Page 12 – The History of Rosebery Park Baptist Church and Pokesdown: RPBC in the 1950s

1952 to 1960 Here is a timeline of some local and national events, to help picture what was happening when at Rosebery Park Baptist Church:78 In March 1952 the church undertook an evangelistic campaign, where 3,000 homes were visited three times in the preceding weeks with invitations to a week’s public meetings. The overall theme …

Page 11 – The History of Rosebery Park Baptist Church and Pokesdown: RPBC move to Christchurch Road, 1947 to 1952

The move to our current building… Whilst the search and wait for a new Minister took from July 1947 to August 1948, Rev. Franklin Chambers, retired minister of West Cliff Baptist Church, helped look after RPBC. 71 Eric Peter Sharpe led the worship one Sunday in January 1948, was invited to preach again, and then …

Page 10 – The History of Rosebery Park Baptist Church and Pokesdown: The Second World War

Rev Richard Fry found himself Minister during the Second World War – that meant a plan to build a new two storey building (where the original small chapel is) had to be put on hold due to war time building restrictions; a War-time Membership Roll was started for people who were temporarily in the area …

Page 9 – The History of Rosebery Park Baptist Church and Pokesdown: The 1930s

Rev. Ernest Rudman served as Minister from 1929 to 1936. In a tribute to him the September 1936 Church meeting summed up his seven years at Rosebery Park with the following minutes: “During E.G. Rudman’s ministry, membership doubled, there were sixty-eight baptisms; the debt on the buildings was removed; the premises renovated and Moordown and …

Page 8 – The History of Rosebery Park Baptist Church and Pokesdown: The 1920s

Rev. James Greig Douglas oversaw further expansion work on the chapel, with the addition of a pulpit, choir stalls and a gallery in 1925. For the three months this building work was being carried out, the Sunday services were held in the Technical Hall. A new organ with an electric blower was installed. Up until …