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Western Gazette Friday 31 Dec 1880
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Early on Christmas morning, the choir of St. Mary's Church visited the residences of the principal inhabitants of the village singing carols. The bells were rung at intervals.
ADDITIONAL CURATES' AID SOCIETY. - A sermon was preached in the Parish Church on Sunday evening, by the Rev. C. E. CORNISH, vicar of South Petherton, on behalf of the above Society. The usual collection was made.
THE CHRISTMAS DECORATIONS at St. Andrew's Church were chaste and good, as usual. Few parishes in Somerset can vie with Curry in the matter of decoration on high days and holy days. Time, trouble, and expense are evidently matters of very small consideration when the Vicar and his helpers think it meet to adorn the church. On the altar there were two large vases of camellias, circles of white with scarlet centres; also two vases of white feathery chrysanthemums, with star-like centres formed of the vivid scarlet bracts of the poinsettia. On the steps at the side were fine groups of graceful ferns, white lilies, poinsettias, ericas, hyacinths, tulips, and primulas. On the east wall, over the altar-piece, was a device, consisting of a cross and an anchor, in red, on a large star of white cotton wool, bordered with holly, &c. On each side of this was a fine and effective cross. The pillars and window arches throughout the church had been carefully treated with light and graceful trails of ivy and other greenery. The panels of the pulpit were covered with a scarlet grounding, upon which variegated holly leaves had been wrought in diaper pattern, the intersections being relieved with flowers. The capitals of the miniature pillars on the pulpit were surrounded with charming bits of fern, geranium and primula blooms. The font was capped by a cone, formed of lines of fern fronds and flowers, with a cross of Christmas roses on the top. The basin and base had been adorned with ferns, geraniums, &c. Numerous large and seasonable mottoes and banners with emblematic designs were placed upon the walls. The effect of the musical service was considerably improved by the addition of several flutes to the instrumental portion. The bells rang merrily at intervals during the day.
THE DECORATION of the parish church for Christmas Day was carried out by the Misses ALFORD, and three words will describe the general effect thereof, simple and good. Christmas roses seem to have been unusually plentiful here, as well as elsewhere, and a fine cross of them was placed on the top of the mossy cover of the font. The window sills were bedded with moss. The panels of the pulpit and reading-desk were lightly bordered with evergreens, and upon a scarlet ground in each was a cross or other design, formed of straw paper. There was also bold and effective texts, &c., on the walls in the chancel and elsewhere.
SCHOOL EXAMINATION. - The Fivehead and Swell School was recently examined by the Rev. J. P. BILLING, Diocesan Inspector of Schools, who reports as follows: “The master evidently takes pains with the religious instruction of the children, who answered questions in Old and New Testament history in an intelligent manner. Altogether the discipline and tone of the school are good.”
BAND OF HOPE ENTERTAINMENT.- A numerous concourse assembled in the Baptist School-room on Tuesday evening, Dec. 21st, at an excellent entertainment arranged by the Committee of the Fivehead Band of Hope and Temperance Society. The Rev. J. COMPSTON presided, and amongst those who took part were Messrs. R. HALLETT, J. VILE, G. K. WEAVER, Mrs. SALWAY, Miss PATTEN, Miss S. A. MARSH, Miss A. WILMONT, and Mr. S. TUCKER, of H.M. 13th Regiment, now spending his furlough in his native village. The dialogue on “Objections to Bands of Hope,” between Mrs. H. SALWAY and Miss E. PATTEN, was regarded as an effective argument in favour of those institutions; whilst another, between Misses MARSH and WILMONT, on “What a Girl Can Do,” was a capital incentive to personal efforts. Miss MARSH also gave a touching story of the sea, entitled “Jemmy Morrison,” in her usual exemplary style; and another story of the sea, entitled “Wrecked,” recited by Emily WILLIAMS, showed how often the fatal occurrences at sea, and the ruin of sailors after they have landed, are the direct result of drink. Mr. HALLETT's reading, “For the Sake of Others,” and that by Mr. G. K. WEAVER, entitled “The Man who never Smiled,” were also full of pathos and power, as was also the song, “Come home, Father,” sung with much feeling by Mr. J. VILE. Of the same character was the recitation by a young member of the Band of Hope, Paulina COATE, “Weep, Christian; murmur, angels;” and still more so the striking duet, “Bring me the bowl,” sung by Miss COMPSTON and the Chairman, accompanied on the harmonium by Mr. Herbert COMPSTON. The address of Private TUCKER was in excellent keeping with the impressive style of those pieces, the effect of which was perhaps enhanced by the contrast of Mr. VILE's reading (given with mingled humour and feeling), “The Cider Gun”; and the dialogue between two young teetotal confessors (C. STUCKEY and E. LOUCH), called “The Bellman,” in which the bell was well used, and the usual announcements of the bell-man were successfully parodied. Several part-songs were given by the members of the Band of Hope, the most noticeable being one written by the Rev. J. COMPSTON, on “The Boys and Girls of England,” and a humorous on “Old John Bull.” The meeting was very successful, and some considerable additions to the membership of the Society were effected at the close.
