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Page 18 – The History of Rosebery Park Baptist Church and Pokesdown: RPBC 2009 to 2017

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Rev. Alison Overton,
Minister at RPBC 2009 – 2017.

Alison was appointed in 2009 as part-time minister. Alison is married to Rev. Grenville Overton, who was then Regional Minister for the Southern Counties Baptist Association.

She was a very able pastor, and encouraged children’s work. Under her, we became involved with Moorlands College, and started to have students from there on placement with us. The first was Seidel Abel Boanerges (see below). At around the same time, we appointed a Children, Youth & Family Worker – Rick Cole, who with his wife Helen, had just finished at Moorlands. Sadly in January 2015 he died from a heart attack, leaving a young widow. He had managed to build up some children’s activities, and his death left the church reeling.

These 2010 and onwards articles are available as plain text (and therefore text-to-audio compatible) by following the link given underneath each to their original source.

Daily Echo article about Pope's visit to Bournemouth
Source: Daily Echo
article in Bournemouth Daily Echo from 2010 about a meeting at Rosebery Park Baptist Church to discuss setting up a street pastors scheme
Source: Daily Echo
article from Baptist Times online showing the olympic flame passing by Rosebery Park Baptist Church in July 2012
Source: Baptist Times
Colour photo of Seidel, Alison, Grenville and in 2017
Rev Seidel Abel Boanerges, Rev. Alison Overton and Grenville Overton, and Linda Abel Boanerges.
Source: Alison Overton.

Alison was much involved with Churches Together in Boscombe, and had suggested the local churches start an Open the Book team, taking Bible stories into a local school. She began the group, which continued the work even during the Coronavirus lock-down, via videos and messages.

colour photo of Rev Alison and youth worker Rick Cole on Pokesdown Green
Rev. Alison Overton and Children, Youth & Family Worker, Rick Cole, and Karon Anderson on Pokesdown Green, June 2014. Source: RPBC Facebook.

She also introduced Boscombe Angels (Street Pastors), of which she was one to start with, but found she could not do that and all the other activities!117 There were six baptisms, holiday clubs, restarting Brownies, the after school club, activity days, Wednesday coffee morning group, Bible study, outreach coffee mornings, plus, afternoon church. Alison retired in 2017.

Ladies Fellowship outing, June 2014.
Source: David and Pauline Grant, RPBC.
colour photo of people stood singing in church
Service in church, Nov 2014. Source: RPBC.
Church group photo,1st October 2017. Source: David and Pauline Grant, RPBC

In 2009 the Pokesdown Mural Project was proposed by a local action group based at Scribe Tattooing, and they secured funding from the council to commission urban artist Soap (aka Adam Klodzinski) to design and paint a mural on the long blank wall along Pokesdown Station platform. Work began on this in June 2011. In September that year it won the Community Rail Awards for Community Arts Scheme.117a

Date this photo: 5 Feb 2012. Source: © Chris Downer Geograph
A March 2012 service in RPBC; handing out newspapers and inviting people in for coffee; Alison preaching;
Alison and Seidel baptise Karon (March 2013); Boscombe Angels (March 2016).
Bournemouth Daily Echo article from 2012 about Rev Seidel Abel Boanerges being ordained as associate minister for Rosebery Park Baptist Church
Source: Daily Echo

Rev Seidel Abel Boanerges was the Associate Minister at Rosebery Park. This post was created to oversee the evangelism and outreach of the church. He joined the leadership team at Rosebery Park in 2012 and served till end of 2015 before taking on a new role as the Director of Outreach at Capernwray Bible School at Capernwray Hall.118

colour photo of square red brick building and blue sign with white writing saying Rosebery Park Baptist Church
Church Building, 2015. Source: Alwyn Ladell Flickr.
colour photo of Rev. Seidel Abel Boanerges
Rev Seidel Abel Boanerges,
Associate Minister 2012 to 2015.

The booklet Rosebery Park Baptist Church: The First Hundred Years, 1891 to 1991, by Robert J. Jeans, includes much more detail on things such as internal changes to the buildings, what roles individuals undertook in the church, the different groups and activities run over the years, what outside causes and missionaries we supported, and the people who oversaw the church (called Moderators) whilst we were in-between Ministers.

Post-1991, during the “interregnum” (Minister-less gap!) between Rev. Philip Parfitt and Rev. Alison Overton, Rev. Adrian Thomas acted as Moderator, and retired minister, Rev. Derek Yates became interim minister and helped produce the new church covenant. He remained until Rev. Alison Overton was appointed. Between Rev. Alison Overton and Rev. Simon Bartlett, the interregnum was moderated by Rev. Ian Coffey of Moorlands College, and we appointed Chris Humphries (also from Moorlands) as interim minister.119

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