Last church service
ORARA Valley residents, families and friends rallied to attend the last regular Sunday service at All Saints Upper Orara yesterday.
About 25 people gathered at the church for the service and enjoyed a special morning tea at the adjacent Upper Orara Hall.
Many of them had family ties to the church, built 95 years ago.
Among those in the congregation was Val Ellem, who has been attending Sunday services at All Saints since Upper Orara's nearby Methodist church was closed and moved away many years ago.
In recent years All Saints has been used for both Anglican and Uniting Church services.
Mrs Ellem has also organised the church's popular annual Christmas Eve carol service.
Another with special ties was Wilga (Biddy) Donn-Patterson of Upper Orara, who was baptised in the church, married in the church and whose grandmother Janet Ide gave the land for the church.
Mrs Donn-Patterson said all the timber for the church came from the forests and sawmills of the Orara Valley and was pulled to the site by local bullocky Will Stanlan.
Mr Stanlan's son, Coffs Harbour resident Jack Stanlan, said his father later took up dairying, becoming one of the dairy farmers who earned the name Dairyville for their portion of Upper Orara.