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Volunteers key to century-old church’s restoration

Quite a bit of work has been completed on the Robson Community Memorial Church in the last few years, including an addition at the back of the church (shown at left). - Kim Magi photo
Quite a bit of work has been completed on the Robson Community Memorial Church in the last few years, including an addition at the back of the church (shown at left).
— image credit: Kim Magi photo

Volunteers have been heavily involved in the renovations and revamping of the Robson Community Memorial Church.

The church’s society has been working hard on a new addition to the back of the church as well as renovations to the existing building.

The new part of the church will house a kitchen, wheelchair-accessible washrooms and an office.

The add-on has been a long time coming for the small church — of which the original part is 103 years old.

The framing, electrical, rough-in plumbing and a new furnace have all been installed. The church’s society is now in the process of insulating and closing in the walls.

“The church is available for rent and we know it will make it more accommodating for weddings and family gatherings,” a news release said.

Renovations are hoping to be completed in the next four months.

Recently, the roof was also re-shingled and the bell was refurbished.

The society also looks after the cemetery on the property. By the end of this year, they’re hoping to have all the headstones and graves leveled and all plots on a computerized plan.

“The Robson Community Memorial Church Society is a non-profit society which consists of volunteers from your community who manage the Robson Community Memorial Church, Resker Hall and the Robson Community Cemetery,” the release said. “We look after the maintenance and usage of facilities, the selling of plots in the cemetery, utilities, insurance as well as general upkeep of the church and surrounding grounds.

“We are very grateful for the support of the Columbia Basin Trust for their generous funding. This funding along with other donations assists us in completing our capital projects.”

As a whole, the society would like to thank people who support the church through volunteering and financial contributions, including the trustees and Elaine Hood, who looks after church and Resker Hall bookings.

For more information or to make a tax-deductible contribution, contact the society at Box 21, Robson B.C., V0G 1X0 or call Ken Hood at 365-6506.

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