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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 published, 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.

To see the latest Voices from the Past report go to Voice from the Past.

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

Filby News


December 1890

Services at the Parish Church

8:30 a.m.- Holy Communion every Sunday and every Saint's Day, except 1st the Sunday in the month, when it is at 11:30 a.m.


  • 11 a.m. Morning Prayer with Sermon
  • 3 p.m. Short Service with Bible Instruction
  • 7 p.m. Evening Prayer with Sermon


  • Monday, 4 p.m. Evening Prayer
  • Tuesday, 7:30 p.m. Service at the Mission Room
  • Wednesday, 11 a.m. Morning Prayer
  • Friday, 8:30 a.m., Morning Prayer with Litany.

When there is any alteration in the Week-Day Services notice will always be given the previous Sunday.

Christmas Day (Dec. 25th.)

There can be no true Christmas joy without Christ. He has ordained and given us Holy Communion as the great means to receive Him into ourselves. Our Lord has promised to come to us in this Holy Sacrament and He is sure to keep His promise. Our part is to come with repentance, faith and love. The season of Advent is the time to prepare for our Christmas Communion. While there is no joy without Christ, there is true joy and happiness where He is, even in the midst of trials and suffering. Come to receive Him with thanksgiving. Holy Communion on Christmas Day, 7:30, 8:30, and the 11:30 a.m.

We are glad to state that the epidemic of measles seems to be passing away from us. Both Sunday School and Board School had to be closed, but both are now open again. We trust that all our young invalids will soon be quite well again. It is been a trying time in many households, both for parents and children.

Band of Mercy

The annual entertainment will be given at the School early in the New Year. Previous to the entertainment the meeting will be held for the payment of subscriptions, which is 4d. a year for adults and 2d. for children.

The Sunday School

Our year begins with the Advent season, so we have just commenced another year's work. A regular course of instruction has been arranged and our scholars will be taught, as far as possible, what our Faith and Duty is. What God teaches us to believe and to do in His Word. In connection with the Sunday School a Boot Club for those in need of such help. The subscriptions will be 1d. a week for each child in attendance, to be paid each Wednesday morning at 12 o'clock at the school, and 2d. will be added to every shilling paid in by a child. This gift will depend altogether on regular attendance; 1d. will be deducted every 10 times of absence, and no gift will be added unless 50 attendances are made during the year. Hours of Sunday School: 10:15 a.m. and 2:30 p.m.

The New Rectory

is now almost completed and was occupied at the commencement of last month. Thanks to some volunteers and other workers. The business of getting into it was both easy and expeditious. The Rector hopes that this new house will be a help to parochial work, and after a time when the grounds, etc, are a little more in order he will be the better able to welcome his parishioners to Filby Rectory. There is a record of an old Rectory in the Parish Register, which was valued at £5, and ordered to be pulled down about 1780.

A New Flue

of brick and stone pipes has just been built up the tower of the church for the heating apparatus. We may think ourselves very fortunate that the tower of the church, if not the church itself, was not burnt down last winter. The old iron pipes were lately discovered to be in a dreadful state - some of them cracked all the way down, and with large holes in places. The woodwork of the two floors and roof of the tower was laid almost touching them. We trust that all has now been made secure.


October 28th. Alfred Dixon and Anna Elisabeth Green.
November 6th. Walter Murray Simpson and Kate Page.

The Filby Reading Room. By A. Member

"Neither the naked hand, nor the understanding left to itself can do much; the work is accomplished by instruments and helps, of which are needed is not less for the understanding than the hand:" - Bacon. - A Reading-room is one of those helps which are needed especially by those who may not have a library of their own to go to, and by many who have a certain amount of time which they wish to spend in profitable social intercourse and recreation. These with sound reading help us in our self education, of which a noted writer has said "Every person has two educations, one which he receives from others, and one - more important - which he gives to himself." Of many it may be said, speaking of their spare moments,
"His only labour is to kill time,
And labour dire it is, and weary woe".

At the end of a hard day's work. Many have not much time to spare, but all have a little, and fifteen minutes a day to self-improvement will be felt at the end of the year. A little sound reading with much thinking without fail make more sensible and better men, and proud as we are of our country we should each remember "The worth of a State in the long run is the worth of the Individuals composing it." The Filby Reading - room was first started in 1884. The number of members at present is about two dozen. The house is kindly lent at a nominal rent by C. B. Lucas, Esq. The subscription is 1s 3d. per quarter, and for hon. members, 5s. per year. Newspapers and periodicals are provided, and there are a few good books by Thackeray, Dickens, Scott, etc. For amusement there is provided bagatelle, draughts, dominoes, and such other games as sanctioned by the Committee. The daily papers are the Eastern Daily Press and the Standard, and these give us "both sides of the question." There have been Draught and Chess Tournaments in the past, and it is hoped they will continue. Mr Green provides coffee, ginger beer, etc, on demand, and smoking is not prohibited. The number of members is not sufficient to make the institution self-supporting, and so an annual concert is given to raise whatever balance is needed. It is to be hoped that new members will come forward both ordinary and honorary.

November 1890

Services at the Parish Church.


  • 8:30 a.m. Holy Communion, every Sunday and every Saint's Day, except the 1st Sunday in the month, when it is at 11:30 a.m.
  • 11 a.m., Morning Prayer with Sermon.
  • 3 p.m. Short Service with Bible instruction.
  • 7 p.m. Evening Prayer with Sermon.


  • Monday, 4 p.m. Evening Prayer.
  • Tuesday 7:30 p.m. Service at the Mission Room.
  • Wednesday, 11 a.m., Morning Prayer.
  • Friday, 8:30 a.m., Morning Prayer with Litany.

