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Page 16 – The History of Rosebery Park Baptist Church and Pokesdown: 1983 to 1991, RPBC’s 100 Year Anniversary

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Rev. Reg Cook started at RPBC in 1983. His wife, Barbara, started a Mother and Toddler Group at the beginning of 1985 which often operated to capacity, and a keep fit class!

RPBC joined others in the Boscombe East area for an extensive outreach programme to the growing Littledown Estate.

Boscombe Churches decided to hold a joint Sunday evening service every two months in the participating churches in rotation.113

Rev. Reginald J. Cook, Minister at RPBC 1983 to 1997. Photo property of RPBC.

colour photo of two middle aged white men wearing glasses and smiling. They are in a kitchen with cakes.
Reg Cook and Maurice Hawkes, helping sort the food at the Christmas Fayre, 1993.
Source: David and Pauline Grant, RPBC.
colour photo of a group of people dressed as clowns
In the hall, 1993. The Annual Christmas Fayre organised by Guides, Brownies and Rainbows, with this year’s theme being the circus! Source: David and Pauline Grant, RPBC.
Entrance to Pokesdown Station. Date: 24 Sept 1984. Source: ebay davebowman28 (copyright owner unknown)
colour photo of a blue bus driving along Christchurch Road, Pokesdown, late 1980s
A rare photo of late 1980s Pokesdown. Source: Transports of Delight: Somerset and Dorset Independent Buses.

In 1991, with a membership of 146,114 the church celebrated its one hundred year anniversary. Writing in the church’s ‘Good News’ magazine, Reg Cook said:

“…the church isn’t about changing members or ministers, about changing organisations or hymns, but about the unchanging Christ. ‘Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today and forever.’ says the writer of Hebrews. ‘O Thou who changest not, abide with me,’ says H.F. Lyte’s hymn. We thank God that amidst all the changes in our life and circumstances there is the unchanging Christ from whose love nothing in life or in death can separate us. That is what we are celebrating in 1991, the same faith that brought together those 25 in 1891 and with the same vision we go forward into the future, not knowing where it will lead us, but sure of the love of God in Christ Jesus.”115

Still got “The Messenger” on it, as it had in 1922!
Source: Alwyn Ladell Flickr.
history booklet by Robert J Jeans
In 1991, Rosebery Park Baptist Church celebrated
it’s 100th anniversary! This booklet of the history
of the church
was written by Robert J. Jeans.

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