written by: Lesley de Villiers
There are very few things in life more satisfying than sharing a pot of tea and a scrumptious cake with a bunch of friends amidst some good conversation… and us ladies will be the first to agree with that! And so the inspiration for a Ladies Afternoon Tea blossomed into a wonderful afternoon in the Hethersett Village Hall on a sunny Saturday on 23 April.
Almost all the ladies in the church jumped at the opportunity to host a table at the event: in all we had a hall full of 16 tables with 128 guests in total! Each lady was to invite 7 guests to sit at her table, to enjoy her offerings of delicious cakes, sandwiches and scones with cream and jam, to name but a few! The tables were all decorated in a variety of beautiful displays: each table having its own personality and popping with colour and creativity in the form of expert floral arrangements, artistically folded serviettes, unique name card displays and even some fabulous favours for guests to take home! Who knew we had a church full of such wonderful hospitality experts? We could start our own wedding catering company with all that talent!
There were also several tables against the walls of the hall displaying various goodies for sale: like handbags, silver jewellery, scarves and beauty products. All the things that us ladies love to buy!
The aim of the event, other than to just have a good old natter and a slice of cake, was to present a few presentations to our guests. The first speaker was Hannah Worsley from The Norwich Food Bank. It was enlightening to learn of their wonderful work in Norwich and the rest of the country, supplying food and basic daily necessities to people in desperate need. It reminded us again of how fortunate many of us are, how we can take for granted so many little things in our lives that would make such a difference if we didn’t have them.
Next up was our wonderful pastor Jaco Beukes, the only male in the room, who appeared only slightly intimidated by all the women listening intently to his talk. He gave a superb introduction to the guests that were not familiar with Loving by Giving and the work that we do, talking of the various projects in the past and those that were currently on the go, like the rucksacks for men just out of prison, the second hand clothes and toys drive for Romania and the mission trips to Romania and Tanzania.
The final speakers were brilliant at finishing off the afternoon’s talks: Chrissie and Cheryl from The Style Show gave a wonderfully informative presentation on how choosing the right style and colour of clothes to suit your body shape and colouring can make such a difference to your confidence and outlook on life. They generously gave out a voucher to each guest to come see them for a free individual colour and style evaluation.
A raffle with some great prizes concluded the Ladies Tea event, and all our ladies went home with smiles on their faces having thoroughly enjoyed their time. We look forward to hosting another one soon!