Church overflows for Armistice Day
Special window dedicated
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.
Remembrance Window, created by local artist Viki Byrant, which was dedicated at the Pukeatua Armistice Service.