Winsham Chapel - Minutes of Meetings 1900-1910

On Friday Dec 1st 1899 I met by appointment the following gentlemen in the vestry at Pauls Meeting Chapel, Taunton, vis

Rev G W Joyce, Secty of Evangelist Socty, Somerset

Rev W Wilkinson, Pastor Pauls Meeting Church

Rev Coleman

A Goodman, Treasurer of Evangelist Society.

Mr Joyce had invited me here for the purpose of formerly appointing me to the work at Winsham near Chard.

My papers and letter being satisfactory I was engaged and requested to commence work on Sunday 7th Januaryy 1900.


Thursday Jan 4th we arrived at Winsham.  The Manse had been prepared for us.

Mr Crook, Mr Beviss and Mrs Johnson received us.


Sunday 7th  Jan.1900

Service morning at 11.ock  Mr Sanders, Chard was present

Evening at 6.30) Congregation encouraging


Salary of £60 and Manse.

Henry Hammond


Church Meeting held at the Manse Jany 1900 Bros Hutchins & Rowe were present.

The Annual Schedule for 1899 had been prepared by Mr King, together with Messrs Beviss, Rowe, Crook and was submitted to this meeting and signed by the Deacon, Mr Rowe and by the Auditor, Mr Crook.

Schedule forwarded to Rev G W Joyce Secty Wellington.  Then was a Conversation about revising the Church Roll both felt that names of persons removed and dead should no longer be retained on Register.


Church Meeting

March 22nd held in Manse.

Brothers Hutchins, Rowe & Crook were present.  the last name by invitation.  Mrs Hammond and Mrs Crook were also present.

This meeting was called to consider the resignation of Brother Bevis as Church Treasurer.  Our Brother had a serious seizure in January and remains in a helpless state.  Sister Bevis has done the work of the office during her husbands affliction.  She now finds herself unable to continue the same so has expressed her decision to ask, on behalf of her husband, that his resignation of the office of treasurer should be accepted.

The Meeting deeply regret our brother’s affliction and feel bound to accept the resignation.  Each expressed their sorrow, and their certain and hoped that our Lord Jesus would grant him all needful grace. 

After some conversation as to a successor to the office of Treasurer it was unanimously resolved to ask our brother John Crook to accept the Office.

Our brother Crook is not yet a member of the Church but has for some years served her well in the Sunday School, and during intervals when there was no Pastor.  Brothers Hutchings and Rowe pointed out a presidence for the appointment in the fact that Mr Trenchard had long acted as Treasurer although not a Church Member.  So the offer and election to office was accepted by brother John Crook who would accept office at once.

It was resolved to take collections on Sunday next on behalf of the War Fund (Transvaal) morning and evening.

It was further resolved that the Pastors Recognition Service should be held on April 5th.

Rev W Macdonald, Chard be asked to preach at four o’clock.

Rev F J Hyde, Macdonald, Vine & Cannon and Mr Crook be speakers, J Prentice Esq, Ilminster be Chariman.

That Mrs Hammond and Mrs Crook superintend the arrangements for public tea at 5.30.  Tickets 6d each.

Resolved that collections be taken on Mar 25 on behalf of the London Missionary Society.  Rev G W Joyce writes to say that the Rev E Hawker BA from Coimbator, South India, is the Deputation and will preach in the evening.


After a brief conversation on the desirability of choosing another Deacon to serve with Brother Rowe it was resolved to elect one.  Brother Rowe proposed that brother Hutchins be elected into the Deaconate  - which now consists of brothers Rowe & Hutchins together with brother Crook, with pastor as Secretary.


Sunday Mar 5th  Collections were made for the Transvall was found amounting to £1.10.6.  which the Deacon forwarded further.


Sunday Mar 25th was Anniversary Day of the London Missionary Society’s Meetings.

Preachers as follows.

Morning  H Hammond

Afternoon F J Fry, Esq, Cricket St Thomas

Evening Rev Hawker, MA, Coomibatoor, S India.


The afternoon service was a full one, many men attended both from the village and the neighbourhood.  Evidently Mr Frys services were appreciated.

The evening service also was a full one.  Mr Hawkers account of his work amongst the various castes in south India was very interesting.

Our choir did useful work with the Missionary Hymns.

The collections were very good.

Mr Fry contributed largely (£2.0.0.), total £3.14.6.


Thursday Apr 5th Recognition Services

Rev Macdonald, Chard, preached at 4 o’ck.  A very good attendance.

Public tea at 5.30.  90 sat down.

Public Meeting at 7.0 chairman J Prentice, Esq, Ilminster.  Speakers, Rev F J Hyde, Rev H Macdonald, W Vine, W Cannon, Mr Crook & H Hammond.  Many friends came in from Chard, Ilminster & Venn & Broadwinsor.  Truly encouraging to all.


Deacons Meeting held in the Manse Friday Apr 20th Present Brothers Crook, King, Hutchins & Hammond.

The Minutes of meeting on Mar 2 were read & confirmed.

The meeting was called to consider the advisability of introducing the Christian Endeavour movement into Winsham.  And also to arrange for the ventilation of the Chapel.

After a free conversation about the C E Movement it was resolved to introduce the movement by holding meetings during the summer months on Sunday afternoons.

1.   Proposed by Mr Crook and seconded by brother Rowe that we ask several well known gentlemen to visit us on the last Sunday afternoon in the months of May, June, July, Aug & Sep to explain the nature and working of the Christian Endeavour movement.

Further that we ask Mr John Prentice of Ilminster to give the final address.

And that the following gentlemen be asked to supply on the succeeding occasions, viz

Mr Sanders, Mr Baker, Mr Fone and Mr Whitmarch.

Failing the above we then ask Mr Phillips and Mr Tutcher of Chard.

No collection be taken on this occasions.

It is hoped that an interest will be created by this initiatory meeting quite strong enough to justify the formation of a CE society in Sept.

