Following a resoundingly positive vote from the membership in favour of ownership and after ironing out some details with the City, historic Beaverdams Church is now proudly owned by the 100-odd volunteers who make up the Friends of Beaverdams Church.
The transfer was finalized on September 2 when mayor Ted Luciani gave Friends president Dave Cowan and treasurer John Henderson the keys to the 182-year old church. The decision to sell the church for $2 to the group was approved by Council on August 29, and ends months of discussion and negotiation about how best to realize the restoration of this important building.
“Our special Beaverdams Church is now under the ownership of the Friends of Beaverdams Church,” says Heritage Thorold LACAC secretary Pamela Minns, explaining the doubly significant nature of this transfer:
We have an excellent group of people here, who are eager to bring this special building back to life for all to appreciate and enjoy. It is a well-known fact that this meetinghouse style church has always been a very important place to the people of Thorold, and under the guidance of the “friends” we know that it is on its way to a restoration that we can all be proud of. As they have in the past, I know that the citizens of this city are going to support this work in any way they can.
Councillor Becky Lott agrees: “I’m excited that this church now has a real chance to be restored. It is now in the hands of a group who truly care about its fate and I wish them all the best in this project.”
For more information, see Paul Forsyth’s article in the recent issue of Niagara this Week.
You too can help by becoming a Friend – or attend the upcoming fundraisers!
Following its great success last year, Trivia Night returns on October 4 – again, at Trinity United Church in Thorold. If you’re interested in tickets or would like to donate to the silent auction, please contact Melanie at firstname.lastname@example.org or 905 227 2174.
Fancy a bit of Dickens to get you in the Christmas spirit? Then, you’re sure to enjoy Dickens Night on Saturday December 6 with a retelling of the classic by St Catharines’ St Thomas Players. Watch this space for more information in the coming weeks!