Bolton Heritage                                

                                                      

About Us

image In May of 2008 the Municipality of East Bolton recommended the creation of a non-profit organization with the mandate of promoting and preserving the religious heritage buildings of East Bolton, later expanded to include all heritage buildings. The organization was charged with creating and managing a fund to ensure the maintenance and preservation of these buildings as well as with promoting cultural activities to take place in the churches.

To that end the Association held a champagne brunch and silent auction at L'Iris Bleu in November, 2008. The purpose was to raise funds for substantial repairs to the roof and church tower of Holy Trinity Anglican Church in South Bolton, which had been damaged by water seepage. Wide community support permitted the Association to net over $3,500, over half of which was allocated to the Church's roof repairs. There remain repairs to the church tower as well more substantial renovations – a well, bathroom facilities, and shoring up the foundation, etc. – to meet the standards of a public building.

The second event took place in August, 2009, at Holy Trinity Church: a concert of son et brioches. Children and adults were treated to light classical music by Le Trio Éolia, a joyous occasion that netted the Association over $1,000.

Now, Holy Trinity Church celebrates its 150th anniversary on the weekend of September 24-26, 2010. In honor of this milestone the Association applied for a grant to the federal Ministry of Canadian Heritage, through a program entitled 'Building Communities Through Arts and Heritage.' The proposal, 'Commemorating Holy Trinity's 150th, Inaugurating a Community First,' received $3,800 from the government as well as $1,000 in-kind support from the East Bolton Municipality. A full schedule of activities has been elaborated for the weekend in coordination with Les bleus de fin d'été de Bolton-Est, which is part of Journées de la Culture.

To date the Association has focused almost entirely on one church building, which will serve as a model for future initiatives. Of course, all heritage buildings must be kept in good repair and renovated as necessary. However, the principal challenge for Holy Trinity is to create a renewed vision within the community. To achieve this goal, the Association proposes to maintain the church's original vocation while at the same time adding activities that respect the building's historic and religious character and take account of demographic and sociological changes in East Bolton and The Townships in general: in effect, 'inaugurating a community first.'