The beautiful photograph of the ancient stone cross in Linby Village of last week’s Dispatch has reminded me of the fact that I have donated to Hucknall Library, a short story entitled ‘The Chapel in the Meadow’, to mark the 100th anniversary of the outbreak of the Great War in August 1914.
My short story, which is fictional, mentions a chance meeting near Linby Village 100 years ago.
I have written the story because I was anxious to immortalise not only Linby and it’s country setting, but also the small red-brick Methodist chapel next to the waterfall on Papplewick Lane, near Hucknall.
The Methodist chapel closed in the 1960s but at the time of the Great War (1914-1918) it was still much in evidence as a local place of worship.
As a child growing up in the late 1940s/early 1950s, I used to attend Sunday School there.
Others who went to the same Sunday School include Mrs Avril Hart (née Davies) and Mrs Lystra Owen (née Cowley).
I have dedicated my story ‘The Chapel in the Meadow’ to the memory of the late Alderman Mrs W. Joan Case, a former Hucknall Secondary School teacher who, in the 1960s went on to become the first woman Lord Mayor of Nottingham.
Mrs Case lived in Wollaton, Nottingham, when I first knew her during the 1950s. One of my memories of the little Methodist chapel was looking at several framed photographs of local young men who had fought during the Great War at Gallipoli.
The photographs were displayed on the wall inside the chapel.
Mrs M. Ellis