The Methodist Church in Lower Moor Road, opposite the Post office, closed in July 2011 and the congregation have dispersed to other local churches to worship - Worthington, Thringstone, Coalville. We were recently contacted by the pastor of a church in Stuttgart, Germany, to say they have just installed a new organ in their church and discovered it came from Coleorton. He'd like to get in touch with Coleorton congregation.
If you used to worship at the Coleorton Methodist Church please get in touch so we can send joint good wishes from you all. It's great to know that the beautiful organ has found a good home where it will be cherished for many years.
Rev Jacky Goaten, from Worthington, tells me there are several ex-Coleorton members in her congregation and coordinated a response to Germany. You can contact her on 01530 412298 or email firstname.lastname@example.org or contact Sandra on 01530 440000 or email email@example.com
The new Coleorton Primitive Methodist Church was built in 1901, with the earlier chapel just down the road, built in 1839, repurposed as schoolrooms. The new building was largely funded by contributions from the congregation, mostly working people, many miners.
You can read more about the activities of the congregation and see photos of events in Trevor Stewart's book "Methodism and Social History in Coleorton and the Locality" (152 pages, Price £10). Email Sandra firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like to purchase a copy.
The organ was built by Keats of Sheffield and is thought to have been installed at Coleorton around 1920. It was blown by hand until in 1950 it was electrified.
When the church closed in 2011 the organ was sold to a keen organ collector in Germany. A specialist team arrived and dismantled the organ, including the organ seat and wooden screen. It was then taken to Germany where it was rebuilt in the collector's "Winter Garden". Subsequently it was sold to the protestant church in Sindelfingen near Stuttgart.
Earlier this year we received an email from Dr Jens Schnabel telling us the organ was being installed in their church (see pictures below) and inviting any previous members of the Coleorton Methodist Church to attend the dedication service on Sunday 31 March 2019. Unfortunately no-one was able to go but Rev Jacky Goaten and Denis Bird, who used to play the organ at Coleorton, sought out previous congregation members and sent a card with good wishes to the people of Sindelfingen Church.
Email from Dr Jen Schnabel:
Thank you very much for your wishes and photos. Yesterday we had a wonderful inauguration service with our choir and I read and translated your wishes. We are glad to have such a wonderful instrument in our church now.
He also sent some photos from the dedication service showing the organ in its new home.
Organ being installed
Church at Sindelfingen
Organ after installation
We have launched "the Coleorton Blue Plaque" scheme to commemmorate buildings and sites in the village which have historic significance.
The Coleorton Parish website has a large history section.
We publish articles in St Mary's monthly parish magazine and on the Coleorton website.