Hand written notes of events of the Golden Jubilee Celebrations, transcribed by Susan Manton
Rushden High Street Jubilee Celebrations Feb & March 1950
To celebrate the Jubilee of the opening of the present church building a series of services and events designed to include each of the Church Organisations were arranged February 25th to March 6th.
Commencing with a service of intercession conducted by Rev. John Renison, in Lower Schoolrooms 7.30 Saturday Evening.
Sunday 26th Services 11am & 6pm conducted by Rev. B.W. Hughes, Hon. Sec National Free Church Council, President of Baptist Union. Morning service was attended by the Chairman of Rushden Urban Council, Councillor W.E Capon with councillors and officials of the council, members of the Girls’ Life Brigade and Boys’ Brigade and a large congregation.
Dr. Hughes said “Memory is at work this morning as we go back to the days 50 years ago thinking of the time this edifice was opened.”
He had a special word for the young people,” We stand on the edge of a New Age and it is for youth to shape it. To them we commit our faith and ideals.”
The anthem “Bless This House” was sung by the choir.
A Young People’s Service in the afternoon conducted by Mr. W. J. Lack, Hon. Superintendent who referred to the Y.P. service on the opening Sunday 50 years ago. The address was given by Dr. G. O. Teichmann, late of India.
Monday saw a Boys’ Brigade Rally and display, all Rushden Companies taking part. Miss F.I. Clipson presided. The various items were greatly enjoyed by a large company and reflected great credit on officers, instructors and the boys.
Tuesday was commenced by an organ recital by Mr. S. Weekley, organist of the Church, followed by Public Worship conducted by Rev. Leslie Cooke B.A.B.D., Secretary Congregational Union of England and Wales. The message given (Human Nature Misread) made a great impression on a large congregation. The choir contribution to the service was the anthem “The Heaven’s are telling.”
Wednesday. A miscellaneous programme organised by the Girls’ Life Brigade included items of music elocution and displays by junior cadets and seniors, Mr. S. Kee presided. All available space in the large room being occupied by parents and friends greatly enjoying the evening. Captain D. Cunnington was in charge with other officers assisting.
Thursday afternoon. Women’s Auxiliary Rally was attended by 200 women from the local auxiliaries, Mrs. Renison presided and Rev. J. Renison gave the address. Tea followed. In the evening a quiz and social organised by the choir, query master Mr. F. Palmer. Teams from all sections of the church took part. Answers were judge by Rev. and Mrs. Renison.
A special presentation was made to four friends, who had been members of the choir since the church opening 50 years ago, Miss N. Hazeldine, Miss N. Fensome, Mr. E. Lawson and Mr. H. Bridgment.
Friday March 3rd. the Comrades fellowship were in charge when a programme of popular music was given by the Rushden Temperance Band, conductor Mr. W. Scholes. Soloist Miss Betty Scholes. Alderman J.W. Barker presided.
Saturday. High tea arranged by Mr. F. Clipson and Miss D. Cunnington, former officials, teachers and scholars invited. 150 attended. Conference of the work followed tea. A concert in the evening given by the Express Welfare Club of Irthlingborough. Mr. C. Maddams presided.
Sunday. Morning service conducted by Rev. J. Renison. Evening service Rev. D. A. Smith , Bedford. The choir sang Jackson’s “Te Deum.”
Monday - The closing service took the form of a Thanksgiving Rally, friends being present from the Churches of the Circuit.
Rev. J. Renison presided. Our guest speakers were the president and secretary of the Union. Rev. N. S. Lobb and Rev. W.H. Jones whose messages were highly appreciated by a large congregation. Reference to the Centenary of the Union and the story of its formation linking up the churches brought us to close contact with the true purpose of the work of the Kingdom.
The Service concluded with the singing by the choir of the “Hallelujah Chorus” conducted by Mr. J. W. Vorley with Mr. S. Weekley at the organ.
Light refreshments gave opportunity for a pleasant half hour fellowship with visitors and guests.