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People across Guildford are invited to take a step back in time at a 1940s themed event.
Surrey Choices is teaming up with Guildford Borough Council and Nicola Bassani from the Diocese of Guildford to host a special tea and memories event for the local community.
The 1940s themed event, which will be held at Burchatts Farm, is open to anyone over 60 living in Guildford and the surrounding areas.
The event follows the success of Surrey Choices’ ‘Tea and Memories’ group, formed in 2014, offering like-minded people the opportunity to come together and enjoy tea and cake. The group is held in a room especially designed to replicate a tea room in the 1940s to inspire memories discussion and reminiscence.
The event will take place on Wednesday 9th November, between 11am-3.30pm, in the barn at Burchatts Farm. The barn will be especially transformed into 1940s tea room for the occasion. Throughout the day there will be a light lunch, cakes, arts and crafts, a local history talk, a singer, and of course, lots of tea. The event will also give people the opportunity to find out what information and support is available in Guildford.
One of the aims of the event is to offer the local community a taster of the ‘Tea and Memories’ group, which takes place weekly. Free transport is provided by Surrey Choices for those who attend the regular group, to ensure it is accessible to all.
The group has reunited two ladies in their eighties who had been school friends but had lost contact with each other. The pair rekindled their friendship at the group, and shared many happy memories.
Speaking of the event, Surrey Choices day service officer, Peta Hayden, said: “Our ‘Tea and Memories’ group has been a great success within the community, and we’ve had some fantastic events, including a pop-up shop in Guildford high street and a special celebration for the Queen’s birthday.
“The group has become very popular, and we are looking forward to holding the special event at Burchatts Farm next month.”
Cllr Tony Rooth, Lead Cllr for Housing and Social Welfare said: “We are pleased to support this event as part of Surrey Living and Ageing Well week. It’s a great opportunity to come along and find out what’s on offer for older people in our borough, have a chat to others and enjoy a slice of cake. Keeping active, both physically and mentally, in later life is essential and we have lots to offer in Guildford, including our excellent day centres, to help people do just that.”