1914: December: Parish Magazine

Vicar: Arthur Napier

Church Services

I hope to have the usual Lantern Services on the first three Wednesdays in Advent, namely – December 2nd, 9th and 16th, at 7 p.m.

There will be no Mid-day Service of Communion on the third Sunday of the month, but two Celebrations on Christmas morning at 8 and 11. The collections on this day will be made for the Church of England Society for Waif and Stray Children.


The Lord Bishop of the Diocese held a Confirmation Service at Corfe Castle on Thursday, November 26th, at 3 o’clock. Three candidates were presented from Kingston: George Caines, Seymour Tatchell and Lillian Allen.


We have now, I am proud to say, twelve (in addition to E. J. Collins, at present a prisoner of war) connected directly or indirectly with our village who are serving with the Colours.

May God protect them and enable them to be a credit to their King, their Country and their village home:

William Cooper            Fred Bullen

Walter Hunt                  Robert Grant

James Medd                 Jesse Marsh

Robert Dorey                George Davis

Jack Caines                  Alan Travers

Parish Almanacs

These Almanacs for the New Year can be had after any of the Lantern Services in December.


Nov. 15.            Mary Geraldine de Courcy Cooper

1914: November: Parish Magazine

Vicar: Arthur Napier

Our monthly collection, taken on October 25th, amounted to the sum of £3 3s. 0d. The Rev. A. C. Nickol pleaded the cause of Foreign Missions. He is the Secretary for the Church Missionary Society. Next month, November 29th (Advent Sunday) we shall have the Rev. H. Macknight once more with us to ask for our collection towards the Missions to Seamen; but, as last year, he will preach at Morning Service only.

Band of Mercy

The annual competition, in which last year our Kingston Band of Mercy was so successful, took place on Wednesday, October 14th. The names of those who have entered are: May Speck, Lillian Allen, Winnie Munden, Eva Speck, Elizabeth Fricker, Annie Travers, Annie Hunt; Edward Travers, Ralph Hunt and Albert Fricker. We all had tea after School at Mrs. Bartlett’s and went thence to the Schoolroom again for essay-writing. The result may be looked for in the early part of the New Year.

Parish Bounds

I have been here for three years, and have only just discovered that what I thought was a part of my parish is not so. I refer to Hill Bottom; I have hitherto been given to understand that the cottages on the right-hand side (as one goes towards Chapman’s Pool) and the old coastguard cottages belonged to Kingston, but on investigation of the Worth Tithe Map, I find that all these cottages, together with those on the left-hand side, are in the Parish of Worth. The only difference that this discovery will make will be that I shall cease my periodical visitation of these cottages, and (in the New Year) my issue to them of the Parish Magazine, but I shall retain in the future for the dwellers in the cottages there the same interest and affection that I have had for them in the past.

Club Room

Our excellent Club Room is now open and in use. It is another sign of Lord Eldon’s generosity. He has given us the Room and the billiard table, a handsome present, and, as time goes on, we shall appreciate it more and more. Thanks to Mr. Candy’s interest in pressing matters on, we were able to make our first evening’s use of it on Monday, October 19th.


1914: October: Parish Magazine

Vicar: Arthur Napier

There are but few remarks to be made in this month’s Magazine, since everything that might be of interest at ordinary times seems to sink into insignificance in the face of this tremendous war.

The visit from the Rev. A. Lombardini was, I understand, greatly appreciated; as I felt sure, when I invited him, that it would be. I may say also that he, for his part, seems to have thoroughly enjoyed himself here.

The Festival of Thanksgiving for the sage ingathering of Harvest is due to be observed on September 27th. I will leave space for the insertion of the amount collected on behalf of the Bournemouth Hospital. £5 5s. 0d.

I cannot definitely state the date on which the Reading Room will be opened, but I hope the necessary furniture and fittings will be complete about the middle of October.


Aug. 30.            George Frederick William Cooper

Sep. 27.            Frederick Edward John Collins


1914: September: Parish Magazine

Vicar: Arthur Napier

National Relief Fund

In hearty response to H.R.H. the Prince of Wales appeal that all churches and chapels should make a collection to the above fund, Kingston Church gave the largest offering which has been made by the congregation. The generous sum, £11 14s. 6d., was forwarded to Buckingham Palice on Monday, August 17th.

National Defence Society

The above offering, which was a special effort made upon an unique occasion of course substantially interfered with the usual monthly collection made on the following Sunday, August 23rd; but even so, we managed to give the Rev. F. Lombardini the sum of £2 17s. at the end of the day, after he had opened our eyes to the cause which he so eloquently pleaded at the Evening Service on that day.

The War

You will forgive me if I seem to pass by the one subject which is on our lips and in our hearts at this time; but truly I feel that there is nothing which I can in so short a space helpfully add to that which I am gradually counselling you from the pulpit.

