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Issue Number: 93  July   1877

No. 93. July, 1877

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Some difficulty was found in completing the arrangements of the choral service of the present year. Owing to the prevalence of illness at Lydney, it was impossible for the choirs to meet at that place; for the same reason, three choirs from Lydney and neighbourhood were unable to attend. The want of these choirs would be felt the more, as the association had taken upon itself the no easy task of carrying on the training without the help of a choirmaster. Under these circumstances. a somewhat less successful service might have been expected. As it happened, the service on May 31, 1877, quite equalled the services of former years; and when the drawback of a wet afternoon is also taken into account, it must be acknowledged that the fact of having withstood so many hindrances shows what deep root the association has taken in our district. The Vicar of Clearwell kindly received the choirs at Clearwell, and thus provided a place of meeting, with a beautiful church and organ. Mr. Brind, the choirmaster of former years, came over to lead at the practice and service. The kitchen at Dunraven Court afforded a dry, if not very cheerful apartment for the tea, the materials for which were satisfactorily provided by Mr. Rees. The singers paid the greatest attention to the correct rendering of the hymns and psalms, and were rewarded by the hearty and beautiful service in which they were taking so prominent a part. The processional hymn was “Forward! be our watchword ;” the psalms were sung to single chants by Battishill; the first lesson was read by the Rev. J. F. Gosling ; the second by the Rev. J. J. Trollope ; the prayers were intoned by the Rev. H. Hoitt. The Magnificat went to a chant of Rimbault; while Farrant was fixed for the Nunc Dimittis. After the third collect came “The King of Love my Shepherd is.” In this hymn the soft and louder verses were admirably marked. Before the sermon, was sung “Disposer Supreme ;” before the Blessing, came “Jesu, my Lord, my God, my all ;” and “Saviour, blessed Saviour,” formed the recessional. The sermon was preached by the Rev. Gregory Smith, Vicar of Malvern, from Canticles vi. 10.—” Who is she that looketh forth as the morning, fair as the moon, clear as the sun, and terrible as an army with banners.” The collection amounted to £3 15s 6d

The meeting in aid of this very excellent society took place in Bream School on the evening at Wednesday, June 20 There was but small attendance. and it was a pity more had not come to listen to the interesting address delivered by Rev. A. E. Whish, the deputation. Those present were much entertained and instructed by his account of the good work which the society is doing.. The collection amounted to 15s. 2 1/2d. Besides this amount, the following sums were collected from boxes :—-Mr. Williams, 6s. 7d. Miss A. Kear, 1s. 1 1/2d ; John Worgan, 1s. l1d.; Mr. Clarke, 6s. 11 1/2d; Mr. George Smith. 2s. 11 1/2d; Mr. C. Brice 5s. 7 3/4d; Mr. James Ames. 9s, 9d ; .Night School Profits, per Infant Mistress and friends, 11s.— The Vicar will gladly give boxes to any who will undertake the charge of them.

This festival is fixed for St. James Day, June 26. Service will be ‘The sermon will be preached by the Rev. E. Machen, of Eastbach Court. The Vicar hopes that all who like will come in for a cup of tea before service. The hymns will be 268, 177, 241, 262.

June 7, Richard Alfred, son of . and James and Maria Roberts, Bream, miner.
June 18, Elizabeth, daughter of William and Louisa Bannister Priest, Bream, yeoman.

June 1, Cecilia Howells, Bream’s Meend, 33.
June 6, Edith Wall, School House, 18 months.

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