Open house Sunday at Londonderry Station church

Jason Malloy
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LONDONDERRY STATION - An open house is slated for Sunday to garner input on what the future uses for the Londonderry Station Community Church's basement should be.
The Thirsty Church, which has no plumbing, washrooms and running water, is among the finalists in the Aviva Community Fund contest. It hopes to receive funds to help rejuvenate and modernize the facility.
"Everybody is on board with the fact that we need a well, we need plumbing, we need to finish the basement and preserve the sanctuary part of the church," Amanda Langille said. "We're not quite sure what the use of the physical space (in the basement) is going to be and that's what is really exciting."
Church supporters will find out Jan. 25 if it is receiving any funding through the contest, which has 25 contestants remaining. Langille said it is now in the decision-making phase to determine where money from the contest, or future fundraising, will be used.
The open house is designed to generate as many ideas as possible and organizers hope it is well attended. Some people have suggested the space could be used for a library or tutoring centre.
It is important to the group to have community involvement in the process.
"The reason we've been so successful so far and the reason why the Thirsty Church is so well known is because of the overwhelming support we've generated," Langille said. "We want to continue to include everybody with what we're doing here."
The open house will take place at the church starting at 1 p.m. The ideas will be gathered and presented at a future meeting of community members to decide on the future use.

jmalloy@trurodaily.com

Organizations: Londonderry Station, Thirsty Church, Londonderry Station Community Church Aviva Community Fund

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  • garnita
    March 01, 2010 - 14:39

    as a past resident of londonderry mines,[1973-1974],i am very glad to know that you will be doing something to restore the thirsty church instead of tearing it down.it was always a nice building and really a landmark for londonderry. good job! garnita vantassell [hudson]