Linwood Games – this Sunday 11 December

Head along to the Linwood Games this Sunday!

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The Games are on at Linwood Park, Linwood Avenue this Sunday 11 December, from noon to 3pm. There will be skate tricks and tips, scoot, rollerblade, bounce, jump on a crazy bike, shoot some hoops with Mai FM, play tag, face painting and much more! Free Hellers sausage sizzle.

FREE! (for more info, phone 941 8999)

Want more awesome local Linwood stuff? Check out this fab Linwood Games brochure.

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There is info on the Linwood Games, but also lots more. It has a great selection of places to go and things to do in Linwood, including community events, activity centres, afterschool and holiday programmes, sports clubs – as well as local basketball hoops, playgrounds, paddling pool, skate parks and tennis courts.
And our Linwood Library at Eastgate is on the list too!

Te Kete Wānanga o Ihutai – Linwood Library

Linwood Avenue, Christchurch at junction of Buckleys Road and Canal Reserve : showing dangerous crossfall (camber) on south side. 8 Nov. 1926
Linwood Avenue, Christchurch at junction of Buckleys Road and Canal Reserve. 8 Nov. 1926

Today we will look at how Linwood Library got its Māori name  Te Kete Wānanga o Ihutai:

Formerly, the Kaiapoi Ngāi Tahu were the owners of Ihutai, an important fishing easement located in the New Brighton – Sumner coastline area. It was part of a much larger fishery or mahinga ika used by a number of specially designated hapū and whānau groups. The owners of these traditional sites were those of the Kaiapoi Reserve and their immediate descendants.

The boundary of Ihutai was bounded by the shores of the Ōtākaro (Avon) and Ōpāwaho (Heathcote) rivers including the central railway station and to a point approximately known as Avonside Girls High School, across to the Cashmere Hills and then to Pukekai Kahu (Castle Hill). This also included all of the Heathcote Valley to the summit of Te Heru o Kahukura …

It appears the name ‘Linwood’ comes from Joseph Brittan’s 1805-1867 residence in Dorset, England who came out to New Zealand in 1852. He was a newspaper editor and Provincial Councillor and brother to the well-known settler William Brittan. Linwood attracted the attention from early settlers mainly because so many of them liked the look of the land as they came up the Avon River towards Christchurch upon first arrival and considered it prime real estate in which to settle on.

It is Te Wiki o Te Reo Māori – Māori Language Week and this year’s theme is Ngā ingoa Māori – Māori names – so we are bringing you some of the stories behind the Māori names of our libraries.

Linwood cemetery tour

pictureOur resident cemetery guru Richard Greenaway (a.k.a The Sexton) will be revealing the fascinating stories behind some of the people buried in Linwood Cemetery with a tour next weekend. Having already investigated the folks buried ‘up the hill’ he will look at some folks who shaped our community.

  • Saturday 5 November ‘Meet your neighbours’
    11am – An update on the Trust’s work.
    11.15am – A tour of interesting people which takes you all over Linwood Cemetery pointing out people who were good (or bad) neighbours and nevertheless shaped our community, Christchurch and New Zealand.
    12.30pm – Sausage sizzle and refreshments, or bring your own picnic.
    1pm – Get help finding the location of your ancestors and ask about the work of the Trust.
    Note: This tour covers a long walking distance.
    Meet at the Linwood Cemetery Car Park, Butterfield Ave
    Some chairs will be available to carry on the tour.
    Gold coin donation for the Trust’s operational funds appreciated.

Richard is running this tour on behalf of the Friends of Linwood Cemetery – a great bunch of volunteers who work and advocate on behalf of the Cemetery. They run working bees, identify work needed in the cemetery and plan awareness raising events. Find out more about what they do and how to join them on their informative website.

Over the years we have built up some great online resources about Christchurch and other cemeteries. Our collection of resources about Linwood will give you maps, cemetery tours and a brief history.

It might not be Pere Lachaise but Linwood is a fascinating and tranquil corner of old Christchurch just waiting to be explored.

Linwood Cemetery tours

pictureOur resident cemetery guru Richard Greenaway (a.k.a The Sexton) will be revealing the fascinating stories behind some of the people buried in Linwood Cemetery with two tours in October and November.

