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On 20th October 2009, we started publishing a weekly "Filby News" bulletin on the Village Voice page. Previous Village Voice bulletins can be found at the Village Voice Echoes page.

Then we got to wondering what our forebears considered worthy of record and what they were doing one hundred and twenty years ago. This page is the result. Starting in January 2010 we are publishing, month by month, the Victorian equivalent of Village Voice starting with January 1890.

Our source is the Flegg Magazine, published from January 1890, it incorporated The Church Monthly and comprised 26 or so pages of articles and news. It was illustrated with engravings and cost one (old) penny, 1d.

The first edition started with a New Year's letter from the Clergy of Flegg which set out "some of our objects in starting this Magazine:"

These were: Union, every parish should have its Magazine, Increase in Godliness and The Work of the Church

We have followed, as best we can, the original spelling, punctuation and use of capital letters. The only conscious change is to put in full some abbreviations.
PLEASE NOTE: the words used are, of course, those of the original contributor, usually the Rector, and reflect the attitudes and the accepted usage of words prevailing at the time the article were originally published.

You may also wish to visit Voices from the Past: 1890 or Voices from the Past: 1891 to find the stories from that year.

Filby News


February 1892

Hymns for the Month.

Morn. | Even.
February 7th82322 | 21424027413
February 14th83170 | 37228168225
February 21th172281290 | 28229519323
February 28th28210255 | 208154191167

Notices for the Month.

Dr Bates, Organist for Norwich Cathedral, has most kindly promised to give two Organ Recitals at Filby Church on Monday, February 29th, at 3 and 8 p.m., on behalf of our Choir Fund. The Rev. Canon Venables will preach at both Services. At 3 p.m. on "Music and Singing," and at 8 p.m. on "Divine Service." Please keep that evening, and afternoon also, if possible, free.

We regret to record the death of Captain Hayes, R.N., from influenza. He was buried at Filby Churchyard by the side of his wife, on Saturday, January 9th. The coffin was draped with a Union Jack, and covered with beautiful flowers.

The Sunday School. — The prizes were given away by Mrs. Daniel at the Mission Room on Tuesday afternoon in the Christmas Week. The winners were, in the 1st class, H. Walpole and R. Walpole. These two boys were equal, neither of them missed a single attendance during the year nor lost a single mark; 2nd class, D. Walpole and S. Howlett; 3rd class, A. Walpole and W. Warren; Infants' class, B. Warren and H. Warren. Certificates of Merit were also awarded to M. Walpole, A. Nicholson, T. Nicholson, E. Sims, B. Warren, A. Mingay, G. Easters, H. Bunn, and W. Green in the 1st class; and in the other classes to W. Hubbard, G. Thompson, A. Howlett, and E. Gall.

The Offertory on the last Sunday evening of the old year was given to the Royal Lifeboat Institution. It amounted to 17s 3d. Some of our sailors return thanks at the same Service for their safe return home.

A Class for Chemistry, in connection with the Technical Education Scheme, has been commenced on Monday evenings at the School, and the attendance has been good. The lecturer is Mr. Payne, who has a certificate for teaching this subject. The lectures have been very instructive; the practical experiments being a great help to the understanding of a rather difficult but very interesting subject.

W.H.S.— The New Year' s Meeting was held at the Rectory on January 4th. Some of the members were unable to attend, but those who did seem to enjoy a very pleasant social gathering.

The subscriptions to the "Bessey Fund" in this parish, with the help of a few kind outside friends, have amounted to just £5, and this, with the help given by the Board of Guardians, will be of great assistance to the widow and her children.

On Thursday Evening, January 14th, the members of the Village Club gave their annual Christy Minstrel Entertainment in the Schoolroom. A good and lengthy programme was gone through, to the evident amusement and delight of perhaps a larger number of people than had ever before met together in the Schoolroom. The interlocutor (Mr. Walpole) and tambo (Mr. Payne) were the same as in past years, but a new bones (Mr. Wiskin) helped to keep alive the fun. The songs of Mr. Wm. Chapman were particularly well rendered. Mr. E. Chasteney accompanied with his usual ability. The proceeds of the concert amounted to £4 10s. 5d., of which about £3 10s. will be handed over to the funds of the Village Club.

Band of Mercy Entertainment. — On the previous Thursday the juveniles belonging to the Filby branch of the Band of Mercy gave an Entertainment at the Schoolroom, the Rector presiding. Songs and recitations were given and heartily applauded by the large number of parents who had assembled to hear them. The infants' musical drill obtained a large share of applause. Miss. M. Green and Miss. Bailey accompanied on the piano. Perhaps the chief event of the evening was a debate called "Parish Councils," Master J. Trett being a model chairman. Prizes for essays were won by Humphrey Walpole, May Walpole, and Ernest Sims.


Jan. 10th, — Walter George, son of Edward George and Angelina Theresa Nichols.

