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STANLEY CHAPELS

STANLEY FERRY CHAPEL - A METHODIST FREE CHURCH BUILT 1881

The following is a copy of the minutes of a Trustees meeting on January 12th 1882. Chairman Rev. E. Craine.

1) Minutes of last meeting read and confirmed.

2) The new deed was read over by the Chairman,

3) Proposed by Bro, Roberts, 2nd by F. Grace, that 'F. J. Cheesbrough be Secretary and F. Grace Treasurer to the Trustees -- carried.

4) Proposed by C. Roberts, 2nd by F. Leek, that Mrs Logan, Treasurer to the new building committee, be asked to hand over the money in her hands to the Trustees.

5) Resolved that Bro I Rhodes go with the Treasurer to pay for the deed.

6) Proposed by H Hall 2nd by J. Jones that F Grace have charge of the deeds.

7) Resolved that the society be empowered to see after the damp be cured and to repair the spouts and to raise the pulpit reading desk.

8) Resolved that Messrs Cheesborough, Jones and Rhodes be a committee to see after the repairs to the outside fence wa11.

9) Resolved that George Logan be appointed chapel keeper at a salary of £2. lOs. 0d. per year.

10) Resolved that the two old Trustees, along with Secretary and Treasurer, wait upon Mrs Logan to ask her to hand over the money in her hands.

The above was the first meeting of the new Trustees and the whole of the Trustees were present.

STANLEY WESLEYAN CHAPEL 1874 (LEE MOOR)

Amongst the list of Trustees was I. H. Cookson, Colliery Manager - Stanley, Benny Keighley, Manager = Lofthouse.

In 1922 there was a magazine issued in the district, price two pence. This kept members up to date on the forthcoming events. It also reported on the Wesleyan Chapel's activities.

STANLEY LANE END PRIMITIVE METHODIST 1873

The gift of Deed of land was made in 1856. The Secretary in 1873 was John Ayston. The following is a copy of the minutes of a Committee meeting held on 27th May 1906, Chairman: Mr D. Burnley.

1) That we accept the offer of Mr Marshall to keep the organ in tune at a charge of 30/- per year.

Chapel Committee meeting held 12th June 1906. Chairman: Rev. F. Stoddard.

1) Mr W. Craye, having asked a price for the old organ, we agree to offer him the same for the sum of £2 which may be reduced rather than miss the opportunity of selling for not less than £1.

Chapel Committee Meeting held 26th June 1906. Chairman: Rev. J. Burkett.

1) That we change the present system of gas lighting in the chapel to incandescent in preparation for the coming winter. Instead of 8 lights on each side of the chandelier in the middle of the chapel, to have 4 lights each and be so arranged that each light can be burnt independently also that we have one light to the organ and two on each side wall of the chapel.

THE ZION CHAPEL, ABERFORD ROAD, STANLEY. BUILT 1876.

My own memories of this Chapel in the 1920's was every Sunday morning, attending for lessons from the bible, We had an attendance card which was marked with a star for each attendance. At the end of the year, if the attendance record satisfied the Chapel authorities, a prize was given - usually a good book or a bible. This method was used at most of the Chapels to encourage good attendance. Prize giving was special for young people and one felt proud to receive a prize.

BOTTOMBOAT CHAPEL - NON CONFORMIST. BUILT 1874

I only attended this Chapel on rare occasions but I well remember an elderly lady who read and explained in simple words the many fascinating stories in the Old Testament - Adam and Eve, Moses, Daniel, Samson, Noah's Ark, Soloman, Jonah and the miracles and the crucifixion in the New Testament.

During this period of the 1920's and early 1930's almost all young school children went to one of the Sunday Schools on the Sunday morning.

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