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Hagley Hall is very near to where I live, and it has connections with Christchurch New Zealand, site of recent dreadful earthquakes (not forgetting Haiti, Japan and so many other places too).

The connection is that the Lyttleton family who own Hagley Hall helped to found Christchurch.

"Lord Cobham said his great-great-grandfather, George William, Lord Lyttelton, helped people to go to Christchurch in the 19th Century and was chairman of the Canterbury Association, which was founded in 1848.

He said: "They were responsible for the first two ship-loads of 750 people, migrants, to Christchurch, which is why the port of Christchurch was called Lyttelton. Indeed at Christchurch you have Hagley Park as well...it was planted with acorns taken from Hagley Park here."

This is a news cutting from our local newspaper last week. If you check the original size, you may be able to "read all about it"!
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Jul 26 2011 04:27 GMT Annamaria
They all had a great day! And its so nice they have raised such a large amount of money for Christchurch!!
Jul 26 2011 08:05 GMT nzshutter PRO
A great article Pam. Thanks for sharing. Judging by what we are seeing on TV, most of Christchurch city is going to be demolished. A real shame. Even the cathedral in the square is looking like it is destined for the wreckers ball.
Jul 26 2011 13:47 GMT Littleollie
Thank you so much for sharing this with us Pam, it was a great read and very touching, being that I am a Kiwi with family in Christchurch, NZ.
A credit to all involved.
It shows that the world is truly a small place and as human beings we have the trait of kindness firmly entrenched.
Jonathan Lemalu is a Dunedin boy made good, great to see him using his talents in aid of others; although I have to say I am not an opera fan at all, but I recognise the man has talent.
Good also to see you had such lovely weather on the day.
Jul 27 2011 09:36 GMT MargNZ
This is wonderful Pam ... thank you for sharing the article.
There have been heavy snowfalls and very cold in Christchurch this week to add to the troubles there.
Jul 31 2011 13:01 GMT superJoan
Pam great that we are doing our BIT over here....Christchurch seemed to blend into the background with all the other tragedies
Aug 14 2011 12:16 GMT abojovna PRO
Interesting! Thank you, Pam!