To save the church!
Email, write, or phone Bishop Peddle NOW
to ask that he withdraw the Diocese demolition application, or at least accept the Town's mediation offer to sit down with Members of the PCSP Town Council, and The Church By The Sea Inc. Heritage Group, to look at solutions and options.
The two appeals against PCSP Council's decision (to grant approval-in-principle to the Anglican Diocese's application for demolition of the St. Philip's Heritage Church) were unsuccessful. The Appeal Board decision (from the June 19 2015 hearing) is disappointing: it will mean a valuable heritage asset of the Parish and the PCSP Town can be allowed to be destroyed. Yet, there is no need to demolish the old church.
Destruction of the building could commence as soon as a demolition plan is approved by the PCSP Council and Provincial Archaeologist office, unless Bishop Peddle and the Diocese agree to look at options, such as:
• to meet with the CBTS to discuss preservation options
• to withdraw the Diocese demolition application
• to accept the Town's mediation offer to sit down with the PCSP Town Council, and The Church By The Sea Inc. Heritage Group, to consider options
• or, the St. Philip's Parish rector and hierarchy look at alternatives, rather than destroy their own historic church.
Please contact the Town of PCSP's Councillors to express your concerns and opinions to save the St. Philip's 1894 Heritage Church:
The Church By The Sea Inc. Heritage Group is a volunteer non-profit registered charity, which began as a committee in 2008, incorporated as a non-profit organization and established as a CRA charity in 2010. The CBTS Inc.'s board members serve on a volunteer basis without remuneration.
We are dedicated to preserving and restoring the historic St. Philip's 1894 Church, which is a designated Municipal Heritage building in the Town of Portugal Cove-St. Philip's. Our mission is to see this building preserved as a heritage landmark and become a vibrant part of the community.
1. SAVE Our Steeple: reattach the toppled steeple to the church tower.
2. PRESERVE the St. Philip's Heritage Church building to its 1894 memory, glory, and dignity.
3. USE this historic building, as:
- a Parish, Town, or Provincial church architecture museum;
- a chapel, under the guidance of the St. Philip's Parish;
- an education model and tool for schools and the community;
- any other uses that are deemed acceptable by the Parish and the community, to bring income for operation and maintenance.