Church over­flows for Ar­mistice Day

Spe­cial win­dow ded­i­cated

Te Awamutu Courier - - News -

Lay min­is­ter Kathie Clay­pole wel­comed Waipa¯ mayor Jim Mylchreest and his wife Robyn, RSA men and women, the De­fence Force Pa­tri­ots Mo­tor­cy­cle Club, Scouts, Cadets and the many lo­cals, both past and present, to the Pukea­tua War Me­mo­rial Church Ar­mistice Ser­vice.

It was at this ser­vice the stun­ning stained glass Re­mem­brance Win­dow, cre­ated by lo­cal artist Viki Byrant, was ded­i­cated by RSA padre Mur­ray Ol­son.

“With an over­flow­ing church the singing was up­lift­ing as were the speeches,” says Kathie.

Mayor Jim thanked the church com­mit­tee for the in­vi­ta­tion, say­ing it was a plea­sure to be among the con­gre­ga­tion on this oc­ca­sion.

He re­marked on two facts, one be­ing the Waipa¯ Dis­trict Coun­cil is the only coun­cil in New Zealand to own a church and also on the day the church was opened in De­cem­ber 1955 it was full to over­flow­ing as it was to­day.

Te Awa­mutu Col­lege head stu­dent Adri­ana Vas­inca spoke of the Hunter fam­ily and the his­tory they had with the dis­trict.

Arthur Hunter was killed in ac­tion on Sun­day, Au­gust 8, 1915 at Chunuk Bair.

Rev­erend Mur­ray said in his ser­mon, “We give thanks for what the Fallen Ser­vice­men gave for our free­dom, but we must never for­get them.”

This was re­it­er­ated out­side at the ceno­taph with the lay­ing of the wreath, the play­ing of Last Post, the read­ing of The Ode, fol­lowed by the play­ing of Reveille.

A lun­cheon fol­lowed in the Pukea­tua Hall, catered by the church com­mit­tee and RSA Women’s Sec­tion and served by the Pukea­tua Ru­ral Women.

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Re­mem­brance Win­dow, cre­ated by lo­cal artist Viki Byrant, which was ded­i­cated at the Pukea­tua Ar­mistice Ser­vice.

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