When there is any alteration in the Week-Day Services notice will always be given the previous Sunday.

It is hoped our Parishioners will not be forgetful of the frequent Celebrations of Holy Communion of which the above live list gives notice, and we cannot better quote again the words of another, "The Holy Eucharist is the holiest offering of praise and adoration, the highest act of thanksgiving, and the most effectual mode of prayer."

An afternoon service on Sunday at 3 p.m., will be held during the winter months with the Bible Instruction. The first Sunday in the month this Service will be as usual for the young, and the attendance of parents would be greatly welcomed; but on the other Sundays this service is intended for all, and especially those who cannot avail themselves of the evening service.

The Harvest Festival

It is with much thankfulness that we write an account of this for our Magazine. The chief cause of thankfulness was the number of our Communicants, which gives us a good hope that many more, especially among our men and young men, will follow the example of others and become regular and devout Communicants. The Church decorations were worthy of the occasion and greatly admired. The congregations were good, and in the evening the Church was crowded. The singing was well led by the Choir, and the congregation joined heartily in the hymns. The sermon was preached by the Rev. C. W. Kirkby, London, Assistant Secretary for Additional Curates' Society, on behalf of Home Missions. His subject was "Gleaning" from the text "she gleaned in the field after the reapers," Ruth ii, 3. The offertory, amounted to £3  4s. 5p., In the evening there were 222 coins. The morning offertory for the Alms Fund was 17s.  11d. ; total, £4 2s. 4d.

The Dedication Festival.

Our Church is dedicated to All Saints and, by means of a Pastoral Letter, the Rector has invited all to take part in the Services that will be held in the Church.

The Advent Season

will again be with us before November closes. The Services on the 1st and 2nd Sundays in Advent, November 30th and December 7th, will be taken by the Rev. C Dowman, Rector of Fletton, Peterborough. It is not his first visit and many will be glad to hear him preach again.

The Library

is open every Wednesday at 12 o'clock. Some 30 new books have lately been added, and we are expecting as many more, so we shall have a good supply for the winter. The charge is 1d. a month; if no books are taken out by a subscriber during any month no charge is made for that month.

Now that we have a new Churchyard the old one might be made more beautiful if a few good shrubs and trees were planted in it. The north side especially is a very bare and might be greatly improved. The poor are anxious as others to have memorials of their dead, and often cannot because of the cost. There are so many beautiful shrubs now, and if any like to give one, or any other small gift to the Church, whether as a memorial or no, application should be made to the Rector.

The Clothing Club

year has just closed, and the new year commences the first Monday in November. Payments may be made the first and third Mondays of each month.

The Working Party

are invited to commence their meetings once more at 2 30 the 1st Thursday in November, and no doubt the Village Club will renew their kindness by lending one of their rooms. Last year the meetings were greatly enjoyed by the members and much useful work was done as seen at the sale. Fresh members would be very welcome. We regret that one of our best workers has lately undergone a severe operation in Norwich Hospital, which we trust will restore her to health. The floor under the Lectern and in the Church has been laid with tiles and is a great improvement; this was done with the money over from the Sale of Work.


Oct. 12th. Bertie Alexander and Mabel Violet, children of William Benjamin and Maria Hunt.


August 26th. Maria Walpole, 1 day.

Sep. 23rd. Mary Ann Allard, 48 years.

October 1890

The Harvest Festival will be held on Sunday, October 5th. The Services will be 8 a.m., Holy Communion; 11 a.m., Morning Prayer and Holy Communion; 3 p.m., the litany with address by the Rector; 7 p.m., Full Choral Evensong; preacher: Rev. D. T. Barry, Rector of Fishley. The offertory at the Celebrations will be for the Alms Fund, in the evening for the Home and Foreign Missions of the Church. Our Harvest Festival falls rather later than usual this year, but that may help to remind us that it is intended not simply to thank God for the harvest, but for all the fruits of the earth and His providence over us during the past year. Our Communicants will not be forgetful that this is both their duty and privilege to shew forth their thankfulness by their devout attendance at God's altar. The Holy Eucharist is "the holiest offering of praise and adoration - the highest act of thanksgiving, and the most effectual mode of prayer." Offerings of fruit and flowers will be gladly received at the Church the day before at 10 a.m. The time has, I think, now come for us to have a weekly Celebration of the Holy Communion, every Sunday, instead of on three Sundays in the month. There will be a Celebration every Sunday at 8 a.m., excepting the first Sunday in the month, when it will be at 11:30 a.m. Our hope is that our Communicants will be more regular in their attendance, especially at the early Service, and that some at any rate will follow the practice of the Early Christians, and every Lord's day "shew forth the Lord's death" See 1 Cor. 11, 26, also Acts 2, 42, 46, and 20, 7. There will also be the following Weekday Services, commencing October 6th: - Monday, 4 p.m.; Wednesday, 11 a.m.; Friday, 8:30 a.m..

The Mission Room Service will be held on Tuesdays at 7:30 p.m., commencing on October 21st.

We would remind all members of the Clothing Club that Monday, October 20th, will be the last day payments will be received. The cards may be given in either on the 1st or 3rd Monday in November. A Boot Club for children attending the Sunday School will also be started.

We greatly regret the departure of Mr and Mrs and Miss Greenacre from the parish. They will be greatly missed by many. For many years Mr Greenacre perform the duties of Guardian and Churchwarden, and also held other offices connected with the parish, all of which will he carried out most carefully. Both Mr and Mrs Greenacre will be long remembered for many acts of kindness, and they always gave their hearty support to any Church work. We must thank Miss Greenacre for her services, especially as a Sunday School Teacher. We wish them happiness in their new home.

