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HARTLEPOOL. A VERY blessed work has been carried on at West Hartlepool, by Mr. E. P. Telford, of Stockton. The result is that 107 persons have professed faith in the Lord Jesus Christ as a personal Saviour. The Mission lasted about three weeks, and its influence rose gradually, until the final meetings were marked by very great power. Mr. Telford's addresses were clear and full of apt illustration, mingled with much pathos and energy. The Com. munion Service was held every Sunday morning at nine o'clock, and proved a great blessing to those actively engaged in the work and the new converts. Some came forward there to publicly acknowledge the fact that they had found Christ secretly during the work. One of the main features of the Mission was an entire absence of sensuous excitement, and a clear and intelligent apprehension of the plan of salvation by the converts. The labours of Mr. Telford in the inquiry. room were constant and useful. We hear that he has resolved to devote all next year to revival work in various parts of our denomination, and has already many engagements for months to come. May he be made an increasing power !
difficulties; and though the full pressure of the debt was not felt, owing to Mr. Jones, the mortgagee, having kindly consented to remit to the trustees of the school the interest of the money due to him for three years, yet in prospect of the time when inte. rest would have to be paid, it was felt imperative that some effort to lessen the debt by at least £1,000 should be made. The task, however, of getting by a bazaar (for that seemed the only method open to us) another £1,000 seemed very formidable. It was not long since the last effort, and the removal from the village of some of our best friends, which made the debt to press heavily on the friends who remained, likewise rendered the pros. pect of getting bazaar-workers a little gloomy; still, we felt that the bazaar must go on, and so in our difficulty we had recourse to friends outside. We knew that for Hooley-hill there was widespread sympathy in the circuit, and particularly in the Ashton congregation, and so application was made to some kind and influential friends in our Stamfordstreet church, and, the result, a very strong stall, composed entirely of Ashton ladies, was formed to supplement the stall which the Hooley-hill friends themselves had provided for. Having thus got the various stalls arranged for, the friends set to work with energy, and plodding, and determination, and one feeling animated the heart of each, that by no means had the bazaar to be a failure, but rather a grand success. Despite, however, all the working of nimble fingers, the loving wishes of kind, friendly hearts, and the determination that success should be achieved, misgivings would sometimes spring up, and cause a measure of despondency Still, nobody
GRAND RUSTIC BAZAAR AT HOOLEY
It is only about three and a half years ago since the last Hooley-hill bazaar, at which a little over £1,000 was raised, was held, and now we have to chronicle another, by which a yet larger amount has been secured. The Hooley-hill school was erected about four years ago at a cost of £1,239. A debt of £1,600 left upon it was felt to be too heavy for a few working people to struggle with. After the school had been erected and opened, both the church and Sunday-school suffered severely through the removal of friends well able to help in bearing financial
lost heart. Young and old worked with a will, and gave with a generosity characteristic of Lancashire when the Sunday-school is concerned. Sub. scriptions were solicited and promised
to a considerable extent. In the school a penny-a-week subscription was commenced, which, before the bazaar was held, resulted in the handsome sum of £50, and generally no stone was left unturned to secure both money and goods. The result was, that at the opening of the bazaar we were able to announce subscriptions amounting to more than £200, and the various stalls were stocked with a large and well-assorted quantity of fancy and plain goods. Mr. William Jones, of Southport, formerly of Hooley-hill, had been asked to open the bazaar. His long connection with Hooley-hill, the prominent part he had taken in the new school scheme, and the help he had given, made it fitting that he should have the honour, and so he was asked, and his consent obtained. The Ashton Town Hall was engaged for the occasion. The decoration of the room was entrusted to the firm [of Syrer & Co., of Manchester, and the design we selected was
" winter rustic scene," with occasional snowstorms. The stalls represented arbours, and were constructed of material having the appearance of the rough bark of the tree. Then, as it was supposed to be winter, they were made so as to give the effect of being covered with frost, and, being rustic, it was needful that they should have appropriate names; and so in place of the stereotyped “No. 1 stall," &c., we had “The Cedars," " The Olives," “The Palms.” “The Sycamores,” “The Olive-plants,” “The Vines,” “ The Lilies." The arbours, when full of the goods which had been given, presented an exceedingly pleasing and tempting sight. The goods themselves, both useful and ornamental which gentle hands had worked, were well calculated to please and to suit the taste of the most fastidious.
