The Parish Magazine is named "The Spire" currently. The earliest known copy of the Parish Magazine is 1893:PARISH MAGAZINE – November 1893
THE LATE JOHN DEWSBURY. On Monday morning, October 9th, there entered into his rest one who was well known to many of us, and wherever known, deeply respected – John Dewsbury. For a period of over 37 years he acted as clerk of this Church, and right diligently did he endeavour to fulfil his various duties. By his kindness of heart and eagerness to please he made himself many friends who will not soon forget “Old John” by which name we knew him best. His mortal remains were laid in our cemetery on Thursday, Oct. 12th, but the first part of our beautiful Burial Service was read in the Church of which he had so long been a servant. A large number of friends assembled to pay their last tribute of respect to his memory, both in the Church and at the graveside.
A PARISH NURSE. The question of having a Parish Nurse has again been raised, and we have been asked to bring the matter before the people of Sale, particularly before those living in this Parish. And we would earnestly hope that this proposal may be warmly taken up. We are sure that no one can question the value of having a properly qualified Nurse to attend to the wants of our poorer brethren in their sicknesses. Many cases have come under our notice recently where a nurse would have been of the greatest benefit. From time to time we have had assistance from the Ashton Nurse, for which we are most grateful, but we can hardly expect that one nurse can see after the needs of the whole district. We believe indeed that there is sufficient work to keep one constantly employed in that part of Sale lying to the eastward of the Canal, known as the ecclesiastical Parish of St. Anne, the population of which must be over 6,000 at the present time. If this matter commends itself to our people, and we hope it may, a meeting will be held in the Vicarage in the course of a few weeks to take steps to carry out what would prove our inestimable boon to many a poor sufferer. Meanwhile we ask our readers to make this proposal as widely known as possible, and also to let us know what encouragement there is to proceed further in the matter.
BAND OF HOPE. An effort is now being made to re-organise our Temperance Society, and the first meeting will be held in the new Schoolroom, at 7-30 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 7th, at which the Rev. Dr. Cogswell will be present to give the address. We hope to see the room full. A capital programme has been arranged. We hope also that Our Band of Hope may ere long be a very flourishing institution. We should like to see it as strong as it was when first started. Children over the age of 8 years are at liberty to join. It is: expected that the meetings will in future be held monthly - the first Tuesday at 7-30 p.m. The annual Sermons on behalf of the Diocesan Branch of the C.E.T.S. will be preached on Sunday evening, Nov. 5th, by the Rev. W. T. Warburton, M.A. of Rock Ferry. We hope for a large congregation and a large offertory, as the Diocesan Branch is in urgent need of funds to carry on its work. It is now partly responsible for the stipend of a Police Court Missionary, who is stationed at Stockport, and of whose work we have had most encouraging reports. And a second Police Court Missionary is wanted at Birkenhead.
CAKE SALE. The ladies who kindly organised and carried through with such great success “The Rummage Sale” are now busily at work arranging for a “Cake Sale”, which will be held in the Schools, about Dec. 20th, or 21st. Contributions of cakes of all kinds and also of Plain, Currant and Seed Bread; also Mince Pies, Mince Meat, may be sent a day or two previous to the Sale to Mrs. Wilson, Mrs. Sergeant or Mrs. Hoyle. We hope that success may again follow what they are now doing. Proceeds are to be given to the School Furnishing Fund. Efforts are being made to arrange for a good Concert on the evening of the day of the Sale, which we wish to see largely patronised. However, we shall be able to give full particulars of both Sale and Concert in our next issue. The net profits of the Rummage Sale were £39 4s. 3d.