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Upgrade completed to historic Titirangi Soldiers' Memorial Church

For 100 years, the beautiful Titirangi Soldiers’ Memorial Church has provided a fitting place to remember the fallen. Steeped in history, the church was officially opened in 1924 by the then Governor-General Lord Jellicoe.

The church was initially built as a memorial to locals who had lost their lives in World War One. The soldiers' names are inscribed on a special plaque inside. However, in 1999, the memorial was further dedicated to include all members of the armed forces who have died in conflicts.

The management and maintenance of the historic building are overseen by the Titirangi Soldiers’ Memorial Church Trust. Trustee Don Anton explains that one local mother, Mrs Bishop, was instrumental in building the memorial. ‘She lost two sons in World War One,’ he advises.

The church is home to a vibrant faith congregation, with worship every Sunday. Samoan and Celtic church groups also regularly use the church for services.

The church opens its doors on Anzac Day and Armistice Day. Many locals enjoy quiet reflection and remembrance in the church's peaceful embrace.

The building was awarded heritage status in 1996. And its stunning architecture makes it a popular venue for weddings and baptisms. Don declares, 'We've even had filmmakers use our unique and peaceful setting.’

However, according to Don, the new board of trustees is increasing its efforts to build stronger links with the wider Titirangi community. ‘Titirangi Potters Incorporated have used the church for exhibitions of their work,’ he advises. And there are plans to host various community events, including poetry readings, concerts and more exhibitions.

Titirangi Soldiers’ Memorial Church is celebrating its centenary in May 2024. Several events are in the pipeline to celebrate this special milestone, including a special service led by Peter Olds, the Principal Chaplain of the NZ Defence Force.

However, as you would expect with such an old building, repairs and maintenance are a significant drain. The Titirangi Soldiers’ Memorial Church Trust is a registered charity and relies on donations and fundraising.

The trust approached the Your West Support Fund for help upgrading the toilet facilities. ‘The toilets dated from the 1940s and didn’t even have running tap water,’ reports Don.

Funding of $6,499 has gone towards refurbishing the bathrooms to meet modern standards.

‘It’s made a huge difference and means that even more community groups can comfortably use this wonderful piece of history,’ says Don.

Titirangi Soldiers’ Memorial Church is situated at 116 Park Road, Titirangi. For more information about the work of the church trust, contact Don Anton at 0224503192.