Tea with a Twist!

Afternoon Tea

We were joined by more than 100 ladies for an afternoon of tea, cakes and shopping at Mere Court Hotel on 18 March. This was the second Annual Vintage Afternoon Tea we’ve held at the venue and we raised almost £6,000 on the day!

The event began as all should – with a glass of fizz and some shopping! The Drinks Reception was sponsored by Bright & Beautiful in Altrincham. The ladies were invited to browse the stalls which included jewellery, handbags and even some pampering thanks to Cheadle Holistic Therapies and Roberta Beauty Redefined. Guests were then shown through to the beautiful Conservatory which the charity had decorated in a pretty vintage Afternoon Tea theme, including beautiful crockery donated by Alice’s Vintage Pantry in Timperley. Perfect weddings completed the scene with chair covers and swathes of material to create a breath-taking room for the guests.

Our very own Julie Gray hosted the event and introduced vocalist Andy Ellison who entertained the guests throughout their tea with some smooth swing tunes. Peter Murray from Pulse of Perfumery in Knutsford gave an inspiring and entertaining talk which enthralled and amused the guests. Oliver Dunn of Olichocparties also captivated the ladies with his delicious demonstration of truffle making, he also auctioned his services off raising £150 on the spot!

A Grand Raffle included some fantastic prizes and was drawn by our fabulous Patron Suzan Holder. Prizes included 4 top tickets to see Gary Barlow live, an overnight stay in London, several prizes from Mere Court and a perfume hamper worth £200 from Pulse of Perfumery.

Crème de la Mer at John Lewis in Cheadle donated 20 facial vouchers which were awarded to some lucky ladies on the day and Elizabeth George Cakes of Hale donated an indulgent cupcake for each guest. Clarins at House of Fraser in Altrincham also donated goodie bags for the ladies as well as prizes for the Grand Raffle.

Guests were also invited to take part in a special raffle, with guests buying a special presentation box of fine preserves the prize for which was a luxury two night stay at St Martin’s Lane hotel in London with afternoon tea at the Connaught! £600 was raised in total from the special raffle alone!

Julie Gray comments: “This was our second Vintage Afternoon Tea event and we’re pleased to say it was a huge success! But with tea, cakes, bubbly and entertainment on the menu how could it possibly fail?! Everyone worked so hard to make the day run smoothly, and we’re so grateful to all of our fantastic volunteers who gave their time so freely and to our guests for their fabulous support.

We’re now looking forward to our Ladies Lunch event at The Mere on 11th June and many ladies attending the Afternoon Tea have already booked their tickets! We really can’t thank everyone who attended enough, the money they have raised will provide once in a lifetime holidays to local children in desperate need.”