September 1890

Account of Filby church and parish.


Although this church was built early in the fourteenth century, and the walls, tower, and external finish are still intact, much of the more beautiful work is early fifteenth. Some of the richly decorated windows are of this later date, as the Norman bequest, already cited, plainly indicates, and able architects also assert that the arcades were rebuilt and the south aisles altered about the same time. The Chapel of St John the Baptist, in the churchyard has completely disappeared, as also the chapels inside the church. Their situation was probably at the east end of the aisles, for it would seem, from certain traces on the arcading that the screen extended over the first bay of the nave, and that parcloses shut in the eastern portions of the aisles, thus forming the chapels. The interest of this church perhaps centres in the fine base of its rood screen. The original upper part has long been cutaway, but traces of holes can be seen where the rood beams rested, and the loft formed thereon, besides bearing the usual figures, had upon it a light before St Mary, to which as we have, seen 16d. was left in 1466. The base of the screen is adorned with good fifteenth century cusp panelling, divided into eight compartments. These are occupied by as many saints, each with their emblems painted on wood panels. The work will repay careful study, and will bear comparison with French paintings of the same period. The drawing is fair, the attitudes not stiff for the date, and the colouring harmonious. They represent, beginning from the north side, 1, St Cecilia, bearing a wreath of flowers; 2, St George, with cross and shield, striking a dragon with his spear; 3, St Catherine, sword and book in hand, and standing on a wheel, here remarkably small; 4, St Peter, with two golden keys; on the south side, 5, St Paul, having drawn sword and book; 6, St Margaret, piercing a dragon; 7, St Michael, weighing in scales a black devil against a soul arrayed in white; and 8 St Barbara, with a tower in one hand and a palm (in lieu of a feather) in the other, a figure not common in English iconography. The upper part of the screen has been beautifully restored with very elegant tracery, quite in keeping with the time of its original direction and the general character of the church. The same cannot be said of the tracery in the screen under the organ. Some few years ago there were to be seen pieces of panelled work on some of the seats, which had been parts of an embowered panelling, and had probably in this, as in many other Norfolk churches, filled up the rood-loft. A small door in the south side of the tower arch is of very much interest, and has been pointed out by eminent antiquarians as recalling the times when the churches of the district were refuges from attack. It is of massive oak, closely banded with strips of iron, and having no fewer than seven locks, and an elaborate wrought iron handle. I only recognise it as the lid of the ancient church chest, now put to another use. I may say this church is dedicated to All Saints and the register commences in 1561 and is most beautifully written, apparently by Thomas Stafford, who has signed it down to 1618.

The Sunday morning and evening Services

during this month will be taken by the Rev. Alfred T Peppercorn, Rector of Stoke Prior, Leominster. At the afternoon Service on the first Sunday in the month, at 3 pm, the Litany will be said and an address given. All the Services will be as usual. Celebrations of Holy Communion on the first Sunday at 11:30 am, on the 2nd and 4th at 8 am.

The addition to the Churchyard

was consecrated by the Bishop of Norwich on St James Day, July 25th. The hour appointed for the service, 6 pm, was not a convenient one, but a fair congregation, including several of the neighbouring Clergy, was present. A short Service was held in the Church, the preacher being the Bishop. He spoke on the Resurrection of the Body, and shewed in impressive language, how this great truth taught us by means of the bare grain of wheat cast into the earth, which first dies, then springs up and bears its fruit. After the sermon a procession was formed, headed by the Churchwarden, to the new ground, there the Bishop read the deed of consecration and two special prayers. The two hymns, "Brief Life is here our portion" and "O God, our help in ages past," were well sung by the choir, and after the second hymn the Bishop pronounced the Blessing. It is been thought best to meet the expenses, which amount to £14, by a voluntary rate. This addition supplies a great need, and we are quite sure our parishioners will gladly give towards this new resting place for our dead.

We desire, by means of our Magazine, to welcome Miss Wilkinson, who has come here as Organist and Parish Worker, and also Miss Finley who will assist in the Church work of the parish.

In our last issue we stated that a little over £2 was cleared at the Sale of Work connected with our Working Party. We should have added that over £6 were taken at the sale, and the greater part of this went to pay for the material. A new flooring of tiles under the lectern will shortly be laid down in the church; the money in hand will almost cover the expense.

The choir had their annual outing on Thursday, July 31st. Lowestoft was the place elected, and a very pleasant day was spent there. Messrs. Payne and Walpole were unfortunately unable to accompany us. All were ready for dinner at one o'clock, which we had on the pier - tea later on at the Fisherman's shelter. Some went out for a sail on a rough sea, which they said they enjoyed, the rest found amusement on land.

A new stained-glass window has been erected at the East end of the North Aisle, in memory of the late Rev. C Lucas and Frances his wife, by their children. The central light contains a figure of our Lord as the Good Shepherd, and under it is represented our Lord blessing the little children that were brought to him. On either side are the figures St Peter and St Paul and under these St Peter is represented receiving the command from Christ, "Feed my Lambs." and St Paul is preaching to the people the Gospel of Christ. The work has been executed by Messrs. Powell, of London; the window on the opposite side is by the same firm. We hope to say more about the Dedication Service in our next issue.

The offertory

during the month has been - Alms Fund, 13s. 11d.; Choir, 8s. 8d. Church Expenses, £1 0s. 6d.; Total £2.3s. 1d.. This is £1 less than the total for July.


