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I first went along to the Youth Club at Eastbrook Hall in 1975 to play Table Tennis but it wasn’t long before I was invited to church and to join Youth Fellowship. I became the Treasurer at Eastbrook and also a Local Preacher. Our wedding in 1985 was the last service to take place in the main hall and Eastbrook Hall closed a year later on our first wedding anniversary. I remember that George Beck was the superintendent minister when I first went to church and Hedley Cousens was the junior minister who had set up a Youth Fellowship. I met so many wonderful people at Eastbrook and all are remembered with great affection.
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I have a picture of the War Memorial from the Chapel as James Nelson is my ancestor how can I sent it to you
FAJ Utting taught me at CCGS and gave me a life long love of History I was in Sri Lanka back in 2014 and saw his name up on a school notice board I said to my wife there can only be one FAJ Utting it must be my old History teacher A good man !!!
Thanks for making a comment. We would welcome anything you can tell us about Girlington, so please do use the contributor’s box on the website. I will see if we can find a link to the 2nd World War memorial.
I was googling family names and came across this site – Mrs Janet Goodall is my Great Great Grandmother (George Goodall’s “infant daughter also called Joyce” grew to be my Grandma Joy). It’s been fascinating to read this and learn of another generation, thank you.
There is also a war memorial for the 2nd World War which includes my fathers name. It is now on display at Bradford Industrial Museum. Both my parents attended the church. My mum from soon after she was born and my dad from when he moved into Girlington in 1935. They ran the junior choir and were part of the concert party etc. My dad had a band that rehearsed there. My (and later my wife’s) connections with the church ended in about 1990. I do have photo’s etc
Wonderful! I’ve been looking to find some information for a tea-set I have in this pattern that belonged to my grandmother- we used to drink afternoon tea on her lawn using it.
Hello Jean, thank you for adding your comment. I missed speaking to you at the Rotherham Wheelers Centenary event last year. I used to live 3 doors up from Stephen on Reresby Crescent, and I think you lived across from the Hind Hotel. I am now in regular contact with Margaret Gammage (in the USA) and Elaine de Roeck (in Sweden) because of this web site and we do a lot of reminiscing about Whiston and Whiston Chapel. I will copy your comment and send it on to them because they often comment on people who went to the Youth Club. You can see Margaret’s Sunday School Queen photo on here and Elaine has recently shared hers with us. If you still go to the the Chapel you will be able to tell us if the SS Queen photo’s are still displayed on the walls. My niece Linda Middlemiss was a SS Queen as well. If you want to respond to me you can reach me on firstname.lastname@example.org Pauline nee Handley
David, Your father is listed as a Wesleyan Minister on My Wesleyan Methodists website. This would have been because he started his training before Methodist Union in a Wesleyan Training College.
Assuming he ‘died in the work’ (ie hadn’t left the Methodist Church), we would be glad to add him if you could supply date and place of birth and death. Thanks
No mention of my father. Rev, Henry Edward Foss who etered the ministry 1934 having graduated through Handsworth College Birmingham
I Jean Rodgers (Henderson) am still a member of Whiston Methodist Church and was married to Stephen Rodgers who sadly passed away in 2003. My sister Barbara is married to Michael Duncombe both ex members of Whiston and the flourishing youth club we all attended. We always remember the wonderful years we had and the friendships we made down at Whiston Chapel with quite a number of us marrying. Whiston Methodist Church and the people who were there and are there now will always be a major part of my life.
Attended the weekends in London several times, was part of the choir twice. Last time was when Hayley Mills was a special guest, around 1963/64, how things have changed.
Joy Baker, I wonder whether there is any connection with the Munt family at 30 Batford Road, Harpenden? Di Castle lent us her family albums and information for this page on harpenden-history website – https://www.harpenden-history.org.uk/harpenden-history/people-2/local-folk/the-munt-family-of-30-batford-road. Diana Munt worked with her father and uncle Charlie Smith at the cobblers at 3 Station Road in the 1950s
I was delighted to see this photograph. My grandfather the late Rev Dr W F Howard MA, DD, FBA was the Principal. When he retired in 1951 the College arranged a portrait which was subsequently transferred to Queens College. Eventually the Governors decided they no longer wished to have the eyes of illustrious former principals looking down on students so it was returned to the family. I have had it cleaned, varnished and reframed and it now hangs in my home in Edinburgh.
I was in the show in the Albert Hall on the saturday night and then in the worship on the sunday morning. Loved london weekends
Good to hear from you Jeremy. Do you know which of Digory’s children your great-grandmother descended from?
I was intrigued to see this page. Digory Isbell is my 4th great-grandfather. He was the great grandfather of Charlotte Mitchell, my great-grandmother, who came to Australia with her husband, Henry Thomas Robjohns, and their family, in 1883. Henry Robjohns was a congregationalist minister from Tavistock, via Newcastle and Hull, who came to Australia as representative of the British and Foreign Bible Society. The name ‘Isbell’ is carried through our family. It was the middle name of one of my aunts.
Thank you for your comment, Roger. You can post a photo of your certificate on this site by clicking on ‘add your story’. We’ll then publish it in this section. No idea about ILB/JLB though!
Thanks for all the information about JMA including collecting boxes, medals etc. I am going through family diaries and papers and have come across a lot of things relating to JMA and your material has been really helpful in allowing me to understand what’s what! In addition to medals, I have a certificate for the years 1961 to 1969 with seals for seven of those years. I would have attached a photo as I have not seen such certificates on your site but I could not seem to attach a photo.
Finally, a question. In reference to a JMA Circuit Rally in March 1965, my grandad referred to it as ILB. Any idea what that stands for? (It could possible by JLB).
My father Rev Reg Bedford ran Morley after the war when he was minister at Salem Methodist Church, Guernsey. He later became MAYC National Secretary. My brother Alan and I visited Morley for a holiday in 1967 as teenagers with Muswell Hill Methodist Youth Club. A great place which helped to bring many young people to faith.
Thank you for pointing that out. We have made the necessary corrections.
Re: my father, Michael Cooke. Date of birth was 25 April 1936. Please can you correct your listing. Date of entry into the ministry I believe was 1963-4. Please can you check and correct your listing. Many thanks Alison Scalisi née Cooke
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