Christ Church 138 years ago (1885)


On Saturday, July 18th, the members had an afternoon’s picnic in the beautiful grounds belonging to Mr. George Meakin. They were accompanied by Mr. Wood’s excellent band, and spent a very enjoyable time in wandering through the gardens, green-houses, the adjoining wood, and in cricket and tennis. A bountiful tea was spread out under the trees at five o’clock, and ample justice done by the members. After tea, Mr. Pearman proposed a vote of thanks to Mr. and Mrs. Meakin for their kindness on that and other occasions. Three cheers were given by the class. The weather, though not all we could wish, did not interfere with the members’ enjoyment.

Looking back upon the past six months, we cannot but feel thankful for the success that has followed Mr. Pearman’s efforts ; there are now forty-five members, and there has been throughout a deepening interest shown in the study of the Bible. When the class re­opens, it is proposed to take a course on the lives of Old and New Testament worthies.


For months past about twenty members of the Mothers’ Meeting have been subscribing small sums weekly for a ” day by the sea.” On Monday, July 13th, the Vicar, Mrs. Thompson, and the mothers left by the first train for Liverpool. Before crossing the river to New Brighton, the Art Gallery was visited, and some time spent in admiring the rich collection of paintings. The Museum also, with its marvellous collection of curious beasts, birds, and fishes, etc., had no small share of admiration. All enjoyed the sail on the river, especially those whom Neptune bore for the first time. At New Brighton, the afternoon was spent in quiet walking over the rocks or round the fort, some bathing, others riding. The weather was throughout of the best, and all returned home very contented and thankful that nothing had occurred to mar the enjoyment of the long-expected ” day by the sea.”