Tag: Historic Places Mid Canterbury

Historic Places Mid Canterbury Members Event: “Afternoon Tea Party At The Tea Kiosk Ashburton Raceway” 2pm Sunday 23 February (2020)

Historic Places Mid Canterbury Members Event: "Afternoon Tea Party At The Tea Kiosk Ashburton Raceway" 2pm Sunday 23rd February (2020).

Just $10.00 per person for members and $15.00 for non-members.

Fundraising raffles available to purchase/win.

Contact Julie for a ticket: 027 303 8834

Heritage Bus Trip Saturday September 14th, 2019 Organised by Historic Places Mid Canterbury

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.)

Interested please call Julie Luxton on 027 303 8834 or jules.glassart@xtra.co.nz

POSTPONED TO SUNDAY 1OTH MARCH!: Historic Places Mid-Canterbury Garden Party on Sunday February 24th 2pm at the Historic Mount Somers School House

Mount Somers  School House

State Highway 72, Mount Somers

Join us for a House Tour, Garden Tour and delightful afternoon tea!

This is for members only, although you are welcome to bring along a friend.  

Need a ride?  No worries, just let Marian or Julie know and one of our committee will be delighted to transport you.

$16 per person

Payment can be made directly to our account -email Julie and she'll give you the bank account number.

or posted to HPMC, C/- 21 Philip Street, Ashburton, or collected on the day.

Please RSVP by Friday February 22th to Marian Martin phone 308-8342 

or Julie Luxton on 308-3866 (leave a message), or email jules.glassart@xtra.co.nz

We do need to know numbers for our catering.  Hope to see you there.

Kind regards


The Blue Heritage Plaques Project- An Explanation

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:blueplaque@historicplacesaotearoa.org.nz

The First Blue Plaque Is Unveiled By Historic Places Mid Canterbury: The Ashburton Railway Footbridge

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 Unveils The Ashburton Railway Footbridge Blue Plaque

The Blue Plaque on its concrete plinth.

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.