Derby, Mayfield Road Primitive Methodist Church, Chaddesden Park Estate.
In 1927 certain house building schemes were proposed for the Chaddesden Park Estate in Derby. The Derby First Circuit of the Primitive Methodist Church soon became aware of the plans and they formed a committee with the intention of visiting the area. Mr Thomas Coleman, who attended the ‘Kings Street Wesleyan Methodist Church’ explained to the committee the plans for building 750 new homes. Mr Coleman said he was willing to give the Primitive Methodists a site for a new church. He was also willing to donate £50 towards the building. This encouraged others to also donate. (see photos 6-12). When the first extension was built, people who donated towards the cost had their initials carved on to a tablet which can now be seen in the hallway of the present building. (Photograph No. 5)
The estimated cost of the building was £1,800. The General Missionary Committee of Primitive Methodism offered a grant of £400 and also offered a loan of the same amount.
Mr N. S. Antcliff was appointed architect. He worked closely with a committee working out the plans. Mr R. W. Townsend became the secretary, and Mr M. Hodgkinson the treasurer. Finally Mr M. Basford was nominated the builder.
Work soon began on the building and the foundation stones were laid on July 21st 1928. The opening of the Church took place on Wednesday October 17th 1928. At 3.00pm Mr J. Potter presided over a ceremony before Mrs A. C. Bonas unlocked the door. Worship was conducted by Professor A. L. Humphries of Hartley College Manchester. It was followed by a tea.
Mr & Mrs. W. Nash gifted a pulpit Bible and Hymnal at the opening ceremony. The Bible is still on view in 2023.
Services began in the Church on Sunday October 21st 1928. Thirteen people expressed an interest in becoming members, while a further twenty said they definitely wanted to be associated with the new Church. Various activities were arranged to cater for all ages while some special events took place to help pay off the debt. It was not until 1938 that the debt was finally paid off on the 12th Anniversary of the opening of the Church.
A Board of Trustees was then set up . This consisted mostly of Members attending the Church. In 1940 an Extension and Improvement Fund was started.
In 2023 the Church is still open for worship and activities.
Acknowledgements to the following:-
Mrs Sheila Newmarch for making us aware that this Church was still open.
Mr Tony Bower and Mrs E. Cook for the text and photographs