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Catford Tea Festival

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Catford Tea Festival

Catford Tea Festival

Barbara Gray By Barbara Gray

We're hosting an afternoon tea for the older residents of Lewisham, to sip tea, eat finely cut sandwiches and pastries, listen to music and meet old and new friends!

Lewisham Delivery stage

pledged of £6,786

Sorry this project was unsuccessful, we did not reach our fundraising goal.

We need your help to put on an exciting and special afternoon tea for 200 elderly Lewisham residents, for them to meet old friends and reminisce, as well as meet new friends and enjoy a leisurely afternoon.

The event will be held at three locations in Catford, with waitresses in smart uniforms to shape a theme. Local artists and school choirs who will entertain the guests as they are served and enjoy their delectable Afternoon Tea. By having local volunteers organise and run the event it will encourage interaction between generations, for greater community cohesion and reciprocal support.

Please pledge to help us provide this lovely afternoon, to help build new, or rekindle old, relationships for those who might otherwise be at home alone. This is an opportunity for everyone to get involved and deepen that sense of neighbourliness and caring for others that already exists.

What we'll deliver:

  • Host local musicians as entertainment for the guests
  • Serve a delicious afternoon tea
  • Address issues of loneliness through the event and find out what they might like to do
  • Ensure all guests arrive and return safely using dial–a-ride, taxi card, volunteers and taxis
  • Identify how this an be done in the future
  • Provide a social event for 200 older residents at three locations Catford

Why it's a great idea:

Older residents make up 11% of residents in Catford South with 15,214 people. There are very few spaces and opportunities for people to come together socially. As a result many retired people lose touch with friends, lose confidence or may not be able to go out due to limited mobility or ill health. The Afternoon Tea provides the opportunity for those who spend much time on their own to attend a social event, helping to address some of the issues of loneliness and isolation. The event also provides an opportunity for younger generations to help the older generations in their area that isn't intrusive.

The event could be start of friendship that could change someone's life or access to information about other things they could do. Importantly this is also an opportunity to trial this event for the first time, to investigate how this Afternoon Tea could be replicated many more times in the future.

Steps to get it done:

  • Arrange guest speakers
  • Book entertainers
  • Organise transport and other support with Carers Lewisham
  • Recruit volunteers for organising and on the day
  • The Diamond Club will advise and be part of project team
  • Collect names of guests, confirm attendance and identify transport or other need
  • Displays, artefact produced using material from local archive & London Metropolitan Archive
  • Final menus agreed, publicity produced and marketing of event carried out
  • Residents and groups will be consulted to identify potential venues
  • Venues booked

Location Lewisham

About the space

Custom Area


London Borough of Lewisham

How will the money be spent?Total £6,786

Food @ £600 each x 4 events - £2,400 (35%)
Decorations @ £200 per venue - £800 (12%)
Transport (insured for vulnerable people) @ £225 per vehicle - £675 (10%)
Venue hire x 4 venues - £600 (9%)
Entertainment @ £150 x 4 events - £600 (9%)
Event co-ordination , 5 days, 1 person @ 11.50 per hour - £460 (7%)
Event co-ordination, 5 days - £460 (7%)
Publicity (Printers/flyers) - £400 (6%)
Other - £391 (6%)

Costs Breakdown

This shows how money raised for the project will be spent. These costs have been confirmed by the project's Delivery Manager and verified.

Food @ £600 each x 4 events
Decorations @ £200 per venue
Transport (insured for vulnerable people) @ £225 per vehicle
Venue hire x 4 venues
Entertainment @ £150 x 4 events
Event co-ordination , 5 days, 1 person @ 11.50 per hour
Event co-ordination, 5 days
Publicity (Printers/flyers)
Other Read More
  • Spacehive fees
  • Transaction Fees
  • VAT

Total £6,786

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