Phone 528 5588

The Friends of St. John's Trentham Trust Boad Inc.

The Trust Board was originally established by a group of local businessmen and the vicar of the day, Tom Pearson, in 1976.

The aim of the Trust is to provide ongoing funding to assist The Parish of Trentham to maintain and preserve the historic building and graveyard of St John’s.

The original Church was built in 1863 of Totara, milled on site and in McHardies Clearing, on land donated by the Barton family. The sanctuary was extended in 1908, the sides extended in 1956 and the foyer added in 1986. It is the oldest church building still in regular use in the Wellington area and is one of Upper Hutt’s oldest buildings.

The Lych Gate is a War Memorial to the fallen soldiers of the Great War and was used in ANZAC day Services in early Upper Hutt times.

The graveyard dates back to 1861 and has 917 plots including memorials to many pioneering families: Barton, Benge, Cruickshank, Robinson, Schwartz, Whiteman and others.

The graveyard also contains some trees of note; the large cypress was planted in 1878, and the redwood in 1908.

To enable the Trust to continue the preservation of this special Upper Hutt building and historical graveyard, we invite you to consider becoming a member of the Trust.

The cost of membership is $20.00 per year or $200.00 for a lifetime membership.

Alternatively, you may wish to consider making a bequest.

An application form and suitable bequest wording are available from the Secretary, PO Box 40 326 Upper Hutt.