Reach the Heights
The Original St. Martins Anglican Church, nestled in the Dandenongs just outside of Melbourne, is a perfect place to celebrate an intimate wedding, a naming ceremony, a renewal of vows, and many other special occasions. This charming 1920s Australian country church can comfortably seat 40 guests or up to 70 standing, and has excellent disabled access. Floral decoration can be provided if desired.
The church is situated at 127 Colby Drive, Belgrave Heights (Melways Ref. 84 F3)
If you’d like to discuss your requirements or inspect the church, call Elaine on (03) 9754 3866 or Marian on (03) 5968 3762, or email to: sthnsherbrookehs(at)yahoo.com.au
The adjacent hall is also available for hire on a regular or one-off basis. The church and hall are set in a native garden which provides all-year-round beauty.
St. Martin’s history
St. Martin’s Anglican Church was built on land in Hallam Road, Belgrave South, which had been donated in 1924 by Mrs Sophie Giles, the leading early settler in the area. The local community pitched in to build their first church after services had been held for several years in Warrawing Hall, also owned by the Giles family. The church was dedicated and opened in September 1929, and the Church Hall followed in 1936. After the church had ceased to be used by the local parish, the land and buildings were sold to the Education Department in the early 1980s and used by Belgrave South Primary School.
In July 1994, the school informed the Southern Sherbrooke Historical Society that the church buildings were due to be demolished as part of an expansion project, and offered them to the Society if they could be relocated. The Shire of Sherbrooke stepped in and offered to pay for the removal and repositioning of the church and hall onto council land adjacent to the Belgrave Heights Progress Hall in Colby Drive, Belgrave Heights. The buildings were moved on 2nd July, 1995.
They have now been lovingly restored by the members of the Southern Sherbrooke Historical Society, with assistance from the Shire of Yarra Ranges and other community groups. The church and hall are managed by the Society, both as the Society’s base and as valued community assets.
The most striking feature in this otherwise simple church is the beautiful stained glass window, “The Light Of The World”, a faithful reproduction of the church’s original window, given by Mrs Dudley Walker in memory of her husband; that first window is now in the current Belgrave Heights Uniting Church, directly across Colby Drive. After extensive fundraising activities, the Society was able to commission and pay for this wonderful addition.
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