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with Providecee Chapel, tpper Hanley, ance from generons friends, neither time who took a deep interest on the occasion. nor money being spared to help on the The rich and beautiful display of useful good cause.
and ornamental needlework, and the exThe time for holding the bazaar being tensive assortment of useful and beautiful fixed on, the town-hail was engaged as articles exhibited, were such as secured the most central situation for the pur- the praise of all who saw them. pose, and the following gentlemen and On the evening of Wednesday, at a ladies kindly consented to become patrons late hour, the bazaar was brought to & and patronesses on the occasion :
close ; and the Rer. G. Hallatt having PATBOSS. PATROSESSES. announced the amount realized by the John Ridgway, Esq. | Mrs. Ridgway. sales effected, a vote of thanks was passed W. Bailey, Esq. Mrs. Hicks.
to the ladies for their very valaable W. Brownfield, Esq. Mrs. Brownfield.
services, and to all those friends who T. S. Bale, Esg. Mrs. Lynn.
had rendered such kind assistance on F. G. Sanders, Esq. | Mrs. Hallatt.
the occasion. In consequence of a large The three first days in Easter week quantity of articles remaining unsold, being appointed for holding the bazaar, and several friends being anxious to the ladies and friends were busily em make purchases, it was resolved that the ployed on the previous Friday and Satur bazaar should be re-opened on the two day in fixing the stalls and making the following days in Bethesda Schools. necessary arrangements. The time of Extensive purchases having been made, opening having arrived, the numerous and a good stock left on band, the sales visitors thronging the ball were struck were announced for the following Monwith amazement at the rich and elegant day; and, to the satisfaction of the comdisplay of the articles presented for sale. mittee, the great bulk of their extensive On entering, the eye of the visitor was stock was disposed of. According to attracted by & stall in the centre of the previous arrangements, it was intended hall, presided over by several gentlemen, to close the proceedings by a teamembers of the Committee, and far party in Bethesda Schools, which had nished with a great variety of ornamental beeu kindly lent for the purpose. On and costly figures, busts of most of our Thursday afternoon a old and respected ministers, vases, and friends assembled according to anrichly gilt cbina. At the west end of the nouncement, and partook of the beverage stall was a most splendid specimen of art, which so much cheers but not inebriates,
After tea, a public meeting was held, which was ably presided over by John Ridgway, Esq., of Cauldon-place; and excellent addresses were delivered by the Revs. A. Lynn, G. Hallatt, G. Grundy, J. Howard, P.J. Wright, J. Simon (Wesleyan), and J. Martin (Presbyierian). •
The following statement will show the result of the effort made, and the position in which the trust-estate will be placed by it:
£ s. d. £ 6. d. Proceeds of Chester
Railway trip...... 32 10 0) Proceeds arising
$ 463 10 01 from bazaar ...... 235 003 By subscriptions ... 196 00 Conference Grant ............... 130 00
Total ......... £593 10 04 The sum of £370 has already been applied to the purpose for which it has been obtained, which, with the sum of £130 granted by Conference, will reduce the debt from £1000 to £500, besides paying all expenses incurred, and leaving a surplus in hand to be appropriated to such purposes as the trustees may hereafter determine.
In bringing my remarks to a close, I cannot but express the gratitude felt by the Committee to all those kind friends who have so cheerfully come forward to our assistance, especially to those generous and liberal friends in connexion with the Independent body, and to our unknown friends in Nottingham and Sheffield. Praying that the purposes of Almighty God may be accomplished in the extension of his kingdom and the advancement of his glory,
I am, dear brother,
REDUCTION OF CHAPEL DEBT AT OLDBURY.-Debts are bad things under any circumstances, but chapel-debts are especially so, inusmuch as they not only divert collections and dry up resources which might be employed in extending the gospel, educating the young, &c., &c., but sometimes tbey create perplexity, fears, heart-burnings and disunion, which have a serious influence on the Church's spiritual prosperity. While there has been a time when it would have been impossible to meet the necessities of this country without incurring debts, as in the early days of Methodism, when chapels were simultaneously required in almost every town and village in the land; and while it is true that in certain
localities, more recently, either delts must have been incurred or chapels could not bave been erected, yet we cannot avoid the conviction that if every effort had been originally made to prevent these debts being greater than a prudent enterprise would bave dictated, and if something in the form of a sinking-fund bad been established, trustees would bave been spared much anxiety, and the cause of God would have been materially promoted. We are glad, however, to see that our trustees and friends are now disposed to make the best of their circumstances and to reduce their debts to the utmost of their abilities. And it is impossible for any lover of the Connexion to read of what has been done in this direction during the last few years, what has been done by local trust bodies independently, and what has been done through the stimulus afforded from our chapel-fund grauts-without feeling that as a Connexion our efforts have been gigantic, alike honourable to cur friends who have made the efforts, and to the public wbo have so generously come forward to their assistance. From the spirit which now obtains we presume that in a short time there will not be a really embarrassed trust-estate in the Connexion.
