Club Day Banner and Group, Brunswick Wesleyan Chapel,Leek Staffs

The 2 photographs were taken in the early 1930s in Leek, Staffordshire, outside the Regent Street Schoolrooms of Brunswick Methodist Chapel. Sadly both the schoolrooms and Chapel are both now car parks. The banner announcing Brunswick Wesleyan Sunday School Leek has survived, albeit altered to read Trinity Junior Church. Trinity was formed from the amalgamation of the Congregational/URC Church in Derby Street, the Mount Methodist Church (formerly sited on Clerk Bank and Brunswick Chapel (formerly on Market Street). Each of the Methodist chapels had their own separate schoolrooms. Brunswick’s was on Regent Street whilst the Mount’s schoolrooms were on West Street (which is now the Pentecostal Church)
The banner is in store at the Engelsea Brook Museum as are the banners from West Street Sunday School and an earlier Sunday School from Bethesda Chapel which ironically is also now a car park.
The banners were carried each year in the Walking Round Day parade of Sunday Schools, also known as Club Day.  A tradition that still continues in July every year.
It appears that the photographs were taken in different years as the older girls dresses differ in the waistband and their headdress is also different.  The one on the far right of the banner photograph is my mother. The photo is taken looking up Regent Street with the schoolrooms on the right. The backdrop to the group photograph is the schoolrooms again. My mother stands centre front.
All the girls in the group are named on the reverse of the original photograph.

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  • Hi, Ive just turned up a book, awarded to Laura Burchett, second class, for gaining 197 marks in 1888.
    Inside the cover is the award notice labeled “Brunswick Wesleyan Sabbath School”.
    The book title is “Memorable events in British history”.
    As I am in Australia, I wonder if this student was one of yours?
    I can forward photos if you provide me an email.

    Gerard Wiebrecht.

    By Gerard Wiebrecht (24/10/2020)

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