A Young Local Preacher Recalls 2 , Arthur Harvey

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In the 1940's, during the War, chapel goers in the Leicester, Derby and Staffordshire borders certainly spoke their minds. They also liked things done, as the Bible puts it, 'decently and in order'.

I found this out when I first went to preach at Measham chapel. In common with all small rural Methodist chapels, this one had a Superintendent. His name was Johnnie Boobier. He was probably about sixty years old and he sported a large bushy beard. Under his jacket, he wore a waistcoat with a heavy gold chain across his ample chest. At the end of this chain, in one of his pockets, was a large gold watch.

Because of the black-out and I suspect, because of the shortage of preachers, the Service at Measham chapel was on a Sunday afternoon at three o'clock. I turned up in good time and was greeted by Johnnie. He then took his place in the front row beneath the small pulpit.

At two minutes to three I mounted the steps and took my seat in the pulpit. The congregation was few in number. When the chapel clock pointed exactly at three o'clock I stood up to begin the service. Johnnie pulled out his gold watch and his voice boomed forth, 'Hold on, lad, b'ain't time yet!' Johnnie was in command, the preacher did as he was told. After about thirty seconds Johnnie said ' OK lad, you mun start now!'

All went well after that. At least Johnnie didn't prompt me again. When he gave out the notices he said 'we welcome Arthur Harvey as our preacher' and went on to add 'Arthur is a Baptist ', as if to imply that Baptists were a rank lower than Methodists! Yet in those war torn years The Methodist Circuit would have fallen apart without characters like Johnnie who served so faithfully. Baptists, and others like them, just had to make a few allowances here and there.

Arthur Harvey Recalls edited by Helen Jesty

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