Searching for information about my Grandfather, Sydney or Sidney Bates

I am searching to confirm whether my grandfather, Sydney or Sidney Bates, from Warton Warwickshire, was possibly a lay preacher in Warton Methodist Church, Warwickshire.

Can anyone confirm this for me?

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  • Martin, The records that you need to search for that would answer your question are either the Trustees Minute Books for Warton PM Chapel, or the preaching plans for the circuit within which Warton was situated. or the records of the quarterly meeting of the circuit where Warton was situated. These may be in either the Warwickshire Records office or Staffordshire Record office depending on the county where the main church in the circuit was situated.
    Preaching plans list the lay preachers in the circuit.
    The Minutes of Quarterly meetings of the circuit would identify when a preacher is accredited by the circuit. The minutes of trustees meetings may identify particular post holders within a chapel and the name of preachers at any special services.
    Hope that helps.

    By Geoff Dickinson (24/05/2019)

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