Franklin café has donated thousands to nonprofit organizations – Daily Journal

A Franklin café that opened last September has donated more than $53,000 to local nonprofits, lending a helping hand to folks in need throughout the county.

When Main and Madison Market Café opened, it had a policy of not accepting tips. People ignored that rule, leaving money on tables anyway. It was then that café management decided to donate all tips to local causes, co-owner Amy Richardson said.

“Every month, we donate to a different charity,” Richardson said. “Our management team meets and looks at the mission of the organization. Are they a registered nonprofit? … It could even be the greater Johnson County area, but we try the best we can to have a local tie-in.”

People are still not expected to tip when they visit Main and Madison, but a sign by the cash register states which organization those tips, if they must, will go to.

One of the biggest impacts the giving has had on an organization was in October, when Main and Madison Café donated $4,272 to Johnson County Banquets. It was the largest donation the organization had ever received in its 12 years, Richardson said.

The banquet serves as a place for people to go and eat for free on Thanksgiving when they have nowhere else to turn. It is open each year to all county residents.

Almost all months have yielded more than $4,000 in tips, Richardson said.

In its first month of business, Main and Madison Café donated to Franklin Heritage, which runs the Artcraft Theatre and helps restore Franklin homes. Franklin Heritage also helped design the outside of the café before it opened, she said.

In December, all proceeds from tips went to the Dressember Foundation, a group which has women wear dresses and men wear bowties throughout the month to help raise awareness for human trafficking. The group spends its money to help people rescued from human trafficking with basic necessities, such as shampoo, Richardson said.

“It’s absolutely heartwarming to know that we can be a vehicle for such wonderful things in our community,” co-owner Ashley Schultz said in a news release. “We are so proud each month to present the check to the nonprofit that has been chosen.”

At a glance

Main and Madison Cafe has donated to the following non-profit organizations:

  • Franklin Heritage
  • Girls Inc.
  • Franklin Boys and Girls Club
  • Johnson County Senior Services
  • Johnson County Humane Society
  • Kic-It
  • The Franklin Schools’ PTOs
  • Interchurch Food Pantry
  • Beats for Bristol
  • The Dolly Parton Imagination Library
  • Habitat for Humanity Women’s Build
  • Center for Global Impact
  • Aspire Johnson County
  • Johnson County Banquets
  • Dressember Foundation

http://www.dailyjournal.net/2020/01/01/franklin_caf_has_donated_thousands_to_nonprofit_organizations/

Oak Bay year in review for 2019 – Victoria News

It was another sobering year in Oak Bay as death and grieving were among the 2019 newsmakers for the Tweed City.

The death of former mayor Nils Jensen – just months after losing his spot as mayor in the 2018 election – caught the community off guard as only those close to him were alerted to his battle with cancer.

READ MORE: Former Oak Bay mayor Nils Jensen remembered for humour, professionalism, intelligence

Fresh off completing a 23-year-run – 16 as councillor and eight as mayor – Jensen did what most politicians do and kept a low profile from the Oak Bay spotlight. We soon found out why. He was diagnosed with advanced stages of cancer in January and died on April 7 at the age of 69. The next week his family held an upbeat celebration of life at Oak Bay High’s Dave Dunnet Theatre with more than 400 people, live music, and powerful speeches from his family and from friends.

Around the same time, Crown prosecutors undertook the Andrew Berry trial in Vancouver. After a 5.5-month-long case, the jury found the Oak Bay resident guilty of two counts of second-degree murder in the death of Aubrey, 4, and Chloe, 6, on Dec. 25, 2017.

READ MORE: Sentencing for Oak Bay father underway in Victoria

READ MORE: Oak Bay double murder trial: five months of evidence, testimony summarized

Oak Bay now ends its second consecutive decade with a tragic domestic murder. Back in 2007, Peter Kyun Joon Lee killed his wife Yong Sun Park, their son Cristian and Park’s parents and then took his own life.

The climate in Oak Bay and Greater Victoria continued its trend of higher temperatures and less rain as the threat of human extinction elevated due to the ongoing increase of global CO2 emissions.

