|Rushden Echo, Friday, October 11, 1901, transcribed by Greville Watson
The Rev.C.F.Groom, pastor of the Park-road Wesleyan Church, will, owing to exceptional circumstances conclude his ministry in Rushden on Nov. 3rd, and will be succeeded by the Rev.T.Edwards Thompson, of Newcastle-on-Tyne (Dilston-road). Mrs.Thompson, who is the sister of Mrs.Button, of Park-road, Rushden, was visiting the town recently and was taken ill, and, under medical advice, is not allowed to return to Newcastle for the winter. Mr.Thompson has been invited to the Queen's-road Circuit, Northampton, next September, and Mr.Groom has kindly offered to take Mr.Thompson's place at Newcastle. Mr.Thompson will, therefore, undertake the pastorate of the Rushden Church from Nov. 10th. The officials at Newcastle have thanked Mr.Groom for his thoughtfulness, and, further, have invited him to continue in the circuit as pastor of Wesley Hall. At a meeting of the financial Committee of the Higham Ferrers circuit last night a hearty vote of thanks was passed to Mr.Groom, and reference was made to the excellent work he had done.