Wartime Afternoon Tea

Yesterday our village hall was transformed into the Ritz during the Blitz for an afternoon tea themed around WW2, and in particular women’s role in the war, which was significant – Bletchley women, Land Army, Nurses, those who worked in factories e.g. munitions, women spies and the Women’s Institute to name but a few!

There were delicious morsels on offer – some created from wartime recipes and others a decadent treat – it wasn’t all doom and gloom!

Before tucking into tea we were entertained with a demonstration of the jive – thanks to the lovely Jane and Sue

And then we were off….

Delicious savouries to start and a table top quiz to tax the brain. This was followed by plates of cake and oodles of tea!

Tea is a British institution. in 1942 the Government bought the world’s entire supply of tea. Churchill is reputed to have called tea more important than ammunition. He ordered that all sailors on ships have unlimited tea.

Tea helped restore at least a semblance of calm and normality in turbulence and danger. Its essence is that it is warm and comforting. It also provided an egalitarian sharing space in a society of rigid class distinctions. In the air raids, local Air Raid Wardens and Auxiliaries, mostly women, served tea to anyone, forming huddles, bringing strangers together, and providing a center for medical help.

…And to finish off the event we sang We’ll Meet Again – what better way to round off what was a lovely day – and it was indeed a very sunny day out!

The tea was being held to raise funds for Valleys Kids and we were thrilled to have raised £660 for a very worthwhile cause.

A huge thank you to everyone who suppoted the event and to our wonderful bunch of helpers – Caroline, Ewa, Pat, Liz, Judith, Terry, Tim, Jane and Sue. And those who provided the wonderful memorabilia – Maggie, Rachel and Keris. We couldn’t have done it without you!

31 January 2020