August 17th Agnes, daughter of Robert Whur and Emmerline Culling.
August 17th Ethel Maude, daughter of James Walter and Jane Hurren.
August 17th John Frederick, son of John and Caroline Ward.
August 17th Ethel May Ellen, daughter of William and Jennet Cubitt.
August 21th Martha, daughter of Robert Henry and Anna Mary Walpole.
August 24th Herschel Lingwood and Percy Lingwood, sons of Spencer and Hannah Matilda Howlett.
August 24th John, son of John James and Ruth Maria Allard.

August 1890

Filby August 1890

A Flower Service

was held in the afternoon of the first Sunday in July. Though a great deal of damage had been done to the flowers through the heavy rains of the previous days, yet the display was a very good one, and a large number of bouquets were given. After the processional hymn, those who had flowers were invited to come up to the altar rails and present their offerings, which were received by the Rector and laid upon the altar. We were very glad to notice that nearly everyone present gave an offering, and we are quite sure gave of the best which they could find in their gardens. The lessons in in the address were drawn from the beauty, the variety, and the growth of flowers; taking them to represent the Christian graces. Our readers who were not present at the service will be able to draw for themselves this threefold lesson from the flowers. There was an offertory for the Children's Convalescent home at Yarmouth, to which almost everyone contributed. The flowers and offertory, amounting to 12/6 were sent the following day to the Convalescent Home. This was the answer received from the Matron:- "Dear Sir, - The children are very pleased with the lovely flowers, and say 'they think we have a Flower Service here with such lots of beauties.' Thank you so much for thinking of us in both ways. I close receipt. Yours truly, E.J. Turner." We hope to have another Flower Service, of which due notice will be given.

A Sale of Work

in connection with our Working Party, was held in the Mission Room on Thursday, July 3rd. The articles were priced a few pence above the actual cost of the material, and everything was sold either at the sale or the following day. Tea was provided by Mrs. J. Lingwood and Mrs S Walpole; and the other members of the Working Party helped in the sale - Mrs. B. English, Mrs. Gaze, the Misses Chapman, and Mrs Linder. Miss Greenacre was unable to be present. Gifts were received from Mrs. Lang, Mrs. Chapman, Miss Page, and Mrs. J. Green. A little over £2 was cleared, which will be spent on the Church.

The Sunday School Treat

took place on Monday, July 21st. The children, together with the Girl's Choir, went to Yarmouth, and a most pleasant day was spent, the weather being lovely. Tea was provided in the School after the return from Yarmouth, and then the last two hours were spent in playing different games in the Filby House fields, which had been kindly lent for the purpose.

We are sorry to say that we are losing the services of Miss Wrenford, as organist and parish worker. She is unable to stay longer in Filby, and we shall miss her very much, especially in Church, where her powers as an organist have been greatly appreciated. We wish her every success in the future.

The Offertory

during the month has been - Church Expenses, £1 2s. 6d. ; Choir Fund, 10s. 9d. ; Convalescent Home, 12s. 6d. ; Alms Fund, 12s. 3d. ; Clergy Widows and Orphans, 5s. 3d. Total £3 3s. 3d.

Missionary Association

The quarterly subscriptions have lately been collected, and we have in hand about £2. At the end of the year the whole amount is divided between the Home and Foreign Missions of the Church, as represented by the S.P.G. and A.C.S. The number of our subscribers is far too small, and we would earnestly invite others to join our association. Subscriptions from 3d. a quarter are gladly received by the Rector, and in future the Alms Box in the Church will be for Missions instead of for Church expenses. Let us remember that our own spiritual life depends in great measure and our support to Missions, and by our support to Missions we are working for Christ.

The Norfolk Archaeological Society

visited our church in June. Last month we had not room to give an account of their visit. Dr. Bately read a very interesting paper on the Church and Parish, part of which we print this month.

"This Church is the most beautiful one in East Flegg. Externally, its chief features are a lofty square tower, ornamented with flints and stone panelling, with heavy crow-stepped parapets; windows of rich decorated character, with tracery and good return hoods, but very shallow mouldings, splayed quatrefoil lights to clerestory, with rich tracery and a thatched roof to the nave, which, like most churches in this district, has no parapets. On entering, the fine lofty arcades to nave, supported on octagonal piers carrying a roof of trussed rafters, and the excellent proportions and lighting are noticeable. It dates from the early part of the fourteenth century. The font is more ancient, and probably belonged to the church, found in Filby by the Domesday Survey. Whether this early fabric existed upon this site I cannot say, but if so, it was completely demolished before this church was built, as no portion of it is traceable in the present structure. Filby was an important place in Saxon times, and its church, although endowed with only five acres of land, valued at sixpence, was no doubt one of the earliest in this locality. It seems singular that we should find the Lords of Filby having amongst other privileges, wreck of the sea and revenue derivable from several salt pans; but we should remember that the present stretch of Broads adjoining this parish are but the remains of an arm of the sea that once cut up East Norfolk and Suffolk into several islands, and that Filby had a sheltered position on the coastline thus formed. The town of Filby at that time was one lenca, three furlongs and a half long and half a lenca and 25 perches broad. As to inhabitants, its freeman, numbered one-fifth as many as Yarmouth had, and in that old font yonder, who can doubt, all these ancient yeomen, their fathers and their children, had been baptised into Holy Church. It is a plain octagonal font of grey marble, usually called Purkeck, but more likely came from Derbyshire. Late in the thirteenth century there was a family living here of considerable importance, who took their name from this parish. Sir Ralph de Fileby, and Isabel his wife, are mentioned about the year 1280; and Robert de Fileby, probably their son, was Lord of East Hall in this town in 1315, and held the advowson of this church, for he presented the first Rector, mentioned by Parkin, John de Wyklewode, in that year. 'Tis not too much of the improbable to assume that the de Fileby family largely assisted, possibly to its entire cost, to build this church immediately prior to 1315. They and their heirs held the advowson for about 100 years, doing much for the maintenance and adornment of the building. Early in the fifteenth century the last of them holding it by heirship, John Berking, of Rollesby, sold the advowson to Sir Henry Inglos, and he, in 1436, presented Robert Inglos. Sir Henry died in 1451, and the advowson was again sold, but while he was patron of the living, and for some years after, much was done to beautify, modernise, and improve this edifice. In 1444, Edmond Norman, of Filby, buried in the church of Cromer, gave ten marks for two new windows on the north part of this church at the west end, and 40d. to St Baptist's Chapel, adjoining this church. In 1466 Nicholas Pykering was buried in the steeple of this church, and gave to St Mary's light on the Perke 6d., to that of St Nicholas' 4d., to that of St. John, in his chapel in the churchyard 6d., to St Margaret's guild, at the west end of the town, a quarter of barley, and a comb to St Mary's guild at the east end of the town; he also gave five marks to buy an antiphonary for this church, and also an acre and a half of Glebe to it. Walter Shipdam was buried in the same year, i.e., 1466, by St Mary of Pity in this church."