  • Saturday 29 October  ‘Up the hill’
    2pm – 3pm  A talk about the ‘high flyers’ buried ‘up the hill’ in Linwood Cemetery who have shaped our heritage as a community, city and country
    3pm Get help finding the location of your ancestors and ask about the work of the Friends.
    Note:  This tour has been designed for ease of walking although the entrance is steep.Meet at the Information Board in the cemetery near the Jollie St foot-entrance. Some chairs will be available.
    Gold coin donation for the Trust’s operational funds appreciated.
  • Saturday 5 November ‘Meet your neighbours’
    11am – An update on the Trust’s work.
    11.15am – A tour of interesting people which takes you all over Linwood Cemetery pointing out people who were good (or bad) neighbours and nevertheless shaped our community, Christchurch and New Zealand.
    12.30pm – Sausage sizzle and refreshments, or bring your own picnic.
    1pm – Get help finding the location of your ancestors and ask about the work of the Trust.
    Note:   This tour covers a long walking distance.
    Meet at the Linwood Cemetery Car Park, Butterfield Ave
    Some chairs will be available to carry on the tour.
    Gold coin donation for the Trust’s operational funds appreciated.

Richard is running these tours on behalf of the Friends of Linwood Cemetery – a great bunch of volunteers who work and advocate on behalf of the Cemetery. They run working bees, identify work needed in the cemetery and plan awareness raising events. Find out more about what they do and how to join them on their informative website.

Over the years we have built up some great online resources about Christchurch and other cemeteries. Our collection of resources about Linwood will give you maps, cemetery tours and a brief history.

It might not be Pere Lachaise but Linwood is a fascinating and tranquil corner of old Christchurch just waiting to be explored.

Linwood cemetery walk

picture of headstoneA cemetery walk could sound like a strange thing to do but with Richard Greenaway in the lead, you are sure to come away with a head full of fascinating insights into the history of our city.

On  Wednesday 14 September, as one of the Christchurch City Council sponsored weekly “Walk’N’Talk” sessions, Richard will lead a guided tour of Linwood cemetery.

The walk leaves from Linwood Union Church, corner of Linwood Avenue and Tilford Street at 10:00am. If you don’t want to walk so far, meet at cemetery gates at the Buckley’s Road end of Butterfield  Street at 10:30am.
If you want to know more about this walk contact (03) 941 8999

Please wear practical clothing suitable for the weather and comfortable walking shoes. Bring a drink bottle. Parents with strollers are welcome.
Walks are cancelled in heavy or persistent rain – listen to NewsTalk ZB.

If you want to do a little advance swot about Linwood cemetery (and other Christchurch cemeteries) check our invaluable Cemeteries of Christchurch  pages.

Supper, 50th anniversary and annual meeting

Hungry yet? Here’s another food-related image from our collection as we celebrate Records and Archives Week 2011.

Supper, 50th anniversary and annual meeting

A celebration of fifty years of the volunteer run Linwood Public Library, 1959

Collated for Records and Archives Week (RAW) 2011

The Displaced Reader: Mobile Library with a high vis vest

Shout out for Mobile LibraryWhen I heard that the Mobile Library was going to be doing a special post-earthquake stop in my neighbourhood, I was excited. I liked the idea of going for a walk and climbing the steps into a bus. A bus! I love those promotional buses that sometimes park up in the Square and have great displays; I’m a sometime bus commuter and I used to own a housebus – so I consider myself a bus person.

The Mobile Library met all my expectations and more. I found titles just jumped out at me and there was a certain cameraderie from sharing such a small space. Conversations were easy to get into. This little photo collection of the Mobile Library will give you an idea what to expect.

Shopping has some possibilities as well. Of course the Palms is closed but why not visit the shopping centre on the corner of Hills and Shirley Roads. There is a certain famous butcher, a chemist, a bakery, a sweet shop and takeaways – everything you need in these stressful times.

The Mobile Library is going to Shirley Intermediate on Saturdays from 9.30am to 4.30pm and is also operating in the carpark of the  Christchurch City Council Linwood Service Centre on Smith Street, on Mondays and Wednesdays from 9.30am-4.30pm. Look for the blue library open flag and the bus that already has its own high-vis vest.

Find out which libraries are open and where the Mobile Library gets to around the city.

OK – I’ve been to small and beautiful, now I’m going to try large and beautiful by visiting South Library. Find out where the  Displaced Reader has been on her travels.