My first Visit to the Vintage Tea Party


A selection of the sandwiches, tea, snacks, scones and of course cake, on offer!

Hello everyone, my name is Paul, I am the Social Media Volunteer for Surrey Heath Age Concern. Having heard so many amazing stories and read the recent newspaper article about the Vintage Tea Parties, I decided that it was high-time I went along to sample the fun for myself. So, on the afternoon of Tuesday the 31st January I dragged myself away from my computer, grabbed my camera and parents and headed down to the Rainbow Café.

Chas does a great job of ensuring guests cups are kept full of tea!

Walking into the Rainbow Café with it’s period decorations was rather like travelling back in time or walking onto a film set; it looked very atmospheric as the winter light faded through the afternoon. Gill and the Rainbow Café staff and volunteers have really done a superb job of transforming the café: with net curtains up at the windows, vintage tea cups and saucers, tea pots, table cloths, three-tier-cake-stands, table decorations, dolls and there

Can you spot the vintage sewing machine? Meanwhile Chas, Marion and Peter serve the guests.

was even a vintage sewing machine on display, kindly on loan from Camberley Museum. Shortly after our arrival, we were treated to a selection of sandwiches, crisps, old-fashioned cakes, scones with cream and jam and, of course plenty of tea; all served by Chas, Peter and Marion, all looking quite the part in their period outfits. When everyone had finished eating and chatting, the entertainments began; a game of musical bingo, this is very similar to regular bingo with a small, fun twist; guests

Just some of the entertainments on offer.  Chas, Marion and Peter certainly entered into the spirit of the party!

were issued with a chart with the names of a number classic tunes on it. Just like in regular bingo prizes were awarded for ticking off a complete row or a full sheet. This proved extremely popular, with the guests and Rainbow Café staff and volunteers really throwing themselves into the spirit of the party, I particularly remember our Rainbow Café manager Peter’s rendition of “Danny Boy”, I had absolutely no idea we had such a fine actor within our midst!

Keeping guests entertained at all times, Peter’s rendition of “Danny Boy”

All in all a great time was had by all, myself and my parents had a fantastic time, but for me the highlight was seeing the older generation really enjoying themselves! If you are reading this and have a friend or relative, aged over 50, who does not get out and about as much as they would like, then I would suggest that our Vintage Tea Parties are the perfect cure for loneliness! Please, do contact Gill before coming though, so she knows the exact numbers

Gill, chats with the guest and takes down the names for next week.

 for the catering and to avoid overcrowding at the Rainbow Café which is a relatively small venue, but please don’t worry folks though, as Gill will ensure everyone who wants to come has a fair chance to attend. Gill will be running slightly different activities each week, so there’s sure to be something for everyone!

Stay posted folks for “My Second Visit to the Vintage Tea Party” and the official “Vintage Tea Party” Video. 

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