Anniversary gives tea group reason to celebrate

30 July 2013

Guests and volunteers at Tea on Thursdays in Ushaw Moor like nothing better than having a reason to celebrate, so when the tea group's first anniversary arrived,  there was lots lined up to mark the occasion.

First of all there was a day trip to Whitby and Scarborough where everyone enjoyed the glorious weather. The volunteer numbers were boosted on the day by 15-year-old Jonathan, the nephew of regular volunteer, Geraldine. By joining the trip, Jonathan actually made it possible for one wheelchair-bound guest to be able to go at, all as his youthful energy meant he was able to push her chair throughout the visit.

Once everyone had caught their breath from their anniversary trip, they were ready the following week to enjoy a slice of birthday cake together and give thanks for the friendship they had found since Tea on Thursdays opened.  Once again, three generations of Geraldine's family were on hand to help, with her young niece, Bridie, joining her and mum Madeline, who is also a regular volunteer.

More than 30 guests visit Tea on Thursdays every week where many of them have made lasting friendships and enjoy warm conversation, company and laughter.

Sisters Hazel and Julie were among the guests celebrating the anniversary and said, "We both look forward to Thursday afternoons, the friendship and the lovely tea. We're always looked after so well and wouldn't change a thing."

Fellow guest, Moyra agreed, "It's the best thing going! I always enjoy everything that's on and it's such a great crowd of people."

Tea on Thursdays is one of fifteen Parish and Community Enablement (PACE) projects run by volunteers and set up by local parishes around the region. Visit our Tea on Thursdays page for more information on how you can come along as a guest or join the team of volunteers.