Join us for a fun day out visiting these fantastic places:
Trinity Church/ Shand’s Emporium — For those of you who joined our 2015 tour this will be a much anticipated update. Heritage champion Dr Anna Crighton is chairperson of the Trust that owns the Trinity Church. Anna is available to talk and update us on the progress made on this building. Right next door is Shand’s Emporium, another restoration we will be able to view and hear its restoration story.
The Tannery — Shop, eat, enjoy—The Tannery is a boutique shopping centre on the banks of the Heathcote River in Woolston, Christchurch. This old industrial precinct from the 19th century is now home to a retail complex boasting stunning architecture and art, and home to a concentration of boutique shops; a hub of creativity and hospitality, retail, craft and entertainment. You will be able to purchase lunch here, or you may wish to bring some with you.
Ohinetahi - Sir Miles Warren’s Garden—Governors Bay –includes a guided tour, talk and afternoon tea.
Ohinetahi is in a small bay with fine views down the length of Lyttleton Harbour and up to the surrounding hills.
A garden was first made on this site in 1865 by T.H.Potts, New Zealand's first botanist. Potts planted a great variety of exotic trees and shrubs, many of which still stand on the perimeter of the garden. He died in 1888 and thereafter the garden fell into disrepair until it consisted of little more than a lawn around the house.
Sir Miles Warren and Mr and Mrs Trengrove restored the house and began the present garden in 1977. Designed by two architects and an artist, the garden inevitably has a strong frame. The formal garden consists of a number of separate garden rooms of differing style and character arranged about two axis, one running east west and another north south.
On the side of the house there is a formal lawn with curved macrocarpa hedges at the end balanced by a pool and pool house at the opposite end. There is a rose garden enclosed in box hedges, traditional double herbaceous borders leading to a gazebo, a square walled garden planted in colours of red and green, and a walk of pleached hornbeams on stilts leading up to an oval lawn encircled with a hornbeam hedge.
Beyond the poolhouse a potager garden is arranged about a large marble capital and a glasshouse. From the oval and the gazebo, steps lead down to a woodland garden shaded by Pott's original trees with a stream flowing down to the harbour. A swing bridge extends the cross axis to a bush walk.
The garden is accented by architectural fragments and modern sculpture.
9.15am Leaving from outside the Ashburton District Council Building/Courthouse. There is plenty of angle parking.
10.00am Morning refreshments and toilet stop at Rolleston.
10.45am Trinity Church/Shand’s Emporium tour
12 noon The Tannery
2pm Ohinetahi Gardens and afternoon tea
Around 4pm we will depart for Ashburton.
Members $50.00 Non Members $65.00
Contact Julie Luxton
Historic Places Mid Canterbury were announced winners of the Outstanding Contribution to Heritage category at the Canterbury Heritage Awards 2018.
The citation from the Awards website is the following:
"Outstanding Contribution to Heritage
Historic Places Mid-Canterbury generates community awareness, appreciation and retention of historic buildings and sites that have social and heritage value for the Mid Canterbury community. They have successfully manned regular displays, heritage bus trips, Living Heritage articles in local newspapers, a yearly summer Garden Party in historic surrounds and regular newsletters. They have now recently introduced the Blue Plaque Project. This is gaining approval and interest from other heritage groups and building owners throughout Canterbury."
Box 112 Canterbury Heritage Awards 2018
Outstanding Contribution to Heritage:
Outstanding Contribution to Heritage:
- Lyttleton Redux (Julia Holden, Artist)
- Heritage Team (CCC Heritage Team)
- Historic Places Mid Canterbury, Ashburton
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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.
Contact email for information on the Blue Heritage Plaque Project is:email@example.com
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 (HPMC) unveiled their first Blue Plaque. The Blue Plaque celebrates 100 years of the iconic Ashburton Railway Pedestrian Footbridge.
The Blue Plaque is an initiative of HPMC and expect to see more of them as they start to market the project around the country.
Historic Places Mid Canterbury Garden Party is being held this Sunday February 19th February at 2pm.
"Dainty cakes, fancy treats and fine bone china are also on the agenda."
This is a Member's Only Event, though you can bring a friend-
to reserve a place, venue details etc RSVP to Marian Martin on 308-8342 or Julie Luxton on 308-3866.
There is a small charge of $5 each to cover costs.
The Historic Places Mid Canterbury Newsletter for January 2017 is out!
You can download it at the following link: HPMC - Newsletter January 2017
Bus trip up to Hakatere!
The Hakatere Heritage Buildings
are set in the magic of our backcountry, 20 minutes beyond Mount Somers, up the Ashburton Gorge.
They are a great restoration success story for heritage.
But this isn't just any ordinary visit to Hakatere! We are going to be hearing some great stories associated with this cluster of buildings directly from the main driver of the project, David Howden. We will tap into David’s head full of history to glean new and interesting facts about these icon buildings. Hear about the projects being undertaken, ie the tin boat and shed, view the killing and skinning shed, and we might even hear about the old stables!
A yummy afternoon tea will be served in the old cook-shop.
A short AGM will follow afternoon tea. We should have you back in Ashburton around 5.30pm.
The stone cottage, circa 1862, is now nearing restoration completion. DOC, who manage the site, secured monies for this, the shortfall made up by an enthusiastic committee, who have put in many hundreds of hours of voluntary work and fundraising. The single-men’s quarters also dates from the late 1800’s and DoC has made the lounge into an information room about the Hakatere Conservation Park. Any queries please phone
Julie Luxton on 308-3866 or 027 303 8834