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Wesleyan Church 1882/87 - Raunds

These news clips are extracted from The Wellingborough News and cover a range of events.

Wellingborough News, 21st January 1882, transcribed by Kay Collins

WESLEYAN FOREIGN MISSIONS—Anniversary services were held on Sunday last, when sermons were preached in the Wesleyan Chapel morning and evening by the Rev. Mr. Barnes, from Zululand. An address was given by the same gentleman to the Sunday School children in the afternoon. On Monday afternoon a tea meeting was held in the vestry-room, and in the evening the annual meeting was held in the chapel, under the presidency of Mr. Thomas Sanders, of Higham Ferrers. The meeting was opened with, singing and prayer, after which the Rev. T. J. Spragg read the report. The amount raised by the Higham Ferrers Circuit during the year was stated to be £76 11s. 7d., towards which Raunds contributed £21 8s. 7d. Interesting addresses in support of Christian missions were then delivered by the Chairman, and the Revs. W. Pedley, Primitive Methodist; Rev. Isaac Rodgers, superintendent of the circuit; and the Rev. George Sargent, chairman of the district, and late general superintendent of missions in the West Indies. A vote of thanks, proposed by the Rev. Isaac Rodgers, and seconded by the Rev. T. J. Spragg, was accorded to the Chairman and the deputation, and after a collection was made the meeting closed with the Doxology and Benediction.

Wellingborough News, 11th February 1882, transcribed by Kay Collins

WESLEYAN CHAPEL—Special services were conducted in this chapel on Sunday by Mr. R. A. Hall, a revivalist preacher, of Nottingham, and during the week midday and evening services were held, partly conducted by the same gentleman. These services were fairly well attended.

Wellingborough News, 25th February 1882, transcribed by Kay Collins

WESLEYAN SPECIAL SERVICES—On Tuesday last the Wesleyan friends held a society's tea meeting in the school-room which was well attended. This was followed by a special service in the evening which was attended by a crowded congregation. This concluded the series of special revival services that have been held during the past fortnight.

Wellingborough News, 29th April 1882, transcribed by Kay Collins

WESLEYAN INFANT'S DAY SCHOOL—On Tuesday evening last a pleasing entertainment was given in the day schoolroom by the scholars of the infant department, under the presidency of the Rev. T. J. Spragg. Miss Part, the infants' schoolmistress, conducted the scholars in the various pieces, and the performance was appreciated by a good audience.

Several of the songs and recitations were encored and repeated. The following was the programme:-
Opening hymn, "We are but little children weak"; this was followed by prayer; song, "The drummer boy," all the scholars; recitation, "Freddie and the cherries," Fred Lawrence; song, "The old black cat," all the scholars; song, "The fox and the grapes," ten scholars; recitation, "Mary and her cat," Amy Beeby; song, "The burlesque band," twenty scholars; recitation, "The beggar girl," Harry Lawrence; song, "Chop, chop," all the children; recitation, "The fox and the crow," Louie Pentelow; a counting exercise followed; song, "Mrs. Bond," all the scholars; recitation, "Old John and the apple tree," Joseph Nunley; Song, "Two little kittens," scholars; recitation, "The gleaner," Mary Beeby; song, "I have a little doll," ten scholars; song, "Which way does the wind blow," children; recitation, "Jim and the shoulder of mutton," Lotty Rooksby; song, "Jolly little clacker," the scholars; recitation,"Meddlesome Matty," Ada Pentelow; song, "Angry words," scholars; closing hymn, ''Now the day is over," audience. Votes of thanks were accorded to the children and Miss Part by acclamation. A vote of thanks was also given to the Chairman, and the proceedings closed with the Doxology. Each of the scholars were presented with an orange when leaving. The proceeds are to be devoted to a scholars' stall at a contemplated bazaar at midsummer.

Wellingborough News, 15th July 1882, transcribed by Kay Collins

WESLEYAN SCIENCE CLASSES—The results of the May examination of these classes, which were conducted during the winter by Mr. G. Lee, have just come to hand, and are as follows:—Magnetism and electricity: First class, with Queen's prizes—J. Bannister, S. Bannister, E. K. K. Whitney, W. E. Lee, W. Hall, J. B. White, and A. Pendered; second class, with certificates of proficiency—J. Adam, T. Pentelow, A. Hazeldine, C. Burgess, J. E. Berwick, and J. B. Clark. Agriculture: Advanced stage, first class, with Queen's prizes—J. and S. Bannister; second class, with certificates of proficiency—T. Newton, J. A. Preece, E. K. K. Whitney, W. E. Lee, J. E. Berwick, W. Lawrence, and A. Hazeldine; elementary stage, second class, with certificates of proficiency—W. A. Groom, J. A. Fewster, C. Groom, H. Nichols, J. Adams, W. Hall, T. Pentelow, C. Burgess, A. Pendered, and W. Coggins.

