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Issue Number: 316  Dec   1900

BAPTISMS

"Suffer little children to come unto Me, and forbid them not; for of such is the Kingdom of God." - S. Mark, x, 14.

November 3........Margaret Ellen, daughter of George and Minnie Hatton, Bream, collier.
November 14......Harold Thomas, son of John and Gertrude Kear, Bream, licensed victualler.
November 14......Kate Elizabeth, daughter of William and Elizabeth Baker, Bream's Tufts, labourer
November 17......Frank, son of Reubin and Alice Brain, Bream;s Woodside, collier.

MARRIAGE
" What God hath joined together, let not man put asunder." S. Mark, 10.

November 26.....By the Vicar, Samuel Robbins and Elizabeth Emma Hoare, both of the Blistors, Bream.

BURIALS
" Here we have no continuing city, but we seek one to come." Heb., 13, 14.

November 11.....Elizabeth Clifford, Bristol, aged 52 years.
November 18.....Edwin Llewellyn, Clements' End, aged 50 years.

SPECIAL NOTICES
December 2...............Advent Sunday.
December 21.............Feast of S. Thomas the Apostle.
December 19,21,22.. Ember Days
December 25.............Christmas Day
December 26.............Feast of St. Stephen
December 27.............Feast of S. John the Apostle and Evangelist.
December 28.............Feast of The Holy Innocents
January 1, 1901.........Feast of the Circumcision

VISITATION OF THE SICK
"Is any sick among you? let him call the elders of the Church; and let them pray over him, &c." (S. James, 5 - 14). "When any person is sick notice shall be given thereof to the Minister of the Parish." (Book of Common Prayer). In accordance with these instructions of the Bible and Prayer Book the Vicar hopes that parishioners will kindly let him know of all cases of serious sickness with which they may become acquainted, either in their own or in their neighbours' families.

CHRISTMAS MEAT TICKETS
Owing to the death of the Rev. Francis Charles Gosling, already recorded in our Magazine, his cheque for £3 for the above charitable gifts will of necessity fail us this winter; and the Vicar desires to make it quite clear that, by reason of the many calls upon the generosity of the Parishioners in connection with the Church Bell, the School Enlargement; and other parochial works, there are no funds out of which these gifts can be continued. Unless therefore, an unexpected supply for this purpose should be received by him, he will be obliged, with deep regret, to discontinue the gifts, at any rate this time.

CHRISTMAS LETTER
The Vicarage,
December 1st. 1900.

My dear Parishioners and Friends,
I must write a few lines this month to wish you all a happy Christmas and New Year.
Bearing in mind the holiness of the Saviours Birthday, and the fact that the coming season of Christmas will end not only the year but the century, it is not too much for me, as Pastor, to express the hope that every Communicant will come to receive the Sacrament this Christmas in thanksgiving for past mercies and in prayer for future ones. God expects us to remember great epochs, such as this, and to keep them well, and we cannot mark them better than by that holiest service which the Lord Himself ordained. "Come then, for all things are now ready;" and if you have lately been neglectful, "Return unto Me, saith the Lord, and I will return unto you."

Your affectionate Vicar,
ERNEST F. EALES

YORKLEY WOOD MISSIONS
Home Missions (A.C.S.) - Boxes - Maud James, 6s. 7 1/2d.; Mrs. George Morgan, 10d ; Mrs. Benjamin Cox, 3s 5 1/2d ; Miss Bernice Johnson, 3s 5d ; Offertory (November 11 1900), 8s 5 1/2d ; total, £1 2s 9 1/2d ; Foreign Missions (S. P. G.) – Boxes – Miss Phipps, 5s 10 1/2d ; Miss Margaret Morgan, 4s 9d ; Miss Emily Brown, 1s 8 1/2d ; Miss Lucy James, 2s 2d ; Miss Lydia Phipps, 1s 5 1/2d ; Mrs Henry Cox, 1s 2 1/2d ; Mrs John Manners, 2s ; The Misses A. F. and M. Johnson, £1 11s 2 1/2d ; Offertory (August 26, 1900), 9s ; total £2 19s 4 1/2d.
The Vicar wishes to congratulate Yorkley Wood upon the coansiderable increase of the above offerings for Foreign Missions, and more especially the Misses Johnson for their splendid box.
The Home Missions' Offerings fall a few shillings short of last year, owing perhaps, to there having been no Missionary Meeting. There is room for more box-holders, and for boys as well as girls and grown up people.

