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Minehead Methodist Church

HISTORY

John Wesley, often referred to as the founder of the Methodist Church, visited Minehead twice, in 1744 and 1745.  He was on his way to South Wales and this was a stopping off point.

 

In 1811 a Society (a common word for a group of people in early Methodism) was formed, and met in a house at Court Place,
Bampton Street.   In 1850, when a Chapel was built at

Alcombe, the members were transferred there. It was

impossible to get land in Minehead to build a Methodist

meeting place. This was not at all unusual as it was seen as

breaking away from the established church.

 

In February 1874 a meeting was held in Mr Lomas's house

(Clevelands, North Hill) under the chairmanship of the Rev

Richard Groves and it was decided to approach Mr George

Fownes Luttrell of Dunster Castle, with a view to obtaining

Land for a Chapel. Much of Minehead land was owned by this

family for many years. Sites in Blenheim Terrace and Station

Road (now The Avenue)were suggested, and the latter was

Agreed upon at a yearly rent of £8 8s Od for a 99-year lease.

The Committee proposed that the building should be 35ft

x25ft and should be in a similar style to the Church Schools

in Middle Street. Today this is known as the South Aisle or

Transept.

Plans were prepared by Messrs Foster & Wood of Bristol, and

approved by Mr St Aubyn, the Dunster Castle Architect.

Messrs Brown& Hole's tender for £436 was accepted. At

the Stone laying in 1875 £200 was raised, and Memorial

Stones were laid by Mrs Lomas, Mr Corner of Torweston and

Mr Brock of Exeter.

 

In 1876 the Church decided to build a vestry and the cost

of this was £152. The opening services were held on June 15th

1876 and the Chairman of the District, Rev S S Rowe, preached

the sermon. The porch was added in 1877.

 

In 1884 a Committee was formed,  and the Rev H W Haime was

appointed secretary for the Chapel Enlargement Scheme. The

Estate Steward was approached to obtain some more  land, and

the Architects (Foster and Wood)were asked to send a sketch,

and later to prepare plans and specifications. Mr John

Pearce's estimate of £1165 was accepted and the contract

signed on June 12, 1885. Stones were laid on 16th September

1885. The Chapel, new ground and boundary wall cost £1793

17s 6d and by October 1885 there only remained£398 to be

raised. The contract with Mr Pearce was brought to an end and

estimates to finish the Chapel were requested from other

builders. Mr J H Langdon's estimate of £750 was accepted,

with the addition later of £109 for Bath or Ham Hill stone. Mr

E J Foy's tender of £36 10sfor gas fittings was accepted. The

new pulpit was given by Joseph Wood, Esq.,  Architect. The

opening was on Wednesday, June 30th 1886,and the preacher

was the Rev T Tapley Short.

 

Pew Rents - the first front row and the last six pews on each

side were free. The charge for the others were 1/6, 1/3 and1/per

quarter If two people wanted the same pew, it was let to

the highest bidder!

 

The organ was built in 1898and cost £350. Today's organ has

Had a recent (2006) overhaul at a cost of £38,000 and it is now

valued at £200,000. In 2007 we have three excellent

organists - Keith Halstead, Lewis Lintern and David Plumb.

There is a choir, who normally help to lead worship.

 

THE SUNDAY SCHOOL BUILDINGS

Not much is known about  the building of the School Rooms, except

that completion was in 1905 and a plaque in the main hall is dated

1906 giving thanks for Rev Joel Peters who was the minister at

the time. There are older members of  the congregation who

remember attending here, either on Sundays, or during the war,

when it served as a school. Over the years there have been

Sunday Schools with large numbers and also Youth Clubs. Sadly

this is not so in 2007.

 

21ST CENTURY

In the late 1990's new toilets were put in, including one for people

with impairment - this involved moving the front wall of the school

room stone by stone (Grade II Listed Building).The cost was

£38,300. The quinquennial of May 2002 was frightening to read!

Of course we knew there were problems with the roof-water

buckets placed strategically throughout the building which had to be

emptied after every major downpour. There were some seats in

the church best avoided - or bring a brolly.  We also had dry rot to

eradicate. This is to say nothing of improving the facilities in our

ancillary buildings.

Reroofing and window repairs cost in the region of £190,000 - and

Came in just under budget. Dry rot eradication over a period has

cost about £15,000. It was decided in order to make the best use

of our position within the town centre we needed to bring our

ancillary premises up to a good position. This has cost around

£50,00 but with the level of usage now achieved this has been a

good investment. The premises are now valued at £1,666,240

(£1500 in 1886). Our recent quinquennial said "The premises are

very well presented and the Church Officers and congregation are

to be congratulated". We have spent £333,000, now we have to

use what we have!

 

Now to the future ....We are in the hands of God who we serve,

the Jesus Christ who we worship, the Holy Spirit who brings new

life.

 

Linda J Barriball - Minister 1999-2008

 

 

 

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