2.   Resolved that on 1st Sunday afternoon in June we hold a Flower Service and that a penny collection be taken to defray cost of sending flowers to London s Hospital – and any additional expenses in bringing preachers for C E services.

3.   Resolved that the question of ventilating the Chapel be left to the management of Brother Crook, that he may adopt the most useful mode of ventilation possible to the strength of the window frame.  And we wish him success for the work is very needed.


Deacons Meeting held in the Manse May22 1900

Present Mr Crook, Mr Rowe, Mr Hutching and HH

Minutes of meeting held on Ap 20th were read and confirmed.

After conversation on the favourable impression made by Mr J Prentices address given on May 6 on the Christian Endeavour Movement, it was thought advisable to open a meeting for adults on Sunday afternoon from 3 to 4 o’ck to be conducted by HH commencing Sunday June 10th.


Resolved that the following anniversaries be held during the summer and autumn, vis the Sunday School in July or Aug – preacher HH

= the Harvest Festival be held in September or October and that F J Fry, Esq of Cricket St Thomas be asked to preach.

= that the Chapel Anniversary be held in November – arrangements to be deferred for the present.

Several other matters, such as seat letting and sale of hymn books was talked over, which Mr Crook kindly offered to attend to.


Sunday July 1st

Mr Fone, Crewkerne, conducted the monthly Christian Endeavour meeting, assisted by Miss Cross.  The attendance was good.


On Tuesday July 10th was held the first of such meetings.

Rev J B Figgis, MA, Brighton, preached in the afternoon at 4 o’ck the subject “The Power and Beauty of Holiness”. 

Mr Figgis seemed much helped by the Holy Spirit, ineed I have not had such a spiritual  treat for a long time.  We thank God and take courage.

Public tea at 5.30 – tickets 6d.

Conference at 7.00 - President G E Colthurst, Esq, Taunton.

Speakers Revs J B Figgis, F W Macdonald,  IJ   Hyde, W Vine and W Cannon and Mr Whitmarch.    The subject was “The deepening of the Spiritual Life”.  The attenance at the afternoon service and tea and meeting was very good – friends from Chard, Venn, Hawkchurch, Broadwindsor & Crewkerne were present.

Collection more than covered expenses.

Mr Figgis would not charge his expenses.

Mr Cross entertained Mr Figgis.


Sunday School Anniversary

on Sunday Aug 5th 1901

11.00 - H Hammond

  3.00 - H Hammond

  6.30 - Hugh Trenchard, Esq

All the services were well attended – especially that in the evening.  Collections  £2-15s-0d.


S S Treat on Friday 10th in Mr Raisons fields – very enjoyable.



Deacon’s meeting held in the Manse Sept 12th 01


Present HH, Mr Crook, Mr Rowe and Mr Hutchings

The meeting was called to arrange for forthcoming Harvest Thanksgiving – Winters work, etc.

Proposed by Mr Rowe and seconded by Mr Hutchings that the transfer of membership of brother and sister Vernon from the Congregational Church at Binwood, Sydney, NSW now rec’d by the pastor be presented to the next Church meeting.  And that our brother and sister Vernon, who have worshipped with us from the first sabbath of their return be received into fellowship.

The Rev Campbell, pastor of the Church at Binwood has written a commendatory note on the printed transfer which shall be acknowledged.


Harvest Thanksgiving

Res.  1.  That the services be held on Sunday Oct 7 and the following Tuesday .

Our Secretary reported the consent of F J Fry Esq to preach on the afternoon of Oct 7th.  The Pastor preach morning and evening.


2.   That the collections on the Sabbath be devoted to Benevolent purposes amongst our Congregation and the Village, that is, the sick and the Aged in the Congregation and the village.

3.   That the fruit and vegetables be sold in the school room on the Tuesday evening, and the cash be forwarded to the Secretary of Crewkerne Hospital .

4.   That we write the following members of our congregation to assist in the decorations and arrangement and sale of the Tuesday evenings,, viz Messrs Hopkins, Batstone, Good and Taylor and Loaring.  Together with Mrs Butler, Misses Cothell and Vernon.

5.   That we call a general meeting, composed of members and the above, for Wednesday, 19th to be held in the Schoolroom at 7.30.  The first part of the business to be devoted to receiving new members into Church fellowship,  and then to arrange the work for the winter.  Also to complete arrangements for Harvest Thanksgivings.

6.   The deacons appointed time of opening Chapel and of lighting for the services, and requested Mr Crook to inform the Chapel Keeper.


Meeting held Wednesday, Sept 19th in the Schoolroom.


After prayers by Mr Rowe, H H read the notice of transfer of membership of our brother and sister Vernon, and then proceeded to receive them into our fellowship.  The deacons also giving the right hand of fellowship.  The following scriptures were read Matt 12 46-50, Eph 5.

The following new members were proposed and accepted into fellowship.  Each name submitted separately, and then the meeting was asked if they knew any reason why each should not be received into membership.  No voice was raised against so I proceeded to admit them one by one in the following order viz Sister Foisey, Sister Crook and Sister Elsie Vernon.  After the reception our brother Hutchings commended each in prayer to God.  May it please the Great Head of the Church to keep those His members full of life and devotion to Him and his Church.


After the above we proceeded to make the following arrangements for work during the winter, viz;

-     that those in weekly prayer meeting held in the schoolroom every Thursday evening at 7.30 commencing first week in October.

-     A Bible Class on Tuesday evening at 7.30 – ditto

-     A childrens meeting on Wednesday evening at 7.00 – ditto


For the Harvest Thankgsgiving


That we accept the kind offer of Messrs Hopkin, Taylor and Hutching to supply corn, barley and oats for decoration in the Chapel.

The following promised to supply evergreens, viz Messrs Good, Rowe, F Cothell and W Loaring.

That we make a general appeal for flowers for decorating Chapel.

