S. James’s Parish Magazine
AUGUST, 1896. No 264.
PRESENTATIONS TO THE REV. H. E. DANDY.
A Meeting was held at Yorkley Wood Church, at seven o’clock on Thursday evening, July 16th, for the purpose of presenting the Vicar with a token of the appreciation of the congregation and Sunday School of the work he has done and the sympathy he has shown among them. When a hymn had been sung, Mr. H. Morse was called upon to introduce the object of the meeting.
Mr. Morse said they were there to give their esteemed and beloved Vicar a small remembrance of the many happy years he had spent among them. The people had all been very willing to contribute, but they would have given double to keep Mr. Dandy with them. The Vicar had shown sympathy to all, whether in health or sickness, and he had always found him a true friend. He wished him every success in his new work at Kingswood.
Mr. H. Cox then spoke, thanking the Vicar in the name of the congregation for his earnest work among them, and the many valuable sermons which they had heard from him, reminding them that what they had to do was to live up to them, and carry them out in their lives: to receive the smooth stones of the Gospel from the brook, and as the stone from the sling of David sunk into the forehead of the giant Goliath, so to let them sink deeply into their heads and hearts, that they might be shown forth in their lives.
The Rev. W. F. Adams made the presentation, which took the form of a gold watch, with inscription, obtained through Messrs. Johnson Bros.
The Vicar then rose to thank the Yorkley Wood people for their most handsome and unexpected present. He thanked them for the universal sympathy and kindness which he had always met with among them; he did not think one unkind word had ever been spoken to him during the whole of the fifteen years during which he had worked among them, and the people of Yorkley Wood would always have a very warm corner in his heart, and he should always take the keenest interest in them as long as he lived. In thanking Mr. Morse and Mr. Cox for their kind words, and the mention of his sermons, he said he had always striven to preach the whole Gospel, and poor though the result bad been in his hands, yet be believed that as long as Christ, and Christ only, was preached, the people would be drawn to listen to, and, he hoped, to live up to the Gospel story. But there were two things be wee going to ask of them. First of all, their prayers. He was going to a parish of which, though the area was not so great as that of the parish of Bream yet the population was many times as great, as he would have some 8,000 souls to care for. Therefore he should need their prayers that the grace of God might be poured out upon his work there, and then the second thing he wanted of them was that they would receive their new Vicar, Mr. Eales, with the same sympathy and good-will which they had shown to himself.
After a hymn, the Vicar gave the Blessing, and bade the people farewell.
On Friday evening, July 17 the Rev. H. F. Dandy, MA., who has severed
his connection with Bream after 16 years’ faithful and zealous
ministry, having been appointed by the Bishop of the Diocese to the living
of Kingwood, near Bristol, was presented with a handsome testimonial,
which had been subscribed for by the parishioners of Bream in recognition
of his devoted labours, and as a token of the respect in which he is
deservedly held. The presentation took the form of a valuable black marble
timepiece and pair of vases to correspond, together with a nicely bound
album, containing an illuminated address and the names of the subscribers
(about 400 in number), and 15 splendid views of Bream and neighbourhood,which
had been specially taken by Mr. F. F. Jones, photographer, Cinderford.
The timepiece and vases were supplied by Mr. J. W. Benson, Ludgate Hill,
London, and the album by Mr. Thatcher, College Green, Bristol. The testimonial
was promoted by a large and thoroughly representative committee, upon
which were several of the leading Nonconformists of the locality. Considerable
interest was evinced in the presentation proceedings, between two and
three hundred parishioners and others being present in the National Schoolroom.
At the solicitations of the committee, Chas. Bathurst, jun., Esq., of
Lydney Park, kindly consented to make the presentation speech.
The meeting was presided over by Mr. J. H. Fewings (chairman of the testimonial committee).
The address contained in the album was as follows:
“ To the Rev. H. E. Dandy, M.A. We, the under-mentioned parishioners and friends beg your acceptance of this album and timepiece, as a token of our esteem, and regret at your leaving after 16 years’ ministry among us, and as an appreciation of your earnest and faithful labours, both spiritually and socially, in the parish of Bream, feeling that you have always had the true interests of the parish at heart. We earnestly wish you every success in your new sphere of labour, and hope you may long be to prove as useful there as-you have been here in our midst. Bream, 10th July, 1896.” Among the speakers, Messrs. B. North, H. Cox, W. Worgan, W. F. Mullan, S. B. Jenkins, S. J. Elsom, and C. Cooke all spoke of the regret felt at Mr. Dandy’s leaving them, and at the interest he had always taken in everything that had been done for the welfare of Bream, and the sympathy he had shown to all.
