‘Delightful’ students treat parishioners

Tea Party at school in Hastings

Local parishioners, from St Peter & St Pauls, Hastings, enjoyed a wonderful tea party given by students at the school. The guests were all members of the Lunch Club that meets, monthly, at the church in Parkstone Road.

The party, which had a Valentines theme, was organised by Year 10 and 11 students from the Certificate of Personal Effectiveness(CoPE) group.  It was an opportunity for the Church of England school to offer something to the wider community.  One of the students had accompanied the School Chaplain, the Rev'd Peter Michell, to the lunch club at the end of January to invite everyone to attend the party.  The boys had 3 weeks to organise the event; they had to cost and plan the menu; produce the catered products; lay tables and decorate the room. On the eve of the tea party they cooked for 3 1/2 hours, until 6.00 p.m., baking and preparing over 75 cupcakes, 5 Victoria sponges, 35 cheese scones and innumerable sandwiches.

On the day, the students played host to 26 guests; they were kept extremely busy as they took orders, made tea, served and cleared tables.  They did everything necessary to ensure that the afternoon was a great success. They even familiarised themselves with music that would interest their guests and compiled a quiz for their entertainment.

The boys are extremely grateful to Ms Lombard for her support.

Ruth Reed, co-ordinator of the Lunch Club said, "We have enjoyed the tea, the company and the attention of such delightful young men."

One guest said, "We were delighted to get the invitation to tea.  It was absolutely fabulous.  The food was lovely.  Well done. Excellent service."

Another commented, "This has been very enjoyable - all the boys were really very nice and talkative."

It was clear that the guests loved the William Parker students and were keen to return for more of the same in the future!