Minutes of Northchurch Baptist Church
Part 6 1925 - 1945
[These Minutes are taken from the third Minute Book]
[Since 1920 the Minister of Berkhamsted Baptist has also been presiding at NBC but all is about to change.]
At the Request of the Herts Baptist Union A deputation visited the Church to confer with the Members with regard to the work of the Church and its future welfare.
The Deputation consisted of the Rev C.C. Dawson (Hemel Hempstead) Rev F J Kemp (New Mill Tring) and Mr F Stratford.
At the request of all present a unanimous vote was passed asking Mr F Stratford to undertake the oversight of the work of the Church and become its Lay pastor.
This request was acceded to. To do what he could for 12 months and see how the work was in that time.
The Conference which was a very cordial and happy one closed with Prayer by the Rev C.C. Dawson.
[No entries are made for 1926 – 1928 but it is clear that Alderman Frederick Stratford stayed on as the Lay Pastor.]
March 1929 At a Church Meeting after the Communion Service
it was decided to accept into Membership after Baptism which took place at Boxmoor Baptist Church, Miss Queenie Skidmore and Miss Marjorie Skidmore.
At the Same meeting it was decided to Apply for the Transfer from the Flaunden Baptist Church fellowship a Mr A Howes and also to the Hope Hall Berkhamsted for the Transfer of Mr Davies.
April 9 the transfers being received Mr Howes and Mr Davies were received into the Fellowship at the Communion Service.
[These are the first new members recorded since 1919 – admittedly the Minutes are patchy in this period]
Jan 1930 Mr Wight of Gossoms End Berkhampstead was received into the Church from Transfer from the High St Baptist Church Berkhampstead Herts.
September 1931 A Meeting of the Church and Congregation
decided to hold a Sale of Work to raise money for the Building a Motor garage at the side of the Chapel and also to Install Electric Light in the Premises and to Provide Gas Radiators for the Heating of the Buildings. A large Committee was formed to carry out the work to take place in the Spring of 1932.
Nov 1932 At a Meeting of the Church held after the Communion Service
it was unanimously decided to accept into full Membership of the Church of Mr and Mrs F Davis without Baptism (owing to Age).
[Sister S Baldwin – Sarah Amy Baldwin died 9 May 1935. She had joined NBC in the early 1880's so had been a Member for more than 50 years.]
On Sep 10th 1936
Mrs Henry Davis and Mr S Purton
were Baptized and at the following Communion Service were joyfully received into Church Fellowship.
On 14th March 1937
Mr H Davis was baptized and on the following Communion was received into the Church.
October 1937 At a Meeting of the Church and Congregation
it was decided to hold a sale of Work in the Spring of 1938 to raise money for the Forward Movement of the Baptist Union pay off a debt of 20 £ on the Organ etc and to form a foundation for the Decorating of the Chapel Premises inside which proved a great success.
Nov 12 the Transfers having been received
Mr & Mrs A Taylor from Middlesborough
Mrs Brooks from Carey Place Reading
Mr Brooks from High St Tring
were received into fellowship of the Church.
On June 26 1938
The following passed through the waters of baptism
Leslie Cecil Owen
Gladys Maud Owen
Grace Louisa Briscoe
Joan Mary Delderfield
Horace William Davis
and at the Communion Service held on July 10 were given the right hand of fellowship into the Church.
Church Meeting held on Sunday Jan 8th 
A good Company of Members attended and a very happy spirit of fellowship prevailed.
A letter was read from the Sec of the Berkhampstead Brotherhood asking if they would be allowed to Pay a visit to Northchurch Baptist Church to hold a Brotherhood rally. The action of Mr Stratford in granting this permission was confirmed.
Mr Stratford brought before the Meeting the necessity of appointing 2 more Deacons to serve with Mr Baker who did not find it always possible to get to the Services. It was unanimously agreed to appoint such and it was proposed and seconded that Mr S Purton and Mr R Brooks be asked to serve the Church in this capacity which, to the pleasure of all, they decided to do.
A letter was read from the Berkhampstead Free Church Council inviting us to appoint 3 delegates to serve on the Free Church Council. It was proposed and seconded and carried that the following represent the Church on that body Mr Taylor, Mr Davis, Mr Purton.
A letter was read from Mr L King resigning from the post of Burial Ground Superintendent after many years of Service. The resignation was accepted and it was proposed and unanimously agreed that a letter of thanks be sent to Mr King for the good work he had done in this connection.
The appointment of a successor was made in Mr H Davis being asked to undertake the work which he accepted.
It was reported that there was £2-10 in hand on the Burial Ground a/c.
