With the recent ANZAC Day commemorations still fresh in our minds,the
PHS are inviting members of all families to compile a short story on
family member/s who served in any of the wars.
We would like to use some of these stories with approval at next years Anzac Day.
These stories will form the foundation of ANZAC records to be held by the PHS along
with other documents related documents.
These can be handed in at the PHS Records Room any day 10am to 3pm or by email
to firstname.lastname@example.org. Thank you to all who attended, helped,
took part and contributed in any way to this year’s special ceremony.
Sheryll Titford (Mrs)
[from Ian Anderson]
Our village of Puhoi has a rich heritage of over 150 years of historical connection to its original Bohemian settlers. The ‘Puhoi Heritage Little Village project’, to be located in central Puhoi, takes advantage of its close proximity (30 minutes) from Auckland City with its Auckland to Puhoi motorway connection. It will provide visitors with a unique destination to visit for a truly memorable quality heritage, historical and leisure experience for children and adults alike.
We are seeking your support to help the Puhoi Heritage Little Village project become a reality. The brochure attached explains in more detail about what is envisaged, where, when and how we are aiming to achieve this goal. The Puhoi to Warkworth motorway is targeted to open for traffic by late 2021 and we are aiming to have the project completed before then.
I’m sure you will appreciate there is still an enormous amount of work involved to achieve these goals and your support will be so important to getting this project started.
In the brochure we have indicated with an asterisk where the initial funds we are seeking will be used to get this project started. Donation information is listed on page 11 of the brochure about how your contribution will enable you as an individual/family or as a business can become a founding member of the Puhoi Heritage Little Village. We look forward to welcoming you as a special part of our exciting project.
2016 Puhoi Heritage Project Team member
PS! If you have family, relations or business associates that have a connexion to Puhoi can you please forward the brochure to them?
Could anyone interested in helping to co-ordinate the ANZAC Day commemoration on 25th April 9.00 a.m. please contact me so that we can arrange a time to meet that suits? Please remember to pass on to your young neighbours that PHS has an ANZAC Day speech competition running for Year 8 and under students, no more than 250 words, prize $50 plus the opportunity to read their speech at the ANZAC Day ceremony. Entries close at email@example.com or PO Box 404224 Puhoi on Sunday 17th April.
We’ve run two very successful events this month – on the 6th March the commemoration of the 150 years since the arrival of the second ship, the ‘Liverpool’, to bring Bohemian settlers to NZ, a reunion of the Plescher, Schischka, Wech and Wenzlick families; and this Easter weekend hosting seven visitors from Germany and Austria whose ancestors spoke the same dialect, danced the same dances and sang the same songs as the Puhoi settlers. On Saturday we showed them most of Puhoi’s attractions, then on Sunday a Puhoi community choir of children and adults sang in this dialect at Mass and we danced the rest of the day away.
Anyone is always welcome to attend these events and we would very much appreciate help from the community in running events like these, with jobs such supervising parking, traffic management, setting up the hall, helping in the kitchen and cleaning up.
The next event will be ANZAC Day if the community would like the PHS to co-ordinate this commemoration again.
Sandra Beagley helped magnificently at the first event. I’d like to present her with a thankyou certificate.
The PHS received a reply from Auckland Council regarding the petition re Puhoi Cemetery Management presented last July. As we don’t feel their reply adequately protects the historic part of the cemetery we have written again. A copy has been sent to the Forum for their records.
The committee supports Larry Mitchell’s endeavour to establish an historic area in Puhoi in so far as we are open to any avenue to getting a museum building with correct climate conditions for storage, and presentation to the public, of artefacts and documents relating to Puhoi’s history.
To that end fundraising continues steadily. The raffle is on sale til 1st May.