Fam­ily pray for en­gi­neer’s re­port to save church

Kaikoura Star - - KAIKOURA STAR CLASSIFIEDS CLASSIFIED INDEX - MIKE WAT­SON

A his­toric church on Marl­bor­ough’s east coast dam­aged by the Kaik­oura earth­quake might yet be saved from the wreck­ing ball.

St Oswald’s Angli­can Church has sat be­side State High­way 1, near Wha­ranui, 60 kilo­me­tres south of Blen­heim, for the past 90 years at­tract­ing the at­ten­tion of pass­ing mo­torists.

It would nor­mally hold monthly ser­vices for the lo­cal con­gre­ga­tion but no ser­mon has passed the pul­pit since the 7.8-mag­ni­tude earth­quake in Novem­ber.

The church was built in 1927 by Charles and Jessie Mur­ray in mem­ory of their son, Charles Mur­ray, who died in 1924 while trav­el­ling in Switzer­land.A rel­a­tive, Le­ices­ter Mur­ray, said wider fam­ily mem­bers had been can­vassed on the fu­ture of the church and an en­gi­neer’s re­port com­mis­sioned to gauge the cost of re­pair­ing the dam­age.

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