|"Through an oversight no mention of the fact that the Rev. HT Young had written desiring to express his very warm thanks for the present given him on leaving. It will be remembered that there was no opportunity of making the gift before he left and it was sent on to Sittingbourne. Mr Young spoke most kindly in his letter of the great gratification it had been to him to receive this present, and how he would always treasure it with the happiest memories of the time he spent here. He asked for this message to be conveyed to those who joined in the gift, and this is done now, with many apologies for the delay."|
|"It is with great regret that we announce that the Rev. JS Robertshaw will be leaving us before very long. He came here, two years ago, after a very dangerous illness, which made it impossible to return then to work in a town parish, to which he had felt himself called, and, which undoubtedly affords the best training for a young clergyman.
He has now so far regained his strength that he feels it to be his duty and his privilege to take up again the more exacting task of a town curacy, and has accepted work in the parish of All Souls, Leeds. The Vicar, the Rev. Herbert Johnson, is an old friend of the Rector's, and with him Mr Robertshaw cannot fail to work happily, while the splendid organisation of the parish will offer him the very best of training. In coming to this decision Mr Robertshaw has the entire sympathy of the Rector, who, though he will miss him greatly, can but cordially agree with the motives for his leaving, and wish him every happiness and blessing. He will not be so far away but that we shall hope to see him sometimes amongst us in the future."
|"In September the parish will, all being well, have the advantage of an assistant curate. When Mr Robertshaw left, the Rector thought he could with occasional help, manage to work the parish alone, and therefore save the cost of the stipend which falls entirely upon him, and is a heavy charge. The additional labour proved, however, too much for him and there is no doubt that it was one of the causes of his severe illness. Consequently we are going back to the former arrangement, and the Rector has secured the services of a clergyman whose work he trusts will prove a great help and blessing to the parish. The Rev. MW Thackrah, MA is a Yorkshireman and it is hoped all will welcome him as a friend."|
|"We have been afflicted with a perfect pestilence of illness, not fortunately, so far as was can see, of a serious type but enough to cause a great deal of inconvenience. It reached such a pitch in the last week of January that on the Sunday following it was impossible to carry out the services in the usual way. The Rector was ill, Mr Thackrah was hardly fit to be out. Mr Jessop (St. Philip's organist and Sunday school superintendent. Ed.) was ill and the Scholes service had to be given up. Mr Booth (Barwick School headmaster and All Saint's organist. Ed.) was ill and Mrs Colman being ill too, was unable to take his place at the organ, and that had to be silent. It has been a quite extraordinary visitation and it is to be hoped we shall not only soon see it pass off but find no after effects from it."|