1936: Kingston Church Worker – The Late Mr. T. E. Joyce

A RECORD OF FAITHFUL SERVICE

By the death of Mr. Thomas Eastman Joyce, at the age of 71, the parish of Kingston has lost one of its oldest and most respected inhabitants. When he was rather suddenly taken ill at the end of November it was a great shock to his family and friends, for up till that time, he had seemingly enjoyed his full health and vigour, and although he had to enter Boscombe Hospital, high hopes were entertained for his recovery, but he was unable to overcome the effects of two operations and passed peacefully away on the morning of 28th December. Mr. Joyce was a native of Kingston, and, but for a few years when he was in business at Swanage, had lived and carried on the business of his father in the village all his life. Through his business, social activities and the generosity of his nature, he had earned for himself an almost unique position, but it is as a churchman that he will chiefly be remembered, for he had fulfilled every official lay position from choir boy to churchwarden, and despite business and social claims, his Church was paramount in his life. He was also a school manager.

THE FUNERAL

The funeral took place at Kingston on Thursday, a large congregation attending.  The service, conducted by the Vicar (Rev. F. S. Horan) assisted by the Rev. R. A. Bond, a former Vicar, was fully choral, and commenced with the “Dead March” in “Saul” (organist, Mr. G. Dorey), as the remains had rested in church overnight, when the opening part of the service was taken. Two of Mr. Joyce’s favourite hymns, “I heard a Voice,” and “Abide with Me,” were sung. The Lesson was taken from Revelation, 7-9.

The Vicar in his address spoke feelingly of the generosity of Mr. Joyce’s nature and the steadfastness of his character, and of the great service he had rendered to his church and village.
The coffin was borne to its last resting place as the choir sang the Nunc Dimittis. At the conclusion of the service the bells were rung half muffled by the village ringers, conducted by Mr. W. Hooper.

The family mourners were: – Mrs. Joyce (widow), Mr. and Mrs. Braisby, Mr. and Mrs. Stride (sons-in-law and daughters), Mr. Harry Joyce (brother), Mrs. Bailey (sister), Mr. F. Wort (nephew), Miss Wort and Miss A. Joyce (nieces), Mr. W. Baker (cousin), Mrs. Ashford (friend), and Mr. Tom and Bert Bullen (employees).

Among the many others present were: – The Hon. Sir Ernest Scott, K.C.M.G., M.V.O. and Mr. A. G. Loxston (fellow churchwardens), Messrs. G. Hunt, C. Orchard and E. Dorey (sidesmen), Mr. W. E. Candy, Rev. C. Smith (former Vicar of Kingston), Dr. Dry Drury and Miss Drury, Rev. and Mrs. Godson, Mrs. R. A. Bond, Mr. and Mrs. G. Bartlett, Messrs Charles Stride, A. Curtis, N. Phillips, J. Marsh, T. Seymour, W. G. Marsh, A. Moss, T. Hibbs, Woodford White, Hill-Brown, G. Edgar, Bert Hunt, Pushman, R. Ballam, Bridle, E. A. Hixson, Capt. Dowera Rogers, Mrs. George Smith, and Mrs. F. S. Horan.

FLORAL TRIBUTES

Floral tributes, many and varied, were received from: – Wife and family; Cynthia and John (grand-children); Mr. and Mrs. Harry Joyce (brother); Mrs. Smith and family (sister); Mrs. J. Wort and family (sister); Mr. and Mrs. Linn Joyce and family (nephew); Miss Ada Joyce (niece); Mr. and Mrs. W. Baker and Francis (cousins); Mr. and Mrs. Aubrey Baker (cousins); Misses N. and B. Braisby and Mrs. Ashford; Mr. and Mrs. Filewood; Miss. E. Butcher; Mr. and Mrs. R. E. Ashford; Miss Nellie Stride: Mr. Tom and Mr. Bert Bullen; The choir and bellringers; Sir Ernest Scott; Rev. and Mrs. Horan; Rev. and Mrs. R. A. Bond; Rev. and Mrs. B. D. Beeley; Mr. and Mrs. W. E. Candy; Dr. Dru Drury; Mrs. Loxston; Mrs. Bartlett and family; Mrs. G. Smith and Miss Bowden; Mr. and Mrs. C. Orchard, Ken and Joan; Mr. and Mrs. A. Bates; Mr. and Mrs. J. Beavis and family; Mrs. Bertie Bullen; Mr. and Mrs. F. Bullen and Fred; Henry, Kate, and Charlie Bullen; Mr. and Mrs. E. Dorey and family; Mrs. A. Dorey and family; Mr. and Mrs. Damer and family; Mr. Dawson Damer; Mr. and Mrs. W. Hooper and Mrs. Bridle; Mr. and Mrs. C. Brown; Mr. and Mrs. G. Edgar and family; Mr. and Mrs. Phillips; Mrs. Honeybun and Nora; Mr. and Mrs. Davis; Kingston Women’s Institute; Mr. and Mrs. J. E. Turner; Miss Vinney; Mr. and Mrs. Newbery (Corfe); Mrs. Sansom and Mr. E. J. Sansom; Mr. and Mrs. Everett; Mr. and Mrs. Hare.

The funeral arrangements were carried out by Mr. E. J. Sansom, of Wareham.

