Mem­o­ries make de­ci­sion hard for Monto church com­mu­nity

Central and North Burnett Times - - NEWS -

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.”

PHOTO: CON­TRIB­UTED

END OF AN ERA: The old Angli­can church in Monto was emp­tied out last month in prepa­ra­tion to be de­mol­ished.

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