Old Rothley Photographs Album 7 Old Photographs of the Rothley Baptist Church

Taken in the grounds of the Rothley Baptist Chapel with North Street in the background and Cross Green trees on the left. Taken around 1958/9. This is a group of some of the members of the Baptist Chapel Sunday Afternoon Bible Class.

Back row left to right:

Graham Baum, Rev. Sleeman the Minister of the chapel, Michael Clark, Donald Welch, Barry Welch.

Front row left to right:
Mary Lambourne, Shirley Lines, Evelyn Clark, Maureen Baum, Betty Welch.

This photo could have been taken around the time that the Rev. Sleeman was moving to another location.

Graham and Maureen are the brother and sister of Neville Baum who kindly gave the photograph.

Group photograph of members of the Rothley Baptist Chapel Sunday Bible Class at a social event at the home of Mr and Mrs Routley, Toller Road, Quorn. Late 1950's

Back row left to right:
Kenneth Lewis, Graham Routley, Mrs Routley, a guest of Mr and Mrs Routley from Germany called Jurgen (or Jourgen), Judith Baum, Rosemary Cracknell, Barry Leader, Rev. Coates, Trevor Routley, Neville Baum, unknown.

Front row (sitting) left to right:
Joy Hyman, Margaret Veasey, Diane Milner, Jane Arnold.

With thanks to Neville Baum for the photograph.

The wedding photograph of Betty Welch and Tony Ball shows the original Woodgate entrance to Rothley Baptist Church. The original notice board is there showing the Rev. L. Coates as the Minister.

l to r:
Sheila Talton (Bridesmaid), Martin Mawby (Pageboy), Tony Ball, Betty Welch, Susan Mawby (Bridesmaid), Ivy Welch, Jennifer Mee (Bridesmaid), Michael (Mick) Ball.

With thanks to Betty and Tony Ball in 2014 for permission to publish their wedding photograph to show part of our village history.

JUNE 1937

If you can add any names to the following list please contact me at the address below.
1. Roland Archer
2. ?? Roy Daykin
5. Vera Allison
6. Eveline Hill (m. Owen Vann)
7. Hilda Waldram (m. Mr. Hubbard)
8. ? Hill (sister of Eveline)
9. ? Perry
10 Madge Waldram
11. Thelma Eastwood (m. R. Archer)
12. Nellie Hyman (m. Mr. Mee)
13. Mrs Daykin
14. Mrs Waldram
15. ?? Charlie Warrington
16. ?
17. ?
18. ?
19. Muriel Taylor
20. ?

21. Connie Butherway
22. ?? Molly Perkins
24. Barbara Taylor
25. Joyce Fantam
26. Gweneth Vann (m. R. Toone)
33. Leonard Copson
34. David Waldram
36. Jean Archer (m. George Overton)
37. Edna Fantam
38. Joan Vann (m. J. Halman)
39. ?? June Linsell
40. ?? Violet Warrington

41 & 42 The Lole twins
43. Herbert Vann
47. Owen Vann
49. Derek Hyman
50. Phyllis Ragg (Hyman) aged 7 years.
51. Visiting Preacher ?
52. Bert Cattell
53. Margaret Fantam
57. ?? Beryl Smith
58. ?? Sister to 39
61. ?? Johnson
62. Edna Waldram (nee Hyman)
64. Lily Cattell (wife of 52)
65. David Vann (From Leicester to help with the singing)
66. Mrs Cattell (Mother of 52)
68. Maggie Cattell
71. Miss Boyer
72. Harold Taylor
73.Betty Oram (From Sheffield)

With thanks to Joan Halman and Nev Baum for researching the names so far. Also Phyllis Ragg.
If you can add to the names please contact Marion Vincent at vincent.mbe82@yahoo.co.uk or 0116 2375156

Sunday School Anniversaries were a very important part of the Baptist Church and below is a report from 1964.


The anniversary services of the Baptist Church Sunday School were held on Sunday when the preachers were the Rev. T. J. Budge, of Leicester, and the pastor, the Rev. R. H. Woodford.
A feature of the service was the special singing of the anniversary hymns by the scholars, under their conductor, Mrs. E. Anderson, of Birstall, with Mr. A. E. Archer at the organ. Soloists were Susan Cleaver, Patricia Perry, Penny Copson, Vicky Sault, Kim Lole, Deborah Perry, Beverley Crouch, Par Cleaver, Joyce Overton, Barbara Samuel, Linda Holland, Pamela Smith, Glynda Holman, Georgina Milner, Judith Samuel and Cherry Cross.
Mrs. Holman, leader of the Intermediate Sunday School, who is leaving to take up residence in Ireland, was presented with a fountain pen. Her children, Glynda and Mark Holman, were presented with vouchers. Glynda was also presented with a Bible.
Collections, for the Baptist Sunday School, were £48.

The official opening in 1959 of the new front entrance to Rothley Baptist Chapel.

With thanks to Neville Baum for this photograph and names and the Opening of Extensions Programme below.


£2,000 extensions to Rothley church opened by former minister

The official opening of a £2,000 extension at Rothley Baptist Church was performed on Saturday by a former minister, the Rev. A. J. Sleeman of Bristol.
The porch was been built along the gable end of the church, creating a new entrance. Members have been working to raise the money since clearance area land adjacent to the church was bought in 1955.
It was originally intended to build a new schoolroom and a new porch on the land but the schoolroom, estimated to cost about £1,000 will not be added until more money has been raised.
The opening ceremony on Saturday was coupled with the re-dedication of the church after interior decorations. The re-painting, which cost £115, is in a light, modern scheme.
The re-dedication service was the first held in the church since building and renovation work started earlier in the year.
Before the congregation entered the church, Mr Sleeman performed an official opening of the porch which was designed by two members, Mr. and Mrs. H. J. Halman and built by a Rothley firm.
Mr. Sleeman was handed the key by a steward, Mr. Alfred E. Archer.
The minister, the Rev. L. Coates, conducted the service which followed and Mr. W. F. Routley read a financial report on the work. The porch cost £1,970 and the quantity surveyor's fees were £90. There was still a small deficit in the building fund, he said.

The above report was published in the Loughborough Monitor on Friday September 4th 1959.

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