Methodist leaders mark chapel's historic role
A VILLAGE described as a "very special resting place" by the founder of Methodism 262 years ago has been recognised by the church for its role in the birth of the faith.
Crowds gathered to greet the Reverend Ruth Gee and Dr Daleep Mukarji, president and vice-president of the British Methodist Conference as they arrived in Cubert to unveil a commemorative plaque on its original Methodist chapel.
It marks the first visit to Cubert by Methodism's founder, John Wesley, on September 18, 1751.
The building, on the corner of Wesley Road, dates from 1765, making it one of the oldest chapels still standing and is now a house.
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Shaun Skinner, from the Methodist Church in Cubert, said the dignitaries' visit was a unique event in Cubert's history.
"The president of the Methodist Conference is the head of the Methodist Church of Great Britain, equivalent to the Reverend Justin Welby, Archbishop of Canterbury, the head of the Church of England," he said.
"It's a unique occasion for Cubert Methodist Church to have had both the president and vice-president of the Methodist Church here – indeed, something that's never taken place at Cubert before."
The chapel was built by Joseph Hosken of Carines, Wesley's friend and host who is mentioned several times in his journal.
Wesley also records that Mr Hosken added a wing to his house for the preacher's use, consisting of a parlour and bedroom and known as the Prophet's Chamber.
Mr Hosken died on March 6, 1780, aged 81, and a memorial tablet to him can be seen on a wall in Cubert Parish Church.
Mr Skinner said Wesley visited Cubert on several occasions on horseback and called the village a "very special resting place" where he was always assured of a warm welcome, accommodation, refreshment and affection.
Wesley's journal records his first visit: "Tuesday September 17th 1751, being greatly importuned to spend a few days in Cornwall, I rode back to Launceston. After preaching there about noon, then in the evening at St Genys, the next morning I preached at Cubert being Wednesday September 18th 1751."
Those at Wednesday's unveiling included the Reverend Steve Wild, chairman of the Cornwall Methodist District, superintendent minister the Reverend Simon Clarke, Cubert's Methodist minister the Reverend Sandy Osgerby and Anglican vicar the Reverend Jeremy Andrew.