Ruyton XI Towns, PM Chapel, Shopshire
Raising money for a new harmonium, 1878
Extract from the Shropshire Chronicle, 9 August 1878
On Monday last the members of the Primitive Methodist Chapel held a bazaar on the Cliffe, the proceeds of which were to go towards the purchase money of a new harmonium. The stalls were presided over by the following ladies: Mrs Peacock (Grig Hill), Miss Sarah Bullock, Miss Annie Bullock, Miss A Davies, Miss Edwards, Mrs R Edwards, Mrs Pryce Edwards, Mrs Tomlinson, and Miss Beavan. A goodly array of useful and ornamental articles were offered for sale, and such was the stallkeepers’ success that scarcely anything was left at the close of the day. Mr Parrot (Nantwich), in a few words, opened the bazaar, and the Rev J Pickles gave a short address at the close. Soon after four o’clock tea was prepared, and this was continued until half-past seven. Mrs Howell undertook the tea-making, and the following ladies presided at the tables Mrs Lawley, Mrs Badger, Mrs Black, Mrs Butler (Little Ness), and Mrs Kirkham. About 350 sat down to tea. Mrs Morgan (Liverpool) was very successful with her “lucky bag”. Many and various were the articles taken therefrom, and these not always suitable to the person drawing. A card outside the tent read as follows: “A correct likeness, 4 1 penny”, the said likeness being the reflection from an ordinary looking glass. Two pigs were drawn for, the gift of Mr Peacock. Among the gentlemen who exerted themselves to make the event a success were Mr Peacock, Mr T Braddick, Mr Tomlinson, Mr E Tomlinson, Mr Davies, and Mr Hayward. Mr R Edwards presided at the harmonium. We have no doubt a good sum will be realised from the sale.
Extract from the Shropshire Chronicle, 4 October 1878
The members of the Primitive Methodist Chapel in this place held a bazaar and tea meeting on the Cliffe in the month of August, the proceeds of which were to go towards the purchase money of an harmonium recently obtained for the chapel. The undertaking was a very successful one, and went far beyond the anticipations and hopes of the promoters. The accounts have just been balanced, and the total net gain appears to have been about £40. After paying off the debt for the harmonium, it is proposed, with the remainder of the proceeds, to get new lamps for the chapel and a new Bible. The stalls were two in number. The first,, presided over by Mrs Peacock, Miss Bullock, and Miss Davies, realised about £13 10s; and the second, under MrsTomlinson, Miss Edwards, and Miss Bevan, reached £16 12s. Between 400 and 500 sat down to tea. To shew the interest taken in the matter, some goods intended for the bazaar were sent from America, but unfortunately arrived too late.