To be continued.


July 20 -- William, son of Isaac Whur and Annie Eliza Dady .

July 1890

The Churchyard.

- The Bishop of Norwich is probably coming on July 25th, at 6 p.m. for the consecration of the addition to the Churchyard. He hopes the hour fixed will enable the parishioners to attend, and he would encourage them to do so. After the new piece of land has been consecrated the present churchyard will be closed for burying, excepting, of course, those who have graves already set apart in that part of the ground.
It is hoped the memorial window, which is being erected by the family of the late Rector, will be in its place by that date; if so Evening Service will be held in the Church after the consecration of the churchyard, when the window will be unveiled and dedicated. Due notice will be given.

Hospital Sunday.

- On June 1st the offertory, morning and evening, was given in aid of the Yarmouth Hospital. The subject of the Hospital Sermon was the sympathy of God as shewn forth in the life of Christ. The sum collected was £2 12s., which has been sent to the hospital, and some letters have been forwarded for the use of parishioners, in return for the offertory.

The Annual Dinner

of the Village Club and the sub-branch of the Good Samaritan Sick and Burial Society was held at the Club Rooms on Whit Tuesday afternoon, when about 30 members sat down to a substantial dinner of roast beef and plum pudding, the Rector presiding. After dinner, the members went on the Broad and enjoyed themselves for two or three hours, the boats being kindly lent by the Secretary. At 7:30 p.m., the members had tea and spent the rest of the evening with singing, etc, and concluded with the National Anthem after a very enjoyable afternoon and evening.

Parochial Tea.

- This was held by the kind permission of Mr Greenacre in his barn, on Tuesday, June 10th, and a very enjoyable evening was spent by those who attended it. The preparations were most carefully carried out by our band of tea-makers and others who kindly assisted them, and the whole thing was capitally organised. The barn was profusely decorated, and looked very gay, while both outside and inside numerous "Jubilee" flags, which were kindly lent, denoted that something unusual was happening. The tea was advertised to begin 6:30 p.m., but an hour previous the guests began to arrive and tea was commenced at 6 o'clock - 160 in the barn and 116 outside in the garden. When these had finished a good tea there were still sufficient persons waiting to half fill the barn, and altogether 350 were provided for. The sale of tickets had been stopped early in the day as we were afraid to issue more, and as it was there was a crowd in the barn during the evening as rain began to fall heavily before the tea was over. The entertainment was kept up with great spirit till past 11 p.m. A very varied programme was gone through. A short speech was made by the Rector, in which he expressed the many thanks that were due to Mr and Mrs Greenacre; Rev. L. F. Ryde, who had kindly come over from Yarmouth, also spoke. Mr Elliott then provided much amusement with songs, recitations, etc. There were several dances introduced into this part of the programme, which were much enjoyed. A very pleasant evening was ended with a vote of thanks to the Rector and to Mr Elliott followed by the National Anthem. We have a great many to thank. We bring together those who kindly assisted in tea-making and others who took part in the programme: - Mrs Bunn, Mrs and Miss Chapman, Mrs J Culling, Mrs W. Dady, the Misses Daniels, Mrs B English, Mrs C English, Mrs and Miss Greenacre, Mrs and Miss Goodwin, Miss Harrison, Mrs G Lingwood, Mrs J Lingwood, Miss L Pitchers, Mrs D Smith, Mrs Walpole, Mrs S Walpole, and Miss Wrenford, and Messrs W Chapman, C Harris, and H Shrieve; in addition to the tea-makers. Mr C B Lucas, Miss F Lucas, Mrs Daniels, Mrs Humphry, the Rector and Mrs Skinner contributed to the Provision Fund. After paying all expenses there was £4 15s. 2d. remaining for the Mission-Room Fund.

Sale of work.

- our working party has made many useful articles during the winter and spring, and the sale, which Miss Lucas has promised to attend, will be held in the Mission Room on Thursday, July 3rd at 2:30 p.m. We would invite all, and hope that many will accept our invitation. Refreshments will be provided at very moderate cost.

W. H. S. Meeting

on June 16th,- This was well attended, nearly all the members being present. Mrs McKenzie gave a very interesting address, and we hope to say more about it another time.

Board School Inspection.

