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Issue Number: 187  Oct   1935

Dedication Festival.

This will fall this year on Sunday, 17th after Trinity. This Sunday will surely be observed as a special opportunity for thanksgiving.

The following extracts from notes compiled by Rev. E. F. Eales may be of interest to my readers:---

"The Chapel of St. James', Bream, having been rebuilt, was consecrated by Christopher, lord Bishop of Gloucester, on the petition (dated October 13th, 1826) of Henry Douglas, Henry Poole and others. The old Churchyard was consecrated with the Chapel."

"Mr Poole placed over the Altar the picture of Jesus breaking bread, which now hangs on the Chancel arch."

It further appears that there is documentary evidence of Services being conducted in the Chapel of Bream (this is of course prior to Rev. H. Pooles Restoration or Re-Building in 1822) from as early as 1618.

There have been nine Vicars of Bream:---

1st.......................John Baverstock, B.A.,.............................. 1854 - 1858
2nd......................Cornelius Witherby, B.A.,......................... 1858 - 1868
3rd.......................John Frederick Gosling, M.A.,.................. 1869 - 1882
4th.......................Henry Edward Dandy, M.A.,....................1883 - 1896
5th.......................Ernest Frederick Eales, M.A.,................... 1896 - 1902
6th.......................George William Leonard Cass, B.A.,......... 1902 - 1919
7th.......................Charles Henry Travers Wright, B.A.,....... 1919 - 1923
8th.......................William Josiah Joyce, A.K.C.,.................. 1923 - 1930

The earliest of the Church ornaments is the Piscina which is now built in the East end of the North wall of the Chancel, and dates back, according to expert authority, to between 1300 - 1500.
The Gough Communion Vessels are of silver, inscribed, and bear the date 1680.

These few extracts from Mr. Eales' notes will tend to show how long there has been a House of God in Bream, and remind us today our duties towards the Church which has been handed down to us. Duties which some seek to evade on all sorts of frivolous pretexts, sometimes, alas, purely personal ones.

I hope that the Dedication Services this year will show that more parishioners than ever are still loyal to their Church and willing to shoulder their responsibilities as parishioners

Churchyard
Among Mr. Eales notes, from which I have already quoted, is the following entry:

" The Rev. Henry Poole sold burying places in the lower Churchyard. These unlawful sales commenced in 1837 - February 14th and ended in 1854 - December 27th. The amount paid in each case is supposed to have been 10/- or 10/6."

Other Quotations
1826. The regular Burial Fees would commence with the consecration of the old part of the Churchyard on October 13th 1826. The first entry of Burial being that of Sarah Doward on August 3rd, 1827. by Poole, Minister.
1854. The regular Marriage Fees would commence with the Order in Council constituting the Ecclesiastical District of Bream dated June 4th, 1854. The first entry of Marriage being that of James Smith and Elizabeth, otherwise Betty, Beach, both of this district who were married after Banns by John Baverstock, B.A., Perpetual Curate, on February 3rd, 1855.

Church Bazaar

As the posters advertising this are already on view, most of you already know that it is to opened by Viscountess Bledisloe on Saturday, October 5th, at 3 p.m. This will be, I believe, Viscountess Bledisloe's first public appearance in Bream since her return to Lydney Park from New Zealand. I hope Viscount Bledisloe may find it possible to be present also, and add further distinction to our Jubilee Bazaar.
We shall be sure to give them both a hearty welcome.

There will be the usual array of attractive stalls, which, I gather, will be amply provided with articles of all kinds, things useful, decorative and domestic.
Through the courtesy of the West Gloucestershire Power Co. Ltd., the lawn outside the Miners Welfare Hall will be floodlit on Friday and Saturday evenings when "bowling for a lamb" will take place. The lamb has been kindly given by Mr. W. J. Kear, and there will be a further prize of a 10/- note. This provide an opportunity for members of the Institute who are bowling enthusiasts, and others too, to show prowess.
Following the Bazaar there will be a Whist Drive with generous Voucher Prizes. Invite your friends to come, and come yourselves.


Letter From Rev. Cass
BAWDRIP RECTORY
BRIDGEWATER,
September 24th, 1935
Dear Mr Parr,
Will you, Mrs Parr, all the kind helpers at the School on Thursday afternoon, and all the old friends in Bream accept our, that is Mrs Cass and my, grateful thanks for all that was done in connection with our visit, and for the hearty welcome which we received. We greatly enjoyed our short visit to Bream, and enjoyed immensely meeting old friends once more. I was able to call and see some of the old folks, but there were many more on whom I should like to have called, and would have done so had time permitted. I hope those whom I did not visit will kindly understand why I did not do so. It was not for want of will, but of way. To have gone round to all would have required several days. It was a great pleasure to find most people looking so well in spite of the passage of years, and I hope they will continue to do so.
With our kindest regards
and best wishes to all,
Yours Sincerely,
G. W. L. CASS


HOLY BAPTISM
" Members of Christ."

September 1...........................John Frank, son of Joseph and Beatrice Parker.
September 1...........................Anthony Ivor, son of William and Mary Preest.
September 8...........................Margaret Alethea, daughter of George and Hilda Watkins.
Septenber 7............................Sylvia Ann, daughter of Joseph and Olive Sutheran. (recieved into Church)

HOLY MATRIMONY
"Heirs together of the grace of life"

August 26..............................George William Grant Maclennan and Gwendoline Ivy Price.
August 31..............................Albert James Bedwell and Florence Edith Hilda Waite.
September 21.........................Clarence Herbert Long and Kathleen Mary Watkins.

CHRISTIAN BURIAL
"The care of the is with the Most High"

August 25..............................Susannah Craddock, aged 72 years.
August 29..............................Henry Addlebut Meek, aged 58 years.
September 4...........................Ursula Joyce Watkins, aged 11 years.
September 8...........................William Lewis (Pitt), aged 89 years.
September 15..........................Leonard Pace, aged 42 years.

Magazine Editor
The Editor of a Parish Magazine is usually an amateur, besides being a human being, thereby committing many an error, which will include blunders and omission.
When errors do occur, I find that in most cases I am not unduly or uncharitably blamed, for which I am sincerely grateful.


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