Volunteers begin slating the lichgate roof with Fred Hoskins looking on.
Volunteers begin slating the lichgate roof with Fred Hoskins looking on.

Church ready for dedication

IT WAS a frantic effort to complete restoration work on a lichgate at St Thomas’ Anglican Church at Wyrallah yesterday before the final dedication and blessing tomorrow by the Bishop of Grafton, the Rt Rev. Keith Slater.

The work included the installation of a new bell tower, a new lichgate and a complete sanding and polishing of the building’s 100-year-old timber floor. Two new stained-glass windows have also been included.

The work was undertaken by the church warden, Fred Hoskins, who said the work was part of his faith – a labour of love.

“It materialised from an idea I had about 10 years ago and everybody has embraced it,” he said. “About four to five years ago, the idea of adding a lichgate came to the fore and I decided that it would be a good idea to do that.

“The whole work has been brought about by the closure of the village’s Presbyterian and Uniting (formerly Methodist) churches.

“That’s why we’re dedicating the lichgate to the village’s Presbyterian worshippers and the bell tower to the village’s Methodist worshippers.

“This is one church for everyone.

“We’re thankful to the people who have donated their time, especially Phillip Devlin and Neal McDonald who carried out their work meticulously.”

All are welcome at the celebrations from 11am tomorrow.



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