St Mary’s in a bind

UK Barbados Nation - - NEWS - By Maria Brad­shaw mariabrad­[email protected]­tion­ @mari­a_­na­tionbb

MEM­BERS of the con­gre­ga­tion at St Mary’s Angli­can Church are pray­ing for di­vine in­ter­ven­tion in a sit­u­a­tion which has left the church in a fi­nan­cial bind.

Re­ports reach­ing the Bar­ba­dos Na­tion in­di­cated that for al­most two years the church had been pay­ing $2 300 monthly to rent a house for it’s new rec­tor, Jilian Craw­ford, while the vicarage at Rock Dundo, St Michael, was be­ing ren­o­vated.

How­ever, that ren­o­va­tion was com­pleted and the vicarage ready for oc­cu­pa­tion in July, but

Rev. Craw­ford is yet to move in.

A long-time mem­ber of the church pointed out that the rec­tor had “de­manded” cos­metic changes be made to the vicarage be­fore she took up oc­cu­pancy; but he lamented that the church had no money to do those things.

So fed-up is man­age­ment at the church with the sit­u­a­tion that they have threat­ened to pull the plug on the rental.

$50 000 loan

“The church bor­rowed $50 000 from the bank to un­der­take a to­tal re­fur­bish­ment of the vicarage,” the parish­ioner re­ported.

“The coun­cil in­formed the rec­tor since July that the house was ready for oc­cu­pancy and this was af­ter the Dio­cese and the Archdea­con had ap­proved the re­pairs which were car­ried out. How­ever, the rec­tor would not col­lect the keys even though the land­lord was in­formed in Oc­to­ber that the church would not be pay­ing any more rent.”

It is un­der­stood that the hi­er­ar­chy of the Angli­can church has stepped in and re­quested that the coun­cil pay

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