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PUNSHON MEMORIAL CHAPEL AT COLWYN BAY. On the above subject the Rev. F. Payne, Epworth Lodge,writes as follows to the "Methodist Recorder" of yesterday DEAR SIR,-Will you please oblige me with a small space in your valuable paper to place before our People, and especially the friends and admirers of the late Rev. W. Morley Punshon, LL.D., the proposi- tion to erect for him a memorial chapel and Sunday school in the Llandudno and Rhyl Circuit?" The great work that has been accomplished on this coast was inaugurated by Dr. Punshon. His work began in the beginning. At Llandudno the first services were held in the small Welsh Wesleyan chapel on the side of the Great Orme, From that period the doctor continued to serve the English cause on this coast year by year until within a short period of his re- moval from us. The Llandudno and Rhyl Chapels received liberal grants from the "Watering-places Fund," and but for this they never would have been erected. We have now through his instrumentality and that of his dear friend, the Rev. Gervase Smith, on this lovely coast five beautiful chapels, with as many schools and two ministers' houses, representing a money value of L25,000, with a debt only of about £ 2,200. We have flourishing Sunday-schools in each place. We have three married ministers, one lay missionary, and ten local preachers. One of the last acts that Dr. Punshon did among us in this circuit was to take part in the inauguration of our college at Colwyn Bay, just twelve months since. The doctor shortly after that period gave expression to his wish and purpose to resuscitate the "Watering- places Fund'' for the purpose of erecting a chapel and minister's house at Colwyn Bay and to assist in removing the remaining debts on the chapels already built. His decease has, therefore, deprived us of what doubtless would have secured our success. Colwyn Bay is one of the most popular places on the coast, and as yet we have no chapel or any adequate place to conduct our services. The purpose of erec- ting a memorial chapel here, to be called the "Morley Punshon Memorial Chapel," has beon the subject of conversation and correspondence, and the conclusion is to "arise and build." Already liberal contribu- tions are promised, and we doubt not but that a liberal response will be given for the furtherance of the work. The Rev. Frederick W. Briggs writes; "Your memorial project is indeed a happy thought. No monument in memory of the prince of preachers could be more appropriate than a chapel; nowhere could a chapel be erected in his memory more suitably than in a watering-place; and surely of all watering. places those on the coast of North Wales, the scene of almost his last public services, and most of all the charming locality of Colwyn Bay, at present without an English Wesleyan chapel for its fast-increasing English population, is the most befitting. So I think it will appear to Methodist people everywhere." A committee will be formed to carry out the proposal, and further information will follow this announce- ment. Meanwhile, any communication, inquiry, or suggestion may be made to the North Wales Coast district missionary.

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