It was proposed, seconded and carried that Mr L King and Mr Rance be appointed sidesmen.
A report was received from Mr Evans that he be relieved of the Trusteeship of the Burial Ground and it was resolved that Mr S Purton be appointed new Trustee and that Mr Stratford be asked to make the necessary arrangements for Transfer.
Miss Pocock spoke of the need of further Missionary Effort and it was decided to have Missionary Boxes for all who would take them and also distribute the Missionary Herald to all who would take it up.
A very happy and enjoyable Church Meeting closed with Prayer.
Record of Church Meeting held on Monday March 6th 1939
The Pastor Mr F Stratford Presiding
Minutes of the Last Church Meeting were read and passed.
The Financial Statement was presented by the Pastor and accepted.
The Pastor referred in appreciative terms of the work done by the Late Miss Helen Baldwin in the Church Sunday School and the organisation of the Church and the Church places on record its great loss in her Home Call and looks back over the years of valued Service to the Kingdom of God in connection with the Church she loved so much and for which she worked so incessantly.
The Following Officers were appointed by the Church.
Church Secretary and Pastor Mr F Stratford
Treasurer Mr Ray Brooks
Organist Mrs L Delderfield
Assistant Organist Mr L Owen
Chapel Keepers Mr & Mrs H Davis
The Sunday School reported for confirmation the following appointments to the Sunday School.
Superintendant Mr S Purton
Secretary Mr N Taylor
Treasurer Miss Grace Briscoe
Mr S Purton as Superintendant of the Sunday School gave a brief but encouraging Report of the Sunday School.
The Pastor brought before the Members of the Church the Name of Mrs Wilkins asking for her Transfer from New Mill Baptist Church to our Fellowship.
Prop that this Transfer be applied for.
A suggestion was made that flowers be provided for the Church every Sunday as far as possible and that Mrs Taylor be asked to organise a Scheme for the carrying out of the suggestion.
A very happy time of Church Fellowship was brought to a close by the Benediction.
Mrs Wilkins transfer being received from New Mill Tring, she was given the Right Hand of Fellowship at the Communion Service held on Sunday April 9 1939.
A Special Meeting of the Church and Congregation was held on Monday May 15 at 7.30 to hear a letter read which had been received from the Pastor intimating that he had received a Call to another Sphere of Labour but before coming to a decision he thought it only right that after so long a time of happy fellowship together which extended to more than 12 years the Members of the Church and Congregation should be informed and under the Guidance of God help him to come to a decision in so important a matter.
The Chair was taken by the Senior Deacon Mr G Baker.
After Prayer and the singing of a Hymn the Chairman opened the business by asking Mr S Purton to read the letter received. After the letter was read a number of Members spoke.
Mr Baker stating that he could go back over the years of our Pastors work and with joy spoke of the work that under the blessing of God had been accomplished and He prayed to God that our Pastor would be led to continue his leadership of our Church.
Mr Brooks spoke that a fortnight ago Mr Stratford had told the Deacons of the Call, it came as a great surprise to them and a very regrettable one. The Deacons had unhesitatingly told Mr Stratford that it was their hope and wish that he would continue.
Mr Purton spoke of the energy he knew that both Mr and Mrs Stratford had put into this work at Northchurch and he could not possibly imagine Northchurch without Mr Stratford and although it was with deep regret that a short time ago Mrs Stratford received the Home Call to her Saviour she loved so much, he did hope that he would continue in his work amongst them.
The Chairman then asked We the Meeting to express its views on the Matter.
Mr Forrest asked Mr Brooks as he had mentioned the matter of finance if something could not be done in that way as he knew it cost a good amount. Mr Brooks replied that he was glad that the matter had been raised and definitely it would be raised at a later date but at the present moment he firmly believed that money did not in the least
Enter into the question.
Misses Halsey, Mrs Davis and many others spoke in high terms of the work under God being blessed.
Mr Burton spoke of the trying to lessen the strain of the work if possible.
Mr Taylor asked if a letter could be sent to Mr Stratford expressing the hope and wish of the Meeting that he be asked to continue his work amongst us and assure him of our love and loyalty to the cause we all love.
Mr W Nash proposed and Mr L Owen seconded and it was carried unanimously that such a letter be sent.
The following letter signed by the three Deacons of the Church was sent the same night to Mr Stratford.
The Meeting closed with singing and Prayer.
