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Evans, M.P., Miss Freason, Mrs. G. Abbott, Mr. S. Burton, Mr. J. Plackett, Mr.'W. Plackett; £1 15s., Mr. W. Walker ; £1 ls, each, Mr. W. Brown, Mr. L. Plackett, Avrill and Smith, Thorp and Co.; £1 each, Mr. Dalby, Mr. Bradbury, Mr. M. Plackett, senr., Mr. J. Plackett, Mr. T. Smeeton, Mr. Bains, Mr. B. Johnson, Mr. H. Kent, Mrs. A. Taylor, Mr. C. Hutchinson, Mr. A. Plackett, Mr. F. Dunn, Mr. G. Davies, Mr. R. Bancroft, Mr. T. Śtraw, Mr. E. Straw, Miss E. Straw, Mr. H. Flint, Mr. J. Fearfield, Mr. F. Piggin, Mr. J. Booth, Mr. Harrison, Mr. Sisson, Mr. W. Fletcher, A Friend, Mr. S. Thompson, Mr. Hallam, Mr. Palmer, Mr. R. S. Piggin, Mr. T. Parker, Mr. H. Harriman, Mr. White ; 15s., Mr. J. Orme; 108. 6d., Mr. F. Swift; 10s. each, Rev. John Hudston, Mr. T. Dally, Mr. W. Stevenson, junr., Mr. Bailey, Mr. Ford, Mr. Mansfield, J. P. W., C. H. B. and Co., Mr. J. Brown, W. and J. King, Mr. J. Lancashire, Mrs. Eden, Miss Eden, Mr. G. Eden, Mr. J. Eden, Mr. H. Eden, Mr. J. Cloak, Mr. U. Gamble, Miss A. Plackett, Mr. J. Hazledine, senr., Miss A, Wallis, Mr. W. 'Allin, Mr. S. Leech, Roe and Son, Miss E. Flint, Mr. W. Kent, Mr. W. Harriman, Mr. Mellor, Mr. H. Wallis, a Friend, and Mr. Barton ; sums under 10s. each, £9 10s.
At the ceremony of laying the memorial-stones the following gifts were placed upon them :
£20, Rev. John Poxon; £5 each, Mr. H. Plackett, Mr. J. Plackett, Mrs. Felton, Mr. H, Plackett, junr., Mr. W. Plackett, Mr. W. Straw; £3, Miss Freason; £1 1s., Mr. J. Woodward; £1 each, Mrs. Poxon, Alice Jane Poxon, Mary Emma Poxon, Mr. G. Hind, Mr. Baggaley, Mr. Lewis Plackett, Mr. F. Plackett, Mr. J. Hazledine ; 10s. 6d., J. W. Plackett; 10s., Mrs. Lydia Plackett, Mrs. H. Plackett, junr., Mrs. Groves, Miss M. Plackett, Miss H. Dolman
All the scholars in our Sunday school, with few exceptions, gave something on this happy occasion. When the envelopes they put upon the stones were opened, their contributions amounted to £7 1s. 7d. The collections and tea-meeting produced £37 8s. 10d., including £5 from George Goodall, Esq., the chairman. Three tea-meetings added £34 5s, ojd. to the building fund.
The collections at the opening of the chapel, with the proceeds of the tes-meeting and a few small donations, amounted to about £100.
The entire outlay of the undertaking, including the land, boundary walls, &c., will be about £1250 or £1300; and the total amount already received is £795 10s. 7d.
The following description of the chapel has been supplied by the architect :
The chapel has been erected in the Gothic style, the effect being much increased by its being set back nearly 40 feet from the street. Adjoining the street is a dwarf wall with iron railing and gates of very ornamental description.
Three lancet windows form the chief feature of the front, to right and left of which are projecting porches, with external and internal Gothicheaded doorways. Over the windows on a band of stone is the inscription, and in the gable a circular ventilator with quatrefoil tracery. The front windows, doorways, and ventilator have moulded brick arches over same, with moulded stone labels and carved bosses. The gables of porches and main gable of front are surmounted with chamfered stone coping, moulded corbels, and apex stones, and at main apex is an iron finial of ornamental character. Moulded red bricks and Staffordshire blue bricks have been freely used in giving effect to front and sides of building. The sides are divided by buttresses into four bays, each having coupled lancet windows. At the rear of chapel are situated a commodious vestry, heating apparatus chamber, &c.
The interior of chapel is well lighted by the windows before described, together with three lancet windows in back gable over pulpit; below them is a moulded string-course with ornamental bosses at ends. The pulpit
is of platform description, with ample room for four or five occupants. The pulpit-desk is supported by pierced and chamfered traceried woodwork, filled in at back with crimson cloth, and at sides there are iron standards of elaborate design, and similar standards to the mahogany communion-rail, all of which are appropriately painted and gilded. At one side of pulpit is the door to vestry, which is covered with green baize, relieved by brass-headed nails fixed to pattern. The wall at back of pulpit is broken up by a 43-inch recess with splayed Gothic arch over.
