children their usual Christmas Tree, on December 29th, - all parents will be welcome after tea, - admission for parents, 3d. each. We hope to have a Conjuror again, as the children were so delighted with his wonders last year.
I may say here that I am rejoiced at the way our children have helped in providing comforts for our Troops, and towards the Belgian Relief fund. Week by week they have brought their pennies and done "their little best" in every way. I see them knitting at all hours and in all sorts of odd places - even as they walk to and from school, and many a Soldier and Sailor will feel the benefit of the warm mittens and socks and helmets they have sent.
I should also like to draw attention to Miss Cunnigham's letter printed in another column. After Christmas we hope to have an entertainment to help the St. John's Ambulance funds. Meanwhile she would be grateful for any of the articles mentioned, but especially for the hot water bottles.
One more thing I must mention - and as I have told you before "a parson has always to be begging" - it is not a pleasant task, but a necessity.
The Subscriptions for the Church Levy are due. Now as you know we have a sum of £30 to raise, so we shall just have to make another effort - if we cannot manage it all - we must do our best to send some; and also the Subscriptions for the Nurse's Fund are due. So far our ordinary collections in Church, both for general and special objects have been sustained, and I am proud of the fact. Let us try also to be one of the parishes able to say "and we didn't drop our Diocesan Levy either."
It is most gratifying to be able to record such a very generous response to the appeal on behalf of the Belgian Refugees. Over £6 a week has been promised in Longton, and conjointly with Penwortham, two houses near Howick Station are being maintained.
The following is the complete list of garments made so far by our Needlework Guild, and forwarded to Mrs. Rawstorne:- 66 Flannel Shirts, 24 Flannel Night Shirts, 9 Cotton Shirts, 70 pairs of Socks, 8 Pyjamas, 19 pairs of Bed Socks, 6 pairs of Stockings, 10 Bandages, 11 Mufflers, 21 Bed Jackets, 28 Helpless-case Shirts, 111 Pillow Cases, 6 Nightingales, 12 Cushions, 5 large Pillows, several small Pillows, 2 Helmets, 6 Belts, 14 Children’s Garments.
At a Committee Meeting, held on November 4th, a sum of £5 was granted to the Church Girls’ Union, and £2 10s. to the Wesleyan Guild, and it was decided to spend £10 on wool. Those who are willing to undertake Knitting are requested to attend a General Meeting at the School on Wednesday, November 11th, at 8 p.m., when the wool will be distributed.
During the past month the following have enlisted:- Territorials – R. Hewitson. The Inns of Court Rifle Brigade – E. Dodd.
S. Leonard’s Church Institute.
A Ladies’ Night (Billiards and Whist), will be held at the Institute, on November 13th, 1914, at 7.30 p.m. Proceeds to be given to the Penwortham Belgians Home. The Committee tender a hearty welcome to all.
S. Leonard’s Church Girls’ Guild.
A Social, promoted by the Members of the above Guild, is to be held in S. Leonard’s Schools, on Thursday, November 19th. The proceeds are to be given to the War Funds. There will be dancing in the large room, - and a Whist Drive in Mr. Iddon’s room. We hope all our usual friends and many more will support the cause.
HUTTON HALL, PRESTON, LANCASHIRE.
Dear Mr. Burton, I should like through the Magazine to thank all the Workers in Penwortham, New Longton, and Longton, for the work they have done and are doing for our gallant Soldiers. I have sent parcels as follows:- 1st – To the recruits at Preston; 2nd – To the Lancashire Hussars (Yeomanry with whom my son is serving); 3rd – To our Preston recruits at Edinburgh; 4th – Two parcels of socks to Queen Mary’s Fund. Since then I have taken weekly parcels to the Barracks at Fulwood, and they are sent from there straight to the Front, and this last week I have again sent to the Lancashire Hussars, who have just left Knowsley for Canterbury – where they are still under canvas, and I want if possible to send them some more warm things. Of the Hospital things, I have kept enough for our own Hospital, in case we have to fit one out in Preston, and the rest I have sent to the Headquarters of the St. John’s Ambulance Brigade, as they have many Hospitals requiring these things. Believe me, Sincerely yours,
The 1st Penwortham Scouts dressed the Guardship on Trafalgar Day, and flew the Code Signals of "England Expects" etc.