As per the Carbon Brief mapping project, which breaks down each region on earth, the temperature for Greater Victoria has increased 0.9C over its average since 1850 and hasn’t had a decade of below-average temperatures since from 1969 to 1979.

Oak Bay, Saanich, Victoria and the Capital Regional District all declared a climate emergency in 2019.

There were plenty of colourful events in Oak Bay that once again broke the Tweed City’s sleepy-town stereotype and made news across the region.

In August, the federal Minister of Environment and Climate Change Catherine McKenna visited Oak Bay’s Cattle Point to make a double announcement. It was delayed, however, as members of the local Extinction Rebellion chapter made it clear they had intentions of making a citizen’s arrest of McKenna.

“We are here to put [McKenna] in protective custody because we feel she could be in imminent harm by some individuals who may want to act out on their anger,” said protester Howard Breen, who held zap straps in his hand. When Breen moved to approach McKenna he was arrested by Oak Bay Police (to which he complied and was later released).

That day McKenna declared Uplands neighbourhood a national heritage site.

READ MORE: Protester threatens to put federal Environment Minister in citizen’s arrest at Oak Bay announcement

In August it was revealed that the famous ‘Tulip House’ on Beach Drive was for sale because the owners – who are based in Marin County, Calif. – were hit with an approximate $27,000 speculation and vacancy tax for 2019. The house and its garden of 12,000 tulip bulbs sold soon after.

READ MORE: Speculation tax forces sale of Oak Bay’s ‘tulip house’

In November, Oak Bay resident Angus Matthews noticed strips of plastic turf fibres had been spreading from the artificial Oak Bay High soccer field and into Bowker Creek. Greater Victoria School District 61 (SD61) shut the field down, installing a temporary plastic cover, and said they are seeking a replacement turf for 2020 (possibly through manufacture warranty).

Also in October, members of the community criticized Abstract Developments’ owner Mike Miller for removing a portion of a rock wall on his York Place property. The wall in question abuts Prospect Place. As it stands, pieces of the rock wall were removed to enlarge two openings while the majority of it remains. The work was done despite a “stop-work order” from Oak Bay bylaw.

Neighbours claimed Abstract was rushing to remove the wall ahead of Oak Bay’s first Heritage Conservation Area, a policy that will protect landscapes, rock walls and buildings in the “Prospect neighbourhood.”

In October, former artist in residence for the City of Victoria, Luke Ramsey, completed the Parade of Play mural on Oak Bay’s public works building.

The mural stands tall over the 25-year-old Jack Wallace Memorial track and was the culmination of a multi-year plan. It’s a major splash of colour that’s invigorated the community, said Mayor Kevin Murdoch, and it is likely the biggest mural in Greater Victoria.

One of the region’s biggest changes in 2019 was SD61 shifting its catchment area boundaries for middle school and elementary schools as it faces a projected boom in the population of elementary and middle school students in Victoria’s core area.

SD61 has voted to reinstate two of its former facilities near the Oak Bay border, Bank Street and Sundance. The two will form one school which will see an estimated $5 million in seismic upgrades for the century-old old Bank location.

It will also displace current tenants, Victoria College of Art from the Bank building and Ecole Beausoleil from the Sundance building. Catchments changed slightly for Willows students near Lansdowne Road while South Jubilee neighbourhood youth moved from the Lansdowne catchment to Monterey middle school.

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Friends and family mourn former Oak Bay Mayor Nils Jensen at his memorial at the Oak Bay High School Community Theatre. Jensen passed away from cancer and left behind his wife Jean and two sons, Nicholas and Stewart. (Arnold Lim/Black Press)

UVic student Jake Zeal writes a message on the Before I Die wall which was stationed in the University of Victoria’s Student Union Building on Oct. 30. The messages are simple, but compelling. Zeal wrote: “spread joy.” (Travis Paterson/News Staff)

Veterinarian Adam Hering had five days to inoculate the final three deer with a booster. Most does stick to a specific area but they can be hard to find as Hering only has a few hours each morning to search. (Travis Paterson/News Staff)

