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24th Jan, 2022

North Bromsgrove High School students hold tea party and 'Bake Off' for town's Contact the Elderly group

A VALENTINE’S tea party was hosted by students from North Bromsgrove High School for nine older people from across the district.

The event was held in conjunction with the Bromsgrove and Redditch branch of Contact the Elderly which puts on monthly tea parties across the two towns.

After starting with just a handful of volunteers, the branch now has more than 80 volunteer hosts and drivers and 45 elderly people, aged between 72 and 102, who attend the get-togethers.

The students created a variety of cakes as part of a ‘Great Bromsgrove Bake Off’, supported by the school’s domestic science department.

And they hosted a game of bingo and a quartet performed for their guests.

Sixth-formers, who have previously held fund-raisers for the charity, chatted to the older people, asking them about different aspects of their lives.

The visitors described their hosts as ‘charming, caring and happy to support the local community’.

Gill Talbot said the morning was a great success, the feedback was brilliant and proceeds from a cake sale will go to one of next year’s outings.

Contact the Elderly needs companies to sponsor the tea parties.

Anyone wanting to find out more about sponsorship or volunteering can call Alan on 07956 301299 or the Standard on 01527 588657.

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