The seats are open benches, divided by two aisles into three blocks, those at sides being placed angle-wise, in order to give better view of pulpit. The whole of interior woodwork has been stained and varnished. The roof is partly open, and is carried by three pairs of principals with braces, &c., all wrought and chamfered, and resting on moulded stone corbels projecting from side walls. From the principals are suspended six pendants, which, with two brackets at each end, light the chapel very effectually.
Ample ventilation is obtained by means of circular openings with moulded rims in ceiling, filled in with perforated zinc, and having small doors over same which may be opened and closed at pleasure by cords and pulleys. There are also ten casements to the windows which may be opened when desired in a similar manner. Haden's heating apparatus has been adopted by the trustees, and answers its purpose admirably.
The internal dimensions of the chapel are 49 feet long by 31 feet wide, 14 feet 6 inches high to wall-plate, and 23 feet high in centre. It affords comfortable accommodation for 250 persons.
[We cannot insert the above without recording the pleasure we had in visiting on so interesting an occasion the scenes of our early life. Old familiar faces were certainly wanting, but we had an illustration of the cheering sentiment, that if God buries His workmen He still carries on His work. The chapel is indeed an ornament to the village, and reflects credit on the architect and builder; while the liberal contributions towards its erection awaken both our gratitude and surprise. We cordially congratulate the Rev. J. Poxon on his having the opportunity, ability, and disposition to do for the good of his native village what he has done in securing the erection of such an edifice for the worship of God and the fellowship of His people.-EDITOR.]
LIQUIDATION OF DEBT ON BETHESDA CHAPEL, HANLEY. From intimation given in the Annual Report of the Chapel Committee our friends throughout the Connexion will have been apprised that vigorous efforts have been made during the last few years to reduce the heavy debt burdening our fine premises at Hanley. We have delayed reporting progress until the efforts were happily completed, but several esteemed friends think that it would be a great encouragement to publish how we are getting on in this noble movement.
There was a mortgage on the trust estate of £3000, and £200 due on note of hand, making a total of £3200, which it was proposed to extinguish. My esteemed predecessor, the Rev. W. Wilshaw, did much to promote the effort. Several tentative propositions were made by excellent brethren, but the response not being sufficiently encouraging the thing fell through, until Mr. James Dudson came forward, and very generously proffered that if the trustees would raise £1000 he would give £100 towards it, and in fact, £100 for every thousand up to the entire extinction of the debt above described. This was just the kind of offer that was needed to elicit enthusiasm, and I scarcely need say that our friends at Hanley have liberally responded. When I was appointed to this Circuit I found that, late) .. cancelling the £200 owing on the note of hand. This itself was a great relief to the estate, and therefore a great satisfaction to our trustees.
taking into consideration many recent heavy claims upon Connexional generosity in the locality, it was not deemed expedient to aim for the present at more than £1200. That sum was considered attainable then, reserving for a second effort in a year or two the successful conclusion of the matter. Some of our leading friends were waited upon, and, without exception, were favourably disposed; and then a congregational tea-meeting was called, at which the proposition was laid before our friends in general, and so heartily did the friends concur that we realised more than £200 over the amount proposed. This was exceedingly gratifying to all concerned, and a congratulatory tea-meeting was held at which a full statement of all the sums contributed from £100 to 29. 6d, respectively was given, and the method of its appropriation announced. This meeting was one of great pleasure, as it proved what could be done when a body of trustees took the congregation with them in any financial effort, and all "put their shoulder to the wheel.” I am requested to publish the following list of contributions:£ 8. d. 1
£ 8. d. J. Dudson, Esq. ... ..
100 00 | Mr. T. Dunn ... G. Ridgway, Esq. ..
100 0 0 H. Johnson ... W. Brownfield, Esq. (the
100 0 0 Newton ... J. Wood, Esq. (the late)
E. Nixon ...
100 0 0 Jos. Colclough T. Ford, Esq. ... .
100 0 0 De Wyrall (the late) S., Wood, Esq. ... .
100 0 0 Geo. Walker
100 0 0
Powell ... J. W. Clementson, Esq....
A Friend ... M. Clementson, Esq. ...
50 0 0 Mr. E. Bell ... Jno. Clementson, Esq. ... 50 0 0 W. Cooper ...
1 1 0 W. Scott, Esq. ...
0 0 G. Farrell (the late) 1 1 0 B. Adams, Esq. ...
1 1 0 R. Scrivener, Esq.
F. G. Keates
1 0 E. J. Baxter, Esq. 0 0 A, C. Keates
1 0 Mrs. Moore 0 0 J. Nicklin ..
1 1 Mr. J. Keates ..
W. Morris ...
1 0 B. T. Riseley
1 0 J. Bamford ...
Miss Ann Dlaskery
1 0 J. H. Parkes
10 10 Mrs. Green
10 10 Mr. H. Standeven
1 1 0 W. E. Brownfield, Esq....
A. Curzon ...
1 1 0 A Friend ... ...
1 1 0 Mr. C. Topham ... 5 5 0 G. Carr
1 1 Mrs. Mellor and Son ...
G. Boon ....
1 1 0 Hampton ...
