It’s not often that the West Herts Parkinsons branch can describe their gatherings at Stanborough Centre as ‘rocking the joint’ but the recent tea party was a loud and joyous event. This was largely down to the marvellous ukulele band Katie’s Jumping Fleas who played nearly non-stop for two hours. There was a medley of old favourites so that everyone could sing along (including the Stanborough Centre Manager sitting just outside the room).
People soon got up off their chairs to move to the rhythm, burning off the calories consumed from the endless supply of cakes brought by the guests. It was a truly community based celebration. Everybody brought a cake, either homemade or bought – even though there was no pressure to do so. There were no tickets sold – if you felt like making a contribution then there was a box to put something in. And with the sale of the very few left over cakes we raised an astonishing £230.00.
Of course, these events do not run themselves and we were really lucky to have some new faces helping Ruth Venn who ran the hospitality end with her usual efficiency. Anna and Becki, gave up an afternoon of their time despite being busy postgraduate students at the University of Hertfordshire. We know them as volunteers on the Friday morning dance sessions (Becki is the PhD student who runs the programme). Their production line of tea and coffee operated at a rate that would impress any hotelier and were amazingly cheerful despite being so busy they barely had time to speak.
So in conclusion, we all had a great time, ate lots of cake and perhaps look forward to another pop up tea party in the future.