Parish Magazine entries 1907- 1908
On Monday evening, December 9th, an enthusiastic and well attended Home Missionary Meeting was held in the Church Room, Moorsholm, when a graphic and interesting Lantern Lecture was given on the Home Missionary Work of the C.P.A.S. in Sheffield, Liverpool and Bradford by the Rev. A. Victor Jones. In the course of his Lecture he spoke of the remarkable increase in the population of England and Wales during the last century. It has grown from less than nine millions in 1801 to more than thirty-two and a half millions at the present time, and the increase of population has taken place chiefly in the commercial centres and in the industrial and mining districts, there having been little or no increase in the agricultural population, if anything a decrease, and the consequences is that whereas a clergyman of a hundred years ago found himself in a parish of 1500 souls, the clergyman of to-day frequently finds himself alone in a parish of 15,000, 20,000 or 30,000, because the church has lamentably failed to keep pace with the times and therefore many a poor clergyman would almost die down into despondency and despair if it were not for such societies and the Church Pastoral Aid Society which seek to send help to the most needy of these parishes. The C.P.A.S. has a regiment of over 1,000 workers, working in 669 large poor parishes, and of these 738 are clergymen, but the number ought to be doubled.
The new lamp which has been erected at the South entrance of St. Mary's is found most useful. All fear of stumbling going in or out of the church on dark evenings has thus been removed. One is also much needed at the East entrance.
A Cantata entitled " A Trip to Fairyland" was given in the Council School, on Friday May 8th, by the children of Margrove Park Sunday School. The proceeds were in aid of the Moorsholm Church Band of Hope Fund. Our best thanks are due to Mr. and Mrs. Evans of Margrove Park, and to all who took part in making the entertainment a success. Out Thanks are also due to Mrs. Dale, Mrs. Potter, Mrs. Suckling, Mrs. Liddle, Mrs. Hodgeson and Mrs Jeckell for kindly providing refreshments for the children.
New Lamp Fund
The following is a financial statement of the fund for the new lamp, which has been erected at the South entrance of St. Mary's. Collected by Messrs. Suckling and M.Potter, £3 17s. 6d. Cost of Lamp, £3 10s. 0d. Fixing 2s. 6d. Repairs, 3s. leaving a balance of 2s.
St. Mary's, Moorsholm
It is proposed to hold the Annual Flower Service at St. Mary's on Sunday afternoon, July 19th. There will be the usual service in the evening at 6.30 p.m. the sermon will be preached on behalf of the Sunday School.
June / July 1908
On Friday, June 26th, the Vicar, Churchwardens, Sidesmen and members of the choir, together with a few friends, met in the Councils school, Moorsholm, for the purpose of making a presentation to Mr. G. Johnson on his retirement from the position of organist after 23 years' service, and to Miss E. Johnson on her retirement from the choir. An excellent tea, supplied by Mrs. Arty, and at which Mrs. Dale and Mrs. Jeckell presided was partaken of, after which the Vicar presided and speaking of the faithful services rendered by Mr. Johnson asked him to accept a handsome marble clock as a token of the appreciation of the subscribers for his services. The clock bore the following inscription:- "Presented to George Johnson by the Vicar , Choir and a few friends in recognition of his faithful and punctual services as Sunday School Teacher and Organist of St. Mary's Church Moorsholm, from 1885 to 1908." Mr Johnson in a few well-chosen words expressed his thanks to the Vicar and subscribers, and then gave several interesting items of information in respect to the history of the parish during the twenty-three years he had held the post of organist. Messrs. Potter, W. Jeckell, F. Suckling and J.Marsay also spoke of the valuable work done by Mr. Johnson. The Vicar then presented Miss E. Johnson with a gold brooch in recognition of her services in the choir and Sunday School. On behalf of the choir, Miss M.A.Hodgson spoke as to the good services rendered by Miss Johnson during the number of years she had been a member of the choir and Sunday School Teacher. Miss Johnson suitably thanked the subscribers for their gift. During the evening songs were sung by the members of the choir and Mr. T. Bowden.
St. Mary's, Moorsholm
Harvest Festival Services were held on Friday October 23rd and Sunday October 25th. The Services were bright and heartily rendered by the Choir. The congregation were good, on Sunday evening the Church was full at a quarter past six o’clock. The preacher on Friday evening was the Rev. W. Andrews, rector of Middleton-St.-George, and on Sunday evening the Rev. R. Hodgson. The Church was tastefully decorated by Mrs. Jeckell, Misses E Suckling, Potter, R. Liverseed, J. Fawcett, B. Liddle, E. Young, A. Knaggs and E. Jeckell., Mr. F. Suckling, Mr. G. Wood, Mr. J. Suckling, and Mr T.A.Shaw. Gifts of corn, flowers, fruit and plants were sent by Mrs. Wharton, Mr. Wm. Petch, Mr. M. Potter, Mr. F. Suckling, Mr. J. Williamson, Mrs. Featherstone, Mrs. J Hodgson, Mr. F. Hodgson, Mr. R. Fawcett, Mr. W. Smith. Mr. J. Marsay, Mr. Wm. Williamson, Mr. W. Jeckell, Mrs. Mealing. We offer our warmest thanks to all those who assisted either by decorating or sending contributions. The collections realized £2. 6s. 1½d. and the sale of vegetables £14s. 6d.