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Bozeat Wesleyans

The Wesleyan Chapel
The Wesleyan Chapel

Rushden Argus, 20th December 1889, transcribed by Kay Collins

Burial Scandal at Bozeat

A correspondent writes us:— The Vicar of Bozeat has just shown to the dissenters what he would do if it was not for the law, and in this case I have no doubt he has broken the law show his animus. Mr. Thomas Surridge lost his baby by death, and just when they were starting with the corpse a message was sent to say that it would not receive Christian burial, because he (the Vicar) could not find its name on his church register. He was informed the child was baptised at the Independent Wesleyan Chapel, but it seems that was not good enough for him, so the poor child was not allowed to be taken into the church. I may here mention that the dissenters of Bozeat feeling anxious that no unpleasant feeling should exist between them and their church neighbours, had until now abstained from taking any action under the Burial Act, and have allowed the Vicar to perform the ceremony, and this is how he treats them. I should have thought under the circumstances, and as the time is near when we celebrate the coming of our Lord, of whose advent the angels sang "Peace on earth good-will to men" that he would have shown a more Christian spirit towards the parents whose trouble is very great, losing their only daughter, without being treated in this manner by one who affects the Apostolic succession.

Wellingborough News, 26th September 1902, transcribed by Kay Collins

BOZEAT-The Harvest Festival at the Independent Wesleyan Chapel was held on Sunday last. The chapel was very prettily decorated with an abundance of corn, fruit, vegetables, and flowers. Appropriate sermons were preached by Mr. Croxford, of Harrold. A young people's service was held in the afternoon. The congregations throughout the day were good.—The festival was continued on Monday, when a largely-attended public tea was held. During the evening the produce was disposed of, good prices being realised. The services and collections were both very successful and satisfactory.


An additional name for the War Memorial is included on a Memorial Plaque inside this chapel - Robert John Gooding who had grown up in the village. The family lived in a cottage at the school where his father had been caretaker, but when his father died the family moved to Council Street. His mother Alice left Bozeat during the war and moved to Rushden where her eldest daughter was living.
The Plaque inscription:

Sacred to the Memory of Scholars of this Sunday school who gave their lives in the

1939-1945 War
Pte R Gooding
Pte J Goodman
Sgt E Patrick

The plaque has recently been re-mounted (left)
The Memorial Plaque (2010)

The Rushden Argus, 3rd January 1919, transcribed by Kay Collins

Pathetic Company—On Monday of last week Dr. and Mrs. Selby entertained to tea in the Wesleyan Schoolroom widows and orphans of soldiers who have fallen during the war.

Rushden Echo & Argus, 25th June 1920, transcribed by Kay Collins

Teachers’ OutingRushden Park-road Wesleyan Sunday School teachers held their quarterly social on Sunday in the form of a picnic at Bozeat. Upwards of 80 members and friends journeyed by motor char-a-banc and bicycles. The party were entertained at the Grange by Mr. and Mrs. F. Skeeles, who kindly provided tea on the lawn. Tables and crockery were lent by Bozeat Independent Wesleyan friends. A vote of thanks to the host and hostess was accorded on the motion of Mr. A. Gadsby (senior superintendent), seconded by Mr. J. Dickens and supported by the Rev. C. Evans, F.R.A.S. An enjoyable evening was spent at games, competitions, etc. A cricket match, ladies v gentlemen was played and many amusing races were run. The company returned home at 9p.m.


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