Congregation donates chapel banner to Methodism museum

WESTWOODSIDE Chapel banner.
WESTWOODSIDE Chapel banner.

The banner which was used to proclaim the Sunday School anniversary procession was used at least up until the 1930s. Since that date it has been kept behind the organ.

The congregation realised that the banner needed professional care and appropriate storage, and the museum of Primitive Methodism were happy to accept the banner because of its generally good condition, and strong bold design, featuring a different picture on the two sides.

It will be used for display, but also feature in the museum’s online display.

Westwoodside formerly had three Methodist chapels, the top Methodist New Connexion chapel, known as Ebenezer, was closed in 1952. The Wesleyan chapel in Commonside was closed in 1956, and is now a garage. Thirdly there was the existing Nethergate chapel which was the Primitive Methodist chapel from 1862. The primitive chapel in particular had a large Sunday School.

Rev David Leese, minister of the Westwoodside Methodist chapel, said that such banners were used by most Methodist chapels, but often the fabric had not survived. The one that has survived indicates the prestige and status of the Primitive Methodist Sunday School.