Tea for … 36

July 2012

Brand new tea group, Tea on Thursdays has already made its mark in the community of Ushaw Moor after welcoming a total of 36 guests on its opening day.

Parish Priest, Fr David Coxon gave the official welcome by joining everyone in a toast to the new group while guests soon settled in with a fun quiz, which encouraged conversation and laughter.

Everyone was then served a delicious tea of sandwiches, home-baked scones with jam and cream and tea or coffee while they enjoyed chatting and getting to know each other. A few games of prize bingo rounded off the afternoon and left everyone excited and keen to come back the following week.

"Most of us here today live on our own, so it's wonderful to have a new place to come to share conversation and company", said Fr Coxon. "I'd like to thank St Cuthberts Care and our volunteers, Geraldine and Erica, for making this such a success from the very first moment. I can already see that this is going to be a very special place indeed."

The tea group has been set up by St Cuthberts Care and the parish of St Joseph in Ushaw Moor as part of the charity's PACE (Parishes and Community Enablement) project. Run by volunteers, it offers a place for elderly, isolated and lonely people to find company and conversation and enjoy themselves.

Tea on Thursdays costs £2 and is held every Thursday between 1pm and 3pm in Ushaw Moor Catholic Club. If you or anyone you know would like to go along to Tea on Thursdays or are interested in volunteering, contact Erica on 0191 373 9962 or Geraldine on 0191 373 3084.

A tea cup