Mapping Methodism – Lizard United Methodist Church

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Lizard, also known as The Lizard, is a village on the Lizard peninsula situated about ten miles (16 km) south of Helston and is mainland Britain’s most southerly settlement. This profile of Lizard United Methodist Chapel was compiled by Terry Moyle.


Built – date unknown

The lizard. The U.M. chapel was re-opened on Sunday by the Rev. A. Uren, of Penzance. (Cornishman – Thursday 02 November 1882)

Lizard UM chapel by Lizard Green

March 1905 – large congregation on Friday evening for the opening of the new organ which had been built by Messrs. Fleetwood of Camborne. A concert was given by Helston UM choir of 20 members. Mr. R. Tiddy presided and the organist was Mr. J. H. Williams of Helston. The collection was for organ funds

January 1900 – the annual bazaar was held on New Year’s Day. The weather was inclement but the effort was well patronized and the sales brisk. There were many stalls and tea was provided. The proceeds were for chapel and organ funds.

March 1908 – Home and Foreign Missions anniversary – there was a good congregation and Rev. F. Spencer was the preacher

January 1909 – annual bazaar was held in the Reading Room; there was a good attendance. The proceeds amounted to £19.

December 1909 – the Christmas tree and sale of work was held in Lizard Reading Room. £20 was raised for Trust funds

June 1911 – The Rev. W. Bailey of Helston was the preacher at the Sunday School anniversary

October 1912 – the special preacher at the harvest festival services was Mr. S. J. Burrow of Plymouth

January 1913 – the annual bazaar was held on New Year’s Day and the proceeds amounted to £25. The stall-holders were Mesdames Bosustow, Carwardine, Curnow, Matthews, Nicholas, Jose, Francis and Burgess and Misses Lyne and Curnow. The sideshows (hoop-la and lucky dip) were run by Misses R. and L. Jose, A. Hocking, S. and M. Carwardine, B. Curnow, Nicholas and Dobb. Refreshments were served by Mesdames Hocking, Richards, Coombe and Lindsay and Misses Richards and Hosking. Tea was followed by half-hour concerts organised by Misses Richards and Lyne

July 1913 – annual Sunday School tea treat followed by an evening meeting. Addresses were given by Rev. J.N. Higman of Helston and Rev. J. Bullock of Coverack. The Lizard Wesleyan minister, Rev. W. E. Clapham, presided.

January 1915 – a sacred concert was given on New Year’s Day in Lizard UM chapel, presided over by Rev. J. Gibbon. The choirs of Lizard and Mullion chapels took part. Taking part were Mrs. George, Misses Maud Davies, E. Lyne and E. Richards and Messrs. E. Winn and N. Goodman. Mrs. Harrison recited. The proceeds were £5-5s

April 1915 – anniversary services were held on Good Friday. Mr. J. Carwardine presided at the evening meeting and addresses were given by Rev. J. Gibbon and Mr. R. Thomas of Mullion

April 1915 – the death has occurred at her residence Carthillian Farm, Lizard of Mrs. Mary A. Lyne aged 87. She was the oldest member of Lizard UM chapel.

June 1929 – the annual Sunday School tea treat took place on Lizard Green on Feast Tuesday. Following tea, an address was given by Rev. J. H. Messa of Mullion and St. Keverne Prize band, conductor Mr. John Martin, gave a concert in the evening

March 1947 – the death has occurred at Crantock of Mr. Alfred H. Johns aged 84; he was a native of Ruan Minor and was well known as a tenor. He had a long association with Lizard UM chapel before leaving the area in 1929 for Crantock.

Closed 1935: Members joined with Lizard Wesleyan chapel

In 1935 a decision was taken by the United Methodist Free Church on the village green, known as “The Little Ship”, to close and combine forces with the Wesleyan Chapel, which became the meeting place for The Lizard Methodist Church. (Google)

Converted into a dwelling

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