Artist Tanya Bub with the temporarily-named ‘Stickman’ driftwood sculpture that will live in front of Gage Gallery Arts Collective on Oak Bay Avenue. (Travis Paterson/News Staff)

David Schwab of Victoria has come forward as the person putting handbills under the window wipers of luxury vehicles such as Land Rovers and Porsche SUVs, and big trucks, that could be replaced with electric vehicles or just smaller cars to reduce our carbon footprint. His criteria focuses on luxury cars that cost more than $10,000 and that are easily replaced by a smaller car, or EV, when possible. (Travis Paterson/News Staff)

To Willows, and beyond, a group of Willows students and their younger siblings took the Walking School Bus along Fort Street/Cadboro Bay Road on Tuesday morning in support of Climate Action Week. At the front of the bus are Isla and Nora, Lily Clancy, Kingston Goodhew, Ivy Clancy, Anna Davison, Emma Bristow and Clara Davison. (Travis Paterson/News Staff)

A young buck crosses in front of the derelict and rundown but historic carriage house at 1561 York Place in Oak Bay where owner Mike Miller is building a home for his family. Miller has tried to relocate the carriage house and is now offering to anyone who wishes to move it off the property and restore it. (Travis Paterson/News Staff)

Oak Bay year in review for 2019

The Steamie, SSE Hydro Glasgow review: a glorious new staging of the cult washhouse comedy – The Telegraph

In truth, given the essential intimacy of the play, the reverberating, amplified voices and the size of the venue give the production a disconcerting, surreal aspect, certainly during the first 10 minutes or so. Remarkably, though, the top notch cast combined with Roper’s irresistible writing (not to mention designer Kenny Miller’s gorgeously accurate, seemingly time-worn set) manage to quickly restore the drama’s legendary rapport with its audience.

Actors Mary McCusker (the elderly, hard-pressed and hard-working Mrs Culfeathers) and Fiona Wood (young dreamer Doreen) are past masters of Roper’s script. They are joined by the ever-excellent duo of Louise McCarthy and Gayle Telfer Stevens (as middle-aged friends Magrit and Dolly), along with Harry Ward.

Together, they give a near flawless, often jaw-achingly funny rendition of a play that is so well known that the audience often reacts in anticipation of favourite set pieces such as the “Galloway’s mince” scene, in which Mrs Culfeathers spins glorious nonsense on the theme of the minced beef and potatoes that she cooks for her husband.

Transposing this modest, yet fabled, five-hander from the theatre stage to the Hydro arena was an ambitious proposition. It is a great credit to Roper and his outstanding cast that they have carried it off.

https://www.telegraph.co.uk/theatre/what-to-see/steamie-sse-hydro-review-glorious-new-staging-cult-washhouse/

Gambit’s 2020 Winter Entertainment Preview: Events & festivals to put on your calendar – NOLA.com

Watch Gambit’s weekly calendar listings and our upcoming Fairs & Festivals guide for new events and festivals. See “Box Office” for venue information.

Jan. 3-5

Tipper

The electronic dance music series features various DJs, plus visual projections, themed nights and more.

Saenger Theatre

Wizard World Comic Con

Henry Winkler and many stars from “Smallville” and “Outlander” are among actors and comics authors at the convention, and there are workshops on cosplay, makeup and more. 4 p.m.-9 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Saturday, 10 a.m-4 p.m. Sunday. $34.99 and up.

Ernest N. Morial Convention Center, 900 Convention Center Blvd.; www.wizardworld.com

Jan. 14

An Evening With Irving Roth

A survivor of Nazi camps at Auschwitz and Buchenwald, Irving Roth discusses the Holocaust, prejudice and anti-Semitism.

Jefferson Performing Arts Center

Jan. 15-18

Cigar Box Guitar Festival

Organizer Samantha Fish is joined by Jimbo Mathus, John Mooney, April Mae & the June Bugs and others in music showcases celebrating cigar box guitars and homemade instruments.

