Fed-up management threatens to pull plug on Anglican rental
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.
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.”
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.
REV. JILIAN CRAWFORD
BISHOP GERRY SEALE