Famous in Franklin…….St Brides church

Franklin‘s settlement of Mauku, which lies about 10km north-west of our main town, Pukekohe, is an area that boasts one of our lovely old churches – St Brides.
St Brides church Mauku modern

The church is a popular wedding venue, but began it’s life in the mid 1800’s –

The Church of St. Bride’s is of an eye-pleasing design that belongs to many of the churches planted by the pioneers, whose first care, after establishing their homes, was to set up a place of worship in their midst. Built of totara, its shingled roof dark with age, its spire lifting above the tree-tops, it stands picture-like on a green knoll in the midst of its little churchyard. Walk round its walls and count the rifle loopholes in its sides—narrow slits that remined one that the place was once a fort as well as a church. There are fifty-four of those rifle-slits, now neatly plugged with timber or covered with tin and painted over. The cruciform design of the building exactly lent itself to fortification, and gave the defenders the necessary flanking bastions. When the Mauku men erected their stockade of split logs, small whole tree-trunks and heavy slabs, 10 feet high, they planted the timbers alongside one another close up against the walls of the buildings. The openings for rifle-fire were cut through walls and stockade; the garrison therefore could point their long Enfields through the double defence. These loopholes, at regular intervals all round the church, at about 5 feet from the floor, are 9 inches in length vertically by about 3 inches in width; the cuts in the palisade were necessarily a little wider to give the rifles play.

The area, like much of New Zealand, has it’s own local history and

Even before the Waikato War, Mauku, first settled in 1856, was a fairly-well-peopled locality, when the site of the present Town of Pukekohe was still a forest of puriri and rimu.

sooooo…just a little more of interest right here in Franklin!! ….. our patch and your destination St Brides original church Mauku

Tis the season…..

IMG_0192It‘s officially SPRING TIME and if you are not from the rural regions, you may not be totally aware of the significance of this!
This is the time of the year that our rural primary schools have what we used to know as “Calf Club Days”
These days, some of the schools are still calling the day, Calf Club, others opt for things like “Country Life Day”, but whatever you like to call it, it usually means a fun and busy day for the kids, parents, grandparents and anyone else who just wants to get back to the “good old days” of rural school life!cute calfThis weekend, Saturday 21st September is going to be a busy, busy, busy one. So far we have Mauku School with their Country Life day starting at 9:00 a.m, Ramarama School‘s Calf Club day from 8:30 until 1:30 with stalls open from 9:30 a.m and Patumahoe School with their Calf Club Day from 9:00 a.m to 12:30 p.m.
If you were really keen to have a real country day out, there is the option to do the rounds of these schools and check out the stalls, pony rides, home baking, bouncy castles, BBQ lunches and more, before heading to the Steelers ITM Shield game at ECO Light Stadium, ready for the 2:35 p.m kick off.!
What more could you ask for? – and it’s ALL here in Franklin … bring it on!!