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Netta Leigh was the pen name of Hannah Whittemore who mainly wrote poetry and novels aimed at young children which were published in a children’s magazine edited by her brother the Revd William Meynell  Whittemore. The monthly magazines ran from around 1862 into the 1900s. The poem may not be brilliant writing but conveys well the thoughts of a sixty year old writer comparing her childhood in the 1830s to that of around 1870. Revd Whittemore was forward thinking in terms of content of the magazine and promoting it, which included a children’s council of readers who gave answers to letters written in asking for advice. His church held a monthly children’s service.

I had a Victorian upbringing! In the text, a velvet (the material in this example) spencer is a long sleeved bolero style short jacket made popular in the early part of the 19th Century, while Battledore evolved into the game of Badminton in the early 1870s.


WHEN I was quite a little girl,
            Full sixty years ago,
My hair was brown and used to curl;
            Now it is white as snow.
I wore such short and scanty frocks,
            Like evening dress made low;
Black sandall’d shoes, and nice white socks,
            With sash, tied in a bow.
Then I, for out-of-door attire,
            A velvet spencer had;
With cottage straw, made firm with wire,
            And trimm’d, perhaps, with plaid.
A cloth pelisse for winter-time,
            With braid sewn neatly on it;
While feathers, from a distant clime,
            Adorn’d my beaver bonnet.
I was not self-assured and free,
            As maidens are to-day;
Unless our guests first spoke to me,
            I but few words might say;
While in the room I must not stir,
            Nor laugh nor seem at ease:
I answer’d modestly, “No, Sir,”
            Or, “Yes, Ma’am, if you please!”
And yet I was a happy child,
            All full of mirth and fun;
I romp’d about as one half wild,
            When stated tasks were done.
With shuttlecock and battledore,
            With hoop, and blind man’s buff,
With hunt the slipper-and some more,-
            Of games we had enough.
And when we to a party went,
            A children’s one, I mean;
In such like play our time was spent,-
            Each happy as a Queen!
We never dreamt of dance or ball,
            Like grown-up people, then;
Pure, simple pastimes pleased us all,
            And we were home by ten.
In clear sweet voice I often sang,
            And made a merry noise;
But never talk d the vulgar slang
            Girls use as well as boys.
When in the streets I did not stare
            At every passer-by,
But walk’d along with quiet air,
            Sedate, and rather shy.
I had not half as many books
            As modern children share;
And antiquated were their looks,-
            But, oh, how prized they were!
I read them through and through: and when
            You would have deemed them old,
I read them twenty times again,
            And thought their worth untold.
I love to muse upon the past,
            And yet I sometimes sigh
As memory’s pensive glance is cast
            Upon the days gone by.
Young Ladies often shake my hand,
            Or nod, with careless bow,
But LITTLE GIRLS, I understand,
            Are rarely met with now!


High Flight

High Flight

John Gillespie Magee, Jr. wrote High Flight just before his death in a mid-air collision over Lincolnshire during World War II, serving in the Royal Canadian Air Force. He was nineteen.

Oh, I have slipped the surly bonds of Earth
And danced the skies on laughter-silvered wings;
Sunward I’ve climbed, and joined the tumbling mirth
Off sunsplit clouds – and done a hundred things
You have not dreamed of; wheeled and soared and swung
High in the sunlit silence. Hovering there
I’ve chased the shouting wind along, and flung
My eager craft through footless halls of air;
Up, up the long delirious, burning blue
I’ve topped the wind-swept heights with easy grace
Where never lark nor even eagle flew;
And while, with silent lifting wind I’ve trod
The high untrespassed sanctity of space,
Put out me hand and touched the face of God.

A Favourite Poem of Margaret Buchanan

Shoe Box Appeal 2019

Pauline Rose .. Boxes now on their way Thank you everyone


Blythswood Shoe Box Appeal 2019

In 2018 The Shoe Box Appeal, enabling Blythswood  to gather and distribute 107,073 shoeboxes.

The shoeboxes received last year were distributed in Albania, Bulgaria, Hungary, Kosovo, Moldova, Romania, Serbia and Ukraine.

Please take the time to watch the short video below.

Leaflets are at the back of the church.  Or click on the link below for a list.

Shoe box appeal list 2019

Boxes need to be at All Saints for 6th October ready for collection.

Thank you


Harvest service

Lynne’s admired arrangement

There were 36 people at the service, 24 from Lockerbie and 12 from Moffat. Four did not stay for lunch and one came later so we fed 33; we enjoyed soups, rolls, Abida’s delicious Buttered Chicken with noodles which was a long labour of love, then sweet treats or apples and cuppas.It was a very meaningful and comprehensive service led by Rev. Paul, encompassing awareness of many different harvests. Followed by a warm and happy opportunity for sharing. 

