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Chance to reconnect with school before demolition „„ By Julia Evans FORMER BISHOPDALE School pupils have been invited to visit one last time. The school’s 60-year-old buildings are being demolished during the school holidays as work begins on the $4.38 million rebuild. Principal Sue Fisher said anyone who wants to go back, take photos and visit the classrooms is more than welcome. “People from Bishopdale seem to live in this area forever,” she said. She said there is a huge community connection in the suburb, especially as its going through a regeneration with the new library and redevelopment of the mall. Demolishing the first block will begin in January, with the new building beginning construction in March and the rebuild expected to finish late next year. “They [the Ministry of Education] want to have it done in the holidays because it’s not desirable to have children and asbestos in the same space,” Mrs Fisher said. Anyone who wants to go through the school has until December 15. Phone the school on 352 9354 to arrange a time.

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Grant for St Peter’s raised to $150,000 „„ By Emily O’Connell A $150,000 grant from the city council has pushed St Peter’s Anglican Church closer to restoration. The Upper Riccarton church, which was consecrated in 1858, was damaged in the February 22, 2011, earthquake. The grant, from the Capital Endowment Fund, was approved at city council last Thursday. Riccarton Ward city councillor Vicki Buck made an amendment on the $100,000 grant, increasing it to $150,000. “I’d like to see us give more than $100,000. The loan won’t be helpful as they can’t afford a loan,” she said. Originally, St Peter’s applied for the Heritage Incentive Grant – seeking $500,000 of funding. The application was then deferred as the proposal would have a significant impact on heritage values and key criteria was not met.   Parish reverend Nick Mountfort said they are thrilled with the $150,000 grant. “They [the city council] recognise that St Peter’s is a central hub for a multitude of community and independent groups and provides a home for their

RESTORATIONS: St Peter’s Anglican Church parish Reverend Nick Mountfort is grateful after the city council has approved a $150,000 grant towards the restoration of the church. ​ activity,” he said. Rev Mountfort said all their community groups are currently in temporary buildings. “This is limiting the capacity of St Peter’s to support the community fully through these

groups as it has done in the past,” he said. Rev Mountfort said St Peter’s has an active fundraising strategy that has been developed to ensure they reach their goal. “At the moment, we are focus-

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ing on a Living Stones concept, where we are inviting people to donate towards a block or stone in support of our fundraising campaign,” he said. Donors are then recognised by way of a map in the foyer which will denote the locations of stones and blocks as given by each donor. Rev Mountfort said they are hopeful they will reach their fundraising target next year. Cr Buck said the church was the “foundation stone of Church Corner.” Halswell Ward city councillor Galloway also saw importance in giving more money to the church. “Yes it is a heritage building but more importantly it’s a community building and this community needs this to strengthen and enhance what it does,” she said. The church requires a further $500,000 of funding for their $3.93 million upgrade which will see the building extended, altered and restored. St Peter’s has been paid $1.5 million from insurance. • Donations to St Peter’s Anglican Church can be made at www. stpeterschurch.nz/ donate-now

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