On Thursday, the last day of February, a large gathering assembled in the National Schoolroom to witness a distribution of Prizes, given by the Rector and Mrs Munby, to the scholars in the Sunday-school. The boys occupied one side of the large schoolroom, and the girls the other; the parents and friends of the scholars witting behind the children. The teachers sat with their respective classes. The proceedings opened with singing and prayer, after which the Rector addressed the meeting. He congratulated the happy party on so pleasant a gathering, and explained the plan according to which the prizes would be distributed. The highest number of marks which could be earned by any one scholar was 624. One little girl, Ada Underwood, had risen to within six of that number. To qualify for a 1st Prize 500 marks must be earned; for a 2nd, 400 marks; for a 3rd, 300. No one would obtain a prize, unless for some special reason, for less than 300 marks.
After a few remarks from the Rev. T.S. Cunningham, Curate of Newton, the prizes were then most kindly distributed by Mrs. Higgins, of Turvey Abbey.
At the close of the distribution the light was turned off, and a series of beautiful pictures of the Holy Land was exhibited through the Magic Lantern, and a most interesting description of them was given by Mr. C. L. Higgins. There were also present, Mrs. Higgins of Turvey House, and party, Mr. and Lady Dora Yeoman, and many other persons kindly interested in the School. A very cordial vote of thanks to Mr. and Mrs. Higgins for their kindness on the occasion brought a very happy evening to a conclusion.
On Thursday, 28th February 1878, the Sunday School gave prizes to its members. Here is the account of this event from 'Home Works', April 1878 - the Turvey Parochial Magazine of the time.
The following is the list of Scholars to whom the Prizes were given:
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