Church cen­te­nary cel­e­brated

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About 50 peo­ple gath­ered at the All Saints War Memo­rial Church in Rawene on Au­gust 27 to com­mem­o­rate 100 years since the lay­ing of the church’s foun­da­tion stone.

Dur­ing the ser­vice Bill Rawiri and Diane Hu­nia from the Hokianga RSA laid a wreath of re­mem­brance. The ser­vice was led by Archdea­cons Peter and Marina Naera, as­sisted by Ellen Naera.

Church or­gan­is­ing com­mit­tee mem­ber Claire White says Barrie An­drewes and Heather Ayr­ton, whose fam­i­lies have had close as­so­ci­a­tions with the church for many years, gave the read­ings, and Ju­dith Reinken was the preacher.

Many peo­ple in the con­gre­ga­tion had con­nec­tions to the church that spanned sev­eral decades and gen­er­a­tions, White says.

Sto­ries of bap­tisms, mar­riages and funer­als were re­counted dur­ing the ser­vice which con­cluded with the plant­ing of a camel­lia tree by Robert Proc­tor’s great great grand­daugh­ter Tracey Chisholm.

‘‘It was quite a sig­nif­i­cant oc­ca­sion,’’ White says.

‘‘The church has been around for 100 years and Rawene is a tight com­mu­nity, there’s sev­eral gen­er­a­tions of fam­i­lies go­ing back over that time.

‘‘There was a lot of in­ter­est­ing his­tory un­cov­ered. We were able to ac­cess orig­i­nal church records from the Hokianga His­tor­i­cal So­ci­ety. They keep a lovely ar­chive in the mu­seum at

‘‘There was a lot of in­ter­est­ing his­tory un­cov­ered.’’

Claire White

Omapere. That was re­ally help­ful put­ting things to­gether.’’

All Saints was built dur­ing WW1.

Af­ter a plea from Bishop Averill, land for the church was do­nated by Robert and Emma Proc­tor and build­ing started im­me­di­ately with vol­un­tary labour sup­ported by fundrais­ing ef­forts.

Inside is a war memo­rial board with the names of 80 young men from all over Hokianga who fought and died for King and coun­try.

Fol­low­ing the ser­vice the con­gre­ga­tion made its way down to the Rawene Town Hall for re­fresh­ments.

The or­gan­is­ing com­mit­tee is now look­ing for more sto­ries and photos so that they can put to­gether a book about the church’s rich his­tory.

❚ If you can help, con­tact Claire White claire.white@xtra.co.nz or Kathie Brock­liss kathie.brock­liss@gmail.com

Many peo­ple turned out to com­mem­o­rate the cen­te­nary of All Saints War Memo­rial Church in Rawene.

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