End of an era as church closes doors

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10 years ago May 6, 2008. Tim­mer­ing Pres­by­te­rian Church closed its doors for the last time on Sun­day.

A ser­vice was held for the last time in the church, with about 130 peo­ple, many of whom were for­mer parish­ioners who have moved away or their de­scen­dants, say­ing their farewells.

Tim­mer­ing Pres­by­te­rian church board sec­re­tary Graeme Gled­hill said while Sun­day was the fi­nal ser­vice for the church, it had not been used for reg­u­lar ser­vices for about two years.

Mr Gled­hill said the dwin­dling num­ber of parish­ioners at the church was a sign of the times.

‘‘It’s typ­i­cal of ru­ral com­mu­ni­ties at this time,’’ he said.

‘‘The pop­u­la­tion is mov­ing away and the the pop­u­la­tion is chang­ing.

‘‘It (the Pres­by­te­rian church) is not as im­por­tant a part of the com­mu­nity as it used to be.

‘‘The older peo­ple are still there, but the young peo­ple have moved on.’’

At its time of clos­ing, Mr Gled­hill said there were prob­a­bly only eight or nine parish­ioners.

It is vastly dif­fer­ent to its hey­day, when many of the district fam­i­lies were Pres­by­te­rian and at­tended the church reg­u­larly.

The death knell started to sound for the church when the RochesterTim­mer­ing par­ish’s min­is­ter moved away about two years ago. 30 years ago May 11,1988 An era will come to an end at Rochester Post Of­fice soon with the re­tire­ment of Mr Joe Roberts.

Mr Roberts joined the of­fice in 1947 as a ju­nior postal of­fi­cer and in around the 40 years that have fol­lowed he has de­liv­ered parcels and let­ters, has sorted mail and has de­liv­ered tele­grams.

Mr Roberts has also been a com­mon sight be­hind the counter and in the many years he has served Aus­tralia Post has wit­nessed the myr­iad of stamp de­signs and the pass­ing pa­rade of Her Majesty’s Mail.

An­other Rochester Post Of­fice legend, for­mer post­man Mr Bill Shaw, dropped in to see Mr Roberts yes­ter­day morn­ing to wish him the best in his re­tire­ment.

Mr Shaw worked at the Post Of­fice for 20 years.

‘‘Joe helped me get the job,’’ Bill said.

‘‘Some­one got sick and they asked me to re­lieve for a month.

‘‘I passed the exam and be­came a postie and I en­joyed it,’’ he said.

Mr Shaw was in­jured in 1985 and although Mr Shaw tried to make a come­back, re­tire­ment proved best for his health.

Mr Roberts plans to travel in his re­tire­ment and en­joy more free time with his neph­ews. 100 years ago May 11, 1918 Pa­thetic in­ter­est is at­tached to the an­nounce­ment that Gun­ner Ray Tregear, the el­dest son of Chap­lain-Ma­jor Charles Tregear, has been killed in ac­tion.

Ma­jor Tregear last week de­liv­ered at Rochester one of his bril­liant war lec­tures, and he took oc­ca­sion to re­fer af­fec­tion­ately and proudly to his ‘‘dear son, who was with the forces in France fight­ing for King, cause and coun­try’’.

At the time he was speak­ing his dear lad had al­ready ‘‘gone West’’, but his proud and happy fa­ther did not know it.

It was af­ter he re­turned home that the sad news came to him that his son had been killed on the 9th April.

A young girl feeds a cow on a Lock­ing­ton dairy farm be­long­ing to RW Nann. Photo taken by Vic­to­rian State Rivers and Water Sup­ply Com­mis­sion in 1966. If you have a photo for Re­flec­tions, please email ed­i­to­rial@cam­paspe­news.com.au

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