An Indian Afternoon Tea Experience

13 January was the day that St Hilary Village Hall was transformed into a little corner of India where visitors to the village enjoyed afternoon tea with a difference. Instead of a traditional afternoon tea they were treated to flavoursome morsels of Indian food followed by cakes flavoured with the fruits and spices of Southern India.

However, in the run up to the event it was important to lay the foundations of what to expect. Monica and Caroline spent a relaxing morning creating tickets and flyers that gave an insight into the forthcoming adventure. The ticket was designed to be a keepsake of the event and well received.

And, Monica created a book cover from the scraps of ribbon and tassels used to make the tickets, which was given as a special prize to the lucky ticket holder…..

The colour scheme that was chosen – purple, green and pink – was then used to decorate the hall. Tables were covered with purple tablecloth and pink organza and white cyclamen were wrapped with foil and green organza bows – verging on Indian garishness but not quite! In fact they looked rather tasteful!

Next came the menu – what to provide? There was so much choice and a lot of experimentation required with various recipes before finalising what would be offered on the day.

And a menu was available on each table to wet people’s appetite…. onion bhajis and pakoras were Terry’s signature dish. Monica made the beetroot and paneer kebabs and the samosa’s were perfected by Caroline, as was the Indian love cake, which was a favourite. Everything was home made even the jam, mango chutney and the raita! Tasters of the India teas – roadside ginger chai and turmeric tea were also a winner.

Lots of preperation beforehand and lots to do on the day. What would we have done without Isobelle (who made the coronation chicken sandwiches) and Rachel (who made the Indian Tea) – before spending the day waiting on to make the guest experience memorable!

And, it was a truly memorable day for both those on the delivery end and for those on the receiving end.

A HUGE thank you to those who took the plunge to join us, embracing the concept and for supporting our fundraising cause . You will be pleased to know that we raised a staggering £1,100. £260.00 was raised at Christmas from making wreaths and the rest from the afternoon tea. This will pay for a midwife in India to be trained for 2 years.

And, a massive thank you to all our lovely helpers – we couldn’t have managed without you!


Well done on all your hard work for the Indian Tea. We really enjoyed it – lovely flavours. Glad you met your fundraising target! Shirley, Cheryll, Gloria and Steph

Thank you so much for a splendid afternoon. Like everyone present I thoroughly enjoyed it. Looking forward to the next one which hopefully will be in the next few months Rose

Thank you for a lovely afternoon. Food was great and glad you made so much for India after all your hard work Jackie

Thank you for an amazing afternon tea. Brilliant result Jess

It was a fabulous afternoon and I was so glad to help with such a good cause. The sum you and Caroline raised was fantastic. You have worked so hard. Isobelle

It was a lovely afternoon, it was such a change, so good to try different foods. We thoroughly enjoyed.You worked very hard and I’m so pleased with the money you have raised. It is always good to support a fundraiser where there is a direct contact who knows exactly how the money is going to be used. Well done to all. Liz

Just to say thank you for all the hard work you put in to provide us with a lovely Tea Party. Both John and I really enjoyed it. Such amazing food and how wonderful to have raised SO much money. You really do have some great ideas . Jan

Yesterday’s tea was amazing and so worth doing for the hospital out in India !
Everyone enjoyed all the different tastes so thank you both for all the lovely tea
. Jenny

Thank you Monica for making all your ‘mad ideas’ come to fruition. We love them!! Well done to you, Caroline & your helpers for putting on an afternoon tea with a difference. It was delicious. It’s also lovely to spend time with friends and enjoy the occasion. Thrilled that you’ve raised such an amount. We love India and to fund and train a midwife there, is a fantastic charity to support. Keep the ideas coming. Keris

It was a fabulous afternoon and I was so glad to help with such a good cause. The sum you and Caroline raised was fantastic. You have worked so hard. Isobelle

Well done Fantastic event and so pleased you raised so much money for this worthy cause Helen and Charles

What a wonderful occasion and making so much money for such a great cause – well done to all Rosie

What a lovely afternoon at today’s Indian Tea in the village hall . The culinary delights that were provided were absolutely yummy and surpassed afternoon teas that i have had in first class restaurants. Congratulations to the organisers Caroline Neudegg and Monica Dennis for all their hard work and the amazing money raised. Namaste. Ann

It was a lovely afternoon , I really enjoyed food was amazing and all the hard work you all put in.

Thank you for a very special ‘afternoon tea.’ We know how much planning and work goes into organising events like this and it was a great success! Well done everyone – it was much enjoyed and appreciated. Thank you. Corinne and Graham

Thanks Monica we loved it ! You all did so well and the food was yummy. I loved the yellow tea  Also your mango chutney which I bought a pot of ! Roz

Thank you and Caroline for transporting us to Hyderabad via St Hilary! I really enjoyed the afternoon- great company, atmosphere and delicious food! Your energy is enviable!