- The annual examination took place on June 10th and 11th, and the children passed a most creditable examination, only four failing in two subjects and four others in one. This satisfactory result is chiefly due to the untiring efforts of our school-master, Mr Payne, and his assistants, Miss Green and Miss English.

The Offertory

during the past month has been: £2 12s, Yarmouth Hospital; Church Expenses, £1 1s. 7d; Choir, 13s. 2d; Alms, 4s. 10d.


- June 16th. Mary Broom, aged 84 years. She was many years resident at Filby, but died at Martham.

June 1890

Parochial Tea

This will be held on Tuesday, June 10th, and we cordially invite all our parishioners to this friendly gathering. Mr. Greenacre has most kindly lent us his large barn for the occasion. This is a great help to us and arrangements are being made that we hope will remind many of a similar grand entertainment, given in the same place, at the time of the Queen's Jubilee. Tea will be served punctually at 6.30p.m. After Tea there will be some Speeches and Music, followed by a dance. The Rev. L. F. Ryde has kindly promised to come and speak. The tickets are 6d. each, to be obtained from the Post Office. Filby School children half-price. We would particularly request all, if they possibly can, to get their tickets on or before Saturday, June 7th. All the tables will be provided exactly alike. Mr. Greenacre wishes to tell any who may came from a distance, that ample room for horses &c., will be provided. Tickets by Post.- Rev. H. H. Lucas, Filby Rectory, will gladly forward tickets by post on receipt of payment.

The Memorial Fund

raised by the Parishioners amounted to £22 5s 2d. The cost of the altar rails, together with fixing, &c., was £21 7s 6d. A brass Alms Dish will be purchased the the balance of 17/8.
The addition to the Churchyard has now been conveyed and therefore belongs to the Church. The consecration of the ground is all that is now needed before it can be used for burying. This will, I hope, be done during the Summer, but the illness of the Bishop makes this doubtful. The present Churchyard is greatly overcrowded, and the above addition is much needed. The land has been given by Mr. C. B. Lucas. The means for enclosing, consecration &c., are not yet provided.

The School Board

At the last meeting of the Board the following resolution was passed as regards the attendance:- "That the Board would remind parents that their children should make the full attendance, ten times each week."

The Monthly Meeting of the Women's Help Society

is very fairly attended, and after the usual business the Rector conducts a short Service. The Women of the Bible is the course of instruction, and up to the present four of the New Testament characters have been taken - The Virgin Mary, the Mother of Our Lord; Elizabeth, the wife of Zacharias and mother of John the Baptist; the Mary Magdalene; and the Woman of Samaria. This month the meeting will be at the Mission Room, on Monday the 16th, at 8p.m., when Miss McKenzie, a secretary os the Society, will give an address. All women welcome. There are at present 35 members, and any new members will always be welcome at the meeting. The subscription is 1d. per month, which includes the charge for a copy of "Our Paper."

June 1st

will be our Hospital Sunday. There will an offertory both at Morning and Evening Service for the Yarmouth Hospital.

The offertory

during the past month has been as follows:- Alms' Fund, 9s. 1d.; Choir, 8s. 9d.; Church Expenses, £1 0s. 3d. The offertory on the 1st Sunday in the month at the Celebration is for the Alms' Fund: for the Choir at the early Services, and for the Church Expenses on the 3rd Sunday in each month, morning and evening. Those unable to be present at Church on the 3rd Sunday, but willing to give, are earnestly requested to place their offering in the Alms Box for that purpose placed on the wall close to the door to the tower, on the left when leaving the Church by the west door.

On the Sunday Evenings in June the Rector intends to preach a course of Sermons on FAITH. June 1st, Trinity Sunday, Faith in God; 8th, Faith in His Church; 15th, The Life of Faith; 29th, S. Peter, Apostle and Martyr, An Example of Faith, that still speaks to us.


May 1st - (Private) Sydney Robert and Louisa Maude, son and daughter of Charles Henry and Emma Eliza Dickson.
May 4th - James William, son of Richard and Caroline Sims.

May 1890

Vestry Meeting:

The annual Vestry meeting for the appointment of parish officers was held at the Schoolroom on Monday, March 24th Mr. C. B. Lucas and Mr. W. Chapman were appointed Churchwardens for the ensuing year; Messrs. C. Palmer and W. Allard, Overseers; Messrs. W. English and D. Smith, Surveyors. A hearty vote of thanks to Mr. Greenacre was unanimously passed on his retirement from the parish offices he has held, and the duties of which he has so carefully discharged. This vote was proposed and seconded by the Rector and Mr. C. B. Lucas, and supported Mr. Trett. Mr. Greenacre, in his reply, thanked the members present for the vote of thanks, and said how glad he had been to do what he could for the parish.

The New Altar Rails

erected by the parishioners and friends in memory of their late rector, were dedicated on the Thursday evening in Holy Week. They were supplied by Messrs. Wippell and Co., of London and Exeter. The standards are made from a new design and are the first they have made in brass of this pattern. The standards, with a thick rail, all of brass, are very handsome and a good addition to the East-end of the Church. There is a brass plate on the South wall to commemorate the gift.

