The Rev Lisa
Quarmby writes :
I am absolutely
delighted to be writing my first letter for The Dial, and more
importantly for me , to be the new minister for Mount Zion Methodist
Church. Not only does Mount Zion provide a superbly preserved
centre for Methodist Heritage, but it is also a focal point for
an amiable and dedicated group of people : you, the congregation,
who have made me feel so welcome since I moved to North Halifax
just over two months ago.
of heritage and congregation is perfect : surely all visitors
to the chapel can sense the care, fondness and love of Christian
worship that you have all invested into this strong yet friendly
building. I know I can ! and I remain as intrigued as ever
by this place, and the enthusiasm it inspires in you. I look forward
to a future, where I can learn more about the past of Mount Zion,
and explore it in our everyday worship together.
As I glance through
the last edition of The Dial, I am happily reminded that next
year is a momentous one : the three hundredth anniversary of John
Wesley's birth. People's thoughts will naturally turn to the various
Methodist buildings of historical significance throughout this
country. Our Chapel, and those who care for it, are always ready
to welcome and satisfy interested visitors. Next year will also
be an ideal time for us to worshipfully examine Mount Zion's meaningful
role within the Methodist Church, as well as Methodism's role
within the world. We are a well-established movement, but we continue
to live and grow.
Before the new
year begins, however, we have Christmas ! I can't wait to join
you all in our Carol Service. I'm sure that while it might be
freezing cold and inhospitable outside, the atmosphere inside
will be warm, welcoming and full of hope. Christ's birth is the
bright star in our winter sky : Let us celebrate.
Love and God
This year the
Christingle Service and Carols will be a little different. It
will not be with candles but with torches.
If you are coming
along please bring a torch with you - nothing fancy is necessary,
just a torch which will give some light. We are advised by the
Fire Service of the danger of having a lot of candles in a building,
especially ones which are held in the hand. We felt we should
take that advice - also we have a new carpet and we don't want
candle grease on it. There will be some Christingles on the communion
table and an advent ring on the stand.
Quite a lot of
what we have done at Mount Zion is reported in the Past Events
below, but there are one or two other interesting matters.
We had a two
sheet spread in the "Heritage" series in the Methodist
Recorder. This is a series which has been in the "Recorder"
over the past few years and I thought we warranted an entry but
I did not expect that we would get so much space. We also had
a number of photographs as well. Thanks to Anthony Greenwood for
supplying a zipdisc with the photographs for the "Recorder"
to use. We had quite a number of responses from the publication.
Perhaps the most
unexpected was from the Chapels Society pointing out that the
sundial on the front of the chapel had been altered. Investigations
were made and lo and behold it was very apparent that it had been
overpainted. Just goes to show how well we look at the familiar
because none of us at Mount Zion had noticed it. In 1973 it was
as originally made - having the number V at the top right, number
XII at the bottom centre and IV top left. The words Mount Sion
and the gnomon for the correct time. It now has the numbers going
round from I at the top right to XII top left and minutes have
been painted on. You can still see the original numbers as they
were carved in the stone but the present ones are painted black.
We received a letter from the Property Division of the Methodist
Church suggesting that we have it restored to its original form
and they will give a grant for that to be done. We are in the
process of following that up. It would be lovely to get it restored
as it is at present in a rather decrepit state.
repair of the Anneessens organ is under consideration. Malcolm
Spink is hoping that a part to boost the amount of air coming
into the organ will be the answer to the problem. If that does
not work I am afraid the organ will remain as it is - unless someone
can come up with £100K.
is up and running and is wonderful. We now have pages on the history
of the site, the Sunday School, graveyard plans and burial records,
photographs, memorials (including war graves) and a notices page.
Those of you with access to the internet must have a browse. We
have had a lot of E-mails as a result notably from Canada, U.S.A.
and New Zealand and visitors from this country at a Sunday Service
and staying in the locality specially to come and see Mount Zion.
Our thanks go to Anthony Greenwood and his family for the hours
and hours put in to getting the site up and running.
There are to
be special celebrations in 2003 for the commemoration of the birth
of John Wesley. In the West Yorkshire District there are to be
four services based on the preaching theme "The Four Alls
Of Methodism" These are arranged as follows:
25th May 4.15
p.m. Bradford Cathedral. Preacher: Rev. Sarah Jemison (West Yorkshire
1st June 3.00 p.m. Shelley Methodist Church. Preacher: Rev. Dr.
Stephen B Dawes (Cornwall District)
22nd June 3.00 p.m. Trinity Methodist Church. Preacher: Rev. Michael
J. Townsend (Chair of the Leeds District)
8th July 2.45 p.m. Mount Zion Methodist Church
Preacher: Rev. Martin H Turner
(Central Hall, Westminster)
We seem to have
done a lot during the past six months or so, but of course, it
has been "summer" when things go apace.
