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Repair works for Baker Hall

Torika Tokalau
Saturday, August 31, 2013

YESTERDAY marked a historical occasion for the Methodist Church in Fiji as it held the groundbreaking ceremony for the Baker Hall renovations in Davuilevu.

The building, which turns 103 years old in October, will for the first time undergo extensive renovations to its internal structure.

"Since 1909, there hasn't been any major renovations, any repair or renovation done after that has just been patchwork," Nasinu circuit steward and a member of the Baker Hall renovation management team Nimilote Ratudina said.

The renovations are expected to begin as soon as the church organises the funds to finance the work.

"We have already selected the company we feel that is most appropriate to carry out the renovations through tender two months ago.

"So as soon as the finances are confirmed, we are ready to begin and we hope to open the church in October 2014."

The renovations include changes to the whole timber structure, which includes the floors, repairs to the windows and an entirely new roof.

"There will be no changes to the size of the church. The only change is the removal of the faulty things and the places that have decayed. The building is in the process of being listed as a national heritage site and part of the criteria for that is that the outside structure can never be changed."

The funds for the renovation will be from overseas donors and internally from the remnant giving concept.


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