The Troop is now being drilled and instructed in marksmanship.
All members from the age of 16 to 18 are anxious to be embodied for home-defence.
The following are past and present members of the Troop who have joined the regular forces in the Army and Navy:-
Scots Guards - D. Wilding. Loyal North Lancs. - T. Eaves, J. Marlow, T. Cottam.
Royal Navy - T. Walker, E. Bickerton, S. Houseman. Royal Engineers - S. Wood.
Royal Transports - F. M. Swann. Royal Artillery - R. Finch.
Royal Marines - J. Williams. Yeomanry - R. Dalzell.
North Lancs. Territorials - C. Chambers, H. Smith, V. Heyes, J. Nelson, J. Leyland, N. Hodgson.
Kitchener's Army - H. Wignall, F. Bramwell.
JAMES WADE, SCOUTMASTER.
A grand Concert, organised by the Committee of the Ladies' Sewing Class, was held in the Penwortham End Sunday School, on Thursday, October 8th. At the time of starting, 7.45, the room was packed, and Mr. E. H. Dodson and Mr. J. Crane, who had been responsible for the artistes, must have felt very well pleased with the attendance. It is not to much to say that the Concert was one of the best ever held in Penwortham End Sunday School, and our thanks are extended to the Promoters and all who helped to make such a success. The object of the Concert was to raise funds to provide material for the making up of garments for the Sailors and Soldiers, and the sum of just over £10 was realised.
When all did so well, it is a very difficult matter to make individual reference, but Miss Elsie Green, Mr. J. H. Crane, and the Humorist, Mr. Bert Slater, were especially well received.
The programme was of a very high order, and the items were most efficiently rendered by the following:- Preston Claremont Entertainers, Miss Elsie Green, Penwortham Male Voice Choir, Mr. J. H. Crane, Miss A. Millineaux, Miss L. Gardner, Mr. J. E. Evans, Mr. Bert Slater, and Mr. Robert Sharp. Accompanist - Mr. W. H. Crane.
Wednesday, November 26th, is the night fixed for a "Social in Penwortham End Sunday Schools." The proceeds are to be devoted to the providing of a Christmas Parcel for each man who has enlisted from our parish. We hope to send every man a shirt, a pair of socks, and some tobacco. The evening's entertainment will consist of "a billiard handicap" and a Whist Drive in the upper room. Previous entertainments of this kind have been most successful, and we hope this will be another success to add to the list. So we trust that everybody who can come will come.
Tickets are 1/- each.
The Women’s work for our Sailors and Soldier’s goes on steadily. £31 5s. 1d. has been given for materials, out of which £30 11s. 11(half)d. has been spent, and now another £1 4s. has been handed in by Mr. Chester, as the result of the Concert given at Middleforth.
The following garments have been made and sent to the Queen for November 1st. 50 pairs of socks, 5 helmets, and 24 belts.
The following garments have been sent to Mrs. Rawstorne, who has distributed them to the Regiments mentioned in her letter: - 59 night shirts, 74 day shirts, 22 bed jackets, 11 nightingales, 5 pyjama suits, 186 pairs of socks, 5 pairs of bed socks, 3 helpless case shirts, 18 pair wristlets, 16 helmets, 13 body belts, also a number of small pillows and handkerchiefs.
In addition to the above, 27 petticoats, 9 night-gowns, 2 frocks, 6 bonnets, 1 cot quilt, 4 pairs of knickers, have been sent to West Flanders.
The following letter may interest our readers and workers :-
I publish also an extract from a letter from the Mother of an Officer on board one of the Ships in the North:
So you see our men in the Fleet need help as well as the Soldiers.
Two of our Church’s seasons seem specially to bring with them thoughts of eternity. From Easter to Whitsuntide we think of Our Lord and His return into Heaven itself. Round All Saints’ Day, when late autumn is showing change and decay everywhere in nature, cluster many thoughts of those who have left this world to wait for the Perfected Life. We gather up all the glorious thoughts of the great company of Heaven, And we do well to praise the King of Glory for all His faithful followers.