On Sunday, August 16th, we used the full service appointed for the Church on behalf of the King’s Naval and Military forces.

Inspector’s Report

The Diocesan Inspector, the Rev. J. W. Coulter, made his annual visit and examination of the Kingston School in religious knowledge on July 30th, and afterwards sent the following most satisfactory report:

This School has had many difficulties to contend against during the year, having been closed three times for illness. In spite of this the religious knowledge is very good throughout. The teaching is most carefully given and the tone is excellent.

(Signed)     F.W. Coulter      Diocesan Inspector

Rifle Club Notes

Our rifle season closed on Saturday, August 1st, which by kind permission of Mr. Candy was allowed as a half-holiday for the purpose. The weather left much to be desired, but the shooting was not greatly interfered with by the rain. Appended is a list of prize-winners, who received their rewards from Mrs. Guise at 7.30 the same evening, to the accompaniment of a pleasant programme of music by the Band.

George Coombes, the cup and 10s.              229

Walter Beck, 8s.                                               227

Walter Dorey, 6s.                                            220

Jesse Gale, 4s.                                                   219

Thomas Joyce, Bell medal                             217

George Langtree, Roberts’ medal               211

Leonard Jeffrey, 2s.                                       211

George Davis, Express medal                       208

Charles Orchard, Daily Telegraph certificate

and S.M.R.C. Medal                              203

Arthur Travers, Daily Mail certificate      200


Aug 16.             Alice Vincent

1914: August: Parish Magazine

Vicar: Arthur Napier

Rifle Notes

Our shooting season is drawing to a close. Saturday, August 1st, is the day fixed for the final shoot for the Cup, and we have had a very pleasant series of practices. Scarcely one wet day throughout, very enjoyable meetings, and a distinct improvement in the individual shooting. The following have been successful in obtaining the S.M.R.C. badges for proficiency in the three classes:

Class A

  1. Coombes     371

Class B

  1. Coombes    360
  2. Dorey           358
  3. Langtree     351
  4. Joyce            351
  5. Beck              350

Class C

  1. Travers       345
  2. Langtree    343
  3. Coombes    341
  4. Joyce           338
  5. Orchard     336
  6. J. Gale        334
  7. Davis           334
  8. Dorey          331
  9. J.T. Light   331
  10. Hooper       331

An alteration

I am going to change the monthly collection (August 23rd) to a special object, viz., the National Society, which, in view of the Parliamentary invasion of the Church, we are asked to support. We shall know more about this Society on the Sunday mentioned, as we are to have a special preacher sent to us at one of the Services, morning or evening.



 June 29.            Edward Howard Stevens

,,     ,,               May Howard Stevens


July 3.                 Edward Howard Stevens

July 18.               May Howard Stevens

1914: July: Parish Magazine

Vicar: Arthur Napier

There is not much news to put on record this month, with the exception of a visit from the Rev. T. Russell-Wright, who conducted the Services on Trinity Sunday in my absence, and whose ministrations, from all that I can hear, were very much appreciated.

We are at last able to get back to our routine of Day School and Sunday School Afternoon Services, which have been so much broken in upon (by chicken-pox) of late. July 5th will be kept as “Flower Sunday”, and for convenience of taking the flowers to the Vicarage, will be held in the New Church. The flowers will be sent to the sick people in the East London parish of Horsleydown; and the Church collection for sending the poor children to the seaside will be made on the last Sunday of the month, viz., July 26th.

Our June collection for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals amounted to £2 3s. 8d.

The Dedication Festival of our Church will be held on Sunday, July 26th. The proper day (St. James’ Day) is Saturday, July 25th, but for convenience we will observe it on the day following.


May 31.                        Amelia Ann Marsh

,,    ,,                             Henry Charles Kellaway


June 22.                      Freeland George Vincent and Lillian Grace Arnold

1914: June: Parish Magazine

Vicar: Arthur Napier


The May Collection for the Church of England Temperance Society reached the sum of £3 1s., which Mr. Scott, the Diocesan Secretary, took to help forward the general fund of the Society. The next offertory will be made on Sunday, June 28th, for the Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals.

Church Finance Scheme

We have, I am glad to say, a good response to the Bishop’s appeal for support to his great scheme; in all, about 20 tickets have been returned up to date, and the envelopes have been issued to the contributors. These will now put the envelopes containing the amount promised, into the box provided for the purpose at the end of the Church.

Trinity Sunday

June 7th, on which Sunday I expect to be away from home, the Services will be conducted by the Rev. T. Russell-Wright. I think that all who were present at the Services, this time last year, enjoyed the excellent discourses by Mr. Russell-Wright, and I hope a good congregation will be present to welcome him.