The opening of the bazaar, which took place on October 17, was most pleasant and enjoyable. Everyone
seemed to be in high spirits, and sauguine of success.
There was a large gathering of the friends. We noticed the President (Rev. T. Rider), the Revs. W. J. Townsend, J. Gibson, H. Dolamore, G. G. Nicholson, G. S. Hornby, T. P. Bullen, Law Stoney, J. Nowell (Wesleyan), and Messrs. Eli Andrew, J.P., J. Tipping, J. Waterhouse, J. Talent, John Clayton, John H. Burton, - Marsden, J. Saxon,
Collet, and many others. Mr. Jones, in opening the bazaar, made some kind, genial, sympathetic remarks, and concluded his address by giving £50. The opening ceremony over, selling commenced, and continued brisk throughout the day. The weather was very bad nearly the whole time of the bazaar, but the people came, notwithstanding, and each day's receipts cheered and encouraged us. For five days the bazaar was open, and at the close we were able to announce as the gross receipts the sum of $1,114. The announcement was received with much cheer. ing. Since the bazaar, some odd sums have come in, so that the total stands) now at £1,119. The following are the items : To Subscriptions, &c. £216 13 111 The Cedars stall 307 11 Olives
92 11 7 Firs
905 63 Palms
97 11 11 Sycamores
118 6 45 Olive Plants ,
17. 1 93 Vines
64 16 71 Lilies
20 2 9 Sale of tickets ... 77 1113 Entertainments
16 11 Bank interest
0 6 2
Against this sum we have to place expenses of £94, making the net sum £1,025. This, with money which the school trustees have at their command, through Mr. Jones kindly consenting to forego the interest this year also, will enable us to pay off £1,100, leaving a debt of £500. The bazaar was a very pleasant one. Nothing was done
other help that from time to time he has given. Other good friends and true there are who have helped in this great effort, whom we cannot mention ; to them we give our heartiest thanks. Above all, to Him who is the great Head of the Church, and the Giver to His people of temporal blessings as well as spiritual, we would reverently and devoutly offer our praise with thanksgiving
or said likely to grieve, and it will long be remembered for the pleasure which it gave to very many of our friends. The children will not soon forget it. The grow-storms were a great attraction to them. Rather convenient storms they were, for they began and ceased at our pleasure, and were light or heavy, just as we pleased. They did not necessitate the use of umbrellas or the turning up of coat-collars, for they were dry storms, and pleasant. The snow, as it came fluttering down so gently, lighting now on some fair gentle lady, now on some strong big man, or on the upturned faces of the delighted children, was, indeed, very pretty and enjoyable, and there can be no doubt that it popularised the bazaar considerably. Where in a bazaar everyone has done well, it is difficult to praise this one or that one, but writing as one of the Hooley-Hill friends, and for them, we must express our very sincere thanks to the members of the Ashton congregation, and particularly to the five ladies of the Cedars (the Ashton stall),Mrs. Tipping, Mrs. J. Waterhouse, Mrs. Stoney, Mrs. Talent, and Mrs. Burton ; to Miss Tipping, Miss Ousey, and Mrs. Bancroft, who assisted them ; and to the young ladies of the Vines (the refreshment stalls), Miss Moorhouse, the Misses Kelsall, the Misses Bateman, Miss Dean, Miss Rider, and Miss Culver. But for their help, the effort would not have assumed the proportions it did assume, and the results would have been far different from what they are. The Hooley-Hill people themselves worked hard. They have the highest reward in the reduc. tion of the debt to the comparatively small sum of £500. It is only right that mention here should be made of the kindness of Mrs. Jones in being a