The decorators be asked to meet on Saturday evening at 6 o’ck

Mr Crook consented to be salesman and H H cashier on the Tuesday evening.

All brrethren present promised to assist.

We regret that Mr Fry cannot be with us on Oct 7th but has promised to come later on.


Deacons Meeting held Dec 14th 1900

Present Messrs Crook, Rowe and Hutchings

Brother Rowe opening the meeting with prayer.

HH read the minutes of last meeting which were confirmed as read.


1.   Circular from the Chard & District Free Church Council asking if we would have a five days mission early in March next.  Also, if we would appoint our own Missioner, or should the F.C. Council.  In the latter case then we should be expected to contriubte a sum of 10/- towards cost of mission. The deacons concluded in favour of holding the mission – but deputised the Treasurer to confer with Mr Sanders about the Missioner, etc.

2.   That we suggest to the Vicar the desirability of holding united prayer meetings in the first week of the New Year.

3.   That on the first Sunday afternoon in the New Year we hold a Service of Song entitled “The Musical Miller”.

4.   That the Deacons prepare the Annual Report for the County Union and for our Chapel Anniversary in January.

5.   We regret to report that Mr & Mrs Vernon and their daughter have decided to go out to Auckland, New Zealand this month.  May the Lord go with them and bring them to their desired haven.


Church Meeting

Held Sunday evening Jan 27th 1901

After prayer by Brothers Rowe and Hutchings we had the great pleasure of receiving the following brother and sisters into church fellowship.  viz:

Mr John Crook, proposed by HH and seconded by J Hutchins.

John Goldsworthy, proposed by D Rowe and J Crook.

Herbert Goldsworthy, proposed by the same brethren

Ellen Batstone, proposed by Mrs Hammond and seconded by Mrs Crook.

Anne M Hucker, proposed by HH and seconded by Mrs Hammond.


Deacons Meeting

Held in the Manse Apr 12th 1901

The Secretary read the Minutes of meeting held on the Dec 14 1900 which were confirmed as read.

After general conversation the deacons proceeded to make arrangements for the forthcoming Free Church Council Quarterly meeting of which is to be held in our Chapel on Thursday Apr 25.

Mrs Crook and Mrs Hammond were appointed to superintend the arrangement of the Public Tea on Apr 25.

The deacons would superintend all other arrangements.

The deacons desire to record their devout thanksgiving to God that they were able to send £6.12.0 to the London Missionary Society for Anniversary on March 17th last.

They then proceeded to make arrangements for the Village Keswick, proposed for Thursday June 6.  The opinion of the meeting was that Thursday 13 or 20 might suit better than 6th.  This suggestion was to be made to Rev E Hamilton.

Rev Edward Hamilton of Lady Huntington Church, Bath having consented to preach at Village Keswick – the Deacons proposed the following:

1.   Service in the afternoon at 4 o’ock, sermon by Rev E Hamilton

2.   Public tea at 5.30, tickets 6d each

3.   Public Meeting – Several speakers, say Rev F J Hyde and A Macdonald of Chard

4.   That Rev E Hamilton be asked to allow 30 minutes on the evening for questions and answers on the subject of the consention, viz the deepening of the spiritual life and that Mr Hamilton shall give the answers.

The bills, special choir, public tea to be arranged for later.

Brothers Rowe & Hutchings were appointed to call on Mr Batstone and Mrs Lacey to confer with them about becoming members of the church.

That we make a strong effort to raise £5 or £10 for the funds of the Evangelist Society of the County Union.

It was thought possible to do this, as there might be a surplus of £5 on the collection – which together with collection at Chapel Anniversary in Nov or early in Dec would probably reach the latter sum.


p.s.  I feel constrained to record that in prayer to God about the forthcoming Village Keswick, I feel that the Keswick is “the Lords”.  He has it in his purpose and power for success.


Church Meeting held on Sunday May 5 when the following brother and sister were proposed for membership and accepted.

1.   Mr William Golsworthy – proposed by Mr Hammond and seconded by Mr Rowe

2.   Mrs Mary Golsworthy – proposed by Mrs Hammond and seconded by Mrs Hutchings

3.   Mr Cullen - proposed by Mr Hammond and seconded by Mr Hutchings


After this there were nineteen of us sat at his Table to holy communion – we all gratefully acknowledged the presence of the Lord in our midst, it was a sanctifying time and we are grateful.  We thank God and take courage.


Deacons Meeting held Aug 27th 1901

The Treasurer reported that there was a sum of over five pounds in hand which might be forwarded to the Treasurer of the Evangelist Society.

1.   Resolved that the stone piping be brought within the wall– but not at present.

2.   That 10/6 be forwarded to the Treasurer of the 20th Century Fund in the County.

3.   That as the work of the Christian Endeavour Society is nearing completion in preparation for a sale of work for funds to paint the Chapel – we convey this recommendation to the other members of the Chapel committee residing in Chard – viz – Rev FJ Hyde, J Sanders and Mr Gibbs, soon as presented to us.  That is.


4.   That a Church meeting be called and the whole business of painting the Chapel be submitted to them before going to Chard as above.


5.   That our Harvest Festival be held last Sunday in September or the first in October – should Mr Crook be asked on 1st Sunday in Oct – then we hold the 29th Sept as the date.


6.   That Mr Hammond preach morning and evening – and that Mr Fry be invited to preach in the afternoon.


Sept 4 1901 Deacons Meeting held in vestry.

Present H H, J Crook and H Rowe

Members of Church and Congregation were invited to attend to confirm suggestions made by the Christian Endeavour Committee concerning choice of colour for painting Chapel walls, also estimates of contractors.

Only the above named were present.


1.   It was agreed that Bros Hammond and Crook go into Chard and confer with the members residing there – before confirming contract with Messrs Brewer & Bartlett.    

