Neigh­bours help cel­e­brate church an­niver­sary


St. Ann’s Angli­can Church in Westcock is cel­e­brat­ing its 200th an­niver­sary in 2017 and two nearby res­i­dents are help­ing with the cel­e­bra­tions.

On June 15 start­ing at 7 p.m. at St. Ann’s Church Hall, the sec­ond in a se­ries of his­toric talks will oc­cur, with the first talk on Grind­stone Is­land hav­ing been well re­ceived.

Bill Snow­don, lo­cal Wood Point his­to­rian, will talk about the nearby Wood Point Quarry and the in­flu­ence it had on the area in the mid- to late-1800s and early 1900s. As re­cently as the early 1900s, the Read Quarry still em­ployed about 36 men for seven months of the year and the an­nual out­put of grind­stones Lo­cal res­i­dent and his­to­rian Phyl­lis Stopps will speak about Sec­ond Westcock Hill at an up­com­ing talk.

and build­ing stones was val­ued in ex­cess of $15,000.

The sec­ond speaker of the evening is Westcock res­i­dent Phyl­lis Stopps. Hav­ing done re­search on Bul­mer Pond and the Frosty Hol­low Inn, she noted the milling of lum­ber that was done there and be­came in­ter­ested in the area nearby that pro­vided many of those logs.

Her in­ter­est has been on search­ing the archives for in­for­ma­tion on Sec­ond Westcock Hill, an aban­doned vil­lage lo­cated off High­way 106 on the way to Dorch­ester. The St. Ann’s Angli­can Church mem­ber­ship are aware of the sis­ter Angli­can Church, St. Stephen’s, built in Sec­ond Westcock Hill, in its hey­day in 1840. In ad­di­tion to the church his­tory, which in­cludes the role that Sir Charles G.D. Robert’s played, lum­ber­ing, the In­ter­colo­nial Rail­way and farm­ing will all play a part in this pre­sen­ta­tion.

St. Ann’s Angli­can Church is lo­cated at 65 Bri­tish Set­tle­ment Rd. in Westcock, N.B.

Those at­tend­ing the up­com­ing talk are in­vited to cel­e­brate 200 years of his­tory with the con­gre­ga­tion and to share their sto­ries of the Wood Point quar­ries and Sec­ond Westcock Hill.

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