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Bishop's Stortford businesses support new afternoon tea club for lonely OAPs




A new afternoon tea club for elderly people in Bishop's Stortford will be launched in December.

The monthly social gathering at the Markwell Pavilion in Castle Park is a partnership between charity Re-engage, formerly Contact the Elderly, and the National Lottery Heritage Fund-backed Castle Park project.

Coopers of Stortford in Bridge Street is supporting the first get-together by providing refreshments and volunteers, with the Waitrose store at Northgate End providing additional items.

Coopers, Bishops Stortford.Launch for new Tea Party club for the elderly. Gregory Ault (HCC), Emily Tickridge (Community Engagement East Herts), Cllr Eric Buckmaster, Kate Mailer (Coopers), Cllr James Parker, Claire Baldwin (Chair Friends of Castle Park),Alex Berwick (Re-Engage). .Pic: Vikki Lince. (20561463)
Coopers, Bishops Stortford.Launch for new Tea Party club for the elderly. Gregory Ault (HCC), Emily Tickridge (Community Engagement East Herts), Cllr Eric Buckmaster, Kate Mailer (Coopers), Cllr James Parker, Claire Baldwin (Chair Friends of Castle Park),Alex Berwick (Re-Engage). .Pic: Vikki Lince. (20561463)

Victoria Law, managing director of Coopers, said: “We are delighted to be working with Re-engage and the Castle Park project to help launch the first afternoon tea meeting in Markwell Pavilion.

"We recognise how important it is to bring people together and we look forward to working with Re-engage in the future in the Bishop's Stortford community."

The charity brings older people together at a time in their lives when their social circles are diminishing. It aims to tackle isolation and loneliness by organising groups with volunteers.

Each month, the partnership will work with different local businesses to provide afternoon tea and refreshments for around 15 guests who have little contact with the outside world. Each event will include an activity for the guests, from a ‘getting to know you’ quiz to flower arranging.

In 2018, Re-engage supported over 7,000 older people in nearly 900 groups across the UK thanks to the support of 12,000 volunteers.

If you know an older person who is isolated or you would like to volunteer to drive the minibus to the meetings, contact alexandra.berwick@reengage.org.uk.

Businesses which would like to support the project or anyone who can provide an activity for guests should email committee@friendsofcastlepark.net.



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