 2.   It was resolved that the Harvest Thanksgiving Services be held on Sunday 29th

 3.   That the sum of £5 be forwarded by the Treasurer to the Treasurer of the Evangelists Society.

Confirmed Dec 5th 1901


Note 1.

      Harvest Thanksgiving – Sept 29/01

      Collection                                £1 13  8

      Sale of Vegetables                    £1   9  0

      Surplus stock of sale of work          8s 10

                                                      £3 11 6     


Paid Treasurer of Crewkerne Hospital           £1. 15. 0

               “             Poor Fund                   £1 16   0

Commission pd                                                       6

                                                                   £3 11 6

-     See full particulars entered in Poor Book a/c

 Note 2

The Chapel was painted and Decorated Sept 20 – 27 1891

by Messrs Brewer & Bartlett of Chard on a contract for £12 0 0


The sale of work realised                                           £21 11 3 

Only this amount the Contractors were paid,

and all other accounts amounting to                           £19 6 7  1/2

                                                                             £ 2  4  7  1/2

Since then, for oil cloth, vestry floor                               16  3

                                                                            £1     8  4  1/2

Paid Mr Crook for Chapel Fund                                £1   1   0

                                                                                    7  4   1/2


Note 3

“The Sale of Work and Chapel Painting  the work of the Christian Endeavour Society” – HH


Church Meeting held Dec 5th 1901

Mr Crook presided.

Minutes of previous meeting read and confirmed.  The meeting was called to discuss the date and arrangements of annual meeting of the church and congregation – the following particulars were decided upon – viz

 1.   The date of the meeting be the 15th Jany – being Thursday on the second full week of the New Year.

 2.   That the meeting be made as much a social as is possible after the business matters are completed.

 3.   That due notice be sent to the Chard members of the Local Committee, viz Rev FJ Hyde, and Messrs Sanders & Gibbs.

 4.   That Mr Sydney Cross of Venn be invited to preside at the meeting.

 5.   That the Statements of account, and an abstract of the Annual report be presented by the Treasurer.

 6.   That the Treasurer call upon Mrs Butler, Miss Millar and Miss Linsnyer and arrange preparation of amount allowed for Organist.



Held Thursday, Jan 16th 1902

Prayer was offered by Bro Hutchings

Minutes discussing the arrangements made on Dec 5 were read.

Mr Sydney Cross of Maudlin occupied the Chair.  The Deacons report made by Mr Hutchings relative to the services was satisfactory.

An abstract of the Treasurers report was read.

Nine members had been received into church fellowship during the year.  The following special meetings had been held, viz

      A Five days Mission – London Missionary Anniversary

      A Village Keswick – Sunday School Anniversary – and Harvest Festival services.  All these occasions had been a source of good cheer to us all.  There was a small balance in hand.  Weekly offering had amounted to £21 10 0.

      £6 16 0 had been sent to the London Missionary Society

      £5 0 0                                    County Evangelists Society

      £1 15 0                                Crewkerne Hospital

      £1  1  0                                 Miss Fry for Fund for Supporting Nurse

      £0 10 6                                 XXth Century Fund

      £1 15 0 had been devoted to local benevolences


Through the medium of the Christian Endeavour Society a Sale of Work had been held realising £21 0 0   And out of this fund the Contract of £12 0 0 for painting and decorating the Chapel had been paid.  Also, cost of twelve chairs and matting for choir, etc, amounting to £2 15 0, Oil cloth for vestry 16/7½.  These facts, viz addition of nine members, painting the Sanctuary, successful anniversaries, good attendance at the Sabbath services and a balance in hand – Calls for devout thanksgiving to the Head of the Church and fervent prayer that He may Abide with us making the place of the Lord glorious.


Miss Bessie Bishop gave the report of the Christian Endeavour Society.

H H gave report of the Band of Hope meetings.

In the absence of the Superintendent, through sickness, there was no report of the Sunday School work.


the following conversations on the work of God amongst us under the following headings, viz

1.   What has been done?

2.   What signs of encouragement are there?

3.   What should be done in the future?

The Chairman privately expressed his interest and pleasure in this conversation – thought it was a new feature – and a very important one.


Deacons Meeting held Feb 20th 1902

Present Bros Crook, Rowe, Hutchings, Golsworthy snr & jnr.

 1.   Minutes of last meeting were read and confirmed.

2.   The meeting held on behalf of Dr Barnardos Homes was very satisfactory – attendance very good.  Collections £3 0 0.  Mr Budge occupied the Chair.

The meeting then proceeded to consider and arrange for the forthcoming Missionary Anniversary next month.

Resolved that we invite the Rev Samuel Wilkinson of Taunton, to preach morning and afternoon, and to remain a few days with us for conferences and meetings.

Resolved that the Sunday School children be asked to take collecting card, and that not more than five be allowed, further that they collect for two weeks only.

Resolved that we invite the Quartette Choir in Chard to come over and help us in the afternoon.


After this H H reported that George Good, Junior, had expressed a desire to be received into Church fellowship, and brother Rowe and Hutchings were appointed to confer with him and report.


Then there followed a brief conversation about a Village Keswick – whether we should hold one this year – and whether Rev C Hamilton of Bath would come to us.


Deacons Meeting

Held in the vestry Mar 28th

Our first business was to render thanks to God for making our London Missionary Anniversary so prosperous in numbers interest and amount.  £8 8 0 was sent to the Society.   

            Collected by Cards             £6 3 5

            Collected on Sunday         £2 8 2

                                                 £8 11 7

      Less expenses 5/11


The collection in 1901 were £6 12 0  

 The collection in1900 were £3 12 0


Much prayer had been offered – 3 Missionary prayer meetings had been held and the collecters had done well.


The minutes of last meeting were read and confirmed.

After this we proceeded to consider the necessity of engaging some one to play the organ on the Sabbath evenings, and to practice the choir during the week when required.

