Re-opening of the Wesleyan Church and Samuel Alexander Lecture 2011
On Sunday 21 August members of the Clunes and Wesley communities gathered to celebrate the re-opening of the Wesleyan Church in Clunes, which was officially carried out by the Mayor of the Hepburn Shire, Councillor Rod May and the President of College Council, Peter Harrison. To commemorate the occasion, the College unveiled a magnificent painting of Clunes, by prominent Australian artist Jeff Makin.
Warrick Mitchell, former President of the College Council and Doug Turnbull, current Chair of the College’s Property Committee, and local identity, Pat Cook, all spoke of the great sense of community that had been a feature of the restoration project and also the great relationship that had developed between Wesley and the residents of Clunes over the last 10 years.
The re-opening of the church was followed by the Samuel Alexander Lecture 2011 and to “set the scene” four Wesley at Clunes students presented two outstanding vocal items. Principal, Helen Drennen then welcomed guests to the first Samuel Alexander Lecture to be held outside Melbourne and gave some background to the history of the lecture and Samuel Alexander himself. Following this, Louise Adler AM delivered a very enjoyable and thought-provoking lecture on Tales from a life in Publishing – and there were many humorous tales to tell – before all attending the lecture shared a wonderful afternoon tea in the superbly restored church.