Celebrating 150 years of the Clumber Church Building in 2017

 Precursor Editorials

Leading up to the 150th Celebrations, certain publications supported our invitations to publish articles relating to the rich past history of Clumber and the detail of our 150th Celebrations. Here is the link to The Heritage Portal article :


The Programme of Events

Reminiscence by Rev Jack Scholtz on the Occasion of the 150th Anniversary Celebrations at Clumber Church




 It is with particular pleasure that we congratulate the Clumber community and the Bathurst Circuit on this notable milestone in your life and witness for God. We are saddened that we cannot be with you because of recent illness.


Our own memories of our ministry at Clumber from 1964-1967 are rich indeed. We remember the stalwarts of those days – Frank and Gladys Long, Edwin and Connie Long, Don and Phyl Long, Olive and Percy Pike, Dale and Enid Handley, Glyn and Colleen Handley, Doug Purdon, Harvey and Verna Pike, Phyl and Cynthia Pike, to name but a few. Further afield in the Circuit were Harold and Joan Bradfield, Geoff and Shirley Hounsell, Keith and Celia Bradfield, Barry and Herma Purdon, Colin and Joan Purdon, Lawrence and Dorothy Dixon.


There are other memories that made our time at Clumber so enjoyable – playing cricket for Bathurst and lunch at the Pig & Whistle; the Bathurst Show where Olive Pike’s marmalade fetched first prize every time! Then there were concerts in the now demolished old wood lined Tin Hall, where some significant talent was discovered. It was there that Harvey Pike recovered, from under the stage, and just in time for the Centenary of the church in 1967, the two chandeliers which continue to grace and beautify the sanctuary. Also remembered are the Carols by Candlelight events on the front lawn of the Manse and the Christmas Day services under the shade trees on the sand at the Kleinemond. Good memories all.


1967 saw the Centenary Celebrations of the church and the improvement and refurbishmentof the sanctuary. Now again in 2017 Clumber Church has been superbly restored and beautified. Warmest congratulations to all involved in the preservation of this magnificent heritage, for the entire community of the Circuit; for the community of the Eastern Cape; for The Methodist Church of Southern Africa, and for South Africa itself.


May your celebrations be richly blessed and may God continue to sustain and inspire you all in your witness and service.


With warm Christian greetings


The Rev. Jack and Joan Scholtz

13 October 2017



 Clumber Church Features as Front Page News in the Talk of the Town!

The link to the article written by Jon Houzet of Talk of the Town who attended our 3 days of Celebration is listed below: 


Front Page News ! Link to this article above.
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