Feilding Herald : January 19th 2012
13 THURSDAY, JANUARY 19, 2012 NEWS VCC Rally 2012 www.vccrally2012.co.nz OPEN DAY K.bł tçs( ｲ.｢_ｮł ıｮıb gıı(À A( .'ł KŸs¶ł̈ ë( js'×s'｡ìÀ ¥｡'̋sｳ ‾‾'̨ Gs'｡sbｳ ‾ｾC‾ Cｾs! ê ÖK! Ycpicpw･ TcegeqwtuY Gpvt┆ &32 Ejknftgﾂ wpfgt 34 ykv､ cﾂ cfwnバ HtgY @｡×ł <s ëŸｳ 1sｳ P｡u Oｯëtè KŸı'tｳ .Â Ksbþë'ÙP ²ｾｾ iıçë¶Ÿıh .( ̋ëgKŸsｳ ¥st｡b̋sｳ [ëｮıbgë̋ł Ksbþıu .( gëtł [ı̨ ,çı¶þıbh Óｴsgu <..̨ ¥tsŸŸh >Ÿsgh 1ëgKŸsｲh j.bþë'Ù Kı¶¶s'/ [sëŽ K.̋ıŸŸıbh K.̋ıŽ _bsë'h <sgçë.( Ysbs̋ł *.｡'¶ｳ ,sgtŸł K.̋ıŽ _ <.b̨ ̋ëg s'tŸı̨ ʼ bısggı ⁄Ÿı̨ RRR s'̨ tçsu_h ú｡gu tçł ⁄ı×ë''ë'ÙRRR 4315687AA St Stephen's doors open In bloom: Deryn Marshall arranges flowers on the altar ready for Sunday's services, as she has done for the past 10 years. Photo: LAURA WALTERS By LAURA WALTERS In keeping with the style of the Vintage Car Rally, Marton s St Stephen s Church will have its doors wide open for those who wish to visit the 140-year-old Anglican church. St Stephen s archdeacon the Rev Elizabeth Body said the church had done a lot for the community, and vice versa. It has been here for New Zealand for a long time. The church was built in 1871, and the first communion was held in 1873. St Stephen s was loosely styled on the Salisbury cathedral in England, however, a tighter budget meant the resemblance was not as striking as intended. Nevertheless the church had its own charm and character. Four years ago the church s interior was stripped and restored. The polished wood accentuated the grand stained-glass windows behind the altar. And in 2008 six local men spent 2000 hours restoring St Stephen s free-standing bell tower. The bell tower was one of the few free-standing towers in New Zea- land, and still rang every Sunday. Mrs Body said locals put so much time into the upkeep of the church because it was well loved. Between 2007 and 2010 the St Stephen s Women s Fellowship s Cushion Committee made tapestry cushions to cover all of the pews within the church. The cushion-makers each worked on an individual design that incor- porated a traditional church design, historic buildings from Rangitikei, or natural and farming scenes in the area. The church also worked on com- munity projects in the area. I dream of using the church for what is needed in the community, Mrs Body said. The church held three services every week, and usually had its doors open. However, St Stephen s would make a special effort to welcome visitors during the six days of the Vintage Car Rally. During the six rally days, Janu- ary 18, 19, 20, 24, 25 and 26, local tour guide John Vickers would be running hour-long day tours to a historic Marton building. Mr Vickers tours would be held at 11am and 2pm daily, and would cost $20 a person. The tour would start at the Calico Line, Tutaenui Rd intersection, and Mr Vickers said he hoped people would come along in their vintage cars. The home at the heart of the tour was Mr Vickers own home, Wood- leigh Farm. The Chapman-Taylor house was built more than 100 years ago, and had remained unchanged. The unique courtyard and general style of the home show the influence of the arts and craft movement. Mr Vickers said tour guests would have the chance to have a good look around the house during the hour- long tour. Bookings were not essential. For more information call John Vickers on 06 327 7280. Local history:The seventh annual edition of the Manawatu Journal of History was published late last year and has a strong Feilding content. Historical insights provided By BOBBIE NICHOLLS Older past pupils of Feilding Agricultural High School (FAHS Feilding High School) may recall senior mistress Victoria McKenzie, who taught com- mercial subjects from 1923, when the school was newly built on its present site. Her story is in the seventh edition of the Manawatu Journal of History. Miss McKenzie retired in 1954. The article also describes what it was like to be a teacher during her 32-year career at the school. The history of the Maori Catholic church of St Peter and St Paul at Kai Iwi (Te Arakura) marae, which was renovated and rededicated in 2010, is also featured. In another article, a concrete house at Te Arakura, designed by George Craw and built for roadmen in the 1920s, has drawn attention. Brian Hunter has contributed a detailed obituary of Grahame Guy which offers interesting reading about a man who contributed greatly to his com- munity over his long life, including rugby clubs, Lions, the New Zealand Dairy Board, Young Farmers, Pony Club and FAHS Old Pupils Associ- ation. In more recent years he became fully involved in the development of the Coach House Museum as his life spanned the years from horse-drawn vehicles to his death in October 2010. The Journal is available at Poppies Book Shop and Palmerston North Library.
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