Recognizing the parish of St. Peters Bashaw over the years are these large plaques, now housed at the Bashaw Museum. The plaque on the left, the parish of 1914 to 1918 is recognized while on the right the parish of 1939 to 1945 is recognized. The small, but dedicated parishes, helped ensure the church was active for many years.  Photos possible by the Bashaw Museum

Recognizing the parish of St. Peters Bashaw over the years are these large plaques, now housed at the Bashaw Museum. The plaque on the left, the parish of 1914 to 1918 is recognized while on the right the parish of 1939 to 1945 is recognized. The small, but dedicated parishes, helped ensure the church was active for many years. Photos possible by the Bashaw Museum

Remember When: Recognizing the people of Bashaw’s St. Peters Church

It took the dedication of the Bashaw St. Peters Anglican Church congregation to make it all work

Without the dedication of the people of Bashaw, St. Peters Anglican Church would never have been built.

Over the many years of its existence, starting in 1913, the church has been busy with quite a strong parish looking to ensure the church remained successful. It was Rev. Oswin Creighton’s vision to see the church built, and he also drew up the plans.

As his work progressed, uncertainty on the world stage prompted Creighton to wish to return to England. With the First World War on everyone’s doorstep, there was much uncertainty at this time.

According to the Bashaw and District, Over 100 Years of of Memories book (available at the Bashaw Museum), Creighton immediately volunteered as chaplain in England to help out in the war efforts. It was in 1918 that he died from a shell blast.

“On April, 9, 1918, in France, during an enemy attack, Rev. Creighton volunteered to organize the burying of the men for the whole front. He did not live to carry out the whole task,” states an excerpt from the book.

Creighton’s death was announced on the Bashaw Star’s front page in the Thursday, May 2, 1918 edition.

His hard work did not end after his death, however, and the strong little parish continued on for many years. Taking over the role of leading the parish after Creighton was Rev. M. W. Holdum who recognized the passing of Creighton (information captured from historical books at the Meeting Place Coffee Roasters).

“I have lost a personal friend and a man whom I much respected,” stated Holdum. “My work here rests on the foundations laid by him with tirelessness and unselfishness.”

There are a few dozen reverends who led the parish at St. Peters and there are also many of its members who put in countless hours to ensure the church was successful. According to the memories book, Parish Paths is a historical account of the history of the Anglican Church in the area, and within those pages the ladies of St. Peters really put their hearts into the church.

In 1931 they formalized and became the Ladies Guild and later changed the group’s name to the Anglican Church Women in 1967. Also in 1931 was a group called the Anglican Young People’s Association, which raised funds for the church including the purchase of pews and a stove and more.

The church bell, which works to this day was donated in honour of Creighton.

Many of the artifacts, photos and documents related to the church and its history have recently been donated to the Bashaw Museum. While they are not yet on display, they show a rich history of the church.

This is the second of a series on St. Peters Church in Bashaw.

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The apse inside St. Peters Anglican Church was ideal for holding special events and for Rev. Oswin Creighton, and subsequent clergy members to speak on the inspiration from the Bible.                                Photo courtesy of Meeting Place Coffee Roasters

The apse inside St. Peters Anglican Church was ideal for holding special events and for Rev. Oswin Creighton, and subsequent clergy members to speak on the inspiration from the Bible. Photo courtesy of Meeting Place Coffee Roasters

Remember When: Recognizing the people of Bashaw’s St. Peters Church