Chickie Wah Wah & The Howlin’ Wolf

Jan. 15-19

Danny Barker Banjo and Guitar Festival

Don Vappie, Detroit Brooks and Claude Carre of Haiti are among the musicians performing at the festival, which celebrates New Orleans jazz musician and preservationist Danny Barker.

Various locations; www.dannybarkerfestival.com

Jan. 17-18

Bal Masque

The Link Stryjewski Foundation fundraiser features a dinner Jan. 17 and a masked ball with music by Tribu Baharu of Colombia, Nathan & the Zydeco Cha-Chas and The Roots of Music at the Sugar Mill Jan. 18.

www.balmasque.linkstryjewski.org

Jan. 18

Krewe of Stars Ball

Eric Paulsen and Margaret Orr are royalty at the variety show ball.

Jefferson Performing Arts Center

Feb. 7-9

New Orleans Rock ’N’ Roll Expo

The expo has interactive displays, free samples, exhibits about running technologies, fitness apparel and health and nutrition information. There’s a 5K race on Saturday and a 10K, half marathon and marathon on Sunday. Expo hours noon-6 p.m. Friday, 9 a.m.-5. p.m. Saturday. Free. (There is a registration fee for runners.)

Ernest N. Morial Convention Center, 900 Convention Center Blvd., Hall J; www.runrocknroll.com

Feb. 7-9

Tet Fest: Vietnamese New Year

The celebration features carnival games, dragon dances, live music, Vietnamese food and information about Vietnamese heritage and traditions. Free admission.

Mary Queen of Vietnam Church, 14001 Dwyer Blvd.; www.maryqueenvn.org

Feb. 13

Sirens of Salvage

Big Freedia and other musical guests perform at the masked Carnival ball with a trash and treasure theme.

The Music Box Village

Feb. 14

Krewe du Kanaval Ball

Arcade Fire, the Preservation Hall Jazz band, Michael Brun, Jillionaire, Lakou Mizik, Pierre Kwenders and others perform at the Haitian-inspired Krewe du Kanaval’s Carnival ball.

Mahalia Jackson Theater for the Performing Arts

Feb. 14-15

Family Gras

The three-day festival includes music by local and touring musicians, parade viewing, children’s activities, an art market and food vendors. Hours to be announced. Free. VIP passes are available.

Clearview Mall, 4436 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie; www.visitjeffersonparish.com/events/festivals/family-gras

Feb. 14-16

The Boat Show

The three-day show features hundreds of boats from a range of manufacturers, as well as fishing equipment, insurance, electronics and accessories. There’s also a kids’ zone with laser tag, video games and more. Tickets $10 general admission, $5 children 5-12 years old, free for children under 5.

Pontchartrain Convention & Civic Center, 4545 Williams Blvd., Kenner; www.boatshowneworleans.com

Feb. 15

Get Yah Praise On

The Audubon Zoo presents gospel singers in celebration of Black History Month. Free with zoo admission.

Audubon Zoo, 6500 Magazine St.; www.audubonnatureinstitute.org

Feb. 26

“Jay and Silent Bob Reboot”

Director Kevin Smith attends a screening of “Jay and Silent Bob Reboot” and participates in a Q&A.

Joy Theater, 1200 Canal St.; www.thejoytheater.com

Feb. 28-29

New Orleans Stamp Show

Local and national dealers buy, sell and trade stamps and postcards of all types, as well as stamp collecting accessories. There also are activities for kids and a raffle. Free admission.

Wyndham Garden Hotel, 6101 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie; www.ccscno.org

March 7-8

Soul Fest

The festival features gospel, soul, R&B and jazz music, soul food, information from local service organizations and more. Free with zoo admission.

Audubon Zoo, 6500 Magazine St.; www.audubonnatureinstitute.org

March 11-May 13

YLC Wednesday at the Square

The 10-concert series features local bands, food, drinks and more every Wednesday. 5 p.m.-8 p.m. Free.

Lafayette Square, South Maestri Place; www.ylcnola.org

March 11-14

New Orleans Bourbon Festival

The festival features bourbon distillers, tastings, seminars, dinners and burlesque performances.

