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Help church celebrate 125 years of history

Wednesday, 2nd January, 2013

BH Uniting Church Secretary Valerie White is preparing for the Wesley Church’s 125th Anniversary this year. BH Uniting Church Secretary Valerie White is preparing for the Wesley Church’s 125th Anniversary this year.

By Erica Visser

The Wesley Uniting Church is busily preparing for its 125th anniversary later this year and it is seeking help from the public for a display.

The church is hoping to obtain memorabilia from anyone who has celebrated an occasion at the church since it opened in 1888.

The Reverend Will Pearson said that copies of photos from weddings, baptisms, concerts or any other activities which took place at the church would be most welcome.

The church, situated on the corner of Sulphide and Cobalt streets, used to be located at Sulphide and Blende and any similar items from that era would also be appreciated, Rev. Pearson said.

“We do expect a good response,” he said.

“Often people have travelled through town and stopped in and said that their grandma was the pianist here or their uncle was one of those on the memorial window.”

The Wesley Church plans to celebrate its anniversary in July with a special service on the 28th along with other events. The memorabilia will be displayed in the hall behind the church.

The last day of July marks the date that the church’s foundation stone was laid in 1888 - by a woman.

“It was very unusual for a lady to be involved in laying the foundation stone back then,” said Broken Hill Uniting Church Secretary Valerie White.

Anyone wishing to lend memorabilia to the Wesley Church may contact the office on 8087 5317, or via email at bhuca@westnet.com.au

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