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Sandwiches, soup and a silent auction

Events, CommunityJoanne Eisemann

THE ANGLICAN Church of Quamby Parish is conducting a Silent Auction to raise funds for the continuation of the historic churches in this parish.

A Silent Auction is a fun way for everyone to bid on a range of items.

Each item has a form for you to enter your bids.

There will be a large range of goods including professional photos of local interest, hampers, garden items, bags of compost, linen, toys and books, to mention a few.

Some items will have a below value starting price, but there will be lots of great bargains. EFTPOS facilities will be available and payment is required on the day.

Hot soup and sandwiches can be purchased for just $10 with drinks at bar prices.

The date is now Saturday 3 August and the venue is Westbury RSL at 7 Lonsdale Promenade.

Bidding will take place between 12 noon and 2pm.

Come along, enjoy some soup and sandwiches, have fun and take home a bargain!

Enquiries Rosalie 0427006842.

Putting on the Fitz!

Events, CommunityJoanne Eisemann

THE POLITE English on Antiques Roadshow might say ‘Goodness!’ Our TV shows might say ‘Wow!’

On Saturday 25th May, a High Tea at Fitzpatrick’s Inn was held for the Anglican Parish of Quamby.

The High Tea was a resounding success due to the great community support which swelled the ‘capped’ number of eighty to one hundred and three, requiring an extra room.

The generosity of Pam Swain, the owner of Fitzpatrick’s Inn, extended not only to the use of the building but also the kitchen, fine crockery, and her own personal involvement.

The tables were set with embroidered cloths and napkins loaned for the day, many with interesting stories. Tiered cake stands were filled with sweets and savouries.

Descriptions of High Teas from around the world were related, tying in to the names allocated to the tables.

Pam gave a fascinating talk on the history of Fitzpatrick’s Inn, through her own knowledge of the building and research she has conducted with the view of writing a book. This was backed up with entertaining accounts from descendants of the very Irish Fitzpatrick family.

The success of the day was made possible due to wonderful help from the congregation and community who provided treasured cloths, mountains of food, flowers for the tables, and who worked tirelessly on the day.

The next fundraising event held for the Parish will be a Silent Auction with Soup and Sandwiches on Sunday 28th July at the Westbury RSL. Details to be announced.

Land sale plan a reprieve for Quamby Parish churches

FeatureJoanne Eisemann

January 2019 | Sharon Webb

THE PROPOSED sale of a church-owned block of land in Carrick has removed three Quamby Parish churches given to the people in perpetuity from the Anglican church and cemetery fire sale.

In December of 2018, Tasmania’s Anglican Bishop, Richard Condie, released a list of church properties to parishioners state-wide, indicating which are to be sold and which reprieved.

St Mary’s Church rectory and cemetery in Hagley, built with donations from the Dry family; St Andrew’s Church in Carrick, given by the Reibey family; and St Andrew’s Church in Westbury, built by the British Government with convict labour, now will not be sold – if the parish can raise $400,000 from the sale of vacant land on the corner of Meander Valley Rd and East St in Carrick.

In addition, Deloraine’s saleyards, church hall and cemetery, and Meander’s St Saviour’s Church appear to be saved from the chopping block.

But according to Reverend Josephine Pyecroft from Quamby Parish, a row is brewing over which real estate agent will sell the Carrick land.

“We had it valued by Harrison Humphreys; Rob Harrison is a descendent of the Reibey family who gave the church to the people. But the Anglican Hobart office wants to arrange the sale with their choice of estate agent.

“However the deeds say the land can’t be sold without the signatures of the priest and two wardens and we need to go to the Reibey family to sell it.

“We want Harrison Humphreys to sell it, then the money must come back to the parish. We will then donate the money to the Anglican’s Child Sexual Abuse National Redress fund.”

Rev Pyecroft said she was amazed at the decision to save the three churches and their cemeteries.

“I thought we might save Hagley because Sir Richard Dry, the first Tasmanian-born premier of this State, is buried beneath the altar there, but all three churches were off the list,” she said.

