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Christmas 1877 - 1882

Wellingborough News, 5th January 1878, transcribed by Kay Collins

CHURCH DECORATION— On entering this edifice one is struck with the lively and natural aspect of the decorations. Instead of the wreaths, and, in some cases, festoons we see in church decoration, we here have a very natural effect, the ivy, instead of being tied on string or lath, is trained in tendrils and climbing up the pillars of the church, and the windows are filled in with ivy, bays, laurels, &c., the growing positions being followed with good effect. In the chancel, under the east window, are the words, "The Prince of Peace," and up the chancel screens the ivy is relieved by bunches of everlasting flowers. The pulpit presents quite an object of admiration, having, in harmony with the rest of the decorations, the climbing ivy, also a profusion of red blooms, yew, ferns, &c intermixed with red and white berries, the whole being artistically blended to represent the natural effect. The climbing ivy on the reading desk is relieved by coloured flowers, and over the entrance to the chancel on a scarlet ground in gilt letters, are the words, "Unto us is born this day a Saviour which is Christ the Lord." The font is also very nicely decorated in harmony with the other parts of the church. The decorations were executed by Mrs. Barker and daughters, Mrs. Currie, Miss Sartoris, and Miss Stephenson, assisted by scholars of the Church Schools.
Wellingborough News, 28th December 1878, transcribed by Kay Collins

The Christmas Decorations are this year even more elegant and artistic than usual. A thick wreath of ivy encircles the pillars of the nave, terminating in a chaplet of evergreen round the capitals. Along the top of the chancel and transept screens are texts appropriate to the season, in white letters on a rich scarlet ground. The uprights of the chancel screens are decorated with yew and ivy, brightened by red winter cherries and the old-fashioned delicate silver honesty. The central chancel screen seemed to us especially elegant, having red and white berries glistening amid what appeared frosted yew, and springing from large fans of pampas grass spread upon a sheet of laurel leaves. The pulpit lines are marked by thick wreaths of frosted foliage, intermixed with everlasting flowers, bright chestnuts, &c. The lectern had similar wreaths. In the windows were richly coloured solanums and euonymus. The font was tastefully decorated with evergreens, scarlet pyrocanthus, and holly berries. A beautiful white cross, in the centre of a bank of dark green and silver leaves, formed the Christmas reredos.
Wellingborough News, January 4th 1879, transcribed by Kay Collins

RUSHDEN - CHRISTMAS FESTIVITIESOn Boxing Day, the Auxiliary Club, held at Mr. E. Cox's beer house, held their first anniversary, when 42 sat down to dinner, after which a dividend of 7s. 6d. was paid. On the same day, the Rushden Branch of the Higham Ferrers Female Benefit Society held their first tea meeting in the National Schools, after which a capital entertainment was given, and much appreciated by the company. On the evening of the 27th ult., the Rushden branch of the Church of England Temperance Association had a tea and entertainment in the same place, and on Saturday, the Church of England Band of Hope had their Christmas tea in the National Schools, followed by an entertainment in the evening. The whole were well conducted and much appreciated.—On the evening of the 27th, an entertainment was given in the Temperance Hall by the friends connected with Succoth Chapel. A capital programme of sacred and secular music was well rendered by Mr. Pung (in the chair), Mr. Fisher (at the piano), Messrs Farey, Ellis, Skinner, Elliott, &c., Misses Willmott, Denton, Harris, Pung, &c. On Saturday evening the Alleghanian bell ringers gave an entertainment in the same place to a good audience, and were much appreciated.

Wellingborough News, 30th December 1882, transcribed by Kay Collins

CHRISTMAS MUSIC—The Rushden bells rang out a merry peal on Christmas Eve at midnight. The Temperance Brass Band also paraded the village, and on Christmas Day they played the following selection:—Processional march, "The Monks;" prayer, "Lord, my defence;" Christmas piece, "Tel-el-Kebir;" anthem, "Rapture;" anthem, "Joy of gladness;" Christmas anthem, "Christians awake;" Christmas anthem, "Lord, what is man;" Christmas anthem, "King of kings;" anthem, "Angelic voices;" carols, "Glad tidings," "Diadem," "Royalty," "Acclamation;" hymn, "Cornelius."

CHRISTMAS TREE AND SALE OF WORK— On Tuesday the New Hall was very seasonably decorated, and in the evening illuminated for the holding of a sale of work and the exhibition of a Christmas tree, the proceeds to be given to the building fund of the proposed new chapel in connection with the Old Baptist society. The whole presented a very pleasing appearance. The following ladies presided at the stalls:—Mrs. Collins, Mrs. Chettle, Miss Denton, Miss Foskett, Miss Wallis, Mrs. Perkins, Misses Sanders, Miss Bayes, Miss Chettle; the Post Office department, the Misses Darnell, Elliott, and Perkins; bran pies, the Misses Cave, Fisher, Gate, and Elliott; the Christmas tree, Misses Cave; Mr. A. Cave presided at the weighing machine, and Mr. and Mrs. Cuff at the battery. There was music at intervals.

CHURCH DECORATION—This church was decorated with the usual good taste. Creepers were entwined round the pillars, and the centre arch was filled in with evergreens, growing plants being placed in the north and south windows. The base and top of the pulpit were encircled with evergreens and berries, and in the centre panel was a cross and crown in red berries and red bloom. The lectern had a covering up the pillar of variegated holly, yew, ivy, and berries. The screen to the chancel had plain green creepers, while those to the transepts, the organ loft, and the lady chapel were relieved by white flowers, &c. Over the entrance to the Communion was "Glory to God in the highest, on earth peace, goodwill toward men," in scarlet letters on white wadding. Over the north transept was "Unto you is born this day in the City of David, a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord." On the south "His Name shall be called the Mighty God, the Prince of Peace." The chancel and choir were beautifully treated with laurel and white, a similar decoration surmounting the altar rails, and under the fine east window were some very fine flowers. The font presented a very neat appearance in its dressing of green. The decorations were carried out by Mrs. and Miss Barker, Miss Currie, and Messrs. Clayton, Swan, and others.

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