The 1940's veteran's tea party was organized and held by the 1st Ponteland Girls brigade on Saturday the 9th of November 2019. The free event was a gift to the local community, who had the option to wear a period costume. The event was a celebration as well as a way to remember the veterans and the families within our community, who sacrificed their time and lives so that we may have our freedom.
One of the Girls brigade leaders, Ela Akay, applied for a grant from Ponteland Town Council for the purpose of organizing a community event and we were awarded £500 as part of their 'Poppy Project'. The older girls from the n:spire section of the company organized and budgeted the event and the whole company helped with creating decorations, entertainment and the making of the food! The whole village was invited with special invitations going out to the local MP's, Mayor, Town Council, care home residents and the veterans of the community.
Over 200 people attended the event and we were able to raise over £500 for the 'Treats for Troops' charity. the younger girls entertained the guests by singing 'It's a long way from Tipperary' and 'Pack up your troubles'. There was also a singalong lead by Fiona Thompson and Jess Williamson. The older girls served all of the guests their afternoon tea and many people from our own church gave up their time to help us set up and clear.
There were many generous donations. Not all of these donations were money, some donated cakes and scones as well as helping to make over 200 sandwiches. As a company, we were honoured to be part of such an important event and celebrate remembrance day with such amazing people. A big thank you goes to all those who attended and helped out, the veterans and to anyone who donated to this wonderful charity!