Methodism in North Kyme.


Methodism was first introduced into the village of North Kyme in the middle of the 1820s.   Groups met to worship in the homes of Thomas Mayfield, Francis Bembridge, and Joseph Lightfoot. The first society dates from 1831 when Thomas Mayfield licensed his house for services.   In1829 the District  Synod had proposed that a Chapel be erected in North Kyme.  This was not done, and the first known Chapel was built in 1848.(Now number 88 Main Street)

 The Ecclesiastical Census of March 30th 1851 revealed their was an attendance of 63 people in the afternoon, with 41 children in the morning Sunday school.  This was signed by Joseph Lightfoot who was a steward and farmer.   


The history of North Kyme Methodist chapel

1875 - 1982

Over the years the numbers of worshipers increased and plans were drawn for a much larger Chapel with schoolroom attached.  Some of the money was raised by members holding weekly teas in their homes with plum and seed cake made by the Torey family.

Pictured here is  Susan Sharman with children  Mary and Sue worshipers at the Methodist chapel in North Kyme in its early days.

Ruth and Martha, Susan Sharman's younger children have written their memories of going to the chapel in the 1920s. They can be read towards the end of this page.

The site across the road (now number 80/80a main street) was given by Robert  Lightfoot son of the above Joseph Lightfoot.  On September 9th 1874 the stone laying took place.  These were laid by Joseph Lightfoot (junior)  Mrs R. Ravell  and J.M.Coles of Roxholme Hall. It is recorded that Mr. Francis Bembridge gave £50 towards the building fund.

 Joseph Toynbee’s memory was marked by the presentation of an oak cabinet for the bible and hymn book.  The Family also supplied the bible and hymn book when the new chapel was opened and this continued in use until it closed.

 The opening of the new Chapel took place on January 28th 1875, the services were conducted by the Reverend William Andrews Chairman of the district. At this time the harmonium from the old Chapel was put into the school room and a new American organ bought for the chapel.


In 1924 the Jubilee was celebrated and gifts of a pair of vases from the Toynbee family (now in St. Lukes), an individual communion set from Susan Goodman, a pair of collection plates from Margaret Goodman. A piano was bought for the schoolroom.

 In 1938 2 new west windows consisting of leaded lights were installed in memory of Robert Goodman. The other windows were renewed with glass tinted green to tone with the two at the end.

 Also around this time a font was given in memory of William Dickinson by Ernest Skelton.

 The family of Elizabeth Dodd, nee Lightfoot, placed a plaque in the chapel in memory of their mother.


The Chapel Organ and Organists

The next event of note was the purchase in 1950 of a two manual and pedals pipe organ at a cost of £1030;00. The pipes were fitted over the entrance  porch. The woodwork was undertaken by G Swallow and Rowland Hill. Rowland Hill was  the organist since his early teens and he was also Sunday school superintendent and he was succeeded as organist and superintendent by Eileen Goodman.


The organ was recognised as one of the best in the area and is now in the Northgate Methodist Church Sleaford.

Also, William “Bill” Miller, and Mick Andrews played the organ on the retirement of Eileen Goodman.

Mr Henry Panton and Mr George Taylor were Chapel stewards.

Pictured Chapel Steward Henry Panton

In 1960 Mr. J, W. Tonge gave a plot of land adjacent to the Chapel for use as a car park.

In 1966 the coke stoves were removed and electric heating installed.

 The centenary of the Chapel was celebrated in1974 but sadly the Chapel was closed in September 1982 due to the falling number of worshipers and rising maintenance costs.

A photo taken after the last service 1982

The building was sold to a local food wholesaler and used for storage until it was demolished in 1984 and housing replaced the Chapel.

 The remaining Methodists joined St.Lukes Church in the village and have formed a happy liaison with their fellow worshippers.


Fred Hamblin

Henry Skelton

Bill Borrows

Jim Thorpe

Bob Benton

Lenard Lamyman

Lenard Watson

Ivy Lockey

School register North Kyme Methodist chapel Sunday



Ivy Keel

Edwin Keel

Horace Maplethorpe

John Bembridge

Eric Lockey

Eileen Goodman

Sue Sharman

Bertha Mason





Doris Lockey

Ivy Miller

Rosemary Maplethorpe

George Watson

Bill Miller

Amy Maplethorpe

Maggie Hamblin

Ivy Machin

Memories of  Kyme Methodist Sunday school


 In 1924 Ruth and Martha started at the Methodist chapel Sunday school.  The superintendent at the time was Mr Walt Fletcher, he travelled to the chapel each Sunday on his horse and trap.

Every year they had the anniversary outing to Skegness.

When Ruth and Martha reached their teenage years the girls joined “Band of Hope”, they gathered on a Monday evening,  On a Tuesday night the women’s guild would meet, Mr Richards was in charge, he was known to the group as “Our Shepheard”.

 Each anniversary the Sunday school children would march up the main street of  North Kyme singing songs and holding their banners.  This was followed by tea and games in Mr Swallows field.

On Good Friday a service was held at 3 “o clock in the afternoon followed by a salmon tea.  Each of the ladies would have their own tea table providing food such as plum loaf and seed bread. This was known as the “Faith Tea”.

More memories


 I first recall when I went to Sunday School at the age of 3, or so I’m told.  We went at 10 am ready to start at 10.15, in winter the big coke fire would be glowing in the middle of the room; we would put our gloves and scarves on the guard to warm up fir the walk home.  We always started with a hymn and prayers and a responsive service from the Sunday School Hymn book.  It was then off to our classes, all in different corners of the Sunday School room depending on your age.  We did “tablets” as they were called; each week was a different story about Jesus.  When we had finished we would take them home to show our parents.

 Our anniversary day was a big event; we would be practicing for weeks and weeks learning new songs.  We each had a piece to learn, on the big day we would stand up on the platform and do our little bit for the Sunday School.  When the day arrived on a Sunday in June we would all meet in the Sunday School ready for the 2.30 service.  We always had new clothes for the anniversary.  When the men came to collect more forms from the Sunday School room it meant the chapel was full of people, so full the people who St on the forms had to sit sideways down the aisle.  The chapel was always full on Anniversary Day.  We did two performances on the Sunday and an evening performance on the Tuesday evening, that was the best night because we had tea in the Sunday School followed by games in Miss Goodmans field.  Later on in June we had our Sunday School outing, always to the seaside.  The bus would pick us up in the morning, we thought we had travelled miles and miles in one day, a great time was had by all.  

 At Christmas we did a Nativity Play with a Carol Service, we always had a Christmas Party with games and Father Christmas.


The annual prize giving was held where we all received a book, if you had the top marks you would receive two books as a reward.  The marks were obtained by attending Sunday School and Chapel on a Sunday night.  If you got top marks your name was put on a shield for that year.

We had a Harvest Festival where we would decorate the chapel.  On a Sunday morning we would take our baskets of goodies to Sunday School ready for the afternoon service, we would then walk down the aisle as a good old harvest hymn was sung and give our baskets to the preacher.  On the Monday night we would have another service followed by the sale of the harvest goods, we would all try to buy our own baskets back again.


The site on Main St where the chapel once stood

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