Would you like to become a Volunteer?
We would be delighted if you would like to join our wonderful team of volunteers at Englesea Brook.  You could help with any of the following, or perhaps you have special skills you could offer?

  • school visits
  • children's activities
  • book sales
  • gardening
  • property maintenance
  • IT

Please contact Jill Barber or Margaret Veal at the Museum, if you would like to find out more (Tel. 01270 820836).

How to Join the Friends of Englesea Brook

If you would like to support the work of the Museum, we would be delighted if you would consider becoming a Friend.

Friends of Englesea Brook receive two editions of the The Ranter's Digest per year, the first of which you will get as soon as you join. You will also receive advance invitations to special events and Heritage services being run by the Museum. Becoming a Friend allows you to get more involved with the museum experience and offers the chance to join us as a volunteer either to help with social events for fund raising or to give practical help with day to day tasks.

Co-ordinated by volunteers Elaine and Richard Pearce, the 'Friends' provide a much valued network of interest in and support for the work of the Museum. Through enabling us to produce a regular newsletter and journal, you are also helping to raise awareness of the unique heritage of Primitive Methodism, and how it links to faith and life today.  We welcome Friends from across the UK, and as far afield as Australia. 

To be a part of the Englesea Brook family we are asking for a minimum donation of £10 per annum per household. To join, send a cheque payable to Englesea Brook Chapel and Museum addressed to Friends of Englesea Brook, c/o Elaine and Richard Pearce, 17 Mount Drive, Nantwich, Cheshire CW5 6JF. Please also indicate whether you would like to Gift Aid your donation if you are a UK tax payer.

Ranters' Digest is a publication produced twice a year for the Friends of Englesea Brook 

Back Copies of the Ranters’ Digest are available as follows:

Issue 5: Feb. 2012

Two Flames of Fire: Daniel Shubotham, Hugh Bourne and Conflict in Primitive Methodist Historiography.

Brinkworth: A Circuit of Note.

My Primitive Methodist Heritage by Rev Douglas Savill.                                                                                                    

Issue 7:  Spring 2013

References to Hugh Bourne’s Chest, taken from his Journal 

 A Man of Genuine Goodness – William Hartley

A Village Labourer Encounters Early Primitive Methodism                                   

Issue 8: Summer 2013

The Demon Drink? Primitive Methodists, Temperance and the Working Classes

Elderly, Poor, female – and Honoured by God

Passion for Plans

My Primitive Methodist Heritage

Issue 9: Spring 2014

A Little bit of Research…. (Randle Knight)

The Bourne Nixon & Co Plate (John Anderson)

Primitive Methodism for today (Rev. Dr Stephen Hatcher)

From Hell End to Little Heaven: PM ion Baldock, 1844-1916 (David Noble)

Issue 10: Autumn 2014

The Battlefield: a Mission Field. Edwin W Smith on the Western Front, 1915 (W John Young)

Temperance Organisations, their medals and Badges (Peter A Crummett)

Rev John Stamp: Teetotal Martyr or Irresponsible Administrator? (D Colin Dews)

Folk Religion: a God who intervenes (David M Young)

Issue 11: Spring 2015

Elizabeth Vernon, neè Allen (17802-50) PM Itinerant Preacher

From Ranters to Respectability (Part 1)

Lancashire Chapel

Charles Wass and his book: Early Primitive Methodist Pamphlets.

Issue 13: Spring 2016

Songs from Mow Cop: 1821 Camp Meeting Hymn Book

Edward Anderson (1763-1843): Sailor, Poet and PM

Lorenzo Dow, Dorothy Ripley and Rev Thomas Wilshaw

New Accessions in 2015


Copies available at a charge of £1.00 each (4 copies max. please)