Former parishioners of the now closed St. James Anglican Church made a delegation to Hanover Council on Monday night.
They want the Town to consider purchasing their church.
Spokesperson David McCallum would love to see Hanover’s oldest church converted into a Town museum archives and cultural centre.
Due to dwindling numbers the 1867 church building recently closed its doors. (The actual St. James Anglican congregation dates back even further to 1850).
McCallum along with a number of other former parishioners are now urging Council in recognition of the heritage significance of the 152 year old building, to purchase the historic church for cultural purposes.
St. James Anglican is one of Hanover’s original buildings, and still boasts a lot of the original woodwork by the craftsmen of Hanover at the time.
McCallum adds that along with the historic beauty and richness of the church, he says St. James is accessible and boasts a lovely meeting hall and public health unit approved kitchen that could be used by community groups or rented out.
He believes the church could very well be an answered prayer to the Hanover Heritage Committee which has been seeking out a permanent home to house their archives for sometime now.
Fellow parishioner Marg Poste agrees, noting that a Town purchase of the church would tie in nicely with Hanover’s new Culture Plan.
She claims Hanover is one of the few towns around of its size without a museum or building dedicated to culture.
St. James Anglican belongs to the Diocese of Huron, Poste says the church will be put on the market this Spring.
Based on 2017 expenses, it costs about $9,300 to cover the church’s annual operating expenses.
Hanover Council will discuss the purchase request during its upcoming budget deliberations.
The assessed value of the church is 330 thousand dollars.