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Wednesday 7 June 2017

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Big plans for Grape Escape Judene Edgar The popular Grape Escape complex near Richmond is set to get a makeover with new owners planning a farmer’s market, boutique retail and food shops on the three hectare site on the corner of State Highway 60 and McShane Rd. The Conning family purchased the Grape Escape in July last year and last week Simon Conning announced plans to start developing the Appleby Village complex as soon as the building consents are approved. The plans include a 600 square metre farmers market building which will be open in 18 months, as well as plans to increase the size of the existing plant nursery, Enhance with Plants. The existing retail shops and cheese shop will remain on site and there are long-term plans for six new retail shops with a further two buildings earmarked for dining and entertaining. The development does not include the Grape Escape Cafe which was subdivided off from the rest of the property before the sale last year. “We are aiming to have local produce but are aware that we will have to bring in some outside produce to fill seasonal gaps”, Simon says. “We want to create a destination with fresh produce; somewhere nice that celebrates all things local”.


The Queen, Trish Gargiulo, and her chaffeur Jenny Eden, are served tea by Jane Downie at the Henley Kindergarten royal tea party on Friday. Photo: Simon Bloomberg.

A right-Royal occasion for Henley Kindergarten Simon Bloomberg She may be a lot younger than Queen Elizabeth II and her chauffeur was only driving a Nissan Pulsar instead of the royal’s regular Bentley limousine, but as far as the children

at Henley Kindergarten were concerned, Trish Gargiulo was the real thing when she posed as the Queen at the kindy on Friday. Trish has been impersonating Queen Elizabeth II almost every year for the last 25 years

for the Queen’s annual Queens Birthday visit to the kindy. The former Henley Kindy teacher even continued the tradition when she was living in Auckland for six years, flying down to Nelson especially for the royal visits.

“There have only been a few impersonators over the years,’ Trish jokes. “I lived overseas for three years so I didn’t come back then, but I’ve been the Queen almost every other year


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