Various locations; www.neworleansbourbonfestival.com

March 13-17

St. Patrick’s Day Parades

Parades celebrating St. Patrick’s Day include: Molly’s at the Market and Jim Monaghan’s parade at 6 p.m. Friday, March 13 in the French Quarter; the Irish Channel Parade at 1 p.m. Saturday, March 17; the St. Patrick’s Day parade on Metairie Road at noon Sunday, March 15; and the Downtown Irish Club Parade in Bywater, Faubourg Marigny and the French Quarter at 6 p.m. Tuesday, March 17.

www.stpatricksdayneworleans.com

March 14

Italian-American St. Joseph’s Day Parade

The Italian American St. Joseph Society’s 50th annual parade features floats and more on a route from the Warehouse District to the French Quarter.

www.italianamericansociety.org

March 18-22

New Orleans Wine & Food Experience

The annual festival features tasting events, wine dinners and culinary experiences. Tickets vary.

Various locations; www.nowfe.com

March 19

Top Taco

The festival on the New Orleans riverfront features tacos by the city’s chefs, tequilas and live entertainment. 6 p.m.-10 p.m. Earlybird tickets $50-$100.

Woldenberg Park, 1 Canal St.; www.toptaconola.com

March 19-21

New Orleans Book Festival at Tulane

The festival features more than 30 authors of fiction, nonfiction and children’s literature, including Maurice Carlos Ruffin, Katy Simpson Smith, Jami Attenberg, Valerie Jarrett and Kiese Laymon.

Various locations

March 20

Drafts for Crafts

The event features live music, food from local restaurants, a beer garden by NOLA Brewing Co. and a raffle. Proceeds are used to restore World War II-era artifacts. 8 p.m. Tickets $40-$125.

National World War II Museum, 945 Magazine St.; www.draftsforcrafts.org

March 20-21

Buku Music + Art Project

Tyler, The Creator, Run the Jewels, Pussy Riot, Zeds Dead and many others perform at the hip-hop and EDM-focused festival. Tickets start at $195.

Mardi Gras World, 1380 Port of Orleans Place; www.thebukuproject.com

March 21

Fete Francaise

The festival celebrates Francophone heritage with live music, crafts, children’s activities, cultural demonstrations and more. Free.

Ecole Bilingue de la Nouvelle-Orleans, 821 Gen. Pershing St.; www.ebnola.net/fete-francaise

March 22

Abita Springs Busker Festival

The festival celebrates roots music genres and includes an art and farmers market, food vendors and more.

Abita Springs Trailhead Museum & Park, 22044 Main St., Abita Springs, (985) 871-5327; www.trailheadmuseum.org/busker-festival

Louisiana Irish-Italian Parade

Desi Vega and John Theriot are the grand marshals for the Louisiana Irish-Italian Association parade, which includes marching clubs, floats and trucks. Noon Sunday.

Veterans Memorial Boulevard, Metairie; www.lairish-italian.org

Mardi Gras Indian Super Sunday

Generally scheduled for the third Sunday in March near St. Joseph’s Day, Mardi Gras Indians from around the city gather to march through Uptown, Mid-City and Algiers. The Uptown event ends at A.L. Davis Park, where a Super Sunday festival features live music, food and more. Free admission.

A.L. Davis Park, 2600 LaSalle St.

March 25-29

Art in Bloom

The event includes more than 100 exhibitors showcasing floral designs and inventive uses of light. There also are lectures, a luncheon and a patron party. Times and admissions vary.

New Orleans Museum of Art, 1 Collins C. Diboll Circle, City Park; www.noma.org/event/art-in-bloom-2020

Tennessee Williams/New Orleans Literary Festival

Sarah M. Broom, Andrei Codrescu and Sister Helen Prejean are among the speakers at the literary festival, which features panel discussions, readings, writer workshops, walking tours, a Stella and Stanley shouting contest, theater productions and book, culinary and music events. Times and admissions vary.

Various locations; www.tennesseewilliams.net

March 26-29

Louisiana Crawfish Festival

The festival includes dishes featuring crawfish, live music, beauty pageants, an arts and crafts market, a midway with carnival rides and games and more.