Northchurch Baptist Church
15 May 1939
Dear Mr Stratford
Having heard of the call to another sphere of service We the members of the Northchurch Baptist Church and Congregation in Special Meeting wish to express and to assure you of our love and loyalty. Many of us remember how you came to us 12 years ago and recall the early days of your ministry with its very small beginnings and every one of us are sure you were sent to us of God. Further we believe your work with us is not finished. Our Heavenly Father through you as blessed us as a Church. We have gone from strength to strength and we feel it would be a tragedy for Northchurch if at this time you decided to leave us.
We trust you may be led of God and while we think of others we cannot but Pray that you will continue the good work amongst us for years to come.
With prayerful thanks for the past we again assure you of our loving cooperation for the future.
Yours on behalf of the Church and
Ernest G Baker
Stanley G Purton
On Sunday May the 21st at the Evening Service
Mr Stratford announced that he felt with Gods help and the Cooperation of the Church he must continue to serve to the best of his power.
Mr & Mrs Excell transfer having been received from Buckland Common Baptist Church were given the right hand of Fellowship at the Communion Service held on Sunday Nov 12 1939
[3 September 1939 Britain declared war on Germany]
Minutes of Special Church Meeting held on Feb 26 1940
To consider the Question of the Renovation of the Church.
After a very friendly discussion as to what should be attempted the following Committee was appointed
Church representatives Mrs Brooks, Mr L Owen and Mr Excell
For the Congregation Mrs D Delderfield, Mr Delderfield, Mr G Rance
Ex officio The Pastor Mr Stratford and Deacons Mr Brooks S Purton and Mr Baker.
The Meeting then closed with Prayer
Minutes of the Renovation Committee held on March 4
A full Committee being present.
The Pastor Presided and opened the Meeting Prayer.
A general expression of views of what was contemplated took place. This was followed by a proposal that Mr J.T. Brooks of Tring be written and asked to give a price for painting the walls of the Church, varnishing seats and generally decorating the whole interior of the Chapel. This was unanimously agreed upon and that if possible should meet Mr J.T. Brooks on the following Saturday. The Chairman mentioned the matter of the Carpet and Stair carpet of the Rostrum. This was agreed should be replaced by a new one and Mrs S Delderfield and Mrs Brooks were appointed to see into the matter. Mr G Rance suggested the lighting of the Chapel be improved and Electric Hanging Lamps be placed instead of the old plain Bulb Lamps. This was agreed to be a good suggestion and inquiries would be made and reported upon at the next Meeting. This happy Meeting ended with Prayer.
Signed F Stratford1/4/40
Minutes of Meeting held 1 April 1940
A full Committee being present
The Chair was occupied by the Pastor who opened with Prayer.
Minutes of the Last Meeting were read passed and signed.
Arising out of the Minutes the Chairman stated Mr J.T. Brooks had been consulted and had given an estimate of £60 for the redecorating of the Chapel and the members of the committee that had been present at the time readily accepted the Estimate of 60£ but not binding Mr Brooks down to that price to a pound or two. Reporting on the good progress that had been made by the redecorating of the Chapel the Chairman said he believed all would be ready by May 5th the Sunday School Anniversary and the proposed opening date. The Committee approached the question of the two Gas Standards now on the rostrum. All unanimously agreed that the two Gas Standards should be removed and an Electric ready Lamp be fitted. The chairman produced an Estimate from Mr … and Simmons Hemel Hempstead for the relighting of the Chapel which would cost £15-2-4 and after full details had been discussed was accepted on the Proposition of Mr Rance and seconded by Mr Owen and carried unanimously. The Chairman stated that four members had promised to give 8 Hanging Lamps which cost 5£ so that meant the Church would have to find £10-2-4
Mr Brooks and Mrs Brooks stated they had seen Messrs Brandons and Jones ofBerkhampstead on the Carpet for the Rostrum and colours and 2 Qualities were submitted. 1st Quality £25.0.0 2nd Quality £20.0.0 this was for making and fitting + £2-2 extra for felt Pads for the Stairs. The Committee examined the prices and decided that we had the 1st Quality and the felt under the stairs at a cost of £27-2-0.
The Chairman suggested that the Church Members be asked to finance the extra needed to complete the scheme by individual small loans lent to the Church for repayment at a later date. This concluded the business and the Meeting closed with Prayer.
[4 June 1940 last British Servicemen evacuated from Dunkirk]
Minutes of Meeting of Church and Congregation held on Monday Sept-9 1940
27 being present.
After the singing of an Hymn Mr S Purton led the Meeting in Prayer.
Outline of Winter arrangements were given by the Pastor.
