BENTLEY Village Hall was the perfect place for afternoon tea in an initiative designed to combat isolation and loneliness among the elderly.
More than 40 guests from all five groups of Redditch and Bromsgrove Contact the Elderly enjoyed sandwiches, savouries, scones and cakes in an event organised by Bentley Pauncefoot WI.
The WI ladies were doing their bit to fulfill a resolution passed by the National Federation of Women’s Institutes in 2017 to raise awareness of the causes and impact of loneliness.
They linked up with Contact the Elderly and the result was a splendid afternoon of good cheer with views of the Malverns from the windows.
Guests were welcomed, found a place to sit and there was a real buzz in the room.
Mitzy, a local singer, then ramped up that atmosphere with lively versions of Motown favourites and the more sprightly danced in the aisles.
All in all it was a great afternoon.
Alan Wodzynski of Contact the Elderly said: “As volunteer area co-ordinators, Gill Talbot and I, were delighted when the lovely ladies of WI Bentley Pauncefoot offered to host a special tea party for all five of our local groups.”
Gill added: “Liz Every and her colleagues were wonderful, and their team of WI members created a superb tea with a free raffle. Our elderly guests’ feedback is that they loved the WI homemade cakes, especially the scones with homemade raspberry jam!
“We had a wonderful afternoon, so a heartfelt thanks from all of us to the WI.”