Over 100 older people from the Shrewsbury area enjoyed a Jubilee Tea Party in a specially created 'outdoor tearoom' at Shrewsbury School.
The event, organised by the school's Head of Volunteering Naomi Pritchard, aimed to connect generations, with pupils hosting the visitors, listening to stories, waiting on the tables and providing entertainment, with music, dancing and an art installation.
Held in partnership with Age UK Shropshire Telford & Wrekin, it was a wonderfully nostalgic afternoon filled with dance, art, royal memorabilia and afternoon tea provided by Holroyd Howe. The outdoor tearoom was decorated with flags and balloons, and royal displays and exhibitions were held in the library.
One guest said: “All of the students were so friendly and helpful and made us feel very special. Well done, what a fantastic effort. We really appreciated it”.
Naomi Pritchard, Head of Volunteering for Shrewsbury School said: “It was wonderful to see our students of all ages sitting, chatting away with the guests and sharing stories. Our students were engaged there was a really lovely atmosphere with everyone was in good spirits”.
Emma Wilde, Manager of Wellbeing Services for Age UK Shropshire Telford & Wrekin, which provided transport, added: “We enjoyed working with Shrewsbury School staff Stuart Cowper and Naomi Pritchard, nothing was too much trouble for them to organise ensuring our older people had a wonderful day out.
"The day itself was superb with a lovely atmosphere and plenty of activities on offer to entertain people. For me, the highlight of the day was watching the students interact with the older people ensuring they had a wonderful time by chatting to them and waiting on them. It was super special to see young and old dance together too. I look forward to working with you all again. Many thanks to everyone”.