Catalogue ReferenceD/MS36
TitleRecords of Cookham Rise Wesleyan Methodist Church

Society administration
Trustees' meeting minutes, 1904-1976; trust accounts, 1936-1977; trust bank pass book 1962-1963; plans and elevations of church, 1973-1979; appointments of new trustees, 1904-1967; trustees' correspondence, (1903-1905), 1940-1973; copy deeds of cottages in Lower Road, Cookham Rise, 1893-1900; leaders' meeting minutes, 1956-1974; Church Council minutes, 1974-2007 (incomplete); General Church Meeting minutes, 1975-2007 (incomplete); stewards' accounts, 1905-1925, 1956-1970; church accounts, 1975-2004 (incomplete); annual statements, 1976/7-2006/7 (incomplete); bank pass books, 1958-1973; quinquennial inspections of church, 2001-2011, and West End Cottage, 2002, 2012.

Society organisations
Women's Fellowship minutes, 1959-1983; Wesley Guild minutes, 1920-1930; Physical Culture class lists, 1933-1935.

Service of the church
Special orders of service, 1956, 1980.

Baptism certificate stubs, 1967-1978.

Sunday School and Sunday Institute
Sunday School teachers' meeting minutes, 1905-1912; Sunday School Council minutes, 1912-1924; annual reports, 1919-1922 (incomplete).

Printed material/Miscellaneous
Newsletters, 1955-1956, 1985-2006 (incomplete); anniversary weekend programme, 1985; photographs (1905)-2000; notes on history of the church, 1973-1983.
RepositoryBerkshire Record Office (code: GB 005)
Extent26 vols, 26 bdls, 13 docs
Admin HistoryThe work at Cookham Rise began as open air services held by members from Cookham (D/MS37) and Maidenhead (D/MS10) Wesleyan Methodist Churches in 1884. A Mission Room (an iron chapel) was built the same year in New Road, and a society established. In 1904-5, Wesley Church was built, opening in April 1905. The old iron chapel was moved to a new site behind the new church and used as a hall and Sunday School until a new hall was erected. The iron chapel was later converted into a private house on yet another site in Cookham Rise.

For a history of the church, see Peter Hardiment, And Can It Be : The Story of Cookham Methodism (1999) (copy in BRO library).
AcquisitionDeposited in March 1980 (acc. 2513 part); June 1988 (acc. 4239 part); June 1994 (acc. 5443 part); August 2003 (acc. 7258); July 2004 (acc. 7452); October 2006 (acc. 7898); October 2007 (acc. 8113); November 2013 (acc. 9308);m January 2016 (acc. 9793); November 2018 (acc. 10401)

Schedule of accessions
Acc. 2513 (part): 2B/4-6; 7A/1; 7C/1
Acc. 4239 (part): 1B/1, 3-4; 1C/1-2; 1F/2; 2B/2-3, 7-9
Acc. 5443 (part): 1A/1-2; 1B/2; 1D/1; 1F/1; 2A/1-2; 2B/1; 3C/1
Acc. 7258: 2A/3; 2B/10; 8/1-6; 8/2/4-10
Acc. 7452: 1C/3; 3A/1; 8/2/1-3
Acc. 7898: 4B/1
Acc. 8113: 8/7-14
Acc. 9308: 1F/3-4; 2E/1-2
Acc. 9793: 2E/3
Acc. 10401: 1D/2; 1G/1; 2A/4-5; 2B/11-12; 2E/4-6; 4B/2; 4D/1; 8/16-25
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
Related MaterialRecords in other collections

D/MC 14, 17, 19: Circuit records
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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