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Tea and cake helps bridge the generation gap in Redditch

Imogen Buller 30th Nov, 2017

A REDDITCH school has been bridging the generation gap with good old-fashioned tea and cake.

Youngsters at Beoley First School invited a group from Contact the Elderly to join them last Friday to share an afternoon tea together.

Contact the Elderly is a national charity that offers monthly afternoon tea parties to small groups of elderly and isolated guests.

They have the chance for a change of scenery, conversation and laughter, all combating the loneliness many of our guests face on a daily basis.

The children in Beoley enjoyed spending time with their guests, talking and hearing stories as they shared some teatime treats.

Sally Davies, headteacher, said: “We were delighted to welcome members of Contact The Elderly to School for afternoon tea.

“Pupils had prepared the food and enjoyed serving the visitors.

“The room was full of lively chatter and our pupils asked some quite searching questions.

“Everyone had an amazing afternoon and we are hoping to continue to support this very worthwhile cause in the future.”

Contact the Elderly is supported by a network of volunteers who run groups, host tea parties and drive the guests to the monthly meetings.

The Redditch and Bromsgrove area has four groups currently and enough guests to fill a fifth group, need more volunteers to join them.

To find out more or to get involved, visit Contact the Elderly at


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