The current recession is affecting the church’s fundraising efforts, says Principal of Codrington College, Reverend Dr Ian Rock.
In an interview with Barbados TODAY, he said in light of the impending lay-offs of some 3,500 public servants in the new year he expected things would get worst.
Nevertheless, he has once again appealed to Barbadians for assistance as the seminary attempts to raise an estimated $32,000 to restore 32 windows in the chapel and the large lecture room as they continued to restore the centuries old building to its former grandeur. The windows are said to be in a state of disrepair and not serviceable, since the company which manufactured them is no longer in business.
Earlier this year, Rock said the new local supplier quoted each window would cost about $2,000.
The clergyman said the project has so direly been impeded, that in almost 12 months, since this phase [two] started they have only been able to raised near $6,000 of the total.
This effort, he noted, was considerably slower than when they sought to accumulate funds for the restoration and installation of 60-plus windows in phase one. That phase began in 2007 and was completed by 2009.
“We don’t want to push hard … but the windows are in real bad condition and we still need to secure the place. Quite a few have already been done but things are going very slow. Codrington College is the oldest gift to society from the plantocracy. We are a big tourist attraction – one of the biggest places of interest on the island,” he said.
Not only is it the training ground for seminarians of the Anglican Church in the Province of the West Indies in the Ordain Ministry but annually tourists from near and far visit the St. John institution to learn of its centuries-old history and glimpse its 18th century architecture.
Persons who wish to contribute to the project also had the choice to dedicate a window to the memory of a loved one or in thanksgiving for some achievement, so far, about 20 have been donated.
He noted that room was still available for more and he said: “Suitable plaques recognizing your contribution will be placed in the St. Barnabas chapel at the college.”
Rock further added he was hopeful that they would raised the quota and have the work done during the summer 2014 break. The 300 plus–year–old building is the oldest Anglican theological institution in the western hemisphere. (KC)