THE MANAGER of a South Elmsall building society has swapped savings accounts and mortgages to tend to orchards and livestock.
Jane Holland has been at Yorkshire Building Society’s branch on Barnsley Road, for 18 years - being branch manager for 13 - but has retired to France where she will live on her very own farm.
She and staff members celebrated her last day last Wednesday and as it was Hallowe’en, they decided to get into the spirit of the occasion and had a spooky party where staff and customers got to enjoy some tasty treats.
Mrs Holland, 55, of South Elmsall, said she had enjoyed her time in the town getting to know customers.
She said: “I have enjoyed every minute of being a part of the local community and will be sad to say goodbye.
“I’ve had some fantastic times here and met so many great people.”
Mrs Holland and her husband will grow their own vegetables, tend to some chickens and ducks - and she described it as being a bit like The Good Life.
She was glad to have helped in the bank’s charity fundraising, including raising cash for the Prince of Wales Hospice, Andrea’s Gift and sports clubs.
Not only that, she has also asked the Yorkshire Building Society Charitable Foundation for a donation on her behalf to local charity, Young At Heart.
The South Elmsall-based group provides a haven for people who have lost their partners and provides social outings and activities.
She has requested a donation of £1,600 for the charity that will provide a Christmas meal for its 60 members in December.