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

1914: February: Parish Magazine

Vicar: Arthur Napier


The monthly collections will follow much the same order as last year, except that the October one will be for Foreign Missions instead of for the special object of last year.

January             –           Parish Sick Fund

February           –           Church Army

March               –           Bishop of Salisbury’s Fund

April                 –           Easter: Special

May                  –           Temperance Society

June                 –           R.S.P.C.A.

July                  –           Fresh Air Fund

August              –           Prevention of Cruelty to Children

September        –           Hospital Fund

October             –           Foreign Missions

November         –           Mission to Seamen

December         –           Waifs and Strays


The Lenten Season begins on Ash Wednesday, February 25th. The Commination Service will be read on that day at 7 p.m., and a special service on the following Wednesdays with an instructive reading.

Rifle Club

I wish to hold a Rifle Club meeting at the Vicarage, on Wednesday, February 11th, at 7 o’clock; this will be the only notice issued, so will all the men interested in our shooting please be present.


The nearest places at which the Bishop will hold confirmations are as follows:

Wareham          –           March 24th, 3 p.m.

Langton            –           May 4th, 5 p.m.

Swanage           –           November 22nd, 3 p.m.

There will be no regular classes formed, but if there are any who wish to be prepared for either of these dates, I shall be very glad to arrange times most convenient to them, provided they let me know at least seven weeks before one of the three above mentioned dates.

Additional notes

During the past year, 1913, there were:

Ten Children Baptised

Five Persons Buried

Six Couples Married

Three Hundred and Eleven Communicants


Jan 11              Linda Kathleen Jefferies

,,    ,,                Philip Dennis Neale

,,    ,,                James Albert Haskett

1914: January: Parish Magazine

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Vicar: Arthur Napier


My first paragraph in the New Year will consist of a list of the 1913 charities which you who are Churchpeople in deed as well as name have assisted with heartiness and generosity. The January collection, will be given towards our own parish “Sick and Poor” Fund, which (added to the Early Communion Service offertories) forms a little fund which helps towards the occasional needs of our own people.

£ s. d.
Communion Offertories and Churchings 1 15 6
Jan Church Army 2 3 0
Mar Antarctic Tragedy 4 10 0
April Bishop of Salisbury’s Fund 2 5 0
May Temperance Society 2 11 6
June R.S.P.C.A. 1 16 6
July Fresh Air Fund 2 5 6
Aug Prevention Cruelty to Children 2 2 0
Sept Swanage Cottage Hospital 4 0 0
Oct South Wales Colliery Disaster 6 6 0
Nov Missions to Seamen 4 3 6
Dec Waifs and Strays 2 10 0
36 8 6
The total amount collected in 1912 36 19 6


On Friday, January 23rd, in the Schoolroom, Mr. Harry Pouncy, the Dorset lecturer and entertainer, will give a popular entertainment in the Dorset dialect, comprising a recital from the poems of William Barnes, sketches from the works of Mr. Thomas Hardy (by the author’s special permission), and old Dorset songs and stories. The time will be as usual, namely, doors open at 7, commence at 7.30. Admission: First three rows 1s. ; rest of room, 6d. ; and children of school age in the Class room, 3d.

The general Choir Practice in that week would be held on Thursday evening.


Dec. 22.  Arthur Edward Cross and Jessie

1911: Coastguard death

Whilst walking with several other coastguards to Kingston Corfe Castle to attend the funeral of Able Seaman George Jarvis, H.M.S. Irresistable, whose body was found on Encombe Sands, Thomas Bennet, chief petty officer coastguards, St. Alban’s Head, dropped dead in the road. Deceased was married, aged about 46, and suffering from heart disease.

Shepton Mallet Journal, 3 November 1911

1889: Fatal accident to Mr. F. C. Candy

On Wednesday night about eleven o’clock Mr. Frederick Charles Candy, in company with Mr. Dennis Dorey, were returning from Swanage to Kingston, the latter driving a spirited horse in a two-wheeled trap. They pulled up at the Eldon Arms, the home of Mr. Candy, and Mr. Dorey alighted, leaving Mr. Candy in the trap. He had barely tucked the reins through the ring of the pad when the horse moved on, slipping on the frosty ground, and started off at once. Mr. Dorey held on to the bridle for about 100 yards, when the shaft struck him in the mouth and knocked him down and the wheel went over him. The horse at the time was galloping at a furious rate and near the rectory gate Mr. Candy was thrown out against the wall. Dr. Hawkins was summoned from Corfe, but on his arrival deceased had been dead some time. Fuller details of the sad catastrophe were elicited at the inquest which was held on Thursday, at the Eldon Arms Inn, before Mr. Henry Symonds (deputy-coroner), and a jury, of whom Mr. Medd was foreman. The body having been viewed, the following evidence was adduced : –
Dennis Dorey said he lived at Barnstone and was a farmer. On Wednesday evening he and deceased went to Swanage together. Witness drove a horse in a two-wheeled trap. They left Swanage about half-past nine, and everything went well till they got back to Kingston. Then witness pulled up and got out of the trap, leaving deceased in it. Miss Candy was standing at the door. Witness intended returning home in the direction of Corfe Castle, and the horse’s head was turned that way. They both intended to get out of the trap at Kingston. Witness had just got down and tucked the reins through the ring of the pad, when the horse (a young one only broken in this winter) moved on, slipping on the frosty grounds, and started off at once. Nothing happened to startle the horse. Witness held on to the bridle for over 100 yards, when the shaft struck him in the mouth and knocked him down and the wheel went over him. When he fell the horse had got into a gallop. He did not think deceased tried to get out of the trap, nor did he cry out. Miss Candy ran after them. When witness fell the horse broke away, and a little way further on (close to the rectory gate) the trap struck against the stone wall. He did not see what happened, but he was not insensible. With the assistance of Miss Candy he went to the inn. The horse had never bolted before, and had stopped there scores of times.

