Annual General Meeting,


The annual meeting of the above Church, was held on Wednesday evening last and was somewhat thinly attended.

The Rev. Mr Teakle after opening the meeting with prayer read the Churchwardens report and the balance sheet for the past year.

From the latter we gather that the ordinary income for the year was ₤302 14/10 and the expenditure ₤313 19/9. The special receipts were ₤392 11/3. The Church debt had been reduced by ₤50. There were liabilities outstanding to the amount of ₤104, and subscriptions and donations in arrear, to the amount of ₤84.

Mr J.V. Smith suggested that so few members being present it was desirable to adjourn the meeting, and in the enterim publish the balance sheet, as it was impossible for the meeting to understand it from merely hearing it read.

It was, however, decided after discussion to proceed with the business, and at future annual meetings to publish a balance sheet before hand.

The report and balance sheet were then adopted on the motion of Mr Payton. In putting the motion the Chairman [two lines unreadable]… offertories, a large portion of the congregation apparently did not contribute at all to them.

The Chairman then laid before the meeting the recommendation of the Church Committee, “that the Assistant Curate have the entire management of that district beyond the limits of the proposed parish, and that the other part of the district (comprised within the boundaries of such proposed district) adopt the practical provisions of the Parish Act.”

He explained that the Rev. Mr Gossett proposed to give for the future the whole of his time to church work, and that he was willing to accept such sums as might be raised within his own district. The proposed arrangement met with the approval of the Bishop.

Mr J.V. Smith objected to adopting the practical provisions of the Parish Act without such provisions were first [unreadable] defined. He advocated waiting till the petition in favor of a Parish which had been sent to the Bishop was dealt with.

Mr Payton understood that adopting the practical provisions of the Act meant being guided by them as far as possible in the interim, and thought there could be no difficulty in adopting such a course. He moved the adoption of the recommendation.

Mr Clayson seconded the resolution.

Mr Fannin objected to the members calling them selves Churchwardens and vestrymen without a proper status.

Mr Quartly did not see that there was any reason why they should not call themselves by such titles.

The recommendation was then put to the meeting and adopted.

The Chairman then nominated Mr Godfrey Russell as his Church Warden. He was deeply grateful to him for his service during the preceding year.

Mr Thorby was re-elected Parishioners’ Church Warden on the motion of Mr Quartly.

The Chairman then asked the meeting to elect a Church Committee of those members who had the interest of the Church at heart and were willing to work. He also intimated that none but communicants should be returned.

Mr Payton regretted that the question of communicants had been raised as it embarrassed the meeting. He asked the chairman if he intended to veto non-communicants, should they be elected.

The Chairman replied in the negative. At the same time, if the meeting respected his feelings, it would nominate communicants only.

Mr Pilkington suggested holding the election at a future period, as the present meeting had no list of communicants for its guidance.

Mr Payton proposed that the difficulty be got over by re-electing the former committee.

It was, however, explained that only one member of the former committee was a communicant.

Mr Bish, as a member of the former committee, declined to be re-elected, as his sole duty during the year had been to collect money.

Mr Thorby stated he would continue to act as Churchwarden [if] a collector were employed.

After a discussion of about an hour, the meeting arrived at no conclusion onthe question of electing a Church Committee and the meeting adjourned sine die.[1]


[1] Annual Meeting St Matthew's Church, Wairarapa Daily Times, Volume 2, Issue 22, 25 July 1879, Page 2

Parish formation discussed, 1879

MASTERTON.—A meeting was held in St. Matthew’s schoolroom on the evening of the 13th May to take into consideration the desirability of constitution the district a parish.

The Rev. Mr. Teakle, after opening the meeting with prayer, stated the object of the meeting, and said the question was distinctly a lay one. A parochial district was essentially a missionary district, to be subsequently constituted a parish as soon as it was ready for the change. In a parochial district there was no law to guide the clergy and laity. [This is possibly Mr Teakle's interpretation.] There were, however, certain recommendations of the Synod for their guidance, which they had adopted. Under them committees had been appointed at Masterton, Bideford, and Tenui.

At first he objected to the district being constituted a parish, on the ground of it being too large for him to be responsible for it. He also objected to certain clauses in the Parish Act, and had stated that if a parish were proclaimed he would leave at once. Subsequently his objection to the Parish Act had been removed, and it had been shown to him that he had misinterpreted it.

A parochial district being without regulations, ought to be organised by an experienced man, not by one fresh from college. He had himself been thought by some to have been too autocratic because he had had to lay down a policy for himself and carry it out.

He suggested that if a parish were constituted, Masterton, Opaki, and the Lower Taueru should be within the boundaries, and that Tenui and the Whareama should be left to form another parish.

He then detailed the steps by which a parish could be obtained, a churchwarden and vestry elected, and nominators appointed to nominate an incumbent for the parish. The Bishop, when a nomination had to be made, would require to be assured that proper provision would be made for the clergyman.

He thought himself the time had come when the laity should take the management of church matters more into their own hands, and it was for that reason he had convened the present meeting.

Mr J.V. Smith asked the chairman for some information as to the present state of the finances of the church.

The Chairman was hardly prepared for the question, but he might say the offertories for the present year showed an increase, and the subscriptions promised were greater than with the subscriptions and pew rents of the previous year. He also thought ₤100 a year could be raised in the Tenui-Whareama district, and ₤25 in the Taueru, and that the Bishop would probably be able to obtain a grant of ₤50 a year, so that a second clergyman might be established in that part of the present parochial district. There was a debt of ₤200 on the Masterton Church, and ₤150 on the Parsonage. Mr Gossett and himself had raised in England a sum of ₤64, which might be appropriated to liquidating the debt.

Mr J.V. Smith asked if the interest was being paid on the debentures.

The Chairman replied in the affirmative.

Mr J.V. Smith moved,

“That in the opinion of this meeting, the district around Masterton should be constituted a Parish, and that application be made through the Bishop to the Synod with that object.—Mr Payton seconded the resolution.—Mr Bragge thought the meeting was unanimously in favor of the resolution, and that it should be at once put to the meeting.—The resolution was then put and carried unanimously. [1]


[1] Wairarapa Daily, republished in The Church Chronicle, Wellington, 2nd June 1879, page 257

Parish meeting notice, 1879

The general meeting of the parishioners of St. Matthew, takes place tomorrow evening at 7.30 p.m.

As the business to be brought before the meeting is of exceptional importance we may expect to see a large attendance.[1]


[1]The Wairarapa Daily. Tuesday, July 22, 1879. Wairarapa Daily Times, Volume 2, Issue 218, 22 July 1879, Page 2