Bringing communities closer together

Afternoon Tea in Rossendale

On Friday 2nd of June, an afternoon tea was held at St Paul’s Centre in Rossendale.  This is an absolutely free, socially inclusive event run on the first Friday of every month. It is run entirely by volunteers who source all the china tea pots, cake stands, cups and saucers from local charity shops, bake their hearts out before the event and then run the event on the day. The idea is that someone living in our community, perhaps on their own, perhaps in a difficult situation, or perhaps just in need of a good cup of tea and a break, are made to feel special for the afternoon and a community of people are brought together.  People are welcome to leave donations for a local charity or cause,  and this month, this was for Knitting Smiles.

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Emma attended on behalf of Knitting Smiles and was overwhelmed and humbled by the time and efforts given so generously by all the ladies involved.

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(Emma’s son Dylan eyes up the freshly made scones and clotted cream!)

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To think that all of this is free to anyone who wants a bit of cake and company once a month is heartwarming and really strikes a chord with our own project. We are so well supported through donations of clothing and handmade goods, but another big part of what we are about is offering craft materials, space, companionship and the chance for someone to feel a part of their community.

The ladies of St Paul’s Centre have kindly agreed to host our next Knit and Natter on Saturday 10th July at 1.30pm, so do pop on down. The centre is just off Burnley Road in Rossendale, next to St Paul’s Church. Tea, coffee and biscuits will be provided.



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