January 1892

Hymns for the Month.

Morn. | Even.
January 3st7362 | 707259165
January 10th7680 | 2187978219
January 17th7716479 | 178768127
January 24th17678 | 22040680431
January 31st281255 | 17527119321

Notices for the Month.

Monday, Jan. 4th. — Band of Mercy, — The yearly subscriptions are now due. All members over 14 years of age are requested to pay theirs on Jan. 4th, either at 10 a.m. or 7 p.m. At the Rectory. Free tickets for the 7th., see below, will also be issued at the same time. New members are invited to join. Subscriptions: Honorary members, 1/- and upwards; members over 14, 4d., or 2d. half-yearly. The children's half-yearly subscriptions, 1d. each, to be paid at the School on Monday, January 11th. A free copy of the Band of Mercy Magazine will be distributed monthly each family, having one or more members.

W. H. S. — All the past and present members in the parish are invited to a social gathering at the Rectory, on Monday, the 4th, at 7 p.m., and besides all those who are, or have been members, any wishing to join will be welcome. The subscription is one penny per month, which includes the monthly paper.

Thursday, 7th. — An Entertainment will be given at the School by members of the Band of Mercy at 7.30 p.m. Members with tickets, free; others, 2d. and 1d., payable at the door.

Mothers' Meeting, — The tea for those who have joined will be held on the same day — the 7th — at the Rectory at 5 o'clock.

Thursday, 14th. — Entertainment at the School by the "Filby Nigger Troupe," commencing at 8 p.m. The proceeds will be given to the Village Club. A good programme will be given. Professor E. Chasteney, Organist of All Saint's Church, Filby, has in hand the musical part of the performance, Messrs. Walpole, Payne and Wiskin being Interlocutor, Tambo, and Bones respectively. The kind support of the public, freely given in former years, is again asked for. Tickets at the Post Office, 1/6, 1/-, 6d., and 3d.

1891. — During the past year there have been 18 baptisms, 3 marriages, and 8 deaths recorded in the Parish Registers. There were 78 members of the Band of Mercy; 26 members of the Women's Help Society; and 32 children have joined the Penny Savings Bank at the School.

The Loss of the "Eclat." — We had hoped that the crew of this fishing boat might have been picked up and saved. Nothing has been heard of them, and we must now record the death by drowning of one of our fishermen, Robert Bessey, who leaves behind him a wife and four little children. A fund is being raised to help them, of which we shall give further details. Contributions gladly received by the Rector or Miss Finley.


Sep. 27th (omitted by mistake) — Frederick Arthur, son of John and Martha Hudson.

Nov. 22nd. — Susan Anne, daughter of William and Emily Death.


December 1891

Hymns for the Month

Morn. | Even.
December 6th49317 | 4850370243
December 13th52355 | 352514823
December 20th5026847 | 5343220349
December 25th—Christmas Day5961 | 605862
December 27th6066 | 6259285379

Sunday, December 27th.— It is proposed to keep this day as our Lifeboat Sunday. The offertory in the evening will be given to the National Lifeboat Institution. All parishioners are invited to keep this Sunday as a Day of Thanksgiving for those who have been preserved from the perils of the deep, and also as a Day of Prayer on behalf of those who have suffered loss.

We have to thank the local Press for inserting accounts of our Band of Mercy Meeting and Dedication Festival. We will try not to repeat what they have kindly printed. The former was held at the end of October at the School. Besides the children we had a fair number of our adult members present. The Baroness Burdett-Coutts was the principal speaker, Miss F Lucas (the founder of the Band) also addressed the meeting as well as the Rector. The songs sung by the children were well rendered, and showed signs of careful teaching. A few new members joined as one result of the meeting and others no doubt were encouraged to carry out the objects of the society by showing kindness towards all animals and one another.

The Dedication Festival commenced on the Thursday before All Saints Day by two meetings held at the Rectory; the one in the afternoon for women, and that in the evening for men, the latter the best attended. The Rev R. G. Cope spoke both at the afternoon and evening meetings. There was a great deal of life about both meetings, and gave promise of a well-observed Festival, I hope which was not disappointed. The number of communicants on All Saints Day was satisfactory. The services were well rendered by the choir, who had previously prepared carefully for them. On the Monday following a Parish Tea took place at the School, nearly 200 were present. Our band of tea-makers again did efficient service, and are best thanks are due to them. After tea, speeches were made by the Rector, who explained the Special Church Work for the winter months; the Bible Classes, he mentioned, for women and girls at the Church, on Sunday afternoons at 3 p.m., and for lads at the Rectory at 3:30 p.m., are now being held, and all who join them are welcome. C. F. Lucas, Esq., who is himself an active church worker, followed with an impressive speech on the duty of the people taking their part in the work of the Church. The Rev. C. Dowman, who was a clergyman in the Church of Ireland when it was Disestablished and Disendowed, gave a graphic account of his experience during that time, he pointed out the harm that was done by that Act of Parliament, and how the whole country suffered, not least the Nonconformists of Ireland.

