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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 ipcreasing 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 interest 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, as 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 ever 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
ASHTON CIRCUIT. GRAND RUSTIC BAZAAR AT HOOLEY
HILL. 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
to a considerable extent. In the school a penny-a-week subscription was commenced, which, before the bazaar was held, resulted in the hand. some 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 selected that of a
“ 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 sanguine 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 re. marks, 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 cheering. 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 13 113 The Cedars stall 307 11 0 Olives
92 11 7 Firs
90 5 63 Palms
97 11 11 » Sycamores ,, 118 6 4 Olive Plants ,,
17. 1 9 Vines
64 15 7 Lilies
20 2 ,, Sale of tickets
77 1 113 Entertainments
16 11 Bank interest
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
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 stow-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 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 stallholder, and furnishing the quantity 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
other help that from time to time be 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
REDCLIFFE ROAD 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
simply contented themselves, tleman he met on the Continent, who account of the weather, with the per thought England to be the glory of formance of their respective duties. the world, and Nottingham the glory Col. Seeley hoped “church spires of England. The Rev. J. Medicraft, would follow as closely as possible the having reviewed recent efforts in the factory chimneys. It was to raise one circuit, contrasted the power of Chris. of these spires they had met that day, tianity with the weakness of Scepand he joined in the wish for the ticism. The Mayor was glad to think prosperity of the church which it was that the love of beauty was not the to crown."
exclusive possession of the rich, but The President, in an able address that all classes were now permeated commended the enterprise to the
by it ; and in erecting the new sympathy of friends and neighbours church, they were determined that it on the ground of patriotism ; as what should be an ornament to the locality ever of strength, and greatness, and and a credit to their connexion. The nobleness we may have as a nation Rev. T. Rider, in a humorous referroot themselves ultimately in the ence to Mr. Fearfield's remark, said truths and principles of Christianity. perhaps Ashton excelled Nottingham Again, as even spiritual life is largely - at any rate, its atmosphere had affected by its environment, so our
more body in it than the clear air of churches and chapels, and all the Nottingham could boast of ! His other apparatus we usually designate speech was highly appreciated. “ means of grace, are the necessary
Promised subscriptions, as per list and appropriate conditions for the in February magazine, were £1,319. development of a balanced, orderly,
Since then £293 have been received. and useful Christian life. Observation The ceremony, with the evening teashows that just in proportion as people meeting, realised £295. It is hoped that become attached to the house of £2,500 will be secured for the sale of prayer, and form the habit of pure and
the Woodboro'-road estate, making spiritual worship, do they become good grand total (after meeting a few citizens, and a benediction to all around charges) of £4,300. The estimated them. The President then briefly indi. cost of land and church is about cated the distinctive features of our £9,000. On the completion of further denominational principles. A collection efforts, the financial responsibility for having been made and offerings pre such a congregation as the new and sented, the friends adjourned to greatly-needed church will attract the school-room of Parliament-street (applications for pews by the residents Chapel for tea, to which a large are already being made) will be light. number sat down.
Among the contributions for the day The meeting subsequently held in are the following: Mr. Jos. Fearfield, the Parliament-street Chapel, was
-50; Col. Seely, £25; Ald. Burton, presided over by H. Ashwell, Esq. £25; the Mayor, £15 (previous pro(vice-chairman of the School Board). mise, £250); Messrs. A. H. Goodall, In the course of his address he said he G. Goodall, and R. Inger, who had wished to convey some idea of how contributed respectively the sums of such proceedings as they were en £105, £100, and £50 each, gave an gaged in that day looked to one out additional five guineas. John Whitside their own denomination; and in worth, Esq., of London, £10 108.; doing so congratulated the circuit on Mr. H. Ashwell, £10. The Band its enterprise and zeal, but specially of Hope laid £10 6s. 10d. on the stone, in the securing of the site of their and the ladies in the Sanday-school new church. Mr. J. Fearfield seemed likewise presented £17 78. 6d. The fully to endorse the opinion of a gen- ladies collected in trays £34.
In view of the fact that the circuit | chancel), 28 feet by 26 feet, and five is carrying to a successful issue “build large class-rooms, besides retiringing" and " debt extinction "schemes, rooms, heating apparatus, chamber, to the extent of nearly $20,000, the &c. The external walls are of Bulwell result of the day's proceedings is very stone in regular courses, rock-faced, far from disappointing. With the with quoins, plinth, buttress weatherdivision of the circuit in immediate ings, window tracery, and other dressprospect, there will be a distinct ad ings of Bath stone, and arches, &c., vantage for each circuit commencing of blue Yorkshire stone. There are its career with its noble sanctuary large five-light windows, 20 feet in erected, and so many of its trust lia height, and with traceried heads to bilities either removed or lightened. east and west, as well as transept
Our friends are grateful for the gables, the side windows of nave, as past and hopeful as to the future, also of school, being two-light, sepabeing confident that there is a bright | rated by buttresses. The roof will be outlook for New Connexionism in the covered with blue slates, relieved with county of Nottingham.
an ornamental pattern in green slates. The following description of the new The main feature of the front will be church was given by The Nottingham the tower and spire at the south-west Express :
angle, rising to a height of 105 feet. The site of the new structure is at The particular style of Gothic adapted the junction of Redcliffe-road (for. is that known as “geometric decomerly Red-lane) with Mansfield-road; rated.” It is being erected by Messrs. the boundaries being Mansfield-road, George Bell and Son, contractors, of on the west, Redcliffe-road on the Sherwood-street, Nottingham, from south, Zulla-road on the east, and the designs and under the superinboundary walls of adjacent villa resi- | tendence of Mr. A. H. Goodall, archidences on the north. The front of the tect, of this town.
W. H. building is to Mansfield-road, from which it is set back 40 feet. The main
RIPON CIRCUIT. chapel and school entrances are from Mansfield-road, there being also two OPENING OF NEW SUNDAY SCHOOL AT entrances from Redcliffe-road forchapel
KIRKBY MALZEARD. use exclusively. The building is cru TAE enclosed extract from the Ripon ciform in plan, having nave, north Gazette gives a short account of the and south transepts, and chancel. The tea-meeting held to celebrate the above entire length is 125 feet inclusive, event:the width of the nave is 42 feet, of "Two years ago the friends here, chancel 26 feet, and across transepts, feeling the want of a more commo62 feet. An organ-chamber is pro dious and comfortable place of worvided at angle of chancel and north ship, eracted a beautiful one, which transept, and minister's vestry, &c., was opened in the month of May, 1882. in corresponding position on south The original scheme included a schoolside, with separate entrance. The room, and the chapel being almost total accommodation is 600, including free from debt, the trustees decided to seats for choir in chancel numbering proceed with the completion of their 40. There are no galleries. The in plan, and in January last issued conternal woodwork will be of pitch tracts for the work, which has been pine varnished. Underneath the completed to the satisfaction of all chapel is the school, 14 feet in height, concerned. The building is a stone and well lighted. The school is 68 structure, and of sufficient size for the feet long, 42 feet wide. Besides wants of the society. On Friday last, which there are an infants' room (under the opening services commenced with