Religious Controversy at a Conisborough Fete.

July 1921

Sheffield Daily Telegraph – Friday 01 July 1921

Religious Controversy at a Conisborough Fete.

A note of controversy entered into the speeches at the opening of a fete held in the Castle grounds, Conisborough, yesterday.

Mr. J. Humble, of Crookhill Hall, in performing the opening ceremony, said that he was not a regular attender at any place of worship and preferred to look for God in Nature—the fields, and trees, and flowers. His was a seven day a week religion, and he endeavoured to do as much good as he could in his everyday life.

Mr. G. Appleyard, who seconded a vote of thanks to Mr. Humble, said that while there was certainly a lot to be found in Nature, Nature alone failed to satisfy. There was a spiritual side to Christianity which could not be ignored.

Replying, Mr. Humble said that what he should like to see throughout the country was ministers and others closely connected with the various religious denominations practising all they preached.

The fete, described as “Ye Olde English Faire,” was something in the nature of a novelty. Promoted by the Coniborough Wesleyan Church, it had as its object the raising of £150, which amount explained Mr. J. Brocklesby, constituted the difference between the annual cost of maintaining the Church and Sunday school before the war and the cost at the present time.

The event attracted large numbers of people throughout the afternoon and evening.