On the Thursday in All Saints' Week a Special Evening Service was held, at which there was a large congregation. The Revs. C. J. Lucas, H. W. Harden, W. A. Green, J. A. Beaumont, C. Dowman, and the Rector were the clergy present. The service was sung by the Rector of Winterton, the sermon was preached by the Rev. C. Dowman, and the Rev. J. A. Beaumont sang to solo anthems during the service, one from the Elijah "It Is enough," and the other from the Messiah . "Why do they even so furiously rage together."

The Mothers' Meeting, on Monday afternoons, has been started afresh this year, and there is a goodly attendance. Any wishing to join can do so.

The Working Party meets every Thursday at the Club, and though we have an increase in numbers, there is still room for more than would be very welcome.

The Trustees of the Poor Land have been able to distribute 10 cwt. of coal this year to 51 different families; this is an addition of 2 cwt. to each one compared with last year.

The Sunday School. — The prizes for the past year will be given away in Christmas week, and we hope that the parents of the children will make a point of attending this meeting. New courses of instruction commenced on Advent Sunday, and will be taught Sunday by Sunday throughout the year. Each child can win 12 marks a very Sunday, 6 at morning and 6 at afternoon school; 2 marks are given for attendance, 2 for lessons, and 2 for good behaviour will stop a report of marks won, and number of times absent, is sent to every parent once a quarter.

We wish all our Readers and Parishioners, in the best and highest sense of the word,

"A Happy Christmas"


November 1st — Alice, daughter of Robert Whur and Emmerline Culling.

November 1891

Hymns for the Month

Morn. | Even.
November 1st396222313 | 391Anthem427436
November 5th | 435437221222
November 8th436428240 | 274437215365166
November 15th172277 | 208219370193
November 22nd280165 | 19922328826
November 29th47320 | 5351217203

In 1891 November 1st was All Saint's Day and the 29th Advent Sunday.

We publish monthly our list of hymns to encourage congregational singing. All who can sing are asked to practice, if possible, the hymns beforehand. The Cathedral Psalter, which we use costs about 1s., and the singing of the Canticles and Psalms would be greatly improved if more of our people would make this purchase.

The Dedication Festival. — In my annual letter to you. I have given a list both of services and meetings that we purpose to hold during the Holy Season of All Saints. We are looking for a willing and hearty response to the invitation given. Besides the Sunday Services on the 1st and 8th, there will be a special Full Choral Service on Thursday, the 5th, at 8 pm, when a well-known friend of ours, the Rev. C. Dowman, Rector of Fletton, Peterborough, will be the preacher.

The Harvest Festival on October 4th. — Our account of this, and Filby news generally, must be short this month owing to lack of space. The number of Communicants was not quite so large as usual, which is always a matter of regret. The congregations were good, especially in the evening, and the singing satisfactory. The Rev. C. W. Kirkby preached us a powerful sermon in aid of Home Missions; £2 11/6 was collected; and that the Morning Service the offertory was £1 7/- for the Choir. Many stayed to hear the grand "Hallelujah Chorus," which was played with great spirit as the closing voluntary. The growing habit among us of not leaving the church until the voluntary is ended, is one that we desire to encourage.

Our Winter Classes and Meetings will be explained to you during the Dedication Festival. What we want most are two Bible Classes — one for working men and the other for lads. The latter will be held at the Rectory on Sunday afternoons at 3.30, commencing November 8th.


  • October 11th. — Lilian Maude, daughter of Spencer and Hannah Matilda Howlett
  • October 11th. — Edith Mary Ann, daughter of John William and Ellen Edith Goatson

October 1891

Hymns for the Month

Morn. | Even.
October 4th381321386 | 382Anthem383384379
October 11th259301 | 343167257346
October 18th433266446 | 220439448233
October 25th180236 | 238256207254

Sunday, October 4th. — Harvest Festival; Services — 8:30 am, Holy Communion; 11 am, Morning Prayer and Holy Communion; 3 pm, Children's Service; 6:30 pm, Evening Prayer. Preacher in the Evening: Rev. C. W. Kirkby. The Harvest Offerings will be devoted to the Choir Fund, which is £8 in debt, at the Morning Services, and in the evening to Home Missions.


  • September 6th. — Alice Yallop, aged 27 years.
  • September 15th. — Walter Frederick Watson, aged 4 years.

The Clothing Club. — We would remind all members that this is the last month for paying in for this year, and no payments will be received after the end of this month. The cards will be given out the 1st Monday in November, and also new ones, at the usual time and place.

