Parish Notices Sunday 17th August 2014

Pastoral Emergency Cover during Rector’s Holidays:

  • Sunday 3rd till Monday 18th August :  contact Archdeacon Adrian Wilkinson 021-4891539
  • Tuesday 19th till Friday 29th August :  contact the Revd

Isobel Jackson ?021-4831236

Services during Rector’s Holidays:

  • Sunday 17th : Helen Burke will lead Morning Prayer
  • Sunday 24th : Bishop Richard Henderson will celebrate Holy Communion.
  • The Revd Tony Murphy will celebrate the 10.30am

Eucharist Services in St Mary’s Church on Wednesdays.

  • Richard Dring will lead the ‘Sausage’ Service in St Mary’s at 7pm on Saturday 9th and also the Service of Compline at 7pm in St John’s Church on Sunday 10th .


TEA & COFFEE in the Parish Hall after 11am Service

TODDLERS PLUS ONE Group will continue during the summer but it still remains a group for toddlers only.   Unfortunately school going children can’t come along as there as too many little ones in the group.

MONDAY CLUB still continues during the summer. All are welcome to drop into the Parish Hall from 3pm to 5pm on Mondays. Jonathan Fleury will be the ‘key holder’ when the rector is away in August.

We are holding a Scrap Metal Collection  to raise funds for the Parish. So have a clear out of your shed, garage and attic! If you require your scrap metal to be collected then we can arrange to collect if from your home/business. Call Adrian Bateman on 0868300379 or Henry Forbes on 0872035000 for information on where to drop it off or if you need it collected. A full listing of acceptable items and materials is on the website

CHRISTIAN AID SHEEP’S HEAD HIKE will take place on  Saturday 6th September, beginning at 11:00am at the Kilcrohane Community Centre.

There are two scenic walk routes this year – a 11km walk and a 5.6km walk. Where: Sheep’s Head Way, West Cork. Starts: 11.00am, Kilcrohane Community Hall, Kilcrohane Village. At the end of walk refreshments will be provided in Kilcrohane Community Hall free of charge.See posters for further details or Christian Aid Cork office on 023 88 41468 or email You can also register online at



August 18th   Toddlers plus One Group 10am Parish Hall

Monday Club 3pm Parish Hall.

August 31st   United Eucharist Service 11am St John’s

Service of Wholeness and Healing  7pm St Mary’s

Sept 3rd Lectio Divinia 8pm Parish Hall

Sept 5th  Parish BBQ 8pm (Adults) in Rectory Garden

Sept 29th Theological Book Circle 8pm Rectory

Oct 11th Harvest Parish Supper 7.30pm in Canon McCrea Hall

Oct 12th Harvest Thanksgiving Services 11am St Mary’s and 7pm St John’s.

Oct 18th/19th  Visit of a group from FEED THE MINDS charity to our parish. More details later.

Oct 30th Children’s Movie Night 6 to 8pm Parish Hall

Nov 1st Reflective Service of Remembering 7pm St Mary’s

Nov 7th EcoCongregation Seminar in Parish Hall.

Nov 154 th Quiet Day in Parish Hall, more details later.


Random Notes No. CVIX

In 2005, I mentioned to Jill Hingston that there were discreet initials carved on to the organ in St John’s Church, reading “HBC 1952” as well as “AEWC” and “AHGC”. She immediately said that the “HBC 1952” was most likely done by a former organist – Harry Craig. She gave me his address in London, so I wrote to him and below is his reply…

Dear Mr Ellis

Thank you for your letter. It is nice to have Jill’s memory of Horsehead days.

Yes, I put my initials at the organ in 1941 and again in 1952 I think. AEWC was my sister Alicia who played there for many years. AHGC was my sister Ayliva who also played there after my sister Alicia died, and also at an earlier time, I think. I helped from time to time.

Morning and evening prayer were sung with psalms and appropriate canticles. All hymns had Amen sung. A vesper hymn was sung after the final blessing. “Come keep us safe this night” was a favourite. An anthem always at Christmas, Easter and Harvest. You will probably find such pieces in the cupboard beside the organ.

The choir festival at the Cathedral was attended. Mr Magahy was the organ tuner at that time. I think he ran a firm of organ builders.

The final Amen was sung after the blessing and possibly after the grace.

Both my sisters and I also played at Passage, St Mary’s. Ayliva was organist there for a time and Alicia possibly too. Ayliva’s husband was rector of Passage. Music was sometimes exchanged, Harvest anthems for instance.

It is good that the organ has been repaired – about time I suppose. It was originally blown by hand by the sexton; then a hydraulic system was used; then the electrical system.

Alicia played at Monkstown during the war years and cycled in from Kilanully morning and evening.

Anthems I recollect were:

“Ye shall dwell in the land ” – Harvest

“Praise to the Lord of Harvest”

“God so loved the world”

Other vesper hymns were “God who madest” and “Lead me Lord”.

My sister Alicia used to tell of an incident when one of the front decorative pipes on the organ fell down during service but luckily between two people.

My sister’s husband thought the book rests too low in the choir and took it on himself to raise them.

With best wishes

Yours sincerely, Harry Craig.



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