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Hesketh Lane Methodist Chapel
Sunday School

Building the Sunday School

Artists Impression of the new Hesketh Lane Sunday School
Artist's Impression of the new Sunday School

Reproduction of Church circular circa 1950


Dear Friend,

Since the foundation of our cause, more than forty years ago, our Sunday School and week-night work has been carried on in a wooden building, which, never satisfactory, has with the passage of time become more and more dilapidated and inadequate. In spite of these drawbacks, the work has prospered, and a flourishing Sunday School has been established. Our people some time ago, began to accumulate funds for the erection of a new schoolroom. Until quite recently progress in this direction was slow, but now, stimulated by generous promises of help from the Connexional sources, our workers are putting real enthusiasm into the project.

We are happy to report that the licence to build has now been secured, and plans have been prepared by Mr Fred Howarth, Preston, for a new Schoolroom, to cost roughly £7,000. The picture illustrated on the front represents what the building will look like when complete.

The contract has been let to Messrs. E. Tomlinson and Son, of Leyland, and we are expecting that work will begin at an early date. We still have quite a long way to go in the raising of money, and believing that you will sympathise with our desires to provide a suitable centre for aggressive Christian work among the young people of this area, we earnestly appeal for your practical support.

SATURDAY, APRIL 28, 1951 AT 3 p.m.

It has been arranged that anyone can:

(a) lay a stone for a minimum contribution of £25.
(b) lay a brick for a minimum contribution of £2/2/-.

In addition, we are hoping to receive many contributions from friends and well-wishers in the locality and from other parts.

Stone laying ceremony Saturday 28th April, 1951
Laying of the Foundation Stone by John Taylor JP 28th April 1951

Mens Fireside Foundation Stone
Arthur Pickup
Hesketh Lane Sunday School construction
Hesketh Lane Sunday School Foundation Stone
Laying the Sunday School Foundation Stone
Mr Arthur Pickup laying the Mens Fireside Foundation Stone
Sunday School Foundation Stone laid by Mr J. Ainsworth

During Construction

Nellie Johnson, Elva Jackson, Mollie Cookson, Kathleen Hull, Jean Taylor, Agnes Coulton
Margaret Ashcroft, Nellie Whiteside, Alice Coockson, Mrs Wignall (in chair)


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