The Avonside Blog is going into recess. Why? When the blog started in November 2010 (1,101 blog postings ago) it’s purpose was to provide a central point of information for our part of the world. As issues arose it also became a voice putting forth experiences and views that would otherwise not have been heard. Now, with the first stage of the Avonside photography project taking life in the form of the Tkx 4 the Memories exhibition, Avonsiders have been able to speak for themselves. Their voices are clearer, more direct, and more passionate than any intermediary can manage. The last word must belong to them. At this stage the blog is in recess. If nothing untoward occurs to those of us still trying to start again then nothing more need be said, and eventually the blog will close. In time there will be an archive copy of the blog to keep a permanent record. A lot of the information gathered while blogging will also be retained, as I look forward to 2014 being the year of reckoning and accountability. In anticipation of signing off for good this is an opportunity to express appreciation to a range of people. To my fellow “CowPats” (our residents’ society) thank you for your support and the examples you set. Ditto for all the others who lived in Avonside. Brendon Burns, our much lamented former MP, your departure was a great tragedy and a sore loss. Thank you for being the right man in the right spot when we needed help. Rosalyn Deane and Holy Trinity, you were helping hand when we needed one, who made a difference for lots of children and grownups too. Leanne Curtis, the last surviving original member of CanCERN, and Brian Parker of CanCERN, and the whole of CanCERN, thank you for your encouragement, support, and for being an impetus to carry on. Ivan and the Red Zone teams at CERA – while often under heavy fire from angry and distraught residents, you have quietly done everything in your power to solve our problems and support Red Zoners. One day, I hope, when the smoke clears, the value of your efforts will be better understood and appreciated. Most especially Gail – you have always been supportive and undergone more than two and half years of me disappearing for three to four hours each night to “check the traps” and do some blogging. Thank you.
It has been a hard day for many of you. Like other forms of strife, being in the centre of it creates a perspective few others can truly appreciate. Hopefully the night will be quiet and sleep comes quickly. Take a couple of days off and celebrate the fact that the worst didn’t happen.
INVITATION You are cordially invited
to join us for the opening of a
Remembering and giving thanks for life in Avonside
Easter Sunday 31 March 2013 at 2pm
the Church of the Most Holy Trinity Avonside
168 Stanmore Road
Outdoor service led by Bishop Victoria Matthews
Followed by afternoon tea
The Anglican Diocese of Christchurch
Christchurch City Council
Alexander Turnbull Library All enquiries to the Parish office 389 6948 . .
57 Cowlishaw Street has been demolished. Alan Cooke’s photographs give a wonderful bird’s eye view of the process. His photographs also show one of the attractions Avonside residents used to enjoy: though reasonably densely populated (ours was a small back section surrounded by many other properties) the area was an abundant forest with a diverse range of birds and insects that lived or visited. Our co-residents ranged from sparrows and thrushes, small dragon flies and enormous monarch butterflies, through to invisible bellbirds, obese wood pigeons, and a little black fantail for two winters in a row. No wonder the prospect of going to one of the sterile subdivisions has been unattractive to many. Sadly CERA will soon reduce Avonside it to a much lesser state. All photographs copyright Alan Cooke 2013. .