5 5 0
W. Fallows... A Friend...
5 5 0 H. Leek (Boston). ... 1 0 0 Mr. J. Huntbach... 6 0 0 R. Tew
1 0 0 W. P. Keates
2 2 0
1 0 0 J. Jervis ... ... 2 2 0 and sums under £1, making a grand total of £1476 6s. 6d. Special collections have also been made at the trust anniversary sermons for two successive years, from which we have received about £230. As soon as a sufficient number of the above promised sums were paid our worthy treasurer, W. Scott, Esq, lost no time in paying off £1000 of the mortgage debt, and
But while in the midst of this effort, it was discovered that the roof of Bethesda Chapel needed strengthening, and indeed required immediate attention. This, with some special expenses incurred in preparation for the holding of Conference here involved us in an outlay of upwards of £500. The balance in hand from the effort just made was appropriated in part payment of this ; and though this extraordinary expenditure caine at an awkward conjuncture, yet our generous friends were equal to the emergency, and more!
For I have now the pleasure of announcing that an effort, which promises to be very successful, has been inaugurated to extinguish the entire balance of the mortgage debt, viz., £2000. This has been stimulated by the handsome bequest of £500 made to Bethesda Chapel by the late J. Wood, Esq., of Nottingham, and by the noble proposal of Thos. Worthington, Esq., of Hanley, to contribute £300 if the debt be extinguished by next Conference. The trustees some five years ago very wisely took shares in a building society, the estimated value of which at the present time is £600, so we see £1400 guaranteed, and all the rest will, with God's blessing, be forthcoming. When accomplished, I am sure all the Connexion will rejoice with us that glorious old Bethesda is in so favourable a financial position. Hanley.
J. C. WATTS.
REOPENING OF BETHEL CHAPEL, DURHAM. DURING the last three months this chapel has been closed while a course of improvements constituting a thorough renovation has been in progress Besides its entire repainting, and a number of minor alterations, a sunlight has been introduced, by which a single cluster of burners is made to shed a soft and yet most effective light over the whole gallery and body of the building.
The result may be summarised, by saying that our friends are agreed in pronouncing their place of worship everything they could desire, and in thankfulness that they return to it under such auspicious circumstances.
The morning of Lord's-day, the 12th of December, the day of the reopening, was looked forward to with very lively interest. Nor were the anticipations which preceded it unrealised. As the Rev. S. Hulme, whose services on the occasion were very highly appreciated, discoursed to the goodly congregations, a deep feeling of holy joy seemed to pervade the countenances of many of his hearers, and it was a high day" in the best sense of the word to them all.
The following afternoon, Monday the 13th of December, brought the time for the reopening tea-meeting, and our friends mustered in full force in honour of the occasion. It was pleasing to see how entirely the congregation, as a whole, had entered into the social celebration. At the after meeting, John Bramwell, Esq., Recorder for the City, occupied the chair, and addresses were delivered by the Revs. S. Hulme, S. Goodall, W. A. Mitchell, D.Brearley, Jas, Shiphardson, E. Wright, and our veteran friend, Mr. Archibald Thompson.
But we have reserved to the close of our notice a most interesting feature of the changes wrought in our chapel.
One of the most conspicuous of these is the placing of a marble tablet to the memory of the honoured friend whose name must ever be associated with it, on one of the walls of the chapel. We must only say of the tablet, as a specimen of workmanship in marble it cannot but be considered a beautiful work of art. The following is its inscription:
In memory of
of Mount Beulah, Durham,
in the 79th year of his age.
By energy and perseverance
to the cause of God generally,
to whose interests he ever gave his best
are monuments of his liberality.
and the Poor
of his inestimable worth. It should be added that the considerable cost of this memorial was contributed without any personal solicitation. A mere notification of what was proposed sufficed to raise the requisite amount. It had been the special desire of many persons to contribute to this object, and it was in deference to their earnest wish that Mrs. Love consented to forego the purpose of placing herself this memento to her honoured husband on the wall of our chapel.
There is much must now remain unwritten which almost clamours for utterance. The name and deeds of our departed friend will long remain in the North of England “familiar as household words."
ARRIVAL OF THE REV M. J. BIRKS AT ADELAIDE, SOUTH
AUSTRALIA. Our readers already know that our esteemed brother, Mr. Birks, has reached his destination. The South Australian Advertiser gives the following account of his first service :
The Rev. M. Birks, who succeeds the Rev. Clement Linley in the pastorate of the Methodist New Connexion Church, Franklin Street, commenced his ministry in that place of worship on Sunday morning, September 26. Mr. Birks selected as his text 1 Samuel, iv., 18.
In reviewing the life of Eli, to whom the text referred, the rev. gentleman said that all had their failings, and he was glad that the Scriptures referred to the defects in the patriarchs and others, for if their lives had been described as perfect many persons would reject the truths that they contained. Although Eli was a God-fearing man, he occasionally failed in his duties, both to his Maker and man. He, however, acknowledged his shortcomings. *To judge truthfully of a man's character, they should survey his surroundings, and make due allowance for the condition in which he was placed, and exercise that Christian charity that covered a multitude of sins. They should not, like some people, look out only for imperfections. After referring to the functions and duties of a judge and high priest, the positions held by Eli-she wicked and dissolute lives of his two sons,