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Thanks for the opportunity. I write this with great appreciation to the Methodist Church for naming the Seminary after our maternal grandfather, the late Rev. Seth Molefi Mokitimi. Our mother is the only child and daughter of Seth and Grace Mokitimi.
I was a church member of Eastbrook hall from the age of 7. I was in the brownies, and the girl guides until I moved away in the late fifties. I went to morning services, Sunday school, and evening services every Sunday. I also attended junior guild. My love of classical music today is because of the wonderful organ recitals by Oliver Knapton who in my mind was unequalled in musical talent. Dr Maurice Barnett was my idol and I often wonder how his children developed in their lives. My life revolved around Eastbrook and the wonderful services and music are still with me today at the age of 82.,many miles away in Western Australia.
Have just found this site. I had the honour of having a Margaret and Maurice As my youth leaders back in the late 70’s early 70’s. We went to a Morley Methodist youth hostel in Guernsey twice with them. Also did a Wendy house at a service at the Albert Hall for MAYC weekend. On marrying (a member of the youth club) in 1975 we kept in touch and even used their cottage in Oxfordshire. My name then was Glynis Lloyd and I am now approaching 66 !
Gateshead is in Tyne & Wear, not Northumberland (technically, old County Durham)
Gateshead is in County Durham, not Northumberland
I have a copy of Methodist Church Buildings, as at July 1st 1940. Listed under Circuit 271. Keighley (West Lane) is West Lane, which had been a PM Stone built , 850 seater, two school hall, and it says 14 other rooms.
As a young preacher I took services here Great people they sang like a nest of birds and had a deep spirituality Thanks for good memories
Hm.. I dont recall a Methodist Church in West Lane Jayne. As organist at Lund Park early 60’s I had copies of the circuit preaching plans, and that one I dont remember !
Hi Brian, what about the Methodist church on West Lane?
This is a very long shot but at various times local newspapers ran regular reviews of church services on similar lines to their theatre reviews. It could be worth a search on the British Newspapers Archive site if all else fails.
Correction Rev Arnold Bellwood’s wife was Janet
Can anyone supply me with a detailed typical service with Hymn choices etc from around WWI era . I’m writing a novel and I’m really struggling to come up with this information. The chapel I am featuring in my novel is the one on Princess St that was bombed
I remember Rev Arnold Bellwood .I was a young child in PortTalbot during WWII..People loved him and the chapel was filled every Sunday .He had a bulldog named Bluebell …..it allowed her full name to be Blue Bell Woods . His daughter was my friend .I remember when he had to move on to his next placing everyone was heartbroken and the day he came back to visit the chapel was filled to overflowing ..His wife Jane had a wonderful voice and she would sing solo at each service ……something his Welsh congregation truly appreciated. His hero was Rev Donald Soper .
Christmas morning about 1964, the BBC broadcast live its Christmas morning service from Brunswick Methodist Chapel, possibly for the World Service. Our school choir, Lawnswood High School , was invited to lead the singing of the Christmas hymns. The choir’s conductor was Agnes Clayton , who had strong Methodist connections. Many of us choir members had some difficulty reaching the church from our homes in the suburbs , as there were no buses, being Christmas .I had never been in such a large church with upstairs seating before. At the time , many people who formerly lived in Little London were being rehoused by Leeds corporation on the edge of the city, so there were not many local people to swell the congregation. The part of the sermon I remember was the minister reaching out to his world wide audience my mentioning Millie, a Jamaican whose song My Boy Lollipop was currently in the top ten.
The late Reverend A Hanley Smith was the secretary of the Handsworth College Committee when he passed on February 11, 1949. He even spent 2 years of his ministry training at Handsworth. Do you have any photos of him? He was also the youngest son of Gipsy Rodney Smith, the Evangelist. He is a distant cousin of mine and I’m trying to find more photos of him.
In 1940 the accommodation consisted of a chapel measuring 80 feet by 43 feet and containing 400 sittings on the floor plus 100 in the gallery, all in pews, three halls, 60 feet by 29½ feet, 41½ feet by 24½ feet and 30½ feet by 18 feet and fourteen vestries and classrooms. There were two blocks of buildings separated by a road. The chapel on the south side of School Lane continues to be used as a Methodist place of worship. The Sunday school building on the north side existed as early as 1884 and was probably originally used in conjunction with the Silver Street chapel. Sources John Rylands Library University of Manchester, DDPD1/687 Methodist Church Buildings: Statistical returns including seating accommodation as at July 1st 1940 25 inch OS Northamptonshire XXV 10
I can remember playing football on and around the old burial ground I the 1960‘s it was in a poor state then with some graves unfortunately exposed and foxes had taken up residence I had often wondered until the present about the people buried there and their importance to the community. I can only commend the efforts people have made to retain this piece of Victorian Bilston and the conservation of the Church although I don’t live in the area any more I always hark back to these days of innocence with nostalgic fondness.
You just made me smile – looking online for information about the 50 Not Out London Weekend and saw the photo of me (jester) and my friend Paul Crew in your photos – super !! Thank you. Brightened my day !!!
Sister Olive, a wonderful, saintly woman. Today she’d have been a minister and probably President of Conference,. And Sister Betty, also a great friend to many Sylvia (nee Johnson)
Does anyone remember the Saturday MAYC in about 1960/1 The mass choir sang a hymn written for Inters Guild by our youth leaders. Miss Ailsa Guy and Mrs Ivy Manley. Mrs Manley was our church organist and wrote the music for the hymn., she was also blind I am trying to think who the Male singer was on that day. Can anyone help? Pat Gale, Taunton but grew up in Axminster
Fantastic Memory. Became a Christian this weekend in 1988. So grateful for the event. Thanks for the memory.
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