Portobello Methodist Church


Minister: Rev Tom Parker

It was wonderful  to start the new church year in September by welcoming the Circuit to Portobello  and in particular welcoming  Rev Thomas Parker (aka Tom), Rachel and the girls to one of their new churches, and to the South Holderness Circuit.  It was a beautiful service, a first chance for some people to hear Rev Leslie Newton our Chair of District, a chance for us to have a good Methodist sing and a chance for Frankie, Jessica, and Zoe & Ellie to  show how exceptionally good they  could be on such a special occasion for their dad.

Also in September our newly revamped version  of  Leisure Day claimed all our Mondays.  Since then we’ve had a lot of fun.  The last Monday of each month has become Monday Movie time, and our showing of the familiar ‘Goodnight Mr Tom’ as our first film meant that everyone could sniff quietly in the dark at all the little tear jerking bits that catch you out no matter how many times you have seen the film.  We’ve  also had a fascinating talk about the history of Hornsea Pottery to which we were able to bring our own special pieces; an enlightening and fascinating talk with slides from Jenny Scruton about Hull’s best kept secret – Burton Constable Hall;  and a riveting talk about the Hull headscarf heroes who, led by  Lillian Bilocca  set about improving conditions for the men sailing from Hull to fish in the Arctic in the most appalling conditions in the 1960’s. Val Holmes who wrote the play ‘Lil’ and Paul Dennis who produced it at the Jubilee Central told us the story, showed us some clips of the play and even brought along Jean Shakesby who had herself marched down Hessle Road on one of the silent protests.  It was very moving but a brilliant morning.

Josie’s Quiz morning was a great success and her raffles bring great pleasure, whilst during the afternoon the crafts, games (they’re going dominoes mad!) scrabble etc have been augmented by a mosaic which is half done, and by a surprising afternoon ‘marbling paper’ under John Haig’s guidance  – with amazing results.

As you can see we are having a good time, and anyone from the Circuit is welcome to drop in and join us anytime.  Indeed we are hoping that some of you will make a point of it next year when our invited morning guest will be Caroline Hawley, an antiques auctioneer from Beverley who has become well known for her regular appearances on Flog it, Bargain Hunt, Antiques Roadshow etc.  She is coming on  March 11th to tell us what it’s really like on those programmes –  and you are invited.

Harvest was a joy as always, especially having our Beavers with us that morning,  and the Monday Beetle Drive and apple pie supper didn’t disappoint either.

On the down side two more of our regular members have gone into care homes, our furniture seems to be unaccountably heavier than it used to be, and our brains surprisingly slower, but nevertheless we do have the youngest Circuit Steward as a member and are proud of Hannah and hope to support her in any way we can.

Regular Meetings

Sunday Services start at 10.30 on a Sunday morning followed by tea/coffee and biscuits.

This is just a taste of what is happening at Portobello if you want to know more try joining us at one or more of these events, when notices of what is to come are available. Why stay home alone when you could join our happy meetings?

On Tuesdays our Beavers, Cubs and Scouts meet at their Headquarters in the Broadway. They join us for regular Parade services and have a very active schedule of their own which in a future Newsletter they can describe for you.

Thursday is our regular Coffee Morning from 9.30 to 11.30am This is a lively, busy morning when there is always someone to talk to, biscuits to eat, a choice of tea or coffee and, best of all, lovely toast with lashings of butter. If you want to feel welcome somewhere then pop in here.

Also on the first Thursday of every month we hold a Bring and Buy Sale during our Coffee Morning which adds to the fun.

Quiz Nights are also the first Thursday in each month. We have 30 questions and a jackpot, tables of four, and refreshments at the interval, all for £1 per person. The prizes for the winning table have to be seen to be believed otherwise you would never believe we would get away with prizes like that! A fun night to which everyone is welcome.

We are very proud of our Sunday Club which meets during Sunday morning worship and has up to 20 youngsters of all ages.

Portobello is a friendly, caring church, our outreach in the community is important to us, and we would love to welcome people from our new combined Circuit to drop in on us any time they can.