The Easter Day Services

were very fairly attended, especially in the evening. There were two Celebrations of the Holy Communion, and among the communicants we were thankful to see some who had not made their Communion for some time at any rate. There was a great improvement in the singing at both the morning and evening services, and a great deal of credit is due both to the choir and organist. The services were altogether very hearty, and the congregations took their full share in the singing of the hymns. The decorations were very effective. There were beautiful flowers upon the altar, the gifts of friends, and the screen and font were also covered with flowers

The Church Expenses

in the past years have been provided for by means of a voluntary rate. When I came last autumn I found that the general wish was that these expenses should be met in some other way. The Churchwardens agreed with me that the best plan would be to have an offertory once a month, at morning and evening service, for the Church expenses. This was started last November, and most of the congregation have gladly given an offering for the support of their Church, the 3rd Sunday in each month. When the new arrangement was explained the hope was expressed that the people would provide for the necessary Church expense, the Rector being responsible for those of the Organist and Choir. The subjoined account we publish just to show what these are. We should add that a debt was expected this year as the offertory was only started last November, when more than half the year, which begins at Easter, was gone. We feel sure that we may depend on the willing and hearty support of the congregation during the coming year

Received Paid
Easter 1889 £. s. d. £. s. d.
Balance from rate 3 12 1 Barge & Freeman 1 18 0
Subscription 1 0 Oil 1 5 10
Offertory (5 Sundays) 5 6 10 Wine for Communion 1 1 0
_______ Coke 1 13 6
£8 19 11 Clerk's Salary 5 5 0
Debt to balance 4 15 8 Cleaning 1 6 0
Brushes, etc. 1 5 3
________  ________ 
£13 15 7 £13 15 7
£. s. d. £. s. d.
Offertory 4 18 1 Organist 20 0 0
Executors of late Rector 3 2 0 Organ Blower's Salary 3 0 0
Rector 34 15 11 Tuning Organ 4 4 0
Choir 15 12 0
_________ _________
£42 16 0 £42 16 0

April 1890

Holy Week and Easter. - The Church invites us to keep holy the week before Easter, in memory of our Saviour's sufferings and death, and as a preparation for our Communion on Easter Day. On Palm Sunday, March 30th, there will be an early celebration at 8.30 a.m., and during the week the following Services at the Church:- Monday, 8 p.m.; Wednesday, 11 a.m.; Thursday, 8 p.m.; Good Friday, 11 a.m., 3 p.m. and 7 p.m. Service in the Mission Room, Tuesday, 8 p.m.

Easter Day, Holy Communion at 8 and 11.30 a.m.
Full Choral Service at 11 a.m. and 7 p.m.
Special Service of Praise for the Young at 3 p.m.

The School Board Election took place in February. The new Board was elected without a contest and consists of seven members: C. B. Lucas Esq., Rev. H. H. Lucas, Messrs. B. English, E. Palmer and E. Trett for Filby: and Messrs. Kidman and S. Walpole for Mautby. At the first meeting of the Board held last month, C. B. Lucas, Esq., was elected Chairman for the next three years, and Rev. H. H. Lucas, Vice-Chairman.

A fair audience met at the Mission Room to hear Mr. C. F. Lucas' lecture on "Church History," for an account of it we must refer our readers to page two. The weather did not favour us, and the roads were very wet which prevented the attendance of many.

A desire was expressed by some of our parishioners that they wished to erect a memorial to their late Rector in the Church. Brass Altar Rails with a Brass Plate upon the wall to commemorate the gift were decided upon. The sum of £22 3s. 2d. was gladly given by the parishioners and neighbouring friends. It is hoped that the memorial will be erected by Easter day.

Some 50 new Books have lately been added to the Library, which is open every Wednesday at the School from 12 to 12.15. The subscription is 1d. a month.

We are glad to state that Miss Wrenford has accepted the post of Organist and Church Worker.
R. Wisken and A Beckett have lately been admitted to our Choir.

Offertory during the Month. - Church Expenses £1 2s. 2d.; Alms Fund, 4s. 3d.; Choir 4s. 1d.

Burial.- March 17th, Rose Smith, aged 11 years.

A serious accident has happened to Edward Ward. His clothing was caught in the pulping machine he was tending, and he was whirled round some two or three times before the horse could be stopped. He was taken up insensible, no bones were broken, and we are glad to say he has almost recovered from the shock and wounds he received.

Note 1:- Edward Ward was 50 years old at the time of the accident. Born in 1839 in Filby, he lived near the Broad and was an agricultural labourer. Edward died in 1917 aged 77 years so, hopefully, he recovered fully from his accident.
Note 2:- If anyone wants to read about Mr. C. F. Lucas' lecture on "Church History," as reported on page two of the magazine please send me an email.

March 1890

A list of Lent Services and Sermons has been circulated throughout the parish. I would earnestly invite you to make all the use you can of them throughout this solemn season. It is the special time for acts of worship, for looking into ourselves and out to the Saviour who both suffered and died for our salvation. We require to devote ourselves more thoroughly, and with greater reality to the service of Almighty God. It is God who invites us of his love and mercy to do this during this season of the year that is set apart for Fasting and Prayer.

The Women's Help Society meet on the second Tuesday in each month. An address on the "Women of the Bible" is given by the Rector; he is also giving a course of lectures on English Church History at the Working Party on Thursday afternoons, at which all who like to come are welcome.

Church Defence Meeting. - Mr. C. F. Lucas will give a lecture at the Mission Room on this subject, on Monday, March 10th, at 8 p.m. All welcome.

Offertory during Month. - Church Expenses, £1 0s. 6d.; Alms, 8s. 7d.; Choir 11s. 0d.

An Entertainment was given in the Schoolroom on January 2nd, at 8 p.m.

Part 1. - Trio (Mandolin, Violin and Piano), Messrs. Watts, Pyemont and Dann; song, "Too Late," Mr. B. Fathers; piano solo, Mr. Pyemont; reading, "How to put up a Picture," Rev. H. H. Lucas; trio (Mandolin, Violin and Piano), Messrs. Watts, Pyemont and Dann; song "Six o'clock in the Bay," Mr. B. Fathers; violin solo, Mr. Pyemont.

