18 years ago the Satterthwaite family in North Canterbury bought St Mark’s Chapel, Rotherham to save it from demolition. The couple had got married in it and wanted to save a piece of history of their area and own a little piece of the past. They moved it to their farm where it sat, occasionally hosting weddings for many years.
Now, nearly two decades later, the former St Mark’s has travelled from their farm in the Waiau Valley to St Margaret’s College in Christchurch to become Te Whare Hauora (The House of Wellbeing) for the students and surrounding community. The Satterthwaites have strong connections with St Margaret’s. Every female member of the family attended the school for the past 90 years and with the school losing 85% of it’s buildings in the earthquakes, they thought it would be nice for the school to have a little piece of history for future generations of St Margaret’s students.
The Chapel will be used as a place of reflection and contemplation for both students and staff, as well as hosting weddings, christenings and funerals for Old Girls. It also fulfils a decade-long dream of departing principal, Gillian Simpson, to have a small chapel back on the grounds of St Margaret’s.
Now the chapel is on site, we have the goal of completing the extensive restoration work takes place so that it can be reconsecrated before Gillian departs at the end of Term 2.
Simply clicking on the Donate link below to indicate how much you would like to donate would be wonderful and most gratefully received. The Foundation will issue you a receipt and your donation is tax deductible.
Any fundraising surplus will be used for the maintenance and upkeep of the Chapel to ensure it lasts for at least another 100 years in its new home.
Thank you in advance.