HISTORICAL FACTS
From time to time now we shall hope to publish scraps of historical information, such as may help throw light upon the vexed question of the origin of Bream and it's old Chapel.
This month, by kind permission of the Vicar of Newland Church, we give some account of the two oldest Registers of Newland Church, which are interesting for several reasons.
1. THE OLD PARCHMENT REGISTER.

The oldest Register of Newland Church covers the ground from about the year 1560 to the year 1669, and is a mixed record of christenings, marriages and burials. The beginning and main part of the book are beautifully written in Monkish latin, but the writing degenerates as the years roll on, and latterly English is increasingly mixed with Latin, which it sometimes entirely supersedes. The book has not always been well preserved, some of the entries being quite destroyed, apparently by mice. There are several interesting points in connection with the Register. In the first place, it bears distinct traces of the disestablishment of the Church at the time of the Great Rebellion, for during those troublous years a separate Register - now bound into a book itself - appears to have been kept by one John Wear in English and on quite different paper; the most probable explanation of which circumstance is that the lawful Vicar, whom Cromwell thrust out, carried away the Latin Register with him into exile, and left John Wear, the intrusive Minister, no option but to use another book ; and that at the restoration the lawful Vicar thought it best to bind John Wear's Register into the original book so as to legalize his proceedings as far as possible, and shew a spirit of conciliation and general amnesty ; it is rather odd, however, that we get back to the original book in September, 1659 - some months before the Restoration of the King. The second point of interest lies in the continual mention throughout this Registrar of such places as "Clowerwall," the old name for Clearwell ; "Colford" - Coleford without the "e" ; and "Breme" or "Breame" ; but no mention - so far as our observation has reached - of any Chapelries at either of these places, though from other sources we learn that Chapelries did exist at Coleford and Bream, and at least, a private Chapel at Clearwell Court.
The third and last point to be mentioned is perhaps the most interesting of all - especially to anyone in Bream of the name of Howard. The very first legible entry in this Register, under date of November 1st, 1560, is that of the christening of John Howard, son of John Howard of Breme. For the sake of the unlearned, we have translated this from Latin into English.

2. THE VESTRY BOOK.

The second oldest Register of Newland Church begins in 1655, and is quite a different kind from the first, being what we should call a Vestry Book, and kept by the Churchwardens in English.
The entries in this book are of various kinds, more religious of which we mention now, and more secular (some very funny indeed) we will keep for another occasion.
The first point of interest is a succession of records in the early years 1679 to1689 of the alternative visitations in the Forest Deanery of the Archdeacon of Hereford and the Bishop of Gloucester ; by which we are reminded that the whole of this part of Gloucestershire used to be in the Diocese of Hereford, and that when the new Diocese of Gloucester was formed in 1541, though the Deanery of the Forest was taken out of Hereford Diocese and placed under the Bishop of Gloucester, yet - oddly enough - the Archdeacons of Hereford would not for many years give up their jurisdiction here, but continued to hold visitations in the Forest for near 300 years, till 1836.
Three other extracts we now add, each of which comes under the head of Churchwardens Expenses. 1750 - Paid for making Breem's Church Book and expenses, 2/-. 1752 - Paid for Bread and Wine at Breem, 1/1. 1757 - Paid for Bread and Wine at Breem's Chapel, 4/3.
The former of these extracts appears to refer to the Church-Rate collection and the two latter clearly to the Celebration of the Holy Communion, here.
E.F.E.


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