Older residents recall a Mission Hall in old Bloomfield which was then a hamlet outside the main village. The local community would use this hall because there was no need to ‘dress up’ and walk into the village.
The Hall, which was owned by George’s Brewery, was cared for by one of the characters of Bloomfield – Old John Newth – who had a huge beard, all white and down to his waist!
The Mission Room used to be packed with singing of really good hymns and Old John praising the Lord. For a small community, it really was wonderful.
Reproduced from ‘The Timsbury Book’ by kind permission of Timsbury Parish Council.