Memories make decision hard for Monto church community
THE Monto Anglican Church Hall served as the focal point of the community for many years.
MontoWomen’s Fellowship president Nancy Peardon said it was once a thriving parish, with the church servicing 700 families that lived in the region.
“It was full all the time in the early days but like all churches, people don’t need them anymore,” she said.
The community attachment is among the reasons the decision to demolish the hall took five years to make.
Mrs Peardon, who is among those who were married in the old church, said she accepted the decision to remove the building had to be made but it was a sad moment.
“That church is full of memories, more memories than white ants,” she said.
Even after it ceased to serve as a church, the hall remained an integral part of the community until recently.
Church warden Theresa Pattie said the building’s main purpose in recent years was as a venue for community gatherings.
“We used to hold lunches for the old people in the church,” Mrs Pattie said.
“The trouble is we got old too and it became impossible to keep all that going.”
END OF AN ERA: The old Anglican church in Monto was emptied out last month in preparation to be demolished.