Sunday 28th April
2002 Gift day and songs of praise.
This was a lovely service, with a good congregation, led by Rev.
John Lambert and Stephen Illingworth accompanying the singing
of ten hymns. It included the dedication of the Communion kneeler
in memory of Muriel Jagger and the flower stand in memory of Edith
Reeve. Collections amounted to £125.15p. and gifts totalled
£505.Thanks to all who gave so generously. We were glad
to welcome Betty, David and Christine Jagger, Muriel's family,
and it was lovely to have Mrs. Aline Pendlebury with us. She was
staying with her friends Peter and Muriel Wood and several of
us were invited back to their home at Harden for tea and fellowship.
We also had with us at the service Mr. Baxter and his family.
Mr. Baxter made the flower stand.
Sunday 26th May
2002 Aldersgate Day Service, (Trinity Sunday)
This service was led by Rev. John Lambert and the preacher was
Rev. Dr. Nigel T Collinson, Secretary of the Methodist Conference.
Singing was led by the Halifax Circuit Choir and Stephen Illingworth
was organist. Collections amounted to £188.40p. and afternoon
tea was served in the cottage. This was the last time we were
able to use the cottage until August as the following Wednesday
we moved everything out so that repairs could begin. Thanks are
expressed to Mr. Andrew Mitchell and boys from the Boothtown Boys
Brigade Company for the help they gave in moving out furniture,
kitchen equipment, carpets, etc. They ultimately came back in
August to put everything in its rightful place. They did a great
This was our first Open Day of the year and Irene and Mavis sat
there all afternoon but not one person arrived. England 3 Denmark
O - need we say more???????
Sunday 7th July
2002 Aniversary and Reunion.
This year just one service was held in the afternoon and the usual
tea was not possible because of the state of the cottage.The preacher
was Rev. John Gilyead of Ilkley and the Circuit Choir led the
singing with Stephen Illingworth at the organ. Collections amounted
to £190.80p. plus donations of £125 from friends who
were not able to attend. Thank you to all.
In the evening there was a "Celebration of Ministry"
at King Cross when gifts were presented from the Circuit to Rev.
John and Mrs. Sue Lambert and the Revs. Stuart and Jane Wild prior
to their moves to other Circuits.
On this day Mr. John Hirst from Epworth came to visit Mount Zion.
Mr. Hirst is an artist who is preparing a book about Methodism
and places where John Wesley Preached. He is going to paint a
picture of the cottage from the large gate at the side. When this
has been completed Mount Zion will be given first chance of having
Mr. Malcolm Warburton, Wakefield Diocese Tourism Officer, also
came to take photographs from outside and inside the Chapel. This
is for a tourism leaflet of places of interest in the area.
July 2002 Open day
Sunday 28th July
2002 Last service at Mount Zion of Rev. John Lambert.
John reviewed his five years with us and it was quite a nostalgic
service. We do not have many baptisms at Mount Zion, especially
Adult Baptism, but on this day Mr. Stuart McArthur was baptised.
Stuart had not been baptised as a child because his father was
away in the Army and he had expressed a wish to be baptised and
this formed a very moving part of the service. Stuart, Jill and
Alice (Guide Dog for those who don't know) are very staunch supporters
and attenders at Mount Zion and it seemed especially appropriate
that we should welcome Stuart into the family in this way.
We were invited to Illingworth Moor for a Faith Tea following
which tributes were paid to John and Sue and they were presented
with gifts from Illingworth Moor and Mount Zion.
During the evening service John was interviewed by Geoff Widdop
in "This is your Life" style entitled "Face to
Faith". We wish John and Sue happiness and fulfillment at
Note: They have settled well and seem to be enjoying life. John
says something about "what are evening meetings.........".
How lucky he is not to have as many meetings as he had in Halifax.
We might ask what he is doing with all that spare time!!!
We will look forward to seeing John and Sue in the future as we
would be very glad to welcome them,
August 2002 Open Day
Friday 30th August
2002 Wellcome to Circuit Staff
This was held at King Cross when we welcomed to the Circuit the
Rev. Judith Satchell (from Sheffield) who is to have pastoral
oversight of Salem and St. Andrew's, and Rev. Cyril Blount, a
supernumerary minister from Huddersfield, who is to have pastoral
oversight of King Cross and Ebenezer working in the Circuit for
three days each week and taking services on Sundays. We also welcomed
Ruth Needham, a layworker who will be serving Ebenezer and Southowram
on two days each week and Mr. Bill Place, also from Huddersfield,
who is to take up duties as Circuit Administrator each morning
Monday to Friday. Mr. Les Sisson is now working full time in the
Circuit and other Circuit Ministers are moving around within the
Circuit. This was the launch of the New Look Halifax Circuit and
we hope that it will be challenging and exciting. The Rev. Lisa
Quarmby has moved from King Cross to Illingworth and will have
pastoral oversight of Mount Zion, Illingworth and Mount Tabor
and will live at Whitehill Road.
