Watkinson, Charles Kynman

PM layman, born at Market Rasen, Lincs, where he was apprenticed as a tobacco pipe maker and joined the Free Methodists. At 17 he moved to Grimsby, where he joined the PMs and entered the fishing industry. His business prospered and he served as a director of the Grimsby United Fish Merchants' and Fish Curers; Association. An active Liberal, more than once he was pressed to contest the Grimsby seat, but declned. As a magistrate from 1914, he took a special interest in children's courts and for a time was chairman of the Cleethorpes School Board.

A member at Ebenezer PM church, Grimsby, he was superintendent of the Sunday School for 40 years and choirmaster for over fifty. As a gifted singer, he was precentor at the PM Conference and later a member of the Methodist Union Hymnal Committee and was Vice-President of the PM Conference in 1921, as well as being a member of the Connexional Sunday School Committee, General Committee and Missionary Committee.. He was a strong temperance advocate. He died at this home on 5 January 1934.


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