A BAZAAR, in conjunction with a Christmas-tree, for the sale of useful and fancy articles, was held I the Bible Christian School-room on Monday, the proceeds being devoted to the circuit fund.
CHRISTMASTIDE is observed here in right good fashion. Not only is the church charmingly decorated, but the poor are feasted and made glad, as is becoming at such a season. Straight-laced people who heard the sounds of music and of merriment in the school-room on the afternoon of Christmas Day, might have fancied that there was some mistake about it, but if they had taken a peep within the building they would have found members of the Vicar's family assembled with their poorer neighbours, and doing their utmost to give practical effect to the good old time honoured wish, “A Merry Christmas,” The feasting begins with a breakfast for poor communicants, and is followed by dinner and tea for people above 60 years of age. The members of the Band of Hope connected with the Church of England Temperance Society were also entertained at tea. And now for a few words as to the church decorations. The usual adornments of he altar are so chaste and good that few alterations are required for festivals, and these were effected by a very simple arrangement of white flowers in the vases, by Miss JENKINS, by whom the altar decorations are usually carried out. The same lady also trimmed the font, with the assistance of Mrs. TANNER; and very prettily the work was done, a charming effect being produced by the artistic placing of sprays of yew, variegated holly, a few sheets of cotton wool, and such simple materials. The Misses GRUEBER adorned the window sills with a number of beautifully-formed ecclesiastical designs, consisting principally of dried flowers, the colours of some of which were unusually brilliant. - There was a tea meeting at the chapel on the afternoon of Christmas Day, too.
THE DECORATION OF ST. ANDREW'S CHURCH for Christmas Day had not been forgotten, although Miss HENSLOWE, who has for a long time undertaken this labour of love, was absent from home. Ivy, holly, yew, box, Portugal laurel, chrysanthemums, &c., had been carefully used in the adornment of font, screen, arches, window sills, choir stalls, reading desk, and communion rail. Graceful plants had been grouped in suitable positions, and banners, shields, &c., were liberally hung about the walls of the chancel. On the communion table, there was a charming cross of camellias, presented by Mrs. KELWAY, and over that was an appropriate text, wrought in gold and colours on a white ground. The pulpit was wreathed with greenery, each panel bearing a device in white cotton wool on a scarlet ground work, surrounded by a border of variegated holly. The general effect of the decorations was very pleasing.
CHRISTMASTIDE, - Through the kindness of Mr. and Mrs. John BRADLEY, of Ilminster, the aged poor of this village (about 70 in number) received packets of tea and sugar on Christmas Eve. Mrs. BRADLEY, who has on former occasions superintended the distribution, was unable to be present through an attack of bronchitis. Absent poor had packets sent them.
SEAVINGTON ST. MICHAEL
Thanks to the united efforts of Mrs. J. P. BILLING, Miss ROACH, and Mr. GREGORY, our church was most tastefully decorated on Christmas Day with flowers, evergreens, and appropriate illuminated texts, on a much better plan than has been previously attempted here.
SHEEP WORRYING. - On Monday, a young hound got among a flock of sheep, belonging to Mr. John ENGLAND of Hurcott Farm, in this village, and killed one of them.
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