September 1891

Hymns for the Month

Morn. | Even.
September 6th217176 | 207193184231
September 13th221355 | 16321516627
September 20th219260236 | 155431224439
September 27th217222 | 19929516524

Notice — (1) The Early Services on Sundays will commence in future at 8:30 a.m. (2) The Evening Service at 6.30 instead of 7 p.m.; the change to begin on Sunday, September 6th. The Rev. S. Barker Simson will continue in charge of the parish during the month.

The Harvest Festival is arranged to be held the first Sunday in October, and it is hoped that many will return thanks on that day to Almighty God at Holy Communion, which is the special way ordained by our Lord. There will be celebrations at 8:30 a.m., and also after Morning Prayer. The offertory at these Services will be given to the Choir Fund, and in the evening for Home Missions. The sermon in the evening will be preached by the Rev. C. W. Kirkby, London Organising Society for A.C.S.

The Choir went for their annual outing on Monday, July 27th. Cromer was the place chosen, and start was made soon after 9 a.m. to meet the 10 o'clock train at Ormesby. A two hours' journey was pleasantly spent in the train. After a short walk by the seaside all met at the Victoria Restaurant, where lunch was served. A very pleasant afternoon was spent seeing the sights of Cromer, and after an excellent tea a start was made for the station, and Filby was reached about 8:30 p.m. All were sorry to see Mr Payne was not able to go with us, owing to his duties at the school. He was the only absentee.

The Flower Service was held on Sunday afternoon, August 2nd. The Rev. J. H. Raven kindly came over from Beccles to preach on behalf of the Waifs and Strays Society, which is doing good work among the destitute children of our large towns, and is providing and educating at the present time about 1600 children in its different homes. The offerings of flowers were plentiful from young and grown-up people, and we may certainly say that all gave of the best. The offertory amounted to £1. The flowers were sent the following day to the Children's Convalescent Home at Yarmouth, where they were greatly appreciated.

Six new lamps have been placed in the Church, and are suspended from the centre of the arches. They are the greatest improvement, and it must be a satisfaction to all members of the Working Party that they have taken a considerable share in this good work which has done so much to beautify the church. One or two more lamps are still wanted, and there is a small debt on those already put up, so we shall have to ask our Working Party to renew efforts during the coming winter to complete this work.

The Free Education Bill, passed by the Government during the last session, will come into force on September 1st. All children, under 15 years of age, will be admitted free, without any payment of fees, when the school opens after the harvest holidays.

August 1891

Hymns for the Month

Morn. | Even.
August 2nd210322 | 238300208240
August 9th37172 | 164271225280
August 16th277298254 | 22030826623
August 23rd242276 | 261431291432
August 30th197209 | 299295229274

Mr Chasteney, Organist of the Parish Church, has, we are glad to say, successfully passed with honours, Senior Division, at the recent examination in Harmony and Counterpoint, held at Trinity College, London.

The Flower Service announced for July 26th has been postponed to the first Sunday in August at 3 pm.

It has been impossible to arrange a Band of Mercy meeting during this last busy month. It is put off now until the Autumn, when we hope to have a really good meeting.

A gift of £3 3s. Has been received Colonel Corbett for the Church Lamps' Fund.

The report of the School Board Inspection has been received since our last issue, and is altogether very satisfactory. There have been exceptional difficulties during the past year owing to the severe winter and the illness at different times of the year, both of master and children. The Government grant amounts to £69 7s., which is an increase of over £18, compared with last year; and with good attendance some £10 more would have been earned. The principles of Agriculture are now taught in the school, and we are glad to see that all our nine candidates passed. This is a subject which may be of great use to the children in their after life, and we shall hope to see equally good results another year. The report speaks of great improvement in the Infant School, which we are glad to notice. Our school teachers have worked hard and well during the year, and it is for parents to see to the regular attendance of their children, which is the only way for them to obtain a really good and useful education.

A meeting of the W.H.S. and Communicants’ Guild was held at the Rectory in the early part of the past month. The attendance of members was good. After the singing of him and prayer. An address was given by the Rector on Church Organisation, in which he dwelt upon the importance, both of the W.H.S. and the Guild and what a great means these two societies may be for the increase of Church life in the parish. This was followed by an earnest address from the Rev. C. Donman, which was an appeal to his hearers to be workers for God, and how necessary it was for each individual to be a Communicant in order to live the Christian life. He also spoke of the very great influence that women now may have over others, and how much depends upon the faithful discharge of their duties in Church and home. The rest of the evening was spent in quiet recreation in the Rectory garden.

The Sunday School and Girls' Choir Treat, was fixed for July 21st. The weather was not propitious as there was heavy rain in the morning and a thunderstorm in the afternoon. The children met at the School at 9.15, and from thence they came in procession to the Church, where a short Service was held. A start was then made to Yarmouth in conveyances kindly lent by Mr C.B. Lucas, Mr Chapman, and Mr Walpole; and from that time to two o'clock. It was beautifully fine, and the children enjoyed themselves very much by the sea – side. Then the storm began, and all had to wait an hour in the shelters on the Jetty before returning home, where a good tea was waiting for them at the school. After tea the party broke up, as the storm was again threatening, and it was nearly seven o'clock.

