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Improvements underway at St. Lunaire-Griquet Anglican church and parish hall


Anglican Church has new roof installed while parish hall now has heated waterline

ST. LUNAIRE-GRIQUET, N.L. —

Two historic buildings in the town of St. Lunaire-Griquet won’t be going away any time soon.
New upgrades and repairs were conducted over the past six weeks on All-Saint Anglican Church and the parish hall. Both are located in Dark Tickle.
In September, the St. Lunaire-Griquet’s Anglican Women’s Corp was awarded $36,781 through a Job Creation Partnership Program to conduct the work.
Nine workers were hired to paint, caulk windows, replace floorboards and doors, and other odd jobs.
Replacing the red metal roof on the church and running a waterline through to the parish hall were two of the bigger tasks.
It’ll be the first time the parish hall will have running water in the winter.
“We secured a waterline to the hall, with a heat trace, so that we can have water all winter,” explained Jean Elms-Rowe, president of the St. Lunaire-Griquet Anglican Women’s Corp. “In the past, we’d have to shut off the water in the fall and couldn’t put it back anymore until June.”
It’s a new convenience that may mean they can hold more hall functions in the winter.
The Anglican Parish Hall has been a hub for the community for 90 years, hosting countless concerts, meals and get togethers of all varieties.
Elms-Rowe appreciates that history.
She says a number of locals, including her parents, Lewis and Jessie Elms, worked tirelessly over the years to maintain the building.
“It’s nice now to be able to carry on what they started and put so much love into over the years,” said Elms-Rowe.
All-Saint Anglican Church is between 60 to 70 years old and was initially built as a school before being converted into a church.
Elms-Rowe cited a number of people, some alive and some who have passed on, who have been central in maintaining these buildings over the years. 
She credited Annie and Allen Hillier, Carl and Vie Hillier, Sam and Ettie Hillier, John and Stella Bridger, Caleb and Loretta Bridger, and Lloyd and Rhoda Parsons, among many others, for their work.

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