Mr Crooke reported that Miss Miller had said that she could not continue to play at the evening services.  So the whole question of amount to be paid was considered.  It was resolved to increase the stipend from £2 to £3 and to apportion it as follows – viz 25/- to be paid to Mrs Butler, for playing at the morning service and 35/- to be paid to the one playing at the evening service – and for the practices.

It was proposed by Mr Golsworthy and seconded by Mr Rowe that we invite Miss Linsmore to play at the evening service on the aforesaid terms.  And that Mr Crook write to Miss Linsmore fully stating our requirements, and for an early date if accepted.

Resolved that we make an annual collection for the choir fund, and that some effort such as a service of song or social tea to be held to provide for any deficit there may be on this fund.


Resolved – that we hold a service in the Chapel on the day of the Kings Coronation – Also that Mr Hammond preach on that occasion.  Service at 12 o’ck.


After this, the Deacons remained to confer on the matter of asking the Church and Congregation to vote whether an application be made to the General Committee for Mr Hammond to remain with us a fourth year.

This proposal was brought before the Church and carried unanimously (Mr Crook/Mr Rowe)

On Tuesday Apr 8th

Rev FJ Hyde and Mr Gibbs met the Committee and members of the Local committee in the vestry.  Present Messrs Crook, Rev Hutchings & above.

The affairs of the Church – the services of the church – and the general prospects were discussed.  All agreed that the Evangelist Committee should grant a fourth year to H.H.  Messrs Hyde and Gibbs confessed their satisfaction and pleasure in the work – and wished us well for the future.

Mr Hyde addressed the C. E. meeting at the close of the above.


Apr 18 at the County Union meetings held at Wellington the Evangelist Society Committee granted the request of the Winsham Church to retain the services of Mr Hammond a fourth year.


Deacons Meeting held Aug 28th

Present Brothers Crook, Rowe, W Spurdle & Hopkins.

Meeting was called to make arrangements for Harvest Thanksgiving. 


1    That we hold the services on Sunday Sept 28th morning afternoon and evening.

2    that Mr Fry be invited to preach in the afternoon or evening.

3    That fearing there may be a lack in the supply of fruits and vegetables, it is resolved that we make a public request for rabbits, butter and eggs also.

4    That bills be printed and sent to all the farmers

5.   The proceeds of the Sunday collections and sale of fruits to be equally divided between Crewkerne Hospital funds and our own Benevolent fund.

6.   That the meeting be adjourned to Thursday Sep 11th.


Adjourned mtg Sept 11th

Present Messrs Crook, Rowe, Hutchings, G Good, W & C Spurdle.

Minutes of last meeting read and confirmed.

1.   Reported Mr Fry consents to come to us as above.

2.   Arranged for hymns and duets

3.   Decorations


Deacons meeting held Oct 7th 1902

Present Messrs Crook, Rowe, Golsworthy, Hopkins, Perham & Good.

We met to report on Harvest Thanksgivings, as follows


Morning collection 0 18 8,    

             afternoon    1   7   6½,

              evening 0 16 10 

                            £3    2   



Sale of fruit & vegetables                                           £1 12    0

Contribution by Mr Fry                                              £1    0   0

      Subscribed at this meeting                                            2   11                                                                                                         £5   17 


We Resolved to distribute as follows

      To Crewkerne Hospital                                        £2  10  0  (paid out)

      To Village Nurses Fund for Miss Fry                    £1  10  0  (paid out)

      To our own Benevolent Fund                               £1  10  0

      To printer 5/-,  hymns 1/-,  sundries 1/9                       7   (paid Mr Crook)

                                                                              £5     17 


After the business there was a conversation held on the work of God in our hands.

The meeting was opened and closed with prayers by Mr Rowe.




Mar 22 1903 London Missionary Anniversary 

Children collected             £1  18  9

Adults collected                        £1  15  0

Subscription                                     12  6

Donation from C E S                 0    15  0

Donation from S S                    0       6  0

Collections on the Sunday            1      2    9

                                                      6  10     0

Less expenses                                      2     6

                                           6     7     6 sent to Secty

                                       L M S Mar 24th 03


In March 1903

The deacons of the Venn Congregational Church expressed a desire that the two churches Winsham and Venn should be united under one pastorate.

Mr Colthurst of Taunton opened a correspondence which led to a deputation being appointed by the Venn Church to meet the Committee of Enquiry at the County Union Meeting held at Chard in April.  The Winsham Committee met at Mr Crooks house later in April when the subject of amalgamation was freely discussed.

No resolution was proposed – neither was any report made to the Committee.

So the matter was allowed to subside.


But out of the above question arose this “What will Mr Hammond do?”  Mr Joyce proposed to appoint me to the Oakhill District and I consented.  On July the 6th I received a letter from Mr Joyce saying that very probably the Evangelical Committee would require my removal to Oakhill at an early date.

On Aug 28th Mr Joyce informed me that I should take up the work at Oakhill at the end of September.

So a farewell meeting was arranged for by the Deacons to take place on Sep 24th.

On Sunday Sep 13th I closed my ministry at Winsham – Many friends gathered and the services were most encouraging to us all.

After four years of useful and happy work in which nothing has failed – I leave the membership increased – indeed more than doubled – and without any debt in any of the departments.  There is a balance in the hand of the Treasurer of the Church accounts and also of the School accounts.

The work has been carried on most harmoniously – there has been no unpleasantness – only brotherly love has prevailed.  Besides the united testimony of the Deacons to the above proposperity and peace, there is the testimony of Mr Hugh Trenchard, Mr Fry of Cricket House and the Rev GW Joyce.

At the Deacons meeting held on Tuesday Sept 15th I submitted all the accounts in my hands and handed over to Mr Crook, this book and the Poor Fund Book.



Signed H Hammond

John Crook Treasurer

Solomon Hutchings

Henry Daniel Rowe






1903 October 28th Removed from Low Ham to Winsham after 7½ years work in Pitney District and 28½ years in Somerset.

November 1st  - commenced my work at Winsham.

