Fonds - Epworth League, Dereham Centre

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Epworth League, Dereham Centre

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  • 22 April 1909 - 28 September 1911 (Creation)
    Epworth League (Dereham Centre)

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1 Minute Book, name index

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(1909 - [?])

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The Epworth League is a Methodist young adult association for individuals ages eighteen to thirty-five. It was formed in Cleveland, Ohio in 1889 by the Methodist Episcopal Church, predecessor of the United Methodist Church. The purpose of the League was to encourage and cultivate Christ-centred character in young adults around the world through community building, missions and spiritual growth.

The Epworth League of Dereham Centre was formed on April 22nd, 1909 in the basement of the Methodist Church. Rev. S.E. Couch was elected Hon. President and Mr. E. Adamson was elected President. Meetings would consist of hymns, prayers, and biblical lessons with such topics as “The spoil of the Cross”; “The Life of Frances E. Willard”; “Why some men and women do not succeed in life”; and “Why I believe in the bible”. The League also had a Social Committee and a Literary Department.

Custodial history

The minute book was in the custody of Eleanor Gardhouse, before it was donated to the Norwich and District Archives, with the understanding that once the Norwich and District Archives became designated the Archives of the County of Oxford, that it would become the property of the County of Oxford. The minute book was later transferred to the County of Oxford Archives.

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The fonds consists of one Minute Book of the Epworth League from 22 April 1909 – 28 September 1911. In addition, a name index by page has been compiled by Eleanor Gardhouse.

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The materials in this collection are in good condition.

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The County of Oxford Archives acquired the records from the Norwich and District Archives upon the formal creation of the County of Oxford Archives.


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  • English

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The fonds is open to public research. However, please contact the archivist responsible for the records regarding access, as some materials may be too fragile to handle. The Archives will make every effort to supply reference copies where feasible.

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Copyright is held by the archives. Researchers are responsible for observing copyright regulations that may apply to the publication of their research. If you wish to publish any of this material, please contact the archivist responsible for the records.

The Archivist has the right to restrict reproduction if the material is in a fragile condition.

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The League takes it name from the Village of Epworth in Lincolnshire, England, which is the birthplace of John Wesley and Charles Wesley, who are credited with the foundation of the evangelical movement known as Methodism.

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