Big News for Wesleyville Village
Municipality of Port Hope to take over from OPG as owner/landlord for most of Wesleyville Heritage Village on March 31/22
On Feb, 15, 2022, Port Hope Council approved a bylaw authorizing purchase of 1334 acres of waterfront property from Ontario Power Generation. The Schoolhouse, the Oughtred property and the Barrowclough property are included. New Hope United Church will still own the Wesleyville Church and Cemetery. The Friends of Wesleyville Village (FOWV) has leased the School, Oughtred house and barn and a portion of the Barrowclough property from OPG since 2017. Port Hope plans to continue this 20-year lease with our non-profit community organization.
The Wesleyville Church is leased to the FOWV by the United Church. After the horrible fire on April 3, 2021 the FOWV and New Hope United Church are collaborating on repair and restoration including the transfer of the property ownership to the FOWV.
There are many issues and details to consider for the future of our beloved village. As soon as we learned of Port Hope's proposed ownership, the directors met and agreed that local control of the property by our elected government was a positive development. On January 31st our Chair Kathryn McHolm sent the following message to Port Hope Mayor Sanderson and the members of Council: The directors of the Friends of Wesleyville Village, Ontario have reviewed the information provided in the staff report and on the Municipal website Wesleyville / OPG Lands Acquisition. We are supportive of this proposal and see it as an opportunity to work together with the Municipality and community partners to enhance stewardship of the environment and heritage in the Wesleyville area of Port Hope. Community control/ownership of this large ecologically sensitive portion of the Municipality could provide a way to address growth pressures while maintaining our unique community character. On behalf of our members, we anticipate an interesting and exciting partnership with the Municipality of Port Hope to conserve and share our natural and cultural heritage for the benefit of future generations. Kathryn McHolm, Chair, The Friends of Wesleyville Village, Ontario
Community support for Church Fire Recovery has been out-standing. THANK YOU ALL. The Church repair and restoration project is a major challenge for the FOWV in 2022. Fortunately, Port Hope Council added a $25,000 community grant in its 2022 budget. This is a matching grant to be paid quarterly as contributions are received.
Newsletter soon, but here's a tentative schedule of 2022 events in the village:
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