Sunday 8th September
2002 Harvest Festival
The service was led by Rev. Lisa Quarmby, a first service as our
minister but who has been on a number of occasions previously.
Stephen Illingworth played the organ. The ladies produced their
usual lovely display of fruit and flowers which were later taken
to the sick and elderly. Collections amounted to £55.50p.
Sunday 14th and 15th September 2002 Heritage Open Days (National
Civic Trust Event)
On the Saturday we were open from 2-4 p.m. when we had 16 visitors
and on Sunday 10-12 noon (7 visitors) and 2-4 p.m. when visitors
joined us in worship at 2.45 p.m. Rev. Cyril Blount was the preacher
and Stephen Illingworth played the organ. It was the Rev. Cyril's
first visit to us since joining the Circuit and he led a rousing
service - subject HERITAGE. It was much appreciated by all who
were there, especially the visitors and was so very appropriate
for the occasion. Thank you Cyril.
September 2002 Open Day
This was the last of our open days for 2002 when 40 (yes forty)
members of the North Lancashire Wesley Historical Society came
to visit. They were given a lecture about Mount Zion, then had
their AGM, looked round and had tea. They were extremely interested
in the Wesley Display and Mount Zion Heritage and they enjoyed
their tea, when they filled the cottage. Forty is the limit for
a sit down tea!!
Sunday 22nd September
2002 Vistit of Salem Methodist Church, Halifax
Twelve friends from Salem joined us in worship when Andrew Stopford
was the preacher and Doreen Maddy placed the organ. Tea and fellowship
followed in the cottage. Their minister, Rev. Judith Satchell,
Paul her husband and Hilary their daughter, came along with them.
October 2002 Chapel Anniversary
Rev. Lisa Quarmby was the preacher and Mrs. Doreen Maddy the organist.
Judith Whiting visited to take photographs and look at manuscript
books of music.
Judith is involved
with the West Gallery Music Association which is formed to study,
revive and enjoy Church Music of the Georgian period. She also
visited Illingworth Moor and Mount Tabor. She was interested in
Churches with Galleries and was very impressed with what she called
a "well loved building".
Mollie was a Lancashire lass but loved Yorkshire - Halifax in
particular and Mount Zion especially. During the war she was in
the Land Army and later she and her husband, Jim, lived for many
years in London where she was a member of the League of Health
and Beauty and was Area Manageress of a firm having kiosks selling
sweets and cigarettes. From one of them she used to see and wave
to a young Prince Charles and Princess Anne, out with their nanny.
During her latter years she suffered much ill health but was always
happy and cheerful. She spent her time making knitted toys, especially
Worzel Gummidge, which were sold for Mount Zion funds and for
the Haemotology Unit at the Hospital where she was treated. Her
favourite hymn was "All things bright and beautiful"
and it was always her choice for our Songs of Praise Services.
She had not been well enough to attend services at Mount Zion
for some time but will always be remembered for her happy nature
and great faith.
Mollie died on the 4th of July 2002 aged 82 years.
Mrs Lumb (Rosalind
We remember Rosalind and her family and send our condolences on
the death of her mother.
In the December
1998 issue of "The Dial" there was an item about the
Rev. George Bramwell Evens, who came to be known as the first
natural history broadcaster though his broadcasts as Romany on
BBC Children's Hour - and we must not forget Raq his spaniel.
He has at last
been honoured with a plaque on his cottage at Sandsend, paying
tribute to "Rev. G. Bramwell Evens as author, naturalist
and boradcaster. It was at this cottage he wrote 'Out with Romany
by the Sea' in 1941"
He began his writing career in 1929 when he was at King Cross
Methodist Church. His stories of the countryside captured the
imagination of children and inspired some to become internationally
famous naturalists. Among his many fans were David Attenborough,
David Bellamy and Gerald Durrell. Terry Waite, who is patron of
the Romany Society, was responsible for the plaque on the cottage.
for a time in a caravan at Sleights, but after a serious illness
in 1937 he recuperated at his cottage at Sandsend. This was demolished
during the Second World War when a mine exploded and he then bought
the present one where he lived for a few years before moving to
Wilmslow where he died in 1945. One of his books 'Romany in the
country' has been reissued by Isis. I wish it a great success.
Romany's books are so refreshingly gentle and innocent - how different
from many of to-day's books which portray envy, violence and aggression.
Should this be a success maybe the Society will reissue more of
Romany's works and bring them to the attention of young children