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.
An application (from the Anglican Diocese, and St. Philip's Parish Hierarchy) to demolish the St. Philip's 1894 Heritage Church was voted on by the Portugal Cove-St. Philip's Town Councillors on April 21 2015. Unfortunately, with 4 to 3 vote results, a demolition permit was granted, with some stipulations.
However, as of April 24 a PCSP resident presented an appeal, against the councillors' decision, to the Municipal Affairs Regional Appeal Board. This put a hold on that demolition permit.
Plus, as of April 28 "The Church By The Sea Inc." presented another (and separate) appeal, to the Regional Appeal Board which puts another hold on that demolition permit.
Also, 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.