A brief history of St.Aidan's Church

The 1940's and 1950's

Sunday School circa 1950

No records have been located for the 1940's but June Skidmore remembers services being conducted by a Mr. & Mrs. Brazier and that clergy had to "robe" in a rather smelly cupboard-like room that was not quite in the toilet. During the war St.Aidan's grounds were used as a temporary fire station.

Snippets of information about the life of the church show up in old copies of the Parish Magazine that was published monthly until some time in the 1970's. Unfortunately it has not been possible to locate an archive of the parish magazine and the main source is odd copies kept by various people to remember family events.

In October 1948, the Revd. J. Alex Motyer was curate in charge and the Sunday School superintendent was Mr.C.R.Hughes. Notes from St.Aidan's authored by "G.M.B" recorded that a social evening had been held for the first time for many years on August 12th to mark the forthcoming wedding of Alex Motyer who was presented with a pewter tea service and tray. Alex Motyer went on to become principal of Trinity Theological College Bristol and author of several books. He revisited St.Aidan's for the dedication of the new church in 1962.

The 1950's saw St.Aidan's continuing with the Sunday afternoon Sunday school and the evening service in the increasingly decrepit "tin tabernacle". The Sunday school was well attended with typically 100 pupils crammed into the hall. Photographs of the Sunday school survive from approximately 1950. The photographs show 70 mostly well-behaved pupils and 15 staff.

This photograph was posed at the back of the church away from Mount Road. If you look very carefully at the right hand side you can just see the "sanitary arrangements" of 1931 and the handlebars of somebody's bicycle. If you think you might be able to identify yourself or your friends from amongst those shown on the photograph, a larger version is available.

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