Catalogue ReferenceD/MS14
TitleRecords of Wokingham Rose Street Methodist church
Description[For more information about the records in this collection please contact Berkshire Record Office.]


Society administration
Trustees' meeting minutes, 1865-1976; trust accounts, 1864-1974; Building Committee minutes, correspondence, plans and other papers relating to church and hall extensions, 1959-1974, 2004; leaders' meeting and annual society meeting minutes, 1926-1973; Church Council and Annual Church Meeting minutes, 1974-2006; Annual Church Meeting papers, 1976-2010; report on proposed redevelopment, 1971; Stewards’ minutes, 2003-2011; Church Committee minutes, 1974-1991; Finance (sometimes Fabric and Finance) Committee minutes, 1975-1999, 2010, and papers, 1980-2000, 2011; Redevelopment Sub-committee minutes and papers, 1996-2000; Pastoral Committee minutes, 1985-2008; Communications Team minutes, 2009; society steward's accounts, 1941-1953; collection journals and related records, 1905-1986; annual statements of accounts, 1953-2005/6; Buzzacott trust papers, 1962-1984; manse trustees' minutes, 1949-1976; papers relating to manses, 1965-1966; inventory, 1996.

Society organisations
Women's Fellowship membership register, 1968-1997; Contact programmes, 2001/2-2002/3; Men of Rose Street minutes, 2009-2011, and programmes, 1999/2000-2001/2; old folks' parties reports and accounts, 1929-1932; Guild minutes, syllabuses and related papers, 1949-1970; British and Foreign Bible Society: Wokingham branch minutes, 1973-1984; Railway and Transport Club programmes, 2001-2002.

Service of the church
Special orders of service, 1974, 1993-2008.

Baptism registers, 1874-2007; Wokingham Free Church Burial Board minutes, 1996-2011, correspondence, 1991-2011, and plan, 2005.

Register of classes, c.1920-1966; directories, c.1960s, 1993-2008; Young Disciples roll, 1928-1953; class tickets, 1881, 1883.

Sunday School and Sunday Institute
Sunday School Council minutes, 1924-1960; cradle rolls, 1940s-2003 (incomplete); notes, newscuttings etc, 1941-1972.

Printed material/Miscellaneous
Methodist booklets and newspapers, c.1900-1990; church and personal memorabilia, c.1911-1950; Wokingham roll of honour (1914-1918 and 1939-1945), 1948; newscuttings and leaflets, 1967-1995; church magazines, 1992-2012; recipe book, 1994; photograph of church interior, c.1900-1908; notes on history of church, 20C-2000.
RepositoryBerkshire Record Office (code: GB 005)
Extent53 vols, 87 bdls, 41 docs
Admin HistoryA Wesleyan Methodist society first met in Rose Street, Wokingham, in 1817, converted a barn into its first chapel in 1819, and has occupied buildings on the same site ever since, a new chapel being built in 1870. Good summaries of the society's expansion and improvement of its premises and of the church's history and service to the town are given in news cuttings about the building and opening of extended premises, 1967-1974, and in the re-opening service programme, reference D/MS 14/8/7.

The society came within the Reading circuit until 1991, when it transferred to become the headquarters of the newly-formed S E Berkshire circuit.
AcquisitionDeposited in 1971 (part acc. 2002 transferred from Reading Borough Council, April 1975); August 1978 (acc. 2333 part); March 1981 (acc. 2657); October 1981 (acc. 2945 part); August 1984 (acc. 3446); February 1985 (acc. 3528 part); June 1990 (acc. 4618 part); July 1991 (acc. 4826); September 1991 (acc. 4870); August 1992 (acc. 5068 part); October 1992 (acc. 5105); November 1992 (acc. 5123 part); January 1994 (acc. 5355); July 1996 (acc. 5843); December 1996 (acc. 6153); December 1998 (acc. 6352); February 2002 (acc. 6931); June 2004 (acc. 7428); September 2011 (acc. 8855); February 2013 (acc. 9181); December 2014 (acc. 9544); August 2016 (acc. 9934)

Schedule of accessions
Acc. 2002 (part): 1A/1
Acc. 2333 (part): 4B/1/1
Acc. 2657: 1A/2-3; 1B/2; 1B/5/1-6; 2A/1-2; 2B/1, 2/1-2; 2B/4-8; 2E/1; 3C/1
Acc. 2945 (part): 5A/1
Acc. 3446: 6A/1
Acc. 3528 (part): 1A/4-6; 1B/3-4; 1F/1; 2A/4
Acc. 4618 (part): 2A/3; 2B/9; 2C/3-5; 3C/2-4; 6B/1
Acc. 4826: 1B/5/7-13; 1B/6; 2B/2/3; 2B/3, 10; 2D/1
Acc. 4870: 1C/1; 1F/2-7; 2C/1-2
Acc. 5068 (part): 2E/2; 8/1-6, 8
Acc. 5105: 2A/5-8
Acc. 5123 (part): 1E/1; 7C/1-2; 8/7
Acc. 5355: 2E/3; 4B/1/2; 6A/2; 8/9
Acc. 5843: 1B/1; 2E/4; 6A/3-4; 7B/1-2; 8/10-13
Acc. 6153: 2E/6; 3E/1; 6A/5-7; 6C/1; 8/14-18
Acc. 6352: 2A/9; 2C/6; 2E/7; 8/19, 23
Acc. 6931: 2E/5; 3A/1; 3B/1; 3F/1; 4B/2; 6A/8; 8/20-22
Acc. 7428: 2E/8-9; 3A/2; 3F/2; 4B/3; 6A/9-10; 8/24-27
Acc. 8855: 2D/2; 2E/1-16; 6A/11; 7A/1; 8/28-46
Acc. 9181: 1C/2; 1F/8; 2A/11-12; 2B/11; 2C/7-19; 2D/3; 2E/17-18; 5A/2; 7B/3; 8/47
Acc. 9544: 1C/3; 2D/4; 2E/19; 3A/3; 8/48
Acc. 9934: 2A/13; 2B/12; 2C/20-21; 2E/20; 3B/2; 5C/1-5
ArrangementClassification scheme for Methodist society (chapel or church) records

[This scheme shows how the collection is arranged. This collection does not include every type of record in the scheme. See the summary for records included in this collection.]

1 Trustees
1A Trustees' meeting minutes
1B Trust accounts
1C Chapel property [deeds, certificates, licences, appointments of trustees]
1D Correspondence
1E Related committees
1F Other property [eg manse, hall, school]
1G Other

2 Leaders and society stewards/Church Council)
2A Leaders' meeting/Church Council minutes
2B Accounts
2C Committees
2D Correspondence
2E Other

3 Society organisations
3A Women's groups [except Women's Work
3B Men's groups
3C Joint fellowship [except Sunday Institute]
3D Youth organisations [except Sunday School]
3E Missions [including Women's Work]
3F Other

4 Service of the church
4A Pulpit notices
4B Orders of service
4C Ministers' papers
4D Other

5 Registration
5A Baptism
5B Marriage
5C Burial

6 Membership
6A Registers, class books and directories
6B Young disciples
6C Other

7 Sunday School and Sunday Institute
7A Sunday School minutes and accounts
7B Sunday School registers and cradle rolls
7C Other Sunday School records
7D Sunday Institute

8 Printed material/Miscellaneous
Access ConditionsWith the exception of registers of baptism, marriage and burial, and other material whose contents have been made public, records of the Methodist Church are closed for 30 years, and pastoral records for 75 years, in accordance with Methodist Church standing orders.

Applications for access to closed records must be made in writing to the County Archivist.
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