|Abstract||MERSEA ISLAND - On Wednesday last the anniversary sermon in aid of the Sabbath and day schools connected with West Mersea Chapel, was preached by the Rev. George Smith, of Poplar, London. His text was taken from Rev. iii., 18, and the discourse was deeply impressive and appropriate to the occasion. The chapel was well filled with the friends of the schools from the island, from Colchester, Wivenhoe, and other places; and the collection amounted to nearly £10. At five o'clock upwards of 150 persons partook of tea at the White Hart Inn, ample provision being made for his numerous guests by Mr Mann, the landlord. After tea, and the cessation of a heavy rain which had continued for two hours, the party were admitted into the interior of the very neat and elegant Church of West Mersea, where the skill of the organist and the good service of the ringers enabled the company to spend an agreeable half-hour before leaving the island for their homes, and at the same time affording evidence of the good feeling which subsists among the Dissenters and members of the Established Church.
The number of children educated in the Chapel day school is 70, and in the Sabbath-school between 40 and 50. The importance of sustaining the day-school on the Island will be obvious when its distance from any neighbouring village is remembered, and the impossibility of foot passengers passing over the Strood at certain sates of the tide. - On Thursday the children belonging to the schools were treated to a substantial dinner provided by subscription among the supporters and friends residing on the Island.
From Essex County Standard 20 June 1855, with thanks to British Newspaper Archive.
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