Wellingborough News, 29th July 1882, transcribed by Kay Collins

THE LATE WESLEYAN BAZAAR—At a meeting of the committee on Thursday evening, last week, the various accounts Were submitted, when the total receipts were declared to have been in round numbers £229. The expenditure amounted to £26, leaving a net balance of £203 towards the liquidation of the school debt. There is also a quantity of articles reserved for future sale.

Wellingborough News, 19th August 1882, transcribed by Kay Collins

WESLEYAN DAY SCHOOLS—The scholars belonging to these schools had their annual picnic in the "Cottons" on Friday last, prior to breaking up for the harvest.

Wellingborough News, 23rd September 1882, transcribed by Kay Collins

WESLEYAN HARVEST THANKSGIVING AND RECOGNITION OF THE NEWLY-APPOINTED SUPERINTENDENT MINISTER—On Monday afternoon last, public tea meeting was held in the vestry-room of the Wesley an Chapel. The tea was given, we understand, by Mr. and Mrs. Nichols, of the Grange, and was well attended. In the evening a public meeting was held in the chapel, which was very tastefully decorated with corn, fruit, and vegetables.

Wellingborough News, 7th October 1882, transcribed by Kay Collins

WESLEYAN SUNDAY SCHOOLS—The anniversary services in connection with these schools were held on Sunday, when sermons were preached morning and evening by Rev. J. Finch, of London. The same gentlemen delivered an address to the scholars and young people in the afternoon. There were good congregations present on each occasion. Collections were made after each service in aid of the school funds, which realised £13 12s. 8½d.

Wellingborough News, 14th October 1882, transcribed by Kay Collins

WESLEYAN SCIENCE CLASSES—The prizes and certificates awarded by the Science and Art Department to the Raunds Wesleyan Science Classes were distributed on Saturday evening last, by the secretary of the Science Class Committee, Mr. T. C. Jeeves. Before the distribution Mr. Jeeves in an interesting address spoke of the superior advantages now possessed by young men for obtaining knowledge that would be of good service to them in after life, and how favourably the present time would compare with the past. In the course of his remarks he referred to the honour that Messrs. John and Smith Bannister, of the Ringstead National School, had done, both to themselves and the class, the latter having last year won the second prize offered by the Northamptonshire Chamber of Agriculture to students in the county in the Elementary Stage of Agriculture, while the former this year takes the prize of £2, he having written the best paper in the advanced stage at the last May examination. The prizes awarded by the Science and Art Department were as follows: Mr. John Bannister, "Worthies of the world," and three other volumes; Mr. Smith Bannister, "Fitche's lectures on teaching," and six other volumes; Mr. E. K. K. Whitney, "Peddies' Practical Measurer;" Mr. A. Pendered, and Mr. J. B. White, "Page's advanced text book of geology"; Master W. E. Lee, "Dawson's story of the earth and man;" Master W. Hall, "Dawson's origin of the world." The certificates given were:—Magnetism and electricity, 1st class 7, 2nd class 6; agriculture, advanced stage 9, elementary stage 10. Classes for the ensuing winter were then organised, under the tutorship of Mr. G. Lee. The subjects chosen for study were geology for Monday evenings, and agriculture, magnetism, and electricity for Saturday evenings. Preliminary arrangements were made, and a goodly number of students entered for each subject.

Wellingborough News, 25th November 1882, transcribed by Kay Collins

WESLEYAN BAND OF HOPE—The Wesleyans have just started a new Band of Hope for the especial benefit of young men and young women, as well as those of more tender year's. The first meeting was held on Saturday evening, and meetings are to follow weekly.

Wellingborough News, 2nd December 1882, transcribed by Kay Collins

WESLEYAN FOREIGN MISSIONS—On Sunday, sermons on behalf of these missions were preached morning and evening by Rev. W. Watson, and an address was given to the Wesleyan.scholars and young people in the afternoon by the same gentleman. Collections were made at each service.

BAND OF HOPE—Another well-attended meeting of the recently formed Wesleyan Band of Hope was held on Saturday evening. The proceedings were enlivened with songs and recitations.

