16 Monday October 13, 2014
Holding onto history
STORIES SHARED: Father John Mullis stands outside St Barnabas Church in Roseneath where a memorial wall has been erected. PHOTO CREDIT: Sam Duff
STRUCK DOWN: The Evans Bay wind needle was struck by lightning and has been taken down to be fixed. PHOTO CREDIT: Sam Duff
By Sam Duff As parishioners and Roseneath locals head into St Barnabas Church on Maida Vale Road they pass by a wall celebrating the lives of those who have come before them. In 2008, during the time the Church was undergoing upgrading and strengthening, members of the church decided a memorial wall, would be a welcome addition to the church, which is listed category two by the Historic Places Trust. The Friends of St Barnabas Committee now want to spread the word that locals are welcome to apply to have their loved ones, who may be interred elsewhere, memorialised on the wall. Committee member Garry Rudings, whose parents are memorialised on the wall, says his family started coming to St Barnabas in the mid-1950s, and his mother rarely missed a service in 40 years. Another person with a plaque on the wall is Claude Thomas
Cecil Watson, the founding editor of the Church and People newspaper. Father John Mullis says everybody memorialised on the wall has had an association with St Barnabas or the wider Roseneath community in some way. He says that the dedication service usually involves many family members and can be a very emotional and moving experience. “They don’t have to specifically have had a connection with the church,” he says. “It’s just another little way of keeping the community alive.” Garry says the plaques on the wall are available to any person with a connection to St Barnabas, or the wider New Zealand community. For more information anybody interested can contact any Friends of St Barnabas committee member, Church Warden, Vicar or email firstname.lastname@example.org St Barnabas Anglican Church can be found at 15 Maida Vale Road in Roseneath.
Needle heads south With spectators in toe the iconic Wellington wind needle was removed from its home on Evans Bay last week. The needle, which was hit by lightning earlier this
year, will be repaired and returned to its site in due course. The Zephyrometer will head south to be fixed by Christchurch artist Phil Price.
Hear what other readers have to say about the future of the wind needle on our letters to the Editor page. Email us at news@ wsn.co.nz to let us know what you think.
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