The Rev. H. E. Dandy spoke in the warmest terms of his happiness during his ministry at Bream, and of the pain of parting with the people and places with which he was so familiar; and though with a stammering tongue, it was with a very full and grateful heart that he thanked them for their beautiful presents. In conclusion, the rev, gentleman said he knew that all the world over he should never find friends like he had found in the parish of Bream and neighbourhood, and his heart would always be drawn to the place he had learnt to love and to cherish, and which he should never forget so long as God gave him life in this world below.
Upon the proposition of Mr. G. W. Taylor, the best thanks of the meeting were given to Mr. Bathurst for his services, and on the motion of Mr. Cox, a similar vote was accorded the Chairman, Mr. Mullan and Mr. G. F. Peters for what they had done in connection with the testimonial fund.
The very interesting proceedings terminated with the singing of the hymn, “God be with you till we meet again,” and the Benediction, pronounced by the Rev H. E. Dandy.
On Monday, August 3rd, the members of the S. James’ Sick and Burial Club presented the Rev. H. E. Dandy with a very handsome brass inkstand, with inscription, and a letter balance, as a parting token of their appreciation of his valuable services on behalf of the club. Mr. W. Worgan, in making the presentation, drew attention to the excellent way in which the Vicar had organized the club, and he did not think as long as it continued to be so ably directed that the club had anything to fear. The Rev. H. E. Dandy, in replying, thanked the members most warmly for the beautiful present they had given him. It had always been a pleasure to him to work for the S. James’ club, for he felt that such Societies always helped to counteract the tendency too prominent in most of us, namely, selfishness, and helped us to think more of our fellow men. It pained him much to think that he had already preached his farewell sermon to them at their anniversary service, and that this was probably the last time he would be present on their club night, but, although he was leaving them, he still wished to remain a member of the club, and thus, though absent in body, he should still feel that he was one of them, and whenever he came back amongst them, he would not feel “shelved” as it were, but would still be an active living member of the S. James’ Club, which he hoped would go on and succeed and prosper in its good work, under the blessing of God, as it had done up to that time.
SALE OF WORK.
On Wednesday and Thursday, July 8 and 9, a very successful bazaar and sale of work was held, in aid of the funds of the National School. It was held in a field on the Sun Tump, kindly lent by Mr. A. Elsmore. On Wednesday proceedings were opened by Sir James Campbell, Bart. There was a public tea provided on this day, when about 200 sat down. The stalls were set out in a large tent, and displayed great taste in their arrangement, as well as being covered with both useful and ornamental articles in large quantities. The various stalls, taking them in order on entering the tent, were held by the following : Jumble stall, the Vicar and the Rev. W. F. Adams; general stalls, Miss Dandy, Miss Durnill, Miss Watkins, Misses North and Misses Dobbs; refreshment stall, Mrs T. Morse and Mrs. C. Smith; general stalls, Mesdames Fewings, Jarrett, Jenkins, Peters, Mullan, and Misses Williams and M. Logan: flower and fruit stall, Misses Pearce and Musgrove. This stall we cannot refrain from specially mentioning, on account of the tasteful arrangements in setting out the many beautiful things on it. It was the admiration of all visitors. On Thursday a most amusing washing contest took place the competitors being gentlemen, and were certainly those who had not always been used to the kind of work they tried to do. Roars of laughter were caused by their efforts to win the prizes. Proceedings were enlivened by various selections of music by the Bream band on Wednesday, and the Lydney hand on Thursday. Dancing was indulged in by those who cared for the pastime. There is no doubt, however, that the part of the event which proved the greatest attraction to the public who entered the field was a pastoral play entitled “The Children’s Queen.” This was given in a separate tent, a small charge being made for admission, and to show its popularity we may mention that the profits amounted to £6 or £7. The success of this entertainment was due to the untiring exertions of Mrs Yarworth, helped by Mrs. C. Morse, Rev. W.F. Adams, Mr. W. F. Mullan, and the perseverance and patience of all the choir. It is satisfactory that the sum aimed at £45 was cleared.
