Three years ago, local historian Paula Collett published Rutland in Dissent: 350 years of Protestant Meeting-Houses and Chapels (Stamford: Spiegl Press, 2011). In England’s smallest county and with this well-illustrated book, Ms Collett has identified more than 100 Dissenting congregations. The majority has disappeared but not all invisibly: their new guises include homes and village halls.
The Chapels’ religious life, their Christian witness and their contribution to the local community has continued to develop. The county itself, rescued from its incorporation into Leicestershire remains England’s smallest county with distinctive characteristics.
The Friends of the Congregational Library Summer Event 2014 will be held on Saturday 7th June, from 10.30 am till 4.30 pm, at Oakham Congregational Church. Hosts, Pastor Trevor Wilson and the Oakham congregation will kindly provide lunch, teas and coffees on the day. We hope to be joined by some Friends of Dr Williams’s library.
We are grateful too for the three guest speakers whose addresses will form the backbone of the programme:
Professor Clyde Binfield, ‘The Evangelical Noels: a Low Church exploration with Dissenting ramifications’;
Ms Paula Collett, ‘Researching Rutland’s Chapels and Meeting-Houses’;
Dr David Wykes, ‘The development of dissent in Rutland after the Toleration Act’.
The fee for the day is £10 for individuals and £15 for couples (including refreshments).To book a place please email Andrea, Secretary to the Friends of the Congregational Library