REDCLIFFE BOAD CHURCH. In the February magazine of this year a short report appeared of a project of the Woodboro'-road friends, for erecting a new church in a very needy and promising part of the town. Building operations were commenced last July, and considerable progress having been made with the structure, the ceremony of laying memorial stones was performed on the afternoon of Oct. 18, by the Mayor (Ald. Lindley), Col. Seeley, M.P. (the senior Member for the borough), Ald. Burton, and Mr. Jos. Fearfield, of Stapleford, assisted by the President of the Conference (Rev. T. Rider), the Revs. J. Medicraft, Dr. Paton (Principal of Nottingham Institute), the Circuit Ministers, and Messrs. R. Inger, G. Goodall, A. H. Goodall, A. Cooper, and W. Packer. There was a large attendance of friends. The weather proving unfavourable, the proceedings were conducted with all possible dispatch. Dr. Paton having engaged in prayer, the Rev. W. Hookins gave a brief history of the project, and indicated the financial position and prospects of the estate. A bottle, containing connexional and circuit documents, was deposited by Mr. J. S. Sharp, the secretary of the building committee.
The trowels were presented to the honorary masons, with appropriate addresses, by Messrs. R. Inger, G. Goodall, A. H. Goodall, and A. Cooper ; and were as suitably responded to by those gentlemen, who
tity of goods she did furnish; and also of the generosity of Mr. Jones in foregoing the interest on £1,600 for four years, equivalent to a subscription of over £300, which is in addition to all
simply "contented themselves, account of the weather, with the performance of their respective duties. Col. Seeley hoped "church spires would follow as closely as possible the factory chimneys. It was to raise one of these spires they had met that day, and he joined in the wish for the prosperity of the church which it was to crown."
The President, in an able address commended the enterprise to the sympathy of friends and neighbours on the ground of patriotism ; as whatever of strength, and greatness, and nobleness we may have as a nation root themselves ultimately in the truths and principles of Christianity. Again, as even spiritual life is largely affected by its environment, so our churches and chapels, and all the other apparatus we usually designate “ means of grace,” are the necessary and appropriate conditions for the development of a balanced, orderly, and useful Christian life. Observation shows that just in proportion as people become attached to the house of prayer, and form the habit of pure and spiritual worship, do they become good citizens, and a benediction to all around them. The President then briefly indi. cated the distinctive features of our denominational principles. A collection having been made and offerings presented, the friends adjourned to the school-room of Parliament-street Chapel for tea, to which a large number sat down.
The meeting subsequently held in the Parliament-street Chapel, presided over by H. Ashwell, Esq. (vice-chairman of the School Board). In the course of his address he said he wished to convey some idea of how such proceedings as they were engaged in that day looked to one outside their own denomination; and in doing so congratulated the circuit on its enterprise and zeal, but specially in the securing of the site of their now church. Mr. J. Fearfield seemed fully to endorse the opinion of a gen
tleman he met on the Continent, who thought England to be the glory of the world, and Nottingham the glory of England. The Rev. J. Medicraft, having reviewed recent efforts in the circuit, contrasted the power of Chris. tianity with the weakness of Scepticism. The Mayor was glad to think that the love of beauty was not the exclusive possession of the rich, but that all classes were now permeated by it ; and in erecting the new church, they were determined that it should be an ornament to the locality and a credit to their connexion. The Rev. T. Rider, in a humorous reference to Mr. Fearfield's remark, said perhaps Ashton excelled Nottingham - at any rate, its atmosphere had more body in it than the clear air of Nottingham could boast of ! His speech was highly appreciated.
