The Tea Dance

After the success of the Jubilee Tea Dance in June 2012, the club were persuaded to hold another Tea Dance. This was held on Sunday 11th October 2015 and was organised in conjunction with Aspire For Life who run the Silver Surfers and Tai Chi groups.

The event was held in The Barn, the base for all three organising clubs and would be the first event held in support of the Friends of Purley Barn.

Friends of Purley Barn is an organisation set up by but is independant from the Purley on Thames Parish Council. its objectives, according to its constitution, is to highlight and promote the activities held in The Barn, having regard to health and well-being, coupled with social interaction for the benefit of residents of Purley on Thames. Any funds raised from these activities will be donated to support new and existing activities held in The Barn.

A total of 74 people purchased tickets prior to the event. We also received donations totalling 45 from supporters.

In keeping with the ethos of promoting Village Functions, residents of Purley were given preferential treatment on ticketing, with local tickets being available a month before the sales were opened to the public at large.
Dancers at the Tea dance
Cakes at the Tea dance
The music was provided by Sharon Vickers, the Principal of The Dance Studio in Reading. Sharon herself is an ex Dance World Champion and was the Coach to the Professional in the very first Strictly Come Dancing.

The dance selection, a balanced mixture of Ballroom, Latin American and Sequence dances, was agreed in advance and people were able to see the programme at the time of purchasing their tickets.

During the interval, tea and cakes were served.

The cakes were all donated by the Bakery Project at the Reading West Tesco store in Portman Road, Reading, to whom we are extremely grateful for their generosity.
Afternoon Tea is enjoyed by all at the Tea dance
Presentation of cheque As a result of the event, the Club was able to give a donation of 310 to The Friends of Purley Barn.

The picture (left) shows the cheque being presented to Sue Briscoe, the acting Chair of Friends of Purley Barn and also the Chair of Purley Parish Council by Ian Burn, Chairman of West Berks Scrabble Club.

The Club would like to put on record its thanks to all people who made the event possible, particularly Purley on Thames Parish Council for providing the venue free of charge and to Tesco for providing the cakes.