Rosegrove Neighbourhood Watch, Burnley, ran an afternoon tea party as a good neighbour event with £500 funding from Eric Wright.

The social event aimed to strengthen relationships between neighbours and build a safer community. They were able to include the communities of two areas: Rosegrove and Lowerhouse. Posters and invites for the event were designed by local young people.

Due to bad weather, the event was hosted at Rosegrove Railway Club. They worked closely with the club management team to provide a covid-safe event, as it was the first outing for some vulnerable residents since the Covid pandemic began.

The afternoon tea food boxes were a great hit with everyone. Craig Williams, from the hit TV show Benidorm, entertained guests and a raffle and bingo game helped to raise £150 towards a defibrillator fund.

Dorothy, aged 89, said ‘What a fantastic afternoon for the community. This is my first outing since the lockdown. It was a great afternoon – lovely people and lovely afternoon tea – just what people needed. The entertainment was top quality. Thank you for inviting me. I met loads of new people. You all do a great job in the community. Thank you all again for a brilliant afternoon.’

Other quests quoted:

‘What a fantastic event. It was well organized by the volunteers. It was really nice seeing people enjoy themselves.’

‘Very enjoyable afternoon. Good food, great atmosphere, fantastic afternoon. Really enjoyed it. Thank you.’

‘Really enjoyed the afternoon with our community bringing us together feel like family through the good and bad. Michael and team, well done!’

‘Had a lovely time. Such a change being out in the community. The food was lovely, the venue was great. Entertainment was fabulous. Thank you.’

‘The entertainment and games were fun.’

‘A great time enjoyed by all. Your effort and hard work is appreciated by us all. Thank you so much.’

‘It was absolutely fantastic. Michael and Neil give so much to the community, and I can’t thank them enough. Great fun had by all.’

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