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Sharon Daniel, Girls' Division pupil

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Special Support for Tea at the Riley

Wednesday, 21 January 2015

The first Tea at the Riley of 2015 was the biggest yet, with around thirty-five guests congregating for an afternoon of delicious treats and excellent company. The intergenerational tea parties, which were set up as a way for the Sixth Form girls to reach out to the older generation within the local community, have gone from strength to strength since they began in November.

The girls have received support from Unilever Food Solutions: the company donated tea bags to the cause, which has helped the girls to keep within their budget. Both Unilever and Bolton School were founded by William Hesketh Lever, who instilled in both a strong principle of helping others. The donation is part of an ongoing relationship between the School and Unilever.

The girls also applied for funding from vInspired, the UK’s leading youth volunteering charity. vInspired helps to give young people opportunities to make a difference through voluntary work, and vInspired’s Cashpoint offers grants to those who want to set up and run their own community projects. The girls’ application was a huge success, and they were awarded the maximum grant amount! This has allowed them the freedom to create something extra-special for each Tea at the Riley event.

January’s Tea at the Riley welcomed special guests from local care home Beechville for the first time. The girls worked really hard to make this a wonderful afternoon out for the Beechville visitors, who really enjoyed the friendly atmosphere and the tasty treats the girls had put together for the event.

During the course of the afternoon, the Sixth Form pupils served a selection of savoury sandwiches, followed by sweet treats: cherry and marzipan slices, banana teabread, lemon drizzle cake, strawberry chocolate tartlets and shortbread biscuits. All of the food was home-make for the event by the girls, and was very much enjoyed by the older generation who came to the tea party. The girls and their guests alike had an excellent time together during the course of the afternoon.


Anyone ‘young at heart’ is welcome to join the Sixth Form girls for Tea at the Riley, which takes place once a month at the Riley Centre from 2.00pm – 3.30pm.

To reserve your place, please contact the Bolton School reception on 01204 840201.


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The Sixth Form girls with some of the Tea at the Riley guests

The Sixth Form girls with some of the Tea at the Riley guests

Serving cakes

Serving cakes

Serving cakes