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Call for Continued Support for Cathedral Restoration

photo  by Michael GoodwinAntigua St. John's - It could be described as a fairly small taste of what’s to come. Government officials, devout Anglicans, and members of the public gathered in the Cathedral St John the Divine to give God thanks for the renovation work that has been done so far.

Heather Bailey, chairperson of the short-term fundraising committee, said she was happy with the turnout at Wednesday evening’s church service, although the major restoration on “the Mother Church” is still quite far from being completed.

Among the officials in attendance were Governor General Dame Louise Lake-Tack and Prime Minister Baldwin Spencer.

“We were happy with the turnout, the service lasted a little over an hour, and I was happy to see people from other denominations also turned out to join us,” Bailey said. “We would like to emphasize that it is the church of the capital, and we love the capital. We love Antigua, so whether you are Anglican or not, we are grateful for your continued support.”



Pledge forms for the pews ranging from $1,900 – $10,500 were also distributed during the service.

“We are encouraging families, organisations, and businesses to get together and give heartily to this worthy cause,” she said.

Project Manager Bruce Arrindell was confident that if the monetary support comes in, worshippers should be gracing the building with everything intact by summer 2014.

“It’s a restoration and not a renovation project; we are trying to put basically everything back to the way it was with a few minor changes here and there,” he said.

As for what’s left to be done, Arrindell said that the west gable wall, the sanctuary, and chapel floors and ceiling are among the areas in focus.

He added that work is to be done on the balconies, wall paneling, electrical, completion of the paving of the aisle, and then the pews.

 According to Arrindell, “What will happen is that we will wait until all the heavy work is done and there would be little or no traffic to pave and polish the aisle. All the work I’ve described to you so far is all part of phase one. The target date for completion is summer next year but that all depends on money, if we don’t get the money to proceed with the work it’s going to be longer, so we are appealing to the general public to contribute and support all the fundraising events.”

The initial cost of the restoration work was EC$12 M, but with the unforeseen findings, this figure has now moved to about 14 million.

photo  by Michael Goodwin

Arrindell said ,“We must remember that this restoration project also includes the church yard, as well as the walkways and surrounding walls. As you can see, the exterior is also in very bad shape and we must address that as well.”

Dean Rudolph Smithen also addressed the church gathering and expressed gratitude to all who have been supporting the project over the years and urged them to continue

Bailey lauded the committee for the hard work they’ve been putting in and described it as a “perfect little family”.



“I cannot complain, the committee members are like a little perfect family, although they say there is no perfect family, I think we are.. we meet every week and make plans for our ongoing fundraising events,” she said.

The next fundraising event is a concert in June featuring a famous violinist from abroad and the usual Caribbean food fair.

The construction of this Cathedral started in October 1845 and was completed in October 1847.

The restoration of this four-phase project began in October of 2010 and phase one is expected to wrap up around July 2014.

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Restoration facts

#10 Nehamiah » 2013-04-29 16:57

The Cathedral of St. John was built in 2 years (1845-1847) with 8 masons, 12 carpenters and 150 local labourers. It was built by a loan from the Imperial government and paid for by the city of St. Johns. It took the city a few decades to pay off the loan. Back then the Church was funded by the State. That has not been the case since the late 1800s when the Church was disestablished. Also we are no longer a part of the Church of England. We are part of the Church in the Province in the West Indies headed by Archbishop Dr. John Holder in Barbados. While we are in spiritual communion with the Church of England and other Anglican provinces around the world we are financially on our own.
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@ Tenman -

#9 Dessalines » 2013-04-29 11:38

Here is Dessalines again clealy identifying the problem management and leadership problems in Antigua with which you Tenman disagreed with.

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So lest be realistic, we just do not have the experience, skill set or vision (imagination) to make this country an economic success. Hell we do not even have a public library. If we're going to make Antigua work we're gonna have to import the talent just like we did with the Canadian mounties. Read more: http://www.Caribarena.com/antigua/business/business-news/103512-browne-addresses-business-breakfast.html#ixzz2RrnKU2dn
You are now jumping on the leadership/managemen t bandwagon now that Dwight Venner has opened your eyes. Well mine has been open for decades now.
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@ Tenman - I still dont get it??????

