The Bus trip includes lunch and a tour of Waikonini Homestead in Peel Forest, a visits to the Church of the Holy Innocents and the Woodbury Cafe.
We are thinking positive…. And this is going to be a really good fun day away! But, just in case Delta Covid 19 gets in the way, when you book your seat on the bus, please do not pay until we ask you too. If we remain in Covid level 2 (hopefully not…) then we will need to look at alternative transportation, or even cancel the trip.
Leaving Ashburton at 9.30am from outside Ashburton District Council building.
First stop Geraldine:Here you will have time to browse the town centre, its col-lection of unique and interesting shops and/or relax in one of the many cafés, perhaps sample a tasty morsel or two
Second stop Timaru— Speights Ale House (Landing Service Building": Enjoy a two course meal and tea/coffee (included in your ticket price) in the historic sur-roundings of the Speights Ale House.
Speaker and Tour—David McBride, an eloquent and knowledgeable local Ar-chitect and chairman of the Timaru Civic Trust will talk about the history of the Landing Service Building, the campaign to save it from certain demolition and its restoration which has turned it into a real commercial success story. David will then take us on a guided walking tour around the town centre, where we will visit many of Timaru’s architectural gems.
Miaflora—Winchester— We will stop at Miaflora Garden Centre and Café on our way home. Here you can indulge the wonderful garden and art, wander the garden centre or have a coffee in captivating sur-roundings!
Back in Ashburton around 5pm
Members $50 each, non members $65
(Membership per annum is $30 individual, $45 family. Member-ship supports our projects and advocacy work. It may be added to bus trip payment if you wish to become a supporter.)
The Blue Heritage Plaques project is a new initiative from Historic Places Mid Canterbury to identify and promote our local built heritage, through the use of a distinctive and bold blue cast aluminium plaque fixed to the facades of our more significant historic buildings.
As well as giving a short history of the building, informing locals and visitors about its particular historical significance, the Blue Plaques aim to increase the prominence of our historic buildings, encouraging increased awareness of our local history and supporting the retention of our existing heritage assets. They also assist in reinforcing the importance and value of these buildings to the local community and help foster a desire to protect and maintain our unique local history and identity.
The success of the project within the Ashburton District has encouraged the group to start promoting the scheme further afield, through local HPA member organisations, with aspirations of eventually taking the programme nationwide, creating an instantly recognisable symbol which proudly identifies our nation’s valued built heritage.
The Blue Plaque is unveiled by Councillor Lynette Lovett, Nigel Gilkison ( Deputy Chair HPMC) and Dr Anna Crighton
The Blue Plaque on its concrete plinth.
Historic Places Mid Canterbury has unveiled their first Blue Plaque marking the Centenary of the Ashburton Railway Footbridge.
The plaque was formally unveiled at 10am on the 24th November.
There was a very well attended celebration Morning Tea at the Ashburton Museum afterwards.
Full credit goes to Nigel Gilkison who drove the project & HPMC , McIntosh Precast Ltd who made / sponsored the concrete plinth and Ashburton District Council who sponsored the plaques casting.
Historic Places Mid Canterbury Winners of Outstanding Contribution to Heritage Award: Andrew Coleman (C.E. Heritage New Zealand The Category Sponsor) with Historic Places Mid Canterbury's Nigel Gilkison, Julie Luxton and Marian Martin (Image Canterbury Heritage Awards:Copyright Neil Macbeth)
Nigel Gilkison, Julie Luxton and Marian Martin onstage accepting the "Heritage New Zealand Outstanding Contribution To Heritage” Award At The Canterbury Heritage Awards 2018 (Copyright Neil Macbeth)