An important influence in family life was the church. Life centred around it, and the events of the calendar followed it. On Sundays, children would often go to Sunday School in the morning, the children’s service in the afternoon and a service in the evening too. Most of the clubs or organisations existing in places like Timsbury were church bodies, so the church formed the centre of most social activities. Click on the links below for more information.
On the right is the old Bloomfield Mission Hall. The Dove and the bakery were in the buildings in the background.
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.