Parishioners from St Peter & St Paul’s enjoyed a wonderful tea party given by students at Ark William Parker Academy.
The guests were all members of the lunch club that meets monthly at the church.
The party, which had a Valentine’s theme, was organised by year 10 and 11 students from the Certificate of Personal Effectiveness (CoPE) group.
One of the students had accompanied the school chaplain, the Rev’d Peter Michell, to the lunch club at the end of January to invite everyone to attend the party.
The boys had three weeks to organise the event. They had to cost and plan the menu, produce the catered products, lay tables and decorate the room.
On the eve of the tea party they cooked for more than three hours, until 6pm, baking and preparing more than 75 cupcakes, five Victoria sponges, 35 cheese scones and innumerable sandwiches. On the day, students at the academy played host to 26 guests.
Ruth Reed, co-ordinator of the lunch club, said: “We enjoyed the tea, the company and the attention of such delightful young men.”