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Heritage Open Days With May Day Merriment

When:

Sat 30 Apr 2016, 8:30am–4:00pm
Sun 1 May 2016, 8:30am–4:00pm

Where: St. Mark's Anglican Parish Hall, 55 Albion Street, Warwick, Southern Downs

Restrictions: All Ages

Ticket Information:

  • May Day Music in St. Mark's - Adult including Light Lunch: $10.00
  • May Day Music in St. Mark's - Concession including Light Lunch: $8.00
  • May Day Music in St. Mark's - Child including Light Lunch: $5.00
  • Additional fees may apply

Listed by: sue511

Guided tours will be conducted on the hour from 9am to 4pm on the Saturday and at 10am, 2, 3 and 4pm on the Sunday of the 1868 Richard Suter designed sandstone church as part of the National Trust Queensland's 2016 Heritage Festival.

Rev Benjamin Glennie initiated the building of the second St. Mark's on the present site and it is one of the oldest and most historically significant churches in the region. The tours will give an insight into the role played in the religious and social history of the Southern Downs. Significant extensions were made in 1939 and this included a now rare Columbarium. There are many stained glass windows by William Bustard, which are considered to be one of the finest collections by this renowned stained glass maker.

Each tour will also offer the opportunity to hear the Whitehouse Bros of Brisbane pipe organ installed in 1922 and dedicated to the memory of parishioners who died in the First World War. The Carillon or Chime of Bells was imported from England and installed in the new tower in 1962. It was dedicated to the memory of the thirty four men of the Parish who died in World War II and will also be played.

Associated activities during the weekend will be held in the adjacent Heritage Parish Hall and will include sales of "Cooking and Curiosities", Church memorabilia, pre-loved books and handicrafts. The "Heritage Tea Rooms" will offer home-baked goodies for morning and afternoon teas along with more substantial fare for lunch.

Following the regular 8:30am service on Sunday 1st May to which all are welcome, a special event "May Day Merriment in St. Mark's" will feature the acoustics of St. Mark's with a "Music on May Day" concert from 11:30am to 12:30pm by The Warwick Community Orchestra and the popular East Street Singers. Fee will include a light lunch to be served in the Hall at the conclusion. From around 11am, members of Warwick's Canton of Stegby - The Society for Creative Anachronism, will be decorating a Maypole in the Church grounds. There will be a demonstration of typical dancing "around the Maypole" from 1:30pm followed by the opportunity to " have a go" which will bring back memories of primary school for many!

The Open Days are but one of a number of events leading up to 2018 when the Parish celebrates 150 years since the present St. Mark's Church was built. The building is still sound but like many heritage sandstone buildings, needs repair. We wish to restore the Church for future generations - for another 150 years.

All funds raised during the weekend will go to the Restoration Fund. Donations are accepted at any time including Tax deductable donations - please check the Parish website or ask for details. The only ticketed event during the weekend is the Concert in the Church. All other events are by gold coin donation. All welcome.