For some time past our friends at Oldbury have felt the inconvenience of the debt resting upon their chapel and school-rooms. It is true the chapel is a good one, spacious and comfortable; the schools are also commodious; but the debt was a great one. The interest on £1,930 having to be raised annually, was found to be a great encumbrance. Al. though the estate has paid its way, yet the friends felt that if the debt could be reduced, it would place them in a position to do more for the cause of religion and education. The contemplated division of the Circuit will, with increased privileges, impose additional liabilities and expense. The school-rooms, too, have remained unoccupied during the week, whereas day-schools might have been established, if the friends had not been already taxed to so serious an extent. From these and similar considerations, it was resolved that an effort should be made to bring the debt down to £1,180, the amount of mortgage, and unite the chapel and school in one trustestate. So heartily did the late B. Sadler, Esq., enter into this project for lessening the debt, that he offered £100 towards this object, and before his death made provision for its payment, Other subscriptions were entered into with a spirit of zeal and liberality. The following sums have been promised by the trustees, viz.
Late B. Sadler, Esq. ......... £100
Total ....... ... .£105 In addition to what the trustees have subscribed, the following sums have been generously given by other gentlemen, viz.
W. Chance, Esq. ............... £10
In the orchestra were a piano-forte and harmonium for the purpose of occasionally enlivening the company. A concert was held at the close of the Bazaar. The trustees, gratified with their success, threw open the concert contrary to the original announcement, and no charge was made for admission. A collection was made during the evening. The whole of the proceeds are as follows:
£ s. d. Misses Taylor ..... 23 10 0 Mrs. Brooks, Mrs. T. Sadler
and Miss Harper ... 34 1 0 Mrs. Smith and Mrs. John
Taylor . . . . . . 43 7 2 Mrs. Fisher, Mrs. Holloway
and Mrs. Rollason . : 15 8 6 Mrs. Joseph Bagnell and
Misses Bagnell. . . . 24 5 0 Mrs. Stockton, Mrs. Jolin
Sadler and Miss Vaughan Mrs. S. and James Sadler,
Mrs. Turner and Mrs.
Field . . . . . . . 49 0 0 Mrs. Horton, Mrs. Sturgess,
Mrs. Whitehouse and
Mrs. Barnsley .... 22 0 0 Mrs. A. Taylor, Mrs. Rey
nolds, Mrs. Hinds and
Concert, &c. . . . . . 7 16 1 Ladies' tea-meetings
9 17 61 Tickets not return
chases . . . . . . 18 6
Total ............. £35 Making the total amount of subscriptions already promised £110; the greater part of which has been already paid into the hands of the Treasurer.
Amongst other plans for the accomplishment of the contemplated object a Bazaar was proposed and resolved upon. Some, more sanguine than others, hoped by this means to raise £150. No sooner was the proposition submitted to the ladies than it was entertained, and a preparatory meeting was held; but all parties soon found that a Bazaar is not raised by calling a meeting or two and passing a few resolutions. It requires activity, perseverance, and to go off' well, a determination neither to give offence, nor take offence. In this spirit our ladies comenced, continued, and, I am happy to say, concluded. Easter week being the time appointed for holding the Bazaar, the ladies became increasingly busy as the time approached, and on Monday, April 12th, the Bazaar was opened. The school-room was tastefully decorated. At the entrance was a fountain sending up a jet of water among evergreens, and behind it a miniature waterfall which had a pleasing effect when the room was lit up with gas, burning so as to form various devices. The stalls were plentifully supplied with articles of various descriptions, and above the stall were the family portraits of the trustees and friends, which gave the whole a very imposing appearance.
£261 130 Thus the highest expectations of the most sanguine were more than realized. To the ladies all honour is due. They worked well. When the expenses of the Bazaar are all paid, we shall require some £60 or £70 more towards making up the £758 required; and the friends intend keeping the subscription-list open until the whole is raised.
