As president of the Surrey Historical Society, I am very concerned that much of our historical heritage is at risk of being lost forever.
A good example in our city is the 125-year-old one-room school, Anniedale, in the 9700-block of 176 Street.
This well-preserved structure is a wonderful example of early education in B.C. It is a living museum, right down to the slate boards, desks and bell. More importantly, it is still very usable as a educational space and for its potential role in heritage tourism.
It is crucial that the community, including teachers past and present, students and their parents appreciate Anniedale’s potential and help save it from neglect and inaccessibility.
There is a City of Surrey history board in front of the school that says this school is dedicated to the children of Surrey.
Our organization is encouraged that Surrey has pledged to do a structural assessment, and its Heritage Advisory Commission has reinstated its heritage status.
However, much more needs to be done.
Please write to Mayor Linda Hepner and council and tell them Anniedale is important to you and your community.
Please support the Surrey Historical Society in its efforts to save this wonderful building and its long history.
Michael Gibbs, Surrey Historical Society