Mo, art director at The Mill in E17, together with Alison H rallied volunteers as well as Up Your Street to butter bread and chop up mint and cucumber, slice the banana cake and Victoria Sponge and make gallons of tea as The Mill became the host venue for Contact The Elderly’s local tea party for over 75s in the borough.
It was fantastic. Mo is a skilled organiser (and mulled wine maker at art exhibition launches).
The Mill is currently curating an exhibition of photos of our seniors by Whelan and in order to celebrate 50 years of Contact The Elderly ( whoever knew?) there will be a book or exhibition of fifty photographs of 75-95 year olds. Let’s hope there’s a representation of ethnically diverse UK 2015 otherwise I’ll be having no truck with it.
There was a loud hum of conversation and the clink of cake forks on dainty Edwardian side plates. The drivers who’d carried in the seniors had their own tea party in the meetings room with cheese sandwiches and cherry cake.
What was the point? Loneliness hits every generation. If you’re lonely and almost immobile there’s a state indeed. So the charity, not The Mill, registers older people in their mid-seventies and identifies them as participants for locally-based tea parties.
Today it was amazing to sit with seniors in front of huge hung photos of themselves; real close-ups.