History of St. Saviour's, Orono,
Compiled by Grace Haldenby
By 1972 the Sunday School had grown to 14 children with Betty
Tansley in charge. Mrs. Spry was outreach coordinator and the
project chosen was a Cree priest in the Diocese of Moosonee. People
had taken part in Outreach Walkathons in Toronto and Peterborough
but in 1975, a local one was undertaken. The route was from Bowmanville
to St. Saviour’s where lunch was served. The rector suggested
in 1972 that St. Saviour’s share of the apportionment be
increased by 20% over a five-year period.
An organ fund was opened in 1972. After the 1974 vestry meeting,
Heintzman’s was contacted and an organ brought to St. Saviour’s
on a trial basis. It was a unanimous decision that the organ be
purchased at $1,500. The old organ was sold for $200 to Stewart
Buchanan of Port Perry. In the spring an organ recital was given
by Terry Dawson. Gladys Brown also took part and Margaret Martin
was soloist. This raised $84 for the organ fund.
In the Fall of 1973 a survey was made of the people living in
Orono area to determine their church affiliation. Christmas letters
were sent from St. Saviour’s to all those who did not attend
other churches. A follow-up took place in February of 1974.
In 1974 a roster system was set up for caretaking at the church.
It involved each family for two Sundays at a time. In the thirties
and forties, Mrs. Clara Harrison had been custodian of St. Saviour’s.
She is also remembered for cutting home-made bread into precise
squares for Communion. The Mitchells had been caretakers for a
number of years, then Mr. and Mrs. George Morton had taken on
Ray Swan made a new sign for the front of St. Saviour’s
in 1974. That same year the kneelers were painted and covered