New tea group opens on Jubilee weekend

June 2012

A brand new tea group in Ashington opened its doors for the first time at 3pm on Sunday, June 3 in time to celebrate the Queen's Jubilee. Aptly named The Jubilee Tea Group, it will welcome people who are elderly, isolated or lonely and those who are experiencing health issues to enjoy friendly get together each week.

The Jubilee Tea Group, held at the Parkhead Centre on Park Road, has been made possible thanks to the dedication and commitment of local volunteers from the parish of St Aidan's and the work of St Cuthberts Care's PACE (Parish and Community Enablement) programme.

Run entirely by volunteers, the Jubilee Tea Group will open every Sunday between 3pm and 5pm, offering a wonderful afternoon of company and companionship. Guests will also be able to enjoy high tea, refreshments, entertainment and activities all for just £1.50 per person.

Father Stephen Watson from St Aidan's RC Church said, "It has been wonderful to watch this incredible project unfold so quickly. In a matter of weeks, the Jubilee Tea Group has grown from the seed of an idea to a well organised, well supported and much-needed asset to our local community. I'd like to thank St Cuthberts Care for inspiring us to make a start and for the generosity of the volunteers for the time they are giving."

The Jubilee Tea Group is the 11th PACE project to open under the guidance of St Cuthberts Care. Each one has been set up in close partnership with parishes around the region to help those in need and is organised and run entirely by teams of volunteers.

If anyone would like to come along to the Jubilee Tea Group or would like more information, contact Fr Stephen Watson on 01670 812200