Fr Nick gains a first with his second PACE project

20 August 2013

With the help of a team of dedicated volunteers and our support, Fr Nick Jennings has become the first priest in the diocese to open a second Parish and Community Enablement (PACE) project in his parishes in Hartlepool.

The recent opening of St Mary’s Tea Drop Inn in the Headland follows the incredible success of Vianney’s Lunch Club which opened in January this year. Vianney’s now welcomes more than 30 regular guests every week who enjoy meeting and chatting with others from the local area as well as taking part in lots of fun activities and sitting together for a delicious home-cooked lunch.

St Mary’s Tea Drop Inn has just welcomed its first guests and offers the same opportunities to meet and make friends and join in with activities in a relaxing, sociable environment. Guests can also enjoy a buffet of sandwiches, savouries, cakes, scones and light refreshments.

Fr Nick said, “Those who come along to Vianney’s gain so much from the time they share together and many lonely lives are once more being filled with joy and happiness. I have been inspired by the good work done there and, thanks to St Cuthberts Care and the compassion and generosity of our volunteers, I am delighted it is now extending more widely into the community through our new tea group.”

St Mary’s Tea Drop Inn is held every Monday in St Mary’s presbytery on Durham Street between 10.45am and 1pm and costs £1.50. Vianney’s Lunch Club is held every Tuesday at St John Vianney Church on King Oswy Drive between 11am and 2pm and costs £3 per person. There is no charge for carers accompanying guests at either project.

If you would like to come along to St Mary’s Tea Drop Inn, pop along on any Monday or ring the church office for more information on 01429 266080. For information on places available at Vianney’s Lunch Club, contact Joan on 01429 281 420.