A brilliantly sunny day was a fitting backdrop to the visit of over 70 historical society members from the whole of the Nelson region to Willow Bank, the home and historic village of Christine Greider and Kim Kerslake just south of Wakefield on Sunday afternoon 15th February.
Hosted by the Nelson Historical Society, the aim of the meeting was to share the activities and achievements of the 8 different groups represented
and their plans for the coming year.
It was amazing to discover so many people interested and actively promoting history all over the region.
The caption underneath the accompanying photograph gives an idea of the scope of the representation.
Several groups had publications for sale. Waimea South’s latest production, The Way We Were, had only been printed on Friday.
A plan for an Historic House Trail to commemorate the 175th anniversary of the Nelson settlement (1842) in February 2017 was presented by Waimea South. The idea was to have a range of houses open to the public over the whole region, spread through the year. It would involve participation by all the groups and could help to highlight the value we place on our local heritage. Members
were asked to discuss the proposal and report back on whether they would be able to support the idea.
The meeting itself made history as the first gathering of its type to be held in the Nelson area. Perhaps it will become a regular event.