1939-11 (November)




My Dear Parishioners,

“We can only do the right as we see the right and reverently commit our cause to God.” so said our King in his broadcast message to the Empire. These words speak to the heart of Christians. This is a time for action based on trust in God. Renewed effort is required of God’s Church at this crucial time. To slacken our efforts in any way would be to betray our country and to fail God. So thinking people, everywhere, urge us, as members of the Church, to carry on with energy and vigour. I believe that we are trying to do that here.

First of all, many of you are helping to make our services real and earnest. Congregations have increased tremendously and the increase is being maintained. So we show our sincerity. In worship and service inspiration and strength come. None who care for the triumph of right and justice can refuse to share in public worship which is God’s way of enabling us to set free the power the world needs.

Then the great success which crowned our Sale of Work is evidence of sincerity. To offer God something which cost us nothing would be blasphemy. To urge the Church to renewed activity to save the world and not to provide the means would be to see the right and not do it. Some think finance is the acid test. By that test we have have shown that we are going to provide all that is needed for essential spiritual work.

By word and deed we have shown our sincerity. As we continue in that way we shall play our part.

We welcome into the ranks those who were confirmed recently. They are a splendid band of helpers and they will have a great share in making our Church the instrument for good God want it to be. Not only they, but all who care for justice, righteousness and peace will, by faithful service, make it possible for a new world order to be set up on this earth.

Your sincere friend and Vicar,




Members of the Masterton Rotary Club are holding their annual Church parade in St Matthew’s at 7 p.m. on Sunday, 10th November.

A kind friend has donated new matting for the Upper Plain Church. We are grateful for this welcome gift, which is a great improvement.

There was a splendid attendance at the official opening of the Tennis Club’s season on Saturday, 7th October. The Club has a good membership of keen players.

Mrs W. J. Hope, who for many years has cared for the altar linens at St. Matthew’s, has, on account of selling her home, had to give up that work. We thank her for all her services. Mrs Carpenter has kindly taken over the work.

The quarterly meeting of the Servers will be held in the Common Room on Monday, 26th November, at 7.45 p.m.



The Kuripuni candidates recently confirmed will be joining in the Holy Communion for the first time at the Church of the Epiphany on Sunday, 12th November, at 9 a.m. All who can, are asked to join with them.

Kuripuni’s annual Garden Party, organised by the Epiphany Ladies’ Guild, will be held in the grounds of Sedgley on Saturday, 2nd December, at 2 p.m.  All the usual stalls will be there, together with attractive side-shows. All friends of the little Church are asked to make this effort the usual great success.



Mrs Groves, 10/-; Mesdames I. Nix, L. Moore, N. Blatchford, G. Olliver, J. L. Murray, Harrap, R. Judd, 5/- each; Mrs McWhinnie, Miss Gibbs, 4/-; Miss Fannin, Mrs R. C. Falloon, 3/- each; Mesdames Cummings, J. B. Sutherland, Senr., V. Jones, Gerrand, Faulknor, Miss Ashwell, Mr E. Hale, 2/6; Mrs J. P. Perry, 4/6; Mrs E. Jenkins, 4/-; Mrs A. J. Welch, 3/-.



A crowded Church, a keen band of candidates, glorious singing and an inspiring and searching message from the Bishop of Nelson, marked this annual service. Eighty-eight candidates were presented from Masterton and three from Tinui. It was a great service and one the memory of which will long remain as an encouragement and challenge to spiritual effort in these critical days.

No less inspiring was the first Communion service, when 338 people joined in that great service. The Fellowship Breakfast which followed was, as usual, a very happy function. The ladies, under Mrs J. M. Aikman, soon had everybody served. Appreciated items were rendered by Mr W. D. Wales and Mr S. Taylor, Mr A. Miller Hope being at the piano. Mr Avon Tatton welcomed the new members and said that the spirit of religion should be carried into all the activities of life. The Vicar thanked all who had helped make the breakfast such a wonderful function.



There is room for all Christian men who are alive to the vital need of strengthening spiritual forces in this great men’s society. We have a large membership, but we want all to help themselves by helping us in our discussions and studies. The next meeting will be held in the Common Room of the Parish Hall on Monday, 6th November, at 7.45 p.m. Mr V. W. Joblin will speak on “The Background of the Old Testament.” All men are invited to be present.



At 2.30 p.m., on Monday, 27th November, the Governor-General will open the new building. We want it known that all interested are invited to be present. There are very few people who are not interested in practical Christian service of this nature. The new building is a splendid one and a credit to our Church. The opening ceremony will begin promptly at 2.30 p.m., and guest are asked to be present a few minutes before the Governor-General arrives. The annual gift day is being combined with the opening ceremony.



High Street, Masterton.


2.15 p.m. to 4.30 p.m.


 Boys playing outside at Sedgley

Boys playing in grounds of Sedgley, c1956 - 04-42/22-43.digital

Gift Day is being combined this year with the official opening of the new building by the Governor-General. Will you help us stock the larder and make provision for the 32 boys we shall have in the Home? These boys are worth helping.