An Encouraging Report was given by the Sunday School the Young Peoples Fellowship. The Chief Item of Business was the Question as to whether we should in the Winter Months revert to the times of the Services all last Winter viz at 11 and 3-15 or Meet in the Schoolroom which was blacked out for the Evening Service. After a number of opinions had been expressed the Resolution was Proposed by Mr H Davis and seconded by Miss Halsey that we do hold our Services at 11o/ck and 3-15. This was put to the Meeting and carried. Our Treasurer Mr R Brooks expressed that we had a Balance in Hand of £27-7-11½. It was decided that we Purchase a new gas stove for the Vestry. The Harvest Festival which was to be held on Sunday and Monday Sept 22 and 23 if as successful as previous years would enable us to Pay off all our Loans and still have an amount in Hand. The Pastor reported that there might be a possibility of our Treasurer Mr R Brooks being called up for Service and it was necessary to appoint one to take over the duties in his absence. It was unanimously agreed that Mrs Brooks take over the work.
A very happy Meeting closed with the Benediction. F Stratford
Minutes of Meeting of Church and Congregation held on 27 Jan 1941
Chair being taken by the Pastor.
After the singing of an Hymn Prayer was offered by Mr Brooks.
The Minutes of the previous Meeting were read confirmed and signed.
Mr Taylor gave an helpful report of the work of the Sunday School. Mr R Brooks gave an encouraging Report of the Y.P.F. The Financial Statement was given by the Treasurer which stated that the balance in Hand up to the end of 1940 was £31-2-2½.
The Pastor reported on an appeal for the Forward Movementfrom Miss Durrell. This matter had been talked over by the Deacons and they recommended that the Sum of £5 be sent. It was Proposed by Mr Taylor Seconded by Mr Owen that the sum of 5£ be granted from the Church Funds. Mrs Excell and Mr Delderfield very kindly augmented this Amount by gifts of
1£ this was added to the 5£ making 7£ to be sent with the request that the amount be specified for the work at Mill End Rickmansworth New Church Fund. A letter of grateful thanks as been received from the Church at Mill End thanking us for the splendid gift. The Pastor reported on a visit he had received from Mr Ashly re the Northchurch Burial Ground and the fencing of the New Part which would cost £150 and 50£ was still needed to complete the scheme.
After a pleasant debate it was decided on the Proposition of Mr S Purton seconded by Mr Excell that £10 be sent to the Church Authority for this object. A letter as since been received thanking us for that Donation. It was also decided to take an Annual Collection for the upkeep of the Cemetery.
Mr Burton raised the question of fire watchers and Mr Wright the Senior Warden of Northchurch as been handed a Key of the premises.
The Meeting which was a happy one closed with the Benediction after which the friends enjoyed a Cup of Tea.
F Stratford 13/9/41
[The Northchurch Burial Ground referred to is the one off New Road, not the old Bell Lane Burial Ground.]
A Meeting of the Church and Congregation was held on the 13 of Sept 1941
The Pastor Presiding
After the singing of an Hymn Prayer was offered by Mr S Purton.
The Financial Statement of the Church was presented by Mrs Brooks which stated that we started the year with a Balance in hand of £31-2-2½ we now had a Balance of £38-12-4. The Meeting was chiefly called to consider a Report of the condition of the Roofs of the Vestry and Kitchen. After a full report had been given and an estimate obtained for its repairs it was Proposed by Mr L Owens Seconded by Mr Nash that the estimate of 20£ be accepted and that the work be put in hand at once. The Question then arose as to the near approach of the … but whether we should change our times for Evening Service from 6o/ck to 3-15. It was proposed seconded and carried that this change be affected when it became necessary. The Meeting closed with Prayer.
10/9/41 March 9 1942
Minutes of Meeting of the Church and Congregation held on March 9th 1942
The Pastor presiding. A good number of Members were present.
The Meeting opened with an Hymn and Prayer by Mr S Purton.
A word of welcome was extended to those present and an explanation of the Meeting was given by the Pastor. The Minutes of the last Meeting were read and signed.
A letter was read from the Rev Guy Beech Rector of Northchurch thanking us for the allocation of 10£ to the Church Burial Ground and saying that at the last Parochial Church Council it was passed unanimously that a Representative from Northchurch Baptist Church should be appointed to Represent us on the Church Yard Committee. It was proposed by Mrs Brooks seconded by Mr L Owen that Mr S Delderfield be appointed Delegate. A collection to be taken annually for that purpose.
