At a very young age I was invited to go to Sunday School by my next door neighbour so I began to attend the primary department. Later on I went up into the main Sunday School. We used to celebrate the church events such as at Easter time the choir, of which I had become a member, used to perform oratorios such as Olivet to Calvary. For the Sunday School anniversaries the front of the church had tiered rows of seating and we children were given poems and we sang special songs. At harvest festival we all stood outside the church before the service began and then walked down the aisles in twos bearing our gifts of fruit and vegetables which were then placed at the front to make a very colourful display.
The Sunday School teachers that I can remember during my time were Miss Ivy Reek for the primary, Miss E Clarke, Mrs N Pickup, the Misses L and M Bull, Miss U Broomhead, Mrs Hughes, Miss M Peel and Mr C Carter. There were probably others that I can’t remember. Mrs Hughes was the wife of the Rev. J. Hughes who preceded the Rev Hamblin. Miss Clarke who was also a teacher at Broomhill Junior School used to put on plays for the Sunday School which were always exciting to dress up and perform. When we became teenagers Mr and Mrs Carter formed a youth group and called it The Questors and I believe we became members of the Methodist Association of Youth Clubs.
Our church had very active B.P groups. The Guide Captain was H Stringfellow and the Brown Owl was Miss J Buckingham. The scouts and cubs were known as the 6 th Mansfield under the leadership of Group Scoutmaster A. Harrison, Scoutmaster George F Yeomans and Cubmistress Una Broomhead. I thoroughly enjoyed my time as an assistant cubmistress. Our Scout Troop produced Mansfield’s first Queen’s Scouts, Michael Henshaw and Gordon Rolph and the Troop won several scouting competitions during the early fifties.
One of my vivid memories in the church is the beautiful stained glass window depicting The Good Shepherd, and I feel I owe a lot to those within the church who guided me through my childhood and teenage years.
Below are two plays performed by scholars of Nottingham Road Methodist Church Sunday School.
Pantomime – “The Sleeping Princess In The Wood” – January 1949.
and “The Stained Glass Window” – 1950