Historic church celebrates 100
UPPER Orara’s All Saints will turn 100 this month and all interested people are invited to join in the event.
There will be a special Centenary Celebration on November 28, with a church service at 9am in the church followed by morning tea and a social gathering in the hall next door.
One of the organisers of the event, Garry Dew, said they were hoping as many people as possible with connections to the church would return to Upper Orara for the morning.
Mr Dew said he hoped all those who heard about the centenary would spread the word far and wide so that others who might have left the district would be able to attend.
The timber church was used for regular services by both Anglican and Uniting Church congregations until 2006. It has not been used for regular services since.
Much-loved by Upper Orara residents with its traditional design and mellow timbered interior, All Saints hosted the Blessing of the Pets at Upper Orara last month.
It remains popular for weddings and is also in use for baptisms and funerals.
The church lawns are mowed regularly by Val and Bruce Ellem but Orara Valley Anglicans are anxious about the future of the church, built from timber cut in the surrounding hills and hauled to the site by Will Stanlan and his bullock team in the early 1900s.
Among those expected to attend the centenary celebrations is Mrs Wilga (Biddy) Donn-Patterson, who was baptised and married in the church, and whose grandmother, Janet Ide, donated the land for the church.
Mrs Donn-Patterson was also among the congregation at the last regular Sunday church service held at All Saints on New Year’s Day, 2006.
Further information and inquiries phone Garry Dew on 6654 3211 or Dorothy Teale on 6649 2028.