Re-vamp for Tarras Church nears completion

The Tarras Church during its refurbishment. The church was subsiding and may have reached the point of no return.

The trustees of the Tarras Community Church Charitable Trust are pleased to report that the upgrade of the Tarras Church is nearly complete and she is now restored in all her glory.

Without the strengthening work the church would have continued to subside and may have reached the point of no return. The future of the church is now bright, just in time for Centenary Celebrations later this year. 

It has been a long journey since the Presbyterian church announced in June 2016 that the Tarras Church would be sold.

 But attendees of a community meeting in February 2018 unanimously resolved to purchase, strengthen and restore the church.

The purchase of the church and the building works completed to date would not have been possible without a donation from a generous benefactor and grants from the Otago Community Trust and the Central Lakes Trust.

“We are very close to completing the building works and with the help of the community we hope to raise extra funds to finish the remaining work,” said Felicity Hayman spokesperson for the Tarras Community Church Charitable Trust.

The trustees look forward to the church continuing to be an important part of the Tarras community and welcome the use of the church as a continued place of worship as well as a community facility, wedding venue and event space, Hayman said. 

Read edition 1016 of the Wānaka Sun here.

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