Bible presented to Batford Methodist Church on re-opening after WW2

The Bible is in very poor condition, however it contains lists of signatures which are, as far as possible, transcribed below. The lists vary as to date-some preceding the official re-opening, almost like a visitors book or attendance record.

The inscription inside the front cover is:

TO THE GLORY OF GOD

THIS HOLY BIBLE IS PRESENTED TO THE TRUST

OF THE BATFORD METHODIST CHURCH BY THE

SENIOR GUILD MEMBERS & FRIENDS TO

COMMEMORATE THE RE-OPENING OF THIS

CHURCH AFTER DAMAGE DURING THE WAR.

REOPENED 21ST MARCH, 1942 BY

THE RT HON E. LESLIE BURGIN LLD., M.P.

(SIGNATURE)

CHAIRMAN (SIGNATURE)

MAYOR OF LUTON

SUPPORTED BY (SIGNATURE)

CHAIRMAN, HARPENDEN U.D.C.

(SIGNATURE)

FOR SUPT LUTON “A” METHODIST CIRCUIT

(SIGNATURE)

RECTOR, HARPENDEN PARISH CHURCH

First page:

 

Geo Hopper Superintendent of Luton A

Circuit March 4 1943

H. Goldstone Edwards

W. H. Kent

Len Dawson

Robert Bond

W. S. Barnes

Susie Salisbury for 40 years in Sunday School work here 1/5/42

Marjorie HainesGeo F Farz
W.D. HogbinH.S. Gray
R.B. BidnellW Ewart Sanders
I.E. ButtonW. J. Sandiss
W.J. MeadS.M. Sarxell
W. HemsbyJ.B….escue
W.M. BoswardJohn W. Cook
Florence BoswardRobert V Beckwith
Olive M. RobertsEva Beckwith
R SholboltRoland French 1/5/42
R.E.J. BostonBert Tomlin
J.M. HineNellie Tomlin
? Coates
D.C. Harvey
L.S. George
J.J.H. George
J.F. Wibberley
E….Wibberley

Second page:

W. K. Clements Batford 3rd March

Alfred E. Bird Batford

Thomas Bigg Batford 3 March 1942

Stanley Munt 3 March 1942  (in pencil ‘reserved for H. Munt’)

Fred C Sommerton

Jessie Sommerton

Elsie J. WebbG.M. Shadbolt
Eileen M. BarfordW.G. Shadbolt
Charles C. HoughJ.G. Newton
Agnes M. HoughH. Newton
Alice LawrenceA.J. Webb
Eliza SamsonE.E.Bird
Harry T BinghamMargaret L Smith
Maud E. BinghamCyril E. Smith
Mrs E. AndersonV.  Phyllis Trim
Sarah B. BangsJack Trim
E.G. GatwardKate F Bentley
H…CrossGertrude Green
V.E. CrossVictoria Trettowae…
M.C. CrossMabel Farmer
L.M. HeasleyLizzie Field
B. GatwardEllen Gatlin
L. WelchMaggie Stevens
Margaret BirdM. Shadbolt
Vera M. BiggClara E. Wimpiers
Lily ClementsB. Murray
M. SummerfieldMuriel Williams
Ronald GillFreda M. Tschwien
A. HollandH.H. Hartley
Rose HollandNellie V. Lloyd
Phyllis HollandE. Long
Emily Th…sell 1/5/42G. Bruton
C. Bruton

Third page:

Mr H. JarmanIrene Reynolds
Eileen CurlMargaret Dollimore
R. WardViolet M. Gee
W. WoollattR.H. Gee
H.R. RiddJ.J. McGilam
B.E. ButtlingJ.A. Farmer
L. SibleyEdwin Nott
M.L. ErasmusLaura A. Nott
E. RobertsElizabeth Salisbury
E. Brandom? F.E. Salisbury
E. BaldwinMargaret Starling
A.E.BentJohn R. Starling
J.W. ToddHilda Raban
Mr & Mrs M. BiggBarbara Raban
John GoodmanBertha Cockshott
John TennantJoan A. Aldred
E.H. Shadbolt Batford 3/3/42Aline and Vyvyan Salisbury
Alice BinghamClara Almond
S. MuntJ.W. Almond
Kenneth J. GeeArthur W. Hopkins
J.B. ? ….yersJ. ? Tomlinson
R. SibleyThos Coates
K. KeasteyRachel Coates 18/3/42
E. AndersonOlive Coates
Maud A. DearnleyHilda Everett
E.M. DeavilleF. Everett
G.E. Lewin
C.B. Mortsis
R. Andrews 7-3-42
E. Thain
J.? Thain
E.G.H. Andrews