“In the lead-up to the decision I asked parishioners to pray every day for two minutes at 12 noon and I’m silly enough to think that had a lot to do with it.”

Quamby Parish has raised more than $50,000 to head off the churches’ sale; in addition, new State draft legislation decreeing cemeteries cannot be closed until 100 years after the last burial instead of the current 30 years has damped down Bishop Condie’s sale plan. St Mary’s Church is defined as a cemetery because Sir Richard is buried in it.

Rev. Pyecroft said she could identify with people distressed at the thought of the sale of land containing their relatives’ graves; her parents’ ashes are buried in her husband’s grave in St Mary’s cemetery.

“This has been the emotional and spiritual abuse this year,” she said.

“I haven’t heard of anyone against the sexual abuse redress scheme, but all the while this other abuse has been going on in the background. This is not the Anglican Church I know.”

Rev. Pyecroft was also able to shed light on the rationale for Bishop Condie’s churches and cemetery sale plan.

“The Bishop told us he had to raise $8m for the redress scheme and he proposed to sell 106 properties,” she said.

“Twenty-five per cent of the money raised was to go to the redress scheme and the rest to be used to start a new Tasmanian ministry, where congregations would meet in school halls and people’s houses.

“The former Sydney Archbishop Peter Jensen and his brother, Dean Phillip Jensen totally changed the face of the diocese to create an almost nonliturgical church run on Calvinist lines. And Bishop Condie has announced that he’s a Calvinist.”

Rev. Pyecroft, who has not been paid by the Anglican Church for the past 18 years, said clergy were not told what the new Tasmanian ministry would be like, just that the Quamby Parish would need to raise $216,000 for the redress scheme and $200,000 to indicate they could pay the salary of a new priest.

“More than $400,000 is an impossible task so we put in a submission to the Anglican Church Diocesan Council proposing to sell the Carrick land,” she said.

Two thirds of the Anglican properties listed for sale have not been rescued, including the Church of the Good Shepherd in Hadspen, the Fencing Paddock in Carrick, and vacant land in Elizabeth Town.

Photo | Mike Moores

St Andrews Church, in Westbury is one of four Meander Valley churches to escape closure and sale.

St Andrews Church, in Westbury is one of four Meander Valley churches to escape closure and sale.

Council challenge Diocese

NewsJoanne EisemannComment

July 2018 | Sharon Webb

MEANDER VALLEY Council has strong concerns about Tasmania’s Anglican Diocese plan to sell churches and cemeteries, and will make this clear in a submission to the church.

Councillors have had negative feedback from residents about the sell-off proposal and Mayor Craig Perkins said there is no way the council will contribute funds to a bailout of the diocese.

The Anglican Church plans to sell church buildings and cemeteries to pay redress to survivors of child sexual abuse by its members under the National Redress Scheme.

In the June council meeting Cllr Tanya King successfully moved a motion to make a submission to the diocese, saying she had been approached by residents about the inadequacy of Anglican consultation on the issue.

“People are concerned about the effect of the move on congregations and parishes, especially that only 25 per cent of the funds from the sale will go to pay redress,” she said.

Councillors will discuss the contents of the submission in a workshop on 24th July. Cllr Rodney Synfield unsuccessfully moved that discussion canvas alternate funding options instead of property sales.

“There are serious alternatives which may mean properties in our area may not need to be sold at all,” he said.

“There are also questions about the legalities of the sale related to who constructed the properties. There may be other ways of dealing with this and that ought to inform our response to the Anglican Church.”

Cllr John Temple supported Cllr Synfield’s motion but it was lost.

Councillors also endorsed a motion from May’s Local Government Association of Tasmania meeting acknowledging the importance of redress for victims of abuse but noting the concern being expressed across a number of Tasmanian communities about the sale of their local churches and cemeteries.

The motion sought that the Anglican Church ensures that those communities are not being made to pay unfairly for the actions of leaders in the church and give genuine consideration, to the huge impact on communities, particularly rural and regional Tasmania.

sharonwebb@meandervalleygazette.com