Rebuilding plans for church underway

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Plans are already in the works for a rebuild after an historic church on Saugeen First Nation was gutted this week by fire.  

There isn't much left of Wesley United on Highway 21 except its outer walls.  

Inside there's nothing but charred remains.  

The Band council and the church council have both held emergency meetings this week to talk about how to proceed.  

Chief  Lester Anoquot said in a video briefing to the community that its likely they'll have to tear the church down but they do plan to keep the bell tower as part of whatever new building goes up.  

Some are calling for the church to be replaced with more of a community space.  

And while insurance adjusters have been on the scene and it sounds like there's going to be money from Heritage Canada,  the Regional council of the United Church has started a fundraising campaign to help with the rebuild.  

Please forward support by mailing a cheque payable to Western Ontario Waterways Regional Council with WesleyUCFire in the memo line, to:

Western Ontario Waterways Regional Council

Box 100

Carlisle, Ontario L0R 1H0

The council says there may be other ways to donate in the future. 

Chief Anoquot also says any Go Fund Me pages that have popped up for fundraising have NOT been sanctioned by the Band. 

49 year old Emric Thompson of Saugeen First Nation has been charged with arson after three churches on SFN were set ablaze early Monday morning.




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