The Friends of the Rockingham Church, Inc.
The Friends of the Rockingham Church formed in 1995, in response to the imminent threat of the demolition of the church. The Anglican Diocese of Ottawa, then the owner, was concerned about the building’s deteriorating condition and had applied to the municipality for a demolition permit. Concerned local citizens took action and prevailed upon the Diocese to delay and eventually waive the application.
In 1997, a committee made up of Peggy Bridgland, Gwynne Foster, David Trafford, Rob Van Vliet and Johannes Vrakking applied for and received status as a corporation and a designated charitable organization.
The Friends received title to the building in 1998, and increased their efforts to raise the funds needed to repair and preserve the building as a heritage site.
This preservation project was funded by grants from the Canada Millennium Partnership Program, the Ontario Trillium Foundation, the Haley Foundation of New Hope, Pennsylvania, the Townships of Brudenell, Lyndoch & Raglan (through the Ontario Lottery Corporation), and by generous donations of money, materials and services from many individuals and businesses. The Friends publicly acknowledge and thank all of these people and organizations for their support. We especially thank those individuals who supported the project in its early stages and encouraged us to continue when at times it seemed hopeless.