Gath­er­ing to­gether

Let's Talk - - POSTBAG - MAR­GARET GRAVER West Dere­ham, Nor­folk

Ref­er­ence the Au­gust is­sue and the Mem­ory Lane (Nor­folk) pic­ture on page 72 called ‘Gath­er­ing To­gether’.

I was at the open­ing of the new Methodist Church on Satur­day, July 16, 1966 at Down­ham Mar­ket. The open­ing was by Mrs Mary E Os­borne and ded­i­ca­tion by Rev Hu­bert J Martin, chair­man of the Dis­trict.

I was with my late fa­ther, Mr Al­fred Hand­scombe, a lo­cal preacher in the Down­ham Mar­ket dis­trict. My dad re­ceived a cer­tifi­cate for long ser­vice in 1967. He started in 1928 (40 years). Sadly, he passed away in 1969.

I have the or­der of ser­vice leaflet. I was also at the stone-lay­ing cer­e­mony and ser­vice of ded­i­ca­tion. We then pro­ceeded to Down­ham Mar­ket Town Hall for a short ser­vice. Dur­ing the ser­vice Rev Martin re­ceived gift en­velopes (money for the new church). Af­ter the ser­vice, we en­joyed re­fresh­ments pro­vided by the ladies of the town’s three Methodist churches.

Many happy and sad times I have been to in all the churches, in­clud­ing the Methodist Church in Par­adise Road, built in 1965.

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