Serving tea on the verandah of Heritage House are Bangalow Historical Society members, left, vice-president Wendy Grissell and former president Betty Dengate.
Serving tea on the verandah of Heritage House are Bangalow Historical Society members, left, vice-president Wendy Grissell and former president Betty Dengate.

Tea and scones on the menu

It might be considered by some as a tad old-fashioned, but ordering tea and scones is still as popular as ever.

So much so that due to popular demand, the Bangalow Historical Society will dish up Devonshire tea on the veranda of Bangalow’s Heritage House this weekend.

Once a favourite of locals and visitors to Bangalow, tea and scones was an excellent money spinner for the society, but a complaint received by Byron Shire Council about the kitchen at Heritage House being old-fashioned and not meeting public health standards quashed the venture.

Now the society has approval for the refurbishment of the kitchen, so making scones and serving tea is on in earnest to raise money for the work which is expected to start in March.

“We are planning to reopen the kitchen for Easter,” said society vice-president Wendy Grissell.

However, this weekend is not just about Devonshire tea.

The society crew has put together an exhibition on the ‘History Of Tea’.

Tea pots and tea cups have been lent to the exhibition from residents from all over Bangalow.

There are antique silver tea sets, fine bone china tea sets, contemporary ones, as well as the unusual.
Mrs Grissell, with help from society member Robert Lotty, has gathered a startling amount of historical information about tea.

The Bangalow Historical Society will be serving Devonshire tea on the veranda of Heritage House, Ashton Street, Bangalow, from 10am to 3pm, Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

The exhibition can be viewed at the same time. Entry is $7 per person.

For more information phone Wendy on 66884342.

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