© Wendy Elliott
St. Andrew’s Church, Wolfville.
By Wendy Elliott
An offer has been accepted for the sale of the century-old St. Andrew’s United Church in Wolfville.
A congregational vote by the Orchard Valley United Church sided with the bid made by a local developer, trustee Harvey Gilmour said Oct. 22.
The developer, who wishes to remain anonymous until the sale is finalized, has indicated he does not intend to demolish the structure.
The stone church was built in 1913 to replace one lost by fire. The architect was Andrew Cobb and the contractor was Charles Wright.
The other bidder was the independent New Booker School, which currently occupies the church manse and, along with Wolfville Children’s Centre’s afterschool program, uses the church hall.
The asking price for St. Andrew’s Church back in March was $470,500. The final price is not known.
Progress on other bids
Six United Church properties in eastern Kings County were put up for sale in March, but legal issues have held up offers on Trinity United in Upper Canard and Greenwich United.
Trustee and retired lawyer Ned Chase said last week research has determined that there are precedents for the sales, despite the fact the properties were conveyed with the condition they be used as a house of worship.
In fact, Chase said, the Greenwich property carries an additional condition that services must be consistent with the 140 published sermons of John Wesley, who founded Methodism with his brother Charles in the 18th century.
He said legal opinion, based on the recent sale of another United church in the Valley, is the 1925 federal Act of Union and provincial legislation gives the United Church of Canada authority to dispose of property.
According to Chase, the two properties will have to proceed through a migration into the province’s new system of land registry in order to be sold.
He estimates that will occur sometime in November.
A newly formed community group is hoping to buy St. Stephen and St. Paul Church in Kentville.
Five local churches amalgamated into Orchard Valley in July of 2012. The congregation is using the New Minas church for worship services.