Especially this year do we think of all the brave men who have so nobly given their lives for King and Country – but let us remember Our Lord’s own perfect revelation “God is not the God of the dead but of the living.”
The beginning of the month has brought us “All Saints’ Day” and thoughts of “eternity.” The last Sunday of the month has brings Advent Sunday and with it thoughts of Christ’s coming – at Christmas – at the last day – and His coming to ourselves in every day life. Do not let this Advent go without serious thought of these comings of Jesus Christ – and moreover let all Christians begin their Christian year by meeting the Lord in His Holy Sacrament.
The Celebrations of Holy Communion on Advent Sunday, will be at 8, and after the 10.30 Service.
The year 1915 is the year in which we have a Confirmation in our Parish. The Bishop of Whalley has fixed February 24th, S. Matthew’s Day, as the day on which it will take place.
Candidates wishing to be Confirmed must at once send in their names to the Vicar, or to Mr. Woodfield, So that the Classes may be started as soon as possible.
I cannot close my notes without saying a word of thanks for the way the people of Penwortham have responded to the call for hospitality for the Belgian Refugees. Everybody is not only willing but anxious to help – and I would impress on all that this, like the duty we owe to the dependants of our Soldiers and Sailors, is an obligation we cannot deny – in fact we owe a debt to the Belgians we can never repay no matter how we try. We consider ourselves privileged and honoured by being able to give them for the time being a home amongst us.
Queen Mary Needlework Guild.
A large consignment of work has been sent to Mrs. Rawstorne by the Secretary (Miss Petty) and very gratefully acknowledged. At the last meeting of the Working Party it was decided that for the present no more garments should be made until it was ascertained what our Soldiers and Sailors were most in need of. There is still a balance of over £24. The Committee heartily thank all those who have so willingly helped in any way.
National Relief Fund.
The Teachers and Scholars in the Day School are making weekly contributions to the above fund, and during the month of September a sum of £3 15s. 0d. has been realised. This includes an item of £1 raised by Doris Law, one of our former scholars. The money is being paid into the Mayor of Preston fund, and the contributions will be continued weekly if possible while the War lasts.
During the past few weeks the following Longtonians have joined Lord Kitchener’s Army – E. Burrows, H. Carr, J. Eade, H. Harrison (Hoole), H. Heald, E. Howard, W. I’Anson, J. Moss, T. Mawdsley, J. Rimmer, R. Roskell, T. Shorrock, C. Turton, R. Wright, R. Warburton (hoole).
J. Taylor has joined the Territorials.
The following Reservists have been called up – H. Bagguley, H. Dewhurst, W. Hall, G. Hewitson, W. Sumner.
J. Bickerton has joined the Navy. A. Edgley has been at the Front since the War began, and Sergeants J. Gaskell and T. Hewitson have for some years been with the Loyal North Lancashire Regiment in India.
On Tuesday, September 28th, a Service of Intercession was held in our Church, when about 150 women were present. A very stirring address was given by the Rev. A. A. Gedge, Chaplain at Fulwood Barracks, who pointed out how little the manhood of the present day realised its responsibility, and the consequent duty of Mothers to their sons.
Longton Church Girls’ Union.
The Winter Meetings of the above Society will begin on Monday, October 12th, and will be held fortnightly, instead of weekly, owing to the War; and the Subscription will consequently be ninepence.
Will those girls who wish to keep their Membership, but cannot be present at the first meeting, please send word to the Hon. Secretary (Miss M. G. Mason) on or before the above date.
Any Member wishing to resign must return her Card of Membership, or will be expected to pay her Subscription. The Prizes for Attendance have been won by Maggie Hunter and Maggie Slater; and in the Doll Dressing Competition by Maggie Hunter and Ellen Shorrock.
On Tuesday evening, the 24th August, there was a meeting held at New Longton, to consider the best means of providing Clothing for our Soldiers and Sailors engaged in the War.
