Model village is now pretty as a picture

Pat Bullman with her model village in Wicken which has been restored by volunteers, November 18 2014.  See MASONS story MNVILLAGE: A model village in a widow's garden that fell into disrepair after the death of her husband has been restored by kind-hearted volunteers. Great-grandmother Pat Bullman and her husband Oliver spent over 50 years creating the miniature attraction and people came to visit their handiwork. They started with a windmill for their daughter and over the years added other buildings including a fire station, railway station, hotel, fish and chip shop and church. But following the death of Oliver in 2012 the wooden models began rotting away and Pat, 80, was too frail to keep it up. ANL-141118-162033001

Pat Bullman with her model village in Wicken which has been restored by volunteers, November 18 2014. See MASONS story MNVILLAGE: A model village in a widow's garden that fell into disrepair after the death of her husband has been restored by kind-hearted volunteers. Great-grandmother Pat Bullman and her husband Oliver spent over 50 years creating the miniature attraction and people came to visit their handiwork. They started with a windmill for their daughter and over the years added other buildings including a fire station, railway station, hotel, fish and chip shop and church. But following the death of Oliver in 2012 the wooden models began rotting away and Pat, 80, was too frail to keep it up. ANL-141118-162033001

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A model village in a widow’s garden in Wicken that fell into disrepair after the death of her husband has been restored by kind-hearted volunteers.

Great-grandmother Pat Bullman and her husband Oliver spent over 50 years creating the miniature attraction and people came to visit their handiwork.

They started with a windmill for their daughter and over the years added other buildings including a fire station, railway station, hotel, fish and chip shop and church.

But Oliver’s death in 2012 the wooden models began rotting away and Pat, 80, was too frail to keep it up. In the summer she issued an appeal in the Journal for people to help her save it and former toolmakers Beverley Lorking, 73, from Ely and Tony Middleton, from Cambridge who is in his 60s, came forward.

It is now scattered with bright pink and white cottages, Tudor houses, a fire station, shops, diggers - and even has a new pub called ‘The Bull’ with picnic benches.

“We’ve finally done all the finishing touches and it just looks amazing,” said Pat.

“It’s so bright and cheerful and I can’t thank Beverley and Tony enough for helping me.

“I know Oliver would have been so pleased to see it all put together again, he’d have been really proud.”