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this page is very moving indeed…..and also thought provoking…..’sic transit gloria mundi’…..such powerful items…now passing slowly into oblivion ……thankfully there is a photographich record at least…..
I have an old hymn book from here signed and dated 1870 by William Southall and Charles Southwell. If anyone knows any family who would like please let me know.
Hi Jonty, if it’s possible could I get little more information as my family lived at 17 Folly Fields. My Grandfather was in the First World War, Frank Douglas Hawkins. I have such fond memories playing at the little park at the back of the house. In fact my sister broke her arm jumping off the swing. And the outside toilet…. Amazing memories! Thank you
On reading the given information it would have been good to have also seen some photographs of your present Church / Chapel Interior ?
Swadlincote – no “g”, and in Derbyshire rather than Staffordshire – but interesting nevertheless.
Hi Nigel, thank you for your comment you are quite correct. I have now found that “Gordon Town developed on the lands of Hinton East’s botanical garden at Spring Garden established in 1770. It was a public garden, but in 1811, it was sold to Dr John Gordon, whose name the town bears.”
I have a most wonderful day yesterday 28 October 2023 when I one again met up with Elaine de Roeck who was over from Sweden to visit relatives. It is approximately 70 years since we last met and there were plenty of memories to share. Pauline Marples nee Handley
We came to London in 1968 or 1969 with Princess Alice Children’s Home. I get mixed up because I also came down with Princess Alice Children’s Home for the National Children’s Home Centenary in 1969, where I performed on the gym display team and played bells and glockenspiel. One of these events, and I think it was the MAYC event, was hosted by the disgraced Jimmy Saville.
I’ve just discovered this, and I have no idea if you’re still monitoring, Andrew. But I don’t think it’s overstating what a huge impression you and Nick and Linda made on us as young people. You instilled confidence and awareness that other young people in south London could never have. Trips home in the packed, white Ford Grandada (if I remember correctly) were always an experience. Thank you. Always.
I don’t believe that George William Gordon had anything at all to do with Gordon Town.
My medal, awarded in 1972, is a JMCDSO so the date change was after 1969.
Prior to the move to the cinema in the late 1970’s the congregation was based at Central Methodist Church (also know as Regents Square) but due to the redevelopment of the town centre and new road lay out the grounds & property were purchased by the Council and the congregation moved to the Cinema. I worshipped at Central and attended the Youth Club 1967-73 when my father Rev G Clifford Hunt was minister there.
I’m a lineal descendant of Robert Ault, who was an early Methodist minister from England. His son Thomas Ault (who was my great something uncle) was the childhood friend of Frances Asbury. My ancestor, Samuel Ault (brother of Ceylon missionary Rev. William Ault) emigrated to the United States in the early 19th century. My immediate family still owns books, Bibles, personal correspondences , etc….from the Ault family!
Do you know if Revd. Wilfred had a son called Robin? If so, please be in touch.
I am glad to see mention of a trip to Belgium,Holland and Germany in July 1962 (maybe I was on that one?) – any records?
also a ‘Know Your Europe’ trip in 1963 to Paris and Rome.
1 The Burnham Chapel listed in Barton and Brigg is actually in the Epworth & Scunthorpe Circuit being onlytwo miles from Epworth.
2 The Langley Moor and Kirk Langley PM chapels are missing from the Derby circuit list.
Rev Roy W Dew, came to the Oldham West Circuit, as it was then known,in Sept 1951. He was appointed the oversight of 5 churches Eaves Lane, Cowhill, Washbrook,Turf Lane & New Moston Methodist churches. He left Oldham in August 1954 and Moved to Chirk in North Wales. During his time in Oldham, over 50 young people came into a conversion experience. As a direct result of his ministry a number of those people, among them Brian Fitzpatrick, Malcolm Daley, David Reddish, Donald Bradley, Warren Bardsleybecame ordained ministers in the Methodist Church. Others became Local Preachers. Further information can be found in My Methodist History, under Churches & Chapels/South Chadderton Methodist church.
I believe Rev Reg Hancock was one of the earliest of our Ministers at Moulsham Lodge Methodist Church in Chelmsford. I would be very interested to have more photos about him and your life in Chelmsford, if you would like to share. If possible, I would like to write an article for our Church magazine THE MESSENGER about MAYC and the part Rev Hancock played in our Church’s involvement in that organisation. Many of our members remember Rev Hancock with real love and joy.
Petre Street Primitive Methodist chapel in Sheffield was an impressive building – at one time the largest Primitive Methodist chapel in the city. You can read about it here: https://www.myprimitivemethodists.org.uk/content/chapels/yorkshire/sa-sha/petre_street_primitive_methodist_chapel
On that page you can also see a picture of the presentation inscription in the book presented to Aubrey Oates as School Captain.
My Father Albert Aubrey Oates was school captain of Petre St Primitive Methodist in 1929 and they and presented with a Hymn Book on May 1st 1929. It looks to be signed by a J Drury Smith (Drury could be something similar) I am in possession of the hymn book (His father (also) Albert Oates was a Sheffield Councillor
Albert Edward Munt was the brother of Stanley Munt of 30 Batford Road. Grandfather of Dinah and yours truly
My great, great uncle (William Jacob Warren) was a Pastor on the circuit when this chapel was built (Long Sutton, I believe). He was present at the stone-laying ceremony and at the inaugural opening service. As a Pastor on the circuit, he would have been here several times. Although I can’t find any evidence, there is a stone that bears the inscription ‘W W’ on the wall, which I wonder if it was a stone laid by him or if the ‘W W’ is the initials for someone else. Any further information greatly received. I’m particularly interested in this circuit between 1933-1937 (for obvious reasons).
Thank you for pointing this out, Mrs Wilson. We apologise for any distress caused. Becoming a Methodist minister is a long process. Your father was ordained in 1939, but this was at the end of a long training period. He appears to have spent a year in the Okehampton Circuit in 1932-1933, before entering college and then being stationed as a Probationer in 1935. We have therefore regarding him as having started his training before Methodist Union, and listed him on our sister site ‘My Wesleyan Methodists’ as a Wesleyan Methodist minister. We took this decision for anyone who was in training at the date of Union. In your father’s case I can see that this may look strange. I do want to assure you, however, that we are fully aware that your father was a Methodist minister, and that he is listed on one of our sites. If you wish to share any information about your father, or perhaps a photograph, it would be very welcome, and would allow the editors to create a page about him.
My husband is descended from Digory Isbell, via his son John. His daughter Mary married Robert Puckey (born 1763 in Fowey) and it is a straight line via the male line to Elsie May Puckey,(1905-1994) my husband’s grandmother. Most of the Puckey males were Customs and Excise Officers
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