Added to the prayer list

More Earley men were serving.

List of men serving in his Majesty’s forces

The following additional names have been added to our prayer list:-

John Bowden, Frederick Llott, Richard Polden, George Anderson, Alfred Parsons, Lawrence Parsons, Hugh Parsons, Cuthbert Parsons, Leonard Streak, Albert Fostekew, Stanley Tanner, George Roberts, Henry Attwood, Thomas Cloke.

In addition to those already mentioned we especially commend the following to your prayers:-

Sick: Harold Ballard. Killed: Ernest Shears.

Earley St Peter parish magazine, March 1918 (D/P191/28A/25)

“We do not think it fair to replace those who have gone at their country’s call”

The choir at Warfield was suffering from the loss of many of its members to the armed forces.

VICAR’S LETTER
MY DEAR FRIENDS AND PARISHIONERS,-

I must add a few words of encouragement richly deserved by our Organist and Choir, now much depleted by the call of their country, for the hard work put into the Ascension Anthem, which was a portion of Spohr’s “Last Judgment” beginning at the passage “Come up hither,” and ending with the sublime but short chorus, “All glory to the Lamb that died.” The Whitsun Day Anthem, Goss’ “O taste and see,” though old to many parishes was new to us, required perseverance and work. Attwood’s “Come Holy Ghost” was sung at 11 o’clock. We do not think it fair to replace those who have gone at their country’s call, as we hope to have them back safe and sound to fill once more their places in the House of God.

Yours affectionately in Christ,
WALTER THACKERAY

Warfield section of Winkfield District Magazine, June 1915 (D/P151/28A/17/6)

A concert for refugees from heroic little Belgium

Yesterday we reported the upcoming concert at Reading Town Hall, now discover how it went:

CHOIR CONCERT FOR BELGIAN REFUGEES
As briefly reported in our December issue, the concert given under the auspices of our Church Choir and Brotherhood Choir on November 25th last proved a most gratifying success, all concerned, performers and audience alike doing their part in a manner worthy of the occasion, – the occasion being the raising of money towards a special Christmas Fund in aid of the Belgian refugees in the town. The Mayor (Mr Leonard Sutton, JP) graced the proceedings and at an interval in the programme delivered a short speech. His Worship said he would like to express the gratification all felt at the effort being made that evening on behalf of the unfortunate refugees from heroic little Belgium, and he assured the Belgians who had come to Reading, and of whom there were a good number in the hall that night, that no effort would be spared to make their stay in the town as happy as possible.
With characteristic generosity the conductor of the choirs (Mr F. W. Harvey) had arranged a programme of almost too ample proportions, but the audience evidently were out to enjoy themselves and few left before the close.
Dealing with the work of the choirs it may be said that the Church Choir well maintained its reputation, singing a number of part-songs in excellent style. “The Viking Song” (Coleridge-Taylor), “Hymn To Music” (Dudley Buck), and “The Vagabonds” and “Our Island Home” (Eaton Faning), all of the vigorous order, were rendered with expressive enthusiasm, and a tuneful part-song by Parry, “Sweet day, so cool”, a competition test piece for which the choir gained first prize at the Crystal Palace last year, was given in a very finished manner.
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