“Beaverdams Church: Its Past, Present and Future”

So was the title of the presentation given by vice president Melanie Battell and consulting engineer Mark Shoalts at the Ontario Heritage Conference Niagara 2015 earlier in the month.

It would be an understatement to say that the Friends’ participation in this event was successful – the enthusiasm for the project was palpable! About 30 people from various organisations like the Architectural Conservancy of Ontario and Community Heritage Ontario to independent heritage professionals and municipal planners gathered to listen to Melanie and Mark talk about the church’s history, the progress of restoration to-date and future directions.

Mark Shoalts and Melanie Battell following their presentation at the OHC Niagara 2015 (courtesy of Rob Leverty)

Mark Shoalts and Melanie Battell following their presentation at the OHC Niagara 2015 (courtesy of Rob Leverty)

If any of the 300 delegates didn’t get a chance to attend the presentation, they were able to discuss the project with Alan Daniels and David Griffiths while examining the model in the foyer of the Niagara-on-the-Lake Community Centre. Needless to say, the Friends were pleasantly surprised by the generous donations and offers of support!

Alan Daniels stands beside his model of the church in NOTL 1 May 2015 (courtesy of George Rust-D'Eye)

Alan Daniels stands beside his model of the church in NOTL 1 May 2015 (courtesy of George Rust-D’Eye)

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The conference was definitely a perfect way to launch into the busyness of the next few weeks:

  • First up is a benefit concert by NYC’s Madison Avenue Presbyterian Church organist Andrew Henderson at St Andrew’s Church in Thorold on June 6 at 7.30 p.m. Tickets are $25 (with concession of $20 for seniors and students). Since admission will be by ticket only, make sure to buy yours at Henderson’s Pharmacy (15 Front Street, Thorold) or by calling to reserve them at 905 227 1541. All proceeds are going to the church restoration fund.
Andrew Henderson concert at St Andrew's Presbyterian Church, Thorold

You won’t want to miss Andrew Henderson’s organ concert on June 6, 2015!

  • The next morning, June 7, will be the 183rd Annual Dedication Service at Beaverdams Church, officiated by Rev George Addison
Rev George Addison at the 2014 outdoor service

Rev George Addison at the 2014 outdoor service

  •  And if that weren’t enough: the following week, June 13 (rain date: June 20), will find the Friends busily involved in the Third Annual Beaverdams Church Yard Sale – with the participation of Beaverdams village householders too! If you have anything to donate or would like to help, please call Donna at 905 227 7556 or email her at donnajcowan@hotmail.com
First Annual Beavedams Church Yard Sale 2013

Memories of the First Annual Beavedams Church Yard Sale 2013

But before all this, please come out to the next
Friends of Beaverdams Church monthly meeting on
Wednesday May 27th at 7 p.m. at Trinity United Church in Thorold.

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1 Response to “Beaverdams Church: Its Past, Present and Future”

  1. Great job highlighting all the various activities the FRIENDS have and will be involved in over the last month and next few weeks…. Now if Mother Nature would just release the sprites of summer we could all feel the warmth of our endeavours outside and in …

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