I may just add that while we have been so busily engaged with temporal things, the spiritual have not been overlooked. During most Sabbath evenings prior to the Bazaar good was done; souls were saved ; and we have now above twenty on trial. May God abundantly reward the friends who have taken a part in this Jaudable effort. May it be only a means to an end; and may that end be accomplished in a large ingathering of precious souls.
J. Taylor. Oldbury, May 7th, 1862.
New CHAPEL AT NEWTON, ALNWICK CIRCUIT.--REY, AND DEAR SIR,-Com
munications from Alnwick are seldom forwarded to you for insertion in our Magazine: not because nothing is done, but because we conceive it unnecessary to oc. cupy room in your periodical with the record of ordinary events, such as raising £15 at a social tea-meeting; preferring rather to“ work silently," until some circumstance of importance shall transpire, which shall warrant our troubling you with it. An event of this character has now taken place; and, judging from the interest that we Alnwick people feel on reading the record of such events in other Circuits, we conceive that the present communication will not be uninterest ing to the generality of your numerous readers.
We have but one country society in the Alnwick Circuit-Newton-on-the Moor; where we have held religious service for several years, and number, at the present time, fourteen members. Our people have long worshipped in a room, (honoured in the Minutes with the title of chapel) in a very dilapidated condition and wretched appearance, which was calculated to repel many who otherwise might have attended our Sabbath-services. It is many years since our friends first talked of building a chapel, and would then have done so, had they been able to obtain a site; but in this they were disappointed. In course of time, one of our old friends and stanch supporters was called to his everlasting home. This threw a damp over our spirits, and, for a while, beclouded our hopes of building a new chapel. However, in a short time our hopes began to revive, and the subject was once more talked about. At our last annual Christmas tea.meeting at Newton, the subject was touched upon by the several speakers; and amongst the rest by Mr. John Connell, one of our Newton friends (and the fact of one of our Newton friends speaking at a public meeting is quite an event in the history of our Circuit). The result of this talking has been the laying of the corner-stone of a new chapel, which took place as follows, on EasterMonday, April 12, 1852. The service commenced by singing the 306 th hymn, after which our highly and deservedly esteemed brother, Mr. John Drysdale, offered prayer, and the writer of this article read the 84th Psalm. The stone was then laid by Mr. John Coson, as representa tive of Capt. Widdrington, R.N., of Newton Hall; after which Mr. James Allan read a copy of a parchment scroll which, with a copy of our Rules, was inclosed in a sealed bottle and inserted in
the corner stone. Our respected and universally-beloved minister, Rev. J. Wright, then delivered an address, stating the object of the building, and making known our doctrines. The service was then concluded by singing and prayer. The day was highly favourable to the above meeting : the sun shone with un. dimmed glory, and the earth was all smiling and beautiful. The whole of the village seemed to be attracted to the place of meeting, and all seemed de. lighted and gratified. Immediately after the ceremony was concluded, we adjourned to our present place of worship, and held & first-rate tea-meeting. The attendance was excellent, the feeling was delightful, and the pecuniary result was highly encouraging. Besides the addresses ( which were delivered by the Rev. J. Wright, and Messrs. Allan, Grey, Riddell, Johnson and Medicraft), several anthems were sung by the Alnwick choir, and were well received by the audience.
The site on which the chapel is to be built has been kindly granted by Captain Widdrington, R.N., of Newton Hall, on lease for & term of ninety-nine years, at an annual ground-rent of £5. The captain is a decided Church man, and this act is therefore a proof of the catholicity of his spirit. When completed, we expect that the chapel will be an ornament to the village---plain and neat. We intend it to hold 120 people comfortably.
Praying that showers of blessings may descend upon all our Circuits, and upon the whole Church of God,
I remain, Sir, yours truly,
Circuit Steward. TEA-MEETING, BURSLEM.-On Monday, Feb. 23rd, 1852, a tea-meeting was held in the school-rooms adjoining Bethel Chapel, Burslem.
