Parish of St Matthew the Apostle,
Douglas, Isle of Man

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Manx Church Magazine - September 1938

My Dear People,

We are glad to be back again amongst you after a good holiday, and I was glad to be present for the first time at our Dedication Festival, especially as we were able to hear Father Taggart tell us some of the history of the old St. Matthew's Chapel.

Before you read this, we shall have had both father and son taking part in our Evensong. It is a pity that it is in August, when so many are busy, but I hope a good many will have been able to come to hear Father Taggart. It was a pleasure to hear from him how much he appreciated the beauty and reverence of our Sung Eucharist, for we do try to carry on the work the foundations of which he so truly and faithfully laid.

I was glad to be at the installation of Archdeacon Stockwood. It was a very impressive service, and everything was done so beautifully and without a hitch.

There are two seats left in the party going to London in October, and the arrangements are well in hand. Details of the arrangements will be given to each member of the party later on.

The garden fete postponed from June will be held at The Hermitage on Thursday, September 22nd. We shall run it as part of our Patronal Festival, which falls, as usual, on St Matthew's day, Wednesday 21st September. There will be the usual Sung Eucharist that day at 11-30, when the preacher will be the Rev. M. Harrison. The garden fete will be next day, in the afternoon at The Hermitage when the children will give a play. In the evening there will be a concert in the Schools, when the children will give two plays, and there will be other items, which will be announced in due course. Please support this effort.

I was glad to hear on all sides that the services of Father Wake were appreciated. He told me he loved the church, and had a really good holiday, one of the best he has had, here in the Island.

Your sincere friend and Vicar,

Lewis C. Watson

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