Frederick J. Sigur Civic Center, 8245 W. Judge Perez Drive, Chalmette; www.louisianacrawfishfestival.com

March 27-28

Hogs for the Cause

Music headliners include Old Crow Medicine Show, Robert Randolph and the Family Band and others, and 90 teams serve barbecue and compete in various categories. Two-day tickets $55 and up.

UNO Lakefront Arena; www.hogsforthecause.org

March 27-29

New Orleans Home and Garden Show

Home-related services and products are on display and there’s remodeling advice, green building info, decorating and landscaping help, food programs, artist workshops, a theater and automation exhibit, makers market, home building experts and more. Noon-7 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Saturday, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Sunday. $15, $10 military personnel, free for children 12 and younger.

Mercedes-Benz Superdome; www.neworleanshomeshows.com

Saints and Sinners Literary Festival

The festival includes LGBT publishers, writers and readers from across the country, as well as panel discussions, book launches and master classes. Times vary. Registration $150, partner party pass $25.

Hotel Monteleone, 214 Royal St.; www.sasfest.org

March 28

Big Bass Fishing Rodeo and Fishtival

The oldest freshwater fishing rodeo in the country features exhibitions, raffles, fishing competitions and vendors with fishing tackle and other goods. 6:30 a.m.-noon (tournament). Free admission.

New Orleans City Park, 56 Dreyfous Drive; www.neworleanscitypark.com/big-bass-fishing-rodeo-and-fishtival

March 28-29

Olde Towne Slidell Spring Antique Street Fair

The two-day shopping festival features more than 200 vendors offering antiques, collectibles, art, crafts and food. There also are three stages of live music. Free.

First, Second and Erlanger streets, Slidell; www.louisiananorthshore.com

March 30-April 5

Patois New Orleans International Human Rights Film Festival

The festival includes film screenings, panel discussions, workshops and more.

Various locations; www.patoisfilmfest.org

April 3-5

Ponchatoula Strawberry Festival

The festival in downtown Ponchatoula features a pageant, live music, a parade, strawberry dishes, food vendors and more.

Ponchatoula; www.lastrawberryfestival.com

April 11

Asian Pacific American Society Festival

There is music, entertainment, crafts and food from countries including India, Japan, Indonesia and more. Free with regular zoo admission.

Audubon Zoo, 6500 Magazine St.; www.audubonnatureinstitute.org/apas

Crescent City Classic

The 10K race follows a course from the French Quarter to New Orleans City Park, where a post-race festival includes live music, food vendors and a two-day health and fitness expo. Post-race party is free for runners, $15-$20 for nonrunners.

www.ccc10k.com

April 16-19

French Quarter Festival

Hundreds of musicians perform on more than 20 stages throughout the French Quarter and along the riverfront. Free admission.

French Quarter; www.fqfi.org

April 16-20

Giant Puppet Festival

Mudlark Puppeteers, Toybox Theatre, Night Shade Shadow Theater, Harry Mayronne, Peepashow, Enormous Face and other puppet theater companies present shows.

Mudlark Public Theatre and other venues

April 20-26

Zurich Classic

The golf tournament is an official PGA tour event. Tickets $35 single day, $85 for week, free for 17 and under.

TPC Louisiana, 11001 Avondale, (504) 436-8721; www.zurichgolfclassic.com

April 23-May 3

New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival

The festival features hundreds of musicians on a dozen stages, plus food vendors, crafts, a kids tent and more.

Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots, 1751 Gentilly Blvd.; www.nojazzfest.com

May 1

Zoo-to-Do

The Audubon Zoo gala features live entertainment, animal encounters, food, drinks and more. Tickets $85-$175.

Audubon Zoo, 6500 Magazine St.; www.auduboninstitute.org/zoo-to-do

May 10

Mother’s Day at the Zoo

Irma Thomas performs her annual Mother’s Day concert at the zoo. Free with regular zoo admission.

