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Court Estate Chapel & Hall

The Rushden Echo, 27th January 1928, transcribed by Kay Collins

Rushden Court Estate — The second anniversary of the Court Estate Chapel was celebrated last Saturday and Sunday. Tea was served on Saturday by the ladies of the cause, and afterwards a meeting was held under the presidency of Mrs. Bernard J. Harris, of Rushden. Mr. R. Hallett, in presenting the financial statement, said they commenced the year with a balance in hand of £12 5s. 7d. in the building fund and that during the year this had increased to £46 9s. 1d. Mrs. Harris, in her address, said that she and her husband (the Rev. Bernard J. Harris) had a great affection for the Court Estate cause. Alderman T. Patenall gave a forceful address on "Effective Christianity." Mrs. Cheffings, of Wellingborough, gave two solos, "Love's Own Sweet Song" and "Just a Song at Twilight," and Misses Rose Peck and Gladys Riseley, of Rushden, sang a couple of duets, "When I Survey" and "When the Wind Blows in from the Sea." Miss Peck was the pianist for the meeting. Mr. H. F. Norman expressed hearty thanks to all who had assisted. Services were conducted on Sunday by Mr. H. Dickeson, of Rushden. At the afternoon service Miss D. Cunnington, of Rushden, sang the solos "Beyond the Daw" and "My Prayer," and at the evening service her solos were "O Divine Redeemer" and "Thanks be to God." Mrs. Norman was the accompanist, the collections for the week-end amounted to £4 7s. 2d.

A Hall was opened in 1945 under the joint tenure of Anglicans, Baptists and Methodists. It was a Nissen hut.

The hall was also used for social purposes, including productions by the Court Estate Players.

Extract from These Years Have Told, G E Bayes, 1951, p96/7

The work of the Local Preachers' Plan Committee was intensified by the formation of a local branch of the Lay Preachers' Federation. A fresh outlet for their services was at the Court Estate Church Hall, opened under the auspices of Anglican, Methodists and Baptists.

If you have a photograph of the hall, we'd be grateful to take a copy please.

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