Hundreds attend Willowbank fete

Helping hand . . . Gael (left) and Gemma Perry help Ivy Mulqueen (7) sell St Mary’s School cookbooks at the Willowbank Windmill fete. PHOTO: JUDY MCKENZIE

The Willowbank Windmill Committee held its annual fete on February 19.

The event is a fundraiser held in collaboration with Rural Women NZ All Points Branch to support the ongoing costs of upgrading the windmill and water tank.

Sweet and Savory…Rural Women New Zealand members Angela (left) and Pat Childs staff a community stall at the Willowbank Windmill fete last Sunday. PHOTO: JUDY MCKENZIE

Rural Women NZ All Points Branch member Jeanette McIntyre said the event was a really good day.

‘‘About 400 people came to the fete, despite some rain showers in the afternoon,’’ she said.

‘‘It was a happy and pleasant atmosphere with every nook and cranny of the Croydon Gardens filled with stalls and people.

‘‘We had a large variety of stalls; everything from crafts to clothes to jewellery and plants.

‘‘The Devonshire tea was particularly popular among the visitors.’’

She said the committee were yet to offer an official count of funds raised on the day but expected the amount to be in the thousands.

She wished to thank everyone who came to the event as a stall holder or a visitor.

‘‘We’ll be back again next year.’’