Audubon Zoo, 6500 Magazine St.; www.auduboninstitute.org

May 28-31

Overlook Film Festival

The horror film festival includes screenings, live shows, music, immersive experiences and more. Prices vary.

Various locations. www.overlookfilmfest.com

 

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Christchurch heritage campaigner Anna Crighton becomes a dame – Stuff.co.nz

STUFF

The 2020 New Year honours are out and there are big wins in sport and popular culture.

A Christchurch woman who successfully campaigned to rescue heritage buildings from demolition after the 2011 Canterbury earthquakes has become a dame.

Former Christchurch City councillor, heritage campaigner and arts champion Anna Crighton was awarded the title Dame Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit in the New Year honours.

Crighton had long campaigned to protect New Zealand’s historic buildings, but stepped up after the Canterbury quakes to rescue as many as she could from demolition.

Anna Crighton says she was "speechless" after hearing about the honour.

JOSEPH JOHNSON/STUFF

Anna Crighton says she was “speechless” after hearing about the honour.

She said it was devastating to see so many heritage buildings demolished after the quakes.

READ MORE:
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“It took me a while to get over that, to be fair. Somehow, I reenergised myself and started the fight for heritage protection.

CHRIS SKELTON & ALDEN WILLIAMS

Heritage advocate Anna Crighton plans to launch a legal battle to stop the Catholic church demolishing the historic cathedral. (Video first published in August 2019)

“It was a hard battle because of [the government’s] scorched earth policy on demolishing most of the central city without any thought.

“We lost over half of our character and heritage buildings in the central city. It was terrible. What wasn’t destroyed by the quake was demolished by [the government].”

Crighton helped restore the quake-damaged Isaac Theatre Royal in her role as director of the theatre’s charitable foundation.

The honour was official recognition for the importance of protecting New Zealand's built heritage, she says.

JOSEPH JOHNSON/STUFF

The honour was official recognition for the importance of protecting New Zealand’s built heritage, she says.

She also helped preserve more than a dozen Christchurch heritage buildings, including the Centre of Contemporary Art (CoCA) building, St Barnabas Church in Fendalton and part of the Arts Centre, as chair of the Canterbury Earthquake Heritage Buildings Fund Trust from 2010 to 2014. The trust raised about $10 million to help restore heritage buildings.

She said was proud to save the former Trinity Church in central Christchurch and the Shands building, which was relocated to Manchester St and restored.

“We lost so many heritage buildings in the quakes, but we saved some.”

The Shands Emporium building was moved to Manchester St and restored by Crighton's heritage group.

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The Shands Emporium building was moved to Manchester St and restored by Crighton’s heritage group.

She said the honour was official recognition of the importance of preserving New Zealand’s built heritage.

“When I first started as a [city] councillor in the 90s, heritage protection wasn’t even on the agenda. It has really progressed after the last 25 years.

“It is still a challenge, but it is pleasing that more people are involved in protecting heritage.”

Crighton at a CDHB meeting in 2017.

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Crighton at a CDHB meeting in 2017.

Crighton said her love of heritage started when she was a child.

“I spent the first seven years of my life in my grandmother’s villa. It was a house full of exquisite bric-a-brac. It was idyllic.

“It was from that early experience and my respect and admiration for the charm and detail of those lovely villas that I started to love heritage and history.”

Crighton outside her Christchurch home in 1999.

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Crighton outside her Christchurch home in 1999.

She established the Christchurch Heritage Trust in 1996, has been chair of the Christchurch Heritage Awards Charitable Trust since 2009 and a member of the Canterbury District Health Board for the past 12 years. She was made a Companion of the Queen’s Service Order in 2005.

But she said the new honour was a surprise.

“I was stunned and totally astonished. I couldn’t believe that something like that would happen to me.

Crighton stands outside the now restored Trinity Church on the corner of Manchester and Worcester streets in 2015.

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Crighton stands outside the now restored Trinity Church on the corner of Manchester and Worcester streets in 2015.

“Dame Anna is going to take some getting used to.”

Stuff

https://www.stuff.co.nz/the-press/news/118421786/christchurch-heritage-campaigner-anna-crighton-becomes-a-dame

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