The New Iron Mission Church at Breadstone was opened on the 19th ult. The services began with a Celebration of the Holy Communion at 8 a.m., when the Curate in Charge was Celebrant. A few Communicants came out at that hour to dedicate the little Church to God by a solemn act of thanksgiving in the Holy Eucharist. The Offertory amounted to 17s. ld At 11 am. the sermon was preached by the Rev. Canon Madan, Rector of Dursley. He pointed out the great necessity for more Churches to meet the requirements of our increased population, and spoke very highly of the large sums of money which the Laity had given to Church Building in the last thirty years. The Church was fairly filled at this service, considering the weather. Many were afraid that the new Church would be damp, but on the contrary it was perfectly dry, and a small oil stove made it comfortably warm. The Offertory at this service was £2. 5s. 8d. In the Evening at 7.30, the Church was so crowded, that, notwithstanding every available space was made use of, some were obliged to go away for want of room. The Berkeley Parish Church Choir, men and boys, who had been most hospitably entertained by Mrs. Cornock, took part in this service. The Hymns were heartily sung by the congregation, and Mr. Moss played the new Harmonium with great efficiency. The instrument seems to be a very good one: it was purchased from Mr. Stinchcombe, of Stone. The sermon was preached by the Curate in Charge, who appealed to the people not to give up their attendances at the Parish Church, because there was to be an additional service nearer home. Indeed a Mission Church, such as this, would be harmful, rather than beneficial, if it tended in any way to encourage religious laziness. The Offertory amounted to £2. 6s. 1d. An Iron Church cannot possibly be a handsome structure, but it may be in every respect useful for the purpose of worship. Many were surprised on entering the little Building to see it so well adapted for our Church Service. The Altar is of carved oak, with a handsome Super-frontal; it is raised on four steps. On the Re-table were placed vases of flowers and a floral cross. The former are the gift of Mrs. Cornock. The Lectern is solid and handsome and well carved: both it and the Altar are the work of Messrs. Knight of Berkeley. There is a violet Dossal, bordered with white, immediately above the Altar, and on either side green hangings. The steps to the Altar are ornamented with "Holy, Holy, Holy," in gold letters, and with various devices. The floor is laid with Linoleum, which has a, good ecclesiastical pattern. The body of the Church is seated with chairs and will hold about 100 souls. There is a good Vestry: A substantial Bridge, the work of Messrs. Ayliffe, Berkeley, leads from the road to the Church. The cost of the whole is about £210. A very handsome Bible, Prayer Book, and Altar Service Book have been presented to the Church by the Society for Promoting Christian Knowledge. The Proprietors of Hymns Ancient and Modern gave


a Grant of Thirty Shillings worth of Hymn Books. A beautiful Alms Dish was presented by the Archdeacon Sir George Prevost, Bart, and a very pretty Alms Bag was worked for the Church by Miss Holborow. The Services in future until further notice will be

at 3 p.m. on Sundays.

It has been found by our Churchwarden, Mr. Cooke, that a Church, dedicated to St. Michael, formerly existed in Breadstone ; the New Church will therefore have the same dedication, and be called after the old one, all trace of which is entirely gone.

The Vicar and Churchwardens of Owlpen have most kindly presented a Font to the Iron Church at Sharpness. The want of a Font has been long felt in the Church at the Docks, where many Baptisms take place.

The Rev. Walter Crewe will come into residence, as junior assistant Curate, on the first day of the year. He intends to live at Sharpness.

The Daily Evening Service in Advent was much improved this year by the addition of a little singing and a hymn. We were able to have this by the kind help of the Organist, Mr. Moffatt, and some of the Choir boys.

The Bishop has promised to give Mr. Robert William Langman Spencer a Licence to act as Lay Assistant in Mission Work in the Parish.

The Parish Church Decorations for Christmas are not so full and elaborate as usual, but so far as they go, they are very effective. Several of our Decorators have left the Town. The Services on Christmas Day were not so well attended as in former years, owing no doubt to the weather. The other Churches, including the Iron Church at Sharpness, are well and carefully decorated for the great Christmas Festival.

Miss Sumner has presented a very beautiful set of three mats of her own work for the Altar of the Parish Church, and Miss Kate Rogers has presented an elaborately worked set of Altar linen for the same Church.



Dec. 6-Wilfrid James, son of Richard and Mary Sarah Barton, Goldwick.





8-Ellen Maude Adelaide, daughter of John and Eliza Jacobs,



George Lawrence Smith, son of Tom and Bessie Lawrence
Pegler, Stambourne.

13-John, son of William and Harriet Pittaway, Berkeley.
15-Elizabeth, daughter of Levi and Ann Goodfield, Wick.
Edward James, son of James and Ellen Pullen, Cold Elm.
Lilian, daughter of the above.

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25-Charles John, son of Thomas and Susannah Hughes, Ham.


Nov. 28-David Butcher, Hinton, to Annie Cole, Heathfield.

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30-James Sherman to Fanny Wilkins, both of Newport. Dec. 25-William Houghton to Sarah Ann Hunt, both of Wanswell.


Dec. 13-Sarah Christina Howell, Walgaston, aged 4 years.

19-John Pittaway, Berkeley, aged 7 months.

20-Elizabeth Susan Mascol, Newport, aged 17 years.


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Caroline Baldwin, Berkeley, aged 51 years.

21-Eliza Margaret Hill, Sanigar, aged 16 months.