The Treasurer Mrs Brooks then gave the Treasurers Report which stated that the sum of £52.3.7 was the balance in hand to date. Proposed by Mr Taylor Seconded by Mrs Foskett that the Report be accepted with grateful thanks for the Service rendered by Mrs Brooks. Thanks were expressed by those present for the amount of Service and good work done by the Pastor. At this juncture the question was asked concerning the expenses of the Pastor etc. and in order that the Church might feel free to discuss the matter he withdrew. After a few minutes the Pastor returned to the Meeting when he was told that it had been proposed by Mr Taylor and Seconded by Mr Excell that the sum of 5£ be offered to the Pastor as a recognition of his work amongst us. This was carried unanimously. Words of thanks and appreciation for the fidelity and good feeling that existed amongst us all were expressed by the Pastor.
It was proposed by Mr Foskett and seconded by Mrs Davis that the Deacons be empowered to grant the Sunday School any financial help that they may need.
Proposed by Mrs Delderfield and seconded by Mrs Brooks that the sum of £2.2.0 be subscribed to the fund being raised by the Herts Baptist Association to the Rev F.L. Maltby [?] on his retirement from the Superintendency of the Area. The Pastor then explained the arrangements made for the Celebration of the Ter Centenary [actually 150 years] of the B.M.S. After which it was proposed to appoint a Missionary Committee consisting of the following Mrs Bruton, Mrs Brooks, Mrs Delderfield, Mrs Owen, Miss Hard, Miss Briscoe and the Missionary Secretary Miss G Pocock, the Pastor and Deacons being ex officio with Mr Bruton, Mr Exell and J Lewis. Proposed that Mr Exell be appointed Delegate from the Church to the Baptist Union Assembly to be held in London. Proposed that Church votes for Rev S Johnson and Mr H E Curtis for the B M S Committee. A report from the Sunday School was given by the Sec Mr Taylor. Report from the Young Peoples Fellowship was given by Mr Owen and the Treasurer Mr Bruton. The Members then partook of a Cup of Tea and a very happy gathering closed with Prayer.
F Stratford /9/42
Minutes of a Meeting of Church and Congregation held on Monday Aug 17 1942
Mr Stratford Presiding.
The Meeting opened with Hymn and Prayer by Mr S Purton
A very hearty welcome was extended to all present.
Minutes of the last Meeting were read and approved on the Proposition of Mr Davis and Seconded by Mrs Skidmore.
The Treasurer Mrs Brooks gave her report which reported a Balance in Hand of £74-18-10
The Report on the Missionary effort was given by Mr Stratford.
It was proposed by Mrs Brooks and Seconded by Mrs Taylor that the whole of the Proceeds of the Harvest Festival be given this year to the Ter-centenary celebrations of the B.M.S. This was carried unanimously.
It was proposed by Mrs Skidmore and seconded that the Morning Service at the Harvest Festival be on a Topic of the B.M.S. and that it be taken by Mr Stratford, Mr Thompson being the Preacher for the Evening.
A Report on the S. School effort for the B.M.S. was given by Mr Aubrey Delderfield.
The Question of entertaining the soldiers in the neighbourhood was brought up for consideration and it was proposed that the following be formed a Committee to meet Representatives of the Soldiers to discuss ways and means. Mr Exell, Mr Bruton, Mr Davis, S Delderfield, Miss Halsey, Mrs Davis and Mrs Purton.
The Sunday School Report was given by Mrs Taylor in the absence of Mr Taylor.
The S. S. Treasurer gave the Financial Report.
The Young Peoples Fellowship Report was given by the Sec Mr Owen.
The Treasurers Report by Mr Bruton.
After discussion it was proposed by that during the Winter Black Out our Services be held at 3-15 instead of 6o/c this was carried by 14 votes to 9.
It was Proposed by Mrs Taylor and Seconded by Mrs Short that Mrs S Purton be appointed Flower Secretary this was carried unanimously.
Mr Davis was asked to do what he could to make the Black Out in the Schoolroom effective and to procure whatever was required.
The Meeting closed with Prayer After which the Members had a cup of Tea together in Happy Fellowship.
Minutes of Meeting held on March 3rd 1943
The Meeting opened with Hymn and Prayer
The Minutes of the Last Meeting were read confirmed and signed on the Proposition of Miss F Halsey seconded by Mrs Skidmore. Arising from the minutes was the question of Catering for the Soldiers in the neighbourhood. The Pastor explained the reason why this had not been carried out and it was proposed that the existing Committee should be called together if necessary.
The Treasurers Report was read and on the proposition of Mr Fosket Seconded by Mrs Skidmore it was carried and that our best thanks be tendered to Mrs Brooks for the excellent way the Report was presented and for all the work she had done. This was Proposed by Mr S Delderfield and Seconded by Miss A Halsey.
The B M S work was received and was satisfactory.
It was proposed by Mrs Davis and Seconded by Mrs Skidmore that £3-10-0 be sent to the Sustentation Fund of the Baptist Union.