Gifts of clothing and food will be welcomed. Things like flour, sugar, oatmeal, rice, dried fruit, jams, tea, and cocoa make acceptable gifts, but anything needed in an ordinary home will be appreciated.

Gifts may be left at the Home on or before Gift day, or at the Vicarage, Masterton. All gifts of money should be sent to the hon. secretary, Mr H. A. R. Dunderdale, Perry Street, Masterton.

In past years Church people of the Wairarapa have always rallied in support of their own orphanage. Help us once again to carry on this great work for the boys who need our care.

E. J. RICH, Chairman,
H. A. R. DUNDERDALE, Hon. Sec.



At 10 a.m., on Thursday, 30th November, being St. Andrew’s Day, an ordination service will be held in St. Matthew’s Church. Four men will be ordained Deacons by the Bishop of Aotearoa. The ordinands will be Messrs V. W. Joblin and H. Taepa, who will serve in this parish; Mr Cook, for Karori, and Mr Gourdie, for Petone. There will be a large number of clergy present, including Canon W. G. Williams, of Napier, and all the Maori Clergy of the Diocese. Clergy will also be present from Wellington and the Wairarapa. Canon H. Watson will be the preacher.



This important annual event was held in the Parish Hall on Wednesday, 18th October by the Ladies’ Guild. The sale was a great success, the result exceeding all expectations. As usual, it was a very happy function, with everybody animated by the one desire, namely, to render practical help to God’s work. The Guild desires to thank all who helped make the effort such a success. The proceeds amounted to £116 4s 4d., which was considerably more than last year’s figure and not far short of the combined results of both efforts held last year. The Guild were thus quite justified in their decision to concentrate on one effort only this year instead of the usual two.



Once again St. Matthew’s Collegiate School for Girls has received a wonderful report from the Government Inspectors. Indeed, it would be impossible for the report to be better. It is good to know that this School has attained such a high standard. It exists to provide a complete education, with the spiritual side given its proper place. The school has a fine record in scholarship and sport. Now is the time to enrol pupils for next year. The school is not run for profit, and fees are fixed as low as is possible. Girls are taken from the beginning of their school life to the University Entrance standard. Parishioners can help the school by sending a prospectus to the parents of possible boarders. Day girls are also received. Full particulars of fees are set out in the prospectus which may be obtained from Mr H. M. Boddington, Box 7, Church Street, Masterton.



There was a touch of inspiration to the King’s suggestion that the day following Armistice Day should be observed as a special day of Remembrance and of Dedication. Special services, appropriate to the occasion will be held, therefore, on Sunday, 12th November. Let us make our services really worthy of this great day. Great spiritual issues are at stakes. This special day is going to help us remember the past and the spirit which has ever inspired the noblest and best of our race, and that remembrance will be linked up with our present task. Surely every member of the Church will want to be present at the services that day.



The funds are mounting steadily. Masterton’s cash donations will be increasing during the next month or two by the receipt of promises made through the Citizens’ Committee.  These donations were promised for this summer. It is good to know that promises of periodical donations are being fulfilled and while present conditions must slacken progress, yet new help is still being given. In fact, many are realising more than ever now how necessary is a spiritual centre for our nation.




8          John Wilson Richards

11        Enid Harris

15        Denver William August Ford

17        Nedda Ellen Elsie Hope Cross

18        Robert Lester Wagg

            Geoffrey Thomas Swain

            William Henry Swain.




23        Geoffrey Louis Windelborn and Myra Jean McKenzie




3        Elizabeth Ann Berriman.




Clergy--The Rev. E. J. Rich (Vicar), Church Street, Telephone 1096

        The Rev. T. V. Pearson, 18 Wrigley Street.  Telephone 1502

        Student-Assistant, Mr V. W. Joblin, 31 Worksop Road. Telephone 2231

Churchwardens--Messrs R. E. Maunsell and J. Ninnes

Vestrymen--Messrs E. J. Coleman, E. Hale, W. L. Hunter, G. Hyde, A. O. Jones, C. R. Mabson, T. C. H. Miller, P. G. Ramsay, R. G. Russell and W. E. Vowell.

Lay Readers--Messrs F. H. Dunderdale, V. W. Joblin and J. F. Jaine

Organist--Mr A. Miller Hope

Choirmaster--Mr Wm. C. Mann

Synodsmen--Messrs A. O. Jones and P. G. Ramsay

Hon. Secretary--Mr A. O. Jones

Sec. of Envelope System of Giving--Mr V. H. Heath, 183 Dixon Street

Sec. Magazine--Miss R. Robinson, 66 Essex Street

Verger--Mr G. F. Knapp, 79 Pine St.

St. Matthew’s School for Girls--Principal, Mrs Max Cleghorn, B.A.

Hon. Treasurer--Mr H. A. R. Dunderdale, Perry Street


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