This meeting was originated and carried out by the single young male and female friends, in connexion with the Sabbath-school; about fifty of whom fornished the trays gratuitously. The project was entered into by them unitedly and vigorously, and the result was, that from 700 to 800 persons were present for tea, thus exemplifying the statement of the proverb that “union is strength." The object of the meeting was to aid the Library in the purchase of new books; the true value of which can only be rightly estimated by every pur. suer of knowledge. The clear proceeds are upwards of £20, which will materially assist in providing greater facilities for the promotion of moral and intellectual improvement among the
teachers and scholars of the above institution. After tea, the meeting was held in the chapel, which presented a most gratifying appearance, such a one as never before was witnessed in Bethel. The chapel was crowded with a delighted and respectable audience, and was most beautifully decorated and set off with appropriate mottoes, pointing out in striking terms the road to eminence and true dignity. Jno. Ridgway, Esq., kindly engaged to preside, and opened the proceedings of the meeting in a very suitable address, and conducted it throughout in his usual good-humoured and efficient manner, thus contributing much to its interest. Animating addresses were delivered by the Revs. A. Lynn, T. Boycott, from Dudley; S. S. Bartin, Wesleyan Association; G. Hallatt, G. Grandy, T. Griffiths, and J. Innocent, setting forth with graphic effect the great advantages connected with mental culture. The vast importance and obligation of improving the mind, the powers of which it is said will bear us forward to unending ages, was enforced with much pathos, and the highest commendations were paid to snch as follow these ennobling pursuits. The sentiments of the Wise Man were duly acknowledged and appreciated, and can not be better expressed than in his own language : “Happy is the man that find. eth wisdom, and the man that getteth understanding; for the merchandise of it is better than the merchandise of silver, and the gain thereof than fine gold. She is more precious than rubies, and all the things thou canst desire are not to be compared with her; length of days is in her right band, and in her left hand riches and honour; her ways are ways of pleasantness and all her paths are paths of peace; she is a tree of life to all that lay hold upon her, and happy is every one that retaineth her.” Several interesting and effective recitations were delivered by the scholars, and the pleasures of the meeting were greatly enhanced by the choir accompanied by the organ, and singing occasionally selections from Haydn, Mozart, and others. This meeting, as the ehairman several times stated, was one of the bappiest it had ever fallen to his lot to attend. After votes of thanks had been passed to the young friends for their noble exertions, the choir for their efficient assistance, and the chair man for bis ready and valuable services, the meeting broke up a little after ten o'clock.
J. M. MISSIONARY SERVICES, BRADFORD CIRCUIT-On Lord's day, March 21st, 1852, sermons in behalf of our mission
ary society were preached at Bradford, Odley, Pudsey and llorsforth, by the Rev. J. Guttridge and Messrs. F. Nettleton, J. Rywater and Shadwick.
On the four following evenings, public meetings were beld: our esteemed friend Mr. W. Crampton from Hunslet, kindly consented to preside at Bradford; Mr. J. Shaw at Pudsey; Thomas Duncan, Esq., at Otley; and Mr. J. Whitaker at Horsforth. The report was read by Mr. D. Ripley, and the meetings addressed by the Revs. D. Rutherford (Association), J. Davis (Primitive), J. Candelet, J. Addyman, Jowett and T. Guttridge; Messrs. J. Shaw, J. Pollard, T. Scarf, A. Mc. Landsborough and other friends. The congregations were good, and the collections were an advance upon those of the last year. April 21st, 1852.
T. G. TRORXE CIRCUIT.-On Sabbath, March 21st, sermons on behalf of our missions were preached at Thorne, Levels, Fishlake, and Wormley-hill, by Messrs. Wonnacott, Lindley and J. Wood.
On Monday evening, a public meeting was held at Thorne. Mr. C. Thorpe being called to the chair, in an impressive and interesting speech stated the object for which we were assembled, and the following ministers addressed the meeting: Revs. H. Rusledt (Independent), D. Chapman (Wesleyan), J. Wonnacott, W. Reynolds and C. Lindley.
On the following evening, another meeting was held at the Levels. Mr. Thorpe presided, and speeches were delivered by Messrs. Wonnacott, Reynolds, and Lindley. Our third meeting was held on the Wednesday evenirg, at Fishlake, Mr. Thorpe in the chair. The claims of our missions were strongly urged by Messrs. Rusledt, Wonnacott, Reynolds and Lindley.
On Tuesday, in the following week, we held an interesting meeting at Wormley-hill. Mr. J. Wood was called to the chair. In addition to the preachers in the Circuit, we were again favoured with the assistance of Mr. Wonnacott.
In all the places we had good congregations, a gracious influence, and improved collections. May the missionary spirit be greatly increased! Thorne.
W. R. ASHTON, Missions.-On Easter Sunday, April 1lth, the Rev. W. Burrows, from Sheffield, preached the annual ser. mons, in behalf of our missions, in the morning at Higher Hurst, and in the evening at Ashton. On the following evening the missionary meeting was held in the Ashton Chapel, Chas. Hindley,