November 26th After the service a Deacons Meeting was held when it was decided to hold recognition services on December 17th in the following order – afternoon at 4 o’clock – Preacher Rev S Jones of Langport.  Public tea at 5.30,  6d each.  Evening meeting at 6.45 the following to be asked to take part.

Mr J Crook (Chairman), Revs F J Hyde, G Say, S Jones and Messrs Sanders and Gibbs.  Mr Crook presented his accounts as Treasurere.

Mr Cullen was appointed Junior Deacon.  Other Church matters were discussed.

John J Jordan


1904 January 7th.  After the usual service a Deacons Meeting was held when the annual schedule were passed and signed.

Mr Crook kindly consented to remain Treasurer.  Mention was made of several of the members on the Church roll who have left or gone away – their names will be dropped from revised list.

General matters were also discussed.

John J Jordan


1904 September 1st.  That Mr Jordan be empowered to seek outside help for the thatching of the Manse and other work.  Pro: Mr Crook, Sec Mr Cullen carried.  That the Harvest Thanksgiving services be either on Sept 25th or Oct 2nd. Pro M Hutchings Sec Mr Rowe, carried.

Services to be conducted by Mr Jordan or some other friend he may get and F J Fry Esq be asked to take the afternoon service.  Collections for Crewkerne Hospital and other benevolent work.  Decorations, sale, singing, and other details as formally.

Bills from Langport.

John J Jordan


1904 Oct 26th.  After the usual service a Deacons meeting was held.

Present Messrs J Crook, H Rowe, S Hutchings and myself.

It was decided to send £1 10 to Crewkerne Hospital, 15/- to the District Nursing Fund and £1 3 6 for our Church poor Fund from proceeds of Harvest Thanksgiving services.

I paid in £4 15 collected for manse repairs etc.

The order is to be given to Mr J Loaring to do the thatching forthwith.  Mr Crook spoke of holding some pleasant evenings meetings this winter for which he will be responsible if held.

John J Jordan


Mr Weardale Phillips commenced his ministry on Nov 5th 1905 and was publicly welcomed on Dec 14th.  Mr G E Colthurst of Taunton presided and the Revs W H Thomas of So Petherton & F J Hyde of Chard and the members of the local committee took part.


As an outcome of a Social Meeting of the Church and Congregations the decision was arrived at to have regular church meetings at which the ordinary business of the church should be considered and despatched, in accordance with Congregational usage.

The first of these Church meetings was held on Feb 28th 06 at which the pastor presided.

It was agreed on the motion of Mr Jordan, seconded by Mrs Rowe that the Chapel, School, Vestry and Manse should be insured.  The offer of the ‘Commercial Union Assurance Co Ltd’ of London,  through Mr Colthurst of Taunton was accepted – viz –

      £600 on the Chapel and school and vestry @ 1/6 per cent

         £50 on the two harmoniums, furniture and books @ 1/6 per cent

      £250 on the thatched Manse @ 5/- per cent


Total    £900 costing £1 2 3 premium


Mr John Crook after six years faithful and zealous stewardship resigned the position of treasurer.  On the motion of Mr Jordan, seconded by Mr Rowe, his resignation was accepted with keen expressions of regret.  At Mr Phillips’ suggestion seconded by Mr Jordan, Mr Croook was induced to hold the position temporarily.

On the motion of Mr Jordan seconded by Mrs Phillips that Messrs John Crook, H Rowe & C Cullen were unanimously elected as Deacons.

Some informal conversation took place with regard to the better management of the church – greater care of the hymn books and the need of officials being in this place at the public services – being points that were earnestly insisted upon.


In accordance with the above a Policy numbered 6158565 for £900 has been placed with Deeds at repository in Taunton School.

Particulars of insurance for ‘The Trustees of Congregational Chapel’.

£600 on the Building of the Chapel, vestry and school all communicating

£50 on the pews, two harmoniums, furniture and books therein

£250 on the building of the manse stone-built and thatched near but not connected with or adjoining the above.


Apr 16 06

Mr & Mrs Jordan were transferred to the Venn Congreg. Church.


July 15th 1906  Sunday School Anniversary Services were held the preachers being Mr J S Prentice of Ilminster.  The collections for the day amounted to £1 19 0.


Oct 7th 1906    Harvest Thanksgiving Services were celebrated.  The Pastor, Mr Weardale Phillips preached morning and evening.  Mr F J Fry, High Sheriff for Somerset, gave an address at the afternoon Service and contributed a donation of £2.  The proceeds for the day, including sale of fruit on the following Monday, amounted to £4 9 1.


Nov 26 06  The Deacons, Messrs Crook & Rowe and the Pastor, met and allocated the above sum £4 9 1 to the following objects:

      Taunton Hospital                              £1  0    0

      Nursing Association                £1  0    0

      Evangelist Society                   £1  5    0

      Poor Fund                              £1  0    1

      Printing of bills                             3    0

      Gratuity to Chapel Keeper              1    0         

                                                                  £4  9    1



On Thursday, Feb 21st 1907 special services were held in the Congregational Church Chard in connection with the ordination of Mr Weardale Phillips of Winsham who successfully passed the Somerset Congreg. Union examinations, being bracketed first class each year.  The service was presided over by Rev F J Hyde, Rev G W Joyce gave the exposition of Congregational principles and the charges to the Minister at the Candidate’s own request, were given by the Rev Edwin Tongue of Taunton.  The ordination prayer was given by the Rev J G James, D.Lit.MA of Enfield, London.

Rev Weardale Phillips, having accepted the invitation to become Warden of the social settlement in comnnection with Dr James’ church at Enfield, closed his ministry at Winsham after a brief sojourn of but 15 months on Sunday Feb 24th 1907.



Sunday March 10th 1907 Mr Hammond resumed his ministry at Winsham.  After 3 ½ years at Nettleridge, Rev G W Joyce and the County Evangelist Committee, with the full consent and approval of the Church here – invited Mr Hammond to renew his ministry.

