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St John’s takes its commitment to charity very seriously and always aims to make its presence have a positive impact on the local community. On Sunday 14 June, the School’s charitable side was much in evidence, when a Community Cream Tea hosted by the School gave the local elderly and disabled the chance to enjoy a special treat.
While nearly 100 visitors attending were served with tea, trays of sandwiches and platefuls of fruit cake, pupils provided musical entertainment, some singing, others playing the flute and one playing the guitar. Many guests, too, were engaged in conversation by pupils eager to learn more about them and some were taken on a tour of the School.
Throughout the day, it was satisfying to see just how many pupils and staff were prepared to give up their time to work as volunteers during the event. Among these were the Chef and her kitchen staff who prepared the food, the pupils who were serving and the School Librarian, who made 120 pots of jam that were distributed to those who were invited. (Any left-over pots will be given to the homeless group Pitstop.)
Below are extracts of just a few of the letters received by the School from those senior citizens who attended:
"On behalf of the Aristocats club from East Horsley, I would like to thank you and all the Staff at St John's for giving us such a lovely afternoon yesterday and a delicious tea. Also thank you to all the girls who looked after us and provided the entertainment, it was wonderful."
(Mark Wood, Recreation Officer, QEF Independent Living Services)
“Our ladies do appreciate going out on a Sunday afternoon - acknowledged as the loneliest day of the week for those who live alone.”
(Joan, Redhill Group, Contact the Elderly).
"Thank you all from the ladies of AGN for a wonderful tea and entertainment. They were delighted to be invited and have a change. Some of them rarely get out.”
(Kate Walton, Ashtead Good Neighbours).
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