The 150-year-old Inman Valley Church to close its doors on September 30

NO MORE: The Inman Valley Uniting Church will close after 150 years of being an integral part of the community. Athalie Lock has been involved in the church for 76 years.
NO MORE: The Inman Valley Uniting Church will close after 150 years of being an integral part of the community. Athalie Lock has been involved in the church for 76 years.

After 150 years the Inman Valley Uniting Church will be closing on September 30.

The beautiful stone church had its origin in the Bible Christian Church opened at Bald Hills in June 1859.

When the people moved away from the small 80 acre farms at Bald Hills down to the Inman Valley, the building was demolished and all useful material was used in the construction of the central section of the Inman Valley Church including the foundation plaque dated 1859 now in the porch.

The new church was opened in 1871.

In 1900 the Bible Christian, Wesleyan and Primitive Methodist amalgamated to form the Methodist Church.

As the community grew it was necessary to add a T section to the front of the church in 1906. This extra space was used as the community hall until the Memorial Hall was built in 1954.

The front porch was built in 1937, including a stained glass window in memory of the pioneers.

The Methodist Church became part of the Uniting Church in 1976 and was a vital part of the Inman Valley community and well attended until recent years.

After the closure the building will be offered for sale.

Athalie Lock has been part of the congregation of the church for 76 years and said it was a sad day.

"This is awfully sad. The church has been the central place for our whole community for 150 years," Athalie said.

"We would love to see it remain as a church, as it has hosted weddings, baptisms, funerals and many services."

An Open Day will be held on Saturday, September 5 and Sunday, September 6, when the church will be open to the public on both days from 1pm to 4pm.

For further information contact Margaret Lush 0406 034114 or Beryl Price 8558 8218.

The 150-year-old historic, stone Inman Valley Uniting Church will be closing on September 30.

The 150-year-old historic, stone Inman Valley Uniting Church will be closing on September 30.

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