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As we enter upon the New Year we cannot but take a few looks upon the old one. It is gone; but it came to us as a friend: how have we used him? It came to do us good-to bring us fresh opportunities of learning about God, and to help us to become more fit for Heaven, and to do more for God and for our neighbours before we leave this world. And now it is gone back to God who sent it to us to tell how we received it, and what use we made of it. And one day it, together with all the other years which have passed over us, will have something to say about us It will be a witness either for or against us on the Judgment Day. O may this New Year be received by us as God's messenger, and may we ever treat it as such, and let it fulfil its intended mission. May it speak to us of God and help us to live in His fear and love; may it shower blessings abundantly upon us all, and be to all of us the happiest year we have yet known.

We observed Tuesday, December 3rd, as the Day of Intercession for Foreign Missions. The meeting in the School-room, in the evening, was very well attended, and seemed to show a wide-spread interest amongst us in this holy work. There was no collection, as the meeting was intended only for Prayer in behalf of Christian Missions, and to hear something of the progress of the work amongst the heathen. Shortly we hope to have our Annual Missionary Meeting; and meantime the Annual Subscriptions to the Missionary cause must be collected. May we now hope to have many new subscribers this year.

The last Special Service was held on December 10th, when again a very good congregation was present. The sermon was preached by the Rev. W. Hexter, Vicar of Cothelstone, near Taunton. The next Special Service will be held on Tuesday, January 14th, and the preacher will be the Rev. E. Braund, Vicar of Christ Church, Nailsea We hope many will be able to attend this service.

The next Sunday Afternoon Service will be on January 26th, at 3 o'clock.

Night School is held three nights a week-Monday, Wednesday, and Friday: and we hope to present a good number of lads for examination by Her Majesty's Inspector this year.

The Mothers' Meeting begins again on Monday, January 6th, at 2 p.m., at the Temperance Hall. Members of the Women's Clothing Club will pay in their money there instead of at the Vicarage. The meeting is intended for any woman in the parish who would like to spend a pleasant afternoon once a week with their neighbours round a good fire, listening to the reading of some good book, and occupied the while with some useful needlework.

The Bible Class for lads is held at the School on Thursday evenings, and all are invited.

The Christmas Tree for the Sunday School Children is to be shown on Tuesday, January 7th, at 7 o'clock p.m. and it is hoped the Choir and Bell-ringers' Suppers will be held during the month.

The amount collected for the Gloucester and Bristol Diocesan Association on Dec. 1st was £1. 18s. 44d., which has been paid to the Treasurer.

A new Schoolmaster has been appointed to the Parish-Mr. French. He has entered on his duties, and we wish him and Mrs. French every encouragement and success in their important work. Mr. French kindly offers to assist in the Night School, which will in consequence be open three nights in the week for the future, with a view to qualifying for the Inspector's Examination.



Oct. 30-Ellen, daughter of William and Elizabeth Cox, Coaley. Nov. 3-Harry Thomas, son of Thomas James and Sarah Pegler,

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-Alice Eliza, daughter of George and Caroline Stanley,

17-George Vincent, son of Thomas and Catherine Wilkins,

24-George Philip, son of Jeremiah Russell and Ann Bridget Smith, Coaley.


Nov. 2-Ellen Cox, aged 31 hours.

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7-Archibald Smith, aged 15 years.

30-Annie Eliza Smith, aged 1 year and 6 months. Dec. 5-Eliza Smith, aged 51 years.

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,,-Timothy Browning, aged 71 years.

14-Jane Ford, aged 94 years.

,, 18-Henry Edmonds, aged 82 years.

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30-William Robert Ball, aged 6 months.


It is proposed that the Afternoon Service at St. Mark's Chapel, commencing from Jan. 1st, 1879, shall be as follows:

On the 1st and 3rd Sundays in each month, the Litany with

On other Sundays, Evening Prayers and Sermon.

The announcement in the last Magazine that an estimate for the East Window had been obtained was premature; but there is every hope that a satisfactory design and estimate will soon be obtained. The amount collected or promised is such as to afford good hope that the year 1879 will not pass away before a handsome Stained Glass Window adorns the East End of our Parish Church. The sum of £4. 19s. 7d was added to the fund on 8unday Dec. 29th, and 10/6 was found in the alms box for the same object.

The removal of Mr. William Chorley, our late Station Master, from the Parish is a loss to the Dursley Branch of the Church Temperance Society, which it will be difficult to replace. As Secretary he carried on the business of the Society with a degree of quiet zeal and energy, not often met with; and we are sure that the effect of his exertions will not soon pass away. A Meeting of the Committee of the Society was held at the Rectory on Monday Evening, December 23rd, to audit the accounts of the Society, which will probably appear in the next Parish Magazine. But no successor to Mr Chorley, willing to take the office which he fulfilled, could then be found. Another Meeting will shortly be called, and we trust that then some one of the members will be induced to come forward and give his time and energy to carry on the work of the Society, which has hitherto prospered so well



Dec. 1-Maggie, daughter of John and Mary Younger.

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2-Alfred Ernest John, son of William James and Catherine Lister.

8-Elizabeth Annie, daughter of George and Mary Ann Munday.

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Mary Ann, daughter of John and Ann Cross.

Harry, son of Henry and Mary Ann Green.

William Stanley, son of Stanley and Frances Bendal.
Ephraim Edwin, son of ditto


13-Frederic Lionel, son of George and Sarah Ann Ayliffe.
15-Francis Edward, son of William and Emma Arnold.
25-Ernest, son of Frederick James and Elizabeth Atkins.

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Florence Annie, daughter of William and Caroline Atkins.


Dec. 18-Rachel Purnell, aged 71 years.

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