It was Proposed that Mr A Delderfield be our Representative at the Annual Assembly.
This was Prop by Mr Foskett and 2nded by Mrs Brooks.
It was decided on the Proposition of Mr Exell Seconded by Mr Delderfield that Mrs Davis and Mrs Bruton be our representatives at the Herts Baptist Union Meeting to be held in St Albans.
On the Report of the Treasurer of the Sunday School it was Proposed by Mr Exell Seconded by Mrs F Halsey that 5£ be given to the S.S. Funds.
It was Proposed by Mrs Brooks seconded by Mr Exell that the Pastor be asked to accept 5£ towards his expenses. This was carried and the Pastor responded with grateful thanks.
It was proposed by Mrs Purton Seconded by Mrs Davis that we apply for the Transfer of Miss M Hards from London to our Fellowship.
It was proposed by A Halsey Seconded by Mr Exell that we apply for the Transfer of Mrs Horace Davis from Berkhampstead to our Fellowship.
The Young Peoples Fellowship Report was presented by the Sec Miss Hards.
A very happy Meeting closed with Prayer
F Stratford 30/8/43
Minutes of the Meeting held on Monday August 30 1943
Presided over by Mr Stratford.
Meeting opened with Hymn followed by Prayer.
The Minutes of the Meeting held on March 3rd were read approved and signed on the Proposal of Mrs Davis seconded by Miss F Halsey. The only business arising out of the Minutes was a suggestion from Mr Taylor that the Church Delegates to the Annual Baptist Union Meetings and the Herts Baptist Union Meetings be asked to give a short report at the following Church Meeting after such gatherings.
1 The Treasurers Report. Mrs Brooks gave a short Report stating our financial position which was very satisfactory the Church having in hand the sum of £156-9-0 which included Donations. Mr Owen proposed and Mrs Skidmore seconded and it was passed unanimously that the Report be passed with satisfaction at the result of our finances.
2 Sunday School. Mr Taylor reported on the change on the Superintendency of Afternoon School this being due to the Superintendent Mr Stan Purton being called into the forces. Mrs Brooks and Miss Hards had been elected as Joint Superintendents Temporary. He also reported that Mr Aubrey Delderfield had been elected Treasurer in the place of Mrs Saunders who had to give up the work for personal reasons. Mr Exell reported that several young people who had been to the school as Evacuees had paid the Sunday School a visit.
(3) The Harvest Festival was fixed for Sunday Sept 26 and owing to Mr Holliday being unable to come owing to sickness in the Family it was proposed by Mr Taylor and Seconded by Miss A Halsey and carried that Mr Read be invited and failing him Mr Thompson to conduct the Evening Service. It was proposed by Miss F Halsey and carried that we arrange if possible a Harvest Tea which should be held at 5o/c and the sale on the Evening to commence at 7o/c.
4 Change of Service. It was suggested that the times for Service during the Months of Black Out should be at 11 and 3.15. After a very friendly discussion it was decided on the Show of Hands that for the coming Winter Months those times should be adhered to, the dates to commence the alteration being fixed for Sunday Oct 3rd 1943.
This concluded the Business of the Meeting and after the Singing of an Hymn Mr Stratford closed a very pleasant Meeting with Prayer.
Before the Members wended their way Homeward light refreshments were partaken of.
F Stratford 4/4/1944
Minutes of Meeting of Church and Congregation held on Monday April 4 1944
The Meeting opened with the singing of the Hymn 228 followed by Prayer from Mr Stratford. A few words of Welcome were expressed by Mr Stratford and a letter read from our Deacon Mr Ray Brooks thanking the Members of the Church and Congregation for their Prayers and good wishes.
The Minutes of the Meeting held on August 30th were read and approved on the Proposition of Mr Davis seconded by Mrs Skidmore.
The Treasurers Report was presented by Mrs Brooks giving an account of the financial position of the Church. The balance at the last meeting amounted to £139-11sand 5d the Balance now was £180-3-2. It was proposed by Mr Taylor seconded by Miss Francis [Frances] Halsey that the Report be accepted this was carried unanimously.
Mr Stratford then asked the Meeting if they wished to continue the Collection on behalf of the Northchurch Burial Ground. Mr Foskit Proposed and Mr Davis seconded and it was carried that the collection be continued. It was decided to leave the amount of the contribution to the Treasurer, Mr Stratford and Mr S Delderfield (the Representative of the Church on the Northchurch Burial Ground Committee).
