Popular stories from the graveyard included James Clifton, the only farm labourer to have a memorial. After his conversion in Sarah Smith’s cottage in 1811, he exclaimed ‘even the trees look different.’
A packed crowd (with apologies to those who roasted in the gallery!) listened eagerly to Revd Stephen Hatcher’s lecture, ‘The Prims in Print’. I had a shiver down my spine as it was delivered just a few metres from the original printing press on which all the PM publications from 1821-42 were printed.
The Gospel Car, at Englesea Brook for the summer season, was a reminder of the open air missions, another means of spreading the word.