In the good providence and grace of God the first term of 4 years ministry was both useful and happy.  And now re-appointed by the same unchangeable Lord of this Church, his prayer is that Peace and Prosperity may prevail, to live the more abundant life, and to preach the gospel of Christ in the power of the Holy Spirit, is the one desire of his heart.


March.  Mr Prentice gave selections from “The Messiah” on his excellent gramaphone there was a splendid audience – Chapel full.  Collection £1 12 6.

Jul 7th   S S Anniversary Service.  Preacher Mr Prentice.  Chapel crowded at both afternoon and evening services.  Collection in Chapel and subscription collected a total of £6 6 0.

July 11 S S Treat at Seaton.  Beautiful weather.  Nine conveyances – expenses.

On Tuesday Aug 13th a meeting to say Goodbye to Mr & Mrs Crock was held in the Schoolroom.  Tea at 6 o’clk about 35 sat down.  Mtg 7.00.   An illuminated address was presented to Mr & Mrs Crock in acknowledgement of the 12 years service for School and Church.  Both Mr & Mrs C suitably acknowledged the presentation.  The Presentation address cost for printing 7/6, for framing 4/-, total 11/6.  Profits on tea 7/-.  Subscribed by G W Sanders 2/6, P Rowe 1/-, school children 1/-.  At this meeting it was proposed and seconded that Harvest Thanksgiving Service be held on Sunday Sep 22nd.  That Mr Hammond be requested to preach morning and evening and F J Fry Esq in the afternoon.  A Committee to arrange for decorations etc were appointed.



April 27th    Meeting held in the Manse

Present Mr Rowe, Mr Helliar, Mr Gould and myself.

I deeply regret to have to report that this meeting was called to arrange for the work being carried on during my absence.  During this month I consulted Dr Balfour, Chard, respecting my health.  Since end of January I have felt painfully unequal to my work.  I was away for two weeks in February at Bournemouth, but at the end of March I was exhausted again.  So I called on Dr Balfour.  The Doctor reported me, as per certificate, unable to follow my vocation.  The doctor advised “six months rest and then seek some light employment”.  After serious consideration I resolved to send in my resignation to Rev J W Joyce.  This I did Apr 2nd.  After the County Meeting at Stoke sub Hamdon, Mr Joyce wrote saying “Your resignation was accepted, with very great regret and sympathy.  It was also resolved that we continue Mr Hammonds salary to the end of July.  And that his position be considered again at the end of six months.”  So the Church Mtg, Apr 27th, was called by me as stated above.

It was resolved

1.   That Messrs Gould, Helliar, Spurdle and H Loaring be a Committee to assist Mr Rowe during my absence.

Res 2.  That Mr Helliar be appointed to act as correspondent with Rev F J Hyde, also that Mr Helliar receive the collections and act as Treasurer.

3.   That the Committee secure accommodation for preachers.

4.   that the Committee ask Miss Linsmeyer and Mrs Butler to prepare for S S Anniversary in July.

5.   that Mr John Prentice be asked to preach anniversary sermons


Oct 8th 1908

Committee called to consider whether we shall have stone-piping inside the Chapel instead of as at present.  Present W Spurdle, H Loaring and myself.  Mr Rowe and Mr Helliar could not attend.  I had spoken to them privately and they approved.  Mr Churchill was asked to inspect and advise.  After inspecting the piping outside and calculating probable costs we requested Mr Churchill to proceed with the work and to complete same this month. 

Note Oct 30th   Mr Churchill has completed the refitting of stone pipes.

Cash £3 0 0.  Satisfactory.  Paid for.


1909 January 4th.  This evening at the C E Social a beautiful Illuminated Address in lithograph print and colour was presented to Mr H D Rowe for the years of useful and faithful service in School and church.

The address was to cost 22/6 – the framing was done by Mr Mumford of Chard and paid for by Messrs Hyde, Sanders and others.  Members of the congregation and children at the school have subscribed cost of printing.


And now I must enter my last note in the journal.  In consequence of eye and brain trouble I was advised by Dr Balfour, Chard, to obtain six months rest and do only light work.  So I resigned.  My official connection ceased on Dec 6th 08.  Since then I have superintended the work till Mr Taylor’s arrival.  I grieve that I cannot close my Ministerial life in Winsham – I intended to do so when I returned in March 1907.  However, I hope the Lord may grant me the pleasure of serving him for another year or two.  I have preached His gospel for forty two years.  In the London City Mission I spent years of very hard work.  Four members have joined the Church during this second appointment.  May my successor be abundantly blessed in soul and in service.

Henry Hammond



Meeting held Sep 11th 1908 in the Manse

Present Mr Rowe, Mr & Mrs Helliar, Miss Linsmeyer, Mr Spurdle and Mr H Loaring with Mrs H and myself.


After prayer – and remarks expressing thanks to God for the favours during past few months, we proceeded to arrange for forthcoming Harvest thanksgiving Services.  Reslvd.

1.   That our friends of Venn Chapel having chosen Sep 20th as the date of the Harvest Service, it was resolved that we hold ours on Sunday Sep 28th.

2.   That Mr Hammond preach in the morning, that Mr Fry be asked to preach in the evening and that Mr Shires be asked to preach in the evening.

2.   That Miss Linsmeyer be asked to prepare some special hymns and music.

3.   That Miss Northcombe be asked to play her violin, and that Mr Ernest Shissy play his cornet.

4.   That Mr Rowe be asked to dispose of the harvest offerings on the following Monday evening.

5.   That bills be printed.

6.   That the proceeds be devoted to County Mission Fund and benevolent purposes.

7.   That Mrs Roper of Ford Abbey and Mrs Fry of Cricket House be asked for fruit and flowers.


January 1909

Mr J Taylor commenced his ministry here as Evangelist & Pastor on Jan 7th 1909.  When I took up the work here I found the expenses included Mr Grimshalls bill 10/- and 2/6 Mr Jordan for conducting service.

