Tea For the Queen: An Update
8th June 2016 On a lovely summer afternoon, attended by a full capacity crowd, the hall filled with colour and laughter as the place drew members, old and new, from the Octagon and wider Malvern community.
Some snippets overheard: "I've never eaten such delicious sandwiches."
"We should do this more often!"
"The strawberries are running out! Quick!"
"It was very moving."
This special joint event between "Zest For Life" and the Octagon's "Community Coffee Shop" marked the Queen's 90th birthday in true street party style. No-one who attended will forget the decorated hall and buzz of excitement. Every kind of fashion statement, honoured the Queen's long life and reign.
Wonderful catering by Martin Lawrence's ladies and Sandy and her team, who worked like angels beforehand and on the day, ensured plenty for all. Then there was the setting- courtesy of Jack, Annie and Mary who had prepared the hall the day before, bright with streamers, bunting , flags, and place- settings in red, white and blue.Copies of an illustrated book "The Servant Queen and the King she serves" available to all who attended, took us on to a most moving part of the celebration.
A simple service of thanksgiving for the life of the Queen, led by Geraldine Foster, developed the theme of "the Servant Queen" and Her Majesty's personal faith. Readings by John. Bob, David, Steve and Jan included moving testimonies of lifetime voluntary service in our community. Hymns and cheers followed, and a spontaneous call to sing the National Anthem ended the whole party on an upbeat note.
A Raffle raised money for British Red Cross, of which the Queen is a patron. Donations made to the catering boxes contributed to the costs of the community event.
Next day the Octagon was open, for "business as usual" at Thursday's Coffee Club, involving many of the same organisers as the day before.
A great big thank you to all of the organisers and caterers on both days.