Springfield, St Margaret

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Springfield, St Margaret

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The Manitoba Free Press of 30 November 30, 1872 records "the Church of England has erected a place of worship at Springfield. The building is twenty by thirty feet, and it will be very comfortable when finished. Reverend Samuel Pritchard is the officiat¬ing minister. The opening service was in January 1873, Bishop Robert Machray preached, and there was a congregation of 50 or 60." On 8 November 1887, Bishop Machray formed the parish of St. Margaret's, Springfield. The history of the RM of Springfield places St. Margaret's Church in the SW 1/4 Section 12-4E and then states that the church was moved to SW 1/4 7-1 1-5E (east of Oak Hammock gravel pit), then to Moose Nose cemetery and then to Oakbank, where it was demolished. Diocesan records and the history of St. George's, Transcona, however, record a different fate for St. Margaret's Church. The Acts of the Bishop record approving the creation of the Parish of St. George's, Transcona from lands within the Parish of St Margaret, Springfield in 1912. The certificate states "that the said Parish of Saint Margaret's is disorganized, there are no churchwardens or vestry resident within the bounds of the said parish and I further certify that it is impossible to call a meeting of the par¬ishioners as required by canon." At this time, St Margaret's Church was moved to Transcona and dismantled. Materials salvaged from St Margaret's were used in the construction of St George, Transcona. The church furniture, organ, reading desk and lectern, were also donated to St. George, Transcona. During its history, St Margaret was associated with All Saints, Sapton (OW.084), St George, Oak Bank (OW.090), Christ Church, Cook's Creek - later known as Hazelridge (OW.018).

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