By Celia Bloor - 20th October 2012 7:05am
An appreciative audience listened to Alan Patterson and Bill Cowen talk to the History Society on Thursday evening.
Minute books exist recording the very beginning of the church in Audlem in 1812 up to 1912 (they have been digitised and are available at Chester Record Office).
Each person baptized is listed and many names still in the district feature. When someone transferred to or from the church because of relocation their destination or last residence is also included, showing that there was quite a lot of movement among this congregation.
Quarterly tea meetings were very popular. Up to 400 people would attend — approximately a quarter of the population — is ASET continuing the tradition?
Enough money could be raised from teas and bazaars to pay for new buildings. If a member of the congregation transgressed they were expelled but most of the stories had a happy ending as they reformed and were welcomed back!
Alan has patiently listed all the names occurring and any details about them. Bill then spoke about the influence the people from the Audlem church had had throughout the world by those who went abroad on Missions to places like the Congo and Sri Lanka.
A hospital in Africa built by the Sutton-Smiths of Audlem was the location for filming 'The Nun's Story'.
Thanks again to the speakers for their hard work and success in preserving the records.
popular recent storiesAlso in the news
From Emma OmerjiHi, I'm researching my family tree and believe that my great great grandmother is mentioned in an article dated 25th Aug 2014 by Peter Brown on the deaths on the Triple tragedy at Audlem.You can see this article here.Her name was Annie Boswell. I've been trying to find where I can get a...
Nigel Mottershead sent the following message to audlemOnlineWe found what looks like an expensive branded dog harness on the footpath close to our house a couple of weeks ago.We hung it prominently on the stile but no one has claimed it so far.Yesterday we took it to Williams Newsagents and I told Judy that we would post something on AoL about it.Judy and her staff are aware they have...
Sundays at 32 Windmill DriveThere will be a plant sale in aid of Audlem Charity Shop on Sundays from 2pm at 32 Windmill Drive, for the foreseeable future.All proceeds to the shop.We have minimal income currently so any sales are very welcome.Please observe social distancing when you come.Many thanks.Karen...
Saturday 30th May
Friday 29th May
Thursday 28th May
Scout & Guide Hall