It's been a busy few weeks. Both my Goole and Howden local history classes have started and we have been looking at local nonconformists - Puritans, Independents and Quakers. Topics have ranged from Ezekiel Rogers who took his congregation in the 1630s from Rowley near South Cave to America and founded Rowley in Massachusetts to Sebastian Ellithorp of Sandholme who was a Quaker and who died a prisoner in York castle for his faith.
Interesting too has been the story of Cornelius Empson of Goole, another Quaker, who emigrated and called his house in Delaware 'Goole Grange'.
|Congregational chapel - the Milton rooms were behind|
And not forgetting the minister of the Congregational church in Howden who slept in a different bed for 14 years until his church and manse were built. This was the chapel which stood in St Helen's Square in Howden.
Also this summer I have been attending the series of free lunchtime concerts in Howden Minster. These were community events, some sponsored by local businesses. I have been 'on the door' giving out programmes and have been pleasantly surprised as I chatted to people as they came in.
Some were local people who came to enjoy an hour of classical music followed by a cup of tea within walking or easy driving distance of their homes.
But several had travelled from further afield - from Sheffield, Hornsea, Doncaster and as far as Derby to name but a few. They had made a day of it, exploring Howden and having lunch in the town. Many became regulars and commented on the friendliness of the people, the beauty of the church and the high quality of the music. We have heard professional performances on piano, oboe, violin, flute as well as by two singers.
I am already looking forward to next year's concert series. We are very lucky to live in the Howdenshire area which has such an interesting past but has so much going on today.
|Chris Hill, a talented young flautist|
|This season's final concert was last week. An audience of around 100 heard Steven Goulden, tenor accompanied by Amy Butler piano perform Schumann's song cycle Dichterliebe.|
Below are links to the performance on youtube