Presbyterian Church Notes provided by Allen Wilson
The only church in North Shore was the Presbyterian Church.
Originally the church was located north of the spur railway line that ran to the Pivot.
In the 1950s the church was relocated to its present location on the north-east corner of Seabeach Parade and Myrtle Grove.
Many of the children and youth attended the Sunday School and the church clubs (Senior and Junior) which were held on Friday evenings.
I was Sunday School Superintendent and Youth Leader from 1951 to 1980.
A hall was built adjacent to the church in about 1960 and in 1964 a tennis court was constructed. This was donated by Roger and Myrtle Hall.
Fetes were held annually in the church hall and were opened by celebrities, usually the President of the Shire of Corio – many times by Cr Ray Beckley.
The church had a tennis club and a cricket club.
At Christmas time, carols would be sung around the streets of North Shore with music provided by a portable organ.
The church elders were: Bill Steel, George Allen, Allan King, Norm McErvale, George Powell, Ian McKee and Allen Wilson.
The North Presbyterian Cricket team (Combined Noth Geelong and North Shore cricketers) played in the Protestant Churches’ Cricket Association and were D Section Champions in season 1963-64. The North Shore cricketers were: Jim Steel, Graham Sherlock, Gerald Donovan, Murray Jones, Alistair Robinson, John O’Hara, Stuart Hildebrand, Ron Guy, Graham Steel and Allen Wilson. Vice-president was Peter Hawker.