Christmas Lunch at Willow Bank Ends Another Successful Year


Our society is extremely fortunate to have in Wakefield access to a property which seems tailor-made for a history group.

Members tuck into their shared lunch.

Members tuck into their shared lunch.

Christine Grieder and her partner Kim Kerslake collect and construct quirky, small buildings which house Christine’s amazing collection of almost anything old and interesting from china, to old-fashioned washing machines, small snow sleds from Europe, Smurfs and fully furnished miniature houses. She also likes animals and has recently obtained some of the rare goats from Arapawa Island.

This is the other half - lunch at Willow Bank.

This is the other half – lunch at Willow Bank.

Father Christmas delivers on time.

Father Christmas delivers on time.

And this is only half of it!

And this is only half of it!

She also, very conveniently, has a small church building with all the facilities for entertaining large groups.

Members deciding whether they want to swap their presents or not.

Members deciding whether they want to swap their presents or not.

The sweets and cakes in the Sweetshop truly look good enough to eat.  They have been all made by Christine.

The sweets and cakes in the Sweetshop truly look good enough to eat. They have  all been made by Christine.

It is therefore no wonder that each year we now come to Willow Bank for our Christmas lunch.  Today, 25th November 2014,  was no exception.

Goats from Arapawa island - Christine's latest livestock acquisitions.

Goats from Arapawa island – Christine’s latest livestock acquisitions.

It was also an opportunity to view the four most recent buildings that Christine has acquired since last year and – we were reliably informed –  just days from the positioning of a small bakery which should appear this week.

Shona Barber ready to serve a customer in General Stores

Shona Barber ready to serve a customer in General Stores

Christine at the entrance to the Grocery store.

Christine at the entrance to the Grocery store.

Some of Christine's newest acquisitions at Willow Bank.

Some of Christine’s newest acquisitions at Willow Bank.

Where will it all end?  I doubt that Christine has any idea of the answer to that question!

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