1914: May: Parish Magazine

Vicar: Arthur Napier

Vestry Meeting

Held on Tuesday, April 14th, about 25 parishioners present. Chief points considered were as follows:

  1. The appointment of Sidesmen to collect and count the monthly offertory, at Morning and Evening Service.
  2. To adopt a scheme similar to that in use at Wareham, in response to the Bishop’s urgent appeal re Church Finance. First, a card will be sent to each Church-family to be signed and returned by those who are willing to take part in the scheme, stating the amount they are prepared to give (say, for example, 1d. per month). Upon the return of these cards, the Secretary will issue so many envelopes, which in the case of the monthly contributor would be brought once a month (in the case of a yearly contributor, once a year), and dropped into a box in the Church, this box to be cleared after each Sunday evening’s service.
  3. To adopt a suggestion that the hymn during the communion of the people at Choral Celebrations be discontinued.
  4. The question of the right to use the North and South aisles of the Church was brought forward; and after discussion it was ascertained that it was Lord Eldon’s express wish that the North aisle should be for the use of the young men, and the South aisle for the young women and children: as this is so, there is no more to be said on the matter except to ask those concerned to respect his Lordship’s wishes.
  5. The following appointments were made:

Mr. Hughes, Sidesman

Mr. Joyce, Sidesman

Mr. Medd, Sidesman

Mr. Seymour, Sidesman

Mr. F. Hunt, Sidesman

Mr. L. Jeffery, Secretary for Church Finance

N.B. – In our Parish we are so situated that we have no need to appoint Churchwardens as other parishes do, the wardenship of the Church being entirely in the hands of Lord Eldon and Mr. Candy.


The Easter Offering for the Bulford Camp Church Building amounted to £4. The May collection (which will be made on May 17th) is for the Temperance Society, when the address will be given by Mr. G. Scott, Diocesan Secretary.


Mar. 30.            Arthur Vincent and Susan Hibbs

1914: April: Parish Magazine

Vicar: Arthur Napier


The amount of the March offertory made on behalf of the Bishop of Salisbury’s Fund under the new organisation of Church Finance amounted to £2 10s. 0d.

The Easter offering is always and everywhere regarded as a present from the Congregation to their Minister, so that if the latter be poor, those amongst whom he labours may contribute to his earthly needs; while if he already have enough, he may devote the offering to some objectwhich he has at heart. This year I propose to send what you of your generosity give me (on Easter Day) to help to build a Church for the use of the soldiers at Bulford, near Salisbury, who though five times as many as we are in Kingston have no place of worship, while we have two.


There will be no Communion Service on the first Sunday of the month (April 5th), as there will be two on the following Sunday (Easter Day). As the children’s “Mercy Sunday” falls on Easter Day, it will be kept on the Sunday following. Good Friday – Morning Service with sermon at 11. Children’s Service (in new Church) at 2.45. ; Service of Song at 6.30. Easter Day – Holy Communion at 8; Choral Communion at 11.

N.B. – Will those who cannot make it convenient to remain for the entire service, kindly leave the Church during the singing of the collection hymn. Children’s Service at 3.

N.B. – Will those children who bring primroses or other flowers for the decoration of their Church please take them up to the Old Church by 10 o’clock.

Evening Prayer, Anthem and Sermon at 6.30


Mar 24.             At Langton, Olive Grace Audley

1914: March: Parish Magazine

Vicar: Arthur Napier

Band of Mercy

A most gratifying result crowned our first entry in the Children’s Competition between the four counties of Dorset, Somerset, Devon and Cornwall. The competition consisted of an essay to be written by any member (between the ages of 9 and 14 years) of each Band, upon the subject of animals. The four best essays were first chosen out of the different Bands of Mercy, and then these were compared and judged together. The result of this judgment was a win for Plympton (in Devonshire) and second place for Kingston, with a certificate of recommendation. Kingston’s chosen four were: Margaret Grant, May Speck, Olive Audley and Ralph Hunt.

The Concert

Owing to a domestic bereavement, neither Mrs. Napier nor I were able to be present at the Concert on Friday, February 20th, in aid of the Band funds, so I can only speak of it from hearsay, instead of from personal experience.

The day was unfortunately a wet one, but there were not many of the usual audience who were prevented from attending.

The Concert appears to have been an unqualified success, and a sum of £2 18s. 6d. was handed over to Bandmaster W. Hooper.

A very pleasing item in the Concert was the presentation to W. Hooper of a China dinner service by the choirmen and bandsmen on the occasion of his wedding, which took place on the following morning. Mr. W. Candy very kindly made the presentation in my absence.


The March Collection will be for the Bishop of Salisbury’s Fund, and will be taken on Sunday, March 22nd. I have not as yet been able to come to any decision as to the manner of making a house-to-house visit for this purpose (as was proposed in the paper sent to you all by Colonel Rolson), and so, for this time, at all events, we must ask the authorities to be content with a Church offering.

The amount (Morning Service only) received for and transmitted to the Church Army, February 22nd, was £1 10s.


Feb. 21.            William Hooper and Margaret Elizabeth Beavis