A 2020 survey by structural engineer John Bowley and heritage architects Hosking Willis revealed that St Andrews was well built, on good foundations, but that extensive repairs were needed as a result of weather and time.
When costings of $1.8 million at 2020 prices were received, the Congregation decided to engage with the community to proceed with Restoration of the now 174-year old building — stage by stage, as funds are received via grants, donations or bequests.
Stage 1: Front Spire This has begun with $39,000 donated from within the congregation. The weather vane has been removed for repair and the cap sealed allowing the building to be used for services since Christmas — and now for a fundraising series of concerts and other cultural events. Work on the Spire will be completed when we have scaffolding in place to start on the Roof & Gutters.
Funding sources: Two State Heritage grants have been received, one for the original Survey ($5,000) and one for the Spire ($10,000). Generous donations have been received from the community, including $2,000 from the Strathalbyn Tourist Association, $500 from the Senior Citizens' Club, $500 from Meningie Uniting Church, and many others including our own congregation and descendants of Rev R Drummond who conducted early services in the 1840s and of Edward Stirling who donated the church bell in 1869. We have also received a very generous donation from Scotland as a tribute to the life of Edward Stirling and his schoolmaster John Bowman of St Vigeans. This was from William Clark who lives near the village of St Vigeans by Arbroath in Scotland where Edward was educated.
Stage 2: Roof & Gutters The 2020 estimate of $100,000 will have increased considerably. We currently have $55,000 towards this and await the outcome of three grant applications. We hope to raise these funds in time to begin after winter.
Stage 3: Clock Tower The 2020 estimate was $200,000 and will also have increased by the time we can begin.
Once these 3 stages are complete, work can begin on other external masonry and then the church interior — stage by stage, as funds are received.
How You can help...
Donations can be made direct to:
St Andrews Strathalbyn Restoration Fund
Account: 047 416 240
All funds in this dedicated account will be used for Restoration work.
Our accounts are independently audited each year and records held at Synod.
Whilst Strathalbyn Uniting Church (St Andrews) is a charity
registered with the Charities Commission (ACNC),
the Tax Office does not give DGR status (‘deductible gift recipient’) to churches,
meaning we cannot offer tax deductions to donors.
But if you wish to have a receipt,
or to have your gift acknowledged on our website,
please let us have your contact details: