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Quilt show to raise money for steeple fix in Buckland

Buckland church hosting Saturday event

Submitted photo by Tina Peters
Scaffolding is set up for steeple repairs at the First Congregational Church of Buckland.

Submitted photo by Tina Peters Scaffolding is set up for steeple repairs at the First Congregational Church of Buckland.

BUCKLAND — The steeple on the First Congregational Church of Buckland (also known as the Mary Lyon Church) is being repaired, and a quilt show is planned to help raise the money needed for the renovation.

The quilt show will be held at the church on Saturday, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. to benefit the church steeple repair. General admission is $5, with children ages 10 and under free.

At least 50 quilts, table-runners and other quilted items of all sizes, old and new will be on display. This will include quilts made in the early 1900s — and possibly earlier, according to Eddie Gerry of Buckland. There will be free refreshments served.

The quilt show was organized by “The Monday Nighters,” a group of quilters that has met weekly for 25 years to do hand-stitched needlework.

“We had shows many years ago, but we haven’t had one for about 15 years,” Gerry said.

At a recent special meeting, church members voted unanimously to approve the repair of the belfry section of the church’s steeple at an estimated cost of $20,000.

“Fortunately, the framework for the spire and the framework that supports the bell were found structurally sound,” said member Tina Peters. “It is the belfry roof that is leaking to such an extent that the water has caused rotting of the shutters and the framework of the belfry section itself.”

In September, the Dole Bros. contractors set up their staging, over 75 feet high, to accomplish the task. Repairs are under way and are expected to be completed by November before the winter snow and ice would cause more damage.

Peters said the project will have to be paid for out of the church’s invested funds accounts and the church’s “21st Century Capital Campaign” fund. It began collecting money several years ago for the handicapped-access and kitchen renovations. More recently, it has been earmarked to preserve the stained-glass windows and to be used toward costs of other capital projects.

Donations from members and friends of the church are still being sought. Contributions may be made payable to and mailed to: First Congregational Church of Buckland, Attn: 21st Century Capital Campaign, P.O. Box 87, Buckland, MA 01338.

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