On Thursday, July 23, was held the thirty-first Bream Annual Flower, Fruit, and Vegetable show. The Show was held in a meadow which Mr. A. Elsmore again very kindly placed at the disposal of the committee. The names showing distinguished and important patronage this year were: Sir James Campbell Bart., Col. Davies, Capt. Marling, Surgeon, General Cook, J. Griffiths, Esq., Rev. F. C. Gosling, J. Hughes, Esq., T. H. Deakin, Esq. F S. Hockaday. Esq., A. Reynolds, Esq., Charles Bathurst. Esq., jnr., P. Baylis, Rev., Dr. Halpin, and the Rev. Dr. Bond. The officers and committee were as follows : President, Rev. H. E. Dandy; vice- President, Rev. W. F. Adams; treasurer, Mr. G. Smith; hon. sec., Mr. A. Batten; committee Messrs. T. Batten, W. Camm, A. Elsmore, J. H. Fewings, J. Hawkins, S B. Jenkins, F. Lucas, C Morse, T. Morse, T. Morse, junr., D. North, G. Taylor, C. Thomas, W Trafford W. Worgan, F. Watkins, W. Watkins, S. Wildin, and H. Yarworth.
Two large tents were in use and though some of the classes were not quite up to the average, no doubt owing to the adverse season, the number of classes and exhibits were showing a considerable increase, and we are glad to learn that the financial position of the Society enabled the committee to make a corresponding increase in the number of the prizes. The judges were Mr. J. Locke, gardener at Eastbach Court, and Mr. W. Gunter, gardener at Newland Rouse, and we are asked on behalf of the committee and the Society, to express their appreciative gratitude to these gentlemen, who again so kindly, and in a way to give such entire satisfaction, gave their services in this way. In addition to the ordinary Show, a good programme of athletic sports had been arranged, which, included pit timbering competition, tug of war (married v. single), sack race, putting the weight, high jump and long jump. The Bream Brass Band (conductor Mr. T. Bevan) played varied selections of dance and other music. In the evening the tents were cleared and arranged for a rendering of the pastoral play or cantata, The Mountain Children, which was so well and appreciatively given at the bazaar.
On Sunday, July 26, the annual Dedication Flower Service, held on or about S. James’s Day, took place in the Parish Church at 3 o’clock. About 200 children were present. The Rev. W. F. Adams conducted the service, and received the flowers from the children at the altar rails. Two boxes were sent off containing their offerings of flowers, one to the Children’s Hospital, and one to the General Infirmary at Gloucester, and were gratefully acknowledged.
FROM THE PARISH RECORDS
Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost. S. Matt,, 28, Ia.,
July .5 John, son of Mark and Anna Maria Grant, Whitecroft, labourer.
July 15 Sydney Thomas, son of Sidney and Mary Ann Birt, Saunder’s Green, collier.
July 20 Evelyn Julia, daughter of Albert John and Henrietta Mary Batten, Bream, grocer and draper (Private).
July 20 Mildred Addis, daughter of Henry ‘Colwell and Edith Mary Robins, Colliers’ Beach, labourer.
July 22 Fred, son of George Edward and Annie Burley, Bream’s Woodside, collier.
July 22 Thomas William, son of Frederick Charles and Louisa Brice, Bream’s Tufts, collier..
July 22 Clara, daughter of George and Mary Ann Hart, Clement’s End Green, labourer.
July 29 Florence Elsie, daughter of Samuel Richard and Susan Lydia Wildin, Mill Hill, collier.
What God hath joined together, let not man put asunder, S. MARK, 10, 9.
July 28 by the Rev. W. F. Adams, William Sherred, Newport, Monmouthshire, to Martina Patience Watkins, Breams Eaves.
Here have we no continuing city, but we seek one to come. HRB., 13, 14.
July 7 Ethel Rosa Vaughan, Mill Hill, 2 months.
July 8 Edward Ernest Teague, Mill Hill, 22 days.
July 10 Mary Kear, Bream’s Tufts, 70 years.
July 17 Bessie May Drew, Bream’s Meend, 7 months.
July 17 Lily Lee, Bream’s Eaves, 5 months.
July 20 Harriett Ruck, Bream, 65 years.
July 28 Frank Clarke Ross, Ellwood, 16 years.
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