Fourth page:

J. BinghamW.C. Frost
K. ThatcherR. Frost
L.M. HucklesbyAda H. Frost
W. HucklesbyThomas Elwyn Saunders
Kate ClementsCeinwen Saunders
Ethel ClementsMay Georgina Field
Beryl ClementsMary Peppitt
W. ClementsLizzie Smith
Frances M. ClementsEva Wiseman
Frank ClementsHarriot Davis 1942
Ada Emerton 7-3-42Elisabeth ?arrick
Grace NashAnnie Pearce
Elizabeth ? HillJohn Thomas Pearce
Clara HillRuth M. Dearman
Edward MinaleStella P. Ross
John FrenchD.W. Carter
Alice French 7/3/42Mrs K.K. Bigg
Bertha Ritchie  1/5/42D.L. Allen
Joyce BangsM.J.Bangs
Elizabeth SmithA.C.Bangs
Jane GameA.S. Bigg Spn RE May
J.D. SimmsF.W. Payne
R. AustinN.J. Payne
F. Austin 7/3/42A. C. Horn
Mary OdellH. Hand
M.E. GibsonG.A. Hopkins
G.W. GibsonJ.W. Wibberley
D. Day
O. Taylor

Fifth page:

W.U. Jones Harpenden 24/2/42?? Harding 22/3/42
Marjorie K. Coburn Harpenden 24/2/42H. Harding  22/3/42
Ivy G. Lawrence Batford 24/2/42E. C. Starr (Grays)
Olive C Lawrence Batford 24/2/42E.D. Starr (Grays)
Gladys C Carter Batford 24/2/42Martha Bangs 5/4/42
Esther B Anderson Batford 24/2/42M.E. Field
Doris M. Anderson Batford 24/2/42A.J. Field

Ada Flanagan Batford 24/2/42

Thomas H. Flanagan Batford 24/2/42

Arthur Hall Harpenden 28/2/42

Gertrude A. Hall Harpenden 28/2/42

in pencil ‘reserved for Frank Hall , Percy Hall and Mrs P. Hall’

John F.C. Fleather Harpenden 1st March 1942

Leonard J Flanagan Harpenden 1st March 1942

Norman A. Jones 1st March 1942

Dorothy M. Jones 1st March 1942

Albert W. Budd 1st March 1942

Mary J. Budd 1st March 1942

Thomas H. Flanagan Junior 2 March 1942

Muriel A. Jarman 2nd March 1942

Bernie Higgins March 2nd 1942

Eustace S. Fuller 2nd March 1942

May Fuller 2nd March 1942

Ada Sibley 3rd March 1942

W. Warnock 3rd March 1942

A. Warnock 23rd March 1942

Edna Shurlsten Harpenden 3/2/42

T. Savage 3rd March 42

F. Webb

Alice Brown

G Impens

Sixth page (at the rear of the Bible):

Signed by children of the Junior Inter Guild & Sunday School 17-3-1942

Marion G HopkinsPatricia M Brown
Dorothy J ShadboltBetty Magnus
Barbara JonesEnid Webb
Barbara StewartM Herman
Eric TrevettG Haines
Pauline AlmondJune Almond
Marion WheelerD M Gee
Joan HalifaxRoy Welch
Terry MilnerDoreen Glassberg
Pamela FitzgibbonEileen E Palmer
Betty PageLola Glassberg
Caroline WebbJoyce Matthews
Ronald FitzgibbonD Gallop
E CarterMaurice Page
Joan PalmerGladys Matthews
Joan JonesBeryl Carter
Marjorie C May ManleyLily M Bond
Daphne AshpoleAda Brown
Roy J FrancisJean M Bond
Frank G FieldThomas Mackie
E BerryJohn Gilbert
G BrutonB Bruton
A BrutonAlice Gundrice

Comments about this page

  • I certainly remember the names of Mr and Mrs Hough and I imagine Jack Trim was a relative of Ann Trim who was an NCH Sister at Elmfield School in the 60/70s
    Also Alan and Winnie Warnock
    Olive and Ivy Lawrence
    Stanley Munt
    Mr Frost

    By Judy Hamblin (23/06/2022)

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