FORMER parishioners of St Pauls Anglican Church, at Springfield, now own the building in which they used to worship.

Friends of St Pauls, Springfield, Association public officer Robert Smith said that the association was started after a public meeting in 2007.

“The church was deconsecrated in 1997 and put up for sale,” he said.

“We started negotiations to buy it, but it sold to the people who made the highest offer.

“The people who bought the church wanted to change it into a house and as the burial ground was still operational, we did not feel a house was appropriate on the site.

“Objections were raised on several issues and the people who bought it decided against it and we continued to negotiate with the Anglican Church who eventually decided to sell it to us, in August.

“We raised the $20,000 purchase price from donations _ a lot of that came from interstate people whose forebears are buried at St Pauls.

“They like to come back from time to time and see that their forebears are being looked after _ they have quite an affinity with the history of the area.

“St Pauls is the oldest surviving church in the district and some of the pioneer settlers are buried there.”

Mr Smith said that the association would hold its annual meeting at Springfield Hall on Sunday, November 17, at 1pm, following an 11am sausage sizzle.

“Membership is being canvassed and we’ll be opening the church from 2pm for people to look around,” Mr Smith said.

This article first appeared in Hangzhou Night Net.

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