Messrs. Watts, Pyemont and Dann were much applauded for the way in which the two trios were given with Mandolin, Violin and Piano. The Rev. H. H. Lucas gave a reading, "How to put up a Picture." Mr B. Fathers was unable to take his promised part in the programme, but his place was well filled by two of the 'Black Diamond' minstrels, Messrs. Dye and Burgess, who by their songs and comic sayings kept the audience in a continual roar of laughter.

Part ll. - Sketch, "Reading under Difficulties," Mr. Figet (Country old Gentleman), Mr. S. Walpole; stump Speech, Mr. Walpole; sketch, "Stupid Servant," Mr. Scratchem (a gouty Gentleman), Mr. C. Harris, Bumps (his Servant), Mr. G. W. Payne; song, "White Wings," Mr. W. Chapman; sketch, "Starvation," Mr. Grudge, Mr. S. Walpole; Mrs. Grudge, Mr. W. English; Jacob Inkem, Mr. C. Harris; Mr. Saul, Mr. H. Sims; Sam, Mr. G. w. Payne; Polly, Mr. W. Chapman.

The second part consisted of three sketches, (1);"Reading under Difficulties," (2), "Stupid Servant," (3), "Starvation," given by members of the Filby Nigger Troupe, Messrs. Walpole, Payne, Harris. Chapman, W. English, and Sims, who well sustained the good reputation previously earned by the Troupe. Mr. Walpole gave a stump speech, and Mr. W. Chapman a song, "White Wings." The proceeds of the entertainment were for the benefit of the Village Reading Room.

Wedding. - January 23rd. Peter Watson (a member of the Church Choir) to Eliza Harris.

February 1890

There was an increasing the number of our Communicants at the Christmas Festival, though the attendance at the services left a great deal to be desired. The Church was very prettily decorated and with the bright sunshine looked at its best.

A tea was given to the members of our Women's Help Society on December 30th, at the Mission Room, and a happy evening was spent. The new rules of the Society were explained, and some arrangements were made for our Parish Branch. New Members will be admitted at the next Meeting, which will be held at the Mission Room, on Tuesday, February 11th, at 3 p.m.

Our Working Party meets every Thursday at the Club. The Sale of Work will be held in the Autumn, and not after Easter. The proceeds will be given to repairing the pavement in he Church which is very much needed. We hope that many will do what they can at home. Articles for the Sale will be gladly received.

The Junior Members of the Band of Mercy gave their usual Christmas Entertainment on January 9th. The Rector took the chair, and gave a short Address. Two Prize essays on the "Cow" were read by H. Walpole and Ethel Chapman. A programme of songs and recitations was well rendered by the Members. Prizes were also won by H. Walpole and E. Sims in a Spelling Competition. The Band is now a large one, and much sympathy is shown with its objects.

Many of us will regret that Mrs. Lang has left the Parish. During the short time she was with us she endeared herself to many by her ready sympathy and willingness to help in all cases. We could not have kept her long, as she is likely soon to get a good appointment. We can only be glad that we have made her acquaintance, and wish her every success in the future.

The Offertory since our last report has amounted to 18s. for the Choir; 5s. 7d. Alms Fund; and 17s. 8d. Church Expenses.


January 3rd. Edward Futter, aged 78 years.

January 1890


Louisa, daughter of William and Louisa Jane Hubbard
Ethel Maude, daughter of Adam Henry and Mable A Elizabeth Wright


William Hall and Harriet Read


Harry John Watson, 4 months
John English, 68 years
Caroline Quadling, 68 years

Holy Communion

Is celebrated after Morning Prayer the 1st Sunday of the month; at 8.30 a.m. on the 2nd and 4th Sundays.

The Offertory on the 1st Sunday is for the poor; on the 2nd and 4th for the choir.
It has of late years been the custom to pay half the choir expenses out of the offertory at Holy Communion.

there is an offertory for the Church Expenses at both Morning and Evening service on the 3rd Sunday in each month, which, if well supported, will meet our expenses.

The Offertory for the last Month:-

  • Nov 17th, Church Expenses, £1 6s. 1d.
  • Nov 24th, 8.30 a.m., Choir, 5s. 3d.
  • Dec 1st, 11 a.m., Alms Fund, 10s. 3d.
  • Dec 8th, 8.30 a.m., Choir, 3s. 4d.
  • Dec 15th, 11 a.m. and 7 p.m., Church Expenses, £1 0s. 5d.


Are taken every Sunday at 3.30 p.m.
Notice must be given beforehand to the Rector and Sexton.
Churchings before any service; no notice required

Rector's Notes

I propose to start during January a Communicants' Guild or Society. There will be two branches, one for men and one for women. All who have been confirmed will be eligible. Our Communicants and all those willing to receive instruction about this Blessed Sacrament are cordially invited to join. The first meeting will be held at the Rectory on Thursday, January 21st for women at 3 p.m.; for men at 8 p.m.

A Working Party, like that of last year, will be started at the Village Club on Thursday January 9th, at 2.30 p.m.

A sale of work done will be held about Easter, and the proceeds will be given to the Church. The choice of some suitable object will be left to the members, and will be announced in the next number of the magazine. Men, women and children are invited to make something for this sale of work.

A Variety Entertainment for the benefit of the Village Club, will be given on Thursday, January 2nd, at 8 p.m.

A Band of Mercy entertainment will be given at the School on Thursday, January 9th at 7.30 p.m.
Members are invited to bring their friends

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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.
As well as some 2011 calendars, earlier calendars for 2008, 2009 and 2010, are still available via this website by sending an email to the address below.
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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