History of St. Saviour's, Orono,
Compiled by Grace Haldenby
1981: At a special meeting in November of 1981, a resolution
was made by Bob Lewis to enlarge the parish hall due to the crowded
conditions for the church school. The enrolment at the time was
34. It was also too cold for the very young children. The possibility
was to be investigated and a report brought to the vestry meeting
in January. The diocesan architect made an inspection and suggested
removing the hall, putting in a basement and then a hall on top
with various rooms. The building committee appointed by the vestry
were Gordon Leek, the wardens, Charles Gray and the rector. In
May of 1982 it was decided to go ahead with the committee’s
recommendations and a fund-raising appeal for $10,000 was launched
within the parish and the community at large spearheaded by Charles
Gray. Tony Wood tore down the old hall. As the first church in
Orono it had historic significance but dry rot was found in some
of the ceiling beams. Some relics of it are now in Clarke Museum.
Grants were received from the Diocesan Church Development Committee
totalling $7,000. St. George’s, Newcastle made an interest-free
loan. Under contractor Horst Hoensch, with John Breen inspecting
daily and men working at night, the new hall was ready in the
fall for the Sunday School to return. The dedication of the new
hall took place the following May and all debts were paid before
the end of 1983. Sunday School enrolment by this time had reached
General Synod and Toronto Diocesan Synod introduced the Anglicans
in Mission (A.I.M.) program in 1982 also. Judy Leek was entrusted
with the education part of it while Michael Collyer took on the
financial campaign. It was reported in January of 1984 that $8,100
was received in pledges, all volunteer commitments.
Early in 1982, Gordon Leek was installed as a layreader for St.
Mrs. Murray found some of the original W.A. minute books and suggested
they be used to celebrate the 70th anniversary of the W.A.-A.C.W.
at St. Saviour’s. On February 13, 1982 this was done. Women
took the service that day and a synopsis of the group’s
history was given instead of the sermon. Past presidents were
honoured at the coffee hour following the service.
The Altar Guild was revived under the leadership of Judy Leek
in 1983. Mike and Sandi Collyer started a youth group that fall
and they had several outings before the Collyers moved to Prince
The volunteer teams who had cleaned the church for twelve years
found that with the new hall, too much was expected of them. In
1984 it was decided to hire someone for cleaning three hours a
By 1983 the window overlays made by John Breen had shrunk due
to weather conditions and were falling apart. All of the windows
were replaced by plain amber- coloured glass.
The next big project to be tackled is the front of the church.
It is hoped to put in new front steps and a porch.
Some families have been supporters of St. Saviour’s from
its very beginning; some families have contributed a great deal
in a short time before they moved on. Some people may not find
their names in this book, but have also helped to make St. Saviour’s,
Orono, the warm friendly, enterprising church that it is today.