13th Annual Report

Scope and Content

This report notes the closure of the church briefly while a refurbishment was undertaken, explaining why this was needed and what was improved. It states that the church was reopened by Spedding in August 1903 and that the unveiling was a great success. It also notes that a stained glass window was broken by a burglar who broke into the church, though it does not mention if anything was stolen. The report examines the debt of the church and acknowledges that while it has been reduced, this reduction is not enough and more must be done over the next year to lessen the debt. It also criticises the 'meagre contribution' to the Poor's Fund, and challenges the congregation to be more generous, though the report praises their contributions to the Rochdale Infirmary, the British and Foreign Unitarian Association, and other charitable organisations.