Crews Hole Women's Bright Hour
Back row: ??? - ??? - Mrs Tucker - Mary Clarke 'Aunt Polly' (née Dauncey) - Rose Head (née Drake) - ??? - ???
Front row: Mabel Nurse - Joan Mealing (née Dauncey, Polly's brother's daughter) - Rose Bessell, née Amphlett
Women's Bright Hour
David Hales, who gave us the above photo, told us that Polly on the back row was his grandmother's sister and that their brother Ern Dauncey was the Minster at the chapel. We don't have a date for this photo, but it is probably slightly earlier than 1953.
After seeing the photo John Mealing wrote to us to say:
"David Hale is incorrect in his comment that my grandfather, Ern Dauncey was a chapel minister. He was certainly a Methodist lay preacher but not the minister for the chapel. That post was covered, at that time by the minister at Wesley Memorial in Bryants Hill. However, as I recall, my grandfather was Sunday school superintendent at Crews Hole, his wife Maud ran the Band of Hope, and my mother Joan was Sunday School secretary".
"I can't add any names to those missing from the photos, although I can add detail to Polly, she was Mary Clarke, always known as Aunt Polly. The last time I met David Hale was some 50 years ago when he helped me out of the road in Summerhill road after I had fallen off my motorcycle. Thanks Dave".
Jayne wrote in November 2020 to add:
"My mother, Antoinette Holbrook, née Bessell went to the church as a child and has the same photo as you of the Crews Hole Women's Bright Hour as her grandmother is on it. She has identified some others on the picture as follows;
Her grandmother, Rose Bessell, née Amphlett is front row far right, sat down. Left in the front row is Mabel Nurse, 3 in from the right on the back row is definitely Rose Head, née Drake."
If you can add more information or tell us the date it was taken please get in touch.
Jayne also sent us a second photo of the group, "all dressed up for a sketch of some sort! The Groom is Rose Head and the lady on the far left is Mabel Nurse. Date unknown sorry!"
Crew's Hole Bible Class Mutual Aid Society
Both the photos below were also sent to us by Jayne. Click on the images to enlarge. The first photo is from 1907 and the second must be a similar date.
William Bessell is third row up from the front, fourth
in from the right, his brother Fred is in the row behind, sixth from the right. George Shellard is in the second row
from the front, fifth from the right.
The Bessell family, who feature in some of these photos, lived at the White House which was on the hillside above the chapel. Part of the White House was used as the Methodist Meeting House before the chapel opened in 1853.