Wellingborough News, 9th December 1882, transcribed by Kay Collins

WESLEYAN MISSIONARY MEETING—On Wednesday afternoon last a public tea meeting was held in the vestry-room of the Wesleyan chapel and in the evening the annual missionary meeting was held in the Chapel under the presidency of Mr. T. Sanders, of Higham Ferrers. The meeting was opened with singing and prayer, after which Rev. T. J. Spragg read a report of the work done by the Wesleyan Missionary Society. The financial statement in the report shewed the receipts to have been last year £141,782 2s. 0d. and the expenditure £146,755 1s. 1d. leaving a deficiency of £5,072 5s. 1d. The amount subscribed by the circuit last year for the missions was £88 10s. 0d. towards which Raunds contributed £22 7s. 3½d. The Chairman then gave an excellent address in advocacy of Christian missions, specially quoting the results of the Wesleyan Missions in the Fiji Islands as an evidence of the substantial results achieved by missionary effort. Appropriate addresses followed by the Rev. W. Watson and the Rev. G. Sargeant, of Bedford. On the motion of Mr. Samuel Brown, seconded by Mr. T. C. Jeeves, and supported by Rev. W. Watson, a vote of thanks was given to the Chairman and the Rev. G. Sargeant by acclamation. The vote having been duly acknowledged, a collection was made and the proceedings closed with the Doxology.

Wellingborough News, 16th December 1882, transcribed by Kay Collins

WESLEYAN DAY SCHOOLS—The examination of these schools by Her Majesty's Inspector took place on Thursday and Friday last week.

SATURDAY EVENINGS FOR YOUNG PEOPLE—Another well attended meeting of children and young people was held in the Wesleyan Infant School-room on Saturday evening last, and an agreeable and instructive programme gone through, which was much appreciated by those present.

Wellingborough News, 30th December 1882, transcribed by Kay Collins

WESLEYAN SUNDAY SCHOOL—The annual distribution of prizes to the Sunday scholars for good conduct and regular attendance, took place at these schools on Christmas day.

Wellingborough News, 6th January 1883, transcribed by Kay Collins

WESLEYAN TEA MEETING—A public tea was held in the vestry-room of the Wesleyan Chapel, on Saturday evening last, but was only sparsely attended. An entertainment that was to follow was postponed through indisposition on the part of some of the performers.

WESLEYAN DAY SCHOOLS—BAZAAR AND CHRISTMAS TREE—It will be remembered that in July last a bazaar was held for the purpose of raising funds for the liquidation of a debt of £225 which remained on the Day Schools, and which entailed considerable annual charge for interest. The net proceeds of the bazaar then held amounted to £203, and a large quantity of useful and fancy goods remained in hand. On Wednesday and Thursday week another bazaar or supplementary sale was held in the Temperance Hall. The bazaar was opened at half-past two o'clock on Wednesday afternoon with a hymn, and a short address by the resident Wesleyan minister (Rev. T. J. Spragg). The decorations of the hall were not lavish, but were effective. Designs in paper chain work were suspended on the walls and looked very neat, but the chief feature was the veritable Christmas Trees—twelve in number—of large size, and "snowed" on the upper sides of the branches with white wool. Two of these stood on each side of the hall three on each side of the platform, and one on each side below. The two clusters of trees had a very pretty and pleasing effect. The stalls, which were arranged round the hall, were six in number four contained the usual variety of useful and fancy goods, women's and children's under and outer clothing, wool and crochet work, articles for the toilet, hosiery, shoes, and numerous other articles. The first stall was superintended by Mrs. J. K. Nichols and Mrs. T. Nichols; the second stall by Mrs. S. Brown and Mrs. Cooper; the third by Mrs. G. Bass, Mrs. A. Walker, Mrs J. Gant, Miss C. Brawn, and Mrs. E. Smith; the fourth (the old scholars' stall) by Mrs. G. Lee, Miss S. A. Nichols, and Miss S. Brawn. The next stall, which we will call the fifth, contained a variable collection of Indian vases and vessels, beautifully chased, besides a number of ornamental figures of men and women in the different Indian castes, all of native manufacture. In addition to these were also some beautiful shells, the whole worthy of the attention of the connoisseur of art, and fit for his cabinet. This stall was attended to by Mr. G. Lee. These articles had many admirers, but were not so readily disposed of as articles of clothing. The sixth stall was the refreshment stall. This was not only ladened with substantial fare, and tea, coffee and other liquids, but also with dainties and delicacies to suit and tempt all appetites. This stall was superintended by Mrs. James Blott, Mrs. W. Middleton, Mrs J. Young, Miss E. Knighton, and Mr. J. Miller. There was a good attendance on both days, especially in the evening. The ladies, as usual, proved themselves experts in dealing with their various customers, and effected some good sales. On each day a choice selection of music was given at intervals, a number of young ladies alternately presiding at the pianoforte. Several of the committee were present, and took an active part in carrying out the various arrangements necessary for such gatherings, and for ensuring as far as possible a successful result. Amongst such we noticed Mr. T. C. Jeeves, Mr. E. Smith, Mr. J. Horrell, and the Rev. T. J. Spragg. Mr. H. Brawn also rendered valuable assistance. With regard to the results of the two days' sale the accounts are not yet all to hand, but the net proceeds are expected to be about £60. The Wesleyan School managers tender their best thanks to all who so heartily responded to their appeal, and are glad to be able to state that they are now relieved of the heavy burden of debt that has so long and heavily weighed upon the finances of the school.