The Chairman then spoke on the Splendid Work of our Caretakers had done and suggested that an acknowledgement be made to them of a gift of £2-2-0. It was proposed by Mr Delderfield and seconded by Mrs Rance and all were in favour of this being done. Mr and Mrs Davis were informed of this and gratefully they acknowledged the appreciation.
Delegates to the Baptist Union Meetings to be held in London. It was proposed and carried that Mr A Delderfield and Mr Exell be our Delegates to those Meetings.
Delegates to the Herts Baptist Union Meetings to be held in Watford. It was proposed and carried that Mrs Davis and Mrs Bruton represent us.
Short Reports were then presented from the various organisations of the Church.
Mr Taylor Secretary of the Sunday School and Mr A Delderfield Treasurer of the Sunday School who reported that the Balance to the credit of the Sunday School was 7£ . Mrs Brooks as Joint Superintendent of the Sunday School spoke a word of welcome to Mrs Bruton who had joined the School as Teacher. She also spoke of the Good Work of Miss Kath Davis the Pianist and her constant attendance.
Mr Exell spoke of the work of the Morning Sunday School when he thanked all who had helped him in this work.
Miss Hard reported on the work of the Young Peoples Fellowship that the meetings had been well attended and enjoyable times spent. She also reported that £4-10-0 had been raised by Carol Singing at Xmas and sent to the British Red Cross . The Treasurer Mr Bruton gave the financial report.
Collection Mr S Delderfield proposed that the whole of the Collections on one Sunday be given to the Red Cross.
Mr Stratford voiced his appreciation and best thanks to all who had helped him in any way in the carrying on of the work we all loved so well.
Miss Pocock thanked all those who had helped in the Missionary Work.
Mr Foskitt raised the Question as to whether it would not be wise in the absence on the Service of this Country of our Deacons to appoint an extra Deacon. As this was a matter of the Members of the Church it was to be recommended to the Church from this Meeting that Mr Exell be so appointed. After the singing of an Hymn the Meeting closed with Prayer. Before the Members went Home light refreshments were handed round and a very happy Meeting closed.
On the following Sunday the recommendation was brought before the Members of the Church when it was proposed by Mr Taylor seconded by Mr Davis and all were in favour that Mr Exell be appointed a Deacon of the Church.
F Stratford 4/9/44
Minutes of Meeting of Church and Congregation held on Monday Sept 4th 1944.
The meeting opened with a hymn sung at the Special Request of Mr Erndin and was followed by Prayer from Mr Stratford. Minutes of Meeting held on April 4 were read and on the Proposition of Mr Delderfield Seconded by Mrs Skidmore it was unanimously passed that the Minutes be signed as correct.
The Deputy (Treasurer) Mrs Brooks then gave the Financial Statement and reported that at the time we had a Balance in Hand of £225-11-9 which was favourably reported on. We also sent to the Northchurch Burial Ground Committee a cheque for £3-3-0 and also that the sum of £2-18-0 had been sent to the British Red Cross this being the result of a Special Collection at a Sundays Services. It was Proposed by Mrs Owen and seconded by Miss Halsey that the Report be passed, this was carried unanimously.
The Main Business of the Meeting was to discuss the time of the Evening Service. Mrs Davis proposed that the Services as long as necessary be held at 3-15 in the afternoon until such time as the Black Out Restrictions were in force. This was carried all being in favour.
Harvest Festival Services were Reported to have been fixed for Sunday Sept 24 and 25 and that Mr Stratford conduct the Morning Service and that the Sunday School conduct the Afternoon Service when a Service of Song would be given by the Scholars, and that Mr East of Hemel Hempstead be asked to conduct the Evening Service. That Service to commence at 5-45. The Harvest Tea was fixed for Monday 25th at 5o/c and the Sale to follow at 7o/c.
Mr Stratford asked the Meeting if there was any item we could consider for when Peace was declared. Two items were mentioned there being (1) the Purchasing of the Gas Fires from the Herts County Council when the occupation of the Schoolroom by them ceased (2) the fencing down the side of the Chapel.
Then followed Short Happy Reports from the Various Organisations of the Church. 1st the Sunday School Reported that the Scholars were very enthusiastic about their part in the Harvest Festival and they thanked all who had given help to the Sunday School Work. Mr Aubrey Delderfield reported that the Sunday School had in Hand the Sum of £18-17-1. Mr Exell reported on the Morning School that 59 Names were then on the Register and all were very keen and he wished to thank all who had helped him and stated that they had collected nearly £3-0-0.
Miss Hard reported on the Y.P.F. stating that the Work was going well and some good Meetings were held week by week. A little Outing and a Social had been arranged during the Summer Recess and a Social was being held on Sept 19th as a Prelude to the Winter Season. Mr Bruton (Treasurer) Reported that the Y.P.F had a Balance in Hand of £7-9-5.
