Personally transcribed from the original news clippings stored and supplied by Mrs E Wallace.
FOUNDATION STONES - On Monday the foundation stones of new Sunday schools in connection with the Methodist Free Church, Hucknall Huthwaite, were laid by Mrs. T C Birkhead, Mr. W C Betts, Mr. J Boot, Mr. Tagg, and (on behalf of the scholars) Mr. Marshall and Mr. Pickaver. The first named gave £5 each, and the last £8 on behalf of the scholars. In addition to this, £10 was subscribed by the Duke of Portland, £30 by the New Hucknall Colliery Company, £5 each by Mr. J E Ellis, M.P. Mr. T C Birkhead, Mr S Watson, and Mr. F Allsop (organist). Previous to the ceremony, a short service was held in the chapel, conducted by the Rev. J Holgate (superintendent minister). Short addresses were delivered by the Revs. W H Meir, J Badminton, and J Lewis. Afterwards, tea was provided in the chapel, and subsequently a largely attended meeting was held. The proceeds of the day, exclusive of the tea and meeting, amounted to over £120.
FREE METHODIST CHURCH
The Free Methodist Sunday School, after having been closed for several months for enlargement and improvements, costing several hundred pounds, was re-opened on Sunday. The preacher was Mr J Bettison, of Alfreton, whose sermons were very suitable to the occasion. Both afternoon and evening special singing was given by the choir, under the conductorship of Mr. J B Cooper. Mr. Norman Evans presided at the organ. The re-opening services were continued on Wednesday, when a public tea was followed by a meeting, over which Mr. J Tomlinson, of South Normanton, architect of the work, presided. The Rev. J W Nield and other gentlemen addressed the meeting. Solos were given by Miss Gree, of Blackwell, and Mr. C A Cooper gave a cornet solo. The choir contributed selections.
PRIMITIVE METHODIST CHURCH
A public tea and concert were given in connection with the Primitive Church on Monday evening. The tea was well attended, and an excellent programme was given later by Miss Jepson, Miss Cordin (Sutton), Mr. V Henton (Hucknall Huthwaite), Mr. F Foster (Sutton), Mr. W H Vardy, elocutionist: Mr T W Allsop, solo violinist. Mr. J Ensor presided, and the funds were devoted to the Sunday school.
Written 17 May 03 Revised 14 Aug 09 © by Gary Elliott