Coffee Morning Meetings
There is a break over Christmas and Summer. The first meeting in the New Year will be on Thursday 2nd March 2023. This will be a tour of St Kilda East Catholic Church in Dandenong Road. Fr Jerome Santamaria will show us around and explain the significance of the symbols in the church.
More information nearer the time.
Coffee Morning Meetings are held 9 times a year on the first Thursday of the month: March-November.
H Howard and F Watson died in WW2
As part of the research for the celebration day, 75 Years that Changed the World, we are preparing a booklet telling the stories of the seven servicemen from Auburn Church who did not return from WW2 and who are honoured on the plaque on the south wall. There is uncertainty as to the identity of H Howard and F Watson. If anyone remembers these men, or knows of any descendants, please contact Philip Powell, 0422 312 088.
Tower Open: The next opportunity to visit the Tower will be in March 2023.
The Tower was included in Open House Melbourne (30-31 July 2022). Over the weekend more than a hundred people went up to the viewing platform in the Tower.
A Tower Open Day was held on 20 March 2022 4-8pm.
Sunday 21 November 2021 4-8pm: this was a great success with 64 people, including 11 children, visiting the tower. There was an interesting display of vintage Rover Cars on the lawns in front of the church and the weather was perfect.
Sunday 28 March 2021: our first public opening of the Tower from 4pm until sunset. The weather was perfect with a colourful sunset and an equinox full moon. 56 visitors climbed the Tower (including 9 children).
Sunday, 13 December 2020, (midday to 4pm). The Friends of the Auburn Tower Inc: auburntowerfriends.org.au held a successful Open Day. Due to COVID restrictions, numbers were limited to 120, and nearly every one of these places was taken up by members of the public keen to see what had been happening behind the scaffolding.
24 November 2019: Between 2pm and 6pm we welcomed over two dozen visitors – all of whom were climbing the Tower for the first time. This coincided with a concert of the combined Victoria Welsh Choir and Geelong Welsh Ladies Choir and, throughout the afternoon, sublime music floated around the Church and foyer and up through the stairwell.
7 April 2019 (2-4pm) when 33 people (23 adults and 10 children) went up the Tower
2 December 2018 (midday-4pm), 34 people went up the Tower
There are also panoramic photos taken from the Tower Viewing Deck on display at the 3rd level of the tower.
Come and enjoy the gardens around the church. You are welcome to walk through the grounds which adjoin Oxley Road, Hepburn Street, Duffy Lane and Edlington Street - set back from the SW corner of Burwood Road and Auburn Road. The exterior of the church was renovated in 2021 and the gardens are for everyone to share.