Promised subscriptions, as per list in February magazine, were £1,319. Since then £293 have been received. The ceremony, with the evening teameeting, realised £295. It is hoped that £2,500 will be secured for the sale of the Woodboro'-road estate, making a grand total (after meeting a few charges) of £4,300. The estimated cost of land and church is about £9,000. On the completion of further efforts, the financial responsibility for such a congregation as the new and greatly-needed church will attract (applications for pews by the residents are already being made) will be light. Among the contributions for the day are the following: Mr. Jos. Fearfield, £50; Col. Seely, £25; Ald. Burton, £25; the Mayor, £15 (previous promise, £250); Messrs. A. H. Goodall, G. Goodall, and R. Inger, who had contributed respectively the sums of £105, £100, and £50 each, gave an additional five guineas. John Whitworth, Esq., of London, £10 10s. ; Mr. H. Ashwell, £10. The Band of Hope laid £10 6s. 10d. on the stone, and the ladies in the Sanday-school likewise presented £17 78. 6d. The ladies collected in trays £34.
In view of the fact that the circuit is carrying to a successful issue"building" and "debt extinction "schemes, to the extent of nearly £20,000, the result of the day's proceedings is very far from disappointing. With the division of the circuit in immediate prospect, there will be a distinct advantage for each circuit commencing its career with its noble sanctuary erected, and so many of its trust liabilities either removed or lightened.
Our friends are grateful for the past and hopeful as to the future, being confident that there is a bright outlook for New Connexionism in the county of Nottingham.
The following description of the new church was given by The Nottingham Express :
The site of the new structure is at the junction of Redcliffe-road (formerly Red-lane) with Mansfield-road; the boundaries being Mansfield-road, on the west, Redcliffe-road on the south, Zulla-road on the east, and boundary walls of adjacent villa residences on the north. The front of the building is to Mansfield-road, from which it is set back 40 feet. The main chapel and school entrances are from Mansfield-road, there being also two entrances from Redcliffe-road for chapel use exclusively. The building is cruciform in plan, having nave, north and south transepts, and chancel. The entire length is 125 feet inclusive, the width of the nave is 42 feet, of chancel 26 feet, and across transepts, 62 feet. An organ-chamber is provided at angle of chancel and north transept, and minister's vestry, &c., in corresponding position on south side, with separate entrance. The total accommodation is 600, including seats for choir in chancel numbering 40. There are no galleries. The internal woodwork will be of pitch pine varnished. Underneath the chapel is the school, 14 feet in height, and well lighted. The school is 68 feet long, 42 feet wide. Besides which there are an infants' room (under
chancel), 28 feet by 26 feet, and fire large class-rooms, besides retiring. rooms, heating apparatus, chamber, &c. The external walls are of Bulwell stone in regular courses, rock-faced, with quoins, plinth, buttress weatherings, window tracery, and other dressings of Bath stone, and arches, &c., of blue Yorkshire stone. There are large five-light windows, 20 feet in height, and with traceried heads to east and west, as well as transept gables, the side windows of nave, as also of school, being two-light, separated by buttresses. The roof will be covered with blue slates, relieved with an ornamental pattern in green slates. The main feature of the front will be the tower and spire at the south-west angle, rising to a height of 105 feet. The particular style of Gothic adapted is that known as “geometric decorated.” It is being erected by Messrs. George Bell and Son, contractors, of Sherwood-street, Nottingham, from the designs and under the superintendence of Mr. A. H. Goodall, architect, of this town.
OPENING OF NEW SUNDAY SCHOOL AT
The enclosed extract from the Ripon Gazette gives a short account of the tea-meeting held to celebrate the above event:
“Two years ago the friends here, feeling the want of a more commodious and comfortable place of worship, eracted a beautiful one, which was opened in the month of May, 1882. The original scheme included a schoolroom, and the chapel being almost free from debt, the trustees decided to proceed with the completion of their plan, and in January last issued contracts for the work, which has been completed to the satisfaction of all concerned. The building is a stone structure, and of sufficient size for the wants of the society. On Friday last, the opening services commenced with