S. JAMES’S PARISH MAGAZINE’
November 1901 No. 327.
8. Holy Communion
11. Matins and Sermon every Sunday, with Holy Communion, 1st and 3rd Sundays..
6.30. Evensong with Sermon.
7.30. Holy Communion,— 6.30, Evensong.
Thursday: 7.30. Holy Communion.
Wednesdays and Saturdays;
Churchings at any Service. Holy Baptism on 1st Sunday in month at 5.0; and Wednesdays at 6.0.
YORKLEY WOOD MISSION CHURCH
11. Matins and Sermon every Sunday, with Holy Communion on the 4th Sunday.
3. Evensong with Sermon
Churchings at any Service. Holy Baptism, Sundays, at 2.15.
FIRS MISSION HOUSE
3. Evensong with Sermon.
BREAM — 10.10 and 2.30 (except on 1st Sunday in month)
YORKLEY WOOD — 10.10 and 2.10
FIRS — 2.10
Mothers’ Meeting in the Schools, every Monday at 5 p.m.
S. James’ Sick and Burial Club Meeting, at Schools, first Monday in every month, 7.30.
Penny Bank at Schools, Fridays 4.
Library at Schools, Fridays, 4.15.
Vicar: Rev. ERNEST F. EALES, M.A.
Price Three Halfpence. Sold by — Mr. Thomas Kear, Bream, and Mrs. J. W. Manners, Yorkley Wood.
" Suffer the little children to come unto Me, and forbid them not: for of such is the Kingdom of God."—S. MARK, x, 14.
October 7—Cecilia Elizabeth daughter of George and Eliza Timmins,
The Mount, Bream, grocer’s assistant.
October 24—Arthur Baylis, son of Sydney Baylis and Annie Elizabeth Meek, Bream's Woodside, collier.
October 27—Stanley Colston, son of James and Rhoda Brown, Darkhole Farm, farmer (private.)
" Here have we no continuing city, but we seek one to come." Heb., xiii, 14.
October 23— Edward Ruck, Bream aged 72 years.
November 1 — Feast of All Saints.
November 30 —Feast of S. Andrew the Apostle.
On Wednesday, October 23rd, Thanksgiving for the Harvest was rendered to God at the Firs Mission at 7 p.m., when the Sermon was preached by the Rev. D. J. Banham, vicar of Parkend. The room was very effectively decorated by Mrs. Jenkins and other kind helper's and the Harvest hymns were heartily sung by a good congregation. Mr. R.Worgan presided with his usual ability at the organ.
The Vicar begs that all collecting boxes for Home or Foreign Missions may he sent to the Vicarage as soon as possible.
SERVICE OF SACRED MUSIC.
At the Parish Church on Thursday, October 24th, there was a Service of Sacred Music, consisting of two Sacred Songs, two violin and organ duets , and four or five pieces on the organ alone. Mr. James Kidson with his usual and unfailing kindness, rendered excellent selections on the organ, which were much appreciated; Mrs. Nunn Rivers came a long distance to give us the treat of listening to her beautiful voice, melodious, sympathetic and true; and Mrs. Grace Jarrett brought her violin to Church for the first time. We a hope it will prove the first of a long series, for certainly it is most delightful to hear a well played violin and organ duet. A good many people came to the Service, still not so many as we think ought to come in a place so musical as Bream.
A her name will not otherwise appear in the Magazine, we mention the death of Annie Jackman, which took place at the Vicarage on Wednesday, October 16th. She was a regular and devout Communicant, a Sunday School teacher, beloved by her class, and a boxholder for Foreign Missions who had been the means of interesting others in that good work. Her mortal remains were carried into the Church by the members of the Young Men's Bible Class on Friday, October 18th, followed by a large number of mourners, and met at the Churchyard gate by the Vicar and choir, the Service consisting of the first part of the Burial Office and the Litany with appropriate hymns. The next day the coffin was removed to Brixham for burial amongst her own people on the Tuesday following.
THE DONNING FAMILY.—
l. Sir Thomas Atkins in his County History ( 18th Century), says “ There are several inscriptions in Lydney Church to the Donnings. The Manon of Purton now belongs to Thomas Donning, who has a delightful house on the banks of the Severn, and a good estate. William Donning also has a good house and estate.”
2. The Rev. William Taprell Allen, when vicar of St. Briavels, told me that in the Chancery proceedings of the second year of Queen Elizabeth (1560) there was a suit between John Donning, who was the plaintiff, and Robert Donning and another, who were the defendants, respecting lands in Lydney, in the Parish of Newland, the inheritance of the plaintiff.
3. In Nicholl's book on the Forest mention is made of, “ Thomas Dining’s (Donning's) Myll called Breame, with all the lands and tenements thereto belonging, and also his house and land upon the Hill, and all his other lands towards Breame.”
From these statements we may conjecture that the Donnings were a Lydney family —possibly of gentle birth—and that those lands in the Parish of Newland, which lie close to Lydney, on the banks of the Newerne brook, and which contain what is now called The Old Mill (then possibly called Bream Myll) belonged to some of the family and that their estate was extended and contained a house and lands upon the hill towards Bream.
And this is, I think, sufficient to assure us that the Thomas Donning who seated the Chapel of Bream in 1618—see our last article— who is distinctly said to have then resided in Bream, was the owner and occupier, though not, I imagine, the builder of Pastor’s Hill House, that estate having been granted to him, probably, by virtue of the Patent of King James1st, quoted in our last article, in which indeed both the Pastor's Hill estate and also the name of Thomas Donning are distinctly mentioned
It seems, then, that when James 1st was selling Crown property here in 1618, he issued letters patent to William Wintour and Will Bell, who were men of County family, well known in Court; and they in their turn conveyed that part of the property called the Chapel Hay (end Chapel) of Bream to Thomas Donning—the property being of public interest, and Thomas Donning being probably the principal inhabitant of the tything; and then afterwards Thomas Donning conveyed both Chapel Hay and Chapel to trustees, whom he associated with himself—in trust for the landowners and inhabitants of Bream..
These earliest conveyances are said to have been destroyed in the Civil War, which is a pity, as they might have afforded valuable indications in respect of the previous history of the Chapel.
The Donnings are said to have once held chantry lands at North Nibley, but their name is not known there now, and it has become almost, if not quite, extinct also at Lydney
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