On Wednesday, July 23rd, Miss F. Lucas, with the Rector, attended at the school, and gave away the prizes which had been won by the scholars. A system of Marks has been started by Mr Payne in order to encourage the children in this mood of education, with the hope set before them of gaining a prize at the end of the year. A scholar may win as many as 60 marks a day — 30 each school, so day's absence from school may mean a loss of 60 marks. The prize winners were the following: – 1, R. Walpole, 5468 marks; 2, W. Smith, 5433; 3, E. Sims, 5231; 4, G. Easters, 5213; 5, H. Bunn, 5156; 6, W. Green, 5145; 7, B. Warren, 5116; highly commended, G. Lilley, 5186, and S. Bunn, 5061; commended, C. Gaze, 4899; H. Walpole, 4844; J. Trett, 4823; P. Allard, 4788; G. Green, 4779; L. Cooper, 4764. The prize for regular attendance was won by C. Gaze, who was the only boy who made 400 attendances out of a possible 408.
For care and attention at their work prizes were given to Esther Minister In Standard II., and to Noah Culling in Standard I., and A. Walpole and Emily Warren in the Infants' Class, and extra prizes were given to J. Westgate, and H. Nichols. For best and neatest work at the fortnightly examinations, prize winner, H. Walpole; and for the best behaviour in school, Albert Nicholson.


  • June 28th — Jacob William, son of Jacob and Anne Thompson
  • June 28th — William George, son of Elijah and Georgina Saunders.
  • June 28th — Rosa Elizabeth, daughter of William and Louisa Jane Hubbard.


  • July 2nd — Emily Amelia Goatson, aged 78 years.

July 1891

Hymns for the Month

Morn. | Even.
July 5th280317 | 26121527335
July 12th172260 | 221191242231
July 19th175233164 | 23825820921
July 26th290239 | 292235257268

An Organ Recital will be given by Mr Chasteney on Sunday, 19th, after evening service.

A Flower Service will be held on the last Sunday of the month, 26th, at 3 pm, at which gifts of flowers will be gladly received from young and old, and they will be sent the following day to the Children's Convalescent Home at Yarmouth. There will be an offertory for the Church Lamps Fund. One lamp has been put up on approval; if it proves effectual after a trial five others will be ordered of the same pattern. With the Working Party money, etc, there is £4 in hand, just half of what is wanted.

A Band of Mercy meeting will be arranged, if possible, during the month, of which due notice will be given.

June 7th was our Hospital Sunday. The offertory was given to the Yarmouth Hospital, and was an excellent one, almost everyone giving something; it amounted to £4 0s. 5d.

Miss Lucas's Wedding — On Tuesday, June 2nd, Miss Lucas, daughter of the late Rev. C. Lucas, was married to Colonel Corbett, at Christ Church, Chelsea, London. A tea was kindly provided by her for the Choir, Members, members of the W.H.S., Working Party, Village Club, widows, and others. The village was gaily decorated with flags, and several merry peels were rung during the day by the Martham bell-ringers, whose services had been obtained for the occasion. The tea was in Mr Chapman's barn, which was most prettily decorated. The two chief mottoes were "Health and Happiness to the Bride and Bridegroom" and "God Bless the Bride and Bridegroom." After tea Mr Chapman proposed "Health and Prosperity to Colonel and Mrs. Corbett," and a vote of thanks was returned to Mrs. Corbett for her kindness in providing the evening's cheer. The following ladies presided at the tea tables: — Mrs. Chapman, Mrs. Walpole, Mrs. B English, Mrs. Goodwin, Mrs. Smith, Mrs. Harrison, Mrs. J Lingwood, Mrs. G Lingwood, Mrs. J Culling, Mrs. S Walpole, Mrs. Bunn, and Mrs. A Dixon. Before tea. Mr Chasteney played the "Wedding March.", And he also played several enlivening pieces during tea, and presided also at the piano during the dancing and songs which followed the tea till 12:30. During the evening the Martham ringers gave a specimen of their hand-bell ringing, "ringing the changes". The people of Filby presented Miss Lucas with a handsome set of saltcellars, together with a cream jug and sugar basin, with the best wishes of all, a day or two previous to her leaving Filby after a short visit. On Wednesday evening the Sunday School and Day School children also had tea provided for them, and made themselves as happy and merry as their elders had done the evening before.

The School Board Inspection took place on Friday, June 12th, and was conducted by Mr Butler and Mr Dibdin, H. M. Inspect laws. The results have not yet been made known, but we hope next month to give a very favourable account, but the bad attendance of some is sure to decrease the amount of the grant and to increase the rate to carry on the school. Regular attendance is, now-a-days, especially, good for parents, children and ratepayers.


