Church cam­paign cash to go to Lions, mu­seum

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Sur­plus funds from the cam­paign to save the Fin­ley Scot’s Pres­by­te­rian Church from be­ing de­mol­ished will be do­nated to two com­mu­nity groups.

Mem­bers of the Friends of the Fin­ley Scot’s Pres­by­te­rian Church As­so­ci­a­tion voted last week to split the re­main­ing $7700 be­tween Fin­ley Lions and Fin­ley His­tor­i­cal Mu­seum.

The group had orig­i­nally of­fered the money to the church, but el­ders sug­gested it would be bet­ter used to sup­port lo­cal com­mu­nity groups.

An­other op­tion con­sid­ered by the group was donating the funds to the Save the Fin­ley War Memo­rial Hall As­so­ci­a­tion.

Friends of the Fin­ley Scot’s Pres­by­te­rian Church As­so­ci­a­tion pres­i­dent Norm McAl­lis­ter said he was ‘‘happy’’ the money was go­ing to­ward the two lo­cal com­mu­nity groups.

‘‘As we were a not-for-profit group, we were ad­vised to do­nate the money to other com­mu­nity groups,’’ he said.

‘‘The money was raised in Fin­ley so we felt these two groups de­serve the money.’’

The as­so­ci­a­tion to save the church was es­tab­lished in 2013.

It fol­lowed the re­lease of plans to de­mol­ish the 95 year-old build­ing in favour of a more mod­ern church which would bet­ter suit the needs of the parish­ioners.

Due to its his­tor­i­cal im­por­tance, com­mu­nity mem­bers ral­lied to have the build­ing her­itage listed and there­fore saved from de­mo­li­tion.

That ef­fort was re­alised in 2015, with Berrigan Shire of­fi­cially list­ing the church as a her­itage build­ing in its Lo­cal En­vi­ron­ment Plan.

Most of the money raised by group was through do­na­tions, street stalls and raf­fles.

It was orig­i­nally anticipated the sur­plus funds could be utilised to im­prove ameni­ties in the his­toric church.

The money is to be dis­trib­uted to the com­mu­nity groups after the as­so­ci­a­tion is of­fi­cially closed. It must be done in con­junc­tion with NSW Fair Trad­ing.

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