Walcha's old Anglican Church is still in need of salvation - but help is getting closer

Tony Deakin OAM reviews some of the research completed by the FotOSTC in Walcha. Photo: David Allerton
Tony Deakin OAM reviews some of the research completed by the FotOSTC in Walcha. Photo: David Allerton

Last week, members of the Friends of the Old Stone Church (FotOSC)committee met with the Historic Architect for the National Trust in Armidale and for the Anglican Diocese of Armidale - Tony Deakin OAM.

FotOSC has raised $17,500 to restore the stained glass windows in the old stone church in Walcha and is asking Heritage NSW to match it. Mr Deakin is preparing the report required and is helping the group with its application.

Mrs Hoy said the restoration project has been an educational and enjoyable experience to date.

ON A MISSION: Tony Deakin OAM with some FotOSC members Nerida and Bevis Hoy and Shiena Allerton. Photo: David Allerton

ON A MISSION: Tony Deakin OAM with some FotOSC members Nerida and Bevis Hoy and Shiena Allerton. Photo: David Allerton

"Thank you to the many people who have donated towards this restoration," she said.

"We are waiting for Tony Deakin's report to know where we need go next. What has been good has been connecting with descendants of some of the window memorials who are now living all over NSW."

Mrs Hoy said many of the descendants had also made donations.

St Andrews Church in Walcha is the oldest building standing in the town and the oldest Church in the Armidale Anglican Diocese, and it is in desperate need of salvation.

The building is in a state of disrepair and has not been used since the 1990s; however, a group of residents calling themselves Friends of the Old Stone Church want to change this and bring the building back to life, by raising money to put towards the work to save the building and its historic stained glass windows.