New church hall named after ‘benefactors’

Whitehead Methodist Church.  INCT 21-742-CON
Whitehead Methodist Church. INCT 21-742-CON

The new church hall at Whitehead Methodist will host its first official event next weekend.

The keys to the building were officially handed over at the Balmoral Avenue premises last week.

Greg Power of THP Construction hands over the keys for the new hall at Whitehead Methodist Church to Vera Girvan, one of the main benefactors of the project.  Photo by Stanley Gilpin.  INCT 21-736-CON

Greg Power of THP Construction hands over the keys for the new hall at Whitehead Methodist Church to Vera Girvan, one of the main benefactors of the project. Photo by Stanley Gilpin. INCT 21-736-CON

It follows four years of intensive fundraising efforts by church members and the local community, ranging from soup lunches to sponsored abseils.

The annual Victorian Fair in the town also generated thousands towards the project.

To be known as the Dobson-Girvan Hall, the extension pays tribute to two of its main benefactors, Peggy Dobson and Vera Girvan.

“A truly local enterprise, the architect was Whitehead native Martin Walkington, whose elegant design almost seamlessly blends the exciting new hall complex with the Arts and Crafts style original church building, completed in 1900,” said Rev Gary Millar of Whitehead Methodist.

“Comprising a main hall, state-of-the-art kitchen, several meeting rooms and the requisite facilities for a 21st century congregation, the hall will be an asset to our work for generations to come.

“Our first official event will be the annual M&Ms Sale on Saturday, June 4 from 10.30am until 3.00pm.

“The M&Ms are an informal group of men from the church family who get together monthly around a cooked breakfast, and invite a speaker to address them – they are also an essential part of our ‘behind the scenes’ team who keep the church operational day to day.”

The sale will consist of stalls offering baked goods, ‘salvage yard’ bargains, nearly new household items along with tea/coffee and tasty treats. Admission is free; proceeds of all sales will go to the ongoing building fund.

An official dedication and opening ceremony will take place later in the year.