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Summer methodist church outing
12:07pm Tuesday 9th April 2013 in Blue Square Conference South
RICHARD Samways has been back in touch about the Maiden Street Methodist Church outing (Looking Back, March 26).
He said: “The lady standing on the far left was my great-grandmother Sarah Harding, the younger woman in glasses sitting on the far left of the front row was my great-aunt Alice Harding, her daughter, and the youngish man in the cloth cap in the front row was Willie Hooper. “Some 40 years after this photograph was taken, Alice Harding used to take my sister and me to Maiden Street Sunday School every week, where I was taught by a very much older Willie Hooper. “I made his life a misery by playing with toy cars when I should have been listening to his uplifting biblical stories!”
Richard added that the Samways family’s connections with Maiden Street church go back further than 1913. He explained: “My great-great-grandfather, William Gray, helped to build it as a labourer in the 1860s. His return home from work to Silver Street where the closed fire station now stands somewhat worse for alcohol, was one of the reasons I believe why his daughter, my great-grandmother in the picture, became a fierce teetotaller.”
Thank you Richard for sharing your family history with us.