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Wondalga working bee

Richard Breward with the St Alban’s Church in Wondolga’s silver chalice, donated by the parents of Harry Jagoe, who was killed in World War I at nineteen years of age.

A working bee will be held on March 11, starting at 2pm, to conduct basic repairs on the historic St Alban’s Church in Wondolga.

The church is in need of a whole slate of repairs, including replacing weatherboards, painting, window repairs, roof and gutter repairs, and other works.

The working bee will tackle tasks that are within reach of the volunteers, and tradespeople will be contacted for what’s left over.

Chairperson of Batlow’s St John’s Anglican Church Richard Breward held a meeting earlier this month to discuss the best plan of action with the community.

“It was a positive, well attended meeting,” Mr Breward said.

“The general feel of the people at the meeting was to see the Church repaired.”

Mr Breward will commence obtaining quotes for repairs that aren’t completed at the working bee and complete an estimate of how much the full works will cost.

Several services will be held at Wondalga in the first half of the year, leading up to another meeting in the second half of 2017 to decide whether or not to go ahead.

St Alban’s is over 100 years old, and is filled with sacred items that are steeped in history.

The silver chalice was donated by the parents of a Wondolga boy who was killed in World War One.

Harry Jagoe was only nineteen when he lost his life on the French battlefields, with the hundredth anniversary of his death taking place on September 29 this year.

The brass sanctuary lamp was donated in memory of Harry’s brother-in-law Angus Philip Elwin, who died in the same battle at Polygon Wood.

The church’s bible was donated in memory of local woman Daphne Marie Breward by her children at a special Patronal Festival held by the parish in 2001.