  • June 12th (private) — Robert, son of Robert and Anne Maria Bessey.
  • June 21st — John, son of George and Phoebe Green.


  • June 5th — Matilda Thompson, aged 13 months

June 1891

Hymns for the Month.


  • June 7th — Hospital Sunday, 311 368
  • June 14th — 293 178 pt.1
  • June 21st — 34 304 299
  • June 28th — 4 218


  • June 7th — Hospital Sunday, 189 274 270 20
  • June 14th — 182 276 165 13
  • June 21st — 282 Anth. 291 234
  • June 28th — 222 431 269 432

Miss Lucas' Wedding — A marriage is arranged to take place between Colonel Corbett, late of the Indian Army, and Miss Lucas, eldest daughter of the late Rev. C. Lucas, of Christ Church, Chelsea, London, on Tuesday, June 2nd. Amongst her wedding presents is one given by the parishioners of Filby, as a token of their best wishes for her future happiness. A tea will be provided on that day by Miss Lucas for the Filby Choir, Members of W. H. S., Working Party, Village Club, Widows, &c.

The Sale of Work (by a Friend) — On Thursday, May 14th, the members of the Filby Working Party held their Annual Sale in the Mission Room. The day was, fortunately, very fine, and the attendance good. There were a large number of both pretty and useful garments for sale (some of them presents), and these were quickly disposed of; and the quantity of work that had been completed reflects the greatest credit on the members, who must have worked most industriously during the winter months. The stall-keepers were Miss Finlay and Miss Wilkinson, Mrs. B English, Mrs. G Lingwood, Mrs. Walpole, Mrs. Gaze, the Misses Chapman, whilst Mrs. S Walpole and Mrs. J Lingwood plied a busy trade at the Refreshment Stall. Nearly £7 was taken, and after all expenses were paid for the materials, etc., £2 10s 0d. was cleared, which is to be expended on lamps for the Church. It is much to be hoped that next year more may join, and that the Working Party may still further extend its usefulness. We wish it all success, and hope it may be a power for good in the parish for many years to come.

On Monday evening, May 4th, a Draught match was played at Burgh between six members of the Filby Reading-room and six members of the Flegg Burgh Club.


S.Wright30E. Crane10
W. English40L. Curtis10
J. English40F. Shrieve10
P. Watson12F. Drake12
C. Hunt30T. Trett00
D. Smith10J. Read30

The return match was played, May 11th, at Filby.


C. Hunt10H. Hunn20
P. Watson31E. Youngs11
S. Wright01F. Shrieve11
D. Smith21J. Read31
W. English31E. Crane01
J. English70F. Drake00

S. P. G. Meeting. — This meeting was held at the Mission Room, on May 5th, and, like a previous meeting of a similar kind, was only fairly attended. We would tell our absent friends that they were the losers, for they missed a most excellent lecture, full of interest, and not lacking in Irish wit. The lecturer was Rev. J. H. McCollum, an Irishman by birth, but for many years a resident in Canada. He had a most being encouraging account to give us of Church work and progress. The Canadian Church was a daughter of the Mother Church of England. The mother, through the S. P. G., had supplied the daughter's needs, and now the daughter was of full age she was self-supporting, and in some dioceses was now sending generous gifts to the SPG for work in other parts of the world. The members of the Canadian Church were taught to give at every service, and that it was as important to take their part in the offertory, as in any other part of the service. The Canadians, as a rule, had given gladly. What was the consequence? God had blessed them, and through His blessing the Kingdom of God was making steady and real progress among them. The latter part of the lecture consisted of a description of the country, its beauties, the wonders of winter and summer, the means of transect by rail and water, and the lecturer closed with reminding us how this was a part of the great British Empire to which it is our privilege and honour to belong. The collection amounted to £1 10s. 8¼d.

Since then the two great festivals of the Ascension and Whitsuntide have come and gone. The Services, especially in the evenings, were bright and the singing of the hymns good, but the singing of the psalms, canticles, and responses is left far too much to the choir, and the rest of the congregation is too often silent. The object of the choir is to lead that all may join; or, in other words, to help all to take their part in the worship of Almighty God. We would encourage all to do this.

It is with deep regret we record the death, from influenza, of John Dady, aged 67 years. He was a regular attendant at church, and was present at Holy Communion last Easter Day. He was buried in Filby Churchyard on Thursday, May 21st.


  • April — 28th Sarah Moore, aged 81 years.

May 1891

Hymns for the Month.

  • Morn.
  • 3rd -- 386 313
  • 7th Ascension Day --
  • 10th -- 147 150
  • 17th Whitsun-Day -- 210 156
  • 24th Trinity Sunday -- 160 162
  • 31st -- 271 170
  • Even.
  • 3rd -- 37 383 143 179
  • 7th Ascension Day -- 144 147 149
  • 10th -- 301 300 144 148 (1st part)
  • 17th Whitsun-Day -- 154 152 155 153
  • 24th Trinity Sunday -- 161 160 163 22
  • 31st -- 291 295 280 274

Notices for the Month.