Autumn Newsletter 2019

The altar and reredos

Autumn Newsletter 2019 

It is indeed my immense pleasure to express sincere thanks to the joint family of All Saints Lockerbie & St Johns Moffat for the lovely warm welcome given to me as the Rector on 14th August 2019. I experienced the guidance of God’s Spirit when I was instituted by the Most Reverend Dr Mark Strange. Me and my family were so touched by the incredible warmth welcome and generosity of the ministers, vestry members and the church members. I would like to say that there is much work to be done in the world, and I look forward to doing that work together with the members of the All Saints Lockerbie family.

Families are amazing things. They are for most people, what they are born into, a place where they grow and are nurtured, a place of safety. All Saints Lockerbie is called by God as a church family to open that loving family out to everyone around us. We are a family of community-oriented mission. We, the community of God’s love come together every Sunday to participate in a Love-Meal instituted by Jesus Christ and other worship services including Taize service. We welcome all to be nourished with the love of God and go to our valleys and hills to announce and witness the same love.

Rev Paul Singh J R

Well what a year this has been! From relying on retired clergy for our services every week, having joint Vestries with St John’s Moffat, advertising for clergypersons, short listing, interviewing and then finally selecting Rev Paul Singh J R. Not only do we get a new Rector but a splendid family in Abida, Kegan and Kevin. We are so fortunate and already we feel the start of an exciting phase in our Christian development in Lockerbie and Moffat. The selection and appointment has brought us much closer to the Moffat congregation and indications from recent Vestry meetings see us working together, sharing occasional services and social events. We have met such generosity from all sides in preparing for the Singh family. What a wonderful institution we had at St John’s with the Primus Mark Strange leading the processions, and singing which would match any cathedral. A thundering good buffet followed!

Rev Paul is earnestly taking driving lessons and hopefully a driving test soon. Kegan and Kevin are enrolled and settled into the new term at Lockerbie Academy and along with Abida we have welcomed them to our services at Moffat and Lockerbie. We also look forward to Rev Paul receiving his Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) at Edinburgh University later this autumn.

With a new clergyman appointed to Dryfesdale Parish Church shortly we have the opportunity of re-establishing a strong ecumenical relationship with all the Lockerbie Churches, new brooms and all that!

We must remember all the help we have had from retired clergy during the eighteen month interregnum. Without them we would be in a sorry state. Rev John Stevenson, Canon John Higgins, Rev Steven Ballard, Rev Christopher and Rev Anne Wren together with Jane Stevenson, Kay Higgins and Elizabeth Ballard all in support, we have been most fortunate. We hope to thank these clergy on an appropriate occasion this autumn.

Good news: Kath Leadbeater is now an Authorised Worship Leader for All Saints, Lockerbie. Kath has undertaken a training course with the Diocese and can now conduct Services in our Church. She already organises our monthly Taize Service which is proving to be most successful and is drawing a wide range of people from non church goers to those of  different faiths. Throughout the interregnum, Kath has kept our Thursday 4pm Evening Prayer going for which we are most grateful.

Your Vestry has been trying hard to keep up with developments and we ask you to carefully note the following dates on your calendar/diaries.

Saturday September 21st Annual Gift Day in the Church from 11am to 1pm.  Church members are invited to call, make a donation and have Coffee/Tea and a chat. This event replaces the Annual Coffee Morning in the Lockerbie town Hall.

Thursday September 26th 7pm Taize

Sunday 29th September 1pm BBQ for neighbours, friends and Church members in the Church grounds or in the Church if wet. The Wardens can still cook outside under the gazebo! Neighbours         will be invited to meet the Rev Paul and family and we hope we can say thank you to the Clergy who have helped us during the interregnum. The BBQ will follow shortly after the11.15 Morning Service is concluded.

Sunday 6th October 11.15am Joint Harvest Festival Service with St John’s Moffat to be held at All Saints Church. Following the Service we will be providing soup, and rolls followed by tray bakes/biscuits, tea and coffee.

We will as usual be filling shoeboxes as our harvest gifts. Leaflets have been ordered from Blytheswood Care.

Sunday 24th November 11.15am Short Communion Service followed by All Saints Church Annual General Meeting. This will be kept as brief as possible but we need to hear about our financial matters and elect our Vestry and officials.

Sunday 22nd December 11.15am Service of Carols and Lessons (without Communion)

Tuesday 24th December 6pm. Christmas Eve Service and Communion followed by festive drinks and eats(mulled wine and mince pies!)