1884 – Great Cheer at the Sunday School

 19th February 1884

“TREAT TO CHURCH SUNDAY SCHOOL CHILDREN – About 100 of the scholars attending the church Sunday school assembled with their parents, teachers, and others in the Board School-room on Friday evening to participate in the presents which hung like clusters of grapes, thickly hung on the natural branches of a Loxwood-tree, 14ft, high, illuminated by hanging lanterns and candles. After singing the hymns the Vicar (the Rev. J. D. Trigge) addressed the children and parents of the value of Sunday schools and Sabbath observance. The newley formed Loxwood band enlivened the proceedings as well as the school children by their singing. Mrs Trigge and her niece assisted by the other ladies gave to the Sunday school children 158 articles of clothing, including woollen dresses, knitted and fitted petticoats, stockings, gloves, neckties, pocket handkerchiefs, wrappers, good dolls, well dressed throughout and toys of every description. The queen doll at the top of the tree was most tastefully dressed by school mistress (Mrs Smith). The presents were sent to the vicarage by many kind friends both inside and outside the Parish. Hearty cheers were given by the doners and workers, the “National Anthem” was sung, and thus terminated a happy gathering.”

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