After a few months of negotiations, The Friends of the Beaverdams Church would like to announce that the City of Thorold has agreed to sell the church for $2 to the community-based group. In addition to ownership of the church premises, the group has been licensed by the government to own and operate the cemetery, in compliance with Ontario statutes.
The closing date will be August 29, 2014.
It’s a huge undertaking, but given the groundswell of support that the Friends have enjoyed both within and from the community, we are certain that this is the right step. *
Importantly, it is through being able to take these steps forward that the Friends will be able to realize the restoration of historic Beaverdams Church at an accelerated pace.
The Friends are pleased to be able to rely on continued support from various partners at the community level and within government.
“The energy and dedication of the Friends executive”, says President David Cowan, “plus the loyalty and support of the membership will ensure that the restoration of this historic building for the public’s use and enjoyment will definitely happen”.
* The Friends are protected by a combination of general, directors’ and property insurance through the Ontario Historical Society as per the group’s incorporation therein back in September 2013.
If you’re interested in learning more about the Friends or would like to help,
please come out to Trinity United Church on Pine Street in Thorold
on August 27, 2014 at 7 p.m. for the monthly meeting.