Elizabeth Candy said her brother (the deceased) was 22 years of age and had been managing the Eldon Arms for her father. About a-quarter to eleven on Wednesday evening Mr. Dorey and her brother returned, driving up to the front door first and then across to the stable. She afterwards saw Mr. Dorey trying to hold the horse, which was endeavouring to break away. It was too dark for her to see her brother, but she ran down the hill and saw Mr. Dorey knocked down, and the horse run up against the wall. She picked Mr. Dorey up and helped him home, and then, in company with P.C. Ellis, went to look for her brother. Mr. Dorey appeared to be perfectly sober, and nothing she saw led her to believe they were not fit to look after the horse. The horse was young and she had frequently ridden behind it.

Richard Frost deposed to hearing the young men return, and to following Miss Candy and P.C. Ellis to where deceased was found.

P.C. Ellis said about a-quarter to eleven on the evening in question he was near Afflington barn, and the two young men passed him on their way to Kingston, and said. “Good night;” the horse going at a good canter. When he got to within 200 yards of the Eldon Arms he heard a trap going at a tremendous pace down Kingston hill. He saw Miss Candy leading Mr. Dorey, who was holding a handkerchief to his face. Miss Candy came out again in a few minutes with a candle, and they picked up two hats, and then went on to look for Mr. Candy. About 60 yards from the Eldon Arms on the right hand side of the road they saw the trap, and, putting his light under it, they saw deceased lying on the ground between the gutter and the wall. The horse and harness had clean gone and only a slight splinter was off the shafts. Deceased was entangled in the step of the trap. Witness felt his pulse and found he was quite dead. There were very severe injuries about the head and a large quantity of blood about, which ran down the gutter a long way. Deceased’s left ear and eye and mouth were injured. With assistance he afterwards got deceased home.

The Coroner briefly summed up, characterising it as a very sad accident, which they all deplored.

The jury returned a verdict of “Accidental death,” and generously gave their fees to the Dorset County Hospital.


The funeral took place on Monday afternoon, when a large concourse of friends from far and near attended to pay a last tribute of regard and esteem to one so highly respected and beloved. The cortege left the Eldon Arms for the old parish church shortly after two o’clock, and besides the immediate relatives considerably over one hundred followed. The mournful procession included Mr. and Mrs. George Candy, their second son and daughter, their third son and daughter, Mr. Charles Candy and daughter (Bournemouth), Mr. Lewis Ash, Mr. And Mrs. Frost, Master and Miss Dorey, Mr. T. Cooper (Messrs. Devenish and Co’s. representative), Mr. H. W. Green (stationmaster, Corfe Castle), Captain Harrison, Messrs. F. Yearsley, F. Hibbs, Speed, G. Hobbs, Dorey, James Whittle, G. Elmes (Wareham), C. Smith (Arne), Caines and Son (Renscombe, J. Snook and Son, H.Stickland, Cleal, W. Stevens, W. Moss, T. Vye, S. Moss, Shittler. T. Luther, A. Stickland, Pople Gillman, J. Williams, Senior, E. Smith (Corfe Castle). W. H. Burt, W. Linnington, King (Herston). R. Hayman (Dorchester), Smith (Eastington), A. Burbidge (Swanage), F. Jackson (Encombe), R. E. Pinney (Backnowle), J. Hughes (Kingstone), and many others. At the church the funeral party were met by the Rev. S. C. Spencer-Smith, who conducted the service. On entering the sacred building the choir, under the leadership of Mr. W. Dorey, organist, sang the hymn “When our heads are bowed in woe”, and, after the solemn service had been performed, hymn 197. The procession was reformed and proceeded to the newly consecrated piece of ground, where the body was interred. The corpse was conveyed on a hand bier, supported by six men from Lord Eldon’s estate, and a large number of wreaths and crosses were presented. Among those sending these floral offerings being Mr. A. Burbidge, Miss Danilly, Mr. And Mrs. F. Jackson, Mr. Smith, Mr. And Mrs. C. S. James (London), Mrs. Evans (Dorchester), Mr. And Mrs. Green (Corfe), Miss Vincent (Victoria Hotel, Swanage), Mr. R. Cann (Wareham), Mr. F. Hibbs, Mr. G. Hobbs, Mr. E. Penna (Clapham), Mr. Bulpitt (Southsea), Mr. T. Cooper (Abbotsbury), Mr. D. Dorey (Barnstone), Mr. J. Uphill (gardener, Encombe House), Dr. Woodford Daniel (Wareham), Mr. George Whittle (Wareham), Mr. And Mrs. William Merson (Bournemouth), Mrs. Hoare (Swanage), Mrs. Frost (Kingston), and others. The inscription on the coffin was “Frederick Charles Candy, died January 2nd, 1889. Aged 22 years. Many letters of condolence were received from friends, who for various reasons were unable to attend the funeral. The late Mr. Candy was a great favourite with all who knew him, and much sympathy is felt with Mr. And Mrs. Candy and the family in their sad and sudden bereavement.

Dorset County Chronicle, 10 January 1889

1880: The great jewellery robbery

London, Friday Night.

Up to the present the police have failed to trace the burglars who carried off £20,000 worth of jewellery from Encombe House, the residence of the Earl and Countess of Eldon. The tiara stolen is valued at £1,000, and it is stated that the whole of the jewellery and plate could have been concealed in a hat.

Burnley Express, 21 August 1880