A Missionary Meeting will be held at the Mission room on Tuesday, 5th, at 8 p.m., when an address will be given by the Rev. J. McCollum, of Toronto. We invite all to come.

Thursday, 7th, will be Ascension Day. Services - 8 a.m., Holy Communion; 11 a.m., Morning Prayer, and 8 p.m., Full Choral Service with Special Preacher.

17th, Whitsun-Day, the 3rd great Festival of the Christian year, there will be Celebrations of Holy Communion at 8 a.m. and 11.30 a.m. The offertory at all Services will be for the Church Expenses.

The Communicants' Guild will meet at the Rectory on Monday, 11th, at 8 p.m.

A Vestry Meeting was held at the Schoolroom on Monday, March 23rd, the Rector in the chair. The attendance was small. C. B. Lucas, Esq., and Mr. W. Chapman were re-elected Churchwardens; Mr. E. Palmer and Mr. W. Allard, Overseers; and Mr. D. Smith and Mr. W. English, Surveyors of the roads.

A Concert was given at the School on Easter Monday, of which notices have already appeared in the local Press. The room was well filled, and by the time the concert commenced there was hardly a vacant seat in the front part of the room. The performers were Mr. and Mrs. C. F. Lucas, Mrs. Rising, Miss Wilkinson, Mr. C. B. Lucas, Rev. J. H. Ware, Mr. E. Chasteney, Mr. B. Fathers, and the Choir. A most enjoyable evening was spent, and the audience showed their appreciation of the different pieces by frequent encores. We owe our performers a great debt of thanks, and also those who by their efforts sold many of the tickets. The proceeds amounted to £5 2s. 5d., which beats the record, it is said, of all previous concerts at Filby. This sum was devoted to the Mission Room Fund.

The Working Party has met regularly during the winter, and they will hold their Sale of Work At the Mission Room on Thursday, May 14th, at 3 o'clock. Many useful and well made articles will be offered for sale, and the prices will be as reasonable as possible. Any gifts of work for the Sale will be gladly received.


  • March 22 - Helena Ida Jemima, daughter of James and Maliaba Jemima Nichols.
  • March 22 - Frederick Robert, son of Frederick and Alice Yallop.
  • March 26 - (Private) Harry, son of William and Sarah Anne Turner; died the same day, aged 16 hours.


  • April 7 - Edward George Nichols (Filby) to Angelina Theresa Dagmore Walpole Futter, Yarmouth.

Opposite the above entries, on a blank page, appears the following handwritten note:
"1891 May 18 Heavy fall of Snow.
Witenslide Bushes and
Cones lay waited to the Ground."

April 1891

Hymns for the Month

  • Morn.
  • 5th -- 134 315
  • 12th - 127 230
  • 19th - 290 197 298
  • 26th - 137 229
  • Even.
  • 5th -- 125 Anthem 135 131
  • 12th - 299 137 139 140
  • 19th - 292 302 291 127
  • 26th - 270 295 140 271

Mr E. Chasteney has been appointed Organist and Choir Master. Miss Wilkinson, we are sorry to say, was obliged to resign this post on account of illness and doctor's orders. Mr Chasteney was late organist of All Saints, Monkland, Hertfordshire, and before that a pupil of Professor Monk, King's College, London. He will give lessons on the organ, piano, and violin, also in harmony and counterpoint. Application should be made to him personally or by letter addressed "Filby Post Office"

The attendance at the Lent Services, especially on the Thursday evenings, has being good. We trust that the words of our special preachers will bear some fruit, and that all those who have attended the services will continue to be regular worshippers of God In His House of Prayer. A very striking sermon was preached by Canon Venables on the text, "Whosoever will come after Me, let him deny himself, take up his cross, and follow Me." - Mark 8, 34. He dwelt on the three things each one must do, if he would get to heaven. 1. Deny himself. 2. Bear his cross. 3. Follow Christ.

Easter Day will be over by the time this appears in print. In case there should be any of our Communicants who may have been unable to make their Communion on that day, we would remind them that the Easter Festival lasts for eight days, and they should be present at Holy Communion on the first Sunday after Easter. There will be full Choral Service at the Evening Service on that day with processional hymns, anthem, &c.

Some little progress has been made with our Communicant's Guild during the past month, but there are several yet who, we hope, will become members. All those wishing to do so should ask the Rector for a card of membership, which he will willingly supply. No members will be admitted after Whitsuntide until our first Anniversary Festival in the autumn. Besides the meetings for religious instruction. There will be gatherings of a social character from time to time.


  • Feb. 26th. (private) - Matilda, daughter of Jacob and Anne Eliza Thompson.
  • Mar. 20th. (private) - Charles Robert, son of Alfred and Alice Smith; died March 21st, aged 4 days.

