Totton Spiritualist Church
Totton Church was founded in May 1947 and affiliated to the SNU in February 1948. It was established when some members of Cavendish Grove church, who lived across the river, decided they would starttheir own church. That year also saw the creation of Churches at Bitterne and Swaythling. Looking back over the old minutes makes fascinating reading, as they held whist drives, jumble sales and circles to supplement the cost of running a church. The first president was Mr. W Wilkens was fondly remembered by the older members.
In the 1950's and 60's the church ran a Ladies Guild who produced handicrafts, cakes, jams and chutneys to sell after the Sunday Services bringing in
additional income. Some of the financial statements of the time show that this actually kept the church solvent during the "lean" years! The first AGM showed the bank balance stood at £20.7s.3d; a goodly sum in the days.
The church has moved from the British Legion Hall to the Labour Hall and then to Testwood Lane, where it shared premises with a local children's nursery school. It finally took over as sole tenant in the late 70's, although the toilet was shared with a family of snails on many occasion! Finally, eight years ago the
current building in Rumbridge Street was purchased with the help of the SNU Trust. The building was used by Eling church, before the site being changed to
a commercial bank and still boasts the vast walk-in safe, which could not be removed without demolishing the building.
The church is now a thriving and busy community with one healing service a week, will be restarting circles in the near future, Minds Alive sessions every second week to learn, mediumship, encaustic art, working with music, tarot etc.
Sunday services, regular meetings, come and join us to find out more.
Totton may be a small church by some people's standards, however, it is active, vital and welcoming and proud to be an SNU church.
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