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107 Years Ago - Religion - Methodists

To give an impression of what life was like in Clophill 107 years ago sources from 1911 have been transcribed and interpreted.

Primitive Methodist Chapel

"The last social of the season was held in the Primitive Methodist Chapel on Tuesday evening, and two interesting presentations were made. Mr. Putley presided, and made the presentations, first to Miss Emily Upton, who for many years has been organist at the Chapel, but through prolonged illness of her mother, has been obliged to give up for a time. Mr. Putley presented Miss Upton with £2 on behalf of the Society. Mr. J. H. Smith, who has assisted during the winter months at the special and Sunday services, received as a present a very nice cherry wood walking stick, silver- mounted, with the following inscription:-'Presented to Mr. J. H. Smith by the Clophill Primitive Methodist Society.' "

Saturday, April 29, 1911. Ampthill News

"The Primitive Methodist Sunday School Anniversary Services were conducted on Sunday by Mr. W. Harris, of Bedford. The special hymns and recitations of the choir and children were excellently rendered. The school festival was held on Whit Monday. The scholar's tea was at 3.30 and at 5 p.m. A large number sat down to a public tea. The evening was spent in the meadow lent by Mr. Burgoine, and the teachers and friends made it a very happy time for the children, what with cricket, games, racing for prizes, and other amusements."

Saturday, June 10th, 1911. Ampthill News

"The Primitive Methodists held their annual camp meeting on Sunday, and owing to the rain most of the services were held in the Chapel. Contingents from Bedford and Luton gave short addresses, and several solos were sung. The weather was a disappointment to many, as this is recognised as the largest attended meeting in this district."

Saturday, July 1, 1911. Ampthill News

"The Primitive Methodist harvest thanksgiving services were conducted on Sunday by the Rev. S. A. Fox, of Shefford, morning and evening. The afternoon service was taken by Mr. E. Putley, of the Dargles. Special hymns were sung by the choir. Mr. J. H. Smith presided at the organ. Mr. W. Matthews and Mr. Taylor assisted with violins. The chapel was prettily decorated by the leading members of the Society. On Tuesday a public tea was well attended, and a sale of the gifts was held by Mr. Garner at 7 p.m. A service of song, entitled "The Harvest Home," was given by the Choir. The Chairman was Mr. E. Putley, and the connective readings were given by the Rev. W. Leadbetter, of Bedford. The proceeds of the sale of gifts and the collections were for the trust Fund."

Saturday, September 23th 1911. Ampthill News

Wesleyan Chapel

"The Wesleyan Sunday School Anniversary was held on Sunday. The preacher was Mr. H. S. Manning, of Bedford. Special hymns and anthems were rendered by the children and choir under Mr. W. Mallery. The festival was held in a meadow lent by Mr. Burgoine, and sports and games were indulged in until after dark. The public tea and children's tea were at 4:30."

Saturday May 20th 1911. Ampthill News

"At the Wesleyan Chapel on Good Friday a sacred concert was given by the Ampthill Wesley Guild. The chair was taken by the Rev. J. Ogden. Solos and recitations were given by Miss Ruby Wall, Miss G. Foster; a duet by Mrs. R. Peck and Miss Tompkins, and readings by Mr. Holl and Mr. C. Handscomb."

Saturday, April 22nd. 1911. Ampthill News