Reports were then given from the Delegates who had attended the B.U. Meetings in London and the Herts Baptist Association Meetings at Watford. Mr Exell spoke of the very interesting and helpful day in London. In the Morning Session held in Bloomsbury Baptist Church and in the Evening at Buckingham Gate Congregational Church they listened to some excellent Speeches from the leading Men of the Denomination and were greatly enjoyed. Mr Davis reported on the Meetings at Watford where some excellent Meetings were held and they were glad to know that we were linked up with such a large number of Baptists in the County. The Main Theme of the Meetings were the New World and the New Youth Movement.
Mr Stratford thanked everyone for their support and help and for the kindnesses that had been shown to him. A very happy Meeting closed with the singing of the Hymn Blessed be the Tie that Binds and after the Benediction enjoyed happy fellowship with a cup of Tea and Cakes arranged by the Ladies.
[ 1st verse of 6 :
Blessed be the tie that binds
Our hearts in Christian love;
The fellowship of kindred minds
Is like that to that above ]
Minutes of Meeting held on March 19th 1945.
A goodly number of the Church and Congregation met on March 19 1945 to consider Various Matters and Reports of the work of the Church. The Meeting opened with Hymn and Prayer led by Mr Ray Brooks who was home on leave.
The Minutes of the last Meeting were read and it was Proposed by Mr Foskett seconded by Mr Davis and carried that the minutes as presented be signed. Business arising out of the Minutes. Mr Stratford Reported that he had paid the £3-3-0 to the Northchurch Burial Ground Committee so that they could make up their books for the year. The Meeting confirmed the action.
The business of the Fencing around the Chapel was brought up for discussion and it was decided to leave the matter for a time owing to the difficulty of procuring timber for the same.
Mrs Brooks reported that the collections for the year had amounted to £98-8-6 and the Balance at the Bank was £255-7-8. Mr Stratford expressed his thanks and he was sure the thanks of the Church for the work put in by Mrs Brooks with regard to our Finances.
Mr Foskett proposed that the Donation to the Sustentation Fund be made up to £5-5-0 This was appreciated by the Pastor all being in favour.
Mrs M Wright proposed that we hold a Sundays collection for the Northchurch Burial Ground and that it be made up to £3-3-0. Mrs Skidmore Seconded and all were in favour. Mr Foskett proposed that the whole of the Sundays Collection taken on April 22nd be sent to the Red Cross, Miss Hard seconded and all were in favour.
Miss Halsey proposed that we purchase small Electric Fires to be place near the Organ and also one for the Rostrum. This was carried unanimously the matter to be left to the following, Mr and Mrs Delderfield Mr Bruton and the Deacons.
All were in favour that we have a New Notice Board fixed outside the Chapel. This was left to Mr Bruton, Mr Foskett and the Deacons. Mr Davis reported that the Curtains wanted attention, it was proposed that he be asked to get them repaired.
B U Meetings in London. Mrs Brooks Proposed and Mrs Davis seconded that Mr Aubrey Delderfield be the Delegate to the Spring Meetings. All were in favour.
To the Herts Baptist Association meetings to be held at St Albans, Mrs Rance and Mrs Delderfield were proposed by Mrs Davis and seconded by Miss Halsey and all agreed
The Sunday School Report was given by Mr Exell which was a very satisfactory one . Mr A Delderfield Reported that the Sunday School had £10-10- in Hand.
Report of the Y.P.F. was given by Miss Hard and Mr Bruton the treasurer reported that they had £7-8-5 in Hand.
Mrs Davis reported on the work of the Womens Own. [First mention]
Missionary. Mrs Davis had taken over the work of Sec of the Missionary Society on the decease of Miss Pocock. Mr Taylor proposed and Mrs M Wright Seconded that Miss K Davis with the help of her Mother be the Missionary Secretary for the Church.
It was announced that the Anniversary of the Sunday School would be held on May 13 & 14. The Harvest Festival on the 3rd Sunday in September.
Mr Stratford said that a Thanksgiving Service would be held in the Church at 7-30 PM on the Day of Peace for Europe.
The Pastor Expressed grateful thanks to all who had stood by him during the past 12 months of anxious thought and work.
Mr Rance had Audited the Church’s books and the Meeting wanted to render their sincere thanks . A very happy Meeting then closed with the company singing the Hymn Blessed be the Tie that Binds and the Pastor closed with the Benediction.
Light Refreshments were than partaken of by all present.
F Stratford 15/10/45
[Germany unconditionally surrendered 8 May 1945]