There was a large attendance of the Ladies of the district, and Mrs. Burton who was chief speaker, pointed out the urgent need of workers for the cause.
A Committee of the following Ladies was at once formed: - Mrs Cornall, Mrs. Batten, Mrs. Crook, Mrs. Purves, Mrs. Sumner, Mrs. Birtwistle, Mrs. Bretherton, Mrs. Moss, Mrs. Jones, Miss Walton, Miss Parker, and Miss Ingham, with Mrs. Roskell as Hon. Treasurer, and Mrs. Jno. Ingham as Hon. Secretary.
The Trustees of the Chapel very kindly offered the use of their rooms for the Sewing Meetings which are being held weekly.
Mrs. Rothwell has each week provided Teas, the proceeds being given by her to the fund.
The New Longton School Children have also given their own half-pence to the cause.
Mrs. Purves arranged a high-class Concert, which was highly appreciated by a large audience. The net profit of this Concert, £4 10s. 0d. (a very handsome amount) has been placed to the general fund, which up to date amounts to £18 7s. 1d. A large portion of this sum has been expended on material and made up into various useful articles, of which the School Children have made pillows, scarves and socks.
A first instalment of articles, as follows, have been forwarded to the Army authorities, per Mrs. Rawstorne, Hutton Hall. 11 Army shirts, 4 night shirts, 4 dozen cholera belts, 4 dozen pairs of socks, 6 pairs of bed socks, 6 pairs of stockings, 12 scarves, 21 pillows, parcel of handkerchiefs, parcel of bandages.
The Committee look with confidence to continued support in work and subscriptions from the residents of New Longton.
FOR THE NURSE’S FUND: - We acknowledge with many thanks – Mrs. Crewdson, 17/6.
Applications for assistance from the above Fund, should be sent either to Mr. Bennett, Cop Lane, or Mr. Eccles, 4, Claremont Terrace.
The above Club has been formed to provide opportunities for the men of this district to learn the rudiments of Rifle shooting.
Through the kindness of the President, a Site has been secured in the Wood below Castle Hill. It is easy of access from the main road.
The initial cost of laying down a 25 yards range, with shooting shed, butts, rifles, ammunition, etc., will be about £40.
The responsibility for this amount has been undertaken by the Committee, in full confidence that gentlemen in the district will be willing to help them in this very necessary and patriotic work.
The Committee will be greatly obliged if you can see your way to help them. Any subscription you may feel disposed to give will be gratefully received and acknowledged.
The Rifle Range.
It is hoped we shall be able to open the above on Saturday, October 10th. The Committee have gone to great expense and hope that many men will join. Already about 6o names have been sent in. The making of the Range is in the hands of Mr. J. R. Taylor.
GEORGE DANSON, Junr., HON. SEC.
In connection with the above the sum of £16 12s. 5d. has been received, and 177 articles have been completed and sent to Mrs. Rawstorne.
Further gifts of wool or other materials will be thankfully received by Miss Ketton.
1st Penwortham Sea and Land Scouts have been busy lately. After the War commenced, a detachment of the Sea Scouts took up Coast-guard duty near Fleetwood.
Eleven of the old and present members of the Troop have joined the Army, Navy, and Territorials, and are all well up to the present time.
Marksmanship and Semaphore and Morse Signalling are being keenly followed up at present.
Several new members have joined the Troop, though at present the Troop is below its usual strength of 50 members.
A kind friend of the Troop has presented 2,000 rounds of ammunition, with suitable prizes to shoot for, and a promise of more. This is sound assistance, as it comes a little hard on the boys to have to pay their weekly subscriptions, keep their uniforms decent, and buy their own ammuniation.
£4 was collected on Saturday, September 26th, for the Belgian Relief Fund by the Sea Scouts.
Church Parade was held on Sunday, September 27th.
J. WADE, SCOUTMASTER.
Penwortham Parish News: 100 Years ago
The Penwortham Parish News was a monthly magazine that covered Penwortham, Middleforth, New Longton, Longton, Hutton, Hoole and Howick. It is a rich resource and contains letters from soldiers at the front and Prisoners Of War as well as much of the news from home.