The Ark

ark19When we lived in Christchurch, New Zealand, I had the good fortune of working for Ken and Bev Loader,  building their vision of  ‘The Ark’. It is a chapel on the top deck, eating area on the ground level and a dance hall on the lower level. Ken and Bev were some of the nicest people you could meet. After the Ark was finished we had to go back to the UK and not long after the earthquakes then hit Christchurch. Ken was actually in the Ark when it hit. He was holding on to a door handle and was lifted up into the and back down again. Although the Ark lifted up quiet a way , because nothing was fixed together, as in the original way of making a log cabin, It all came down and pretty much landed as it was, testament to the log cabin design. Unfortunately, after the quake, many people were put off getting married there. My wife and I went back to see Ken and Bev for our 25th wedding anniversary and it was the best anniversary we have ever had, we danced to the ‘Anniversary Waltz, and Amanda actually cried because the atmosphere in the Ark was so surreal. This was also  a really somber time, Sumner, after the earth quake, was not the same. Since these pictures, Ken has passed away and the Ark has been ‘up for sale’, maybe even sold by now. I met some of the most amazing people, ever, whilst working at Gethsemane Gardens. Working on the Ark was a real honour and I hope to visit again one day.