History of St. Saviour's, Orono,
Compiled by Grace Haldenby
In 1970 Vi Morton started an Altar Guild. Duties were to be
done by members on a monthly basis. Mrs. Morton cleaned the silver
and crystal for the altar while Mrs. Murray looked after the flowers.
New hangings were made in the four liturgical colours by Mrs.
Murray and presented to St. Saviour’s. Mrs. Morton resigned
in 1975 and the A.C.W. members were shown how to set up for Communion
In April of 1971, the day after her 90th birthday, Mrs. Gamey
showed pictures to the A.C.W. and told of her nursing career,
the places she had been and the people she had nursed. She had
worked with Miss Edith Cavell in World War 1. There was birthday
cake and tea.
At a special vestry meeting in 1971, Ray Swan proposed a plan
for the redecoration of the church. It was accepted. At Mrs. Murray’s
suggestion though, the floor was stripped of paint, sanded and
varnished instead of being re-painted. The walls and woodwork
were painted. This was volunteer work, the men working Wednesdays
and Thursdays. The A.C.W. was responsible for the new drapes,
gold at the sides and red behind the altar. The two balsam trees
were removed from the front of the church and fence posts put
in, marking the church property. John Breen installed a coloured
window overlay he had made at a cost of $25 and suggested some
of the congregation might like to purchase one. He was prepared
to do the work. Eight windows were done in all, most of them depicting
Biblical scenes. It was reported in 1973 that the renovations-
carpet, drapes, paint, survey etc. - had cost $1,711.47.