Mrs. Joyce and family desire to thank their many friends for kind expressions of sympathy in their bereavement, and also for the beautiful flowers sent.

Western Gazette, Friday 8 January 1937

1935: Fete in the Purbecks

FETE IN THE PURBECKS – EFFORT FOR KINGSTON VILLAGE FUNDS.

An unusual privilege – that of viewing the beautiful grounds of Encombe Manor –  was enjoyed by hundreds of villagers and visitors who attended a flower show and fete held there by kind permission of Sir Ernest Scott, K.C.M.G., M.V.O, on Thursday afternoon and evening. Fete attractions were scattered over the smooth lawns surrounding the delightful bright green lake at the rear of the house, and a small but excellent lot of entries for the flower show were exhibited in the quaint temple in the grounds round a magnificent bronze statue of a gladiator.  Glorious sunshine and an admirably organised programme made the occasion ideal. The effort was in aid of general parish funds and the flower show was the second annual.

The fete was opened by Sir Ernest, to whom sincere thanks were voiced. There was a variety of attractive side-shows and the general arrangements were supervised by Rev. F. S. Horan (vicar). Mr. W. E. Candy was hon. Treasurer, and the show was organised by Mr. N. Phillips, head gardener to Sir Ernest. Sir Herbert Cook, of Studland, was among those present, and his head gardener, Mr. F. C. Gibbons, judged the show exhibits. Commenting on their all-round excellence he said: “It is a much better show  than it was last year; it is at least twice as good.  I really do think that it will be a better show than that at Swanage in years to come.”

Organisers of the various departments of the fete were: – Side-shows, Mr. R. Dorey; gymkhana, Col. Muspratt; entertainments, Mrs. F. W. Pond of Swanage; refreshments, Mrs. Orchard (assisted by members of the Kingston W.I.). A folk dancing display was given under the direction of Miss Dawson, and there was Morris dancing under the leadership of Miss Dymand, of Langton Matravers. Many of the dancers had competed in winning teams in Albert Hall competitions. In the evening modern dancing took place of the lawn. The two entertainments arranged by Mrs. Pond of Swanage, and given voluntarily by the Everest Concert Party, were excellent. Selections were played by the Kingston and Corfe Castle Band, under the direction of Mr. W. Hooper, who gave their services.

There were frequent ‘buses from Corfe Castle and Swanage to Kingston, from where a special ‘bus service ran to Encombe along the steep and richly wooded slopes of the Purbecks, on top of which the beautiful village of Kingston stands.

Five hundred entrance tickets were sold and yet there were not enough for all. Besides these, Scouts, Guides, and children were admitted free.

 

FLOWER SHOW RESULTS.

Three vases of cut flowers – Mrs. W. Dorey, Mrs. A. Cooper, Mrs. C. Orchard. Cut flowers – Mrs. Tizzard, Mrs. W. Dorey, Mrs. Orchard. Sweet peas – Mrs. Orchard, Mrs. W. Dorey, Mrs. A. Cooper. Asters – Mrs. Orchard, Mrs. A. Dorey, Mrs. Tizzard. Stocks – D. Hunt. Window plant – Mrs. C. Hunt, D. Hunt, Mrs. W. Dorey.

Potatoes – J. Marsh, W. Dorey, W. Damer. Shallots – R. Beavis, J. Marsh, D. Hunt. Carrots – W. Tuck. Spring Onions – G. White, D. Hunt, G. Bartlett. Peas – Mrs. H. Hunt. Marrow – Mrs. J. Marsh. Runner beans – W. Dorey, P. Damer, D. Hunt.

Cooking apples – R. Beavis, W. Tuck, C. Brown.

Wild flowers – Miss I. Marsh, Miss G. Dorey, Miss Stickland.

Home-made jam – Miss Joyce, Mrs. A. Cooper, Miss K. Bullen. Plain cake – Mrs. W. Dorey, Mrs. C. Orchard, Mrs. A. Cooper. Fruit cake – Mrs. A. Cooper, Mrs. A. Dorey, Mrs. P. Damer. Jam sandwich – Mrs. A. Cooper, Mrs. W. Dorey. Collection of vegetables for special prize given by Mr. Gibbons – W. Dorey, J. Marsh, P. Damer.

OPEN CLASSES.

Runner beans – L. Stockley. Spring onions – G. Wright, Mrs. Stockley. Peas – 2, L. Stockley. Cucumbers – L. Stockley. Stocks – L. Stockley.

 

GYMKHANA FEATURES.

A gymkhana was admirably arranged by Colonel Muspratt of Swanage. Among the various amusing events were blowing up balloons (Miss Daphne Bankes was the winner in completion with many Scouts); balloon sticking; and sausage stakes.

There were two bowling competitions. A pig presented by Mr. Barnes of Afflington Farm, was won by a visitor at the farm. A ham given by Mr. Dicker, of Wareham, was secured by Miss Roupell, a visitor from Surrey. The skittles prize, a shoulder of mutton, presented by Mr. Budden, of Corfe Castle, went to Mr. Brain. Treasure “stakes” were arranged by Mrs. Hare.

Western Gazette, Friday 23 August 1935

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.

Confirmation

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.

O.H.M.S

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.

Baptism

Nov. 15.            Mary Geraldine de Courcy Cooper