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West Hallam Methodist Church

Proposals for the New Methodist Chapel
- 1989 -

New Proposal
Architects Proposals for the New Methodist Chapel, Replacing the Existing One.
Taken from the WHM Magazine May 1989





By the late sixties numbers at Mapperley Chapel had fallen dramatically through lack of interest and there was only a handful of people still attending, most of whom were women.

"Mr Charles Bowley, who was Sunday School superintendent, always said he wanted a chapel at West Hallam and Maurice and Hilda Stephens said they would give us some, land on High Lane which used to be a pottery yard."

The old building was bought by Mr Ivan Webster for £800 and he has used it as a timber store ever since. (Now a private dwelling) The last service at Mapperley was conducted by Ilkeston Methodist lay preacher Mr John Moorley.
Mr Webster wanted to take over the building immediately, so from August, 1969, until December, when the new £4,500 building was opened near Mapperley crossroads, services were held in the summer house of Ilkeston solicitor Mr Herbert Brewer at 137 High Lane West.

At the dedication service conducted by the Rev Arthur Snell, then the Superintendent Minister of the Ilkeston Methodist Circuit, the church's oldest member, the late Mrs Hannah Bridges, 84 at the time, was presented with the key to the church by William Wood Ltd. from Heanor, who did the building.


The building, however, is only a temporary one and within the next few years a permanent brick building must be built or the Methodists will have to think again about a home.


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