Wellingborough News, 20th January 1883, transcribed by Kay Collins

WESLEYAN CHAPEL—A series of special services are being held during the present week at the Wesleyan Schoolroom, convened by leaflet invitations.

WESLEYAN CHOIR SUPPER—On Wednesday evening the members of the Wesleyan choir had their annual supper in the Wesleyan Infant Schoolroom, after which the evening was very pleasantly spent in singing, conversation, and amusements.

Wellingborough News, 24th February 1883, transcribed by Kay Collins

WESLEYAN SATURDAY EVENINGS FOR YOUNG PEOPLE—The entertainment on Saturday evening last was held in the upper Wesleyan School-room, and the chairman was the Rev. T. J. Spragg, the resident Wesleyan Minister. The programme comprised singing, reading, and reciting. The readers were the chairman, and Messrs. T. C. Jeeves, and R. Brown; the singers Messrs. W. Nobles, J. T. Tebbutt, and W. Hall, and Mrs. J. T. Tebbutt, and Miss E. Noble; and the reciters Miss Annie Pentelow, and Miss Annie Berwick, Mr. Owen Smith presided at the American organ. There was a good attendance and the evening was thoroughly enjoyed.

Wellingborough News, 5th May 1883, transcribed by Kay Collins

THE Trustees of the Wesleyan Chapel, Raunds, invite Tenders for the Repairing of the Walls, and the Distempering, Repainting, Varnishing, &c., of the whole of the exterior and interior of the Chapel and Vestries.

The Specifications can be seen in the Vestry, by applying to Mr. WALKER, Post Office. The Tenders to be sent in not later than Twelve o'clock on Whit-Monday to

Secretary, Raunds

Wellingborough News, 29th September 1883, transcribed by Kay Collins

RAUNDS - WESLEYAN METHODISM—The quarterly meeting of the circuit and local ministers and stewards of the Higham Ferrers Circuit was held here on Monday last.
Wellingborough News, 14th January 1887, transcribed by Kay Collins

RAUNDS - WESLEYAN CHOIR SUPPER—The members of the Wesleyan choir had their annual New Year’s holiday at the large room at the Coffee Tavern on Wednesday evening last week, when about 40 Sat down to an excellent meat tea. There was a capital spread, the catering being done by Mr. Horn, of the Coffee Tavern Company. A very pleasant evening of music and singing followed, with games and amusements at intervals. Mr. O. Smith presided at the pianoforte.
WESLEYAN METHODISM—A Wesleyan Methodist revival minion was commenced at the Wesleyan Chapel on Sunday. The Rev. J. P. Holdsworth, the district missionary, being the appointed missionary. Mission services are continued daily throughout the week at one, three, five, and seven o'clock at the Wesleyan Chapel, and despite the inclemency of the weather have been well attended. The services were fervent, effective, and enthusiastic.

Wellingborough News, 4th February 1887, transcribed by Kay Collins

WESLEYAN DAY SCHOOLS—The following gratifying report of her Majesty's Inspector on the recent examination of these schools has just been received by the managers. Upper department: The tone and discipline are excellent as usual, and the children have again passed a highly creditable examination. The standard work throughout was neat and accurate; grammar good; poetry well known and understood; geography fair; map drawing good; and mental arithmetic satisfactory. The girls' needlework deserves praise. Infants' department:—The infants are in excellent order, and are most carefully taught. Their needlework was good, and the singing by note deserves praise. M. E. Lee has passed well and E. Eady fairly. The highest merit grant, viz., that for excellence, has again been gained in both departments.

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