#8 Dessalines » 2013-04-29 11:19

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Our political system allows for a party to pick (whether by poll or primary) any Joe off the street and have him represent a constituency and if he wins he may get a portfolio. Herein lies the problem - that portfolio could require the Joe to manage tens of millions of dollars i.e Public Works, regardless of his qualifications or business acumen. Most of our representatives have no formal training in public administration (as done in other countries) and or project management. Read more: http://Caribarena.com/antigua/news/politics/103754-upp-finalizing-last-candidate.html#ixzz2Rriz3CAR
I believe this post sums up my understanding of our problems of management and leadership in the Caribbean. Any other questions???

We already give incentives to the church are you saying we need to give more?
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Dessalines

#7 tenman » 2013-04-28 15:10

Dessalines, isn't part of government role, to provide incentives to the private sector? If you read the article on Dwight he pointed out its only via this that we will return to growth. I happen to think the government is better off providing incentives to beatify the landscape in St. John's , than the incentives being offered for residential home construction. These investments will pay for themselves by simply adding more to the tourism package. You think the package is attractive when persons complain of smelly and dangerous drains? Imagine the marketing dollars wasted if those conditions continue. You ask where will the moneys come from? Look to where its currently being wasted. I take it that you still don't get that the major problem is not lack of moneys but of leadership?

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RE: Call for Continued Support for Cathedral Restoration

#6 SlyThatGuy » 2013-04-28 13:18

This piece of property is a treasure to Antigua & Barbuda because of its historic value. And that is a good enough reason for those of us who can afford to give to open our hearts and our wallets in support of this cause. Let's not allow this treasure to slip from our grasp;let's protect it by giving to aid its restoration.
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@ Tenman - where is the money to come from

#5 Dessalines » 2013-04-28 12:41

Skyewill did mention that the site is a major part of Antiguan history and a major tourist site.
If government was to 'fix buildings in St. Johns' where is the money to come from? You always lament about people not knowing their roles and responsibilities and here you are suggesting we fix private sector owned buildings.
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@ skyewill

#4 Dessalines » 2013-04-28 12:38

Remember the labour in 1845 was very cheap or free so the only problem was materials.
Secondly the Church of England does not dip into it's large pockets to fund projects. Their monies are spent on political causes not relics in third world countries.
So it's left up to the taxpayers (indirectly) and the faithful to come up with the funds. Its the same old - public risk- private profit.
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Give Credit

#3 My Tax Money » 2013-04-28 12:03

I didn't see anything here about the money that Government gave to the Restoration project
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Skyewill - lack of leadership

#2 tenman » 2013-04-28 08:09

Skyewill, it also needs to be seen as part of the tourism package. I recall a commenter some time ago, lamenting the need for government to focus on fixing the buildings in St. John's.The place needs a face lift (need not mention the open drains and proper sewage system?) It all reminds to what that article Morris pointed us to yesterday news.stluciastar.com/kennys-hopes-shattered/: The problem is a lack of leadership:


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phase one?

#1 Skyewill » 2013-04-28 06:44

The construction of this Cathedral started in October 1845 and was completed in October 1847.


The restoration of this four-phase project began in October of 2010 and phase one is expected to wrap up around July 2014

Took 2 years to build in the 19th Century and As long as I can remember it has been working on for a very long time and there is a ton of work still to be done and this is still Phase 1 and there is 3 more phase to go. Some how I am thinking the restoration started before 2010. In my opinion this is a major part of Antiguas history and a major tourist site. I am feeling this would have been a more prudent project than the 50 million in fences that got us nothing. However, something is not adding up for me. In the 21 Century with better tools and more readily available materials this restoration seem to be moving very slowly. It does take money, but then again how have more money than the Church of England?
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