Photograph of the "Old Schoolroom" taken around 1980
The new Coleorton Primitive Methodist Church built in 1901
The Methodist Church in Lower Moor Road, opposite the Post office, closed in July 2011 and the congregation have dispersed to other local churches to worship - Worthington, Thringstone, Coalville. Rev Jacky Goaten, from Worthington, which is still open, tells me there are several ex-Coleorton members in her congregation. You can contact her on 01530 412298 or email email@example.com.
The new Coleorton Primitive Methodist Church was built in 1901, with the earlier chapel just down the road, built in 1839, repurposed as schoolrooms. The new building was largely funded by contributions from the congregation, mostly working people, many miners.
New Primitive Methodist Chapel opened
The opening ceremony of the new chapel at Coleorton built for the Primitive Methodists took place on Wednesday. The chapel, which is a handsome red brick structure, has seating for 300 people. It has stained glass windows and the fittings are of pitch-pine. The heating, lighting and ventilating arrangements are on the most approved principles. There is a choir gallery immediately behind the pulpit. The total cost of the building has been about £1,250. Mr J.Stewart of Chesterfield, who is a native of Coleorton, formally opened the building. Divine service was afterwards held in the chapel, the Rev. G. Windram of Leicester, being the preacher. A tea and public meeting followed.
You can read more about the Coleorton Methodist Chapels, the activities of the congregation and see photos in Trevor Stewart's book "The Development of Primitive & Wesleyan Methodism in the Local Area". See list of Trevor's publications on his website >>. They are mostly available as pdfs to download free of charge.
The organ was built by Keats of Sheffield and is thought to have been installed at Coleorton around 1920. It was blown by hand until in 1950 it was electrified.
When the church closed in 2011 the organ was sold to a keen organ collector in Germany. A specialist team arrived and dismantled the organ, including the organ seat and wooden screen. It was then taken to Germany where it was rebuilt in the collector's "Winter Garden". Subsequently it was sold to the protestant church in Sindelfingen near Stuttgart.
In 2019 we received an email from Dr Jens Schnabel telling us the organ was being installed in their church (see pictures below) and inviting any previous members of the Coleorton Methodist Church to attend the dedication service on Sunday 31 March 2019. Unfortunately no-one was able to go but Rev Jacky Goaten and Denis Bird, who used to play the organ at Coleorton, sought out previous congregation members and sent a card with good wishes to the people of Sindelfingen Church.
Email from Dr Jen Schnabel:
Thank you very much for your wishes and photos. Yesterday we had a wonderful inauguration service with our choir and I read and translated your wishes. We are glad to have such a wonderful instrument in our church now.
He also sent some photos from the dedication service showing the organ in its new home.
Organ being installed
Church at Sindelfingen
Organ after installation
It's great to know that the beautiful organ has found a good home where it will be cherished for many years.