There was handed to me 2/-.

There being no money in hand for the Sunday School a meeting was called after the Sunday evening service and it was decided to ask Mr Prentice of Ilminster to come over and give his lecture on his recent visit to Switzerland etc.,  to give the children a treat and also to have a public tea.                           J. T.


Feb 10th  1909

Mr Prentice came over on the occasion referred to above and the service was much enjoyed and the proceedings gave us a small bal-in-hand.                                      J. T.


At a meeting called after the Com Service March 7th, it was decided to hold a recognition service in connection with my settlement here on the 25th inst.  And to ask the Rev F J Hyde, The Rev J W Gadsby, & TT Forsay to speak and Mr Prentice to take the chair.  A collection to be taken towards repairs of manse etc.  At the above meeting a letter was read from the Rev J H Shanger, late of Wiveliscombe in which he spoke very highly of the earnest service rendered in the Lyd St Lawrence District by Mr Taylor.  Mr Hammond also wrote regretting his inability through sickness to be present and wishing Mr Taylor every blessing.              J. T.


At a meeting called after the Sunday Evening Service May 9th it was decided to ask Mr Prentice to conduct the Anniversary Services of the Sunday School on June 13th.         J. T.   


It was further decided to have a Public Tea on the following Monday and to give the children a tea.  Also to have a public meeting and to write the Rev F J Hyde, TT Forsey to speak and Mr Prentice to take the chair.          J. T.


Meeting called after eve service Aug 8th

It was decided to have the School Treat on the 26th and to ask Mr Cross of Bere Farm for the use of his field and to have a public tea 6d each.

At the above meeting it was decided to ask Mr Fry of Cricket House to conduct the afternoon service in connection with the Harvest Thanksgiving services and to have the same if possible the end of Sept.            J. T.


Meeting held after Evening service Sep 5th.

Mr Taylor reported that Mr Fry would not be able to be present at the harvest Service but that he had promised £5 towards renovation funds and had sent 20/- for the collection.

Mr Taylor was asked to preach in the evening and asked the Rev Forsey to take the morning service and that the Chard Open Air Mission Band be asked to take the afternoon service.  That there be a public meeting on Wed 29th, Mr Taylor to secure speakers after which the fruits etc to be sold  and the proceeds to be devoted to the renovation funds.


Meeting held after the Comm Service Oct 3rd 1909.  It was decided to ask the Friends in Chard to hold the Jumble Sale on behalf of the Renovation Funds at their earliest convenience.  The end of Nov if possible.  Mr Taylor brought forward the names of Mr F Hill Western Way, Miss Warren Church St and Miss F Forsey Winnard as candidates for Church Fellowship the same having professed conversion for over 6 months and having recently expressed a desire to join the Church.  Mr Rowe and Mrs Hammond were asked to visit the three candidates.      J.T.


Meeting called before the service Nov 7th to consider reports from Mr Rowe and Mrs Hammond re Mr Hill Miss Warren and Miss Forsey.  The Visitors gave a satisfactory report in each case.  At the Ordinance Service Bro Hill and Sisters Warren & Forsey were officially recognised as members of the Church Meeting.  Called at the close of the above Ord Service.

It was decided that Mr Taylor should conduct some Continuation Services during the Winter on Sunday evenings with the aid of the Lantern first Lecture to be on John Bunyan.

It was further decided that Mr Taylor should start a Band of Hope if possible

and that Mr Taylor conduct a Lantern Mission if possible the beginning of the New Year.


Meeting called after the Ord Service Dec 5th

Mr Taylor stated that owing to the General Election he thought it was wise to have a Mission in June this was agreed.          J.T.


(Special note re Payment of Rates)  Mr Taylor having stated that He was a Passive Resister under the Education Act and by refusing to pay that part of the rates He would be misunderstood in the village after consultation with the Local Members of the Committee and Mr Prentice it was decided that under the circumstances and considering that Mr Taylor had done a lot of labour and was prepared still to do so Free that his rates should be paid out of the Church Funds.



Meeting after the Comm Service Sunday Feb 6th

After careful consideration it was decided to adopt the weekly envelope system but some expressed disapproval.  It was further unanimously decided that Mr Taylor should endeavour to book Mr Cook from the London Evangelisation Society for a Mission in the early part of next Winter.


At a meeting of the Congregation called after the Mornning & Evening Service on March 6th it was unan. decided to purchase the New Cong Hymnal.  That Tune Books be bought from the Organ and that 2 doz at 6d and 3 doz at 1/- and 1 doz at 1/6 be bought and that the congregation be induced to buy their own the others to be used for visitors.

It was also decided to ask the Rev J H Cox of Taunton to preach the opening Service on April the 7th in the afternoon and speak in the evening and that Mr Colthurst of Taunton be asked to take the chair.  That the Rev F J Hyde be asked also to speak and Mr Prentice.  Further that special services be continued on the following Sunday and that Mr Prentice be asked to preach and that there should be a public tea on the Thursday.


Meeting of Church and Congregation called after the evening service Aug 28th.

(1)  It was decided that the Harvest Thanksgiving Services be held the last Sunday in Sept and the most suitable night in the week following

(2) that Mr Fry be asked to conduct the afternoon service.

(3) That Mr Farne of Crewkerne be asked to preach on the Sunday failing him Mr Adams.

(4) That Mr Symes be asked to take the Chair on the weeknight. 

Speakers the Rev F J Hyde, the Rev Bied Baptist Minister Chard.  The Rev Forsey, H Hammond, J J Jordan and Mr A Gibbs.  That the Proceeds be devoted to the Renovation Funds.                                             J Taylor


These minutes of various meetings during the year 1910 were read at the Church meeting on Jan 4th 1911 and confirmed.       

 J Taylor


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