Fed-up man­age­ment threat­ens to pull plug on Angli­can rental

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an ad­di­tional three months’ rent un­til the end of Jan­uary. But the coun­cil has stated em­phat­i­cally that it could not do so.

“That is to­tally un­ac­cept­able and un­af­ford­able. Right now we are hav­ing dif­fi­culty meet­ing our com­mit­ments and a con­tin­u­a­tion of pay­ing $2 300 rent will fur­ther crip­ple the church’s fi­nances,” the parish­ioner said.

When con­tacted Archdea­con,

Eric Lynch, who has re­spon­si­bil­ity for the Angli­can Church’s prop­er­ties, said: “The only com­ment I would wish to make is that we are aware of the sit­u­a­tion at St Mary’s and we are ac­tu­ally work­ing on it with the full church coun­cil and the in­cum­bent. I have been work­ing on it for some­time.”

First time in 40 years

How­ever, the parish­ioner pointed out that this was the first time in his 40 years with the church that he had wit­nessed such con­tro­versy.

The two-storey vicarage, he noted, which has a breath­tak­ing view of the Cave Hill and Bridgetown com­mu­ni­ties, was oc­cu­pied by five other pre­de­ces­sors, in­clud­ing Rev­erends

An­drew Hatch, Joseph Hen­nis, Frank Mar­shall and Von Wat­son. “There were never any com­plaints from those priests when they lived there but be­cause Rev­erend Craw­ford would have been the first fe­male priest to oc­cupy the vicarage, the church de­cided to give it a com­plete re­fur­bish­ment and bring a more fem­i­nine decor to it,” he pointed out.

The parish­ioner re­vealed that new bath­room fit­tings were in­stalled; the clos­ets were re­built; the floor was retiled and the en­tire four-bed­room, two-bath­room house, which also has a study, was re­painted.

“Rev­erend Craw­ford has re­fused to move in,” the parish­ioner said, point­ing out that she ex­pressed dis­like of the par­quet tiles and wanted them re­moved; that she had also asked for new win­dows and for se­cu­rity cam­eras to be in­stalled.

“The coun­cil told her that the rec­tory would be en­hanced in phases and that this was phase one.”

Last year, sev­eral stained glasses at the his­toric St Mary’s church were smashed, while The City church has to look for money to re­pair that dam­age plus the leak­ing roof.

“We can’t do the much needed re­pairs at the church if we con­tinue to pay rent plus pay back the bank loan,” the se­nior church mem­ber lamented.

Other mem­bers of the con­gre­ga­tion have com­plained that in re­cent times long-stand­ing par­ish­ioners left St Mary’s to at­tend other Angli­can churches be­cause of con­fronta­tions in­volv­ing var­i­ous bod­ies within the church.

No choice

The parish­ioner said the church now felt it had no choice but to call on new Bishop Michael Maxwell to step in to re­solve the prob­lems.

When con­tacted, Craw­ford told the Bar­ba­dos Na­tion: “I can’t com­ment on that. I don’t know what it is all about or who would’ve com­plained to you, but I can’t give you any com­ment.”

Asked if she would be tak­ing up res­i­dency at the vicarage, she stated: “I can­not tell you that.

I am not giv­ing you any com­ment, none what­so­ever.”

This pa­per was also re­ferred to Ge­orge Edge­hill, chair­man of prop­er­ties. He would only say: “There are some is­sues within the church that are cur­rently be­ing dealt with by the Dio­cese.”

(Pic­ture by Maria Brad­shaw.)

THE RE­FUR­BISHED vicarage at Rock Dundo, St Michael. The church coun­cil is upset that af­ter spend­ing$50 000 on ren­o­va­tions, it has not been oc­cu­pied.

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REV. JILIAN CRAW­FORD

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BISHOP GERRY SEALE

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