March 1891

The Services during Holy Week, which commences on Sunday, 22nd, will be as follows: -

  • Sunday - 8:30 am., 11 am, and 7 pm.
  • Monday - 8:30 am and 4 pm.
  • Tuesday 8:30 am and 8 pm.
  • Wednesday – 11 am, Mission Room 7:30 pm.
  • Thursday – 8:30 am and 8 pm.
  • Saturday - 8:30 am
  • Good Friday - 8 am, 11 am, and 7 pm.
  • Easter Day - 8 am, Holy Communion, 11 am, Morning Prayer and Holy Communion, 3 pm. Children's Service, 7 pm. Evening Prayer with Sermon.

The Rubric at the end of the Communion Service says - "and a note that every Parishioner shall communicate at least three times in the year, of which Easter to be one."

About 20 have joined the All Saints' Guild, and there will be a meeting held at the Rectory on Monday, March 9th, at 7:30 pm for women, and 8:30 pm for men. The objects of the Guild will be further explained and it is hoped that all Communicants will become members. The cards of membership will be given out at the meeting. All who are Communicants or wish to become Communicants are invited to attend. It is quite time our Guild was in working order; the delay has been too long, so let all make up their minds to attend the meetings on the 9th, and start together.

Parish Library.

The number of subscribers is on the increase, and we hope to be able to provide for them. A third exchange of books has lately been made with Ormesby, and we have now joined the "Popular Book Club" in London, which will send us down a certain number of books twice a year. The first instalment will arrive shortly, and perhaps be ready for use the first Wednesday in March.
We are glad to notice that the number of our Sunday School Scholars gradually increases, and the attendance of late has greatly improved, especially where it is most wanted, in the third class, and also in the Infants' Class. The first and second classes set a very good example in this respect. There are still a few children in the parish who do not attend any Sunday School, and are losing the advantage of the regular and well-tried of instruction in the truths of religion, such as the Church possesses, and which is being diligently carried out by our Sunday School Teachers.

A Concert will be held in the Schoolroom on Easter Tuesday, and the proceeds will be given to the Mission Room. Notices will be issued in due course, and it is hoped we shall have a full room.

Home Missions

There was a very fair attendance at the Mission Room on February 10th, when the Rector lectured on the above subject. The Chair at the meeting was taken by Mr Chapman, who proposed a vote of thanks to the Lecturer.


  • Feb. 1st - Jesse Maude, daughter of Daniel and Eva B Smith.
  • Feb. 8th - Edmond Joseph, son of Henry and Mary Ann Sims.
  • Feb. 18th - (Private) Robert, son of George and Emma Gall.

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Filby People Remembered

New for 2011. Following the success of our "Filby Weddings" and "Filby People" themed displays at the Church during "Open Gardens 2009 and 2010 respectively" go to this page to discover more about the 2011 display.

Filby Calendar 2012

Our 2012 calendar was launched at the Filby Reunion on September 25th, the profits again going to the New Community Centre Fund.
Having maintained the same price for three years, it has been necessary to be increase it to £7.50 to reflect the extra cost of materials. Any post and packing is extra.
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Voices from the Past

On 20th October 2009, we started publishing a weekly "Filby News" bulletin on the Village Voice page.
Then we got to wondering what our forebears considered worthy of record and what they were doing one hundred and twenty years ago. This page is the result. Since January 2010 we have published, month by month, the Victorian equivalent of Village Voice starting with January 1890.

New Community Centre

For some time much village fund raising has centred on this project. We have now reached a stage where things are starting to show visible progress. To help us bring this to completion please support local events and initiatives.


This building is a bit special as it is one of the last two 'clay lump' structures in the village.

Clubs & Groups

If you wish to publicise your club, or organisation, and it is based in Filby or relevant to our village, please email the webmaster.

F.E.P.O.W. Memorial Bed

Originally created in 2008, and further developed with permanent features in 2009.
The Far Eastern Prisoners of War Memorial Bed is our recognition of the deprivations they suffered.

Filby Community Orchard

Phase One 2008

Alright; so it was only 21 one year old maiden trees but it was a start. We still planted 50% more trees than we initially planned.
In Phase Two, 2009, 30 trees were bought and planted. The orchard area was greatly expanded and now features the 'wild life' garden.
For Phase Three, 2010, at its September 2009 meeting the Parish Council agreed to allocate additional land to the Community Orchard Project. We now had space for another 36 or so trees and these were planted in late February 2011 bringing the total to 72 trees.

Filby: Local Roots

Bringing together Filby's past and present.

This project was developed and expanded with further exhibitions held in 2010 and 2011 with more planned for 2012. It features the collection of wedding photographs first shown in the Church during Open Gardens weekend 2009 and continually developed.
We would welcome the opportunity to see any photographs. pictures, recordings or documents relating to Filby you may be willing to share.

Rev. 1st January 2012